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Old December 15th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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I am a looking for a hand gun to buy, after Christmas. I need to keep it under $400 (300 if the girlfriend asks). I target shoot mostly and due not plan on using it for hunting. I do go to the range around three times a week, so it needs to be fairly cheap to shoot. I am currently thinking about a Bersa arms .380 thunder. I was wondering if you had any suggestions.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 02:45 PM   #2
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Cabela's has a S&W 908 right now for $379? in their sales ad, 9mm. If your shooting a Bersa 3 times a week it may not last very long.

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looking to carry?

worried about knock down strength?

fairly certian my next will be a taurus 1911
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For cheap fun target shooting, you can't beat a .22lr pistol. Look into the ruger mark III's or the browning buckmarks. I have a mark III hunter with a little work done, and I absolutely love it...it is one of my favorite guns to go plinking with. It is accurate as heck, great for small game hunting, and you can shoot all day for a few bucks.


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I have a S&W 40 Cal. ill sell ya if interested
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I am a looking for a hand gun to buy, after Christmas. I need to keep it under $400 (300 if the girlfriend asks). I target shoot mostly and due not plan on using it for hunting. I do go to the range around three times a week, so it needs to be fairly cheap to shoot. I am currently thinking about a Bersa arms .380 thunder. I was wondering if you had any suggestions.

Rock Island Armory's or Springfield 1911's can both be had for under/around that price, they are both good .45's. the CZ 75B is a good pistol with a Glock-like Cult following, with both 9mm and .40 cal versions available. You could even get a hold of a Glock for around 400 sometimes.

I'd say just head over to Williams and take hold of a bunch of them. Get one that fits your hand and your personal preferences before you make up your mind from others opinions.

I was set on a 9mm Ruger before I went in and felt it. Doublestack grips are too fat for me, I ended up with a Rock Island 1911 .45. The skinnier frame fit me well, and can be concealed easily for as big as they are. Plus, if I ever happen to have to use it in a bad sitation, one shot is usually enough.
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I like the 1911 model but I am worried that it might be too large to conceal. So far I am looking to get either a 9mm or a .380 because they are the cheapest center fire round to fire. Atleast that I have found
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Old December 15th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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I like the 1911 model but I am worried that it might be too large to conceal. So far I am looking to get either a 9mm or a .380 because they are the cheapest center fire round to fire. At least that I have found

I carry a kimber combat custom full size in 1911 and conceal it every day. Not a problem. Between those two I would take a 9mm any day. If you have the CASH to spend keep looking you should be able to find a deal some were.

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I am a looking for a hand gun to buy, after Christmas. I need to keep it under $400 (300 if the girlfriend asks). I target shoot mostly and due not plan on using it for hunting. I do go to the range around three times a week, so it needs to be fairly cheap to shoot. I am currently thinking about a Bersa arms .380 thunder. I was wondering if you had any suggestions.
.45 isn't as expensive to shoot as a rifle, but it isn't anything I would consider cheap to shoot. I have a Kimber Custom Carry II 1911, and I love the gun...but it isn't something I take to the range every day and go through a few boxes of ammo.

So are you looking for a carry gun or a range gun?

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.45's 29.99 for a box of 100 at the Wal-Mart, as much as I hate the place. Still not cheap, but its not horrible.


This is how it looks concealing a 1911 with a Fobus paddle holster and just a Tshirt.








The Fobus paddle holster is NOT a concealment holster, but its still hidden pretty well if people arent looking for it. My fatness doesnt help conceal either

With a good In-Waste-Band holster, its an easy one to conceal. Impossible to see with a nice jacket unless you're flashing it around.

You can conceal just about anything besides one of those ridiculously large .50 cals.

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I would have to go with the M&P family by Smith and Wesson myself. I own 3 of them they are fun to shoot and affordable, but if it is just target then the 22 is most likely the way to go, and it dirt cheep
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I have a S&W sigma 9mm I bought used for $150. Cabelas just sent me a flier advertising both 9mm and .40 on sale for $279. After I got past the 9lb trigger pull I loved it. Great for the price IMO.





I just shoot the cheap stuff through it. Usually the $20 100rd winchester box. Works great.


I bought it just as a plinker, but after putting a few thousand rounds through it Im pretty sure its going to be my carry pistol when I get my CPL.

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.45's 29.99 for a box of 100 at the Wal-Mart, as much as I hate the place. Still not cheap, but its not horrible.

If you shoot a lot, check some of the online stores...you can save a lot more. I picked up 500 rounds of CCI blazer .45acp for $9 per box of 50 from www.natchezss.com (I have ordered a TON of ammo through them)...but they have aluminum cases instead of brass, so you cant reload them, but thats no big deal for me.

But even at $9 per 50, that isn't near as cheap as the $5.49 per box of 100 for my CCI mini-mag .22lr. I can go through a few hundred rounds while punching paper, so that difference in price is very noticable. But I'm kind of a rimfire fanatic, I have more invested in my .22's and .17 than most people have invested in AR builds.
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look at police trade in's. most models can be had for under 400.
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Go to a range and rent some... see what you like.

Conceal ability, ammo cost/availability, and reliability is important to me... but I also want to be comfortable enough shooting a pistol that it becomes second nature.

That leaves most 3.5" barreled, single stack pistols for me. I prefer double action only so that and the single stack requirement takes out a lot of options. As far as the Bersa Thunder 380... for that price and size you can have a 9mm from Keltec. Comparable quality, size, but more knockdown power from cheaper ammo.

I don't know what you guys do when you carry full size 1911's... but I like to carry in the summer, in shorts, hiking, etc... A good holster and a good belt goes a long way, but not that far.
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Thanks for the advice. How hard is it to register a Hand gun that was not bought from a dealer?
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I would have to go with the M&P family by Smith and Wesson myself. I own 3 of them they are fun to shoot and affordable, but if it is just target then the 22 is most likely the way to go, and it dirt cheep
Just picked up a Smith and Wesson M&P .45 myself a few weeks ago. I have only put a few rounds through it so far though, so I don't have a real opinion of it. I just really liked the interchangeable grip.
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I looked at a M&P 9MM compact a few months ago, and loved it. I can not afford to spend the 500 for a new one though.
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