Best or favorite 9mm under $400?

ETex2

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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?
 

TxEMTP69

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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.
 

DCortez

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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!
 

txtrooper

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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.
 

tju1973

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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...
 

mac79912

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+1 I would tell him to save up a little more money and buy something better.
 

TXCrossfire

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+1 on the XD for a few more $
 

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