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Old April 24, 2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Help me pick my next gun

I've got budget of about $1,500. Here's the categories I'm looking at:

-all metal 9mm semi-auto (CZ, Beretta, ?)
-Sphinx SDP
-perhaps an HK in 9mm (already have a P7 PSP)
-revolver in .357 mag (I'm thinking a GP100, not interested in a SW with internal lock).
-a .22 or .17hmr rifle (lever or bolt)
-????

NO centerfire rifles. The range I shoot at only allows pistols in any caliber (including centerfire) and rimfire rifles.

I'm open to any other interesting suggestions. I know I can get something pretty cool for $1,500, I just can't decide what. Any ideas?
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Old April 24, 2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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CZ 455FS in .17HMR goes for about $550 and is worth a look for a rifle. It's full length stock, bolt action that is nice looking, accurate, smooth action, good trigger.

Henry Golden Boy is another nice .17 HMR and is less than $500. Extremely smooth action and very accurate.

Both are worth a look based on your criteria, and would leave you about $1000 for a decent hand gun. CZ makes some nice 9mm semi autos worth looking at.
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Old April 24, 2014, 10:32 PM   #3
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With a budget of $1500, I would pick up a used pre ILS S&W K frame and a CZ 75B or similar variant. With the extra $500, I would send the CZ to one of the custom shops, fine tune it, and buy some ammo. Those are two of the best weapons in my collection for defense and target shooting, and can wholeheartedly reccomend them.
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Old April 24, 2014, 10:40 PM   #4
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Dan Wesson Valor 45ACP for around $1500 http://czcustom.com/danwessonvalorss.aspx
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Old April 25, 2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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S&W 625 Pre lock 3-4 inch Revolver
SIG 227 SAS Gen 2

Both are .45 ACP
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Old April 25, 2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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Here are my suggestions:

Sig X-Five, Competition - you might find one barely used in that price range - accuracy is truly phenomenal.

Sphinx AT2000, if you can find one

Tanfoglio Stock II or Limited - 10mm, 45acp, 40 or I believe 9mm (best buy for the money).

If you want a 1911, you can find a good one in that range.
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Old April 25, 2014, 01:52 PM   #7
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Shop for a variety of used guns.....( good older, high quality S&W revolvers...even a lot of N frames will be under $ 1,500 ), a lot of good used 1911's out there in that price range, a variety of Sig Sauer's ....

and make sure you have some fun doing it ...( buy what fits your hands -- not mine )....but I'd have to cry myself to sleep at nite, if I didn't have at least one well made 1911 in 9mm....or at least one well made, older now, S&W revolver in .357 mag - like model 19's, or 27's , or 28's or even model 66's or 686's....
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Old April 25, 2014, 06:39 PM   #8
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-revolver in .357 mag (I'm thinking a GP100, not interested in a SW with internal lock).
Find a classic S&W.
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Old April 25, 2014, 07:11 PM   #9
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Old April 25, 2014, 07:50 PM   #10
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STI VIP in 9mm. Why? because I just got one.
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Old April 25, 2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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You mentioned HK. The USP 9 Expert or Tactical might be a great addition.
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Old April 25, 2014, 09:11 PM   #12
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p226 and a GP100.

There the ultimate answer...
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Old April 25, 2014, 09:28 PM   #13
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A CZ single action from Angus Hobdell's shop will show you that you are a better shot than you think. Also a Les Baer that you can find used for $1500.
A used S&W model 19 or 586 are good bets. There are a lot of good used "shooters" available if you spend some time looking.
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Old April 25, 2014, 10:46 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the ideas guys. I'm thinking a used SW and/or perhaps a CZ from the custom shop now.
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Old April 26, 2014, 02:35 PM   #15
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Hi,

For Handgun.. well, I think everyone should own a nice .357!

I think that a Ruger GP100 is an excellent choice. You can get a 3",4" or 6" in either blue or stainless for less then half your budget. They also have the Match Champion and the Wiley Clapp versions. Nothing wrong with that!
http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/index.html

Your idea of a Used pre-lock Smith and Wesson is also a great idea. I would look hard for a pre-lock 586 with 4" barrel. Those are real nice and you should be able to fine a pristine example for your price range.
http://www.gunbroker.com/
http://www.gunsamerica.com/
http://www.gunsinternational.com/

Or, You could get one of those new production Dan Wesson Model 715 .357 mag revolvers found on CZ's site. They are stainless steel and come with the 6" barrel for about $1,100. But, great thing about them is the barrel can be removed with a special tool and exchanged for smaller barrels. So, you could get a 2.5" and a 4" barrel later and have a really cool 3-guns-in-one.
http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/dan-wesson-715/

For Rimfire Rifle:

How about a CZ 455 Lux in .22lr? The Lux model has a great shaped stock for iron sight shooting and the wood is very nice. Well made and accurate guns.

http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/455lux/

And since the CZ 455 rifle's caliber can be changed, you could buy a 17 HMR barrel set and a 22 WMR barrel set.

http://shop.cz-usa.com/ProductDetail...Cal-17-Hmr-Lux
http://shop.cz-usa.com/ProductDetail...-Cal-22wmr-Lux


The .22lr 455 lux, and both barrel sets will be about $700 total. So, one gun, three calibers for less then half you budget.


Geez, for $1500, you could get a new CZ 455 with two extra barrel sets ($700) and a new Ruger GP100 ($575-$700) and still come in just under budget!

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Old April 28, 2014, 04:18 PM   #16
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classic rimfires

Colt Diamondbacks in .22LR are rare but great quality and, I think, great "Python" looks -- quite likely to increase in value over time if in top condition - 4 or 6" barrels.
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Old April 28, 2014, 06:51 PM   #17
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No pistol-cartridge rifles?

Is there a chance your range would allow a lever in .357 or .44 magnum?
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Old April 28, 2014, 07:40 PM   #18
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Old April 28, 2014, 09:33 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys.

I ended up buying a Sphinx SDP Alpha today.
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Old April 28, 2014, 11:04 PM   #20
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Good choice. I like the Sphinx.
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Old April 29, 2014, 12:19 AM   #21
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1500 limit and looking for a possible 357 mag??id try and find a deal on a nice colt python I have found good shape ones for about that range
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Old April 29, 2014, 04:53 PM   #22
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Buy an old Model 10 for $200 and spend the rest on ammo.
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Old May 7, 2014, 09:40 PM   #23
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The Wiley Clapp GP100 is not too hard on the eyes!
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Old May 8, 2014, 03:51 PM   #24
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For $1500 I'd get a Dan Wesson 1911. But I know what I want.
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Old May 11, 2014, 12:22 PM   #25
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$1,500? I'm surprised nobody bas mentioned a Colt Python - you could find one at that price if you look and not worry about having to put the change in your pocket.

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