$600 to spend... what to get??


October 20, 2007, 01:52 AM
I've been having a hard time choosing what to buy...

Redhawk .44

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October 20, 2007, 01:58 AM
Glock 20, if you are wanting a 10mm and can afford to shoot it.

Otherwise, what do you currently have and what are you looking for the gun to do for you?

Carry, range, home defense or ????

October 20, 2007, 02:01 AM
P345 alternatives:

SIG P220 (regular, carry, and compact)
Springfield XD 45 (service, compact)
Glock 30

Redhawk 44...nah, just get it!

The Glock 20 is a great gun too.

October 20, 2007, 02:04 AM
Do you not like the p345?

October 20, 2007, 02:11 AM
The P345 is not a bad gun, but i've never been much of a Ruger centerfire semi-auto sort of gun.

I too would recommend a Sig P220 Certified Pre-owned pistol instead of the Ruger.

Since you are considering a Glock 20, how about a Glock 21 or 21SF for a .45ACP?

October 20, 2007, 02:16 AM
I dunno what it is I just can't warm up to the sigs. I don't have a real good reason... Just didn't like the one that I shot i guess.

I have a p90 that I love, so I thought the p345 might be a good companion. I hear they are quite a bit thinner. I've never handled one though.

October 20, 2007, 03:00 AM
or??Well, you know... it pretty much depends on what you want it for.

If you want decent feedback, set your parameters a bit more clearly.


October 20, 2007, 04:24 AM
Get the new 4" barrel Ruger Redhawk. That 44 is sweet. :cool:

October 20, 2007, 11:54 AM

Walther P99/AS....:D


lee n. field
October 20, 2007, 12:50 PM
've been having a hard time choosing what to buy...

Redhawk .44

Grasshopper. What do you want to do with it?

Pick up the new Ruger SR9. You can be the guinea pig.

October 20, 2007, 01:39 PM

Px4 9mm or 40cal, same gun below


350 - 500 bucks depeneding who you buy one from


Just Jim
October 20, 2007, 01:42 PM
Buy ammo while you still can for the guns you allready own.


October 20, 2007, 02:54 PM
I vote for the G20. I've always wanted a 10MM myself. If you lived over here, I'd say get a silencer... That's what I'd do w/ an extra $600..:)

October 20, 2007, 03:59 PM
Depends on why these guns appeal to you...I personally would go w/ "or" but if the Ruger semi auto is calling you, get that :scrutiny:

October 20, 2007, 07:26 PM
Get a Lorcin...and LOTS of ammo!

October 20, 2007, 07:33 PM
the new ruger is in that price range too... and that thing looks hot

October 20, 2007, 07:34 PM
I would get the Springfield 1911 GI version. This would be a great handgun to send out to have customized in the future when the time is right.


October 20, 2007, 08:56 PM
Get a Lorcin...and LOTS of ammo!:banghead:

from your list i would say the p345 and ammo and mags and a holster or two and shoot it alot.

October 20, 2007, 09:15 PM
U will regret it for the rest of your life if U don't get a Walther P99 A/S in 9mm!

October 20, 2007, 10:13 PM
Glock 22 is the only way to go

October 20, 2007, 10:41 PM
Redhawk or a CZ 75

October 20, 2007, 11:08 PM
U will regret it for the rest of your life if U don't get a Walther P99 A/S in 9mm!
please explain!

The Annoyed Man
October 20, 2007, 11:40 PM
Save another $140 and get an HK USP Compact.

October 20, 2007, 11:45 PM
The .45+p is a legendary manstopper. The 10mm can do what the .45 can do, and gives you enough extra power to hunt, though in the right gun the .45 can match the 10mm. The 20 makes sense for a camp gun in black bear country as well as the urban jungle. Ammunition is harder to come by and is more expensive than the .45 or .44 (for me, anyway). But if you don't need bear protection, it is a nice round. Now if you want something that can truly do it all, from stopping bad people to hunting and grizzly bear defense, the Ruger .44 Magnum (+p+) is the most prudent choice of the 3.

I wound up with two guns- a .45 as a BUG to the .44 I think I am well covered on the streets or in the woods. I chose the .44 and .45 over the 10 simply because of ammo cost and the fact that I can make my .45 almost equal the 10mm, and the .44 trounces it in power and versatility.


October 21, 2007, 12:31 AM
please explain!

The gun is just too awesome. I'd take my P99 over a 1911.

Go do some searched for "P99" on this site, The Firing Line, Handgun Forum, Glocktalk, and some other sites... U will see all positive comments - And, I'm known as the P99 fanatic everywhere...

