Good handguns in 9mm or up , but for $350 and below


June 12, 2012, 09:21 PM
So as the title reads, are there any good handguns in caliber 9mm or larger for $350 or below. If so anyone care in pointing some out to me. I will be on the market for a handgun once I sell a rifle I don't use anymore.

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June 12, 2012, 09:26 PM
It's gonna have to be something used. You can find FEG Hi-Power clones for around $300 and pre-B CZ-75's for down around $350. Otherwise, you're looking at Smith & Wesson Sigma's, Ruger P95's, Kel Tec P11 and PF9's, then on down to Hi Pont's. You might also find a Norinco 213, but the price on those seems to have escalated beyond reason. Anyhow, there are plenty of decent handguns in your price range.

You might get luck and get a LEO trade-in Glock, but they're getting pretty thin, or the Smith & Wesson 59xx LEO trade-in's.

Shoot, being in PRescott I would think you could walk yourself over to J&G's and have a look. They usually have decent pricing on a lot of stuff.

June 12, 2012, 09:26 PM

The SIG SP2022 and brand new. Fabulous pistol.

June 12, 2012, 09:28 PM

The SIG SP2022 and brand new. Fabulous pistol.

That's a pretty sweet deal.

June 12, 2012, 10:15 PM has the ruger p95 9mm for 329.00 right now but it can be had on sale from them for 300.00 from time to time. Its a nice accurate dependable 9mm. Comes with two 15 round magazines and a magazine loader.

June 12, 2012, 11:08 PM
S&W 6906. Great little 9mm. Not one fail round after round.
Only problem is that it has a magazine disconnect safety. Light gun, 15+1 Capacitym 3- dot sight, SA/DA hammer.

June 12, 2012, 11:24 PM
Shot the 2022 last weekend. Great f-ing pistol.

June 12, 2012, 11:26 PM
wow, that sig looks like a good deal. Never owned one, are they good guns? Like in the sense of are they reliable enough to be used for carry? I will be 21 at the end of the year and would like it to be something I can use for carry as well as just blasting at the range.

June 12, 2012, 11:51 PM
My initial experience is that it's great. For a polymer it's kinda heavy do for carry I dunno. My suggestion is to go rent one to get the best feel for it. But at that price you won't find a better full size IMHO.

June 12, 2012, 11:53 PM
Ruger P95 or P345.

June 13, 2012, 12:15 AM
Sigs are great guns. I have no experience with the newer polymer models, but I have a P228 that has been flawless. I actually use it as my daily carry gun, even though it is an all steel gun. With the right belt and holster combination, it isn't bad at all.

The Sig would definitely be my first choice (or maybe hold out for a bit more cash and pick up one of the import/surplus P226s) but you also have several other surplus guns in your price range. Most of them are in 9x18 as opposed to 9x19, but they are still better than a sharp stick. Occasionally you can find a good deal on used guns if you keep an eye out on the forums. I just picked up a good .357 S&W Model 19 for $325, and I believe Buds has (or used to have) some .38 special revolvers for a good price recently, so there are some good options in your price range.

June 13, 2012, 03:06 AM
Well, I had a S&W mod 60 .38 spl revolver, I just don't know not a fan of the wheel guns. At least not that one.

One thing I forgot to mention do the Sig's fight both right and left handers? I myself an a lefty.

June 13, 2012, 06:34 AM
Taurus PT92 / PT99.

June 13, 2012, 08:19 AM
+1 on the Sig 2022. You aren't going to do better at that price. I've carried it's predecessor (the 2340) for a decade and still love it.

June 13, 2012, 08:35 AM
S&W 5906 Is hard to beat.

June 13, 2012, 08:59 AM
Sig Sp2022 and the Taurus 24/7 OSS both in 9mm can be found for under $350 and sometimes the Taurus can be found new for under $300. I hope this helps. God Bless :)

June 13, 2012, 09:41 AM
At that price I'm tempted to order a pair: 9mm and .40 S&W.

June 13, 2012, 10:22 AM
I bought an RIA/Armscor MAPP1 MS for $300 + tax (6%) a year ago. It is basically the same gun as an EAA Witness P with a different slide design. Both guns are made by Tanfoglio out of Italy and assembled but different companies.

June 13, 2012, 10:40 AM
Bud's ( has S&W Sigma 9mms for $319

June 13, 2012, 11:20 AM
If you want a double-stack 9mm, the SIG SP2022 can easily be found new for $350. I don't have much personal experience with the SP2022, but I've heard only positive things about it.

If you want a single-stack conceal-carry, the Kahr CM9 occasionally goes on sale at Palmetto State Armory for $350. I got my CM9 there for $337 out the door (factoring in sales tax and a 10% store opening sale). The CM9 is a fantastic little pistol - well made with a nice smooth (if long) trigger, uber-reliable (mine didn't need any break-in, ran perfect right out of the box), and surprisingly soft-shooting for such a small and lightweight gun. I would personally rate it much higher than the Ruger LC9, M&P Shield, or Beretta Nano. About the only thing in it's class that I think is a clearly better pistol (not counting the Karh PM9, which is just a more expensive version of the CM9 with a polygonal barrel and a fancier slide) is the Walther PPS, which is much more expensive and a good bit larger.

June 13, 2012, 11:59 AM
You should be able to pick up a Ruger SR9 used, and in good condition, for $300-$350.

I think they are pretty good guns, especially for the money. There have been a lot of reviews and threads about them on THR, so if you're looking for more info, that's where I would start.

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

June 13, 2012, 12:32 PM
I just went through this, and settled on either a Hi Power clone, Ruger P95, Taurus PT92, or S&W 5906... all of which have been mentioned in this thread.

