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Revolver.

You said it won't be daily carry, so I would go revolver hands down.
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Revolver.

You said it won't be daily carry, so I would go revolver hands down.
That's the direction I was headed. But ammo isnt cheap.

The PF9 offers 9mm and a .22lr conversion for cheap shooting.

Some cons on the PF9 is that if I start doing security work again it really isn't an openn carry piece.

A 357 revolver fits the bill a little better in that roll. But then again pratice with it can get a bet expensive.
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I'll add to the advice to shop around. I picked up a SW Airweight for $300 a couple of weeks ago. It's not my EDC. It's actually my car gun.
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I'll put it this way. I live in the dallas metroplex area. Very populated. So since this firearm virus started attacking the population. Choices have started to become limited. Texas is known for it's gun toting cowboy types.

Local gun shops have been awash with people and on weekends hard to even get thru the doors at times. So finding that sweet deal has just about dried up in my area. I'm not saying there isn't a deal to be found. But it aint easy to find. Even pawn shops are price gouging!

Everyone tells me LCP. But I'm not really a ruger fan. Also watched a video the other day with a kel-tec vs a LCP. And the Kel-Tec seemed to win over it in a lot of ways.
I hate this guy. But he does have some good reviews:SHOOTOFF: Ruger LC9 vs KelTec PF9 by Nutnfancy - YouTube

Also the EAA windicator seems to get good reviews as well. EAA WINDICATOR .357 MAG - YouTube

I do a lot of research before I ever buy a firearm. So much in fact I talk myself out of buying a lot.

I also have been looking at the taurus tracker in 357. Or the 7 shot model they make. Basically a copy of a S&W gun.

I also get a lot of good advise from this board. And have for awhile. If I didn't I wouldn't post here and ask such questions.
Almost all gun shops price gouge. Shop online unless you find a decent one.

The video you showed is of an LC9, not an LCP. Little bit of a difference, LC9 has actual full sights, chambered in 9mm instead of .380, is a little bit larger, and has a manual safety and loaded chamber indicator.
Ruger may not be your thing, but I wouldn't pass them by, they are very high quality arms manufacturers and carry a good warranty.
Check out Hickok45's review on the LC9 on YouTube.

Best of luck in your search, and remember, make sure you'll be 100% happy with your purchase. Don't rush out and grab one, guns aren't going anywhere.
Honestly, what you should do is go to a local range that has rentals and shoot the guns you are thinking about buying and decide how you like them. That way you get a real feel for what you're buying.
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You are severely limiting yourself by not considering used. The only new handguns I will buy now are Ruger Single Actions, and they really need some gunsmithing to be right. On the other hand, a used S&W Model 10 or Model 15 from the 1970s or earlier is a fine firearm, with trigger pulls and fitting that just isn't available in new handguns now. Model 10s can be bought anywhere from $250 to $350, depending on the finish. Model 15s can be bought from $325 to $450. These are two of the finest, most reliable guns ever made. Don't be put off by a worn finish. Many law enforcement guns were carried daily but only fired when the officer qualified.

I would rather have one good used Model 10 than two each, brand new, of either of the guns you mentioned, especially if my life depended on it.

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Find a used but in good mechanical shape Model 10, Model 13, Model 15, Model 64, Model 65, Model 66, or Model 67. Any of the above are great work horses.
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That's the direction I was headed. But ammo isnt cheap.

The PF9 offers 9mm and a .22lr conversion for cheap shooting.

Some cons on the PF9 is that if I start doing security work again it really isn't an openn carry piece.

A 357 revolver fits the bill a little better in that roll. But then again pratice with it can get a bet expensive.
Invest in some handloading equipment. Using commercially available bullets, you can pack .38s for around $10 for 50 rounds.
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I own plenty of both! Chose a caliber then chose the gun. Whatever you chose save up some money and buy something of quality. Think about it, what do you want a gun for? Arguably your life or someone elses may be in line. You're going to want something of quality to depend your life on.
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That's the direction I was headed. But ammo isnt cheap.

