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What's the best buy in handguns today?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Dr_2_B, Jul 10, 2011.

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  1. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Member

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    I'm talking about the defensive handgun that is under-priced for whatever reason (such as the Sigma perhaps). New or used.

    What do you consider to be the best buy out there today?
     
  2. AWorthyOpponent

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    Most people will probably say Glock or XD/XD(m). Really, $500-600 bucks for a handgun that has proven to be reliable and will last you a lifetime isn't all that much.
     
  3. skoro

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    My 2 cents...

    The used S&W k-frame revolvers are available at good prices in large quantities. A good one in 38spl or 357mag would be hard to beat in terms of value.
     
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    CZ82, if you're willing to irder the matching cheap 9X18 mm ammo in bulk.

    A duty-quality autoloader in a duty chambering, with 12x magazines ... for ~$200
    That's a steal, most come with two magazines, even!
     
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    Used (LEO trade-in, perhaps) S&W 5906. Right around 300 dollars and built like a tank.
     
  7. towboat_er

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    I bought 3 CZ82s. Next S&W 5906.
     
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    Sigma in .40 when S&W reinstates the $50 dollar rebate.

    My current one is the fourth or fifth I've owned.

    All bought for around $200 and change.
     
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    CZ-82 or Polish P-64 with lighter wolf springs.
     
  10. Mick_W

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    M&P, SP101/GP100, RIA 1911's, there are others.
     
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    I went with an M&P instead of the XD... I'm too stupid to hold a Glock correctly. :) all 3 will function well in most cases, just up to feel in the hand. Excellent values all.

    CZ-82 is good steel, a bit more comfortable to shoot than a Bersa .380 for me. (Bersa is also a surprising gun for me, low cost, the old man carries one, and it's getting better as the round count rises.)
     
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    While I mourn the passing of the all metal models, IMO the P series Rugers are still a great bang for the buck.

    Ditto the RIA 1911 Tactical. Lot of gun for around $500.

    Older shooter grade S&W revolvers are probly the best deal going. But once you've dropped the hammer on a real classic S&W you'll be ruined for any of the boxy black tacticool stuff going around today.

    I've seen some pretty good buys on 2nd & 3rd gen S&W bottom feeders, too.
     
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    I would probably go with police trade-in glocks. I'm not much of a glock guy, but have been thinking about picking one up lately (so I guess that makes me glock-curious?) and I think an almost like new (with holster wear) gun for under $400 (IIRC) is pretty hard to beat.
     
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    For value and quality and performance I think you are going to have a really hard time beating some of the current surplus pistols available right now in 9x18 Makarov. The Polish P64 and the CZ82 are great all metal guns. Both can be had for around $200 with ammo. Both are of good to very good quality.
     
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    Guys: Read the original question and change your responses. The best buy in handguns today without a doubt is Ruger; be it a revolver, 22, or CF pistol. Anybody like to prove me wrong?
     
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    The new Ruger 1911....$619 plus tax.
     
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    I agree on used S&W cop revolvers--without keyholes. Very sound weapons, though a lot of them are sorta beat up looking.
     
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    +1 for the CZ82
    and the Makarov PM too.
    Really great firearms at a fraction of their value, probably because of abundance.
     
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    Best buy for a defensive handgun that's underpriced for what it is - CZ82.

    ~$200 w/2 magazines, a cleaning rod, and a holster (mine came with a brand new CZ factory holster, thick black leather).
    -Build quality is fantastic, finish tends to be worn BUT a defensive gun should be for defending with, not looking at.
    -Mine is very accurate. Surprisingly so.
    -9mm Makarov round can slightly outperform 380, FMJ available at my LGS. Hornady XTP hollow points available online.
    -CZ USA website lets you buy CZ83 parts, almost all of which are interchangable - brand new replacement parts available easily
    -CZ USA website sells night sights for CZ82/CZ83
    -CZ USA website sells surplus leather shoulder holsters for $4.99
     
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    I opted for an M&P .45 because of its reputation for reliability plus the grip and it's angle felt better in my hand. I held a few Glocks but I didn't like any of them. I bought one with thumb safety but without mag safety.
     
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    The guy I'm asking for has said he really wants only autos at this time. Thank you for the responses... still interested in more opinions.
     
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    CZ 82 ... inexpensive, effective, available mail order, good ego's...the women in my family agree, terrific back up by CZUSA.

    S&W K frames, inexpensive, effective, available in every pawn shop, simple to operate...

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    RIA 1911 in .45acp or 9mm.
     
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