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looking for a nice pistol

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by TexasIslandBoy, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Sep 12, 2009 at 2:31 PM
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    TexasIslandBoy

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    im about to turn 21 and hunted most of my life so i know long guns and shot guns but im wanting to buy a nice 9mm or 40cal pistol for around 250 to 400 bucks something that will last at the ranch and thrown in the truck so help me out :help:
     
  2. Sep 12, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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    For that price range your best bet is a glock man....and for a new one may be about 500. Best bang you can get for the buck without a doubt...competes with the H&K's, Berettas, S&W and everything else for a fraction of the price. I work with firearms so take my word for it...sure others will agree.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2009 at 3:12 PM
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    X2.go brand new,get a glock.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2009 at 3:13 PM
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  5. Sep 12, 2009 at 3:31 PM
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/guns-hunting/51120-considering-first-gun-read-help-choose.html

    Considering a first gun? Read this to help choose....
    Choosing a self defense system Choosing a self-defense system is very personal, and making this choice takes considerable thought and planning. Here are some guidelines to consider, but remember, the ultimate choice is yours.

    Only your life depends on it.
    WEAPON SYSTEM
    Which gun? Actually the answer is pretty simple. The one you will have with you when you need it. Choose the biggest caliber you can comfortable carry and more importantly, will carry. Having an 88 magnum at home is a poor choice when you are having the poop kicked out of you in the parking lot of the local "Stop + Rob". In a crisis, any reliable gun that you have trained with, is better than no gun at all.
    RELIABILITY
    No matter which gun you choose, it is imperative that you fire it on a regular basis. Most guns need some sort of work on them to make them reliable and user friendly. Have this work done by a competent gunsmith. Do only what needs to be done. Keep the system simple and reliable. Remember, only your life depends on it.
    RETENTION SYSTEM
    Carrying a gun should become part of your daily life and also your wardrobe. You may very well need more than one retention device to suit all your needs. You may wear an inside the pants holster during your workday and have to switch to a fanny pack to go with your jeans and T-shirt in the evening. Keep an open mind and find the system that works for you. The system should hold the gun securely in place especially if you are manhandled. It should only require one hand to get a firing grip, and deploy as your other hand may be occupied in fending your assailant off.
    TRAINING
    Without proper training and the mind set that comes with it, your gun can be a liability rather than an asset. We know that under stress we will do one of two things:
    [SIZE=2]1. Freeze: the old familiar "I can't believe this is happening to me" or,[/SIZE]
    [FONT=Arial]2. Reflexively revert to that which we have trained to do.[/FONT]
    Training not only gives you the physical skills necessary to respond to a sudden attack but more importantly, the mind set to defend yourself. The fight is won or lost in your head, way before the real potential fight ever takes place. Go to a recognized training institution and get an education. Remember, only your life depends on it.
    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3][B]The ONLY reason to fight is to WIN.[/B] [/SIZE][/FONT]
     
  6. Sep 12, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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    yea i like the way the ruger pistols feel
     
  7. Sep 13, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    Best bet is to get a used Glock. A bit cheaper and most only have had a few hundred rounds through them. After putting over 10k rounds throug my G19, I can tell you that at a few hundred rounds it's not even beginning to break in yet.

    I wouldn't go with .40 though. 9mm is fine. Or if you absolutely want something bigger, I say go .45 after 9mm.

    Since you're local if you want to head to the range to try out my G19 and G17 just PM me.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    I would take a look at the Taurus Millenium Pro series, I picked up a .45 cal for under 400 bucks. The new models have been reviewed well and for the money you can't beat them.

    They have 9mm, and .40 cal as well. I had an XD 9mm pistol but sold it and purchased the Taurus, a friend of mine stated that he liked the feel and recoil of the Taurus more than the XD. It was very accurate as well, I am happy with the pistol and will be buying a new one for permanent vehicle carry.

    Oh, and you get a free year's membership to the NRA :)
     
  9. Sep 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM
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    Sa xd-40 ftw!!!
     
  10. Sep 13, 2009 at 10:16 AM
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    yea man that sounds good im pretty much free anytime on the weekends and friday other than that im slammed with school junk i would mind shooting my .22 pistol i havnt shot it in maybe a year last pistol i shot was my dads super red hawk
     
  11. Sep 13, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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    i looked at those a while back i liked the look of them
     
  12. Sep 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM
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    It is really a nice pistol and breaks down as easy as the XD I had. Academy has them and is where I purchased mine. The grip is great and has an finger extension that helps on the magazine. Fully loaded the weight is fairly light compared to my last pistol too.

    It is probably one of the smaller pistols that come in .45, if not the smallest.

    Good luck!

    LOL! I was gonna put that I would show you pics of mine till I remember you saying you had seen them before.
     
  13. Sep 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM
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    yea i might go and check some out at gander mountain tomorrow on my break from classes
     
  14. Sep 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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    Best thing you can do is ask friends what they have and shoot a variety.Or the guy that made the awesome offer to take you out , if you live near him do it.If you can't do that find a range that rents...its a cheaper mistake to blow 30-50 bucks on that then 300-1,000 and a production pistol.If you don't have these options the Glock , Springfield XD, and Smith and Wesson M&P are these best guns you can get for the money in the semi-automatic market.Pick the one that feels most comfortable and has the controls you want.DON'T RUSH this choice and most important NEVER , EVER settle for something simply due to cost....save if you have to.

    Caliber , the one you can shoot quickest and most accurately , keep in mind though that as you become more familiar and train you will have less issues with faster recoil impulses.....first time I shot .40 cal I was surprised...now I pop it out no problem.
     
  16. Sep 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM
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    im thinking of the smith and wesson m&P it fit nice in my hand and i liked the sights
     
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    I bought this XD40sc for $350 barely used.

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    nice i want to get the full sized one in 9mm with 17 round clip
     
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    The best thing for you to do is shoot, shoot, shoot. The gun needs to feel good in your hand. You have to be comfortable with trigger pull and recoil. The only person here who can choose the right gun for you, IS you. Everyone has their favorites. They will all tell you to buy their favorite. As long as you go with a well known company, and the gun feels right to you, then you should be good. Go to the range, try a few models, and see what you like. There is a lot to choose from out there. Single action, double action, hammerless, polymer frame, steel frame. Choices galore. There is no universal gun. Good luck and happy shooting.
     
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    That's the best advice so far.
     
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