The best handgun for $200?


October 3, 2007, 10:08 PM
Ok, I just won $200 in a bet. :D Now I wanna go out and blow it on a handgun. I know $200 won't get an amazing gun and it won't be for self defense, I just want a new toy to play with. ;)

What gun for $200 would you buy and why? Could be new, used, revolver, autoloader, and any caliber.

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October 3, 2007, 10:39 PM
I dunno about $200...might be cutting it a little close.

Well no, I take that back. Plenty of Makarov's and CZ-52/82/PA-63's/etc to be had for right around that price.

If you wanna go a little higher, you start getting into Kel-Tec and Bersa, etc.

Good luck with your choice!

October 3, 2007, 10:44 PM
Even though the trigger is a POS, the Nagant revolver is pretty interesting. I'd rather get a Makarov, though. Tokarevs ain't too bad, but sorta useless. They carry well, but ain't real safe to carry other than condition three. Of those, the Mak is actually useful for carry/defense.

I've seen the odd Kel Tec at gun shows for 200, probably used, but looked new. They MSRP for more like 300. I picked up two EXCELLENT Taurus M66 revolvers for under 200. About anything other than a Makarov is probably going to be used. Bersa 380s ain't a lot more than 200, though, don't think.

Then, you could go with a 58 Remmy cap and ball, one for 219 at Bass Pro. Oh, the Heritage .22 normally goes for under 150. It's a single action cowboy type revolver.

October 3, 2007, 10:46 PM
CZ52, then all the ammo your change will buy.:D

Clyde Nocar
October 3, 2007, 10:50 PM
BERSA Thunder 380, the CC Duo is in that range. Great CCW

October 3, 2007, 10:54 PM
A used Browning Buckmark or Ruger .22 might be had for that price.

Or a Kel-Tek P3AT.

October 3, 2007, 11:06 PM
Bersa,Bersa, and Bersa. The best pistol for a $200 price range. Spend a little more and get the DLX version.

October 3, 2007, 11:14 PM
cz52 or polish p64

October 3, 2007, 11:20 PM
Hi-Point - they are a tad bit more reliable than yester years models - but you said not being utilized for protection - just a toy. I seen them NIB for <$200 at gun shows.

chris in va
October 3, 2007, 11:30 PM
Aren't CZ 82's around that price?

October 3, 2007, 11:31 PM
Then, you could go with a 58 Remmy cap and ball, one for 219 at Bass Pro. Oh, the Heritage .22 normally goes for under 150. It's a single action cowboy type revolver.
Yeah, already got a couple of those. :D Does anybody know of an online place that sells the heritage revolver?

Hi-Point - they are a tad bit more reliable than yester years models - but you said not being utilized for protection - just a toy. I seen them NIB for <$200 at gun shows.
That was one of my first thoughts...but they're just so ugly. :barf: .45ACP would be nice though...

I'll have to go look up some of the others mentioned, you guys might as well be speaking chinese. :)

October 3, 2007, 11:39 PM
.22 rim-fire
It ain't got to be good looking but internally sound and safe.


October 3, 2007, 11:47 PM
Aren't CZ 82's around that price? Yup, $209. for the gun then tax and shipping + FFL fee. I just bought one and it set me back $242.00 OTD. Gun is like new, awesome shooter, ambi safety and mag release, 12+1 rds, trigger is excellent in DA and SA mode. Dang thing is accurate too with FMJ. Found out tonight that it doesnt' like Hornaday PD in HP.

October 3, 2007, 11:49 PM
Go to an estate auction if you can, lot's of good deals. I got my 6" S&W 1905 (?) Target for $100 at one.

evan price
October 4, 2007, 12:50 AM

Deer Hunter
October 4, 2007, 12:52 AM
CZ 52, CZ 82, Mak, etc. Something milsurp.

October 4, 2007, 01:07 AM
I would use it towards a good CCW rig or a fancy dress one from Tucker Gunleather.

October 4, 2007, 01:28 AM
CZ 52, bigger better boom and probably slightly more reliable than a Tokarev TT-33. Both are fine shooters, but you have to be careful about ammo, but you can get the lots of surplus ammo for dirt cheap.
good luck

October 4, 2007, 02:15 AM
Makarov: First Choice

Hi-Point: I prefer the .380. Less recoil and mine seems to feed better than my C9. Shoot with cheap S&B .380 and use +p for defense. Lifetime warranty!

Polish P64: Nice accurate pistol with nasty double action trigger and recoil. Get a spring kit from and lessen recoil and help with double action pull.

Hi-Point .40: Make sure you put rubber grips on with finger grooves. It helps you hold this top heavy beast on target.

Bersa is best if you can afford $215 plus tax (in my neighborhood). I see them go for $230 and even more for the "Concealed Carry" model with shaved sights and melted edges.

