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    Suggestions please....

    Looking for suggestion for a pistol or revolver for an ole maid retired school teacher who has a budget of $250. She just plans to use it as a house defense gun. And yes, she is scheduled to take a basic gun course on handling etc. I am thinking Makarov or small 38 but not sure I can locate one for that price. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    You're talking pawn shops.

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    You probaly can find a derringer for way less, but, would spend an extra $50 and start with a Bersa 380.

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    Stubborn, 1959 and NH_Esau like this.
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    If she's new to hand guns I'd probably steer her towards a DA revolver in .38spl - You might find something reasonable used at a local gun shop or even a pawn shop.

    Mark's Outdoor Sports in Birmingham (not sure how far that is from you) has a used Rossi .38 revolver listed for $299... probably could haggle that down to $260-$275
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    You should be able to find a Taurus 738 or a Bersa in .380 for that price new, and your choices open up more if you go used.

    Makarovs are not very shooter friendly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene83 View Post
    "Gene" has the answer right here. Doesn't get any simpler or any more reliable than this.
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    Like pgrass, I would not recommend a Makarov or any other gun chambered in 9 Mak. While a decent defensive round, it is quite snappy. My wife shoots a 9mm, but absolutely hates my CZ82 chambered in 9 Mak. Before steering her towards a semi auto, make sure she rack the slide, if not go with a revolver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    "Gene" has the answer right here. Doesn't get any simpler or any more reliable than this.
    Thanks. I really wasn't recommending that particular gun. I was just trying to give the OP an idea of what might be available in $250 price range. However, you're right for a home defense gun. .38 revolver would be a good choice.
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    For an "Ole Maid" with no handgun experience, a Mak (or any other semi-auto) is a bad choice.

    On her budget (or for a few bucks more), the best prospects I know of are a Rossi, EAA, or Taurus in .38 or .357. Any of these can be found for under $300.

    Academy carries the Rossi's and Taurus. I've seen the Rossi .38 on sale for $200, and the .357 for (IIRC) $229. The .357 would be a better choice, due to the longer barrel (3" vs. 2"), and she can shoot .38's to reduce recoil.

    Bud's has the EAA Windicator 2" .38 for $244, or the 4" .357 for $267. You might be able to find comparable prices locally, if you catch them on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoppo View Post
    Mark's Outdoor Sports in Birmingham (not sure how far that is from you) has a used Rossi .38 revolver listed for $299... probably could haggle that down to $260-$275
    They're $260 brand new at Academy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    How much ammo and price? I have one also but for my collection. I woouldn't recommend it to a somebody of they have a hard time with thier hands. The trigger pull IMO is significant. Ammo is normally hard to come by and is expensive. And as far as choices I beleive they are only FMJ. Much better choices out there.

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    If you click the link in Gene83's reply in box 4. Scroll down and look on the right. They have a new Ruger 380 for $299. Meets the budget and not as much recoil.
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    Thanks guys....some great suggestions....probably go with a 38 wheel gun if I can get one in her budget.
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