Best value in 9mm?


February 28, 2010, 11:46 PM
For the money what is the best bang for the buck in a 9mm defensive gun?

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March 1, 2010, 12:02 AM
9X19: Used Glock 19
9X18: Makarov

March 1, 2010, 12:53 AM
ruger p-95

CZ 75

March 1, 2010, 03:24 AM
used sig p6, p225, or p228

March 1, 2010, 03:46 AM
What size?? 9mm hanguns range from pocket pistols to full size pieces.

For a pocketable piece, the best bang for the buck is a Kel Tec P-11 or a PF-9

For a full size piece, Bersa Thunder 9, a Cougar or a Ruger P Series.

March 1, 2010, 03:50 AM
+1 on Sig P-6 and Makarov. I'd add Beretta 92.

March 1, 2010, 04:25 AM
Look at the Stoeger Arms Cougar. Possibly the best bang for your buck in a quality weapon. It won't break the bank getting it.

March 1, 2010, 06:14 AM
Used 2nd or 3rd gen S&W. They are accurate, reliable and will last two lifetimes.

March 1, 2010, 07:10 AM
CZ P-07. $450 from Buds.

March 1, 2010, 07:27 AM
Talk about a leading question. This should get interesting to follow!

March 1, 2010, 07:42 AM
Ruger SR9.

It competes in the league of guns like the M&P, XD, Glock, etc... but costs $370-385 instead of $500-550.

March 1, 2010, 07:54 AM
For the money you can't beat a 3rd gen S&W auto or a used G19 or G17.

March 1, 2010, 09:10 AM
Sig P6
Used Sig 226 (W.German)
Used Glock 19/17

March 1, 2010, 09:17 AM
Another vote for the 3rd generation S&W's. 2nd for me would be Bersa.

March 1, 2010, 09:24 AM
Ruger SR9

March 1, 2010, 09:50 AM
Steoger Couger is where my money went.

March 1, 2010, 09:58 AM
WhatCougarman said. They can be had new for around $400 and you're basically getting a Beretta.

March 1, 2010, 10:12 AM
I'm surprised no one has posted this link yet:

I'm partial to the FNP-9, but I am a fan of hammers over strikers. I tried to like the Ruger SR9 but just could not abide that trigger.

March 1, 2010, 10:14 AM
I vote Taurus PT92. I have high-end stuff, but that gun was the most reliable and accurate gun I have shot, for the price of course. Never malfunctioned, not ever.

March 1, 2010, 10:14 AM
Bersa Thunder or their Compact/carry model.


March 1, 2010, 10:29 AM
No love for the sigma?

March 1, 2010, 10:43 AM
The best value and bang for the buck is the Czech Cz-82 or the Polish Radom P64 9x18 Makarov. They can be had for under $200.00 and far better designed and built than a majority of today's cheap pistols made by Bersa, Rossi and Taurus.

March 1, 2010, 10:43 AM
Used P226

March 1, 2010, 10:50 AM
EAA witness.

19 rnds and all metal. Essential the same gun aS the CZ

Or if you prefer polymer, XD9. I love mine.

March 1, 2010, 10:53 AM
for striker the glock 19 and xd are tough candidates. If you prefer a hammer CZ's will keep you in that price range. I am spoiled and like my Sig's and HK's. You need to be more specific. Bang for buck is tough to interpret.

March 1, 2010, 11:01 AM
Bersa Thunder 9 Fullsize or Ultracompact.

March 1, 2010, 11:26 AM
No love for the sigma?

+1 - Sigma

March 1, 2010, 11:56 AM
Best value - SIG P6 if you can still find one under $350. Otherwise, if I was buying from scratch on a budget right now, I'd be looking mighty hard at the Bersa's.

March 1, 2010, 05:16 PM
Used Glock 19 or used SIG P6

March 1, 2010, 05:20 PM
Ruger P95. The best combination of durability, utility, reliability and price I've found.

March 1, 2010, 07:51 PM
Best bang for the $ - Ruger or CZ!

