New gun?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by tapupartforpres, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    Hello. I am not sure if this is in the right place in the forum, but I'll give it a shot. I am sure there are many, many different schools of thought on this one, but I was in the market to purchase a gun. Not a hunter, but just for home protection and maybe some range shooting.

    When I was young I used to fire my stepdad's .22, shotgun and .44 handgun (if I remember right).

    I have a lady in the house that is interested in one too. What do you think would be the best gun? Not a lot of money for one either.

    I saw some .9mm online for around $200. I am sure it's you get what you pay for, but that would be my budget. What is the best quality handgun for around that ($200-$300).

    Be nice, I am new to all of this.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Ruger P series (9mm) are the best for your buck at around 300 dollars, IMO.
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Look to the Taurus or Ruger for a quality handgun on a budget. Quality for the money, that is.

    Stay away from cobra, hi-point, and any other "off brands" you might encounter.

    Let us know what you decide. :)
     
  4. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    Thanks

    I'll take a look at those and let you know what I purchase.
     
  5. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    Hey Miller. What is the process for buying a gun. I see some online. What type of permits, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks

    Also, is a 9mm good for home protection or should I go with something else?
     
  6. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    What is the process for buying a gun. I see some online. What type of permits, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks

    Also, is a 9mm good for home protection or should I go with something else?
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    As far as buying a gun it varies from state to state. Here in Va I go in tell them what I want pick it out check it out. Then fill out the paperwork and once it comes back pay the man his money and bang I walk out the door with my rifle or pistol. Some stated like Kalifornia and USRNJ (United socialist rebulik of New Jersey) you have waiting periods or firearms purchasers id cards. You should really talk to the man behind the counter in your local gun shop to find out what your requirments are.

    I will seconds a Ruger or Taraus for a low budget hd pistol. They are not cheap guns, they are guns priced for normal people and not rich people. Not everyone needs a $2000 1911 to protect themselves (Like Dillinger).

    as far as the 9mm goes many don't like it but if you buy a good self defence load like winchester Ranger, Speer Gold dots, Federal hydroshocks, Hornady TAP rounds it will put a serious hurtin on anyone short of Brock Lesner or Andra the Gaint.
     
  8. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    Oh ok cool. Never thought of the ammo, lol. Sorry new to this. How much do those type of rounds cost?

    I live in Ohio and their is no waiting period.

    I think a 9mm should be fine. Why don't people like it? I am sure after I get some experience, I can move up.

    Also. Say I want to take the gun to the range, do you just bring it in a case, how does that work.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Always under the bus - What's the deal with that? :p

    I have always said that I thought the PT1911 by TAURUS is the best overall product for the money spent in the 1911 marketplace.

    Sgt-Miller also has a great point in the Ruger series is a well made, and yet affordable, pistol.

    JD
     
  10. Bigcat_hunter

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    The 9mm is typically a supersonic round and the bullets tend to pass right through people and cause less damage then a big slow round like a 45 ACP. That being said, if you get the rights bullets for a 9mm it should work fine. Make sure to buy self defense rounds and not full metal jackets. Or better yet just get a shotgun.
     
  11. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    For your price range you could get a top-of-the-line Airsoft! [​IMG]

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  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Cane what do you go and buy a can of SHUT THE HELL UP. Not everyone can afford to lay out tons of cash for a gun. If you want the man to own an expensive gun then go and buy it for him. Or send him the money to go and buy it.

    Guns are my love but family and bills come before guns any day of the week.
     
  13. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    Or a top of the line animated .gif. Did you kid do that?
     
  14. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    I think I am going to go for the 9mm Targus. Other people in other forums say it is the best bang for your buck. No pun intended, well maybe a little.
     
  15. Franciscomv

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    Does it have to be a semiauto? A .357 revolver would make a good home defense gun, you can get a new Taurus or a used Ruger or S&W for a pretty decent price. You can practice with .38's until you get the hang of it and then move on to .357's.

    You'll need a good deal of practice to master double action shooting, but it isn't hard. Plus revolvers are easier to handle for beginners, they don't need to be disassembled for cleaning and there's no way you'll accidentaly leave a round in the chamber.

    There are so many grip options available that you can probably find one that fits both you and your lady. My main home defense handgun is a S&W 686 revolver (4" barrel), while the lovely wood grips are too big for my girlfriend, she can fire it comfortably with a rubber Hogue grip.

    IMHO, everybody should be issued a .357 revolver at birth. It's a fantastic tool (although I do admit to being a biased wheelgun fetishist).

    If you prefer one of those new fangled semiautos, Ruger offers some good ones. They are used as training guns at my club, and they hold up really well. CZ's are also quite nice, I don't know how much they cost new in your area, but perhaps you can find a nice used one (a 9mm CZ 75 for example).

    If you really get into guns after your first purchase, you owe it to yourself to try out a 1911 (or an HP 35 if you're a 9mm fan!). Mr. Browning did a good job on those two.
     
  16. tapupartforpres

    tapupartforpres New Member

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    That may be the way to go. Never thought about that. Maybe a revolver is the best option.
     
  17. skullcrusher

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    tap,

    You are right, in Ohio there is no wait. You need to be 21 to buy a poistol, 18 for rifle or shotgun.

    To buy on-line, it needs to be sent to a FFL dealer. There is usually a transfer fee from the FFL. Gander Mountain has no transfer fee.

    It will be harder for you to find ammo than it will be to find a gun. There's plenty of self defense rounds out there, but at $35-$40 for 20 they are not good for target practice (plinking).

    Let us know what decide.