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    I got up to $500 to spend on a gun for conceal... Any advice on good guns in that price range? It will be my first pistol iv bought... Thanks!


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    My buddy has an Ruger SR9 that he enjoys. Price tag here is about 400 bucks new. Slim yet comfortable to shoot. You have very many options open to you. I personally love the Springfield Armory XD Subcompact. You should go shopping and handle different weapons to find what YOU like best. You have to get something that you like, don't just get it because everyone tells you it's the best.
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    Go for .45 and try the Glock-36...thinner grip of all the other Glocks.
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    Definitely go to your local gun dealer and handle the pistols that are in your price range. See if they have gun range pistols that you can shoot to see what the perceived recoil is of the models you are considering. A pistol that I love may fell horrible in your hands.
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    A premium gun in that price range is any Glock. A Glock is the most reliable gun you can find. Sure the beauty is in the eye of the beholder with these guns - but they sure do their job.

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    Glock is the best for that money...I would suggest a Glock 19.
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    Try them all, don't JUST take our word for it. I'm partial to CZ myself...
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    I really like my XD's 4" and sub-compact bith in .40 s&w, though the 9mm would be cheaper to shoot.

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    Glock!

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    Head to your local gun dealer and handle em all. Dont listen to anyone here. Only you know what you should carry.
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    S&W 642

    Buy something that you will actually carry and not something that you may try carrying.
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    There are tons of choices out there, go down to a gun shop and handle as many pistols and revolvers as you can that fit within your budget. I think for 500 dollars, you'll find yourself looking at Rugers, some used Glocks and XDs, and other polymer framed handguns.

    Since this will be your first handgun, I also might suggest you find a range that rents guns. I myself went through a very expensive process of finding the right carry gun for me, and finally settled on the Glock 19. There are no shooting ranges that rents guns in my area. You may also want to look into taking some sort of basic handgun class if you have never shot one before.

    I might also advise against getting a small lightweight revolver for a first handgun, they can be difficult to shoot, but it probably will be something you'll carry more than a larger gun. I am willing to put up with the discomfort of carrying a gun. Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable and it never has been for me, but it has been comforting. Find the right holster and belt, and you'll be set.
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    First of all I am not a Glock fan, but yes they are reliable. There are many choices for that $500 price tag and you owe it to yourself to check out the field. I like S&W, Springfield, and Ruger. The Springfield XD40 subcompact I own will stack up against the Glock any time.
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    Go to a gun shop that offers a good selection and see what feels good in your hand if there's a range that rents pistols pick the top two or three you like,it's money well spent.Buy a good holster for pistol you pick it well make carrying
    experience a positive outing.

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    Just depends on what caliber you want to carry, what type firearm you like (revolver-semi), how you plan on carrying, ect.

    In a 45 I'd suggest a RIA 1911. In a revolver though I have a Taurus 85UL myself I'd suggest one of the little Smith and Wesson revolvers. I have a Glock 26 and like it allot even though it is blocky it conceals well. But Glocks will generally run over the $500 mark.

    Try to handle as many as you can before buying. Every ones preferences are different so its hard to say. So JMO on what I'd do.

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