March 1, 2010, 07:55 PM
Another vote for the p-95, for around $300 its a best buy.

March 1, 2010, 07:59 PM
high point baby! best value for a good gun

March 1, 2010, 08:04 PM
Southern Ohio Gun is currrently selling Walther P99s for $399 with two magazines. That's a tough deal to beat under any circumstance, IMO.

March 1, 2010, 08:13 PM
Another Ruger P95 shout out. :D

March 1, 2010, 08:14 PM
Aw that's not fair!!! I figured we were talking about brand new guns so that there is a fair comparison. Now that I know we're also taking used into account, the S&W 3rd gens run away with the gold metal for used guns.

For new, I'm still going with the SR9. That's a serious lot of gun for their price range.

March 1, 2010, 08:21 PM
If its a gun you will use a lot, I say buy the gun you REALLY WANT, rather for settling something that just seems like a "good value."

Only YOU know what you really want.

I've had various 9mm's.
For me the Glock is the point I keep returning to.

There's a lot of other neat 9mm stuff out there, but none like the Glock that I would actually use on a regular basis.

Old Shooter
March 1, 2010, 08:22 PM
I'm partial to the CZ 75B but for the most "bang for the buck" it would be awful hard to beat any of the all steel rugers, last forever and go bang everytime.

March 1, 2010, 08:48 PM would be awful hard to beat any of the all steel rugers...To my knowledge, the only all steel 9mms that Ruger has ever made were some SP101s and some Blackhawks with convertible cylinders.

All of the semi-auto Ruger centerfires employ either polymer or aluminum frames. ;)

Onward Allusion
March 1, 2010, 09:01 PM
New - 3rd Gen S&W Sigma or Ruger P95
Used - 3rd Gen S&W 59xx

Full Metal Jacket
March 1, 2010, 09:05 PM

March 1, 2010, 09:12 PM
I think my HK P7, used, is the best pistol i've purchased vs dollars spent. Next would be my Taurus PT-92.

March 1, 2010, 09:24 PM
Ruger P95.

March 1, 2010, 10:05 PM
Sa xd-9 $499

March 1, 2010, 10:31 PM
Glock 17, you can get a new one for $500 ish. Not the least expensive, but IMHO you would have a hard time getting more value for your money.

March 2, 2010, 02:51 AM
SA XD9 (New)

After that one, I'd have to go with a used HK P7. Good luck!

March 2, 2010, 03:07 AM mine for $225 used at gander mountian

March 2, 2010, 04:22 AM
This is way to subjective. I would say the Glock series of guns and a used Sig is a good value. I also recommend the XD series of guns as well as the Smith and Wesson 3rd generation steel guns. There is also the Smith and Wesson M+P series as well.

I recommend Glocks, especially the 17. But the Glock 19 and 26 are also good values. The size is subjective and really depends on what you intend to use the gun for.

March 2, 2010, 06:31 AM
Current German Police trade in HK P7's. None better right now. Actually, this is one of the best semi-autos period.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 2, 2010, 06:42 AM
The original question contains a few contradictions. First of all, the question is pertaining to a DEFENSE weapon. A defense weapon would, by definition, be one that is 100% reliable, or darn close to it.

I don't believe RELIABLE and CHEAP (or INEXPENSIVE) go hand-in-hand.

I don't think any handgun that is CHEAP would also be 100% RELIABLE, therefore, I must recommend an SKS.

Old Shooter
March 2, 2010, 07:50 AM
it would be awful hard to beat any of the all steel rugers

To my knowledge, the only all steel 9mms that Ruger has ever made were some SP101s and some Blackhawks with convertible cylinders.

All of the semi-auto Ruger centerfires employ either polymer or aluminum frames.

Details..Details...Details.... What was I thinking?

March 2, 2010, 11:36 PM
Yeah, I agree that it's nitpicking. On the other hand I wouldn't want anyone buying one and being disappointed later.

Not that they SHOULD be disappointed. I've never of anyone breaking the frame on one of the aluminum framed Ruger semi-autos. They will get pretty loose with a lot of wear, but the frames just don't seem to ever break.

