What do you have all ready?
What do you like?
What don't you like?
For about a year or so now, I've been selling some stuff on Craig's List. Surprisingly, I've been doing very well.
I've been taking the money I made and set it all aside. I have approx. $3000.00 now and was thinking about buying another firearm. I'm thinking a semi-auto pistol, and no one particular caliber. I'm quite happy with the revolvers I have, and my long guns are good to go too.
Having $3000.00 doesn't mean I want to spend it all on just one handgun. But, I'd like to buy a good quality gun. So, I thought that I would ask this forum and it's members for some suggestions.
Anyways, let's hear what you all have in mind.
Currently I have the following:
(1) Para-Ordnance P1445 Limited.
(2) Ruger 1911
(3) SA XD-45
(4) Beretta 96FS Centurion
(5) Beretta 92D Centurion
(6) Beretta 92FS
(7) Beretta 84BB x 2
(8) Sig P250C (.40 cal.)
(9) Walther P22
(10) Beretta 21A
(11) AMT .45 BackUp
(12) Five Ruger MK / KMK II's.
(13) S&W .380 BodyGuard
I think that's about it.
the one pistol that i had been dreaming of since i was just a youngun and just had to have was a WWII Luger. so a few years back i came across a 1936 S42 code Mauser Luger with intact Waffen marks in shooter quality. sure it's a little bit pre-war but it is close and it was the right price.
i bet if you think long and hard you will remember something from way back when that you always really wanted.
Wow, the modern selections are wide open to you for $3000. In fact, you'd pretty much have to go for a custom or race gun to spend that sort of money, I would think. So here's a though.
If you are not so much of a mind to go for something like I mentioned in the previous paragraph, why not consider this? Make up a list of guns which you do not have but would kinda like to have. Let the list be as long as you want initially. Then visit shops and gun shows to begin narrowing down your candidates until you have, say 4 to 5 remaining. Then buy all of those. Considering that the average price of current non-customized quality handguns runs somewhere between $550 and $800, that should give you something to think about AND, some nice additions to your collection.
Take a look at the Kimber 1911's.
I gave one NIB to my father about 12 rs. ago. He's never shot it and keeps it in his home safe. He turns 82 this June and told me that when he passes, it'll go back to me.
It's made in Italy, still in the original box, and has the SS finish 15 rd. mags.
I also gave him a S&W model 60 (Chief's Special) and a Beretta 21A. He's never shot those either.
I bought a Kimber Custom Shop Pro CDP 2 that I really like. It's small enough to conceal yet enough power to knock a mud hole in something.
The only other thing I can suggest is the CZ 75B SP101 as it is a tack driver.
Not knowing the exact uses, three auto's come to mind quickly; and you'd have plenty of cash left. The Sig P226, S&W M&P or an XD. All can be high capacity mag carriers, with the S&W and XD having a longer barrel option. Anyone of those makers have customized models as well.
I'm pretty happy with my Hk45 and my P30 and P30L.
The P7s are nice but they get kind of old real quick, I sold the last two of mine not too long ago.
As for 1911s, with a budget of $3K, a Kimber would be the last gun I'd buy.
Dan Wesson or Springfield Custom Shop, maybe an Heirloom Precision build etc., but not a Kimber.
Ed Brown, Les Baer, Wilson, Nighthawk etc. are also good choices.
Given the option to do it again, I think I would have gotten a Volkman or a Wilson, not that I'm not happy with my Nighthawk, it was exactly what I wanted but as well all know, once those wants get met, new ones pop up.
$3K? I'd take a run at a Novak Hi Power
BHP Night Ops
BHP Night Ops Beavertail
I don't want to sink $3K into one handgun.
There comes a point when you spend too much and you'll never get it back out if you should decide to sell in the future. And, a $3K gun will not make me shoot any better.
I do have a problem spending over a $1K for a handgun, but I'd like to do it once, for a very good piece. A H&K comes to mind. I'm gonna check into them further.