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Cheap and reliable semi auto pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by G.A.Pster, Jan 16, 2008.

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  1. G.A.Pster

    G.A.Pster Member

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    What are some of the cheapest but still reliable semi auto pistols (from .380 on up)?
    Thanks. :)
     
  2. 22HM77

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    Do you have a specific price range?

    I'd say look at the Bersa Thunder .380 and the Ruger P-series.
     
  3. AZ Husker

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    In my opinion, "Cheap" and "Reliable" don't cross paths!
     
  4. Firepower!

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    CZ, Taurus, Chinese CF98, or Turkish Zigana.

    BUT if you can get you hands on a good Makarov- nothing like it.
     
  5. jahwarrior

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    cobra, hi-point, keltec, charter arms, rossi.
     
  6. Mojo-jo-jo

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    Bersa .380 or Makarov.
     
  7. Constantine-p89

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    Bersa or Hi-Point
     
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    Sigma
     
  9. Soybomb

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    Cant do any better than an old used metal framed s&w auto
     
  10. MCgunner

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    Pistol, not revolver, I like Kel Tec (sub 300), Taurus, CZ, Ruger. Lots of people like Bersa, but I have no personal experience. These aren't what I'd call "cheap", but they're not 1K guns, either. They are affordable. I don't care for Glock's trigger system, but they're affordable and 100 percent reliable guns, normally accurate, too. I'd pass on ANY 1911, just don't trust a "cheap" 1911 anymore. RIA gets a lot of proponents, but that's okay, you can have 'em. I don't care for 1911s at all, been there, done that.

    You want the cheapest of the cheap, yet 100 percent reliable, get a Makarov. I don't have one, but have fired a few. Don't really have a need for one or I'd certainly get one. Hi Point? I'll pass. I just don't care for striker fired fugly zinc guns no matter how many people tell me how good they are. They're probably reliable. I'll let the REALLY poor folks own 'em. LOL I ain't THAT broke!
     
  11. KINGMAX

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    Move up to GLOCK

    It is not cheap, but well worth the money, GET A GLOCK 21 for the most reliable personal protection pistol on the market today.
     
  12. KINGMAX

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    Cheap and reliable ????????????????????

    Cheap and reliable semi-auto pistol , kinda falls into the statement, 'Jumbo Shrimp' ???

    oxy-moroan
     
  13. MCgunner

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    I'll challenge that with my Rugers. :D Don't get no more reliable than perfect.
     
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    Cheap and reliable.....Hipoint, hands down IMO.
     
  15. KINGMAX

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    I am a RUGER fan myself

    I have a P90 as well. Great pistol without a doubt.
     
  16. DDG89

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    When you say cheap what is your price range?
     
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    CZ...

    Pick your poison, but you should be able to pick one about ~$400. I've been super impressed with all that I've held or fired. I'm thinking my next CCW will be a CZ PCR or P01.
     
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    For inexpensive and reliable. Hard to beat a Ruger Pseries.

    I've owned a P89 and currently own P90/97/345. All have been 100% reliable.

    The .45's in particular have also been insanely accurate. I think I paid $290.00 for my P97 used. The P90 and 345 I traded for.
     
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    Then you'd be wrong. Bersa Thunder .380.
     
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    Stoeger Cougar
    Taurus 24/7
    S&W 5906 (or other used 3rd gen metal frame gun)
    CZ-75B (and variants)
     
  22. Anonymous Coward

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    Makarov?

    Can't beat military surplus for cheap and reliable.
     
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    I like the old milsurp guns, a CZ52 (Still can get them for 100-140) or a makarov are great choices IMHO.
     
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    Assuming by "cheap" you mean "inexpensive" and not "junky".

    Kel-Tec, Hi-Point, Bersa, CZ, Makarov, Cobra, AMT are inexpensive and generally reliable. Of course, certain models and versions from these manufacturers can tend to be more reliable than others.

    Taurus and Ruger are generally not quite as low cost, but are also inexpensive and reliable.

    Bobo
     
  25. kd7nqb

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    Ruger P-series can be great

    Makarovs are good too but not cheap to shoot since ammo is close to $20/50rnds

    My preference would be a Kel-Tec proboly the PF-9 of PF-11 since 9mm is cheaper to shoot than the .380
     
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