The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Semi-automatic Forum

View Poll Results: would you rather buy
2 economy pistols 19 18.81%
2 expensive pistol. 82 81.19%
Voters: 101. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 6, 2014, 10:30 PM   #26
tony pasley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 13, 2006
Location: western north carolina
Posts: 1,377
I wish I could find the ones I am looking for $750.00 or below.
__________________
'It has been said that politics is the
second oldest profession. I have learned
that it bears a striking resemblance
to the first.' - Ronald Reagan
tony pasley is offline  
Old August 6, 2014, 10:36 PM   #27
TunnelRat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2011
Posts: 4,344
One expensive. I always end up selling or trading the cheap ones.
__________________
Guns don't kill people. Apes with guns kill people! - Robin Williams
TunnelRat is online now  
Old August 6, 2014, 11:23 PM   #28
DannyB1954
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 10, 2013
Location: Pahrump Nv USA
Posts: 410
I buy the middle of the road. I am more interested in function than status.
I would rather have the two guns, one sized for conceal carry.
DannyB1954 is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 12:47 AM   #29
Morgo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 19, 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 360
Quality, not quantity.
Morgo is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 01:22 AM   #30
mr bolo
Member
 
Join Date: November 19, 2012
Posts: 44
prefer quality

I prefer high quality handguns, my guns were all purchased over 20 years ago at the lower prices, I havent bought anything recently at the inflated prices
mr bolo is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 01:48 AM   #31
Cheapshooter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 2, 2007
Location: Missouri
Posts: 4,324
#3. 4 $175 guns.
__________________
Cheapshooter's rules of gun ownership #1: NEVER SELL OR TRADE ANYTHING!
Cheapshooter is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 03:23 AM   #32
USVI
Member
 
Join Date: May 9, 2013
Posts: 33
One expensive works for me. A cheap sandwich can be fine. A cheap gun...no thanks.
USVI is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 04:10 AM   #33
Brotherbadger
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 10, 2010
Posts: 639
at this point I'd rather have an expensive pistol. If I was just getting into guns? I'd take 2 cheapos, no doubt. I already have my fill of cheap guns.
__________________
Once Fired Brass, Top quality, Fast shipping, Best prices.

http://300AacBrass.com/ -10% Coupon use code " badger "
Brotherbadger is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 08:08 AM   #34
Robk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 18, 2011
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 305
I have gotten to the point that time is in short supply for range trips. I have also gotten older and my wants have changed as I can now afford something better. Cheap was good when I started out. Still is good for the most part. Even would be hard to make a decision to sell any of my $500 guns anyways, but adding to them now makes me consider something better. Last purchase was a SIG X5E. Now wouldn't mind having a nice 1911, better than the Springfiled I currently own (a 20+ year old that would be hard to beat now though). I guess you get where this is going with this. You change, needs and wants change.
Robk is offline  
Old August 7, 2014, 03:07 PM   #35
Tom68
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 20, 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 251
I voted for the one expensive pistol too, but like most everyone else who has given an opinion, I have caveats. I really don't see a $3500 Ed Brown in my future, for the same reason that I don't expect to own a $10,000 Rolex, although given sufficient time to save, I could... but definitely at the expense of other wants/needs.

That being said, at this stage in my life I have no desire to purchase bargain guns either. Now, I have no issue with picking up a $300 used pistol in good shape, but most everything on my wish list today is somewhere in the $500-$800 range (which includes long guns). I have only bought one firearm which cost more than $1000.... and frankly don't envision doing that again real soon.

And I wear a watch that I bought at the PX for $47.
Tom68 is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 02:54 PM   #36
DannyB1954
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 10, 2013
Location: Pahrump Nv USA
Posts: 410
One other consideration, Once a gun is confiscated for an investigation, or just because the Officer just wants to do it, you might have a hard time getting it back. Do you want them to have your match grade pearl inlaid gold plated super duper gun?
DannyB1954 is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 03:28 PM   #37
Sevens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 28, 2007
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 8,775
Quote:
Do you want them to have your match grade pearl inlaid gold plated super duper gun?
Uhhh, the answer to that would be a solid "NO!"

