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A nice 9mm under $500

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by PlayboyPenguin, Feb 5, 2006.

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  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin member

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    Is it possible to get a good quality nice looking 9mm for under $500 ??? I would love to hear suggestions if so....keep in mind I only like stainless construction and no plastic handles.
     
  2. 355sigfan

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    Get a used Glock. Tefner is more weather proof than stainless. In fact it will last far longer in salt water than a stainless pistol.
    Pat
     
  3. PlayboyPenguin

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    Oh, and I do not like Glocks. I do not like plastic guns.:eek:
     
  4. Mulliga

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    Hmm. Berettas are pretty nice, but they'll run more like $600. There's always Ruger and S&W autoloaders, but I don't find those guns very attractive.

    CDNN has some HK USPCs and used SIGs that might fit the bill.
     
  5. duncan

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    Springfield Armory Ultra Compact 9mm 1911 in 9mm with cocobolo panels;)
     
  6. sfhogman

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    Might I suggest a CZ75b? Polymer finish, steel gun and to my eye very good looking. They shoot well, have good ergonomics, and the quality is right there.

    Jeff
     
  7. Optical Serenity

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    an old generation used Sig would be my recommendation considering your requirements.
     
  8. PlayboyPenguin

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    I have heard good things about these. Do you know what a new one would run?
     
  9. American_Pit_Bull

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    Might want to take a look at the CPO SiG's.
     
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    Used s&w 3rd generation.
     
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    If you don't like Glocks take a look at the use police trade in sigs. But Glocks are the best there is in the sub custom 1911 price range.
    Pat
     
  12. coltrane679

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    With your requirements, the simple answer is a CZ-75, NIB. You'll be able to buy almost 1000 rounds of practice ammo, too, and still stay in your budget
     
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    +1 CZ 75B
     
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    Last year I bought a new black polymer finish CZ75DAO with 1-15 rd. magazine and 1-10-rd. magazine for $320. I have fired 150 FMJ (one hundred 115 gr. and fifty 124 gr.) and 150 JHP (Speer 124 gr. +P) without a malfunction. Before purchasing I also shot a Glock 17 and a Beretta 92. I chose the CZ because it fit my hand the best and was the easiest for me to control in rapid fire. Note: I have medium sized hands and my finger is just long enough to reach the CZ's double action trigger.

    If I wanted to spend more money, I would've went with a Glock 17C which has a ported barrel.
     
  15. osteodoc08

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    Only 2 choices

    Basically you have two very good choices

    1. CZ
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    2. Sig

    Both make excellent firearms and you should have no problem finding them. Personally, I'm pretty impressed with my Ruger P-89. It is a full sized auto that fits my hand pretty well and is exceptionally accurate.
     
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    A stainless CZ75B! It may break the 500.00 mark.
     
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    I think the choices under $500 in stainless without plastic frames is pretty limited unless he gets "lucky" with a used gun.

    I doubt he's going to find a new stainless Springfield for under $500 unless its a plastic framed XD.

    The Taurus Beretta 92 clones can generally be had in stainless for about $400 and come in 9mm or .40 S&W I lke these better than Beretta because they will do cocked and locked. Taurus has a 9mm version of the 945/940 series (I can't remember the number), but these are not too common or popular.

    Somebody else has already mentioned the Rugers, so that's all I can think of right now unless he is including electroless nickel or hard chrome platings as "stainless" meaning he wants a silver colored gun. Choices improve but $500 is still a restriction, the CZ 75 is good for silver colored gun in this price range and has already been mentioned.

    Not wanting plastic frames rules out many great guns in this price range.

    --wally.
     
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    CZ75 or Springfield XD, great buys, reliable, each under $500. And they come in compact models, though the XD compact is smaller than the CZ compact.
     
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    OOPS, forgot you prefer stainless.
     
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    Looks like maybe a S&W 5906 would fit the bill. Occasionally, I stumble upon these NIB, but not often and it's very irregular. CDNN, I think, has them (they're PD trades, I'm sure, but you pretty much can't wear them out). A Springfield would be nice, but a stainless 1911, compact or otherwise, is going to be outside your price range by at least $200.

    BTW, CZ is now making the 75 in all stainless. I saw one at the last gunshow, but it's going to cost you. The one I saw was marked $500 and this guy normally has the best CZ prices that can be had.

    After much searching, I found my Kahr K9 stainless for $500 NIB with night sights. This was a couple of years back so you might have to go with used to get a price like that now. Still, it's worth a try.

    Rugers and Taurus autos are gonna require you to settle for aluminum frames and you've already specified all stainless, although I'm sure both would outlast all the shooting you care to do.
     
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    Rugers are well under $500. But, Rugers are working guns that work, not really for looking at. Aesthetics are variable, though, and I like the looks of a P model Ruger especially in stainless.

    If you just wanna sit around and look at it, get a 1911. Everyone likes the looks of a 1911, you'll impress your friends, and since you're just going to be looking at it, it doesn't have to work or anything, right? Of course, finding any 1911 for under 500 new, reliable or not, can be a chore. My AMT hardballer was a pretty gun to look at, about all it was good for.:rolleyes:

    One of the sexiest 9mms out there IMHO is the S&W M3913 and it's actually a reliable, accurate, and concealable working weapon. I'm not sure what they go for, though. It's my favorite for looks. Like to own one, but it's down on the list right now.
     
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    Another nod here for the CZ-75B. I am not sure they make then in stainless though but I do know they make them in satin nickel.
     
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    "If you don't like Glocks take a look at the use police trade in sigs. But Glocks are the best there is in the sub custom 1911 price range."

    That is pure opinion. Glocks are nothing special. I have a SA XD-9 that will outshoot any Glock I have seen and it only cost me $425 NIB with the stainless slide. The Glock Reich is at an end.

    Since you mention that you wanted the gun to be "nice looking", that rules out both the Glock and the XD. One of the best looking pistol made is the Beretta. It has sleek lines and looks good in SS or black. A SS 92FS with black micarta or carbon fiber grips would be something to look at for sure! I think you may be able to find one for less than $500 used but not new. Also, you are Canada so your dollar is different and your prices are probably different as well.

    I can't think of a better looking pistol in ANY caliber than the Beretta. A distant second choice would be a BHP or a CZ-75 in SS. The BHP is going to be more than you want to spend but you may find a SS CZ-75 in that price range. Don't expect it to be as nice as a BHP or a Beretta but they do work and are reliable. The triggers may not be great and the insides look like they were machined with an old hacksaw but they use good materials and things hold up.
     
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