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    What is the best 9mm auto for $500.00

    Need some opinions!

    What is the best 9mm auto for $500.00 (non plastic) and why?

    This will be my wife’s handgun for target plinking.

    Thanks in advance

    Barney

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    I swear I'm a broken record when it comes to the 9mm question.
    Taurus PT-92 in stainless. This is by no means a very concealable gun but for fun plinking it'll do great. It dose have a large grip so take the old lady down to the gun shop. Way under $500 sometimes under $400 shop around.
    For the quality of the gun and price no other suggestion is gonna touch it. Trust me

    And on another note I'm still looking for complaints about the gun. Malfunctions only, no fit and finish crap. If it goes boom...its good.
    Last edited by fattsgalore; 01-24-2007 at 12:00 AM.

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    CZ75! Very accurate gun with low recoil. The gun also has about the most comfortable grip out there and it is the most circulated police pistol world wide. Runs around $350


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    I bought a used S&W 3913 best 9mm I have paid 350 used but like new.

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    Any Ruger 9mm; take your pick.

    Bull-strong, utterly reliable, unbelievably durable (long-term), soft-shooting, easy to operate (various "systems" available, including DAO, decocker-only or safety/decocker), and inexpensive. They aren't the smallest guns (bad for concealed carry), but for your uses, that's not a problem.

    Glock is the BEST choice for a 9mm, but leaving that out, Ruger gets the nod (had to work that in, of course).

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    Taurus, CZ, S&W, Ruger (my favorite -P89), doesn't matter.

    Make sure she shoots them all. She will feel a difference shoot more accurately with one, and have a preference.

    That one will be the "best" gun for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    Make sure she shoots them all. She will feel a difference shoot more accurately with one, and have a preference.

    That one will be the "best" gun for her.

    WM
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    Excellent advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post

    Make sure she shoots them all. She will feel a difference shoot more accurately with one, and have a preference.

    That one will be the "best" gun for her.

    WM


    Ditto. It is never a good idea to buy a handgun for someone else unless that person knows exactly what they want and have expressed it.
    As for the best 9mm for $500 the world is your oyster. The list of great 9mm for that price is almost endless, it will all come down to preference.

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    I would have said the Browning Pro9/FNP9 - but U said no polymer guns - I think that is a great gun, personally.

    I'd say a Beretta 92 - U can buy them now at shows for $425 or so.

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    Try a bunch, but I'd suggest that you include a Browning Hi-Power in the mix.

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    Check police trade ins. I bought a SigSauer P229, 9mm for $500.00. Have seen them for between $400.00 and $500.00.

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    Best 9mm

    Gotta go with the HI-Power. Recoil very manageable, sturdy, been around since 1935 and partially designed by John Browning. Need I say more?

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    I'd suggest:
    1). A Beretta 92/M9-readily available NIB < $500.00
    2). Any number of S&W's in various sizes & shapes NIB or used.

    The Beretta or the double stack S&W's have thick grips, while the single stack S&W's have smaller grips. You should be able to find one that fits your wife's hands.

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    Beretta 92

    She has held them all at gun shows and seems to like the Beretta 92 best. Has not shot one yet. What are the pros and cons for the Beretta 92?

    Thanks

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    How about a Sigma?

    How about the new Sigma, sw9ve, plus $200 worth of 9mm ammo?


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    Quote Originally Posted by barney49 View Post
    She has held them all at gun shows and seems to like the Beretta 92 best. Has not shot one yet. What are the pros and cons for the Beretta 92?

    Thanks
    Beretta 92 is a great gun. U can even put in a "D" spring (DAO spring) and it will make the DA pull lighter (it will still be a DA/SA gun).

    I have owned a few over the years - very smooth smide to frame feel. Solid gun. The metal frame sucks up recoil.

    Only issue is to change out the locking block every 15-20K rounds. It is a 45 dollar part that is connected to the bottom of the barrel. Its very easy to change.

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    A Beretta 92/M9-readily available NIB < $500.00
    Depends on locale. The cheapest around here is $600. And I've looked around.

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    It's amazing how non plastic can limit you with choices. I pick the Berette 92

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolver View Post
    Depends on locale. The cheapest around here is $600. And I've looked around.
    Keep looking.

    Try: Academy, Sportsmans Warehouse, CDNN, or any number of Internet sites.

    I've found a whole lot more under $500 than over $600. In fact, I haven't seen a Beretta 92/M9 for over $600.00 in about a year.

    I purchased a 92FS Inox at Sports Authority in December for $467.62 + tax. $499.77 out the door.
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    I was going to say XD9 until the no plastic thing. I'll go with the 92 also, but, personally, I've never seen one new for $500 or less.

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