Best or favorite 9mm under $400?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by ETex2, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. ETex2

    ETex2 New Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    My son has decided he wants to get a CHL, and is in the market for a 9mm. He wants to spend around $400 at most. Used is fine. I told him that I'm partial to the Ruger, since I've had a P95 for many years that I'm quite fond of. He's a big guy, big hands, etc.. He's depending on me for advice. He's asked me to look around for him, and may buy one at the gun show this weekend to sell to him, since I have a CHL.

    Opinions or advice?

  2. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    I think first and foremost he needs to shoot whatever it is he wants to carry/own before purchasing, at the very least he needs to hold and handle the gun. As for the "brand" I would say whatever he likes out of what he shoots and handles, go from there. I like Taurus, glock, and have recently been looking into the Springfield XD (have not shot one though)

    Just a reminder, you may pick up a gun that feels good in hand, but not like the way it shoots, and just because you like it, your son may not...

    Hope I've been of some help to ya.
  3. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
    If I was going to buy, without firing, I'd save up another $150 and try out the PX4 Storm (Beretta). That thing felt like warm butter in my hand.

    One of the first Kimbers I held was a Raptor. I did not like it at all. My wife talked me into taking a second look at Kimber and I couldn't be happier. Buttah!
  4. txtrooper

    txtrooper New Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    There is nothing wrong with the Ruger pistols. I have owned a couple and they seem to be dependable and cost efficient. If money is a concern, take a look at the Kel-Tec 9mm. I believe that it is under $300. I like the size and price, although it is not very fun to shoot. I believe that it would be a dependable cost efficient carry pistol for the price. Good luck.
  5. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    For not much more you can have a Ruger SR9, or enter into the Glock realm.
  6. tju1973

    tju1973 Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    McKinney Texas
    For the price you listed, I would look at a Taurus PT111 Millennium (not Pro). I got one for $279 at Academy a few weeks ago, and I love it. Although it has 10 round mags, the MilPro mags (12 rounds) work in it fine ( I use my wifes mags in mine at the range). That, or maybe look at a good condition used Ruger, Bersa, or or even maybe an FEG High Power clone...
  7. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known

    Mar 4, 2008
    +1 I would tell him to save up a little more money and buy something better.
  8. propellerhead

    propellerhead Active Member

    Taurus Millenium Pro series for that money but it probably won't be his last pistol.
  9. 308nato

    308nato TGT Addict

    Also check out the CZ line of semi autos at
    they have a lot of good models.
  10. TXCrossfire

    TXCrossfire New Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Frisco, TX
    +1 on the XD for a few more $

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