October 4, 2007, 02:47 AM
$200? get a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very,
very,very,very used Korth.

October 4, 2007, 03:11 AM
Smith and Wesson model 10

October 4, 2007, 03:51 AM
if you scrounge around you might be able to get a used Ruger P85 9mm. I have seen them recently on GB for 250ish, if you look local you might be able to find a deal on one.

October 4, 2007, 06:01 AM
$200? Макаров!



October 4, 2007, 06:53 AM
Another vote for the Bersa Thunder.380 Accurate, reliable, looks very close to a PPK.

Ala Dan
October 4, 2007, 08:00 AM
The only handgun I sell for under $200 is the North American Arms "Mini" .22LR
and the .22 Magnum, with the latter (and more expensive) costing a mere $189.88* :uhoh::eek:

*FootNote- This is not a "combo gun" with the extra .22LR cylinder~! ;)

October 4, 2007, 08:40 AM
Makarov and CZ are both very good choices. I don't think I've ever seen anything in .45 ACP at that price level.

October 4, 2007, 08:41 AM
CZ52 or Makarov. Take your pick. Both are exceptional values for $200.

October 4, 2007, 09:17 AM
used taurus 38/357 is the way to go

October 4, 2007, 12:58 PM
One more vote for one of the Warsaw Pact pistols. A CZ 52 would be a ton of fun, but a PA-63 or P-64 would be a bit more practical as a carry pistol, should you want to carry a *little* gun.

October 4, 2007, 01:29 PM
I've seen all of these for sale locally at gun shows for less than $200 in the past few months, although some go for slightly more now and most aren't quite as dirt cheap like they used to be, they're still a pretty good bargain.

S&W Model 10's in .38 Special

Spanish BM pistols in 9mm

CZ-52's in 7.62X25

Hungarian PA-63's in 9X18MM

You can still find Makarovs for fairly cheap, but most seem to have gone over the $200 mark. They are out there, but you gotta look pretty hard for them if you want that price, at least around here from what I've seen.

Here's some sources for used and surplus handguns.

Usually most fairly large towns have at least one gun shop that specializes in used and surplus firearms.

Jim K
October 4, 2007, 01:44 PM
Some good ideas, but for a serious gun I would pick up one of the police surplus S&W Model 10 revolvers. Most are going for enough under $200 to buy some ammo.


Anna's Dad
October 4, 2007, 02:01 PM
CDNN has the Kel-Tec P-32 for $199.99. Will be a little over your budget with shipping, tax, transfer fees, but it's close! If you're really willing to splurge, the P-3AT is $219.99 + fees.

It's probably not the best gun you can get for $200, but they are very useful guns if you carry.

October 4, 2007, 02:13 PM
A used Smith & Wesson model 10 or 15 or a Makarov would be in this price range of you shop around if you put a little more into the pot you could add maybe one of the surplus Walther P-1 / P-38s on the list although they may be well over $200 by now.
Pick up a copy of Shotgun News and see what the curio and relic wholesalers such as Southern Ohio Gun, AIM, Sarco, Century Arms or J & G have as either surplus pistols or police trade ins.
Good luck and have fun.;)

October 4, 2007, 02:41 PM
+1 for the CZ-82.

October 4, 2007, 02:57 PM
Makarov or CZ-82. Best of the Combloc sidearms in 9MM Mak.

October 4, 2007, 03:08 PM
CZ52, it'll be fun to shoot and you should can find a deal... heres one on GA.

October 4, 2007, 04:04 PM
I have two CZ52's and found the tokarev pistol to be more reliable and better designed. I suggest the tokarev as a better $200 gun than a CZ52.

CZ52 firing pins are said to give problems and the pins keep moving out of one of my guns. I beieve there is also an issue with the safety hammer drop on these guns guns. The barrels are apparently not all that strong and really these guns have little to recommend then except for the uniqueness of its roller locked action.

October 4, 2007, 04:57 PM
I'm convinced, the only M10 for 200 dollars must be a bucket of used parts. Never seen anything worth having for under 300 around here. Actually, I don't mind the inflated price, since I have one.

October 4, 2007, 05:16 PM
I have a Star BM I got for $169 that shoots shockingly well. I used it for a BUG stage in IDPA, and it looked like I was shooting for groups. And a guy I work with just bought a Hi-Point 45. He delights in telling everyone that it came with a map to all the local liquor stores. Try as we might, we can't get it to not go bang.

White Horseradish
October 4, 2007, 05:57 PM
Keep in mind that most of the recommended guns are surplus and condition varies. For instance, my CZ52 has trouble with hard military primers, and my Star BM has never worked right. Both of my TTs are more reliable.

