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Depends what you call a Budget pistol price to be.

S&W Sigma are pretty inexpensive. Around 300 bucks.
Bersa Thunder 40's are around 425
There's a few Taurus pistols that are around 375-425-ish.
Then again toy might look around for a used pistol can get a pretty nice one and save a little green.
 

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Years ago I realized that I was carrying around a Colt Officer's ACP that I had a lot of money invested in, and that I would just cry if it got lost, stolen, or confiscated. So I looked around, and bought whay was the first of the compact .40 calibers -- a Firestar. Although different internally, the controls are the same as a 1911. I liked it so much I bought a second one as backup. These are great little pistols, and generally under-rated by those who haven't fired on. Although they haven't been made in years, a used one is not hard to find. I cannot recommend them highly enough for a budget .40 caliber.
 

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So since I first posted this I have just been saving every week and now I have a budget of 600 and now I'm looking at a like new HK USP 40 or FNX 40
I really like the FNX and FNP Look around ya might find a Para Ord too. I have all of 350.00 in a P16. It has the huge capacity so many love and they are extremely accurate. But truth be told the HK or FN pisatols are pretty nice. I'm not a big fan of HK but that has more to do with value than it's operation. I just think they are overpriced.
 

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Myke2209 said:
So since I first posted this I have just been saving every week and now I have a budget of 600 and now I'm looking at a like new HK USP 40 or FNX 40
I like the approach of saving up a bit more for a slightly higher quality gun. We took the budget route with our first handgun, a Taurus PT140 (40 S&W) that we paid right around $350 for I believe. We've had a lot of problems with it. Sights popping off, and now the magazine ejects itself on every shot. We need to send it in to get the magazine issue fixed, but we're still waiting on the replacement sights to come in. I'm not discounting all Taurus', I'm just saying we had bad experiences with ours.

So I guess I like the idea of saving a bit more money.

Don't eat that pizza as often. Smoke one less pack of cigarettes a week. Don't go to the movie theater every weekend. Eat less fast food. Things like that add up quickly.
 
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