.45 ACP or .357 Small Concealed Gun

.45 ACP or .357 Small Concealed Gun

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    .45 ACP or .357 Small Concealed Gun

    I am looking at a small carry guns my three options are:

    1)Used or New AMT Backup(I figure $300-525) .45 ACP
    2)New Bersa Thunder (I figure $300-$520) .45 ACP
    3)New EAA Windicator 2" snubby(I figure $275-290).357 Magnum

    What do you Ya'll think?

    Anymore great options?
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    I wouldn't own any of the three. Check out budsgunshop.com, they got new no-lock S&W 642's for $361. Great deal on a quality piece.

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    The EAA Windicator .357 was my first revolver. It was the price that convinced me to buy it. It was the gun itself that convinced me to trade it.
    Hurt my hands to shoot the darn thing. Even .38's were painful to practice with. Not likely to ever regret being rid of it.
    Look into Charter, or maybe a used S&W before you spend good money on a "pot-metal" brick.
    It weighs a ton for "small carry gun" you say you're looking for.
    If your budget is that tight, then you gotta work with what you have.

    I found this web review not long after I bought mine. He has a somewhat more favorable opinion of the "pugsley".
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    Smith j-frame or ruger lcr/sp101 revolver

    as for the ,45 some people have had success with the AMT's here... otherwise there are the Kahr pm45, I am not even going to recommend the taurus.

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    SP101 for the .357. If going for a 45, check out the Glock 36.
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    how about these ?

    Instead:
    45ACP: Colt Officer's Model or Defender if you like SA pistols
    Glock 30 or 36
    9mm: Glock 26 or Ruger SR9 Compact
    357Mag:Ruger SP101

    Just my $.02 and some other options for you. Good Luck in making a decision.
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    The name brands have parts availibility, customer service, dependability, and hold their value. I like S&W and Ruger for holstered front pocket snubbies, and single stack 45s from Kimber, Springfield, Glock, or Kahr for IWB. Take your time and do some comparisons at the gun counter, if you can't rent them to shoot.
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    Of the 3 you mentioned, I'd go with the Bersa. They build a quality gun at a budget price.
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    Cool

    photo.jpg Glock 36

    photo.jpg SP-101

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    SP101 for the .357. If going for a 45, check out the Glock 36.
    What he said...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    SP101 for the .357. If going for a 45, check out the Glock 36.
    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    Instead:
    45ACP: Colt Officer's Model or Defender if you like SA pistols
    Glock 30 or 36
    9mm: Glock 26 or Ruger SR9 Compact
    357Mag:Ruger SP101

    Just my $.02 and some other options for you. Good Luck in making a decision.
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    photo.jpg SP-101

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    I ditto archer51's Bersa choice by far the superior gun of those due to reliability record and overall quality * The Bersa Firearms line is probably the best in their price range from all the comparisons i've read * Often it depends on how much you want to spend so enjoy your decision and post what you get for us.....

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    I know it wasn't on your list, but I've seen LCR's listed brand new for 399.00

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    I agree with a couple others here, of the three choices you listed, I'd go with the Bersa. I just picked up a used one last month and they seem to be well made pistols. I had an issue with my ejector snagging the rims of my cartridges coming out of the magazine, but I fixed it with a little filing and it cycles fine now. I understand that was only a problem with the older pre-Pro models like mine anyway and the currrent models are problem free.

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    S&W 640 for .357 Mag and Glock 36 for .45

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