I have gotten 15 people to buy them, 13 of them online (2 locally). Almost all of the online people did it w/o trying the gun first - just went off of my incessant praise for the gun. None regret it.

October 21, 2007, 02:44 AM
G20, G20, G20!!!!!

October 21, 2007, 02:53 AM
I also agree with the SIG CPO option over the Ruger. I just got a P-226 and it is twice the gun my P-95 ever thought about being. If you have the $600 to spend on a pistol, why not get the better one?
It would be one thing if that extra $200 was just not possible, in which case I would say go ahead and get the Ruger (which is still a good gun BTW). But that's not the case.

Just reread and saw that you don't really care for SIG's.
If that's the case, the P-345 is quite a bit thinner than the other Ruger .45's (I have handled them all but never shot any). I haven't heard anything bad about them but I'm also not sure what the holster and accessory situation is like with them. It took some looking to find a holster for my P-95 and in the end I pretty much had to just take it to a gun store and try holsters for other guns until I found one that fit pretty well.
Out of the available choices, I guess I can't really say. If you want something smaller than your current Ruger, the G-20 is probably not going to fill that role (but I think it is lighter).

As others have said, it will depend on what you want to do with it. But personally, I'd kinda like to have a Redhawk... ;)

If you are just looking for something different than what you have, what about a .357 revolver? A GP-100 or SP-101 is really on my wish list and I also wouldn't sneer at a nice old Security Six.

October 21, 2007, 02:57 AM
First I would ask myself exactly what am I going to do with this pistol, for a primary hunting pistol either the Glock 10mm or the Ruger Redhawk will due.

With the right loads the 10mm compares in power to a .41 magnum it is a flat shooting hard hitting round limited mostly by a lack of pistols chambered for it and ammunition availability.

For home defense or CCW you would be better off with the Glock or the Ruger semi auto.

There are better designs out there than the Ruger semi auto for example one could find a good used Sig 220 229 226 or Glock of most calibers and still have enough for a couple of magazines.

Better a used well cared for Mercedes or BMW than a new Hyundai.:evil:

Allot of affordable factory reconditioned and police trade ins are around if one looks for them.

Check www.auctionarms.com www.gunbroker.com www.gunsamerica.com also Southern Ohio Gun J & G and AIM surplus to name a few.

Best of luck.;)

October 21, 2007, 03:14 AM
Before you get the P345 be sure to look up the problems with it. It shouldn't be hard to find (even on the Ruger forum at unitedforums) since many of us who bought them had problems. Mine was the biggest gun mistake I ever made and I was very happy to get rid of it at a $200 loss recently.

October 21, 2007, 04:01 AM
I would go with a Glock 20. If its going to be an outdoor gun that would be my first choice in most environments. It depends on what your possibly going to encounter out there but a 10mm should be fine in my opinion.

Whind Soull
October 21, 2007, 04:15 AM
A Colt Commander. Or, save another couple hundred and get a USP compact...

October 21, 2007, 02:56 PM
sorry i read the post wrong intially i thought you said "do" instead of "don't", i guess thats what i get for staying on here all hours of the night!
i agree they are great weapons and i would love to add one to my colllection one day. thanks for squaring me away.

October 22, 2007, 05:36 PM
Fools rush in. Don't fall victim to the "I've got $XXX burning a hole in my pocket and I've just got to spend it" mentality.

If you're not sure of what you want, wait until you are :)

October 22, 2007, 06:58 PM
Punching paper - 1911
Deer hunting - G20 or Redhawk
Self defense - a 9mm semi-auto

A Ruger or Browning .22 pistol plus 2000 rounds of ammo will cost you about $300. Burn through that ammo at the range and you will be a better pistol shooter than 99% of the people on the planet. A .22 is always handy for shooting practice, introducing new shooters and carrying in the woods.

October 22, 2007, 07:05 PM
How about a training class?

October 22, 2007, 07:07 PM
I can sell you a nearly new Makarov, a case of ammo, and you'll have money left over. It'll go bang ever time and is incredibly accurate.

Or you can have a NIB Colt 1991A1 and no $$ left over.

Your call...........

October 23, 2007, 08:47 AM
And, I'm known as the P99 fanatic everywhere...

Huh, I didn't know that. :p

October 23, 2007, 12:21 PM
Well, I'll have to make a positive comment for the Ruger P345. Sure, it had early production problems, but those have been worked out. I have taken it to the range several times and put around 300 rounds of various manufacture plus some handloads through it. Never a hitch. No break-in period required. It's light, sturdy and dependable. I use a holster for a P89 and it works just fine. Others may have different opinions, but I can't find fault with this pistol. Plus, brand new, you'd have money left over for other stuff.

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