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Old 02-08-2012, 05:40 PM   #11
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Before passing Go, take a Hunters Safety Course or Firearms Safety Course.

Consider "firearm" in lieu of "weapon".

And to repeat redfox, find a range where you can rent and try a few things before you buy so you can make an informed choice. Reading this forum will leave your head spinning with various opinions and recommendations (including this one).

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I'm just starting out in the gun world, and I'm looking to make a gun purchase and need suggestions. I'm looking to get the most reliable, inexpensive weapon on the market. Any thoughts? The main uses for the weapon is self Defense and the gun range.
Get a copy of the gun digest look it over then go to a good gun shop an handle the ones that peak your intrest, before u buy an head out shootin take a gun safety course
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Word of caution...my friend bought a gun strictly for self and home defense but he said maximum he would spend is $250. By setting a budget, he limited his options. My argument to him was that even tho I shoot more than he, he should rent various models to get one that feels natural to him. He didn't listen and got a s&w plastic p.o.s. Took it to the range and both he and his wife preferred my guns which were not more expensive. Besides it's ur life when it comes to self defense. My advise, rent some guns and talk to more experienced shooters at the range.

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I'm just starting out in the gun world, and I'm looking to make a gun purchase and need suggestions. I'm looking to get the most reliable, inexpensive weapon on the market. Any thoughts? The main uses for the weapon is self Defense and the gun range.
Take a look at a Hi-point 9mm. I've done little research on them and they seem to be a pretty sound firearm. U can find some that go for around $150. Just be careful when buying at a price like this. Make sure you take into account the advice of the other members and test a variety of guns out at the range frist before u buy. Good luck
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Consider "firearm" in lieu of "weapon".
Why the difference in terminology?
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Why the difference in terminology?
Me too, Inquiring minds would like to know!
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Why the difference in terminology?
I think he is referring to the term "weapon" meaning in the "defined" sense noun
1. any instrument or device for use in attack or defense in combat, fighting, or war, as a sword, rifle, or cannon. 2. anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire. Whereas the "definition" for firearm is "a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder." So it's a technicality!
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Why the difference in terminology?
Weapon typically carries with it a negative connotation.

To me, a weapon is something you attack someone with. It can be anything, a sword, gun, knife, car, a big stick you found in the woods. I don't attack people with my firearms, so I typically refrain from calling them weapons.

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The hi-point is a good option, my friend's wife has one and loves it. Surprisingly accurate too. I'd recommend any Ruger p-series pistol for the all around "budget bang for your buck" though. I'll also second the need for a firearms training/safety course. Worth every penny, in so many ways.

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Forgive me if I'm stepping anyone's toes, but a Kel-Tec is a terrible suggestion. I like Kel-Tec and in fact own a pair of them. I carry my PF9 daily and it's never let me down. But their pistols are exclusively built around an ultra-light simple carry concept...they'd never be a reasonable choice for a range/HD gun. Minimalist ergos, sucky triggers, accuracy can be difficult, limited capacity, and not exactly built like tanks.

For $200 or less, Hi-Point is probably the way to go. It's a cheap gun and one ugly SOB, but has a strong performance record relative to the cost.

For the best results in a good value purchase, you want to get yourself into the $300-500 tier. Almost everything in that range is a solid gun, though I'd personally steer clear of Taurus. 9mm or 40sw probably offer the best bang for your budget when it comes to range/defense calibers.

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