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    I'm going to a big gun show this weekend and looking to buy a handgun but wondering what's the best for the money? What kind to stay away from etc. I wanna glock but dont really wanna spend $500 on one

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    $500 is more then reasonable when it comes to a firearm. $500 is a very small price to pay when it comes to your safety or that of loved ones.

    Whatever you buy, make sure you are proficient with it. A working gun that costs $500 in the hand of a proficient marksman will always outshoot a $2000 gun in the hand of a novice.

    Having said that I am a huge fan of Kimber firearms.
    Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pujolsfan146 View Post
      $500 is more then reasonable when it comes to a firearm. $500 is a very small price to pay when it comes to your safety or that of loved ones.

      Whatever you buy, make sure you are proficient with it. A working gun that costs $500 in the hand of a proficient marksman will always outshoot a $2000 gun in the hand of a novice.
      You should be able to find a used Glock for around $350-$400. They're nice weapons and don't require as much maintenance as others (not implying that you should be irresponsible and not maintain the weapon). I am a little partial toward Glocks as I own several. If 1911's are your thing it's hard to go wrong with a Kimber or Springfield though!

      Stay away from Lorcins and Hi-Points as they are worthless!!
      "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TN Cop View Post
        You should be able to find a used Glock for around $350-$400. They're nice weapons and don't require as much maintenance as others (not implying that you should be irresponsible and not maintain the weapon). I am a little partial toward Glocks as I own several. If 1911's are your thing it's hard to go wrong with a Kimber or Springfield though!

        Stay away from Lorcins and Hi-Points as they are worthless!!
        You are absolutely correct on the price of the Glocks. I should have made myself more clear. Good looking out!
        Prov 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

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        • #5
          First of all, since you're a sworn deputy you can get a new glock for around $395.00. Not sure why you'd go to a gun show and pick up a used one for the same price. One thing to watch out for when buying glocks at a gun show. The ones I've seen in the $350 - $400 range are Gen 1 or Gen 2 glocks. That means they are old, and probably need a new set of internal parts. Maybe even a barrel. That's a good price even for a Gen 1 glock to the general public, but way out there for a LEO. Parts for Glocks are cheap, springs, plunger, pins, etc., but why have to buy them when you could pick a new Gen 3 glock up for the same price? JMHO.

          Please disregard this post. I read the wrong profile and thought you were a sworn police officer. But the part about the Gen 1 & 2 is important. You want to know the general age and working condition of the gun.
          Last edited by blackhorse; 11-26-2008, 06:55 AM. Reason: Thought the OP was LEO.

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          • #6
            Buy a used gun, if you have to just replace some of the internal workings....

            But $500 is on the low side of handguns.

            I bought my Glock 27 (.40 cal) for around $400... my fav gun.
            Certified troll.

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            • #7
              Im wanting to get a glock 23 (.40 cal), is there a certain way to determine if it's gen 1, 2, or 3?

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              • #8
                get a good carry wheelgun

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                • #9
                  I got my spriendfield xd .357 from a gunshop new for $475.

                  (just figured I would throw springfield some love since everyone is mentioning glocks)

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                  • #10
                    Rock the Glock. Best choice for the money.
                    Being a good street cop is like coming to work in a wet suit and peeing in your pants. It's a nice warm feeling, but you're the only one who knows anything has happened.

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                    • #11
                      Sig...on par with glocks in reliability, performance and simplicity. May be more $$$.

                      Kimber...there is no substitute.

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                      • #12
                        **double post**

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gixxerjoe04 View Post
                          Im wanting to get a glock 23 (.40 cal), is there a certain way to determine if it's gen 1, 2, or 3?
                          There are a few changes but generally speaking the easiest way to determine generation is the exterior of the weapon. The frame's grip, if they are totally smooth are gen 1. If they have checkering on the front strap and serrations to the rear gen 2 and universal rail adapter, thumb rests on both sides of the frame and finger grooves on the front strap of the pistol grip gen 3.

                          Internally, the extractor has also been changed twice and the locking block was enlarged along with the addition of another pin. Other modification include the recoil spring assembly that does not disassemble and the magazine floorplate was changed and the follower spring was fitted with a resistance insert at its base.

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                          • #14
                            One thing you might like to try is handling every gun you can.. I personally DO NOT LIKE the Glock, it just does not feel right in my hand,,, but when I picked up the Kahr and Springfield for the first time,,, I loved the feel of it...


                            The Springfield XD is available in 9, 40 and 45, i think .357 also.. They are GREAT guns for the money.... Sig's are great as well,,, for off duty small guns,, The Kahr mp40 or pm9 is great www.kahrarms.com

                            I bought a Kahr K9 (1st generation) used years ago, and had a bad malfunction, called the company, spoke with the tech rep and he said they were having problems with the feed ramp being to sharp an angle.. Sent the weapon back to the factory, they polished the feed ramp, replaced some interanl parts, gave me a new recoil spring and replaced 2 magazines, all at NO COST,

                            I have put several hundred rounds thru it since the repair with NO MALFUNCTIONS since then...

                            But like someone else said,. while you can not go wrong with a Kahr, Smith, Sig, Glock, Springifeld, Colt, H&K or any brand name gun,,, AVOID LORCIN NORINCO, and Raven arms, like the plague...

                            good luck with your purchase

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                            • #15
                              *Best* handgun for the *money*?

                              Springfield XD.
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