Diamondback DB9's are $ 329 to $ 350
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Your friend already has a gun, yet he wants to buy another cheap gun. Tell him to save up some cash so that he can actually buy something that he wants! This is a no brain decision unless his current gun is unreliable.
Diamondback DB9's are $ 329 to $ 350
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Last edited by guitarzNgunz; December 10th, 2012 at 08:15 PM. Reason: after I found out more about the guns he currently has
I carry a Ruger sr9c. I find it to be a great gun. If you pay attention and watch for sales you can sometimes find it on sale for 400 which is a bit out of his price range. I also have a taurus 709 and it can be found on sale for about 340. Prices, of course, depend on where you live. Used guns might be the way for him to go. Gun stores, gun ranges and pawn shops are some places to look. I just saw a used Glock 19 for 400 not to long ago.
While there are some who say a Taurus is junk, and they have a right to their own opinion, I have two of them and have never had a problem with them. I am more partial to the Ruger but still.
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Let's stop pretending we are all millionaires, or even someone who has a lot of disposable income to spend on firearms. The guy's looking for recommendations - lets help him out without the snobbish remarks.
And Kahr is NOT a "Lower end Gun". It's made in the USA, has a butter smooth trigger, and has excellent quality standards.
I have an M&P Shield, Used to have a P9, and I still think about going back to the P9 (Same dimensions as the CW9) all the time.
Aside from that... the PF9 is hard to beat. You can get em for $250.
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Bersa Thunder or BP9CC would be my choice if I wanted something new in that price range. I'd probably look for a used Glock, XD, CZ or M&P though.
The other thing you can do is keep an eye out for LEO trade-ins at Aim Surplus, Widener's, and CDNN. Aim has G19's right now for $370. Widener's has Sig P6's for $390. CDNN has S&W 5096's for $329 and 6906's for $370. LEO trades usually have a lot of holster wear, but LEO's don't shoot their guns a lot typically, and they are almost always armored annually. They are usually very solid guns that just look less than new. Some are a little over the price point, I know
Here's an idea. I skimmed the thread and don't know if it's already been mentioned. Sell the Taurus. If he is on a strict budget, he doesn't need two guns. 380 isn't that cheap to shoot. If in good shape, he might be able to get $150 for it. His $300-$350 becomes as much as $500. Tops in that range for me are the same as others: XD9sc, M&P9c, Glock 26, Bersa UC9...but not necessarily in that order. You may be able to find some of these used in his original price range. But it won't be easy...
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For people on a tight budget I frequently recommend the 3rd gen. Smith's; fantastic, reliable weapons priced way under their value. The 3913 is a little heavy for it's size being a metal gun, but still easy to conceal due to it being so slim. The 5900 and 6900 series are double stack guns in the same line; all 9mm.
There is also plenty of used/LE trade in GLOCKs, many are hardly fired. In fact my local PD is selling their 2nd and 3rd Gen. G22's and G23's to the LEO's if they want them for ~ $300 and are getting Gen. 4's for duty. My buddy's issued Gen. 3 has only been fired for qualification twice a year for 50 rounds. Best he could remember not over 500 rounds. Oh, and his lack of training really showed last time we went to the range together.
Good luck and let us know what he chooses.