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Old June 1, 2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Quality Pistol for $350

My brother is looking to get a pistol for CCW/ home defense. He's on a budget and dosnt want to pay more than $350 for a pistol, any suggestions? I was thinking maybe a used glock.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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Bersa thunder

380 ACP or 9mm

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Old June 1, 2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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I used to have a S&W 915 that was about that much. It was DA/SA, something I've grown to not like as much, but I never had a problem with that gun. It was my only gun for about 6 years.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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I'll second the Bersa 9UC for decent quality and reliability at a low price... though it might cost more like $400
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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Makarovs are about that price and are probably the most dependable pistol ever made. Not the highest in firepower, but they will certainly get the job done.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:37 PM   #6
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i got my Ruger SR9 for 350..
Used S&Ws are all over the place for 300-400 bucks
plenty of action out there for 300-400 bucks..
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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Hmm used is the way to go. I would find a used 3" revolver like. . .this.

Revolvers work. 357 is better than 38, but 38 is ok.

For a little more, I like this alot more.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Lots of used pistols can be had for $350. My pocket carry gun right now is a keltec 380 that I bought used for $150, and has been accurate and reliable at the range. Used Glocks can be had at that price. And there is always that glock copy, the S&W Sigma, even with its horrible trigger.

If he is willing to go to a revolver, he can get some great deals on old S&Ws right now, police trade ins.
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Old June 1, 2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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I can buy a new, all black Ruger P95 at my LGS for $300.00.
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Old June 1, 2012, 06:05 PM   #10
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S&W 5906 - generally you can get a pretty good one for that's a great pistol. Very durable - I love mine.
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Old June 1, 2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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SCCY 9MM for under 250

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Old June 1, 2012, 06:21 PM   #12
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My vote goes for a police trade in G22. They're all over the internet for $325ish.

Other good options are:

Ruger P95
Used 3rd Gen S&W
CZ 82 (they're around $220 and built like tanks)
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Old June 1, 2012, 06:27 PM   #13
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CZ-82. Superb quality and he can add a good holster and a few hundred rounds of ammo up and still spend his budget.


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Old June 1, 2012, 06:32 PM   #14
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You can get an outstanding police trade in CZ82 for around $200-$250. They are fixed barrel, polygonal rifling, CZ quality, ultra accurate and reliable. When I think of those attributes I normally think of an Hk P7 for around a grand. But with a CZ there would be money left over for ammo and a holster. I've heard they are the best $500+ gun for $200, as well as having the best trigger for a gun under $1,500. I bought one. I could not believe how awesome the trigger was. It's very small and holds 12+1 rounds. Fantastic ergonomics, it's been 100% reliable, and outshot my Hk USP 45 and CZ75b on it's first range visit. Do yourself a favor, pass on the Taurus, Sccy, Bersa and other lower quality guns. There are many CZ82 reviews that reflect how fantastic they are. Get one before they run out and the prices rise, you won't regret it.

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Old June 1, 2012, 06:37 PM   #15
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CDNN has 2nd & 3rd gen. Glocks, as well as some 3rd gen. Smith's in that general price range. Page 27 of their online catalog.
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Old June 1, 2012, 07:57 PM   #16
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Smith & Wesson SW40VE Best Bang For Buck New

I know alot of people slam them for one reason or another but I have had 2 of these and I actually just bought another one today with a Melonite slide for $250.00. A Smith & Wesson SW40VE. I have fired thousands of rounds from the .40 variety of this pistol and I have not had 1 single malfunction. I cannot say that for the Rugers I have had in the same price class. These N.I.B from say Academy are $329.99 with 2 14 round magazines in .40 and sometimes dropped to $299.99 and for that I say they are the best bang for the buck for a NEW pistol. They are light, very shootable you just have to get used to the trigger and a very adequate self defense pistol. Like I said I have fired in the high thousands without a single malfunction. A reliable, affordable, snag free, striker fired pistol, easy enough to conceal with 14+ rounds a a decent caliber. All those +'s should not be outweighed by the fact it has a heavy trigger pull.
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Old June 1, 2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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Stoeger Cougar (or compact); S&W 3rd Gen; used Glock; used Ruger; used etc.
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Old June 1, 2012, 08:07 PM   #18
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I just bought a used Ruger LC9 at my lgs yesterday for $275.00 with extra magazine and extensions,and two takedown keys.
And they also gave me a new IWB holster.Oh, and it also came with manual, and envelope with fired cartridge.
Brought it home and dissasembled it and I don't think it's even been fired.
Well, I took it to the range today at lunch and was quite impressed with the accuracy.
I think it would work fine for ccw (which I carried today in my front pocket) and home defence.
It's my second plastic pistol, the other being a Ruger LCP, my God what's next!!! a Glock???
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Old June 1, 2012, 08:53 PM   #19
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suppose the obvious question should have been
new or used?
I assume you are looking for a semi auto since you posted in the semi auto forums.
ccw often means compact or semi compact

not knowing where you live and how your local markets may or may not have what you need.Any online purchase will require transfer fee's and shipping so your real price point is more like 200 dollars- 275dollars

and realistically you are pretty much stuck with trade in guns or local purchases used.

I could sit here and name all kinds of stuff I got "way back when", but you have to make your purchase where you are now.
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Old June 1, 2012, 11:06 PM   #20
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If he has the extra $50 to spare, I helped a friend pick an SR9 in March ($400) and it's at about 500 flawless rounds. Really a heck of a lot of gun for $400. The SR9C compact model has a full-size 17-round magazine and a flush 10-round for carry.

If that is a no go, the Ruger P95 is a solid (if ugly) $300 9mm. Probably a bit rough to carry, it's big.
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Old June 1, 2012, 11:48 PM   #21
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Best bang for his buck would be either a S&W 5906 or CZ-82.

CDNN has (or had, they may be out) the 5906 for $300.

AIM Surplus has the CZ-82 for $220.

The biggest difference would be the caliber. The 5906 will be slightly cheaper to feed and have ammo be more readily available (depending on location) being in 9mm. The CZ-82 is in 9x18 (9Mak) which is somewhat inbetween .380 and 9mm. Ammo is a bit more expensive and isn't as readily available in the wide range of defensive loads as 9mm is.

Both are excellent guns and he would be well served by either.
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Old June 2, 2012, 05:39 AM   #22
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Where the Bersa might be lacking is in the finish; in terms of function and reliability they are way ahead of some of the other, cheaper brands.

That said, one certainly can't go wrong with the older generation S&Ws. The CZ-82 I can't speak to, but I would think the relative lack of ammo choices might be a concern for some, which is why I went for an 83 model myself.
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Old June 2, 2012, 06:13 AM   #23
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Ruger or S&W offer some pistols that fit your price range. Take a look at the P95 from Ruger and the Sigma from Smith. Cloth a bit big for CCW but good home defense guns that should meet your price range.
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Old June 2, 2012, 06:36 AM   #24
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Either a used S&W 5906 or a new Ruger P95.
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Old June 2, 2012, 06:55 AM   #25
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Some good suggestions. I will let you all know what he decides on.
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