want to buy a cheap hadgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by cghamm117, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. cghamm117

    cghamm117 New Member

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    Hey im looking to buy a decently cheap handgun. Im thinking around the most 200. I know everyone is thinkin im crazy but im not using it for self defense other than i guess if someone broke into my house but then i would just use one of the other guns. But anyway i can not carry it with me because this crappy state i live in. But anyway the reason i want a inexpensive handgun is because i want to be a cop and i would like to get more practice in shooting a handgun. I have seen videos and was honestly quite inpressed with the high point handgun i always thought they were big pieces. But if you watch the youtube video type "hi point test " you would be amazed as well. But anyway im not set on that i would like a accurate and reliable gun. Im not using it for carry so i would like a full sized weapon. Then honestly someday i want probably a glock and several other guns so this will just be the cheap night stand gun. But any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Hi-Point handgun and wanting to become a police officer. How many policemen have you seen shoot the Hi-Point?

    Save your money and purchase what is normally used by the police in your area.

    If you do a search on Hi-Point, you will find that there are people who either like or dislike them.

    IMO, you would be better off purchasing a handgun that is easier to get accessories (extra mags, holster), and that can be repaired easily in the local area (i.e. warranty issues).

    Go to a nearby range and watch. You will see what others are buying and shooting in the area and you will have a chance to ask questions.
     

  3. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    If you want a gun that you'll rarely shoot and tuck it away just in case you should ever need it, Hi Point will do the trick for under $200.

    If you actually want to shoot regularly, build a skill, and have that skill translate to a future career, buy something better. For $250-350 you can get into some really decent Rugers or a S&W Sigma (aka SW9ve). I've actually seen used Sigmas go for $200. These guns will be quite applicable to what might be a future law enforcement sidearm, and they'll be reliable pistols for a long time.

    IMO the difference in quality that extra $100 or so affords you is immense.
     
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  4. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Agree with Sweeper, spend a little more and get a Sigma 9 or .40, nothing wrong with a nightstand Hi-point, but a Glock it ain't, you want practice with something comparable, Dad has a Sigma, not pretty IMO (but it's a show piece compared to the Hi-point), it's a great gun.
     
  5. rj55rj

    rj55rj New Member

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    If you have a range near by that rents guns, try a few different types.
    This will help as what to buy.

    RJ
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am a huge S&W fan, but the newer Sigmas are the reason they have a n awful reputation. The triggers are beyond bad. I have a 40C and a 9V. The triggers are far better than the VE series. Look for a used F or C model, but avoid the serial number prefix PAA or PAB. The first ones put out in .40 were chambered too tight. Most were sent back and rebarrelled, but you don't need the aggravation incase you get one that has not been corrected even though S&W will still fix them free.
     
  7. Eric0424

    Eric0424 New Member

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    Like others have said, if you push your price up to $300-400 there are a lot of better options out there. Taurus, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Sig and Bersa all have pistols in that price range and are much better suited for frequent range visits. A lot of gun shops have a layaway plan that can help finance a more expensive weapon with most of us being squeezed by the current economy.

    ...and a good used 9mm pistol can save some cash as well. Just shop around you local gun stores and ask about a layaway plan.
     
  8. gatopardo

    gatopardo New Member

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    Hi-point 40 caliber, I love shooting mine. Good luck
     
  9. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    If you are learning to shoot a handgun and you are wanting to be a cop, save some more money and buy something that you most likely will be carrying. I know this isn't what you wanted to here, but in CA if you want to be a cop, most of the time you have to pay for the academy yourself and supply your own gun. Here if you showed up to the Academy with a Hi-point you would get sent home until you found a "acceptable" gun. So why spend $200 now only to $300-500 later when you enroll in the Academy?
     
  10. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    The hi point will do the job for $200 -
    However when you walk out the dealers door you'd be hard pressed to re sell it for $100 :eek:
     
  11. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    That's true
     
  12. bgeddes

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    If you really want to spend $200 on a gun you can't use in the Police academy, buy a .22lr. There are some decent ones for $200-ish brand new. You can practice shooting, work on some drills, etc, and save the money you would be using to feed the cheap centerfire gun. One $12 box of ammo is an afternoon at the range with a .22, and just barely a box of 9mm. In the end you can either keep the .22 for practice and introducing people to handguns, or sell it for ammo for your new service pistol. Start saving and shopping for a good 9mm that fits you. For the cost of a few thousand rounds of 9mm you can buy a good pistol.

    Hi-points are OK, but you could spend your money better in my opinion.
     
  13. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    +1 on bgeddes. Buy whatever Notkdu gave away here, fairly cheap, mimic a Glock which most PDs carry. Shoot a lot. Are you old enough to buy a handgun?
     
  14. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Find someone that has a glock. Let them shoot an H&K. You'll probably get the glock for 200.00. :p
     
  15. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    If you have patience you can take that same guy and let him shoot a 1911 and then you'll have a choice between the HK or the Glock.:p
     
  16. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Now,see there ya go. People like you (that disagree with me) give this forum a bad name! ;)
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    yeah ill second that. it actually happened to me. used to have a hk usp .45 way back when they were new. got to shoot a 1911 sold the hk and bought my first colt. somone got a good deal on the HK usp.
     
  18. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Looking at the Market Place section

    I found this deal from one of the memebers here. Sigma 40 $250.
     
  19. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Man, I could go hangout in the 1911 sub(standard)forum if I wanted this kind of abuse. :(
     
  20. cghamm117

    cghamm117 New Member

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    Well thank you all for the input. I still have about two too four years left of college because so the whole handgun i would take to the academy is not going to be a hi point i promise that. Hopefully i will have three or four more guns by then. Im still kind of in the air i mean i realize using the same quality would be best too get "good" but like i said maybe buying something i can learn some more basics on and then someday be a truck or nightstand gun. But also i seen someone ask if i was old enough. And actually im 20 so i cannot even purchase one but my step dad would buy it and i would just shoot it around my house ( live out in middle of no where and have a range for rifles and such). Which actually brought me too another question. If i am 20 in illinois have a valid FOID card does anyone know if i can transport a handgun thaty my stepdad bought like to a range?