Best choice for less than $300 gun for Christmas gift?


November 29, 2010, 11:53 AM
I am considering buying a gun for my best friend for Christmas. He already has a decent collection including a Marlin Model 60, Mossberg 500, Marlin 917, Ruger 22/45 pistol, Romainan AK-47, Chiappa 22 1911, Ruger SR-9, and a Ruger 357.

Anyways, what gun that is $300 or less would be good for my best friend? Just a few suggestions would be great.


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November 29, 2010, 12:12 PM
CZ83 in 9x18 Makarov.

November 29, 2010, 01:53 PM
PA63 in 9mm Mak. Wolf spring kit, extra mags and nice grips would bring it in under $300.

November 29, 2010, 04:31 PM
Dunno. Pocket-gun maybe. Kel Tec P3AT or Ruger LCP.

November 29, 2010, 05:22 PM
I would consider a Rossi revolver. My father inlaw gave me one he bought in 1994 and has a surprisingly smooth action. Even though he bought it way back than the gun was NIB. That would put it within your budget.

May you should think outside of the box as well and instead of a gun maybe a surefire flashlight, or a holographic sight he could use with whatever firearms he already has. I know I want to be your friend. He is lucky.

November 29, 2010, 05:26 PM
Stretch a bit,...look for a Savage or a Stevens rifle in a centerfire caliber. Looks like he has a pretty good start on covering the bases,...noticed no crank guns though.

Another idea might be ammo for what already has.....?????

Just a thought.........

Mike J
November 29, 2010, 05:27 PM
I would agree with MrOldLude- He seems to like Rugers-Maybe an LCP.

November 29, 2010, 05:29 PM
I'd go with fodder to feed those guns of his and perhaps some fun targets instead of risking purchasing a gun he might not like.

November 29, 2010, 05:29 PM
Makarov PM

RIA 1911 (used)

FEG HiPower

Mossberg 500

Spec ops Grunt
November 29, 2010, 05:33 PM
If your going to get a pistol chambered in 9x18 Makarov, then you need to get the real deal. Makarov PM, Russian, Bulgarian, or German.

Bulgarian is probably best value to price ratio.

November 29, 2010, 05:36 PM
How about something from the WWII era? You can still get a nice K31 for that price or one of the various Mausers or a Mosin Nagant and a pile of ammo. For something slight more modern, a Yugo SKS and a tech sight would come in at about $300.

November 29, 2010, 05:52 PM
Maybe something *really* unusual? I once found a 80 dollar blackpowder kit pistol.
200 bucks should buy some powder, balls and stuff?

Bill B.
November 29, 2010, 06:00 PM
+1 ...........Makarov!

November 29, 2010, 06:04 PM
I notice he also has a few 22lr but not a ruger 10/22. He could do wonders with that rifle since it is so easy to modify. May be also another mossberg in 20 gauge or a remington 870 would put you within your budget. For the price I also like Taurus. See what they have to offer. Don't forget a Tactical Knife.

November 29, 2010, 07:04 PM
Your amigo seems to be partial to Rugers, so get him a P-95. $300 @ Bud's w/free shipping.

November 29, 2010, 07:09 PM
I like the Swiss K31, (Yugo) Mauser, or Mosin Nagant + case or two of ammo. idea.

November 29, 2010, 07:10 PM
The best bet would be a gift card to his favorite local gun shop. Just ask the counter guy at the shop, most has them even if they don't advertise it.

It would appear that he could use a larger centerfire rifle. Maybe a savage centerfire rifle or rossi/H&R single shot in .308 or 30-06.

Defense Minister
November 29, 2010, 07:29 PM
A smallish handgun in a defensive caliber that he can carry every day. The Kel-Tec PF-9 comes to mind. It's a 9mm, so of all the common defensive calibers, it is the least expensive to practice with. I paid $269 for mine brand new. At that price, you could include a couple boxes of practice ammo to boot!

November 29, 2010, 07:47 PM
What HGM22 said. Get a good milsurp and have some fun.

Check out this Russian model with accessories for less than 100.00 from Aim surplus

November 29, 2010, 07:52 PM
As one mentioned, buying ammo, targets, and range time for what he already has would be a better bet, IMO

November 29, 2010, 07:58 PM
He needs a cowboy gun...look around and find a used, not abused Ruger Single Six convertible 22LR/22Mag.

He will bless you forever.

November 29, 2010, 07:58 PM
Or an H&R single shot shotgun...for under $200!!!

November 29, 2010, 08:46 PM
I don't see a Ruger 10/22 in that list.

J&G Sales has used S&W revolvers.

November 29, 2010, 09:04 PM
.22 Rifles of various manufacture.

November 29, 2010, 09:16 PM
I see your in the Kenessaw area. Want to be my new bff? :)

November 29, 2010, 10:00 PM
i would say cz 82, ruger 10/22, or an old mauser.

November 29, 2010, 10:00 PM
Ruger 10/22

Henry Lever Action .22LR

Beretta Neos

Bersa Thunder (this one doesn't do much for me, but other folks seem to love them)

November 29, 2010, 10:02 PM
I second the Ruger P-95.

November 30, 2010, 08:35 AM
Thanks for all of the replies. I forgot to mention that he also has a Kel-Tec PF9, and Mosin Nagant as well.

The 10/22 sounds pretty good. I also like the idea of a Ruger Single Six. Can I get a Single Six for less than $300?

November 30, 2010, 01:17 PM
Most of the single sixes listed in the online auctions are going for a bit more than $300.

Check the pawn shops as well as the gun stores in your area. I bet you can find a decent used one pretty close to your price.

November 30, 2010, 09:12 PM
I LOVE my Beretta Neos!

Red Tornado
December 2, 2010, 10:38 AM
Since I don't know your friend, I'll throw out something. :D

Maybe a 10/22 and some tech sights. Add a sling and you've got an LTR.

I second Spec Ops, if you get 9x18, get a Mak. Bulgarians should be just under $300. The other option (I'd recommend) is a CZ82, which are now C&R and feel a lot like the Maks.

However, a gift card at the gun shop, or stacks of ammo would eliminate guessing and be a wonderful gift.

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