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    Wheezer is offline Junior Member
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    Apr 2011

    I'm looking to buy my first gun, any suggestions?

    I am looking in to buying my first handgun, my price range would have to be under 300. I like the S&W Sigma SW9VE 9mm which is inexpensive, but have been checking out the Hi-Point C9(which gets bashed on ALOT) because I was told it would be a good starter gun and SUPER inexpensive. I Just had a baby and I don't have as much spending money as before. I'm thinking about getting the C9 now and waiting on the Sigma. What do you guys think? AND PLEASE NO BASHING!!!! Also it will be for home defence

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    EliWolfe is offline Member HGF Gold Member
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    Nov 2010
    In my opinion a "cheap" handgun is a no win situation. Get a nice used 12 ga. shotgun, stoke it with 00 and your good to go.

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    zhurdan is offline Senior Member
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    Used Glocks can be had for around $350-400.
    Accessories are far more available, to include magazines, holsters and such.
    I'll try not to bash Hi-Points, even though I've seen why they deserve it first hand (yes first hand accounts) but please, your money would be better spent on a used Glock.

    The Sigma's run into a similar problem as they really aren't a "popular" gun, so finding magazines and holsters is more difficult than for a pistol that's used all over the place.

    You'll end up spending a crap load of time, effort and money on accessories for pistols that are less "popular", which means you'll have even less money for ammo to practice with and practice is far more important than any of the above.

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    Steve M1911A1 is online now Senior Member
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    I, too, suggest you buy a used gun. You'll get more bang for your buck.
    If at all possible, get a return guarantee. Then take it to an independent gunsmith for a look-over. Fire a magazine-full out of it. If it works well and it feels good in your hand, keep it.
    If it doesn't work well or doesn't feel good, return it for a refund against the next used pistol you're going to try. (That way, the store has a reason to try to please you: They get to keep your money.)

    Whatever you end up with, get at least two extra magazines for it. Three is better.

    Then, go out and practice with it. And take a self-defense course, if you can.

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    samurai is offline Junior Member
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    Might want to look at a Ruger P95-full size 9mm. My brother picked up one for $299 and it's a nice accurate shooting pistol.

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