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I Want an Automatic

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Cornbread, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Cornbread

    Cornbread Member

    I want a semi-automatic

    I would appreciate some advice. I am interested in purchasing a new automatic. My budget does not allow for much. I have around $425 to spend. I would like something that I could carry. I have a .357 revolver that is very heavy and difficult for me to conceal, so something that is not as heavy. This will be a self defense gun. I am not interested in .40 or .357. Would like something that is reliable (obviously). I have had my eye on the 3rd generation Taurus Mil Pro in 9mm. I have heard a lot of positives about the Bersa .380, but understand the negatives (ammo price, knock down power debate). Not interested in the Kel-Tec products.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Last edited: Nov 1, 2006
  2. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    EAA Witness P series are good pistols, http://www.eaacorp.com , I think Taurus is also a decent mid-priced pistol but I only have experience with their revolvers.
  3. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    IMO the Bersa is the best small carry auto you will find in your price range. If you buy a Bersa .380 you will save enough $$$ to get several boxes of FMJ ammo for practice.
  4. 'Card

    'Card Well-Known Member

  5. Just_a_dude_with_a_gun

    Just_a_dude_with_a_gun Well-Known Member

    Used XD9 , used Glock 19. or a FN FNP-9M.

    Personally, I'd go with the FN. double/single action, Polymer, small, light, fairly hi-cap.

  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Also, check out Rugers and CZ's. You may have to "annie up" a tad bit mo'
    money; but it would be worth it in the long run. :)
  7. OH25shooter

    OH25shooter Well-Known Member

    That ALWAYS gets knocked around. The best answer is shot placement. Anyway, with $425 to spend, you might consider used LE autos in Sig, Glock, Beretta or S&W 9mm. Not the larger duty carry, but the smaller concealed models. Many haven't been cleaned (by the selling gunstore), but have normally only been fired for qualification purposes. Not a ton of rounds down the barrel.
  8. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    S&W and Glock LE trade ins are good values, and a new CZ-75 should run just over $400. If you're willing to jump up to a .45 the new Ruger P345 is slimmer and less bulky than the older P-series guns. A used Springfiel Armory GI or Mil-Spec model is also an option, along with a new Rock Island, if you think a 1911 would be more your style. There are alot of really good new and used guns out there in your price range, so the best thing is to go handle a bunch and see what fits your hand.
  9. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    The latest Seecamp LWS32 owners I've seen at the Seecamp Forum bought NIB for around $365. That's a great price for a very reliable and very concealable weapon.
  10. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    When in doubt, get a Glock. I am not normally comfortable with used guns, but a used Glock is the exception. It is available in any caliber you like, and they are VERY consistent in their manufacture. You can poke around, buy the used Glock, AND a few holsters or accessories for that price range.

    Keep it and carry it, and over time, go to a range wjere you can test-fire anything you want, get some experience, and eat some macaroni and cheese until you can afford the pistol you really want, if cost were no object. When you are trusting it with your life, you shouldn't be conforming to a cheaper pistol, if the one you want is only a couple of hundred dollars more.

    You may even find you prefer a less expensensive pistol. If you do, stick with it.
  11. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Do you absolutely need to have a new gun? Most people buy guns and put maybe a few hundred rounds through them before they get bored and move on to other things. Trust me I know from experience..:neener:

    I'd recommend looking around for a newer used Glock 19, 17 or 26. They are great guns, and very reliable.

    Lately i've picked up a used G17 and a used G26 w/night sights for around $400.

    Good luck,
  12. cbsbyte

    cbsbyte Well-Known Member

    For CCW I would go with something that is know to be very realiable, and out of the choice given I would pick a used Glock. Yes, they are fugly but they are stone reliable, combat accurate, and cheap. Another plus is that they are many on the used market for a good price, that are Police trade and hardly used.
  13. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Don't know where he lives, but in Texas you can buy most any new Taurus autoloader for his $425 at any decent gun show, the major exception being the new PT1911 -- $450 is the best price I've seen on these.

    The PT-111 or PT-145 Millenium Pro models are good choices for CCW on a budget, IMHO. These can usually be found for about $300 new with two mags.

  14. Ifishsum

    Ifishsum Well-Known Member

    My regular CCW is a Taurus Millenium Pro - completely reliable and surprisingly accurate. I've got about 750 rds through mine without a single stoppage, and it fits my hand perfectly. Well worth the $300 it cost me.
  15. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    used xd in any caliber, or a glock 19, really which everone fits you best.
  16. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member

    Steyr MA1 :D
  17. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    $425 opens you up into the world of the pre owned. I've bought a few guns at that price point...let's see - Glock, HK USP, S&W, Beretta and SIG. You just need a little patience & a network to check out these guns
    Good luck on your quest!
  18. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    you already know what to do....

    get that SA/DA PT-111 Mil. Pro. and don't look back.

    spend the extra on leather, ammo. and a range membership.
  19. crazydog

    crazydog Well-Known Member

    My vote is...

    for XD9, great gun for the money.
  20. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

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