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Old January 25, 2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Full sized 9mm for under $400?

Looking to buy my first handgun and don't really have a lot of money to throw around. I figured a nine would be functional and good to learn on. I know it's a bit of a broad request but if you guys had any ideas I'd really appreciate it.
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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Glock 17 is ALMOST in your price range. But have you considered a 22?

http://www.ruger.com/products/sr22Pistol/models.html

That'll get your skills sharp assuming you can find 22 ammo these days, and MUCH cheaper if you're gunna shoot 1000 rounds to train.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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It's already out...I'm a sigma owner/lover! The S&W SD9VE may be right, price-wise at least. Probably my next pistol. Try a few different ones. Tri-Star or Canik 100, Ruger P95 are a couple of others you can find at or near that price. Good luck, have fun!
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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Can't go wrong with the Sig Sauer SP2022. Was my first handgun and I've never come close to regretting the purchase. Don't shoot it as much anymore, but it always seems to make it's way out to the range for new shooters after they've gotten comfortable with the .22.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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Ruger P95 is a solid choice as well.


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Old January 25, 2013, 09:17 PM   #6
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Oops, yes, definitely add the SP2022 to your list if you're settled on a 9.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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$300-$400 range:

SD9VE, P95, SP2022
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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Well I've already got a ruger 22 target pistol and I'm aware that a 45 might be a better self defense round but I figure for a gun that's only going to be used at the range and maybe in some extreme situation home defense my wallets going to appreciate a nine. Maybe I'm wrong but I figure a lot of people still depend on a nine so it can't be that bad of a round.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:29 PM   #9
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If somebody knows of a 45 for cheap I'd consider that too ill eventually just get both anyways.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:31 PM   #10
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Full sized 9mm for under $400?
Ruger P series (P89, P95). Bersa Thunder 9.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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Ruger SR9 for right at 400, in my area
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Old January 25, 2013, 11:42 PM   #12
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U think those prices have gone up now? What with the panic buyers and everything.
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Old January 25, 2013, 11:45 PM   #13
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I paid $400 for my RIA 1911. No regrets.
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Old January 25, 2013, 11:47 PM   #14
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I paid $399 plus tax last weekend for my Stoeger Cougar chambered in .40 S&W. I loved how it felt in my hand and it has a pretty good reputation.

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Old January 26, 2013, 12:08 AM   #15
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Fwiw i too paid 399 for the cougar 8000, which is of course the 9mm version.
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Old January 26, 2013, 12:26 AM   #16
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I was in a similar boat not too long ago. I created a new thread as well for what I was considering. One of my criteria I was looking for was a manual safety lever. The pistol I was considering was a Taurus PT809 in the $350 range. After getting some feedback I decided to spend a little more to get a little more quality. I purchased a Beretta PX4 Storm for $499 at my local shop.
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Old January 26, 2013, 12:40 AM   #17
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At $400, you are probably looking used. I got my carry gun (CZ-75BD in 9mm) for about $480 used at a gun shop near me. I would second the chorus of folks suggesting the p95- excellent weapon. I would also humbly suggest looking at a Sig p250- the modular design makes it easy to swicth calibers or sizes with the right X-change kit. You might want a full size .45 and a subcompact 9mm, and get the gun and conversion kit for a total investment of about $650. It's not a bad little gun, and makes switching calibers easy.

Armslist and Gunbroker may be your friend on this one...
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Old January 26, 2013, 03:35 PM   #18
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Stoeger/Beretta Cougar. $369 NIB. Spectacular value.

http://www.stoegerindustries.com/fir...ger-cougar.php
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Old January 26, 2013, 03:50 PM   #19
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The SD9VE is a good option. Ruger P95 is good too. Really depends on if you prefer a striker or da/sa trigger.

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Old January 26, 2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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Why not save your money for another couple of months and get one in the $500-$600 range, like a Glock or Springfield? (Or just one more month, and get a used version of those in the $400-$500 range?)
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Old January 26, 2013, 04:26 PM   #21
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Local gun shop had a new Ruger SR45 in stock this morning for $409.00
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Old January 26, 2013, 06:33 PM   #22
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Why not save your money for another couple of months and get one in the $500-$600 range, like a Glock or Springfield? (Or just one more month, and get a used version of those in the $400-$500 range?)
In normal times that would be good advice.
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Old January 26, 2013, 06:45 PM   #23
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Where do you live? I have a great condition Ruger p345 in your price range for FTF sale
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Old January 26, 2013, 07:16 PM   #24
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Local gun shop had a new Ruger SR45 in stock this morning for $409.00
Yup would have brought that home, or should I say filled out the paperwork and waited forever to bring it home!
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Old January 26, 2013, 07:20 PM   #25
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Yep, $409.00 is a great price. Would have bought it myself if I hadn't just bought a Sig P220 carry yesterday.
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