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Old 01-20-2010, 03:30 AM
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I was checking out the handgun selection at Academy yesterday. They carry Taurus, S+W, Ruger, and Sig. I'm considering getting one of the lower end automatics, maybe a .40 or a 9mm, just for general shooting and home protection, but don't want to spend more than 4-500 bucks. All of the above brands are similarly priced. I'm not inexperienced with firearms, but have never owned an auto. I would appreciate any input and opinions on which brand is a better buy?
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:56 AM
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What model Sig can you get for 4 - 500? I've shot a Ruger P95 and although a good gun, I'm not a fan. Also shot a S/W M&P 9 which is a nice gun but I don't like the way it felt in my hand. The only Taurus I've shot is the Judge which is a fun gun but...

Take a look at Springfield XD in 9 or .40. Great guns and reliable. When you're done shooting all you have to do is spit on it and put it up and it will be ready to run again when you are. These guns while shoot about anything you feed them. You should be able to pick up a 9 or .40 in either service or subcompact in your price range.
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The Ruger SR-9 is a nice one in that price range. I have one, and I've been very pleased with it. It comes in at about $400.

Like Hardlivin, I wasn't impressed with the P-95 (or any of the "P" series for that matter) but Ruger the SR's are well worth a look IMO
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:17 AM
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Springfield X-D, Glock, the new S&W M&P line, or the new ruger 9

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I bought a S&W Sigma 9mm just to keep in my vehicle and for $299 it really shoots well and after about 300 rounds no problems they come in 40 also.
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A used Sig in mint condition is easily found in that price range. Both my 229, 220, and reverse two tone mosquito were bought used with no wear to be found. The 239 was NIB
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I agree that either the Springfield XD9 or XD40 is a good choice.Check out Gunbroker.com for current price comparisons.
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i would also check some pawn shops or gun shops for a lightly "used" guns, might open up some more options. I found an almost perfect used SW SW99 .40 cal for $375 at a pawn shop. it's almost identical to the walther p99 and is used by some of the lawenforcements. If you are going to shoot the gun alot, which is a good thing, keep in mind the 9mm ammo is a little cheaper than the 40. IMO, both are sufficent for personal protection. all the names you posted make good guns. just find the one thats most comfortable to hold and shoot
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One of the largest gun stores here in atlanta are having special on all brand new Glock models for $399 with 2 extra mags.

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You didn't mention Glocks, but I would definitely check them out. I've owned Glocks and Sigs all my adult life and can attest that they're both excellent weapons.

Glocks are lighter and pretty bullet proof handguns.....

Don't forget to spend some time with an instructor - or at the least, a LOT of time at the range - especially if you're considering having this as a home defense or CC weapon.
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I agree that either the Springfield XD9 or XD40 is a good choice.Check out Gunbroker.com for current price comparisons.
Just bought a Springfield XD-9. So far, I'm very impressed with this gun. Definitly check it out. That Ruger Sr9 is nice too, if it wasn't for the gritty trigger, I would have probally bought that one as well
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i just paid $500 for a glock 23 40cal...
it is my first handgun so i cant compare it to anything, but it is simple, shoots straight, not much recoil, and carries well
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
i just paid $500 for a glock 23 40cal...
it is my first handgun so i cant compare it to anything, but it is simple, shoots straight, not much recoil, and carries well
Glad your happy with it. I would never lead you wrong...
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Glad your happy with it. I would never lead you wrong...
the holster is perfect also!
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for a bullet proof handgun nothing like a glock
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If your children suspect there is a gun in a home, they may seek it out and show it to their friends. Therefore, it is very important to keep firearms unloaded and locked out of children's reach. Store ammunition in a different location. Always use safety devices on all firearms.
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If your children suspect there is a gun in a home, they may seek it out and show it to their friends. Therefore, it is very important to keep firearms unloaded and locked out of children's reach. Store ammunition in a different location. Always use safety devices on all firearms.
Why it is important to keep your weapon out of a child's reach per the law. I think treating a gun as forbidden fruit is the wrong way to handle kids and guns. I always let my kids know growing up if they wanted to see my guns to let me know and I would make them safe and they could handle them, touch them all they wanted. I never had a problem with my kids and guns that way.
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
I think treating a gun as forbidden fruit is the wrong way to handle kids and guns. I always let my kids know growing up if they wanted to see my guns to let me know and I would make them safe and they could handle them, touch them all they wanted. I never had a problem with my kids and guns that way.
+1 No better way to get them sneaking around looking and playing with firearms than to make it forbidden fruit. Of course lock them up when you are away but show and teach your children proper firearm safety and what to do and not due.
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I just bought a Glock 19 9mm and would recommend it for a first gun. It's easy to take a part and easy to shoot. Also from what I hear you can get them as dirty as you want and they will still fire. The only down side some people may see is there isn't a safety. I got mine for $526.00 with box, 2 mags and $100.00 worth of free range time @ bob's in Norfolk VA.
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If your children suspect there is a gun in a home, they may seek it out and show it to their friends. Therefore, it is very important to keep firearms unloaded and locked out of children's reach. Store ammunition in a different location. Always use safety devices on all firearms.
Absolutely the wrong way to bring up kids around guns.
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