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    Ok, the time for my next purchase has arrived. I've been driving myself crazy over what to get. I'm looking for a handgun that I can use as a carry gun that is smaller than full size. I like carrying my XD Service but it is a little chunky. Only other criteria is that I can only spend $500-$600. I'd prefer to spend on the lower end of that scale so I have some ammo money!

    I was set on an S&W 642 or a 638 but now I just don't know. Maybe a Kahr, or a Sig P238, or 232. Maybe a Ruger SP101, or matching Kel Tec P3ATs, one on strong and weak side. Or maybe a Glock 26? I don't think I want an XDSC, not that I wouldn't love it, I just wanna change things up a little. I'd love a 4 inch 1911, but I'm not sure I wanna mess with the 1911s in my price range.

    Anyone know of any places in Central PA that have a large selection of used guns? I'm in Harrisburg and there isn't anything near me. I need to take a little road trip...

    I know that I should feel up/shoot as many guns as I can and decide what's right for me, just looking for a few suggestions, to make sure I didn't miss anything.

    Oh yeah, anyone know where I can even see a Sig P238 in Central PA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwb1500 View Post
    Anyone know of any places in Central PA that have a large selection of used guns? I'm in Harrisburg and there isn't anything near me. I need to take a little road trip...
    Come on down to Redding Hardware in Gettysburg on South Franklin Street. They have a huge selection of used guns.

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    I picked up a S&W 642 a little over a year ago for around $200 (I think). It was a bit worn, and I did buy it with another gun...but you can find a deal.

    It's a great little revolver, but I've got big hands so it feels slightly uncomfortable for me...but I've run into that with all the smaller carry pistols except the Bersa Thunder .380....which I picked up for about $175. The Bersa is a very fun gun to shoot, I must add.

    My local shop had a Kahr, and honestly I hated it...I wanted to like it, but I couldn't stand the feel of it.

    Both are nice little summer carry guns for me, if I don't feel like trying to hide my favored Beretta (which the Bersa reminds me a lot of).

    That's all I can offer, as those are the only ones I've got or shot enough of to comment (and you didn't mention the bersa, but the Sig p232 is simliar in style)

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    Try Shyda's in Lebanon for the sig p238. Last time I was there, which was a couple months ago, I asked about the p238 and they didn't have them yet but he showed me a couple of the price tags for them. So they were in the process of getting them. Give them a call, they also have used guns there, not a big selection, but they have really good prices on all there guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwb1500 View Post
    Anyone know of any places in Central PA that have a large selection of used guns? I'm in Harrisburg and there isn't anything near me. I need to take a little road trip...

    Gun Show this weekend... Harrisburg Farm Show Complex...

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    How about a S&W M&P9c? In your price range. Great gun and heavily in my summer carry rotation. In 9 or .40. Get some full size mags for a back up mag or range fun and your set.



    Harrisburg Fun Show and/or the Valley Forge Gun Show this weekend should help you find what your looking for (and dispose of that pesky 500 bucks you have laying around...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by punxsutawneypete View Post
    Come on down to Redding Hardware in Gettysburg on South Franklin Street. They have a huge selection of used guns.
    I go to Reddings everytime we go to Gettysburg and punxsutawneypete is right that place is awsome.

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    I'm going to Cabela's This morning to get a Ruger LCR. 5 shot .38 Spl. that the reviews speak highly of. On sale for $479. I've look at others but I've never had a bad Ruger and from things I've see, I don't want an auto. This is my last line of defence so I want a wheel gun.
    Last edited by WVBob; June 12th, 2010 at 09:47 AM.

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    The P232 is a similar size to the G26, and a similar weight in stainless (a few oz lighter in the alloy version). It is shaped slightly differently, which may or may not help your concealment.

    The P232 / G26 are about my minimum size I can go to while still gripping the gun comfortably.

    You might get a slight edge out of a j-frame in terms of weight, size and shape. Many people say that the shape of a revolver aids concealment versus a Glock. I thought about going that route myself, but then I tried shooting an airweight and it was neither efficient nor pleasant.

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    G26 for CC. P238 for DEEP concealment aka ankle holster.

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