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Old October 2, 2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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New/Used 9mm under $200?

Plinking & Nightstand only. No CCW, no competitions. I had thought I'd be able to save up $$ to buy a nicer gun, but the money's flowing in the wrong direction, and I want to get shooting!

Any suggestions? What is the trigger mechanism of Hi-Point pistols (SA, DA/SA, or DA)? Saw a Taurus PT-111 once for $200 used, as well as a Bersa Thunder .38. Any thoughts?
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Old October 2, 2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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Bersa Thunder .38
Taurus PT-111 Mill Pro
S&W 9VE

Any thoughts on comparing these? (I know the Bersa's a .38, but I'm considering it).
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Old October 2, 2005, 09:04 PM   #3
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The Bersa is a .380... nice gun. Why not the Bersa 9mm?
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Old October 2, 2005, 09:24 PM   #4
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under $200 in good condition? 2 choices
Makarov 9x18
Bersa Thunder .380
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Old October 2, 2005, 09:32 PM   #5
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Star Model B and Star Model BM.
Both under $150, both 9mm para.
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Old October 2, 2005, 09:45 PM   #6
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The Bersa is a .380... nice gun. Why not the Bersa 9mm?
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.380 is 9mm..
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Old October 2, 2005, 09:58 PM   #7
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.380 is 9mm..
No a .380 is a .380 not a 9mm just like a .38 is not a .357 and a .40 is not a 10mm
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Old October 2, 2005, 10:25 PM   #8
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9x18 Mak is isn't cheap locally (usually), but you can mail order it for about $6/50.

The Makarov is small, reliable, and accurate if you don't mind its winky little sights.
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Old October 2, 2005, 10:54 PM   #9
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You could check out a Hi-point in 9mm, theres a massive thread about Hi-point pistols, you should look at it. You can get a brand new 9mm Hi-point for around $120.

P.S. Since when is .380 auto the same as 9x19mm It's not, they are very different calibers.
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Old October 3, 2005, 01:40 AM   #10
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juna,

hi points r SA only. the hi point 9mm is a good choice for the price and 9mm ammo is dirt cheap 100rds for around $10 depending one where u buy ammo. the bersa 380 is a good gun but it will probly run a bit over $200 after taxes and transfer fee.
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Old October 3, 2005, 06:59 AM   #11
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+1 for the star BM.
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Old October 3, 2005, 08:39 AM   #12
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+ 1 for the Mak. Bought mine for $150. Most larger stores carry the ammo.
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Old October 3, 2005, 09:46 AM   #13
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A used Kel-Tec P11

You might find a used P-11 for under $200. Compact and reliable. See this link:

http://www.mouseguns.com/ideal.htm
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Old October 3, 2005, 09:59 AM   #14
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Well, he's kind of right.

.380ACP = 9x17
9mm Makarov = 9x18
9mm Luger/Parabellum = 9x19
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Old October 3, 2005, 10:54 AM   #15
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If you could somehow squeeze your budget to 250.00, the world widens immensely. Third Generation Smiths, Rugers, Brand New Bersa, etc.
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Old October 3, 2005, 10:58 AM   #16
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I do agree with lillysdad. If you can squeeze and few buck outta that wallet, it will give you quite a few more options to choose from.
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Old October 3, 2005, 12:55 PM   #17
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I saw a KelTec 9mm for just a bit over $200 this weekend, new at MC Sports. Don't know if they're any good.
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Old October 3, 2005, 02:22 PM   #18
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SOG has star BMs right now for $150.
http://www.southernohiogun.com/surplushandguns.html
4" barrel, about the right size for carry, just a little too heavy for carry, since it's all steel. That just means it's easier to shoot well.
Best bang for buck I've seen in this thread yet.
Incidentally, I bought a S&W 5904 a few years back, used, from gander mountain. I wasn't happy with it's accuracy at the 25 yard line (Sights were good for 15 yards, no farther.), but it was certainly a competent self defense piece. NEVER showed any signs of wanting to malfunction. It was dirty when I got it, and I mean dirty.
Too dirty to touch. Too dirty to look at. Too dirty to think about. Prolly a police trade-in.
Hoppes wouldn't even touch it. I had to disassemble and scrape the carbon out of it.
Came with 3 14 round mags for $199, back when that was a major selling point.
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Old October 3, 2005, 11:07 PM   #19
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Star BM - Yes!

You really need to check out the Star BM. Mine is ugly with a worn finish but it shoots VERY nicely!

I've decided to make a "project gun" out of it to pretty it up a bit. Click here to check it out

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Old October 3, 2005, 11:46 PM   #20
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I was going to mention the Star as well. Although a few places I've looked here in this part of the world seem to think it's $50-100 more than its worth.
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Old October 4, 2005, 07:53 AM   #21
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A used Ruger P-series can be had for a little over $200 I imagine.
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Old October 4, 2005, 08:44 AM   #22
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Why not the CZ75? Perhaps a used one can be had for US$200, don't know US prices. At least here in Europe they are quite cheap. Full size 9mm semi-auto made of steel.. I would always choose full-size weapons. 9mm is the cheapest caliber for semi-autos. The CZ75 has one of the best price/value ratios IMHO.
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Old October 4, 2005, 08:53 AM   #23
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I vote for a Bersa Thunder 3880 auto

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/25373

Or

Ruger P95 9mm

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976584842.htm

Or

Something different Feg 9mm.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976631964.htm

Or

Yet another different choice Arcus Hi Power 9mm

http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=38062144

All can be had for under $250. I agree with others if you can scrape together $50 more you will be much better off.

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Old October 4, 2005, 08:56 AM   #24
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Kojak

If you know where I can get a $200 CZ 75 please let me know.
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Old October 4, 2005, 11:24 AM   #25
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I would go for the Makarov, the ammo is becoming much more available and is cheap mailorder. I had a Bersa Thunder .380 and although it looked great it jammed consistently even after being returned twice to the factory for repair. IMO Bersas are cheap because they are cheaply made. The Makarov is a military/police weapon that has done the job for decades, because it works reliably. Just my .02.
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