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Old October 27, 2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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i was thinking of spending 500-600 for a semi auto pistoll, then i starting to consider the option of spending a lesser amount. the reason for that is, maybe i get a good quality semi-auto between 300-400...is that possible, to get a quality, reliable, and great functioning semi-auto in the price range...or is it, you get what you pay for in guns.

not sure, but right now, stricker, double /single action...but its not written in stone.
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Although not striker fired the Tristar pistols would be just right in that price range. Tristar is the importer. The guns are made by Canik out of Turkey and from personal experience the quaility is superb. My t-120 which is a Jericho/baby eagle clone has been flawless and has quality superior to its $349 price tag. I highly recommend their line of pistols. I have not read a bad review yet of one of there pistols. Just my 2 cents.
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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300 to 400....perhaps looking for a good used pistol in that range.
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:37 PM   #5
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+1 on the Tristar. Great for the money.
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:38 PM   #6
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Guns are largely get what you pay for, but there are some good options in the $300-400 range.

At the top end around $400 you have the Ruger SR-series and Stoeger Cougar. Ruger really stands behind their product and the Stoeger is a Beretta design made on Beretta machinery by a Beretta-owned company. The exact same pistol use to cost $600-700. It's my favorite budget offering because it's not budget design or quality at all. The Ruger is striker-fired DAO, the Stoeger is hammer-fired DA/SA.

In the $300-350 range there are some great workhorse pistols. The Smith & Wesson SD-VE series comes in 9 (SD9VE) and .40 (SD40VE) and was an amalgamation of the $300-ish Sigma VE series and $400-ish SD series. It retails around $315-340. It is a Striker-fired DAO.

There's also the recently discontinued but great Ruger P95 available on Gunbroker for $340-360, great tough pistols. It is a hammer-fired DA/SA

In .380 the Bersa Thunder .380 guns are a great midsize conceal option for about $300, but the cost of .380 ammo will make it more expensive in the long run. It is a hammer-fired DA/SA.

There is also a boat load of great used stuff.

Best of luck.

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Old October 27, 2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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Take a look at the Ruger SR series, I've had some experience with SR9's and wouldn't have a problem recommending them.
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:52 PM   #8
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Look at backpage.com, lots of guns in your price range, but prudence applies.
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Old October 27, 2013, 11:15 PM   #9
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You might be able to find a new SIG SP2022 at $400. They did go up with the recent increase demand in firearms this spring and summer but I am hearing reports of them being found back near $400. Easily my top pick at that price point. Another one I would recommend checking out at close to $400 is the Walther PPX.

IMO if at all possible I would suggest putting your price point closer to $500 - $550 and then there is a whole another world of quality pistols available such as Glocks, M&Ps, CZs, Berettas, Walther PPQ, and XD. Even a CPO (certified pre owned) SIG classic P series can be found at that price point.

Good luck!

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Old October 28, 2013, 12:31 AM   #10
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Springfield XD, Sig 2022, lightly used Glock or S&W M&P.
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Old October 28, 2013, 12:59 AM   #11
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Police trade in Glocks at CDNN and elsewhere. $339 to $379 - local shop here has them for the $379 price. They are full size .40 cal guns though.
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Old October 28, 2013, 02:13 AM   #12
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The $500-$600 range is kind of a sweet spot. LOTS of quality there. I'd suggest holding out for that.
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Old October 28, 2013, 03:13 AM   #13
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TriStar/Canik makes a striker DA/SA pistol a lot like a Walther P99. Exactly like you describe. Bersa has a Kahr like polymer gun out.

