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Old January 14, 2019, 11:20 AM   #1
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Budget of $250

Aside from a Ruger LC9s, are there other decent handguns in the $250 range? I'm not sold on Taurus just yet.
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Old January 14, 2019, 11:32 AM   #2
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"Decent" for what?
Then there's what you mean by "decent".
If you have been intimidated by internet hatred for Taurus there is Bersa, and SCCY.
Even the often maligned Hi-Point is quite decent when it comes to reliability, and much more than decent with accuracy.
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Old January 14, 2019, 11:41 AM   #3
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If you don't mind the weight of a steel frame, you can pick up a Makarov in that price range. Lots of fun to play with.
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Old January 14, 2019, 11:47 AM   #4
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I suppose your caveat means the Taurus G2C 9mm for $197 is a no-go.

While options are a bit limited, there are some choices, even without looking at used guns.
S&W Shield 9mm for $250
Armscor M206 .38 revolver for $187
Kahr CT40 .40S&W for $270 (shipped)
SAR B6C 9mm for $245
Walther Creed 9mm for $250
Bersa BP9CC 9mm for $243

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Old January 14, 2019, 11:47 AM   #5
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Star bm 9mm
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Old January 14, 2019, 12:05 PM   #6
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M&P Shield, Walther PPS, Walther Creed, Smith and Wesson SD9VE are all often close to that price range.
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Old January 14, 2019, 12:11 PM   #7
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Old January 14, 2019, 01:09 PM   #8
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Ruger 9E. Not made anymore, but can be found used for under 250.

SD9VE. Again, used.

SCCY if you don't mind a long and terrible trigger.

Kel-Tec PF9 and P11.
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Old January 14, 2019, 01:12 PM   #9
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Aside from a Ruger LC9s, are there other decent handguns in the $250 range? I'm not sold on Taurus just yet.
I basically swapped my LC9 out for a Diamondback DB9 for ease of carry. I however, will not recommend a DB9 to most people because they can be finicky, especially with hollow points. To get around this, I carry a hollow point in the chamber, first round out of the magazine is rounded ball ammo and the rest hollow points. This way the entire magazines feeds reliably and consistently. I've also polished the feed ramp (really doesn't need much) and some parts of the magazine; and I had to go through several magazines before I found one that I really liked. Most people would find this "unacceptable". But, it works for me.
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Old January 14, 2019, 01:30 PM   #10
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A great deal will depend on what's available in Louisville. I suspect shipping, FFL fees, etc. would be prohibitively expensive.
Rummage around on the assorted auction sites.
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Old January 14, 2019, 02:17 PM   #11
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You’ll really have to scrounge and it will likely take time, but occasionally sub $300 Makarovs can be found. Of which I would take any day over ANY of the brand new offerings at that price point. Local private sale will eliminate cost for shipping, transfer, tax.

If you crap out finding one, next bet is a surplus P83 or even P64. Not as shootable as a Makarov but still solid (built like a tank) proven defensive firearms. Easily found in your budget, and again I would take either any day over similarly priced more modern pistols.

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Old January 14, 2019, 02:24 PM   #12
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The original mini 9mm- the Keltec P11 is available.
And the even thinner Keltec PF9 is there, too.
Both are budget guns that work very well.
Both also require practice to use effectively.
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Old January 14, 2019, 04:35 PM   #13
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Remington rm380. Reliable, accurate for it's size, all metal, includes 2 mags. Often available for just over $200.
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Old January 14, 2019, 04:50 PM   #14
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Besides used guns and those already mentioned:

(1) the M&P Shield for $271 after rebate;

(2) Kahr CW 4043 (.40 SW) for $247.

Both at Bud's.
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Old January 14, 2019, 06:13 PM   #15
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Not sure what the OP's intended role is, bu I'll toss out a few more suggestions:

Not my cup of tea, but Classic has police trade-in .40SW Beretta PX4s for $230. All kinds of deals can be found on .40SW pistols as departments dump them for 9x19mm.

Quite a few pistols chambered in 9x18mm Makarov can be found for under $300. In the past year, I've picked up a Bulgarian PM for $275, a CZ-82 for $299, and a P-64 for $190. All are very high-quality pistols and in practically un-issued condition.
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Old January 14, 2019, 06:16 PM   #16
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Police trade ins are a good option, hi point, and taurus if you're willing.
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Old January 14, 2019, 07:45 PM   #17
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Another vote for a Star BM. Centerfire Systems has them for $189/free shipping.
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Old January 14, 2019, 07:55 PM   #18
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This is a great deal on a new Shield.

https://palmettostatearmory.com/smit...--CENSORED-=cl
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Old January 14, 2019, 08:00 PM   #19
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That keltec PF9 is a good one !!!!!
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Old January 14, 2019, 09:24 PM   #20
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I like O4L's suggestion. The shield is a good choice.
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Old January 14, 2019, 09:37 PM   #21
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O4L’s link is about as good as it gets.
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Old January 14, 2019, 09:47 PM   #22
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Scrimp and save your pennies.....


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Old January 14, 2019, 09:56 PM   #23
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Do yourself a favor and save up an extra 200 dollars and get a Glock 43 or a shield. If that’s not possible ruger LC9s
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Old January 14, 2019, 09:57 PM   #24
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If your life is worth $250 than buy whatever is available, if it is worth more than scrimp and save more as has been suggested. Better yet take a self defense class because if this is all you can afford than you will not be able to afford shooting to become proficient. You owe it to yourself to be good with or without a gun.
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Old January 14, 2019, 10:01 PM   #25
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I take a look at https://gun.deals a couple times a week. That's how I found my Kahr CT380 ($196 NIB), my S&W SD9 ($259 NIB), my PSA AR-15 ($339 NIB), and my Taurus G2C ($189 NIB).

The used counter at your local range or gun shop can also provide some assistance. I just picked up a used Bersa Thunder CC for $150 at my local range.

If you have the time to delay your purchase in pursuit of a good deal, patience and persistence can pay great dividends.
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