From these, I narrowed to the Taurus or the S&W, and waited for something to come up at $300.

I ended up with a Taurus PT917c (a PT92 with shorter slide/barrel, which is the equivalent of a Beretta Centurian) with three magazines, holster, and pistol case for $300.

June 13, 2012, 02:42 PM
Any S&W 3rd gen model. 5904+5906 are full size. 6904+6906 are more compact. I have the 6904 and it eats any kind of ammo you give it and it plenty accurate. Very reliable and easy to find under $300.

June 13, 2012, 05:41 PM
+1 to 5906

June 14, 2012, 01:29 AM
I ended up with a Taurus PT917c (a PT92 with shorter slide/barrel, which is the equivalent of a Beretta Centurian) with three magazines, holster, and pistol case for $300.

$300 for a shooter you like + accessories. Good job. Enjoy! Now on to ammo....

June 14, 2012, 01:30 AM
Just realized you weren't the OP. Brock? Have you decided?

June 14, 2012, 11:30 AM
My choice was a Taurus pt-111 12-round compact, and later a Taurus 24/7 13 or 17-round compact.
The pt-111 is under 350 at Academy now.

June 14, 2012, 02:47 PM
My next purchase will most likely be a kahr cw45. Buds has them for $359 and I have seen them locally for $329 recently

June 15, 2012, 12:45 AM
Just realized you weren't the OP. Brock? Have you decided?
I am thinking real hard on a Ruger P95, there's a guy locally wanting 300 bucks for it with a holster, but I don't know how good it would be for a lefty. The sig looks really nice , but can't find any locally & since I'm 20, I have to keep my purchases FTF, a real pain. There's a few, but the people are wanting 450+

I'm just thinking hard on the P95 because I'm wondering If I just don't like it, if I will be able to get my money back out of it.

June 15, 2012, 07:35 AM
The obvious, best answer to the OP's question would be a used G26 @ $350. :cool:

June 15, 2012, 11:28 AM
I'll throw another vote in for the SP2022, it is one of the more highly tested pistols out there, I believe France bought over 250k to arm its military/police.

I've got an SP2022 in .40, and while it is a little heavy for a polymer, it is really a great shooting pistol. Also, the trigger is very, very smooth, in fact the double action is smoother and lighter feeling than my P226.

I carry mine sometimes when I'm out in the woods, and with a decent holster, it really carries very well. The only downside to the SP2022 is that they only come with one magazine. Its not too big of a deal though, I watched cdnn and picked up 3 more mags on sale for 20-something each. CDNN seems to run this kind of deal on a reoccuring basis, so I'd bet you could buy extra mags for a similar price.

The bottom line is , the SP2022 really should cost more, but the French government has already done us the favor of covering Sig's development and tooling costs. Now it looks like the company can sell them off for their straight per-unit costs + some % profit.

June 15, 2012, 11:33 AM
I've never saw a g26 used here for 350, I have however saw noobs trying to get 500 bucks for them...

It's hard to find decent deals around here because I guess it's cool to ask for MSRP + 20% on used firearms.

Yah, I really want the Sig since it looks more lefty friendly, also a little less hard on the eyes than the Ruger P95, but I can't find any locally for what they are actually worth. Either way I am most likely making my decision on or by this Saturday

I have read the Ruger P95 was issued to Military, is the true?

June 15, 2012, 12:16 PM
I forgot to mention the Ruger P90, P345, and P97 chambered in .45 acp. Very reasonably priced new and used

June 15, 2012, 10:51 PM
I've put several hundred rounds through my Ruger P345 and really like it. Accurate and pleasant to shoot and no problems. I especially like the hammer DA/SA operation. It's nice to carry with a round in the spout and the hammer down. No need for the safety with that DA first round. The safety's main use for me is as a de-cocker.

June 15, 2012, 11:00 PM
Hands down, the best handgun for the money is the Sig Pro (2022). I can't believe that such a quality gun is selling for less than $350 NEW.

Walking Dead
June 15, 2012, 11:25 PM
My 2022 has been flawless.

June 21, 2012, 08:42 PM
I have made my mind up on the 2022 in 9mm.

But I have a question.

Should I buy a NIB newer one online for ~350 after FFl & shipping or buy a USED one this guy 2008 that was made in Germany & has all the proof marks for 400?

Do the German made Sig Sp2022 command a higher price & are they worth it?
Thanks guys, Also I hope this thread has helped other people too since I see it has over 1k views

June 21, 2012, 08:53 PM
With the older sigs many will argue that the German will be worth the price difference. Personally I don't care, I would buy the one at the lower price.

June 21, 2012, 08:58 PM
My last NIB pistol for that price range was a Bersa Thunder UC 9 Pro.

DAMN do I miss her. Ate everything without complaint. NEVER a failure of any kind with any ammo. or in any condition. Was super easy to clean/field strip. Great feel and handling.

Getting a replacement for her this summer!

June 21, 2012, 09:17 PM
sig 2022
smith SD9ve

June 21, 2012, 11:14 PM
After thinking through the 20-yr-old CZ-75 thing, I would instead go for either a CW9 or a 2022, like many have said. I have CZs already, and either of these would be an excellent carry 9mm (whereas steel CZs are a bit heavy).

June 22, 2012, 12:37 AM
I'd go for the $350. You won't feel like you wasted any money.

June 22, 2012, 09:40 PM
Against my cheaper side I went with the 400 dollar Sig Sp2022 that was made in Germany. Mainly because it doesn't have much wear & came with everything including the factory test target so I figured it was a good buy & 2 mags

I will post pics in a new thread to keep this one purely informative for others to see.

June 22, 2012, 11:27 PM
Peace of mind route. Thats cool too. Have fun!

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