Buying first gun used - help!
Hi. New to the forum, and fairly new to shooting (pistols, at least).
I'm getting close to the purchase of my first handgun (after taking an NRA safety course etc.) I’d prefer to buy new, but I’m not, er, loaded (sorry) and it seems I’ll have to make the choice between buying an “expensive” 9mm used, or a “cheaper” 9mm new. (My budget is a few hundred bucks, give or take.) I’m certainly no expert when it comes to handguns, but I get the feeling that the name-brand guns (Sig, H&K, Beretta, Ruger etc.) produce some long-lasting, reliable, and quality handguns, while the brands that are a little cheaper when new (Taurus, Kel-Tec, Bersa etc.) are less durable, reliable and of lesser quality. Or am I completely wrong on that assumption?
Anyway, I’d honestly prefer to buy my first gun used as I don’t want to spend a fortune on something that might just be kept in a safe and never used after the initial “excitement” of shooting has worn off, and I’d like to own a high-quality firearm that’ll last rather than something that might break or jam at an inopportune moment.
What would your advice be for a prospective purchaser looking to buy a used 9mm? And what sort of prices might I be looking at for a basic Ruger or similar 9mm at the lower end of the "quality" guns? Lastly, any thoughts on buying from a gun show?