Best Gun Under $300 - 1st Gun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Zor, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Zor

    Zor New Member

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    Hello,

    I am new to guns so please excuse my lack of knowledge. I live in new jersey and I would like to get my first gun. I feel that it is important to be able to protect myself and my family. Plus with the way things are going the country could collapse and we'll have to live off the land again, meaning hunting and surviving on our own. Basically some "end of the world insurance" :p I was wondering what the best hand gun might be under $300. I have been looking around but I truly know nothing about guns and would like to get the best one possible for my money. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. NGIB

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    Almost nothing new is available for that price that would be a good all-purpose gun. Perhaps a good used .38 Special revolver would be your best bet for that price.

    I gave you a handgun response as that's where you posted this (and even though you posted in semi-auto, I recommended a revolver). If I had $300 to spend on a single general purpose gun - it would be a 12 gauge pump shotgun...
     
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  3. DrJason

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    I would 1st suggest going over to the introductions section.

    I'm sure some more experienced guys will chime in but I just spent the last 3 months searching out my 1st gun. $300 and under is going to be a tough price range, you basically will have 2 options, used or a basic/entry level gun. IMHO, I would bump up to the $500 range which will open you up to a number of high quality guns from a number of manufactures.

    Find a gun shop that rents guns and try everything that you can, then come back here and do search's on those guns.
     
  4. Kain

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    For a first gun don't rule out something in .22lr. A great caliber for a first gun as lots of range time can be had for very little financial outlay. And there are several .22 pistols to be had for under $300. My HP22 is a fine example. A used Ruger MkII would also be a decent choice.
     
  5. Jusselin

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    the noisey cricket
     
  6. canebrake

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    First, go over to the Introductions section and let us know a little about yourself.
     
  7. orangello

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    If i could only have one gun & it had to be under $300, i would go with my mossberg 500 shotgun with the 28" hunting barrel & the 18.5" home defense barrel. I bought mine very used some years ago, but i'd bet you could find one in your price range. Further, i would think shotgun ammo would be least likely to be restricted by any future government regulations as it has such a history with hunting (what did Cheney shoot his hunting buddy with, yep :D ). Additionally, many areas require lots of paperwork or permits for handguns while they cut shotguns a bit of a break (so i'm told). A pump shotgun is also very simple, almost instinctive to operate. You can get a lot better shotty for $300 than you can get in a handgun.

    If i had $300 for a handgun, i'd look for a good used revolver. I have seen some nice-looking, used ruger .357's for not too much more online. edit* J&G Sales has what looks like some police trade-in revolvers in your price range http://www.jgsales.com/index.php/smith-wesson/revolver/cPath/16_211_431 , but i've not bought from them myself. I have heard some good comments from other buyers.

    Welcome!
     
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  8. Jusselin

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    but the damage is uncompareable
     

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  9. Zor

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    I apologize for not reading the introduction section before posting. I guess I should have included a little about myself. I am 22 years old and an average sized person. I am not looking for a revolver but some type of other pistol. While searching I found this gun for about $320, is it a decent gun? What time of specs should I be looking at to judge the gun? WaltherPrecision.com: Walther P22-CA Military Green - California Legal 22LR S

    Something kind of like that I'm thinking unless it terrible since I truly have no idea.

    Thanks for the help guys.

    Oh also I really like this quote Jusselin ""A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." -Thomas Jefferson"
     
  10. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Look for a well loved Sig 226. In this economy, a lot of people are selling off guns to feed the family.
     
  11. User Name

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    With getting a used firearm you can look at whatever you want. Personally I would get a 12 guage pump for that price range. Best multipurpose gun you will ever buy.

    If you insist on buying a handgun then I would look for a smith and wesson sigma series. You can find them for around 300 maby a touch more. They have a pretty tough trigger but are pretty reliable and decently acurate minus the trigger.
     
  12. m72law

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    he could get a new S&W sigma ve40 for around 300.00 bucks...i bought mine 3 weeks ago from a lil gun shop down the road from my work place.came with 2 mags,case ect. its not the best (plastic gun) out there,& has a lil bit more trigger pull then most...though for your first gun i would look at the S&W sigmas in 9mm.theyre a lil cheaper and the ammo is also cheaper:)
     
  13. Zor

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    I apologize for not starting off in the into introduction section. I guess I should give you a little more backround. I am 22 and an average sized guy. I would like a semi auto pistol with a decent magazine capacity. I'm not looking for a revolver really either. I have been considering a rifle as well if you think that is better suited for me let me know. What about something like this?

    Walther P22 Compact Pistol Reviews Forum and Reference Guide

    I have no clue if its decent or horrible. I am a complete novice on the subject. What characteristic should I be looking for? If there a specific brand(s) that is good all around? Thanks for the help
     
  14. Motodeficient

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    For a gun to have around the house for protection I would second the smith &wesson Sigma. I got mine recently from buds for $249 new after rebate. Its up to $283 after rebate now. I like mine but a lot but the trigger is pretty stiff to try and do a ton of target shooting, so I am going to sell it and get a sig or an xD. But like I said for a nice reliable gun to have around the house you can't beat the sigma.
     
  15. Jpyle

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    If living in NJ step 1 is getting your FID and pistol purchase permits. That process is likely to take until next year, although the law says 30 days.

    While you are waiting go to a few ranges that rent guns and try out a few models. Several members here are partial to Hi Point which offers very low priced models, other options are CPO guns from dealers. Also, keep in mind that many dealers will charge betwween $50 and $100 to transfer in from out of state so be certain those internet deals are worth the extra money.

    good luck

    New Jersey State Police - Forms To Download
     
  16. Jusselin

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    thanks Zor and take some good advice bro.... a good gun is never a cheap gun..... dont cut corners on quality ok, save up and by you a used 1911, i saw one the other day a cop was selling for $500, those guns are dependable, all you need to do is clean it and shoot it
     
  17. diggsbakes

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    Used is your only option in that price range. I saw an ad in the "Sporting Goods" section today that read "Beretta, Glock and Springfield handguns for sale. Ammo included." There are plenty of people selling right now. I would have called, but I'm not in that market right now.

    As far as you FIRST gun. A shot gun is the most versatile if you can get only one, they are perfect for home defense and have many other uses.
     
  18. group17

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    You can get a NIB Bersa duo tone T380 for under $300. Very dependable good shooting gun.
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  19. orangello

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    I'm not overly familiar with the regs in the Garden State; are they easier on the shotguns, paperwork-wise?
     
  20. Zor

    Zor New Member

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    From what I read NJ is one of the strict states when it comes to gun laws. I have all the paper work for my license and while that is being processed I have to to research the best possible gun I can afford. Is there any good sites online I can look through a lot of guns?