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Old 11-05-2012, 12:34 AM   #31
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My father in Louisiana just picked me up a Smith & Wesson SD40VE, chambered in .40S&W for $362 out the door. I'm heading down there later this well and he's gonna give it to me. He's already shot it and says it's a fine gun.
I think you'll like it. I don't have much care for strikers but that's a decent gun. I bought an SW9VE for my dad and the trigger was very heavy. I think the SD's are a bit lighter, but not aware of any other changes if there are any. Really love the slides on those guns. They look much more appealing in person than in a picture on the internet. Comfortable to shoot, too.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:52 AM   #32
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My father in Louisiana just picked me up a Smith & Wesson SD40VE, chambered in .40S&W for $362 out the door. I'm heading down there later this well and he's gonna give it to me. He's already shot it and says it's a fine gun.
I carry an sd9ve. I picked it up for 350 with iwb and I've loved it. Mostly because of the price. I like the heavy trigger because it is a designed self defense/carry gun
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My first thought in that price range would be a Ruger LCR, LCP or LC9. Quality manufacturer and poplar guns. If you prefer metal to plastic you can get the S&W 642 or 638 for about $400. After that I'd take s look at police trade ins. Some great buys can be had there. Glocks are very popular trade ins and last almost forever with proper maintenance.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:32 AM   #34
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i hear of everybody on waiting lists for the s&w shield... why is that?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:23 PM   #35
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i hear of everybody on waiting lists for the s&w shield... why is that?
Great gun, priced fairly, and new enough that you can't find them easily unless you want to pay over MSRP on gunbroker. I've shot both the 9 & 40 quite a bit and will have one of my own at some point. I got tired of waiting around though and picked up the XDs on Monday.
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I would go with either the Beretta Nano or the S&W M&P Shield. Both are very reliable and are right at your price point.




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The ruger lc9 is great and u can find one with laser for around $350. Only issue is the trigger pull which I believe you can have adjusted.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #38
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Buy a CZ82 for right around $250 and you'll never look back! I own many pistols, in all flavors, but for comfort, accuracy, and dependability I carry a CZ 82.....when I carry. I own 4 btw that's how much I like them.
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Lots of answers, lots of opinions. What I carry every day is a Taurus Millenium PRO in .45ACP. Fits and rides comfortable in my Cross Breed holster, and easy to clean, and quite reliable. Best shooter and the gun I really love is my SIG Saure SP2022. However it is heavier and bulkier to carry around than my Taurus .45 ACP. Either of those should cost under $400.00 www.taurus45acp.com is my web site for a bit more quick information on Taurus.
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I have three carry guns. They range from a S&W .380 Bodyguard to a .40 S&W Charter Arms Pitbull. It just depends on where I am going and what I am wearing to cover up. My favorite is a 12 oz S&W J frame magnum.

A lot of people have been critical of the Bodyguard but I never have had any issues and for concealability, it is the smallest gun that I have. Mine is accurate (despite the trigger) and is reliable.
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