Really Cheap, Crappy Carry Handguns Under $200

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    Really Cheap, Crappy Carry Handguns Under $200

    (Hope I don't get into trouble for using the "C" word.)

    Let's just suppose that you have a friend who currently has no firearms at all. But, he would consider learning to shoot safely (from you) and buying his own handgun, but only if you can recommend one that costs no more that $200, not including tax, etc.

    Could you - would you recommend a handgun at that price level to your friend? Oh, I forgot. Your friend insists that the firearm be new.

    Well, Mr. Bucko, let's hear your specific recommendations and have some fun with this as well.

    I'll start. I would probably close my eyes, grit my teeth while practising anal retention and recomment a Hi Point 9mm.

    Your turn.

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    That's it, there's nothing else available for less than $200 that I'm aware of. A Bersa is even a bit over the $200 mark.
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    Hi-Point maybe. As I recall a Gun tests article from years ago, they tested these. Jennings came out on top and was actually not bad at all. It is on the heavy side, but it would probably be better than the Hi-Point. Hi-Point does have a good warranty, though, if that will sway a friend.
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    None I would recomend for a new price of under $200.

    If I could talk him into used I would suggest a Rossi revolver. I would also explain to him that his life is probably worth more than $200 to him.
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    The Bersa Thunder .380 is realatively cheap and a decent price new.

    I got ours used for $150, I think they go around $225- $250 new, but I've seen them new for $189 at one or two places.

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    I have seen a lot of Taurus and Rossi revolvers for around the 200 mark used.
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    Get a can of pepper and save up the rest of the money for a gun...

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    I was in gunshop last Saturday and they had a makrov for a $150.
    I wanted to buy it but it was too heavy for the purpose we wanted it for.How about a used Ho point ha,ha

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    Bryco Arms .380 auto

    here is my vote for the worst ever made in modern times. I heard it was the most likely to be used in gang style shootings as well. Just a rumor of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Get a can of pepper and save up the rest of the money for a gun...
    OK Pete, but that was a "new" can of pepper, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetson View Post
    I was in gunshop last Saturday and they had a makrov for a $150.
    I wanted to buy it but it was too heavy for the purpose we wanted it for.How about a used Ho point ha,ha
    Ok, I just changed my mind after being reminded of the MAK. I would't carry one as primary becuase I think it's a weak round, but my friend's wife has one and it is a joy to shoot and I have never seen it malfunction. We put about 500 rounds through it in three trips to the range and it is accurate and reliable. I would recommend it and have seen a lot of them for under $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetson View Post
    I was in gunshop last Saturday and they had a makrov for a $150.
    I wanted to buy it but it was too heavy for the purpose we wanted it for.How about a used Ho point ha,ha
    A Makarov would be a good choice. $150 is an average price for one. I have a PA63 (FEG) that has been reliable. 1 mag related failure in ~1000 rounds. I paid $129 for it planning on using it for a truck gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtD View Post
    Ok, I just changed my mind after being reminded of the MAK. I would't carry one as primary becuase I think it's a weak round, but my friend's wife has one and it is a joy to shoot and I have never seen it malfunction. We put about 500 rounds through it in three trips to the range and it is accurate and reliable. I would recommend it and have seen a lot of them for under $200.
    Actually, I agree that the Makarov could be an excellent choice with the right ammo.

    Good recommendation!

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    Bersa was ''street price'' available for $219 ..... and yes a Mak is IMO worthy of consideration - it has a smidegeon more to offer than .380.

    Otherwise I'd suggest looking for a used gun .... a J frame size Taurus M85 snub would be viable. Hi-Point is bottom of most lists but even so - for very occasional use a lot better than zilch!
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    Tell him to use the $200 to put one on Lay-way and pay out the rest over a month or two. If he was willing to go up to about $300, that really open his choices of more reliable guns
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