Looking for a hand gun that shoots affordable small caliber ammo

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  1. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    I am researching hand guns for my lady and am looking for something with lower recoil with ammo that won't break the bank. A .22 is too small. She has fired my .22 and .45 1911 and feels like the .45 is too big obviously. I am thinking 380 but don't know much about them as far as recoil goes.
    I priced the ammo and it's 25-30 a box and was hoping for something that had a more affordable round but will still get the job done.


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  2. big_blue79

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    9x19mm would be the way to go IMO. Light recoil in 115gr loadings, ammo is less than $15/ box of 50 around here. Even Federal Champion I run through my 469 is manageable with 115gr and it's got a 3.5" barrel. I haven't tried the 147gr yet though...
     
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  3. JonM

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    Just got my wife a springfield range officer in 9mm. She loves it. The xdm is another soft shooting 9mm. Beretta 92fs/m9 is prolly the best of the lot in terms of shootability and ease of use.
     
  4. JW357

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    9mm or .38 Special, IMO.

    Out of a wheel gun with a little weight, .38 is very tame. It is also about $5-6 more per box of 50 than 9mm in my area.

    Both are good calibers. In my estimation it comes down to her choice between a semi-auto or wheel gun. Although I suppose there is such thing as a 9mm wheel gun nowadays.
     
  5. big_blue79

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    Reminds me of the 9x19mm Ruger Speed Sixes, I'm on a quest to find one of those for a reasonable price.
     
  6. DrFootball

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    Or the Charter Arms Pitbull, But I'm still waiting for mine.. S&W Made a 9MM revolver in J-Frame(thought it was the 547)........


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  7. JW357

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    S&W is also introducing the 986 this year. Which is an L frame 9mm. 7 shot I believe? Don't quote me on that.


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  8. orangello

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    Funny, my nephew had a Taurus snubbie in .380acp not long ago; I don't think it was expensive. It did require a "moon clip" type thing that looked like it would make for speedy reloads. http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=856&category=Revolver&toggle=&breadcrumbseries= Taurus also has a pair of 9mm revolvers in their small frame section.


    I love a Bersa Thunder .380 myself, and my sister loves the one in her purse. They are in the low $300 range and have nice controls and a flat nickel finish that I like a lot. The recoil doesn't seem like much to me or to my sister. My Bersa Thunder 9UCP is a little snappier and not as good-looking, but it uses the 9x19mm instead of the less powerful 9x18/.380acp.

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...rsa+7+++1+Round+380+ACP+Pistol+wNickel+Finish There is a 15 round capacity version of the Thunder380 for another $50.


    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...ound+9MM+Ultra+Compact+Pistol+wDuo+Tone+Finis The more powereful but still fairly compact 9mm UCP.


    Regarding the Ammo cost, I'm not sure how much I would worry about the difference between the prices of common calibers like .380acp, 9mm, .38spcl. I doubt this will turn into her regular at the range; larger firearms are more fun for that (GP-100, CZ-75b, 92FS, XD, etc.).
     
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  9. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    Thanks guys! I think the Bersa 9 may be up her ally. We handled a few pistols in 380 about the size of the Bersa 380 and she said it felt a little small in her hand. How would the recoil be in that smaller 9mm?


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  10. wittmeba

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    As others suggest 9MM is so readily available it has become quite inexpensive.

    Find a nice used semi-auto like a Ruger and go for it.

    9MM - box 50 $11.49 + shipping. Or try a local gun show. They often can match prices like this.

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=TLTA919150

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/AMM-465


    9MM guns:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=buy...nofficial&client=firefox-nightly&channel=fflb

    http://www.slickguns.com/category/hand-guns?caliber=1&sort=price&dir=asc
     
  11. wittmeba

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    duplicated........
     
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  12. orangello

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    I can tell a difference when I shoot the Bersa9 and then my CZ-75b, for certain. The little Bersa isn't annoying or painful to shoot to me, but I can tell it isn't the heavy CZ.

    I will say, Bersa is PROUD of their magazines, like $45.


    Is she wanting a carry gun or just a range gun? If just a range gun, I'd try to get her into something a little larger and heavier to help reduce the recoil to nothing for hours of plinking fun.
     
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  13. ccase39

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    Not to carry just general home defense and some plinking.


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  14. orangello

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    I do like the lil Bersa9, but if I'm going to the range to empty a few boxes of ammo, I will put more through the heavier cz-75b. They do make a full-sized version of that bersa9 that would be a bit heavier for more comfort.
     
  15. mrm14

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    My 80 Y.O. mother for over 40 years has packed a 4" barreled Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver and keeps it loaded with .38 Special. Although there's probably a bit less expensive calibers, the .38 Special is not too bad when it comes to expense. Don't have punishing recoil either.
     
  16. jpattersonnh

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    I would Suggest finding a used Sig P6/225. Just an outstanding handgun in every respect. Most important, reliability and accuracy. When you see people selling a P6 for 500.00 plus, Walk away and keep looking. You can find them for $350.00 if you really look. I bought mine years ago for 269.00 with case, extra mag and duty or field leather holster. The duty holster clips into a frog so it swivels and hangs on the thigh.
     
  17. boringoldfart

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    9mm is the cheapest non .22 ammo I have seen. .380 is costing almost twice as much so there is no savings there. Around here WV 9mm is going for $16.00 for 50 and .380 is $30.00 for 50. I'm personally planning on getting a .22 M&P to go with my 9mm's
     
  18. DrFootball

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    9MM is less expensive then all the smaller(22/25/32/380) ammo...


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  19. John_Deer

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    40 cal ammo is getting to be less expensive. I can't buy FMJ 40 cal as cheap as 9mm. But I can buy hollow points for a 40 cal just as cheap as a 9mm.