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Old 08-24-2009, 08:58 PM
mr_Goodbomb mr_Goodbomb is offline
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Default Where to get good gun prices?

Websites, with FFL fees, shipping, etc, are all pretty pricey. Pawn shops around here want way too much for everything they sell, and there are very few local shops. The local papers are pretty expensive, too. In this economy, everyone wants more than things are worth. I'm looking for a good, cheap handgun (under 200 bucks). I was considering a Heritage Rough Rider, which runs around 150-170 MSRP on their site, but even the least expensive retailers locally like Gander Mountain want 200+ for them. I'm considering checking out gun shows. Any other ideas?
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:30 AM
Jcordell Jcordell is offline
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Just remember you get what you pay for. Is this your first handgun? What do you want it for? If you're wanting a handgun for personal protection I suggest you spend the extra bucks and get a Ruger GP100 or SP101. Of if it's an auto loader that you're wanting spend some more money and pick up a GLOCK or Springfield XD. No they aren't sexy, but those models are proven and they work.

However if you're looking for a plinker try the Browning Buckmark 22 pistol. They are reasonably priced and the ammo is affordable. I've owned by Buckmark for several years and I've never had any issues with it.

Now if you've got all those guns sure get a Heritage or a Rossi or a used Star or Llama, but I don't suggest you go cheap for your first purchases.

I've got plenty of "real world" and duty firearms. Now I'm at the point where I will buy older handguns like a Luger and spend some time and a little money tinkering with it to get it up to speed. But my Luger, Webley, MR 73, S&W M&P 3rd change and S&W Outdoorsman are not for serious business. Those guns are part of my hobby. Just be sure to divide the two.

Yes gun prices have gone up thanks to the currrent economy and political situation. Don't know if they're going to drop all that much. I've scaled back on my gun buys and make sure I have the money saved up before buying anything else. Many gunstores do layaway and you might want to consider that option. Just a suggestion. Good luck.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:12 AM
mr_Goodbomb mr_Goodbomb is offline
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Thank you for the response. I've read a lot of reviews and I think the Heritage would be a good starter point. Cheap ammo, low recoil, easy to learn how to shoot on, and in a defense situation, while it may not have "stopping power" like a bigger bore would, it's proven that 92% of all defense situations involving a gun do not result in any rounds being fired, producing the weapon is enough. Aside from that, while it may be a smaller round with less power, I doubt anyone wants shot with it. The gun itself, all talk of ammo aside, gets good reviews for quality and consistency, and it has a lifetime warranty.
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