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GuinnessSynd
02-17-2012, 21:41
looking to get a gun soon, all i have right now is .22 rifle. money is tight with planning a wedding and bills so all i have for now is $350 MAX. i would even like to keep it under that. as i live in Virginia i plan to open carry. i would prefer a semi-auto. i like the extra carry capacity and have more experience with them. thanks for all the help

janice6
02-17-2012, 21:49
I would go to a police trade in.

carloglock19
02-17-2012, 21:52
Check out VA gun trader some good deals to be had from time to time.

bac1023
02-17-2012, 21:57
Definitely something used at that price

unit1069
02-17-2012, 22:09
I see a few good deals online occasionally.

Check out Summit.com for deals, especially on Ruger pistols.

At local pawn shops Rugers can be had for $300 or less.

glockin-45
02-17-2012, 22:14
Definitely something used at that price

+1, Look around and you'll find someone that needs some money alittle more than you do. You said, semi-auto, get ya a good used Glock.:wavey:

Tim151515
02-17-2012, 22:28
You could prolly find a used makarov well under that...

bigchuck83
02-17-2012, 22:39
don't be afraid to hit the gunshows gotta look around a bit. found a good 3rd gen smith 40 cal for less than 300 out the door with 4 mags. looks a little rough but turned out to be a great pistol.

FLglockdude
02-17-2012, 22:40
Used Glock or XD, or even 3rd gen S&W. If you want new, Ruger P-series.

Metal Angel
02-17-2012, 22:53
Shouldn't be hard to find a good gun under 350, you just can't be as picky about features. I keep hearing nothing but good things about the ruger lc9, I just don't like the safety features or I would be picking one up. I see them for 350 everywhere.

bac1023
02-17-2012, 22:55
Used Glock or XD, or even 3rd gen S&W. If you want new, Ruger P-series.

I like the P Series. They're ugly, but shoot well.

JaPes
02-17-2012, 22:56
Ruger P95.

Lotiki
02-17-2012, 23:01
Sigma.

it gets a lot of flak on the forums from people who have never even seen one in person but those who have them swear by them. I myself have had exactly one malfunction in over 2000 rounds in mine.

ithaca_deerslayer
02-17-2012, 23:07
The cheapest Glock you can find.

I think I've recently seen used ones for $400 in NYS, so there's got to be cheaper ones in the land of the free.

bac1023
02-17-2012, 23:12
Sigma.



Sigmas are solid guns. The trigger sucks, however.

D3S3RT_P3NGU1N
02-17-2012, 23:24
You should be able to pick up a police trade in Glock for around that price

Keep an eye on Summit, they get them in pretty regularly

http://www.summitgunbroker.com/index.html

Maybe give them a call about when they're expecting more in

arclight610
02-18-2012, 00:10
Ruger P95. As previously stated, ugly but functional.

G30Mike
02-18-2012, 00:57
My first pistol was a police trade in G22, paid right around $325 out the door. Of course this was several years ago, but I see them all the time still under $400.

MinnesnowtaWild
02-18-2012, 03:13
Ruger P95...best gun for $300. Seriously ugly but very functional. Not good for concealed carry but open carry would be great with it.

MinnesnowtaWild
02-18-2012, 03:13
Or a used Glock.

Rick O'Shay
02-18-2012, 04:18
Local police trade-in Glocks are averaging $265.
If you want a revolver, you can find a used .38Sp Rossi or Taurus for $300.

eracer
02-18-2012, 05:27
Used 3rd Gen S&W pistols can be had for that price. Underrated guns, IMHO.

bac1023
02-18-2012, 05:56
Used 3rd Gen S&W pistols can be had for that price. Underrated guns, IMHO.

They are underrated.

janice6
02-18-2012, 06:04
Cabelas has a Polish semi-auto PS4 in 9 X 18 caliber with 2 6 round mags for $199.99.

I know nothing abou this pistol.

CJStudent
02-18-2012, 07:14
Ruger P95s aren't bad; that's what my agency issues at FLETC (the DAO version). Used police trade in Glocks can be found in that price range if you shop around; that's what I did for my first pistol (G17). I don't have any personal experience with the SIGMA series.

If you're willing to look at revolvers, you can find Model 10s and Model 36/37's for less than $300 at several different places; I think Buds had some Model 10's for $269 or so.

Spartacus100
02-18-2012, 08:39
GT Distrubutors is advertising G22 trade ins for $310.00. plus tax and shipping puts you around your price. they are most likely police buy backs and are probably in great shape..