The PF9 offers 9mm and a .22lr conversion for cheap shooting.

Some cons on the PF9 is that if I start doing security work again it really isn't an openn carry piece.

A 357 revolver fits the bill a little better in that roll. But then again pratice with it can get a bet expensive.
The bulk of my practice with my .357 pistol is in .38 special. Yes, I also practice with .357, but if you are willing to use .38 you can practice for cheap.

Quick search of the ammo company I use came up with this ammo 1000 rounds for $215. That's for brass cases..

http://www.sgammo.com/product/prvi-p...-prvi-partizan
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Invest in some handloading equipment. Using commercially available bullets, you can pack .38s for around $10 for 50 rounds.
Yep, reloading greatly reduces costs of shooting.
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Don't know how similar they are but my Taurus model 66 .357 mag. 7 shot has been nothing but awesome. Picked it up a year or so ago at Cheaper Than Dirt in McKinney for $366 band new.
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Gun show. Whatever you want, they have. Bring cash.
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Any $300 new gun is going to be a cheap gun, whether revolver or autoloader. Very likely to have have "bugs". IMHO as an advanced hobbyist gunsmith, the autoloader will be much harder to "de-bug" than the revolver.

Do not discount a high quality .38 Special - one capable of handling +P ammunition. A .38 doesn't have the glamour of the .357, so prices tend to be more reasonable. Buffalo Bore among others make some pretty effective +P ammo for them. I'm very partial to Smiths, and agree strongly that an ex-L.E. Smith in .38 Special is about the best deal going for a cheap handgun, bar none.

You need to know how to evaluate a used revolver.

http://lonelymachines.org/2010/10/27...for-revolvers/

Or better yet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6F...w?pref=2&pli=1
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you would think that after 3 1/2 years he would have figured it out.
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Semi, unless you already have a lot of revolver experience. If you do, by all means stay with a revolver. If you don't - or if it's about even - get a semi.

I carried an S&W Model 60 .357 for a while and finally sold it to man who had always shot revolvers. I was finally forced to recognize two things: 1) I may never shoot better with a semi than you shoot with a revolver but I will always shoot better with a semi than I shoot with a revolver; 2) I may never reload a semi faster than you reload a revolver but I will always reload a semi faster than I reload a revolver.

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I agree with others. I'd ditch both of those options. If you want a Revolver get a GP100. Those EA Revolvers have very poor QC by what I've seen. Keltecs are also hit or miss. I owned a PF9 and promptly traded it because it was just outright uncomfortable to shoot. I've also owned 2 P3ATs and they're junk. I currently own a LC9s Pro and a Glock 43 and would take either over the keltec. get a Ruger SR9E, XD, M&P or Glock. All way better guns and will serve you way better. I prefer Glocks and if I could only have one it would be the Glock 19.
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I have had good luck with my tourus 85 snub fits in my winter jacket pocket seems durable but then again im more of a wheelgun guy 350 new at the local shop
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So I've fallen into some extra cash and am in the market for a budget type pistol for $300 or under.

I came across two choices. An EAA Windicator .357 4" barrel for $309

Or a Kel-tec PF9 in OD for $280

Here are my issues. This isn't going to be a daily carry. But could end up as one in the future.

Pros of the 357 is it can shoot 38 special. Longer range and harder hitting.

The PF9 is cheaper to shoot and with an extra $200 slide and barrel can shoot .22 adding to the value.

It's hard to deside which is a better buy. I need to make a choice soon as gun prices keep rising and budget pistols are becoming less of a budget buy.

Any input is awesome.
Borrow a little more money and pick up a model 60SW .357/.38spc they are not over expensive and as solid as they come. If you can't do that then go with the EAA until you can do better.
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I like the Taurus tracker if it is a model you would consider followed by the 7 shot.
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