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    Default First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Hello all,

    I am looking into purchasing my first pistol for consealed carry.

    I want to keep it quite small and compact.

    Maybe something in .380 or 9mm.

    I have completed several combat pistol courses up at Corning Community College in New York. I know my way around hand guns, but I have never had a chance to shoot anything other than a Full body 1911 in .45acp and a .38 revolver.

    I want a semi-auto to begin with, and it needs to be as inexpensive as possible, as I have recently bankrupted myself with my new "Precision Rifle"

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    bersa thunder 380....................
    In God We Trust............................

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Used Glock 26 or 19. . . .

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Second the Bersa; the 9mm UltraCompact (or Pro) is a well kept secret.

    Look here: http://www.bersatalk.com/forum/index.php

    Reliable, affordable, and a lifetime warranty.
    Blessed are they who, faced with danger, think only of the front sight. -- Jeff Cooper

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Keltec. either the PF9, P11 (both 9mm), or P3AT (.380ACP). all are well under $300, and are good working guns, and very concealable. i've had the PF9 and P3AT.

    the Bersa is another good choice, or so i hear; i've never shot one, but they're popular for a reason.

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    I agree with the Bersa 9mm uc. I love mine. In the classifieds, there is a Mini Firestorm 40 cal selling for $250 which is the same thing as the Bersa 9, just in a 40 cal. Bersa and Firestorm is kinda like Chrysler and Plymouth. I had one just like it, but sold it to get the larger high capacity 40 cal Bersa. The Bersa 380 is a great gun, but the ammo has been a little tough to get, especially the hollow points and it is expensive compared to either the 9mm or the 40.
    Last edited by Park; March 11th, 2010 at 11:38 PM.

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Quote Originally Posted by JayAlon View Post
    I have completed several combat pistol courses up at Corning Community College in New York.
    Wow! A shooting classs at a college. I like it even if it is in New York.

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Quote Originally Posted by jahwarrior72 View Post
    Keltec. either the PF9, P11 (both 9mm), or P3AT (.380ACP). all are well under $300, and are good working guns, and very concealable. i've had the PF9 and P3AT.
    WHY YOU BEAT ME TO RECOMMEND?

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    Default Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiley-X View Post
    Wow! A shooting classs at a college. I like it even if it is in New York.
    5 minutes north of the George Washington Bridge and you wouldnt believe you're in New York, ' New York city and Rochester are the 2 pieces of shit in New .York

    To answer the op ? i second the Bersa, awesome gun, accurate and reliable.

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    Wink Re: First Time Handgun Buyer. Need Something Inexpensive

    I got my wife a TAURUS PT24/7 PRO C DS in .40 s&w 15+1 cap. it was $450
    shoots great on target ,and good stoping power to.

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