Most other budget 9mms are more traditional hammer fired guns. TriStar, Arcus, Ruger, Armalite, Feg, S&W 5906 all are terrific pistols that come either new or lightly used in or below your budget.
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Old October 28, 2013, 03:23 AM   #14
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great advice....the tri-star steel frame.......the sig sauer sp2022, i can get that for $474 , $534 with night sights....is the night sights worth it...sort of the reason i want a handgun. i live in phoenix next to the north mountain preserve, i am out in there at 2am a lot, walking my cats....i don,t feel safe without some protection...coyotes, who knows who is out there.
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Old October 28, 2013, 04:15 AM   #15
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Having shot a little in the dark, night sights are the single greatest low light shooting aid there is. Human eyes can make out targets well enough at night without a light, but you won't be able to see the sights well enough to hit anything without night sights. A really good investment if you are serious about night defense.
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Old October 28, 2013, 05:53 AM   #16
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I'd get the Sig, and I'd get it with night sights.
Night sights are probably something you're going to want, and the extra $60 or so they charge for them is less than you'd be able to get them for (even if you install them yourself).

Unless you decide to start collecting, or really get into shooting it should be all the gun you ever need.
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Old October 28, 2013, 08:22 AM   #17
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In that price range, I'd look at a good S&W 2nd Gen 9mm, like the 659. I think the 3rd gen 9mm's are going for a bit more now, more like the first price range you posted. The 659 is a good looking, solid stainless steel, large capacity 9mm that will last you a lifetime. It is also fairly accurate and very reliable.
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Old October 28, 2013, 08:45 AM   #18
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Take a look at the Ruger SR series, I've had some experience with SR9's and wouldn't have a problem recommending them.
very good suggestion.

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the sig sauer sp2022, i can get that for $474 , $534 with night sights.
if you can, try the sp2022 before buying. i bought one and regretted it. the trigger reach was awkwardly short for me. some people are very comfortable with it tho. it's just one of those pistols i recommend trying before you buy.

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In .380 the Bersa Thunder .380 guns are a great midsize conceal option for about $300, but the cost of .380 ammo will make it more expensive in the long run. It is a hammer-fired DA/SA.
very true. the bersa thunder 380 is one of the very few cases where you get more than you pay for.

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The $500-$600 range is kind of a sweet spot. LOTS of quality there. I'd suggest holding out for that.
very true. this gets you into the cz range and the used sig p22x series.
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Old October 28, 2013, 11:18 AM   #19
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Have to agree with sigarms228 on the 500-600 dollar category is your best bet, good luck in your search.
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Old October 28, 2013, 11:24 AM   #20
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Save another $100 and get a gen3 Glock.
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Old October 29, 2013, 12:34 PM   #21
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Taurus gets my vote for a low budget semi auto. I had a two-tone 24/7 45 ACP that was a pleasure to shoot. It was very accurate and no failures of any kind in about 300 rds. but I sold it and purchased a Springfield XDM 45. I guess I got caught up in reading all of the negative reviews of Taurus and caved in to get a more high quality 45.
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Old October 29, 2013, 02:55 PM   #22
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I'm casting a vote for Ruger SR series or the Kahr CW series. As a wildcard, I'll throw in the Beretta Nano. Happy hunting!
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Old October 29, 2013, 03:02 PM   #23
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Not striker fired, but the Zastava CZ99 (in no way related to the company that makes the CZ75), or whatever name they're being called now, is a nice gun in your price range. Only comes in 9mm and 40S&W iirc
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Old October 29, 2013, 04:27 PM   #24
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The Zastsva M88A 9mm is selling for $259 from Classic. I bought one and love it.
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Old October 29, 2013, 08:14 PM   #25
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i was thinking of spending 500-600 for a semi auto pistoll, then i starting to consider the option of spending a lesser amount. the reason for that is, maybe i get a good quality semi-auto between 300-400...is that possible, to get a quality, reliable, and great functioning semi-auto in the price range...or is it, you get what you pay for in guns.

not sure, but right now, stricker, double /single action...but its not written in stone.
Two Three points, which should be obvious.
  1. The more you can spend, the more options you have.
  2. Up to a certain point, and with exceptions, more money buys better quality.
  3. Don't forget to budget for ammo, extra magazines and a decent holster.

Over $400, there's a lot of options. Over $500, a whole lot more.

Try to swing the purchase of a used Glock or XD.
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