MajorD
02-18-2012, 09:14
I'll say a used glock or the police trade in third gen 9mm's if money's tight go 9mm. Also don't disregard revolvers- for 350 if you shop around you may be able to find two serviceable police trade in model 10 smith and wessons.call me crazy but the used surplus p38/p1 walthers are not a bad buy either

Bruce M
02-18-2012, 10:01
I'd say a used Glock or Ruger may fit your needs and budget.

CajunBass
02-18-2012, 10:21
Check out VA gun trader some good deals to be had from time to time.

+1 for this. I've sold a number of guns there for less than $300.00 and have seen a lot of others for sale also.

Panzer
02-18-2012, 11:25
I recommend a RIA 1911 A1.

http://http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_876/products_id/411539079/Rock+Island+Armory+GI+M1911A1+Mil+Spec+.45

Can be had for not much more than 350, And you won't have a sissy caliber like 9x19.

Wyoming
02-18-2012, 11:28
A lot of good advise so far. All I can add is have cash and be willing to move fast.

Teej
02-18-2012, 14:16
You could prolly find a used makarov well under that...


Ditto, or the Polish P64 in the makarov caliber. Although sold as used, most have only a few hundred rounds if that through them. I got mine for $200 that looks brand new! :supergrin:

And the P-83 is under $300 and you can find them easily too.

Nakanokalronin
02-18-2012, 18:57
I like the P Series. They're ugly, but shoot well.

Hey now, they're not that ugly. :tongueout:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg217/scaled.php?server=217&filename=p892.jpg&res=medium

To the OP: Ruger P series would be a pretty good choice. Very reliable and long lasting.

ashecht
02-18-2012, 19:18
Take a serious look at a Bersa handgun. You might be able to pick up a new Bersa Thunder 9, .40 or even .45 at that price. For that you get two mags with finger rests, all ambi controls, and lifetime warranty. They were my first guns and while the finish may not be the best in the world, for the price, there might not be a better bargain out there. They have recently even come out with a single stack 9mm, BP9cc which has gotten very good reviews.

semtexx
02-18-2012, 19:45
Ruger p95's are usually in the $300.00 area.

Javelin
02-18-2012, 19:55
Sigmas are solid guns. The trigger sucks, however.

I never thought I would ever see a Bac quote starting with Sigmas are solid guns...

:faint:


:tongueout:

thekobk
02-18-2012, 19:58
Sigmas are solid guns. The trigger sucks, however.


Very easy fix.

KarlThomas
02-18-2012, 20:42
Sigma would probably be my choice. I owned one and wasn't a huge fan, because of the trigger, but if you got enough range time with it you could become proficient with one. They are quite reliable.

Wyoming
02-19-2012, 00:56
Hey now, they're not that ugly. :tongueout:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg217/scaled.php?server=217&filename=p892.jpg&res=medium

To the OP: Ruger P series would be a pretty good choice. Very reliable and long lasting.



That is the nice looking Ruger 9mm P series pistol you have there sir!


I collect 9mm guns and I need to add a Ruger P series pistol to go with my Ruger PC9 carbine. The magazines are interchangeable.

Nakanokalronin, what besides the wood grip has been done to your pistol? Are they factory? If not who makes them?

zippo
02-19-2012, 01:10
Ruger P series or Makarov will fit your bill


but try to fine use Glock or XD is not bad price also.

Nakanokalronin
02-19-2012, 03:39
That is the nice looking Ruger 9mm P series pistol you have there sir!


I collect 9mm guns and I need to add a Ruger P series pistol to go with my Ruger PC9 carbine. The magazines are interchangeable.

Nakanokalronin, what besides the wood grip has been done to your pistol? Are they factory? If not who makes them?

The grips are by Hogue and really are miles better then the factory or standard Hogue rubber grips. They even make G10, aluminum , titanium and Damascus grips. If you want grips that cost over twice the amount as a P series pistol, check out the prices on the titanium and Damascus models. :wow: Grips are here: http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=27_65

I've also installed a P95 trigger which greatly reduces the trigger reach as well as smooths out the pull. The trigger can be bought here: http://shopruger.com/KV03906-Trigger-P95/productinfo/62057/

I found out about this mod here: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=88410&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Last is a 20lb Wolf hammer spring which makes the trigger pull as sweet as it gets. I originally had the 19lb in there with zero problems but I didn't want to push my luck with light primer strikes so I put the 20lb in it instead. Factory is 22lb BTW.Wolff springs here: http://www.gunsprings.com/Semi-Auto%20Pistols/RUGER/P%20Series%20Pistols/cID1/mID52/dID220#273

