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Old July 24, 2019, 03:11 PM   #26
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Despite my recent experience with a Taurus G2, for a full $300, I would go for a S&W M&P that fits into that price category. Might be a used one, but I think the quality/features of the M&P series outweighs the SD series.
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Old July 24, 2019, 04:36 PM   #27
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Here is a new .40 Smith M&P 2.0 with intergrated crimson trace laser for 299.00!
https://palmettostatearmory.com/s-w-...=12%3a00+Email
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Old July 24, 2019, 04:40 PM   #28
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I'd get an SD9 or a Creed. I like Glocks, but finding one used in 9mm, which I would prefer, for $300 or less isn't that common. I've also had mixed luck with law enforcement trades. Sometimes not being shot or used much isn't a good thing if routine maintenance wasn't kept up.

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Old July 24, 2019, 06:08 PM   #29
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What semi-automatic 9mm would you choose and why? Looking for a new "truck gun" and don't want to spend a ton. Thanks for your perspective!
Ruger Security 9 for less than $300 or M&P9 2.0 4" barrel compact. $369 (missed the sale) at Sportsmans Outdoor Superstore. Both are Glock19-size.
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Old July 24, 2019, 07:22 PM   #30
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Just throwing one out there for you to look at. I am quite impressed with a friend's Stoeger STR-9 Especially for a sub $300 gun.
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Old July 24, 2019, 09:42 PM   #31
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OP, if you can live with 45acp rather than 9mm you may find this to be a superb deal for $279.95.
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Old July 24, 2019, 09:49 PM   #32
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I'd buy a G 43X ,I have the G 48 already my choice.
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Old July 25, 2019, 06:16 AM   #33
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I'd buy a G 43X ,I have the G 48 already my choice.
Please share where you can get a G-43X for $300...
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Old July 25, 2019, 07:36 AM   #34
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I'm not gonna suggest "save & get something better" because it's a "truck gun". Only a moron would leave an expensive gun in their vehicle for that purpose. Second, I'm not going to recommend a Hi-Point because the price point is above $200 and it is a relatively low capacity firearm.

Go with the Wisdom of the Crowd . . . LE Glock 17 trade-in OR SD9VE
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Old July 25, 2019, 09:48 AM   #35
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Whichever pistol you decide to buy that is NIB at $300, consider the level of service you will get from the manufacturer should you need it. Also the cost in ammo to re-qualify it for truck duty should it have to be repaired.

For new I'd go smith or ruger, for used, police trade in glock. Walther is good too I just have no experience with their service (which might be a good thing).
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Old July 26, 2019, 06:07 PM   #36
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S&W M&P 2.0, Walther, I'd probably check out the used market on the various forums and check out Police trade in Glock deals advertised from many different sources
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Old July 27, 2019, 03:09 AM   #37
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Star BM for under $200...leaves money for a holster and extra mags.
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Old July 27, 2019, 07:49 PM   #38
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I normally avoid these kinds of posts, but I think others have missed my favorite standard 9mm....the Springfield XD9 can be had for $290 shipped to FFL online.


This is an accurate, easy to shoot 9mm with some safety advantages over Glock.
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Old July 28, 2019, 05:06 AM   #39
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For about $280 you could buy a GSG 1911 22. I've seen them at Sportsman's Warehouse as well as Bud's. It's a clone of the 1911 inn . 22 and is the same feel as the original. It's addicting, going out and shooting this thing with ammo that costs much less than reloading .45s.
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Old July 28, 2019, 07:21 AM   #40
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For about $280 you could buy a GSG 1911 22. I've seen them at Sportsman's Warehouse as well as Bud's. It's a clone of the 1911 inn . 22 and is the same feel as the original. It's addicting, going out and shooting this thing with ammo that costs much less than reloading .45s.
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I guess you could use a full sized 1911 chambered in 22LR as a 'truck gun', but kinda think it's better as a 'range gun'..
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Old July 28, 2019, 08:49 AM   #41
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Rural King just sent out an email special for a SCCY CPX-2 priced at $174.93.
Also a Ruger Security-9 for $299.98.
Both good choices for the purpose mentioned by the OP
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Old July 28, 2019, 10:21 AM   #42
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S&W Shield and some ammo to practice with. The one with a safety.
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Old July 28, 2019, 01:31 PM   #43
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For a beater, . . . truck gun, . . . you'll be hard pressed to find anything that beats an old Ruger P85.

Tank tough, . . . shoots every time, . . . eats anything you offer it, . . . needs to be cleaned every sometime and a half, . . . 15 rd capacity.

And, . . . it ain't purteee enough for anyone to want to steal it.

Look into it, . . . bunches available on gunbroker.com

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Old July 28, 2019, 02:38 PM   #44
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I did. I bought a S&W SD9. Flat dark earth, black slide, paid $241 shipped and bought extra mags at $20 each. Trigger is much better now with Apex trigger spring kit.
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Old July 28, 2019, 06:19 PM   #45
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Local place has a section in their case where they put all the used .40 S&W guns. I hate to think of what they gave as trade in value, because those are pretty darn low.
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Old July 29, 2019, 07:15 AM   #46
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For a beater, . . . truck gun, . . . you'll be hard pressed to find anything that beats an old Ruger P85.

Tank tough, . . . shoots every time, . . . eats anything you offer it, . . . needs to be cleaned every sometime and a half, . . . 15 rd capacity.

And, . . . it ain't purteee enough for anyone to want to steal it.

Look into it, . . . bunches available on gunbroker.com

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Old July 29, 2019, 07:36 AM   #47
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I would choose a used smith and wesson 659: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/822841603

Won't rust. Built like a tank and will last forever. Prone to scratching, but who cares if its just a truck gun. Magazines are easy to find and cheap. You can find parts for it, but it just won't break. It's the best gun you can possibly purchase for $300.

The second best gun you can get for under $300 is an old Ruger P89. Also stainless steel built like a tank and will last forever.
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Old July 29, 2019, 09:55 AM   #48
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Buy a good USED Glock. (LE trade)
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Old August 1, 2019, 02:14 AM   #49
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I would probably go used, the choices are many, but if I was buying new, it would be the SAR CM9 Gen 2, which can be had for $250 or so. GREAT gun if it was $400, fantastic gun at $250. Kind of a CZ P07 clone. I have both. the CM9 and a custom shop P07, and except for the trigger being a lot better on the CZ, I like the SAR better!
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Old August 1, 2019, 07:37 AM   #50
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If it's solely for vehicular use with range days included, I'd go with a used Glock 17 or 19, or 22/23 if you like the bigger bore. They're useful, accurate, trouble free and Glock will rebuild them if you go to one of their Glock shootfests...FOR FREE!

Another good choice seldom seen is a Bersa in their duty size offering. A friend gave one to me, a .40 Thunder Pro that's as well built as my Sigs. No kidding. With night sights, it's a hellofa gun for your purposes. GB has them at discounted $ that'll fit your budget. Rod
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