Gun recommendation for conceal or HD - on a tight budget

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  1. some Beach

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    Hey everyone,
    I don't have a lot of money to spend on a handgun but I was wondering if there are any good buys out there right now. I know most everyone here knows which guns are reliable and sell for a decent price. I'm not looking for anything fancy, I just went through a divorce and I'm having to move to an apartment. :(

    Any advice you all could give is greatly appreciated.
     


  2. randomoutburst

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    I bought a Kel-Tec PF9 not too long ago for CC. It's the smallest 9mm you can buy and it's not too expensive. I recall paying between $200-300. It shoots well, is light but packs a bit of a punch (because it's all polymer except the slide and spring), and is easy to disassemble and clean. Plus 9mm ammo is pretty cheap.
    I've enjoyed shooting it but I've been told once I hit over 500-600 rounds the gun begins having problems. I should add here that I've shot about 400 through mine and it's still going fine. As a carry gun I feel that it works well for me. It's worth trying at the range.

    I also have a S&W model 60 in .357 with a 3" barrel that I LOVE, but if you're on a tight budget the $600-700 price tag might be a bit much. Also, you may be looking more for a semi-auto than a revolver. But both are great guns IMO. :)
     
  3. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

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    Look at the Taurus line of revolvers - many of the smaller framed 38's or even 357's will give you good protection, decent concealability, and fit a tight budget.
    Just remember - it DOES git better!! 12 years ago, I was in your shoes.....1200 car an' not much else, knocking around a Goodwill-furnished apartment. Since then, I met a WONDERFUL gal, have a 2 yr-old Harley bagger that's paid for, a year-old truck paid for, a year-old caddy w/6 months to payoff, and a nice house 4 years from bein' paid for......an' a purty decent toy collection in the safe!

    It CAN be done!
     
  4. some Beach

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    Thanks for the reply. I really have no preference between revolver or semi-auto. Unfortunately it's the lack of proper finances (due to my personal problems) that is stopping me from buying a good gun. I know I can't squeeze blood from a turnip but there has to be something out there that would help me sleep a little better at night.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. hk boy

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    I also have a PF9 that I use for conceal carry
    I'm not sure if it will wear out after 600 rounds.....
    but if it does, Kel Tec will repair or replace since it has a lifetime warranty.
    I paid $300 for my PF9 and it is worth considering for CC or HD
    :happy0001:
     
  6. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

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    You don't mention what your budget is....might help - maybe someone out there with an old beater they'd let go of reasonably. I don't have any - but ya never know who might!
     
  7. navyguy

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    If you want really cheap, look at a Hi Point. They are bottom feeder, trailer park guns, but they go bang. Otherwise a Taurus revolver is pretty inexpensive. Also, check out the used gun cases at your local gun stores. There where a bunch of Sig P6 German police trade ins floating around. They go for $300 - $400 depending on condition. Lots of holster wear, but good dependable guns.

    If you were local here in DFW, I might let my .357 Ruger go pretty cheap. It needs a good home.
     
  8. ConnRadd

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    Some Beach... How much you look to spend?
    $100 to $200? or $200 to $300? or a little more?

    If a pistol, there are some fairly decent ones in the $300 range... Or something for a home defense, maybe a shotgun?
     
  9. TxEMTP69

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    I have a kel-tec p11 (predecessor to the pf9 I think) it does pack a bit of a punch due to size and light weight,

    I've also had some issues with hollow points in mine, have not tried my new Hornady Critical Defense ammo in it yet. As of yet I will not carry this gun for self defense, heard better of the PF9 though
     
  10. randomoutburst

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    Mine stovepiped once or twice every magazine until I ran over 150 rounds through it - and I tested it with three different magazines to figure out if it was the mag or the gun. Mine is also partial to Remington and Federal ammunition - it hates Winchester. Anyway, mine's been reliable since that 150-round "break in" so I'd trust mine...but not more than my S&W 60. I just trust something with less moving parts. :)
     

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