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The best handgun for $200?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by BigBlock, Oct 3, 2007.

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  1. BigBlock

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    Ok, I just won $200 in a bet. :D Now I wanna go out and blow it on a handgun. I know $200 won't get an amazing gun and it won't be for self defense, I just want a new toy to play with. ;)

    What gun for $200 would you buy and why? Could be new, used, revolver, autoloader, and any caliber.
     
  2. kingpin008

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    I dunno about $200...might be cutting it a little close.

    Well no, I take that back. Plenty of Makarov's and CZ-52/82/PA-63's/etc to be had for right around that price.

    If you wanna go a little higher, you start getting into Kel-Tec and Bersa, etc.

    Good luck with your choice!
     
  3. MCgunner

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    Even though the trigger is a POS, the Nagant revolver is pretty interesting. I'd rather get a Makarov, though. Tokarevs ain't too bad, but sorta useless. They carry well, but ain't real safe to carry other than condition three. Of those, the Mak is actually useful for carry/defense.

    I've seen the odd Kel Tec at gun shows for 200, probably used, but looked new. They MSRP for more like 300. I picked up two EXCELLENT Taurus M66 revolvers for under 200. About anything other than a Makarov is probably going to be used. Bersa 380s ain't a lot more than 200, though, don't think.

    Then, you could go with a 58 Remmy cap and ball, one for 219 at Bass Pro. Oh, the Heritage .22 normally goes for under 150. It's a single action cowboy type revolver.
     
  4. Okiecruffler

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    CZ52, then all the ammo your change will buy.:D
     
  5. Clyde Nocar

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    BERSA Thunder 380, the CC Duo is in that range. Great CCW
     
  6. ReadyontheRight

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    A used Browning Buckmark or Ruger .22 might be had for that price.

    Or a Kel-Tek P3AT.
     
  7. wideym

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    Bersa,Bersa, and Bersa. The best pistol for a $200 price range. Spend a little more and get the DLX version.
     
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    cz52 or polish p64
     
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    Hi-Point - they are a tad bit more reliable than yester years models - but you said not being utilized for protection - just a toy. I seen them NIB for <$200 at gun shows.
     
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    Aren't CZ 82's around that price?
     
  11. BigBlock

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    Yeah, already got a couple of those. :D Does anybody know of an online place that sells the heritage revolver?

    That was one of my first thoughts...but they're just so ugly. :barf: .45ACP would be nice though...

    I'll have to go look up some of the others mentioned, you guys might as well be speaking chinese. :)
     
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    It ain't got to be good looking but internally sound and safe.

    :)
     
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    Yup, $209. for the gun then tax and shipping + FFL fee. I just bought one and it set me back $242.00 OTD. Gun is like new, awesome shooter, ambi safety and mag release, 12+1 rds, trigger is excellent in DA and SA mode. Dang thing is accurate too with FMJ. Found out tonight that it doesnt' like Hornaday PD in HP.
     
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    Go to an estate auction if you can, lot's of good deals. I got my 6" S&W 1905 (?) Target for $100 at one.
     
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    Makarov.
     
  16. Deer Hunter

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    CZ 52, CZ 82, Mak, etc. Something milsurp.
     
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    I would use it towards a good CCW rig or a fancy dress one from Tucker Gunleather.
     
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    CZ 52, bigger better boom and probably slightly more reliable than a Tokarev TT-33. Both are fine shooters, but you have to be careful about ammo, but you can get the lots of surplus ammo for dirt cheap.
    good luck
    -bix
     
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    Makarov: First Choice

    Hi-Point: I prefer the .380. Less recoil and mine seems to feed better than my C9. Shoot with cheap S&B .380 and use +p for defense. Lifetime warranty!

    Polish P64: Nice accurate pistol with nasty double action trigger and recoil. Get a spring kit from makarov.com and lessen recoil and help with double action pull.

    Hi-Point .40: Make sure you put rubber grips on with finger grooves. It helps you hold this top heavy beast on target.

    Bersa is best if you can afford $215 plus tax (in my neighborhood). I see them go for $230 and even more for the "Concealed Carry" model with shaved sights and melted edges.
     
  20. antediluvianist

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    $200? get a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very,
    very,very,very used Korth.
     
  21. RON in PA

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    if you scrounge around you might be able to get a used Ruger P85 9mm. I have seen them recently on GB for 250ish, if you look local you might be able to find a deal on one.
     
  23. Sylvan-Forge

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    $200? Макаров!

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    Makarov!

    :D
     

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    Another vote for the Bersa Thunder.380 Accurate, reliable, looks very close to a PPK.
     
  25. Ala Dan

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    The only handgun I sell for under $200 is the North American Arms "Mini" .22LR
    and the .22 Magnum, with the latter (and more expensive) costing a mere $189.88* :uhoh::eek:

    *FootNote- This is not a "combo gun" with the extra .22LR cylinder~! ;)
     
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