What should I buy?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by pumpkinball, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. pumpkinball

    pumpkinball New Member

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    Okay F.T. guys,
    I'm toting a 357 revolver right now, but I'm wanting to go back to semi-auto. 9mm has always kind of been my caliber, but I might go with something different. 9's are about the cheapest ammo in knock down size, and they don't break your wrist. Like I said I might go with something different if the gun really suits me like I think it should. I am pretty well set on compact because sub-compact ain't enough to hold on to and I like to shoot at the range fairly often. Plus the mouse guns have no accuracy, they would be fine if were looking for a back up or last resort, but I'm not. Full size is just too big right now because I want something to carry and keep concealed. Keep in mind I'm 5'9" and 190lb so I'm not a large framed guy. I have looked at the Kel-Tec PF9 but I hear it's too snappy. The Bersa Thunder CC380 is nice but the ammo is almost twice that of the 9mm Luger. Others have caught my attention but I'm also on a budget. I would really like to keep it under 300. Before you get all wound up on me, just read on. The Glock and the XD are nice but I'm one of those "Hammer" guys. The 1911 is unarguably wonderful, but I am also one of those "Double Action" guys. Also I like single stack for better carrying comfort and concealability. And I'd like to stick with something that will hold up well in all extreme conditions because this will be on me at all times. Oh yeah. I almost forgot, there's nothing wrong with my revolver, I'm just not comfortable with it. When I get something new, my lil' snubby is going to stay in the truck with me so if I need it when I'm in the truck, I won't be fight the seat belt and any other obstructions to get it out.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Pumpkinball
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Just wondering... Didn't you post about the same thing in another section?
     

  3. pumpkinball

    pumpkinball New Member

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    Yes sort of, but that question got answered indirectly so I'm just wanting opinions. There are lots of options and while my budget is low, I like for my decisions to be good ones and that I'm going to like and want to keep what I get. I have had dozens of handguns in the past that I just bought at the spur of the moment, only to later find that I wasn't truely happy. If you have been in the world of guns for any legnth of time then you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. I like many different styles is the problem, but I've learned to slow down and think how it's going to cope with me and my everyday functions. Not just buy it because it's a good gun at a good deal. That's really the reason for joining this forum. And have since found that there other great things about being a member here. I like to give my two cents as well as hear everyone elses. I'm looking to make a purchase in the near future and want to be 100% satisfied for a long long long while. Normally by the time I get a new one home I'm already thinking how I can trade it.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    If you can have this shipped to your FFL, you will not regret it. It's a 9mm clone of the Browning Hi Power. It will take 13 rounds in a double stack magazine and it's still incredibly slim. 15rd mags are available as well. (MecGar makes the best mags for them)

    It's dirt cheap and an outstanding pistol. It will meet all of your criteria and more.

    Link: FM Argentine
     
  5. kcolg

    kcolg New Member

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    If you are on a tight budget check out Bersa thunder or minithunder on 9 mm,double action ,hammer, good gun for the money
     
  6. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    If you're looking for a reliable double action 9mm pistol with single stack magazine, I think a Sig might be the best choice. A P239 or P225 (P6) would serve you well.
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Two 9mm choices;

    A vintage P35 Browning High Power

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    I got this one on gunbroker.com for $550.

    Or to save cash and get a new gun;

    Arcus 98DAC Double Action Compact Pistol, Cal. 9mm (The Bulgarian Browning High Power)

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    Arcus 98DAC 9mm Duo-tone $346.99
     
  8. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    (Read Cane's siggy).
     
  9. rugermatt

    rugermatt New Member

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    lots of people i know carry compact 1911's, these can get a little pricey. i have been looking at the ruger sr9c, i can't speak from any experience, but it looks and feels like a great little gun.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I really can't think of anything worth having that I would trust for under $300.

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  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm sorry but I can't think of a pistol I would trust my life with for under $300. I would save a little more and buy a better pistol.
     
  12. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I see used Ruger P95s all the time for less than $300 in my area. Good solid guns but a bit large & chunky for carry. The FM Argentine High Power that CA357 posted a link to is also a very solid gun...
     
  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I had an Argentine FM Hi Power. I would have trusted my life on it. I wouldn't have posted the link if I had any doubts about the pistols quality. They are a real bargain and an excellent pistol.

    As far as the Ruger SR9C, I've handled one and it feels very good. However, my feeling is that it hasn't been around long enough that I'd trust my life to it.
     
  14. gandog56

    gandog56 New Member

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    A 357 SIG is pretty close to a .357 125 grain load. And my SIG P229 is pretty darned accurate.
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  15. ruger45

    ruger45 New Member

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    no compacts for me

    I was looking for a compact 45acp but none of them felt good in my hands, they where to small. When i held them my little finger wasn't on the grip. Noway i was buying one.