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Old January 5, 2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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what's a good, cheap 9mm?

I want a good 9mm gun for home defense and something to have fun practicing with. What is a good 9mm semiautomatic that I can get for not a lot of money. I want a new one, because I dont think I have enough knowledge to know what I am getting used. I would like to spend under $400, closer to $300 if that is possible.

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Old January 5, 2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Ruger p-series pistols should be within or a little above your price range (NIB), and are awesome range guns - not picky eaters, easy to break down (make sure the extractor's down), decent accuracy.
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Old January 5, 2009, 07:30 PM   #3
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New or used?

The best I have seen is a used Glock 17 for $350 I found at a gun show but Used Glocks usually run around $400

I guess the Sigma can be had new in the Mid $300's

I also picked up a used CZ75 for $300 - that was a good deal.
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Old January 5, 2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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Is the ruger sr9 very good?
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Old January 5, 2009, 08:18 PM   #5
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I love my Keltec PF-9. Love my Steyr S9, M9, and M9-A1, too.
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Old January 5, 2009, 08:22 PM   #6
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Check out the S&W Sigma 9mm (SW9VE). I've had mine for a month, and it shoots anything I feed it (900+ rounds w/no errors). Easy to break down for cleaning, and Smith backs 'em w/a lifetime warranty. My Allied Forces is strong, reliable, and fun to shoot. I bought mine specifically for home defense & feel the Sigma is a great first pistol, especially for the price.
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Old January 5, 2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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ruger p95
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Old January 5, 2009, 08:35 PM   #8
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Taurus 92, CZ-75B are a few.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:05 PM   #9
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I got my Ruger P95 in October new for $335 - plastic case, 2 magazines, lock, loader. I have put about 400 rounds through it with no FTE or FTF and really like it so far.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:11 PM   #10
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I bought my P95 for $285 nib last year. I have thousands of rounds through it with never a hiccup.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:14 PM   #11
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The SR9 new will be around 400, not 300. Either a new P95, or a used pistol like a g17, g19 (something that new would be in the 400-500 range).
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Old January 5, 2009, 10:01 PM   #12
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Ruger P95 .. for sure. Possibly an Arcus...Bulgarian made 9mm based on the High Power.
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Old January 5, 2009, 10:29 PM   #13
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Old January 5, 2009, 10:38 PM   #14
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I have to recommend the Steyr M9A1. CDNN has/had them for a hilariously low price. A buddy bought one recently and let me put about 50 rounds through it. It is the best pistol I've fired. Period. The first day I shot it, I was putting the whole magazine in the bullseye and 9 ring from 15 yards--firing just as fast as the sights would drop back down. Recoil was non-existent, even for a 9mm. The sights are fantastic. The trigger is a bit on the heavy side, but the ergonomics make that a non-issue.
The second time I shot the Steyr, I loaded 5 rounds and fired at just a shade over 30 yards (standing, two handed, unsupported). Three rounds landed in the 9 ring, the two were about 3" below, centered on the target. Not bad for an exceedingly average pistol shooter.

I've been around to witness about 300 rounds go through the Steyr. On the last outing he had a failure to extract. That's been the only problem. Not sure how or why a single round decided not to come out, but otherwise has performed well.

My Glock 17 has been put on notice.

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Old January 5, 2009, 10:46 PM   #15
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Smith and Wesson 5906

A lot of these are being traded in by police departments going to the M+P. If you look careful enough you can find one in the $250 range, and in good shape. These retailed for over $600 about ten years ago and were carried by many departments. I had the .40 version until Saturday and would have kept it if not for the heavy trigger (10lbs I think). That is not all bad for a concealed carry DA though, as it lowers the probability of a negligent discharge. If you shoot it often enough, you don't even notice it. After 300 rounds or so I could tell anymore. We also used the 5906 at my police academy, it truly is a good weapon.
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Old January 5, 2009, 10:46 PM   #16
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Don't discount used firearms. More than likely they'll be better than new as the action will have slicked up a bit. My new CZ75 had a horrible trigger until I put about 1000 rounds through it. Now it's tolerable.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:23 PM   #17
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Right now the best deal in 9mm are the surplus Sig P6's if you can find them. Next would be the trade-in Glocks or Berettas. I believe all of them are priced around $300-350 currently. If I had any extra cash, I'd purchase another.

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You might be able to find a P6 in that range.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:32 PM   #19
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ruger P95 or p89
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:38 PM   #20
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S&W Sigma

You can get a Sigma for $330. I know you can get a Ruger KP95 of $350. Personally, I would go with the Sigma. In fact, I'm considering buying a Sigma chambered in .40.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:47 PM   #21
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S&W Sigma SW9VE. It's the only auto handgun I've seen for $300 NIB. If you have an Academy Sports and Outdoors nearby check there. I own the .40 S&W version and I love it. No problems, ever. It's the best gun for the money.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:49 PM   #22
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High point...They shoot and I don't think you can get much cheaper
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Old January 6, 2009, 01:32 AM   #23
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Have a S&W 659, stainless 459, 2nd generation of 9mms from Smith. A very good gun.

Recently acquired a almost new in box, with the Manuel and extra mag Ruger P-85. I paid $249, but didn't have to register it...full sized and shoots well and easier to break down than the Smith. Both are high capacity mags. I am not disappointed in neither. But they are big and heavy guns. Could conceal a telephone book almost as easy as these. Push comes to shove...they are what I would want as a pistol.
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Old January 6, 2009, 03:03 AM   #24
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STAY AWAY FROM SIGMAS!!! One police agency in our area had to ship two Sigmas back to S&W for repairs THREE TIMES. Finally S&W just shipped the two officers back a couple of 59 series pistols and kept the Sigmas.

Go with either Glocks or Rugers. Both of these guns are built tough to last.
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Old January 6, 2009, 03:14 AM   #25
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The Rugers are as cheap as dirt and built like tanks. You could shoot one for years and just be getting warmed up.

If you like something a little different you might want to look at some of the older Smith's. I picked up this m659 used unfired for $300 a short while back.

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