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Best gun for under $150

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mephisto, Nov 13, 2003.

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  1. mephisto

    mephisto Member

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    Best gun for under $150. All opinions are welcome. If you would like to get specific i.e. CCW, accuracy, reliability or just fun do it
     
  2. lee n. field

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    There should be a FAQ file around here somewhere.

    I'd say Makarov, except the price is creeping up past the limit you set (paid $170 last time).
     
  3. 10-Ring

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    I'd go w/ the used Taurus revolver...mod 85 I think. A buddy at work just bought one for $100 from his neighbor.
     
  4. Nathanael_Greene

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    This is a little like "Best dinner for two for under $10." Not a wide range of tasty options.

    If you can find a nice used Taurus 85 for $150 out-the-door, buy every one you see. You'll be lucky to find a Rossi for that amount (though you could do worse, based on my experience).

    A used .38 is probably your best bet, though. Any autos are going to be pretty cheap, in ways you're not likely to admire.
     
  5. Dr.Rob

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    Used SW Model 10, or FEG PA-63 in 9mm mak or 380.

    I paid just over $100 for my FEG .380. Good serviceable pistol. Problem is good serviceable pistols from behind the former iron curtain anre getting more and more expensive.
     
  6. cma g21

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    Makarov or PA-63. I have both (actually, I gave the Mak to my son). I really like the PA-63.
     
  7. Scarface

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    Hi mephisto,

    Since you are posting in the autoloader section, I'm guessing automatics are your focus.

    I've had my Makarov for well over 10 yuears, with thousands of rounds through it and never had a malfunction never. Ammo is reasonable, so you can shoot all you want. It has a fixed barrel and really accura6te.

    I receommend the Bulgarian with fixed sights. I think SOG has them for $139.00. If you want to pretty it up, the guys at Makarov.com offer plenty of options at reasonable prices. They're nice people, as well. I just put blackwood grips on mine, so now it shoots better than I do and it looks better than me, too.

    Be well,

    Scarface
     
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    S&W K frame.
     
  9. SirVette

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    FEG in an auto for reliability, accuracy, CCW.
     
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    CZ-52

    No good for CCW, but lots of fun at the range.

    [​IMG]
     
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    If you look hard, sometimes you can find a Kel-Tec P11 for $150 or under. That would be my choice. That, or one of the used Taurus .38's.
     
  12. Marko Kloos

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    If I had to get a defensive handgun for $150, I'd get a Makarov without a second thought.
     
  13. PCRCCW

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    Makarov.........plain and simple. The CZ52 is a stellar defensive gun...if you have one bullet left and 4 BG's all lined up nice and straight :D :rolleyes:
    Shoot well.................
     
  14. Trempel

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    Makarovs are always a good bet, but now they are hard to find for under 150. FEG PA-63 is pretty cool, and I love mine, but it doesn't feed hollow points with the same reliability as the Mak, plus the grip shape on it makes it painful after about 100 rounds. PA-63 is lighter than the Makarov, due to it's aluminum frame, so if you're planning to carry, that's a consideration. For revolvers, a used Rossi .38 can be found for under 150. I have M68 Rossi, with a 5-round cylinder and a 2" barrel. It was purchased new by my father about 12 years ago. I had it for the last 4 and have put ~3000 rounds through it. The trigger on it is not like a finely-tuned Smith, but otherwise it's a great little revolver.
     
  15. James Bondrock

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    "Best gun for under $150" borders on oxymoronic. ;)
     
  16. makarov

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    How could I reccommend anything but my namesake. While the Bulgarians are still around grab one. You can also find Maks used for under $150. My locals shop has a Russian for $149, but it is a little rough around the edges. I'm sure it is still reliable however. I found an E. German used for $179. Yes, I am gloating here, but there are deals out there for cheap guns. Russian, E. German, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish Argentinian and Czech guns are tremendous deals. The power of a global economy. I hesitate to buy Chinese products, but since no more Chinese Maks are ever coming in you can buy one if you can find one.

    Other guns to look for:

    FEG PJK-9HP - Hi Power clone (Hungary)
    Arcus 94 - Bulgarian Hi -Power
    Bersa have heard they are reliable, never owned one.
    CZ - anything
    Argentinian HP's
    used Rugers - you can't kill them.


    If you can up your price to $200 it opens a lot more doors....
     
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    CZ 52, around $100
    Star BM, around $130

    My best for that price was a nib FEG PMK-380. It's a Walther PP clone. Very well made gun for $160
     
  18. PCRCCW

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    Question?????

    "Best gun for under $150" borders on oxymoronic."

    In what regard? Accuracy, reliability, stopping power?

    Just curious..................

    Shoot well........
     
  19. Matthew_Q

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    I'd throw a vote for the Star BM. I'm picking up a couple this weekend at a store up in Dallas. From what I've read, if you don't get a problem child, they're quite a nice little pistol. Since AIM and SOG has/had them for about $130, they're a hella deal!
     
  20. Tropical Z

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    Nothing beats the firepower of a CZ-52 for the price!
     
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    Based on my personal experiences, a Star BM or Makarov. I'd give the nod to the Star for ammo compatibility and availability, but on the Makarov for parts availability (for repairs).

    Chris
     
  22. David4516

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    Is this a trick question or something? MAKAROV!!!

    [​IMG]

    These things are like the Energizer bunny... They just keep going and going. My Mak has been 100% reliable with any and all ammo I've tried. It has NEVER jamed. There are guns out there that cost alot more and jam all the time. Higher price doesn't always equal better gun, despite what some might tell you.

    Once you go Mak you don't go back :p
     
  23. CZ52GUY

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    Another vote for...

    ...CZ52:D

    OR

    Mak' if you can find one under $150 OTD...

    re: Best Gun < $150 = "Oxymoronic" :rolleyes:

    Saved yourself with the "borders" disclaimer buddy :neener:

    Either you've never shot a Mak' or CZ52, or you don't deserve to ;) .

    Have a great weekend,

    CZ52'
     
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    For a pocket gun: Older Charter Arms Undercover .38 which is a .38 special snubby with an empty weight of 16 ozs. You can find one for $140-$150 in excellent condition. (Usually, but not always, you can tell it's an older one if the ejector rod in not shrouded.)
     
  25. Solinvictus70

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    Two personal testimonials..

    Chinese Tokarev clone in 7.62X25 for $80 and a CZ-70 in .32ACP for $100.
     
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