First gun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by elsherono, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. elsherono

    elsherono New Member

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    I am looking to buy my first handgun. It would be both for defense and at the range. Any suggestions? I am trying to keep it under 300 if possible.
     
  2. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter Active Member

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    under $300, I would suggest looking used. Try armslist.com
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Sounds like a used shotgun to me.
     
  4. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    There are plenty of threads covering this topic, take a look around.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    To be perfectly honest. If it is for defense, is your life worth 300 dollars? I am not trying to be a troll here, I would recommend putting in at least another 200 or 300 dollars for a good handgun. Then, I recommend you try various handguns to see which one you are most comfortable and capable with. This includes calibers. Get the caliber that you can shoot with the most precision. Having a .44 magnum will not help you if you miss the target. You are going to get many opinions here. You just opened a can of worms. I highly recommend a gun that is Double action and single action, has a decocker and safety. This offers various carrying options for different situations, and gives you multi options to find out which you are more comfortable with. All the guns I recommend will cost at least 800 dollars. HK USP has all the above options and comes in 9, 40 and 45 calibers. You can also get as a compact. HK makes weapons for the battlefield, so the gun has acceptable capacity and is made to survive in all environments. The spring greatly reduces recoil on the gun even though it is "polymer gun". The sights are very good with a three dot system. There you go.
     
  6. deadsp0t

    deadsp0t New Member

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    Exactly, I'm one those guys who says 'if your life is only worth $XXX.XX amount...' When purchasing NEW.. If you are stuck at this amount firm, I'd suggest looking into a used gun.. There are ranges locally that sell their rentals at a significant discount.
    My personal advice is to save more money, even with just a couple hundred more a whole new world of options become available to you.
     
  7. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    Have you shot before? Are you experienced in handgun operation, sfety and handling? If shooting is new to you, buy yourself a .22 and practice practice practice. When you achieve a level of confidence and accuracy then and only then should you consider a gun for carry. (I'm assuming you want to carry since you didn't say home defense) There are a lot of carry guns in that price range, most of them .380 and a few 9mm. None will do you much good without proper training. It's a learning process, start slow and keep at it. Owning a gun is a right and a privelege, and with that comes responsibility.
     
  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Get a hi-point-------
     
  9. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Normally id say go look around check out what fits you best but I think in this case I have to agree 300 is not much for a good pistol but at least with hipoint you get a good warranty they retail around 199 for the 9mm good luck with the ammo though the 40 and 45 are not much more like 239
     
  10. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Check out the pistols on e-sarco.com, Hi Power clones under $300.
     
  11. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Gud idea but they are out-
    Called Friday :(
     
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  12. elsherono

    elsherono New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice. Yes I do know how to handle guns. I have shotguns because I like to hunt, and I was looking for a handgun for carry. While I do agree that my life is worth more than 300 this would be a first handgun so I want something I can learn with before I get a pricier one.
     
  13. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I might suggest, as someone who is fairly new to handguns...up your limit by about 100 bucks our so...it will open up some addirional doors. I recently purchased a S& W SD40 VE and love it. I shot several other models from friend s that were 500-600 models and found this one to be similar in stature and ability...for a novice that its. Good luck
     
  14. glockcj

    glockcj New Member

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    You can pick up a wheel gun for about that. I saw the new charter arms snubbies for $275-$350. They had a used air weight for $300 and new for $365.
     
  15. CrazedJava

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    Under $300 you will be limited.

    Used is your best bet, but this is a bad time to try and find something. There are a few revolvers available for that price and you may be able to find a Smith & Wesson Model 10 used for that budget. It's a good starter handgun.

    If you're looking more for training than defense, a .22 might be a good choice as well. The Browning Buckmark, Ruger 22/45, Beretta Neos, and Ruger SR22 are all good .22 autos.

    I wouldn't recommend a Hi-Point unless you're just broke. I think they have an unfair reputation, but my main gripe is they are just too unusual for a semi-auto. The manual of arms will not lend itself well to other handguns. Then again, some of my above recommendations for a .22 will have a similar problem.

    For a little more, Taurus makes some decent handguns that I can usually get at Academy for about $350. They make a decent semi-auto but I have heard a lot of bad reports with the .45 versions so you may want to keep it to 9mm and .40 S&W. I recommend 9mm for newbies anyway.
     
  16. beretta9988

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    I just picked up my first handgun. Beretta 92fs used for $450. The gun shop I went to only had a few new and used guns. I went in looking to buy a glock 26 but was talked into buying the beretta due to being a novice and the fact the person behind the counter fealty the beretta was a better choice for a novice.

    I am glad I took his advice. Went to the range today and shot my beretta and my friends glock 26 and I was much more comfortable when shooting the beretta.
     
  17. BeyondTheBox

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    Ruger p series from a pawn shop
     
  19. CrazedJava

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    Duh. Forget my advice on the Taurus, for $350 you can get a Ruger P95 brand new that will be as reliable as a SIG. Not an exaggeration. Used might be a little cheaper but difficult to come by.
     
  20. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Good choice you will love it