Getting The best value for your money- wanna play?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by 9mmgun, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. 9mmgun

    9mmgun New Member

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    Here's the deal,

    You have no more than $399 to spend on a handgun. The handgun MUST BE NIB. It will be the only handgun that you are allowed to own, so choose wisely.

    It can be any caliber, revolver or semi auto that's current in today's market, but remember it's the only one you get.

    So what is your pick for the most reliable, best designed, best built $399 (retail not MSRP) or less handgun. Remember it's the only handgun you will have to protect yourself & your family, to shoot at the range etc etc.
     
  2. powg

    powg New Member

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    I'll play

    1 handgun ......my choice would be a taurus .357/.38 6 shot revolver with a 2.5-3 inch barrel ,with rubber grips, blue or blackened stainless with fixed sight rear ,glow dot front. It would be loaded with .357 cor-bons for defense ....good ol .38s for plinkin
     

  3. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I'd choose a 9mm.

    I got my CZ 75b brand new two summers ago for $409 out the door. Subtract the $10 BGC, and you're at $399. You won't do better than that. But that's also a rare find at that price. Realistically, I'd look at Ruger P95 and Bersa Thunders. But I'd probably lean toward one of three guns:

    S&W SD9
    Ruger SR-9
    Arcus 98 DAC (BHP clone)

    The first two you might have to wait for the right moment to land under $400. The Arcus typically runs under $350.
     
  4. NGIB

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    Right now, Bud's LE section has S&W M&P 9mm full size guns for $399 delivered. I think it would be hard to find a better gun at this price point - presuming you qualify for the pricing (LE, military, etc.)...
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    For the tasks listed, I would go with the .357 revolver, too.

    I have seen Sigmas for less than that price in 40S&W. That would be the second choice.
     
  6. NCSU08MS3

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    Ruger SR9C. Good carry gun, has extended mag for HD and range time. 9mm is cheap(er) to shoot regularly and I'd trust it all day for an SD/HD round.

    Phillip
     
  7. Poink88

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    If I can get a CZ for $399 like Sweeper...I think that is the best value and what I will go after. But judging from what I can find now regularly w/ $399 cap, I will say a Sig SP2022. It is one heck of a gun for the price.
     
  8. Colossal Urprising

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    38SPL/.357 revolver here, too. Probably a S&W Airweight.
     
  9. 9mmgun

    9mmgun New Member

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    Some good suggestions so far, but the average gun shopper will be very hard pressed to find a CZ75B NIB for $400. I would buy a half dozen if I could get them for that price.

    The Ruger SR9 would be a good deal at $399, but in my neck of the woods, they go for around $429 +.

    My choice would be the Stoeger/Beretta Cougar 8000, either the full sized or the new soon to be released Cougar Compact. They sell NIB at my LGS (Tanners) for $369. I think you would be hard pressed to find a better designed/built handgun for under $400.

    If fact, after doing the research my next purchase will be the Compact. (hopefully to be released with the next couple of months)

    http://www.stoegerindustries.com/firearms/stoeger_cougar.php
     
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Hands down a 357. If you shopped long enough you could probably find an SP101 for that price.
     
  11. freefall

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    Ruger Security Six. 4"
     
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  12. 9mmgun

    9mmgun New Member

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    You're not going to find a Ruger SP101 NIB for anywhere near $399. I wish you could buy them for that price new. Great gun.
     
  13. 9mmgun

    9mmgun New Member

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    One of my favorites, but long discontinued. Remember has to be currently available NIB.
     
  14. NGIB

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    Now that you've decided, why was NIB an absolute mandate? The vast majority of my guns were acquired used - I let someone else pay sticker price...
     
  15. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Ruger LC9 $359 or Smith & Wesson 642 $373 are good high value choices whose regular list price is well under $400.

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  16. 9mmgun

    9mmgun New Member

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    There's a lot of 1st time gun buyers out there that prefer to buy new. They don't have a ton of disposable cash & they want their 1st handgun to be new, with a warranty. Call it peace of mind or whatever.

    When I was in the market for my 1st handgun I didn't know how to tear down or check to see if a used gun was a good deal or not. Since I only had $400 MAX to spend I wanted a good reliable well built NEW with warranty handgun.

    Now that I have a few years of gun ownership under my belt, I feel much more comfortable buying a used gun. I've learned by maintaining by NIB handgun what to look for.
     
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  17. WDB

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    $373 for a NIB S&W 642:eek: Where do you find such a deal? I recently bought one at what I thought was a great deal and it's not near that price.
     
  18. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    I think you expressed well why people need to do there homework and get hands on with many pistols before they buy. Focus on only new truly limits the buyer from many quality pistols. Most quality gun manufactures warranty there pistols for life if there is a manufacture defect.

    I'm with NIB and even more when it comes to a new gun owner. Take the time to learn about firearms before you buy, shoot a lot of pistols and you will find a high quality used pistol that exceeds your expectations on an limited budget.
     
  19. NCSU08MS3

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  20. powg

    powg New Member

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    reason for my choice

    I went with my choice for reliability ,ease of use by people in my inner circle ,And if need be, if in a survival food scenario The .357 could take deer or hogs even with the 2.5-3 inch barrel ,If used at what i call my ''bow'' range ....20-30yrds. If going auto, a 10mm would be better choice than a 9mm for hunting /food survival scenario . But if it came down to it ,cannibalism ,would also be an option .I hear ''liberals'' taste like chicken,if one could stand the smell. lol Great thread ....