After all of these mods, the P89 went from a reliable decent gun to a reliable sweet shooter that feels great in the hand with a pretty nice trigger. It really gives you a new appreciation for the P89 and would make someone who didn't like the factory set-up take a second look.

mastrbloata
02-19-2012, 08:07
Another vote for the P-95 here. $305.00 shipped. I bought my first one around 1999 and have subsequently bought two more over the years. You said you're going to OC so this Bud's for you.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_75/products_id/18161

series1811
02-19-2012, 08:35
.38 special Model 10 trade in at Bud's Police Supply. They were like $269 last time I looked.

http://www.budspolicesupply.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/11

series1811
02-19-2012, 08:36
Another vote for the P-95 here. $305.00 shipped. I bought my first one around 1999 and have subsequently bought two more over the years. You said you're going to OC so this Bud's for you.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_75/products_id/18161

That is a pretty good deal, too.

craig19
02-19-2012, 08:43
I would vote for a used S&W 5906, rock solid guns, they will last you the rest of your life. CDNN has them for $299, Widener's for $275. If you want new then the Ruger P95 is the way to go.


Here is a pic of one I picked from CDNN in January.


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w111/craig0513/Guns/DSC03202.jpg

Dogbite
02-19-2012, 09:31
I like the P Series. They're ugly, but shoot well.

Yeah, I when I show people these, I always say, the only thing you can hold against these pistols is that they are big...LOL. Yeah they are kind of ugly too though! LOL.

Dogbite
02-19-2012, 09:33
Very easy fix.

On the newest version of this gun, the SD40 and SD9, they fixed it---feels pretty good.

HKLovingIT
02-19-2012, 10:49
Ruger P95
S&W 6906, 3913, 5906
Police Trade Glock
Used Glock or M&P
Kahr CM9, CW 45. (I suppose you could open carry them)

G33Fla
02-19-2012, 11:02
slickguns.com seems to be a great site to find deals

Icelander513
02-19-2012, 11:10
I think you'd be making a mistake not going with a used gen3 G17 or G22; police trade in or whatnot. Just my opinion though.

EKUJustice
02-19-2012, 11:18
police trade in glock. Price is right, cheap mags, parts everywhere. I would stick with the more common rounds IE 9mm, 40sw. Ammo is cheaper and more avaliable at say a walmart than the 9x18 mak etc

Haldor
02-19-2012, 12:27
Hey now, they're not that ugly. :tongueout:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg217/scaled.php?server=217&filename=p892.jpg&res=medium

To the OP: Ruger P series would be a pretty good choice. Very reliable and long lasting.

Ahhh, My EYES!













Actually that is a pretty nice looking pistol. Very nice grips!

davsco
02-19-2012, 12:32
for $200 more you can get a new and very dependable glock (17, 19, 22, 23). skip restaurants for a month, work a little OT, whatever to fund this. going cheap on something you will be betting your (and your bride's) life on isn't the best strategy.

Wyoming
02-19-2012, 12:56
The grips are by Hogue and really are miles better then the factory or standard Hogue rubber grips. They even make G10, aluminum , titanium and Damascus grips. If you want grips that cost over twice the amount as a P series pistol, check out the prices on the titanium and Damascus models. :wow: Grips are here: http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=27_65

I've also installed a P95 trigger which greatly reduces the trigger reach as well as smooths out the pull. The trigger can be bought here: http://shopruger.com/KV03906-Trigger-P95/productinfo/62057/

I found out about this mod here: http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=88410&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Last is a 20lb Wolf hammer spring which makes the trigger pull as sweet as it gets. I originally had the 19lb in there with zero problems but I didn't want to push my luck with light primer strikes so I put the 20lb in it instead. Factory is 22lb BTW.Wolff springs here: http://www.gunsprings.com/Semi-Auto%20Pistols/RUGER/P%20Series%20Pistols/cID1/mID52/dID220#273

After all of these mods, the P89 went from a reliable decent gun to a reliable sweet shooter that feels great in the hand with a pretty nice trigger. It really gives you a new appreciation for the P89 and would make someone who didn't like the factory set-up take a second look.

Thank you very much. I created a folder and saved all the information and will do. Gun Broker here I come!

SDGlock23
02-19-2012, 14:11
Don't forget the Kahr CM/CW series, awesome pistols!

mattallamerican
02-19-2012, 16:51
used glock or a filipino 45

Fenris Wolf
02-19-2012, 18:28
S&W 3rd generation or a Bersa.