October 4, 2007, 06:03 PM
If you guys are finding makarovs for 200 please please please let me know where :D

October 4, 2007, 06:40 PM
Another vote for CZ82.

Kevin in Pa

October 4, 2007, 06:52 PM
If you guys are finding makarovs for 200 please please please let me know where


A PA63 in new/like new condition is, I think, $99. That'd leave over a fair bit for ammo and leather.

Otherwise, a CZ82.

October 4, 2007, 07:11 PM
For instance...and my Star BM has never worked right.

What a piece of junk. Mail it to me, I'll dispose of it properly.

October 4, 2007, 07:58 PM
NAA Mini
Used Ruger
Used Buckmark
Used S&W Model 10

October 4, 2007, 10:02 PM
A Makarov!

The 9X18mm round is almost as powerful as the 9X19mm round and it makes a slightly bigger hole in what it hits.

October 4, 2007, 10:12 PM
My Star BM is also a POS. Made poor groups about a foot left of the bulls. Poor Dad, he tried adjustable sights instead of the toilet, now it doesn't have good sights for carry. Adjusted it as far as it would go, still wouldn't shoot near the bullseye. Aim at the heart, maybe you'd hit his liver if you were very lucky.

It's so bad I wouldn't sell it to anyone. Maybe I'll make a mobile out of it.

Probably wouldn't ring in tune.

October 6, 2007, 12:02 AM
A used ruger mkII or mkIII if you don't have one yet... It's damn near impossible to wear them out, and there's nothing made that's cheaper to plink with...

October 6, 2007, 12:13 AM
The 9X18mm round is almost as powerful as the 9X19mm round and it makes a slightly bigger hole in what it hits.

Actually what I remember from box-o-truth left me with the distinct feeling that I wasn't losing anything to the 9x18 while carying my .380. I don't think 9x18 factory/surplus loads are nearly as close to 9x19 as they should/could be.

October 6, 2007, 12:22 AM
Got an old Surplus S&W .357 681 for 150 once. Also had a Colt govt .380 I got used, same price. Cops took it from me.

October 6, 2007, 09:54 AM
Used Ruger 22lr
Used S&W Model 10

October 6, 2007, 07:25 PM
Bersa Thunder .380. If you have another $100-150 to play with look at the Bersa Thunder 9mms. Excellent pistols for the price.

October 7, 2007, 03:27 AM
$200 limit for a gun just for fun?

I'd look out to see if I could still find a used (but beat up) S&W model 10 for that, but I think the days of $200 M10s (even those that look like they've been to hell and back) are gone.

A used Taurus 82. They are decent M10 copies (not exact copies). Try to get one that isn't so old (maybe look for the lock- yeah I know). The newer ones are more reliable (though most of these are good) and have MUCH better triggers.

A used Taurus 669, 66 or 65. The .357mag version is harder to find at that price than the 82 (harder to find at all used since the 82 is a mainstay of armed security companies, and few people part with their magnums it seems), but if you can find one...

A blackpowder replica revolver. The Uberti Remington 1858s and Colt 1860s are beautiful guns and aren't too terribly expensive. The black powder is a bit of work, but a lot of fun (I love the looks at the range when it belches that huge blast of fire and cloud of smoke).

A .22lr semi-auto rifle (I know you said hangun). They can be a lot of fun when you find the right one, they can be fired on most pistol ranges, and they are inexpensive to buy and to feed.

A .22lr pistol if you can find one at that price.

October 9, 2007, 12:58 AM
Used kel-tec P3AT .380

October 9, 2007, 01:01 AM
Hmm, after a little time has passed, I've thought more about your question. The more I think about it, the more I think black powder replica- 1858 Remington clone (.45cal), 1860 Colt Army (.45cal), Colt Navy (.36cal) by Uberti are all beautiful, affordable, and FUN revolvers.

October 10, 2007, 01:38 PM
Ditto on the used Keltec P3AT .380

October 10, 2007, 06:05 PM
I've seen quite a few H&R revolvers in great to decent shape for well under that. The 922 I have is not the gem of my collection, but it is fun and seems to be of decent quality.

October 10, 2007, 07:11 PM
The model 10's are a regional thing. Up here in the East most large PD's used the model 10's for decades prior to going to autos. I still see them going for around $125 to $175 for a good heavy barrel gun, holster worn but tight. I bought a nice (90%) model 15 for $199 two years ago and they had three on the shelf. Good deals can still be found used, just have to do the Pawn and Gun shop stroll for a while. I have also seen people score by mentioning to friends and family what you are looking for. Maybe Uncle Johnny has a gun he has been meaning to get rid of for years because Aunt Sally does not want it in the house. Bill

October 10, 2007, 07:20 PM
Star BM

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