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    Default J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    Walking through the gun show today I saw a few tables selling these for about $170. Anyone ever try these out? My friend that went with me is looking for a 9mm and doesn't want to spend over $350, preferably less. He'd like it to be a compact the size of a Glock 19 (but doesn't want to spend that much). First time I ever saw these guns. They also had J&A .380 and I believe 25 acp, with each being a little smaller with the decrease in caliber. Didn't handle any but I'm going back tomorrow so I'll be sure to ask to see one up close.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    These firearms do not have a good rep.
    Sometimes called the original 'Sat. Nite Specials'. They were originally built by Jennings.
    Not the best metals were used during manufacture.
    IMO I'd stay away from them.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    If I were looking for a 9mm under $350, I think I'd be getting the S&W sigma. It isnt a target pistol, but it's certainly serviceable. $50 rebate from S&W makes it a pretty good price. I see them all the time in local stores, but you could order on line too.

    my $.02



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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    I bought a KelTec PF9 for $249 from Backwoods Outfitters yesterday at the York gun show. 7-round mag. Its alot smaller than the Glock 19 but if you're stuck on the price you may want to look at it. I already own a 19 and the PF9 will be a backup pistol and summer carry pistol. However, my wife already has eyes on the KelTec as HER gun

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    Hi-Point C-9, $149.00 Lifetime warantee, regardless of owner. Ugly. Heavy. Disassembly for cleaning? Not necessary; manufacturer doesn't recommend it - send it to them after 1,500-2,000 rounds, they'll do it for free.

    It works.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    In my experience, you get what you pay for. If his limit is $350, then he should be ready to pay that for a decent piece. I would also tell him not to buy on impulse. Find something he's interested in and research it before buying. That being said, I've heard that KelTecs are a good deal for the money, but I've never fired one. I looked at them, but I didn't like the trigger pull.
    I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy. Hippie and 3%er.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    You can get a Bersa Thunder UC pro for around 350. I have one and am very impressed with the reliability and performance. Never experienced a failure with it.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    I'll sell you a Sigma with (4) 16 rd mags for $350.
    Guns are dangerous, but no guns is more dangerous.

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    Default Re: J&A Nine or other 9mm under $350?

    Please avoid that gun. Seriously.

    I'm no gun snob, I can appreciate the value of an inexpensive weapon, but those are just death traps. Do you want to spend $170 on something that will last for 6 months -1 year (if you're lucky), or $300-$400 on something that will last a lifetime?

    Someone else mentioned a Bersa Thunder UC9, that's an excellent choice. If you don't mind a crappy trigger or DA only try a Kel-Tec or a S&W sigma.

    If you're open to different sizes, look for used Taurus PT92's or 99's. There are also a ton of older used Ruger and S&W DA/SA 9mm pistols floating around out there for around $300.

    If he really wants to keep the price low, consider something in 9x18 makarov.
    You can order Polish p-64's online for about $150. Sure they're cheap, and you should replace some springs (costs about $20 and any idiot can do it), but they're extremely concealable and are 1000 times better made than that "Jiminez Arms" garbage.

    You can also grab Bulgarian Makarovs for @$250, newer Polish Vanad's for about the same. Or, if you don't mind a little bit of ugly (and you mustn't if you were considering a JA) grab a CZ 82 for around $220 give or take a few$. They're exceptionally accurate, well built, and very reliable Czech guns.

    Take a look at the pistols on www.jgsales.com and www.aimsurplus.com

    Some people will take a giant crap all over my recommending a military surplus pistol, but when the alternative is a JA, there's no question.

    9x18 isn't as powerful a caliber as 9mm, but it'll do the job, and you'll be able to practice for less money using cheap russian ammo.

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