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Old 11-11-2008, 11:39 AM
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First Gun Show!

Whats a good semi-auto to buy....thats fairly reasonable price wise.and....whats a great handgun to get....again, fairly reasonable. I dont really want to spend 1k on a hangun, but what is the best bang for the buck (and reliable!)

Going to my first gun show this weekend.

WHOO!

See update in last post....

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Old 11-11-2008, 11:41 AM
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I like my Springfield xd 9mm. I paid about 400 for it but that was 5 years ago. With the demand jumping so much this last week I dont know what they would run for now.
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Depends on what you need it for.
Hunting Rifle? Home Defense? Plinkering?
Carrying? Plinkering? What
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Concealed carry, defense and fun... in that order I think. Basically a jack of all trades type handgun.

CHL is on the way, so that would be needed.

I would like a long rife as well, just for shooting, not hunting as much
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IMO 1911 is the best carry hand gun out there, carry it condition 1 and ready to go.
AR15s are good rifles for fun and can be practicable.
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I just baught a springfield xd .40 compact. I love it!

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So I went to the show this weekend in Houston- At the George R Brown. Not as big as I was expecting and a few vendors were packing up hours early...

I liked how the 1911s felt, I liked the Taurus, Beretta and I think the Sig Sauer was ok in my hand. All in the .38-40 cal range. The Walthers were pretty ok too. Of those manufacturers are the most reliable?

What about ammo cost? whats the most reasonable/shot?
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Whatever you buy, make sure that it is not a Smith & Wesson Sigma. This is the gun that was bought for the Iraqi police, since they knew that they might as well just be shipping them strait to the bad guys. It is so bad, if you have to have some one shooting at you, just hope it is a Sigma they are using. Poor dude on here bought one unknowingly, and was lucky enough to find some non Powerstroke.org person to buy it off of him for about half of what he paid for it.

1911's are always a good reliable choice, and as far as brands, there isn't really any bad ones. Taurus used to be the cheapy gun, but nowadays they are not a bad choice either. I would rather have the 1911 or the Sig (in any of it's calibers). Not really fond of Beretta. Especually in their M9 (I forget what the civilian version is called) variety. It is a big HEAVY clunky gun. I am not up to speed on their new releases.

I also like the ever reliable and cheap Ruger P-series guns. I have a p95, and it is solid (somewhat blocky though) and reliable. I bought mine for $280 about 10 years ago, and in that time the value has only gone up. Currently it is worth about $340.

And finally, the last recommendation I have to make is Glock. I don't like them because the are about as comfortable as holding a brick, but they have a lot going for them. They are just about the standard the world over for security agencies. Even a used one is a good bet. It won't let you down.
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If you are going to carry it, you don't want a bulky gun. I bought the wife and myself both bersa 380 ACP's. They are a good carrying gun and are pretty accurate. They run around 250-300 each.
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I've carried a 1911 .45 for fifthteen years and recently bought a Springfield XD 9mm subcompact. I paid about $450.00 for mine.I love my Xd. Its shoots great and is small enough to carry concealed.The XD subcompact comes with holster, double clip holster, clip loading tool and gunlock.It comes with two clips also, 10 and 16 round clip.I carry mine with the 16 round clip.The XD is a very safe pistol because you must grip the gun and pull the trigger to make it fire.Go to the Springfield web site and check them out. Springfield Armory I went and voted and then bought my pistol the same day.
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