Frankly, however, I also do not want them to have my cheaply nickeled, plastic-gripped and poorly functioning Jennings J-22, either.

But I can tell you that if I'm going to choose between something extremely nice and (arguably) expensive, I'm not going to choose the Jennings and when I'm shopping for handguns, I'm truly not considering how my purchase would look sitting in an evidence locker and how I would feel about that.
__________________
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
Sevens is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 06:20 PM   #38
HKFan9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 3, 2008
Posts: 2,715
I started thinning the heard after college, now its quality over quantity... can't shoot them all at once anyways.
HKFan9 is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 06:44 PM   #39
DannyB1954
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 10, 2013
Location: Pahrump Nv USA
Posts: 410
As odd as it may seem, guns also get stolen. You leave them in the car because you are going into a school, hospital, or other no gun zone, or the bad guy sees you have a gun before you see he has a gun etc.
Guns worn everyday will get wear and tear on them.
I used to work with a guy who bought gold plated Snap-On tools. He could never use them, they would get scratched.
DannyB1954 is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 08:12 PM   #40
ritepath
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 22, 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 914
I always find myself jumping off around the 500-600 mark.

That's why I'm conflicted on my next pistol. P-09, G20, P320, CZ75, M&P pro.

So many great options in that range, guns that work but don't break the bank.

So my answer would be one pretty good gun and some left over to go fishing...maybe 50 packs of Senko's.


However.com I could buy two Rugers, say a SR40 and 9E and be pretty happy.
__________________
There's only one...

Last edited by ritepath; August 8, 2014 at 08:25 PM.
ritepath is offline  
Old August 8, 2014, 09:30 PM   #41
cougar gt-e
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 25, 2009
Posts: 809
I buy what moves me. If it feels good in hand, points, operates smoothly, looks good ... I buy.


I've been shooting a bit more recently, 6-700 rounds a week. After a year, total cost is essentially identical starting with a $300 gun or a $1000 gun when you include all the ammo. If anything, the $1000 gun probably is lower in total cost as I seem to get proficient with them firing fewer rounds.


Look at the big picture, not just the starting brush stroke!
cougar gt-e is offline  
Old August 9, 2014, 02:31 AM   #42
Sight Unseen
Member
 
Join Date: October 7, 2012
Location: FL
Posts: 42
It all depends

If I could ONLY own either one expensive handgun or two inexpensive handguns I would go with the two inexpensive guns choice.

Off the top of my head I would go with a Ruger P89 and LC9, that way I would have one gun for home defense and one for concealed carry that would fire the same caliber. And if the LC9 is above my price point I guess I would choose a LCP or maybe a Kel-tec PF-9 or P-11.

Like I said these are of the top of my head, so with more research I'm sure I could come up with a better combo.

Oh and I voted on the two expensive pistol choice even though I knew the poll was set up incorrectly
Sight Unseen is offline  
Old August 9, 2014, 03:06 AM   #43
Pond, James Pond
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 12, 2011
Location: Top of the Baltic stack
Posts: 2,840
For me to feel able to answer truthfully, I'd change the qualification of cost to one of quality. It is possible to buy cheaper guns that perform just as well as more costly guns.

Another barrier to my imagination is that if it is my money going down on the counter, I'd rather buy cheaper that I can then afford to shoot.
__________________
You cannot wake someone who is pretending to sleep. Stop pretending. Wake up.
Freedom: Please enjoy responsibly.

Last edited by Pond, James Pond; August 9, 2014 at 05:20 PM.
Pond, James Pond is offline  
Old August 14, 2014, 07:30 PM   #44
orionengnr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 9, 2004
Posts: 4,985
In all my time on this Earth, I have bought only a few handguns at or below the $450-500 range that I have kept. Very few, and most of them were bought 6-7 years or more ago. These days, most of them would go for $650-750 or more. And coincidentally, that is about the point where i begin paying attention. Yes, there are exceptions, but they are few and far between.

