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Best Budget Semi Handgun Maker

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GunLvrNLearner, Sep 17, 2008.

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  1. GunLvrNLearner

    GunLvrNLearner Member

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    Who do you consider to be the best budget semi gun maker?

    I am thinking Ruger will dominate with some Bersa mentions


    I am defining "budget" as under the costs of Glocks,Springfield XD ect. at least 70 to 100 bucks under those not just a few bucks lol

    Thanks
     
  2. Thernlund

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    Stoeger. Kel-Tec.

    Sig, retroactive to the mid-80's. :D ;)


    -T.
     
  3. makarovnik

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    Kel-Tec has a good lineup.
     
  4. pogo2

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    Glock

    I have to vote for Glock.
     
  5. GLOCK45GUY

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    I think Tauras Millenium line is in the budget catagory.

    By the way, +1 for GLOCK.
     
  6. everallm

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    CZ 75 range
    EAA/Tanfoglio

    Neither are "cheap" but both very good value
     
  7. tinygnat219

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    Hi-Point
    Kel-Tec
    CZ
    Glock
    Springfield

    Taurus? :banghead:
     
  8. 19-3Ben

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    Ruger. Definitely Ruger. In fact, I want a P345 pretty darn badly.
     
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    How about a Sig CPO?
    Get a legendary gun at a bargain price - I've seen P239s and P226s going for as little as $239.
     
  10. MCgunner

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    Ruger
    Kel Tec
    Springfield XD
    CZ
    Makarov
    Bersa

    I own the top two, been lookin' at the CZs. Would like to get a Mak next. No experience with the Bersa, but they have a good net rep. The P90 just MIGHT be the best .45 DA auto at ANY price, though I know lots are going to scoff. Me, I wouldn't trade mine for an HK, not on yo mama's life! The thing is just the most accurate semi auto I've ever seen or fired. And, I love how the gun fits me with the Hogue grip. The DA/SA trigger is nice. I've won some shoots with this gun and enough money to pay for it about 3 times.
     
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    Ruger or CZ.
     
  12. 19-3Ben

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    I was thinking CZ, but honestly, I don't consider CZ to be a budget gun maker. Their pistols are already in the $450+ range. The reason I voted for Ruger is because you can get any other their semi-autos (with the exception of the SR9) for $425 or less. Some of them as little as the mid to low $300 range brand new. Can't do that with CZ.

    CZ's are fantastic, and a great value. They can deliver the quality of an $800-900 gun, in a $475 package, but I think they've lost their status as being "budget."
     
  13. gregj

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    Hi-Point gets my vote. Their price should fit into most people's budget, and their warranty and customer service is one of the best out there.

    But it also depends on what you are planning on doing with it, that should facter into your decision. Money alone shouldnt be the only determining factor.
     
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    I vote Hi-Point. They're ugly, blocky, weird & clunky yet every one I've ever shot (3 so far) did exactly what it was supposed to do. I'll be honest, I am glad I can afford something nicer but, if I had to own one, I'd be perfectly confident with it.
     
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    Ruger because they have always had decent pricing and they offer a large range of calibers and designs.

    Other guns such as CZ, Kel-Tec or even Makarov, may offer good guns, but pretty-much recycle the same design over multiple calibers.
     
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    1+ for Stoger. I have a Cougar 9mm and love it. Shoots great, feels solid.
     
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    In addition to the ones mentioned:

    -Rock Islands in the 1911 market.
    -Smith & Wesson SIGMAs (new models)
    -Taurus PT92 & 100

    Q
     
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    What about the FNs?

    From what Ive read they seem to be less expensive than most and are good guns too.
     
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    Ruger

    Ruger for such a vast array of handguns and long guns, all affordable and most all darn good quality and oh yes American made..
     
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    Bersa, and any company that made Makarovs
     
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    RIA is selling a Tanfoglio for pretty cheap. That's about the most decent cheap handgun I can think of.
     
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    ....." How about a Sig CPO?
    Get a legendary gun at a bargain price - I've seen P239s and P226s going for as little as $239.." .......
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    WHERE ???
     
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    +1 on the Rugers, Tanfoglios and Kel-Tecs.Bersa is OK, and don't forget Firestorm!
     
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    The above suggestions are of course good ones, but the first words that came to mind when I saw your post were "police trade-in". If you look around there are many companies carrying various police trade-in pistols that are priced way below the original cost of said guns. You can get a Sig, Glock, Smith and Wesson, etc. for a bargain. My third gen. G22 for example was around $350 as I recall with three factory 15 rounders and night sights. I have owned several such guns through the years and typically found they had seen few rounds. Mostly police pistols are carried and not fired. So if you do not mind some holster wear and perhaps some PD markings, you can get a quality pistol at a good price.

    John
     
  25. kitsapcharly

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    Kel-Tec and Bersa/Firestorm(both made by Bersa) give you a lot for the money. Both have really good customer service.
    For more money the XD designs from Springfield Armory are about as good as good gets. They have very good customer service.
    EAA Witness(Tanfoglio) is very nice and like the XD has a good grip angle and hits where it's pointed. I've just gotten a 22/45 convertible from them and it's very good both ways. Unfortunately customer service has a very bad reputation. Not speaking from experience, just web talk on that.
    Speaking from experience in owning, shooting and carrying the little 380 Kel-Tec should be in everybody's pocket...just do it. The 9MM Kel-tec P-11 is a goodpiece that now holds 13 shots with the new mag design and will carry okay in some pockets but not in others.
    The XD-45c is a truly terrific gun and the other calibers and versions should be too. One of the strongest and most reliable guns in existence.
    The Witness is very nice. Tanfoglio's version of the Czech CZ pistol. Much used in Europe. I'm new to it but like it greatly.
    Kel-Tec has two good web sites. KT Range and KTOG. Both loaded with info and people who know what they're talking about.
    XD Forum is highly recommended. Very active.
    CZ Forum has a section for CZ "Clones" which is mostly Witness/Tanfoglio.
    Bersa Talk is about Bersa and Firestorm is very good.
    Read, study and consider then try to rent guns at shooting ranges if you can. The gun has to fit YOU not me or somebody else. If it's for SD and carry it even hasto almost be part of you and everybody has a different size, build and hand shape.
    I get wordy sometimes but these are gunsI've liked. Some others weren't but these are designs worth sharing.
     
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