A cheap handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by thesoulution22, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. thesoulution22

    thesoulution22 New Member

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    Hey! Haven't posted in awhile, but I finally have something to ask. I was wondering if anyone here knew of a handgun on the cheaper side (less than 600$ preferably). I just want a gun that I can take to the range and shoot some targets with, I was thinking probably a .45 or a 9mm, maybe .22 .
     
  2. Max-Q

    Max-Q New Member

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    EAA Witness P Carry. Great reliable gun that can be had for about $329

    Or the CZ P07 for $439
     

  3. hiwall

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  4. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    This is the GSG .22LR 1911 frame. You can buy if for around $325. Great gun, shoots accurate, and cheap ammo to shoot. Shoots .22 long rifle ammo. Plus, It will be great training in case one day you want to step up to a .45 1911. I have had one for about a year and it is fun to shoot.

    GSG 22 62297.jpg
     
  5. therewolf

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    There's a lot of good 22 pistols in the neighborhood of 350$.

    If you want to scope it, get either a Ruger 22/45, or MKIII,

    depending on your preference of grip angle.
     
  6. jjones45

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    If strictly range/target shooting I'd say any of the popular .22's. Do some research on those, there's plenty. If you wanna make it range/target and a little home defense I'd say the cz p09. Should be close in price to the p07 ($440) and has a standard 20 round capacity in 9mm. I made my mind up and this is my next purchase so I might be a little bias.
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If you are looking for just a target/plinking gun, absolutely get a 22. And there are plenty available under $600. Better yet, some of the best 22's out there are under $600. Here would be a list I would check out:
    Ruger MK series
    Ruger SR22
    Browning Buckmark
    Smith & Wesson M&P 22
     
  8. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    I'm digging my Mark III 22/45 Target. 5.5" bull barrel, drilled and tapped for an optic and comes with the rail, 2 mags and iQuite accurate and thus far it shoots whatever I feed it. And it was $330 delivered.
     
  9. Quentin

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    For just punching paper and keeping gun/ammo cost way down you can't beat a .22lr. And for the best .22lr pistol you've got to look at the Ruger Mark III. A used Mark II is even better.
     
  10. AR10

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    45 9 or 22 ? That is a big spread. Go to a range and rent all three.
     
  11. John_Deer

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    Most people that have had centerfire handguns first have acquired a 22 LR to practice with. With $600 you have a lot of options. Depending on your tastes you can get a reliable centerfire pistol and a 22 LR pistol. I have a Heritage SA 22LR pistol that was inexpensive and it is a lot of fun. The SA revolver makes ammo last alot longer.
     
  12. Overkill0084

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    Ruger
    CZ
    Stoeger
    Rock Island
    Springfield Armory XD series (XDm...not so much)
    S&W M&P series
    Glock
    Probably many more that I can't think of right off the top of my head.

    $600 will buy a lot of gun if you look around.
     
  13. CrazedJava

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    If you can go up to $600 you have a lot of options. As someone else pointed out though, .22 LR, 9mm, and .45 ACP have a pretty big range of difference.

    For plinking, I'd go with some sort of .22 and with your budget you have a wide range of options.
     
  14. therewolf

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    Whereas the scoped Ruger can take small game up to

    80 yards, I would never use 9mm or 45ACP for hunting.
     
  15. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    Huh???

    I used to take small game with my Glock 22 all the time. I've used a 9mm too. I'd trust either to drop anything better than a 22LR. Only thing I've ever used 22LR for was squirrel.

    I wouldn't waste my time buying a $600 .22. Get a 9mm or .45. Either is a much better all purpose cartridge. The only redeeming quality of a .22 is cheap ammo. (And low recoil if you're a total wuss.) If you want something "scoped" for "small game" don't get a handgun at all cheap .22 rifle setups are a dime a dozen and most will work just fine with the right ammo.
     
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  16. JW357

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    Some people use .22s for small game to conserve as much meat as possible. Larger calibers tend to damage more meat.

    I'm not a hunter. Just my .02.
     
  17. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi-Point .45 JHP is heavy and ugly, but it is cheap, works well, and has a lifetime warranty.
     
  18. donthav1

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    for around $600 you could get a new Ruger mkIII standard barrel AND a Ruger P95 9mm.

    That or a Ruger or Browning 22 & a Hi Point. the Hi Point may be cheap & not the best looking but they work & they're accurate.
     
  19. boatme98

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    For range use, you can't beat a Hi Point for semi, and a Heritage Rough Rider for SA 22.

    I wouldn't carry either, but for an inexpensive turds and chuckles gun (under $200) they can't be beat.

    Although I wouldn't recommend carrying the Hi Point, I have no problem depending on it as a house/vehicle/boat defender.

    PS, if it's on the boat, it also makes a great emergency drag anchor up to about a 28 footer.
     
  20. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would have said 28 foot minimum. ;)