Doesn't sound like you're very discerning.
Just lock you doors at night and save the money.
Yeah, he seamed to redeem himself somewhat well.
Sorry, it was matt. I guess I had my screen open to the bottom of that post and top of yours. I must've just kinda stuck the two together in my head.
Another one I forgot to list is Hi-Point pistols...they are closer to $200. I have heard good things from owners of the Hi-points. My issue with them is the weight...low recoil, though.
RE: Kel-Tec's- They are cheap, reliable and fairly accurate, but I personally think they have horrible triggers and are difficult to pull the slide because of strong springs. Also, because of lightweight, they have quite a kick.
I would go for the Millenium Pro....very nice trigger, 10+1 9mm rounds, small enough to carry easily. Only issue is you have to learn to shoot it accurately...it will take some practice.
$300? the Hi-Point is heavy and ugly however it is cheap and from what I hear it will shoot about anything. the way I went at buying my last gun was I had a thought of price I wanted to pay, I saved a couple hundred over that and went looking in my first price range. but had the extra incase something above it caught my eye which will more than likely happen. Good luck on your search
Go to local gun shows. Go to your local gun stores. Haunt the online gun sales folks. Go to places like Slickguns -- get a feel for prices. Pick something close to your price range - see if you like it (grip, etc.) then make the plunge. My suggestion is a 9mm -- midsize or full size. Don't start with a small, hard to hold, pistol -- that's a good way to develop a flinch that will follow you around. Makes being accurate near impossible.
Shooting is NOT about being "macho", nor is it about withstanding pain -- it is about putting bullets where you want them to go. It's hard to be precise when you cringe at the thought of the recoil -- that's why so many "suggestions" some folks make to women insures they will never become shooters. Men are not that different - some just pretend to be.
I was able to score a nearly new Sig P250 compact .40 with THREE mags, SIGLITE night sights, in the case for $350 out the door. I know alot of folks have had issues with the P250 (either with malfunctions or they just plain hate the DAO trigger) but for $350 I just could not pass this one up.
S&W Model 5906, it's a Hi Cap 9mm, Police Trade-In, at J&G Sales right now for $299. Otherwise, I would explore Ruger. They have some revolvers and a couple semi autos at that price point.
Save your money and invest in a gun that you will never want to sell and have in all situations.
You can pick up a surplus CZ 82 in 9X18 Makarov for about $220, pay the transfer fee and still have some money left over for practice ammo and a box of Hornady Critical Defense in 9X18. Really reliable designs.
LCP... is the best little mouse gun for $300..
Squeeze trigger goes bang every time ..
Listen to Mike.
300$ believe it or not can actually get you a decent gun. I have read some threads claiming to like the smith and wesson sigma series in your price range I personally do not like them they have a 40 cal model that would definitely stop anybody sneaking in your house but for my money I would go with a ruger p95pr it's a 9mm but a good quality pistol in your price range a revolver at that price range but would a stupid decision if you ask me
Well, what I bought, for $275.00 from the range I deal with, is a one year old, nice clean Glock 21 in great shape. I'm not planning to sell it, and it's a welcome addition to my little stable.
The surplus cz-82 is an excellent weapon.So are deals to be found at gun shows and pawn shops.
A huge tactical error I see far too many people make,,,
They buy a fine handgun but can't afford to buy ammunition for it.
So the gun sits in the closet and never gets used,,,
And by that very fact the owners never become proficient shooters.
Buy a .22 for your first handgun so you can afford ammunition,,,
Then you can afford to go to the range and practice.
A fine choice for a SA/DA combat plinker/trainer under $300.00 is the Bersa Thunder 22,,,
Another fine choice (but it's closer to $400.00) would be the Ruger SR22,,,
Either of these handguns will serve you well as a plinker/trainer,,,
And the best ammo you can buy is only 7-cents/round,,,
Decent Federal Bulk Packs is 3.9-cents/round.
If you would rather have a SA Target style pistol,,,
These five are the best choices.
I've not listed them in any order of preference.
Browning Buckmark = Great pistol but I found the grip to be funky.
Ruger 22/45 Mk II or MK III = Great pistol with a 1911-ish grip.
Beretta U22 NEOS = Great pistol with a very slender grip.
Ruger Mk II or MK III = Great pistol with a luger-ish grip.
S&W 22A = Great pistol with a very fat grip.
Any of these will serve you very well,,,
They are all reliable firearms that aren't ammo picky,,,
Rather than sweat over which one is better, get the one that fits your hand.
Honestly my friend,,,
Even if your friends all have 9's or 40's, or 45's,,,
Buy a decent .22 pistol and learn to shoot better than they can.
My friends who I used to shoot with all chuckled at my little Bersa thunder 22,,,
They stopped chuckling when I got to be a much better shot than they were,,,
I became better than they were because I shot and practiced a lot more.
Sure to be some commentary on Kel-Tec recommendations, but I carry a PF-9 and train with it regularly. Initially I had some issues with fail-to-feed and fail-to-eject, but following some simple instructions easily found on the web I did some minimal polishing and shot the heck out of it. Today I consider it very reliable and pretty darn accurate as far as pocket pistols go - I can keep all the holes on a pie plate at 25ft.