I want a good reliable pistol

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by saviorslegacy, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    I want a good reliable pistol that is affordable (none of these 1,000$ guns please). I would like it to be around 500$ and shoots a .357 magnum.
    The weapon will be for possible personal defense in the future... not concealed.
    Other then that it will be for target practice.
    I want a revolver that is reliable. I plan on getting an AK-47, so that should give you an insight to how reliable I want my revolver.

    What are some of y'alls suggestions?
     
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  2. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Ruger revolver, SP101 if you need to conceal it, GP100 if you don't.
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    The best advice I can give is to:

    a. go to your local shop and browse

    b. go to Bud's Gun Shop online and browse

    Every person here has their favorites and your criteria is so wide open it's hard to offer any suggestions. Once you narrow it down - then ask for experienced opinions...
     
  4. cpttango30

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    Need a bit more info.

    What is it for would be good?

    For hunting

    Smith or ruger in 357 mag or 45lc

    For PD/HD I would go with an auro in 45acp like the XD or smith sigma. both great pistols and wont kill the budget either.
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Oh, and revolvers in 9mm or .45 ACP are scarce and pricey...
     
  6. gadrooning

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    Are you looking for a single action or double action? Rugers make good reliable single actions. You shouldn't have any problem getting one for 500. Double actions tend to be more expensive. I don't know of too many reliable DA revolvers under $500, but you should be able to get a used S&W revolver or a ruger for that price range. You may find new ruger sp101 for about 500 maybe a little more if your willing. These are good reliable guns, not quite as fine tuned as S&W but very reliable. You should also be able to find a used S&W 686 for this price range as well. Good overall gun. As for the caliber I would stick with a 357 it is an all round good cartridge and you can shoot 38 out of them. Not sure about the 9mm. I believe you can get an extra cylinder for a Ruger Black Hawk that shoots a 9mm, but I would stay with the 357 it has much more punch. Ruger Black Hawk is a single action as well. 45 colts is great round but very expensive. I don' know any 45ACP revolvers that doesn't command a 1000 price tag either.
     
  7. skullcrusher

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    You need to get the feel for some. Not sure about ranges near you, but if you can find one that rents guns out, do that and try some different ones. The biggest selection I know if in the area is at Ohio Valley Trading Co in Nelsonville. Their prices are not bad and they have some helpful employees.

    Biggest thing to remember is that you need to be 21 to purchase a pistol. :(
     
  8. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    The weapon will be for possible personal defense in the future... not concealed.
    Other then that it will be for target practice.

    I want a revolver that is reliable. I plan on getting an AK-47, so that should give you an insight to how reliable I want my revolver.

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    @Skullcrusher
    I have not shot a revolver much, but I do like em. My father is friends with a dude named Ken Davis (he does a lot with guns so maybe some of you have heard of him). They have shot together in the past and I was there shooting too. I have shot at multiple ranges and we shoot out at our property. The first gun I ever fired was a 9mm. I was 5 years old then.
    The hardest challenge that we done was cutting a playing card in half by turning it on its edge. It took me 4 shots with a 22 rifle at 30 feet. I taped it up and stuck it in my wallet as a trophy.

    @gadrooning
    A DA is what I want. I'll stick with a .357 magnum.
     
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  9. gadrooning

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    Like skull has stated it is a good idea to test out and hold as many guns as you can. Also it has been in my experience if you find the gun you want first, be patient, save your pennies, and purchase it. You will be one happy camper. If you are making gun purchase decisions by cost alone you are more likely to be dissapointed and regretful.
     
  10. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    Not by cost alone, but that does go into play.
    If the gun is incredibly good and really reliable, then I will more than likely buy it.
    A DA is what I want. I'll stick with a .357 magnum
     
  11. hunter Joe

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    Ruger makes nice firearms for around that price and you can buy a Taurus a little cheaper.

    IMHO GP 100s are nice, although, I'm partial to big heavy wheel guns.
     
  12. Don Davis

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    This is my S&W model 66-4 in .357 caliber.

    [​IMG]

    These are great revolvers.

    :cool:
     
  13. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I also love my Smiths, but it's pretty hard to find a new one for $500.00.
     
  14. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    hunter Joe I absolutely agree with you.

    I'm suggesting he should consider buying high quality used, before buying inexpensive new pistols.

    Sorry I wasn't very clear at all on my post.

    :confused:
     
  15. Gojubrian

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    Rugers are reliable and well priced imo. My dad has always had rugers from 22lr's to 44magnums.

    I would love to have smiths as well and I think their triggers are better, but lots of $$$$$$!!
     
  16. hunter Joe

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    I don't know Don, I'm not real crazy about Taurus firearms except that they offer lifetime warranties, but I do like the GP 100s for their price and availability.
    I agree with you 100% on the Smiths but the Gp 100 is really not that bad of a firearm. I would not hesitate purchasing one for myself if I needed another wheel gun.
     
  17. saviorslegacy

    saviorslegacy New Member

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    Exactly what I want.
     
  18. hunter Joe

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    You should be able to purchase a nice used Smith for right around 500 bananas.
     
  19. RadioActiV

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    best revolver I've seen or even shot has been a Rossi and they come in 357 mag. Everytime you pull the trigger it goes bang. (unless you use some crummy ammo):cool: you should be able to pick one up at your local gun dealer used for around 400 (maybe even a pawnshop but be careful on what you get from them)
     
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  20. utf59

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    S&W and Ruger.

    I'm not as familiar with the entire Ruger line, but I do know Smith makes a variety of frame sizes. Between that and easily changeable grips (available for Rugers also), you should be able to find something that fits your hand well.

    As has already been stated, hold as many as you can, shoot as many as you can, and dry fire as many as you can before you decide.