Best handgun to take hiking?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jnevin, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. jnevin

    jnevin New Member

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    Okay, I am on a limited budget and am looking for a handgun that is in the sub $200 range. Yeah, I know...not a whole lot to work with at that price, but it is what it is.

    Anyways, my primary use would be to take it on my solo hiking trips. I'm not really interested in plinking or anything else. Just as a means of self defense if (god forbid) I ever needed it. I'm not as concerned about wild animals (encountered plenty of them before) as I am about humans. I've run across my share of "strange" people out in the wilderness and let me tell you, it can make a person a tad uneasy without any means of protection.

    So, that's it...an affordable, reliable hiking gun that likely (and hopefully) will never have to be used except for occasionally for target practice just to stay proficient. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Texanbybirth

    Texanbybirth New Member

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    At that price, I would go with a revolver for reliability.
     

  3. Shotgun Shooter

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    +1 on revolver.
    For ~$200, youll have to find used. Personally, I'd save up a little more.

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  4. jnevin

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  5. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    It's hard to beat a good .357 for a trail gun. I'd go for a Ruger or Smith with 4" barrel.

    You can shoot anything from weak .38 wadcutters to full house .357 magnums.

    If money is really tight, take a look at some of the Taurus wheelguns.
     
  6. dunerunner

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    S&W Model 500 6.5"

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  7. 753X0

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    That's easy, but you'll have to come up with a little more $. The S&W 329 PD, .44 Mag, at 26 ozs. approx. you hardly notice it's there, well til you have to shoot it.

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  8. dunerunner

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    I originally missed the limited budget thing...In that case carry pepper spray and wear llittle silver bells on your belt.
     
  9. 753X0

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    Here's another that's more suited to anti-intruder, and hiking at the same time it's still gonna cost more than you want to spend. But I've noticed that you usually get what you pay for.
    Again this one is not for plinking, sighting it in will probably be enough.
    It's so light, it feels like a toy, so light that you won't look forward to shooting it unless you have too. Although it is not nearly as bad as the .44 PD.

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  10. WDB

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    No offense but $200 doesn't buy a firearm you need. Use the money and buy some pepper spray and self defense lessons. Those will serve you better for the money.
     
  11. JohnnyLoco

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    Hard to do on $200. I do a lot of hiking and I settled on a 3" Ruger SP101. I love the vaquero or blackhawk but way to heavy and they can't do anything the 101 can't do. I load it with one shotshell and four 180 grain double taps. I carry a leather twenty round loading strip in my pack for extra ammo.
     
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  12. General_lee

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    for a good handgun under $200 I'd go with a CZ-82
     
  13. Dillinger

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    I have to agree. At $200, you are going to need to be going to a lot of pawn shops and looking at used revolvers.

    $200, especially now with everyone buying up cheap guns, isn't going to get a gun that I would personally want to be betting my life on.

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  14. cpttango30

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    I agree with JD and others. Save up some more money. get a good smith, Ruger, or Taurus used in either 357 amg or 44 mag. Either one will make anyone or anything think twice about how badly you want your hikin stick and pack.
     
  15. notdku

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    I would go for a used PPK.
     
  16. dunerunner

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    Good luck fending off that Mt. Lion, Elk, Moose or Bear with the Walter. Might work on a raccoon, squirrel, bobcat or rabbit, maybe. :D

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  17. Stormbilly

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    I simply don't think you can get the gun you want for the price you're suggesting. So here's what you do, sell your body for gun money!

    Now let me explain. Find a local plasma donation center. The one in my home town gives $25 the first visit in a week, and $40 on the second visit. For a maximum of $65 a week. That's approximately $260 a month. Save that for a few months, then buy yourself a nice Ruger 357 or 44 mag revolver. That's how I get my extra gun money anyway. Works out nicely.

    As for the nagant. It's a fun historical piece, but haven't shot one, I wouldn't expect it to save my life.

    I also wouldn't expect ANY gun to save my life unless I was willing to practice with it a fair amount. (at LEAST 100 rds a month) But that's just me.
     
  18. stalkingbear

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    Sometimes you can find a Ruger Blackhawk in a pawn shop that looks as if it's been drug down the road behind the truck. It's very hard to screw up a Blackhawk so much that it quits going bang-regardless of how the exterior looks. IF you can find 1 like that you should be able to stay within 175-240$. I recently saw a Super Blackhawk for 250$ like that. Barring that look for a used Ruger P-85 or P-89. There's tons of older S&W K frame model 10s on the market for close to that price also. All these are quality built but used. You're unlikely to ever wear 1 of them out. Bottom line-don't depend with your life with a cheap made gun.
     
  19. Franciscomv

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    While $200 isn't an ideal budget, if that's all you've got it'll have to do. I think Stalkingbear's suggestion of a S&W Model 10 is very good. I'd take one of those over a single action Ruger for self defense.

    Bersa pistols might be another good option. I'm not sure about their US prices, but in Argentina (where they are made) their .380s go for around $200. They are very popular here because of their prices and the no questions asked lifetime warranty. However, they do have somewhat spotty QC, so before carrying one I would shoot the hell out of it at the range to make sure everything works properly.

    I hope you can set some money apart for practice ammo, otherwise you might want to consider other options besides a handgun.