March 3, 2010, 12:34 AM
Bang for buck for defensive handgun = Glock 19.

March 3, 2010, 12:41 AM
ruger p-95. again. always goes bang, reasonable price. everyone should have one.

March 3, 2010, 01:22 AM
I see sig P6's selling for enough now that I think there are better values.

I've bought a couple used glocks for $400.

I've seen NIB Steyr M9A1s for $399

3rd gen smiths are also a very good buy.

March 3, 2010, 12:58 PM
I personally think the M&P Pro also offers good value for the money.

March 3, 2010, 03:42 PM
Ruger SR9.

I paid $429 for mine, but have seen them for $389 shipped to an FFL.

I have had mine for nearly a year, put over 1000 rounds and it has never given me an ounce of problem.

I just bought a P95 and have not yet shot it. Everything I hear it is a very reliable pistol. I got it from Buds for $321(stainless) shipped. Excellent value. I have 5 Rugers now and they all go bang when you pull the trigger.

For the money Rugers are VERY difficult to beat.

March 5, 2010, 02:21 PM
That Bersa compact 9mm - especially in duotone, appears to be pretty sweet. Also seems to be unobtanium. Anybody got a line on when these will re-enter production?

March 5, 2010, 03:43 PM
I'd vote for the Ruger P95, S&W Sigma, and for a few bucks more, the SR9. It would be a 'can't go wrong' decision.

Steve 48
March 5, 2010, 08:20 PM
I thinl the 2022 is the best buy on the market right now.

wild willy
March 5, 2010, 09:04 PM
Ruger P95

March 5, 2010, 09:07 PM
As previously stated, used Glock 17 or 19

March 5, 2010, 10:42 PM
"Best Value? for a defensive 9mm", it depends on what you are defending. Best value is a Taurus PT-92. Cheapest is a Bersa or Walther P-01. Best carry gun in a small size 9mm the Beretta PX4 compact.

You need to define your terms!!


March 5, 2010, 11:12 PM
cz-p07 $429.95 at jgsales

March 6, 2010, 11:29 AM
Used Glock 26. ~$450

March 6, 2010, 11:36 AM
(This is my 6,000th post. I meant to make a big deal out of it, when I hit 3,4 and 5000, but I screamed past and forgot. anyway.)

I would always start with a Glock. A lot of people regard the 19 as ideal, I have a stubborn streak that says always start with the full size frame, I would look for a used Glock 17. I won't say they are "indestructable", all machines fail eventually, but you have to get more creative than most shooters will be in a lifetime to hurt one.

wild cat mccane
March 6, 2010, 12:09 PM
6,000 posts and your sig line still hasn't come true and is full of contradiction (scholar? says who? "someone said he said")

Someone said a P99 is being sold for 400...if its the AS 9mm buy it and then sell it. They go for 600 or so here in utah used.

March 6, 2010, 12:30 PM
I'll take John Lott's word over Barack Obama's any day. Just because he isn't in a position to do anything right now doesn't mean that he doesn't WANT to. Go ahead and kid yourself about his intentions.

wild cat mccane
March 6, 2010, 12:44 PM
You can carry a gun into a national park now.

While it was bush who passed it, you couldn't during Bush's presidency.

So you can keep your head in the sand all you want too.

This is especially funny on a gun site where we blast people for reports from people who had second hand experience with a gun. No one gives them credit deservedly.

March 6, 2010, 01:09 PM
This is me not playing.

March 6, 2010, 05:34 PM
Used Glock 26. ~$450
That's not really a great price for a used glock, I paid $500 new for my 26 about 6 months ago, now you can find new ones for $460-$480 if you look hard enough. Personally I'd never pay more than $400 for a used glock, and even then it would have to be like new.

March 6, 2010, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I would even look at beat up ones in the $350 range.

March 10, 2010, 03:05 PM
I am now a huge Ruger P95 fan.

I went to the range and shot 100 rounds with 99 out of 100 good shots. I had one FTE, but I attributed that to breaking in.

All in all for $350 total I am very impressed.

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