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what is the cheapest 9mm or .45 acp thats actually decent (just reliable)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sprice, Feb 10, 2009.

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  1. sprice

    sprice Member

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    my brother wants a pistol in one of these calibers (maybe a revolver in 38 spc. or .357 mag.) It needs to be cheap and reliable. And also full size or close to it. cheap is $150-$600, preferably $400 and below.

    Thanks again!
     
  2. woad_yurt

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    Hi-Points are $200 and have a transferable, lifetime warranty. They work well, too.
     
  3. HankC

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    Sig P6 (used) and Rock Island Tanfoglio pistols (new) both are around $300-350 and CDNN has SW 3 GEN police trade ins for the same price range.
     
  4. Thomas Garrett

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    I've got a Ruger Security Six, 4", 357 magnum i might sell. Full size, can shoot .357 or .38 Special, i even have a police belt, holster, round holders with it.
     
  5. Guitargod1985

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    9mm: Smith and Wesson Sigma or Stoeger Cougar should serve you well.

    45: Perhaps a Ruger P90 / P345 or an FN P45. Rock Island Armory's 1911s would probably be a bit cheaper.
     
  6. Ben86

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    I'd say anything Ruger or the Sigma.

    Look into the Ruger p95 and p345.
     
  7. Duke of Doubt

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    Used Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers, like from cop trade ins, may be had in decent shape with perfect mechanicals for about $200 even today.

    Beretta 92FS pistols, sometimes from police trade ins, may be had for $350 around here, in 99% plus with original case and extra magazine.
     
  8. CoRoMo

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    I bought my Hi-Point for $80 IIRC.
    It hasn't failed at all, with any type of ammo I've fed it.
    However, my wife was able to limp-wrist it into jamming a couple times.
     
  9. Spyvie

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    Ruger P series pistols are among the most reliable and durable autoloading handguns money can buy.
    Not thin or pretty, but damn good for the money.

    Better than a High Point (cheap and heavy blowback) , better than a Sigma (cheap imitation Glock)


    P95s are under $300 new if you shop around...
     
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    smith and wesson trade ins at summitgunbroker,best deal around if he aint sold out,cheap glocks too.
     
  11. Lonestar.45

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    A used (or new) Glock 19, 17, or 21. You can find used ones many times for under $400 and new ones for under the $600 ceiling you gave.
     
  12. Duke of Doubt

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    I guess ... but it's a Glock.
     
  13. nelson133

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    Cheap and reliable, huh? From my experience, the Hi-Point is reliable and backed by a great warranty. If it is all you can afford it will work. The older Ruger polymer autos can be found cheap used. I have a P95 and P97 and they are rugged, reliable and reasonably accurate. In a small gun, I like the Kel-Tecs, I have the P3-AT and the P11. They both have a lot of rounds through them and have been very reliable. I wore out the first P3-AT I had and the factory replaced it free, so I am a fan of their warranty. I have 2 Rock Islands and love both of them. The GI feeds anything. I blew up the compact with an accidental overload and the factory rebuilt it at a reasonable cost. I have heard good things about their warranty, but haven't had any reason to use it. I've got some revolvers, but most are big bore and while I got deals on them used, you'd have to reload to afford to shoot them. I do have a Ruger Security Six that's been a rugged piece. If you can find one at a reasonable cost it might be a good choice, I wouldn't pay over $250 myself, but I may be out of touch. I have several friends that like their Taurus snubbies in .357, but I don't own one, so I have no personal experience with them. I do have a Taurus Millennium Pro in .40 that I like quite well, but the sights are tricky for me and The firing pin channel must be kept clean or you can get light primer strikes.
    I have had 2 girl friends with Bersa .380s that were very pleased with their guns and Bersa does make compact models in larger calibers. Okay, I am all adviced out.
     
  14. CTPistol

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    yes you're right - its a Glock.

    Probably the most reliable handgun on the planet. Thats what he was asking about. Not the most fun to shoot, not the best looking...but its got reliability and simplicity down..

    Look for a used Glock - often in the mid 300's

    New G19/17/22/23/26 are $499 around here (NY Metro)
     
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    Smith & Wesson M&P. $469. Click here.

    Great pistols at a pretty decent price IMO. Not the cheapest that will function, but it's the best value I think. Reliable, shoots well, and is not terribly expensive.

    Jason
     
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    CTPistol: "Probably the most reliable handgun on the planet. Thats what he was asking about. Not the most fun to shoot, not the best looking...but its got reliability and simplicity down.."

    Maybe. I'll take the Beretta 92FS. Our Army evaluated the Glock, and found it wanting on a number of counts. No striker-fired 9mm for me; last plastic pistol I owned shot water.
     
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    +1 for Duke...LOL

    The only polymer pistol I "tolerate" is my Kel-Tec P-11...because its lighteness, the size and the "emergency" use only.

    I "tried" twice to buy a Glock 20 because I wanted so bad a high capacity, reliable and "full-house" power capable 10 mm Auto..I did handle it...played with it a bit...could not do it....

    I agree on the Beretta...one of the most formidable service pistols out there..a bit too big in size...bute very very reliable and accurate.
     
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    At the mid $400 level, consider a CZ-75B, reliable and superb ergonomics
     
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    used gun or new hi point
     
  21. CTPistol

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    Ah I see Duke - the army makes the best decisions.

    Im not a huge fan of plastic pistols either, but please dont tell me you want to challenge the reliability of Glocks? ;)

    The guy was asking about an inexpensive, RELIABLE pistol.

    Yes, these days many pistols are "plastic" and might remind ya old fellers of yer ole squirtguns....:)

    but they DO fit the bill when it comes to inexpensive, quality, and reliable.

    Glock, XD, SWM&P, etc, etc...have shot/owned em all - despite the internet fanboys, they all seem the exact same to me - a plastic reliable gun for 3-600 bucks.
     
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    Ruger P95.
     
  23. saturno_v

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    CTPistol


    A Ruger or a Bersa are as reliable as Glock if not more, cost less and have with all the "bells and whistles" (DA/SA, external hammer, ambi-dx decocker/safety, round in the chamber indicator) that a Glock lacks...

    Why not???

    P.S.

    Nobody question the reliability of Glocks...personally I just do not like them from an aesthetic and functional point of view..
     
  24. gglass

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    For under $400 you can't go wrong with the Smith & Wesson SW9VE. It does have a heavy trigger, but if you can shoot a heavy DA trigger, you can shoot anything.

    He should save up an extra $150 and get the M&P9. This is a gun that is equally proficient at either daily carry or a local IDPA shooting match.
     
  25. speedsix

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    Well for $400 you have a lot of options. That puts you in the used Glock and Beretta range.

    The best 9mms full sized pistols are the Glock 17 and Beretta 92fs. If he wants a full sized reliable and well made 9mm, they don't come much better than these two.
     
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