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Whats the cheapest ~30 round magazine capacity handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by I_like_Guns, Jun 18, 2011.

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  1. I_like_Guns

    I_like_Guns Member

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    I want a cheap, 9mm home defense weapon that has ~30 rd magazines available for it. I suppose 25 rds would be the minimum I'd want, and the more the merrier.

    so far in my search I have found:
    American Tactical MP5 Style K Pistol MKE AT 94K
    http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct862.aspx
    this would be great cause I could get 40 round mags and even 100 rd drum if I wanted, and was still compact enough for indoor maneuverability.

    Also looked at the glock 17, with 33 rd mag, but seemed a little expensive with new ones going for $500

    VMAC 9mm semi auto pistol
    http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct769.aspx
    this was for a much better price, but I have heard mixed reviews.

    so before I decide, I was wondering if anyone knew of any other weapons I should consider? handguns or compact smg-like guns in 9mm with ~30 rd capability. let me know, thanks!
     
  2. ProCarryNAustin

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    I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that you are new to firearms. Picking a firearms on capacity is just not the way I would start. It is much more important to find something that fits your hand, points naturally and then go from there. And while capacity is something to consider for self-defense weapon, there are many other features that are of equal or more importance. If you are new to all this, consider looking for NRA courses in your area. You will find good information and training that will be worth the investment in time and money.
     
  3. EddieNFL

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    Why would you want a "cheap" firearm? There are plenty of well made inexpensive choices.

    See Pro's post above.
     
  4. 71Commander

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    The 30 round pistol mags are prone to failure.

    The reason the shooter in AZ was stopped was because of a mag failure and he was tackled while he was clearing the jam.
     
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    A Hungarian Hi Power copy, called a PJK. You can get 30 rd mags, but as stated, the 30 rounders are iffy for reliability. However, Meggar makes 20 rounders that are perfectly fine, an there are some factory FN 20 round mags around. The gun might be in the $250-$300 ballpark if found used as a gunshow. The are always less than other Browning and other make hi powers.
     
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    Taurus PT 917 C comes with a 20rd and a 17rd mag. That is plenty for a self defense situation. You could also get a Glock 17 or 19 that would accept magazines of the larger capacity.
     
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    Glock or (lol)Tec-9, maybe a Mac or Uzi

    also +1 to post #2
     
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    Tec-9? At least you'll look mean when it FTF or FTE.

    Personally I'd rather have a reliable 6,10 or 15rd handgun than a "cheap" handgun with a 30rd capacity.
     
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    He was reloading can a woman charged and grabbed the magazine, it was a failure on the shooters part, not the guns.
     
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    His first mag jammed. He fumbled and dropped his reload and she picked it up from the ground.
     
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    My Glock 33 round mags have all proven to be faultless and I have put a good number of rounds through them in my Mech Tech conversion. Used police trade in Glock 17s can be found for around $350.
     
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    I remember my first scary movie.
     
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    A Glock with a factory 33 round mag is as cheap and good as you will probably find.

    If you are trying to go cheaper than that, you are wasting your money.
     
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    You must plan on missing a lot!
    Glad I don't live next door to you!!

    FYI: A 9mm will shoot through several typical interior house walls and keep on going.

    I'd suggest a standard magazine, and then learn how to shoot it well as a better course of action then Spray & Pray.

    rc
     
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    They're as reliable as any other Glock magazine. You can sling lead all day with those 33-rd mags. If he experienced a failure it was likely the cheap Wal-Mart ammo he was shooting, either that or he was using cheap aftermarket magazines.

    Have you ever shot a Glock with the factory extended magazine?
     
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    Mindset, Skills, then Equipment
    IN THAT ORDER

    Instead of finding the HIGHEST capacity pistol (.22 anyone?)
    why don't you focus on training to develop the first two so you won't miss so much
    cause it don't matter if you have 5 rounds or 50 rounds if you can't hit *... anything.
     
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    Bingo we have a winner

     
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    If you're buying a pistol for range blasting fun, great. 30 round magazines would be great for that, and I encourage you to get one.

    If you're choosing a pistol for home/self defense, choose one based on features relevant to your objective. If you prioritize that list of features, based on that feature's importance in a reasonable, potential defense situation, then 30+ mag capacity will not be on the top of the list.
     
  21. I_like_Guns

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    -sorry i didn't mean cheap as in <deleted>, i just meant the most inexpensive that was still decent in terms of reliability. aesthetics of the gun i don't care about. inexpensive but well made would have been a better description

    -30 rds is for fun at the range, and if im up against multiple armed assailants. not b/c i plan on spray n praying and missing a lot.

    -I am definitely a noob, but not totally, I practice loading, cocking, postioning etc. with the high point 9mm i currently have and I've taken it to the range and am a decent shot. I've also had experience shooting AR/glock/.22's/shotguns.

    -Thanks for the advice, I will make sure to practice like yall said with whatever I get.
     
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    Something is amiss here. The Hi Point guns are striker fired. The cocking mechanism isn't directly accessible to the user and thus you can't practice "cocking" those guns.

    As has been said already, the 30 round magazines aren't the most reliable critters in the world. I have a few for various guns. I don't use them - not even at the range, and certainly not for some fantasy "multiple armed assailants" scenario.

    Advice: get yourself a Glock - 17 if you never plan on concealed carrying it - 19 if you do. 17 and/or 15 rounds (respectively) are PLENTY enough for whatever situation that you get into. They're cheap enough, reliable, and noob friendly.
     
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    I won't comment on why you might require a 30-round handgun, or even whether that's a good reason to choose a particular weapon. The heart wants what it wants sometimes. :)

    So you know, many double-stack 9mm semiautos have had 20- and 30-round mags made for them, usually by aftermarket manufacturers. Often, but not always, these manufacturers' products don't have the same reputation for reliability that factory mags have. At least, though, they're usually cheap enough to try.

    Anyway, I think the answer to your question is the Ruger P95, or perhaps any of the P-series Rugers in 9mm, depending on local availability and if they're used or new. These guns are both inexpensive and of good quality. Mags holding 30-round mags can be bought for these, and in my experience they've always been fairly reliable. Buy you some and have at it.
     
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    Like someone else said, Glock 17 if you plan on using it strictly for home defense and range. Glock 19 if you may also carry in addition to HD and range.

    However, you'd also said that $500 is "a little expensive". Check out a used S&W 5906 or any of the 3rd generation (or value-line) S&W semi-autos in 9mm. They can be had for around $300 (less for the 910 and 915) and are solid performers. 15 rounds standard. 17 & 20 round aftermarket Mec Gar and 32 round mags by ProMag.

    With that said, it is very unlikely that you will need more than the standard capacity for home defense. If you do, you are probably in deep **** already and need something more than a handgun.

    If you really must have a super-duper hi-capacity magazine get a 32 round ProMag for the above, swap out the follower with an OEM version and the spring with a 33 round spring for the Glock from Wolf Gunsprings. The stock ProMags are notorious for malfunctions.
     
  25. I_like_Guns

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    "Something is amiss here. The Hi Point guns are striker fired. The cocking mechanism isn't directly accessible to the user and thus you can't practice "cocking" those guns."

    by cocking i meant pulling the slide back to allow for a bullet to leave the mag and enter the chamber and letting the slide come back forward. If i do this carelessly the slide will get stuck in the back position, so I have practiced it a lot to get to where I can do it no problem. I practice getting the gun from loaded w/out one in the chamber, to totally ready to fire at the pull of the trigger, ie cocked and safety off.
     
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