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post #1 of 21 Old September 24th, 2014, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Going to be getting a handgun for the house,never have owned one we've got rifles for hunting etc. What's a good handgun that's not going to break the bank and has easy features aka wife friendly. Just a side note not picking this up to go shooting every weekend. Just going to be around in case shit hits the fan.

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Honestly, I think the best bang for your buck is going to be a Glock, XD, or M&P. Find one of the desired caliber and whichever one feels good to you.

I believe they run around $500, so a little over your budget. But all three are quality firearms, great first pistols, easy to operate, and will last a lifetime if cared for.

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I trained my wife on a springfield XD 9mm. very easy to use
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If you can get your budget in the 450 - 550 range you can pick up a nice glock, springfield XD, or a smith and wesson.

In the 300 - 400 range I would suggest a sigma series smith and wesson. Good round count, reliable, and has a rail for a light. It's pretty much a glock clone but the trigger on them sucks.
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Find another $100. There are tons of quality guns in the $500 range.

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I picked up my M&P Shield for about $345 OTD. It's on the smaller side but it's been very accurate and reliable. Just my 2 cents.

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Like others said, Glock / M&P / XD would be a good fit. Used they're going to be mid 300, low 400's. New will be 500ish depending on where you go and the store price. Could be slightly higher, could be slightly lower, these are very rough estimates. Call different gun stores and ask for prices

9mm ammo is cheap and magazine capacity is high on all of these pistols in that caliber. Recoil is also light, so neither you nor the wife should have problems shooting

But remember: you're not just buying the gun. You are also going to need ammo (both practice and SD), magazines, cleaning accessories, maybe a holster etc. Depending on what your definition of "shtf" is, this can be a 1 or 2 hundred dollars, or it can be a thousand or more.

Remember also: you have to train to be proficient and safe. This involves potential range fees, costs of training ammo, costs of classes (if you so choose to take one) etc. It takes time and practice to become proficient. Make sure you take the wife and have her learn as well. At the very, very least, have her learn to handle it and unload it.

Do not let these potential costs deter you. Shooting is a great hobby and a great sport to get involved in. It is also good that you're looking to be prepared.

If standing at a range shooting at paper isn't your thing, take a look for IDPA matches or things of the like. Make it interesting and you'll get into it.

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Faym go down to Manchester firing line and go shoot some of their pistols to see what you want.

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XD, M&P, or Glock are all great guns and will fill your need. Nothing wrong with buying used guns either. Take it out and shoot it, make sure it works ok, but I've only ever traded in guns to buy different guns. I have a 3" 1911 I bought used for $400 that shoots great and is flawless.

Make sure you and your wife practice, and use the gun. If either of you aren't 100% sure in it's operation, it could go badly in a defensive situation. I would also recommend carrying at all times, especially if you and your wife can get a CCW permit. If you can't, at least carry in your home. You have no idea how far away your bedroom is when someone is kicking in your door.

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She just came home with a beretta 92fs it's used but seems brand new. Thanks for all the info guys

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I picked up my M&P Shield for about $345 OTD. It's on the smaller side but it's been very accurate and reliable. Just my 2 cents.

i +1 this. i have 2 shields i bought the 9mm for my wife and i have the .40. paid 360 for the 9mm and 370 for .40. my wife easily got the hang of it. no hiccups out of them. easily concealed. overall great pistols only thing i dont like is. magazine capacity and thumb saftey on the slide.



they are colorfilled now. mine is silver and my wife's is hot pink.
i also have glock's,kahrs and a kel tec p11.. from my experience do not go with a keltec. my p11 will stove pipe randomly. it could go through 4 mags and no malfunction or it will stove pipe 2 times the next mag. (not trusting my life or familys life with that.) i carry either a glock or s&w.
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She just came home with a beretta 92fs it's used but seems brand new. Thanks for all the info guys
A quality firearm, I have one myself. Make sure you practice with the firearm. I got mine and it shot WAY low. Low enough to the point I questioned if I would be able to shoot accurately enough to hit in a high stress situation. I had 3 other people try it, shot low. I dragged a table and rest down into the field. Shot the handgun from a rest and it was still low. Even when completely covering the bullseye with the sight, it was low. I had to get a new rear sight to make it shoot on target. I know a lot of people say their guns shoot low and it's because of the shooter (not the sights). That's why I had 3 good handgun shooters try it and then had it shot from a bench rest. Just make sure you're able to shoot your firearm accurately enough for your needs.

Also, there's a spring upgrade you can buy for cheap from Brownells that makes the DA pull SIGNIFICANTLY lighter and it's very easy to install yourself. I don't remember the PN, but I'm sure a quick Google search would get you a number.

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That Beretta is a quality pistol. Nice choice. I have a px4 and like it a lot. I was gonna recommend the m&p shield also. I got mine for $310. Great gun. It's my favorite carry pistol by far. I shouldn't have painted it gold amd polished the barrel but it tucks away nicely. Lol


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Also a shield owner, prob my fav handgun i own, but that beretta is a nice gun also



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Those kinds of deals on the Shield aren't available now it seems like. I paid MSRP but I wanted it now so I was willing to pay for it. A month ago I could of got it for $400 but that sale ended. Found some places online selling for $385 but like I said I couldn't wait. Planning on getting some TFOs on it ASAP. Probably polish the feed ramp, etc.

On a random note, for whatever reason I still get annoyed that more companies don't package their guns in nicer cases like Springfield. I don't even ever rarely use those cases but I still like them! lol
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Those kinds of deals on the Shield aren't available now it seems like. I paid MSRP but I wanted it now so I was willing to pay for it. A month ago I could of got it for $400 but that sale ended. Found some places online selling for $385 but like I said I couldn't wait. Planning on getting some TFOs on it ASAP. Probably polish the feed ramp, etc.

On a random note, for whatever reason I still get annoyed that more companies don't package their guns in nicer cases like Springfield. I don't even ever rarely use those cases but I still like them! lol
Yeah... shield comes in a cardboard box... springfield comes in a cut foam hard plastic case lol



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