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Old 12-27-2008, 07:48 PM
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Looking for a 9mm handgun for HD and conceal and carry. I'd like stay around $300. I might consider a revolver too, but I'd like something small and compact. What do you all recommend?
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well, for about 450 you can get a nice p111. You did want to stay near 300

you said, but I guess I would just throw that out there just in case you would

be willing to spend a little more.
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Spend $400 on a used Glock.
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If I had it to do over, My first purchase would have been a Glock 19.
You try to give people advice from personal experience but, few listen.
Spend $500 and get a Glock 19. I added night sights and an improved slide release.
Now the XD people can chime in.
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wow where have i seen this thread before?????? oh i know on this site every [email protected] day over and over again by people who arent going to listen anyways.
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Originally Posted by Nomad, 2nd View Post
Spend $400 on a used Glock.
I second that, just be wary of any gun that has been modified.

Dollar for dollar it is the most practical and reliable semi-auto ever made. I have yet to hear a valid argument otherwise.
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Stay with one of three guns, a Glock, a Sig or a Baretta. Get a used one if you can. Police trade ins are great. Find the gun that fits you. NO one gun fits all people. The Sig is my choice but that is because it fits me the best. Stay with those three brands because you can get parts and mags anywhere. Don't go with a "Cheap" gun. I see guys come to the Range and try to qualify with cheap guns and it shows.
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Originally Posted by Nomad, 2nd View Post
Spend $400 on a used Glock.
Nomad beat me to it, but my answer's verbatim -- a lightly used 19 or 26 will do nicely for only an additional $100 beyond your original budget.
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I agree with the used Glock.

But if you must stick with the $300 limit a used Ruger P series pistol would be a good choice.

Still would rather save up some more cash for a Glock though.
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I was going to say either the Ruger P series pistol. Or i recently picked up about a year ago now ..a Smith and Wesson model 910 with a few high caps ...Not the best gun for concealed carry it's bulky but very accurate. Only bad thing with S&W is the mags are expensive..I've never owned the glock version of the 9mm only 40cal in the sub compact model 27 i believe.
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The Idea is not to scrimp on an HD or concealed weapon. YOu want one that as they say goes boom everytime.

Spend the money on quality
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Just picked this up today(G17) new at the local gunstore . After giving my life long friend(Browning Hipower) to my son a couple yrs ago, I've had a hole in my battery(meaning a full size hi-cap 'service' 9mm). Will go nicely with the G26 I CCW with. Altho I'd have to agree, if it were my only Glock 9mm, it would be a G19 hands down.

W Bladetech SOB holster. Already have 2 tactical holsters it fits nicely in otherwise.

They had one std fair Stag M4 for $1075, fwiw. No 5.56 ammo except for a bit of hunting loads, tons of .22, 400ish rds of black box HP Wolf 7.62x39.
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Springfield XD9 Sub Compact, excellent pistol
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Take a look at a Marakov. You can get one for around $200. Very reliable guns.
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i have both the g19 and the springfield sub 9mm xd.
I like them both, the xd is a better carry gun and comes with an extended mag. They perform the same at the range either would be a good choice but of course they cost more than 300 dollars
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Thank you all for your responses.
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check out a Maadi Helwan.
Egyptian manufacture. Imported in the 90's.
Can still be had for 2-300$
similiar to the baretta.

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If you can afford a few more dollars, get yourself a Glock. You NEED one.
The Sig P6/225 can be had for around $300. They are great pistols and good for CCW. Down side, mags for the Sig P6 are pricey and can be hard to find.
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For any newcomer wanting to "get his/her first handgun for protection" and have no previous experience. I always recommend a 38spl in a 4"bbl by Ruger or S&W. I believe the Autoloaders should come later when they are more familiar with handguns. The revolvers are the simplest to operate.


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