No, I'm not a snob, and I don't have money to burn. That is the point--I have wasted a lot of time, effort, money and ammo on things that don't work (or don't work consistently and reliably). These days, I'll do my homework and buy one gun that will do what I ask of it, and resist the temptation to jump on a "deal" that will give me only frustration.

That is just my experience; yours may vary.
orionengnr is offline  
Old August 14, 2014, 07:36 PM   #45
Mastrogiacomo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 10, 2002
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,078
All the guns in my state are expensive, so I guess it's would I like a cheaply made gun over a tried and tested gun - I'll pay the cash to get the tried and true...

Laura
__________________
"Luctor et Emergo" - Struggle and Emerge
Mastrogiacomo is offline  
Old August 15, 2014, 01:46 AM   #46
RX-79G
Junior member
 
Join Date: October 27, 2013
Posts: 1,139
The current Sigs are relatively expensive, but of questionable quality.

An SAR B6P is dirt cheap, but virtually without complaint.


Price is only a predictor up to a point. In a world where Armscor pistols are more likely to function than a Kimber, a wise man judges every pistol individually.
RX-79G is offline  
Old August 15, 2014, 02:12 AM   #47
LockedBreech
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 6, 2009
Location: Rocky Mountain West
Posts: 3,013
Quote:
The current Sigs are relatively expensive, but of questionable quality.
I know that the initial Cohen-era Exeter Sigs had some quality control burps, but other than the occasional internet murmur I don't hear much these days. No one I know in real life who has purchased a Sig in the last 3-4 years has been anything but happy.

Unless we're talking about the P250.

I also think the SAR might be virtually without complaint because it's a relative unknown.
__________________
Beretta PX4 Type F Fullsize .40 S&W | Beretta 92FS 9x19 Para | Beretta 8040 Cougar Type G .40 S&W | Rock Island Armory GI 1911 .45 ACP | Sig Sauer P6 9x19 Para | Colt Python 4" .357 Magnum | Colt 1968 Det. Spec. .38 Spc. | Ruger LCP .380 ACP | Daniel Defense M4V1 5.56x45 | Alpine M1 Carbine .30 | Steyr M1895 8x56 | Ruger 10/22 .22LR |1943 Izhevsk Mosin-Nagant M91/30 7.62x54R | Remington 870 12GA
LockedBreech is offline  
Old August 15, 2014, 02:27 AM   #48
RX-79G
Junior member
 
Join Date: October 27, 2013
Posts: 1,139
Or the 320. Or the 938. Or whatever else doesn't act like a $700 firearm.

We are still in the Cohen era. Cost cutting processes. Revolving small parts vendors. US designs and Swiss/German reputation. Feh.

Last edited by RX-79G; August 15, 2014 at 02:42 AM.
RX-79G is offline  
Old August 15, 2014, 11:30 AM   #49
gyvel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 30, 2009
Location: Northern AZ
Posts: 5,229
If we're talking about newly manufactured guns, I would most likely select one high end. If we're talking about all guns, there are some "low end" guns that are excellent values, such as the CZ 82, and I would rather have two of those than one really expensive gun that I would probably be afraid to shoot for fear that it might get damaged.
__________________
MIIAA
SIFE
gyvel is offline  
Old August 16, 2014, 11:37 AM   #50
Big Shrek
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 6, 2009
Location: NorthWest Florida
Posts: 533
Depends on what the two inexpensive ones are...

Like Star Megastars, one in .45acp and the other in 10mm...paid $750 for the pair back in the 90's
__________________
Marlin Specialist
Calico Specialist
A gun should be a tool in the hands of a deadly weapon, not a deadly weapon in the hands of a tool.
Big Shrek is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.17844 seconds with 8 queries