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    Another newbie seeking buying advice for the 350-400 range

    Howdy,I'm looking to buy my first firearm and am overwhelmed by reviews and info on the net.My price range is 350.00- 400.00 and I want a 9mm with at least a 12 round mag.Home defense is the intended use.From what I've seen so far I like the Taurus PT 809 and the Ruger P95PR15.All thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Research, research, research! Lot of good choices out there, they START at $400 and go up. One of the best things i've done so far in my looking is to put my hands on every gun i look at, really gives you and idea of what you like/dont like. Of course shooting them is the best, but is not always easy. I would DEF stay away from taurus, just way too many bad reviews.

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    Matt is right,,,,save a little more money and get a quality gun like a Glock.
    Its a very simple, durable gun thats also easy to take care of and clean.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Rick Hiott View Post
    Matt is right,,,,save a little more money and get a quality gun like a Glock.
    Its a very simple, durable gun thats also easy to take care of and clean.....
    at that....you can also find a good used Glock for around the price range you're talking. usually it'd be a Police trade in, which wouldn't have been shot very much.
    i'm considering going that route myself, but also, inspect the gun before you make your final decision. take it apart or have the gun shop clerk take it apart and show you that everything looks okay. you might even see if they'll let you shoot a couple rounds through it, though it's doubtful.

    and if you're leary of a used gun....the gun shop clerk i talked to said that if you send your Glock to...Glock... for about $80 or so they'll rebuild it, so you'll have pretty much a whole new gun. i'd say usually you'd be fine with a police trade in, i doubt they have been abused... and Glocks are pretty tough, they can take a lot of abuse. so if you get a used one for $300-325, spend that $80 to get it rebuilt, and you have a new one for less than you're gonna be able to buy it new....or at least you won't have to wait on a hot smokin' deal on a new one.

    there are other guns that police departments use too, not just Glocks....but it depends on the area. Some use S&W M&P's, some use Springfield XD's....etc.

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    Best way if you have a gun range that rents out pistol,Then you can see what works best for you. Make it fun,And you will have a great time. And practice makes perfect,This is a must.

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    Beware the Glockaphiles ....the Ruger P95 is an excellent weapon for your outlined needs, they are solid, totally reliable and built like a tank and someone who says it is not a quality weapon doesn't know what he is talking about, you might also try a Sig SP2022 9mm....best kept secret in handguns and in your price range as well....as Cat stated try to find a range that rents and try any of these you can .....yep even the Glock and M&P.......good luck and welcome to the forum....JJ

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    The Bersa Thunder 9 has also caught my eye though being made in Argentina does cause me to take pause.Thoughts?

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    My recommendation is a Ruger SR9 or SR9c. Mine cost about $380 and it is the best purchase I've ever made. The options with the compact are great, because you get a short magazine AND a magazine which makes it the same as the full sized SR9 (10rds and 17rds). Happy hunting!

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    +1 holly Your ruger selection is good to my cousin has one and loves it. I thought it shot well i do prefer the look of the sr9

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    i like the stoeger cougar 8000 ... basically a beretta.. made in turkey with same machinery that made the beretta cougar... great shooter and fits like glove... around $400 lgs has one for 379 for blue model
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    I have a Bersa and love it but the best advice is to buy what you prefer ....choose a manufacturer that will give you a solid, proven warranty and excellent customer service for your first pistol (Ruger, S&W, Sig, Glock). Later when you are experienced and ready to expand your collection you might add handguns made in Turkey or Brazil, Phillipines etc....JJ

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    Glock, Glock, Glock.......expand your horizons, and shoot what ever you can try out, we have a lot of Glock lovers, personally, I think they are a block of wood.........sorry......

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    Came down to the Ruger P95 and I walked away with it for 328.00 all fees included.Held a lot of guns and the the only other I considered was the Glock 23 but it was out of my price range.Federalway discount gun seems a good shop with killer prices.10 day wait now.My first firearm.Can't wait.

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    who can argue with ruger? great choice.... get ready to enjoy it for a lifetime

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    Good purchase. For the price range (maybe a little more than the Ruger) a Sig 2022 is also a good gun. You got a good home defense gun. It's a little big for carry but IMO perfect for home defense.

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    I haven't even thought about cc at this point but I do have a friend who wants to unload a Kel Tec P11 for an insanely low price and that certainly would work for carrying.

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    The Stoeger Cougar 8000F 9mm is a great gun for the money.

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    Why so eager and cheap? Probably so he can go pick up the ruger you wish u had bought. Alot of folks swear by the Keltec but that rought for me screams Kahr cw9. Frankly putting a little extra thought into what size person u are will at the very least keep your grouping tighter and ensure your pinky finger doesnt wonder off when its all hands on deck. 6'5 275 here and hell, I could CC , my p95dc no prob and at the end of the day be alive to tell the story. Not one to pass up a deal here but not before some utilitization and frequency consideration. I wouldnt bet my life on any decision in which "insanely low price" was part of the process. Besides that Keltec wont touch the groups even a p series ruger is throwing from the recoil alone. The rest of the specs finish that story. NOT A FAN

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    I agree that you should jump up a bit and get a glock. Can't say enough about being a glock owner, easy to clean, easy to shoot, easy to find accessories/ spare parts. Reliable as shit.

    But the market for $400 9mm in this day in age some can be just as good. I looked at an M&P shield for like $399 yesterday when I picked up my S&W 380 Bodyguard (also $399)
    Beretta has a $50 rebate for their Px4 series. Ruger like others said provides great firearms for that price as well.

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