Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by chaim, Mar 19, 2006.
It is one of the few guns that meet your original post and is still a great gun. With MSRP well under $300, it is one of the cheapest and best guns for the money.
Now, breaking the rules a little, I also like Star BM and used S&W 3rd gen autos. I have seen nice used police trade-in SS 3rd gen S&W autos sell for less than $300. Sometimes, much less. I bought a nice 6906 for $235 OTD from a gunshop!
Used S&W Model 10
I don't really care much for the caliber, but the little guns do seem well made and everyone who has one likes it, and they're CHEAP! Maybe I could get one in .380. Got dies and such for .380 already.
Well made and accurate. About 400 rounds so far with no malfunctions.
Huh? S&W shows the 642 at $476 on their web page. $350ish actual price new at the gun shows around here.
And the 442 lists for $480.
Both well under your $550-600 limit.
Anyway, be aware of this if you consider a Chinese Tokarev.
I guess I'd better buy all of my handguns here before moving after college! In NH I can find NEW Glocks all day for $499-599, OTD (no tax! ), Ruger revolvers and autos are almost always less than $500 new, Smith and Wessons new range from less than $400 all the way to whatever the current custom shop model is. Taurus revolvers in the more common kinds are routinely in the $270-370 range. That's about all of the ones I can think of offhand, but there are others available. And buying used can save big $$.
Rock Island .45
CZ40B I got off gunbroker for $300 !
All shoot great.
" Well, after reading through this thread, one thing seems pretty clear. I need to buy a Makarov... I don't really care much for the caliber, but the little guns do seem well made and everyone who has one likes it, and they're CHEAP! Maybe I could get one in .380. Got dies and such for .380 already."
I saw two .380 Maks at the Ft Worth gun show last week, $225.
I would have bought them but I already have two in .380. (12 in 9x18)
The .380 Maks are usually are hard to find.
I have to mention the Makarov as well. I have two, a Bulgarian in 9x18 and a Russian IJ-70 in .380. The .380 is amazingly accurate and boringly reliable.
That's easy IMO
Firestorm, Taurus, Bersa are all excellent.
The Firestorms and Bersa are the least expensive.
Tarus is a bit more, but still really reasonable.
I think FS, T, and B are just as good as my more costly Ruger, CZ, and S&W guns.
Another Sigma Vote
I had forgotten about these until I stopped by to see a friend this afternoon. As we were BSing he mentioned that his Sigma SW9VE that he bought a couple months ago just went over 1000 rounds with 1 stove pipe and no other malfunctions. I've put a few rounds down the pipe of this gun myself and it shoots just fine. The trigger is a bit rough and heavy when compared to... well compared to about anything I've ever shot. However, at $280 before tax (from Sportsman's Warehouse in Boise) one could do far worse in a defensive pistol if Glocks, Sigs, HKs, etc. are beyond the budget.
#1 Taurus 85 UL
#2 Rossi SS .357
#3 any Ruger
#1 Ruger P89
#1 1/2 Amscor .45 1911
I'm still waiting to find a Taurus 1911 to look at and probably buy.
Kel-Tec P40 .40S&W & P11 9mm
P40 is no longer manu, but were well under price. Could require a little work to get going properly, but once tuned, are good-to-go. And they are light. I own a P40 I bought for $275 a few years back.
AMT DAO Backup (9mm, .40S&W, .45ACP)
No longer manu, but were also well under $600...more like $400 when first intro, then went down to $250. I own the .45ACP. It is reliable with hardball, which is all I want to feed it.
Taurus 651 .357mag
I own the Ti model revo. It has turned out pretty well.
I don't own one...YET! I will, though. I like C&L.
NOT in line with chaim's reqs (USED):
S&W M10 .38spl
$200, used. Utterly reliable.
KBI 9mm Hi-power clone.
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