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Old January 25, 2015, 11:13 PM   #1
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buying my last pistol for a while what should I get

so guys since the place that I work at is probably going out of business this week. i wanted to get me one last pistol. but I am trying to decide between a semi auto in 40 s&w or a revolver in 38 special. i would like it to be able to be used for target shooting but also be able to be used as a ccw gun also. so guys give me all your thoughts. and thanks in advance.
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Old January 25, 2015, 11:26 PM   #2
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I know the .357 magnum is not on your list, but that's what I'd get.
That would be the power of .40, plus all the .38 special. For some powerful application full load of .357 magnum available.
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Old January 25, 2015, 11:34 PM   #3
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buying my last pistol for a while what should I get
This thread title infers that you already have one, or more handguns. Let's start there. ???
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Old January 26, 2015, 07:17 AM   #4
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A 3" (or maybe 4") 38 is versatile.

If you want a 357 instead, it's a little heavier but gives you more ammo options.
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Old January 26, 2015, 08:26 AM   #5
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Tristar C-100. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_1860/products_id/85175/TriStar+85024+C-100+40S%26W+3.9%22+Chrome+12%2B1+Poly+Grips+Steel

http://www.czfirearms.us/index.php?topic=68426.0
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Old January 26, 2015, 09:05 AM   #6
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I don't have any recommendations but I don't think the choice really matters.

I think I have about 20 "last handguns I'm going to buy" and if I'm honest with my self, I'm sure there will me more "one last handguns" in the future.
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Old January 26, 2015, 11:34 AM   #7
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One of my friends, who died just this year, bought his 'last' motorcycle and painted "Last One" on the tank.

He was up to "Last One VI" before he died.

"Never" and "Last One" are so temporary...
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Old January 26, 2015, 02:28 PM   #8
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I would get a glock 35 or a S&W J frame.
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Old January 26, 2015, 04:05 PM   #9
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i wanted to get me one last pistol. but I am trying to decide between a semi auto in 40 s&w or a revolver in 38 special. i would like it to be able to be used for target shooting but also be able to be used as a ccw gun also. so guys give me all your thoughts.
My thoughts: for the purposes, either will server.

If you're looking at loss of needed income, I'd worry about an extra gun later.
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Old January 26, 2015, 04:15 PM   #10
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If the place you are working is going out of business this week, I would buy my "last gun" with money from my next job as a reward for getting a new job.
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Old January 26, 2015, 07:12 PM   #11
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^^^^^^ +1 to that.

But I'll still play, if the OP can answer the inevitable question .......what do you already have?
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Old January 26, 2015, 07:39 PM   #12
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well i already have two 9mm's and a 380 auto all semi autos. no revolvers yet though. the pistol is actually gone to be a late birthday present.

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Old January 26, 2015, 07:40 PM   #13
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Id say anything in CZ, SIG, COLT, DAN WESSON, or maybe even a nice KIMBER, (if you can get one that runs). Oh yeah, I almost forgot... everyone should have either a GLOCK 19 or 23
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Old January 26, 2015, 11:05 PM   #14
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For target *and* CCW? I just picked up one of these. Absolutely love it.

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Old January 27, 2015, 12:01 AM   #15
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Brian48 who makes that pistol and what is it chambered in?
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Old January 27, 2015, 06:45 PM   #16
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O.K. Iceman, thanks for answering. I would think you are due for a revolver. A 4" inch barrell seems like a reasonable compromise between CCW and target practice. Petsonally I would bump up to. 357 magnum, a very versatile cartridge, very lethal for personal protection, and yet still can assimilate. 38 Special if necessary.

I am fond of S&W, and think a 686 is the ultimate. But there could be better, modern choices; shop around.
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Old January 27, 2015, 06:59 PM   #17
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hmmm....last paycheck for awhile, going to buy a pistol...

price range? hi-point or Kimber range?

in .40 for an expensive gun, I would want the P239 DAK

in a cheaper gun, I would want the Taurus PT140 gen 2

just hope taxes won't be subsidizing this pistol.
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Old January 27, 2015, 09:49 PM   #18
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No taxes won't be subsided. I have been saving the money for this.
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Old January 27, 2015, 10:54 PM   #19
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It is kind of like saying what kind of car should I buy.

It is a personal decision based on your preferences. There are several trigger configurations, several safety device options, several different sizes, different materials, etc.

At this point there are 19 posts. I bet between us we have over a hundred different guns, ( I have over 20 ). I doubt if we would be able to agree on what a perfect gun for you would be.

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Old January 28, 2015, 03:02 AM   #20
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How about a Ruger LCR 9mm. Small carry revolver that you already have ammo for. That's probably my next one.
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Old January 28, 2015, 06:52 AM   #21
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I would recommend either a S&W m19 or m66 with 4" bbl. They both offer everything you are looking for and then some. They carry and conceal quite well in a quality 3-slot belt holster. Shoot accurately, retain good value if you do your part in the care of them, and like other stated, you get the added benefit of 357mag power if you decide you need it.

There's really no downside to one of these two choices based on what you say you are looking for... Except they will generally run you a little more $$$ than the average 40 cal....
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Old January 28, 2015, 07:58 AM   #22
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Brian48 who makes that pistol and what is it chambered in?
It's a SW1911 Sub-Compact in 45acp. I haven't carried my Ruger SR9C at all since I got this gun a few weeks ago.
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Old January 28, 2015, 07:50 PM   #23
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I think you should buy your first revolver. I had two semi-automatics when I bought my SAA cowboy revolver. I bought a cheap Heritage Rough Rider 22lr/22mag. I wanted a Single Six but being cheap, I spent the same money or less and got the revolver and a Henry lever action 22. I enjoy shooting them more than I do my semi-auto pistols and rifles and it reminds me of the TV shows and movies I saw as a kid. I can shoot all day for just a little money since it takes longer to shoot and reload and the ammo is cheap if you are careful where you buy it and can find it.
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Old January 28, 2015, 09:42 PM   #24
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I already have a heritage rough rider that I bought about 4 or 5 months ago.
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Old January 29, 2015, 07:19 PM   #25
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finally decided

so I went to my local gun shop today and looked at some of the guns that he had in stock. and I decided to get one of the charter arms 38 special undercover revolvers that he had so i got it for 316.00 so I didn't think that it was a bad price.
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