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    I am going to purchase a handgun within the next week.

    MY primary reason for buying is plinking. My question is, what type of firearm should I choose?

    Particularly I'd like suggestions on caliber and brand.

    Should I consider home protection as well? I currently do now own any gun.

    Oh yeah, my budget will be around $500
    Ignorance can be remedied, stupidity cannot.

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    You'd be hard pressed to go wrong with a Ruger MkII. For UNDER $300, you could buy a hail of a lot of .22LR ammo with the leftover $$$!
    "When you guys get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a *****."
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    • #3
      Ditto what shooter said. I have a used one I got for 200 bucks and I consider it one of my favorite guns. It's fun, cheap, and reliable.

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      • #4
        Definitely go with a low caliber if all you're going to do is plinking. No sense spending all the money for 9mm or .45 to destroy a tin can. As far as brand, stick with one of the major manufacturers like Taurus, Ruger, S&W etc etc.

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        • #5
          Glock 17 or 19, 9mm. (mm is cheaper compared to the rest adn you can get an Advantage Arms conversion kit for .22 and have some great fun.
          Please take a moment to visit http://www.crpe.net home of the first police explorer post in the country.

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          • #6
            Thank you all for the info and suggestions.

            Thanks to the internet, I just read a bunch of reviews on the MkII and the Glock. Looks like the Glock is generally looked upon as a very high quality pistol, which makes me want to buy it.

            Is $499 a decent price for a Glock 17?

            I'll have to save for that 22 conversion kit if I ultimately decide to get the Glock.
            Ignorance can be remedied, stupidity cannot.

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            • #7
              Around here it would be, unless you're le.

              Academy has blazer 9mm for 3.99 a box, and they have .22 for 8 dollars per 500 rounds.

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              • #8
                Not to confuse you, but another nice plinking gun is a Marlin model 39AS. It is a lever action .22 rifle that feeds all .22 ammo except magnums. It holds 19 long rifles, 21 longs, and 26 shorts.

                What I like, if noise is a concern, when using .22 short cb caps, it makes very little noise. And it's very accurate as well.

                [ 12-31-2001: Message edited by: MikeTx ]

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