Sub - $400 Full-Size Pistol

Sub - $400 Full-Size Pistol

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    Question Sub - $400 Full-Size Pistol

    I am looking for a "cheap" full-size pistol. I won't be in the market for it for another two months, but I figured I would ask you guys which pistols, if any, I should look for.

    The requirements:
    - Full or midsize
    - Revolver or Semi
    - Any caliber that could take on coyotes (I guess that would be 9mm on up... I am leaning towards .45 if at all possible)
    - Must be under $400 (New or used)
    - Must have plenty of holster options

    I think thats about it. I know it is a very broad range of what I want... On everything but the price. This pistol is going to be used for open carry while working on farms, so it gives you an idea of my needs.

    Thanks in advance, guys (and gals)
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    Ruger are a good choice in that range. Perhaps you can find a used Glock in that range.
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    I'd go with a Taurus/Rossi .357 revolver in 4".

    Inexpensive, warrantied, and more powerful than a .45. I've had zero problems with my Rossi 971 after 2000 rounds of full-power 158gr and 125gr .357 loads.

    I've had 2 "misfires," and it was the ammo (100% certainty... primer was struck, but no bang.)

    Every once in a while, they get a bad egg, and have to send one of these revolvers back... but they're sorta like they "hyundai" of the gun world... actually pretty reliable and heavily warrantied, but no one wants to admit they have one.

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    Springfield 1911 GI used

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    If I were to want a hunting semiauto I would go with an EAA Witness 10 mm, hands down. Wish I had the dough for one at the moment. The steel-framed versions are right at the $400 mark, but I know of a guy who is selling some polymer ones for $309. I could get you his contact info if you send me a PM.
    The Witness Hunter is another viable option:
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    I just purchased a S&W M&P9 for 400.00 and I really like it.

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    Witness, or a HiPoint and a whole bunch of ammo!
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    I think Ruger's are available new for that price. If so, I'd go with those. 9mm Glocks are usually available to LE for just under $400, not including applicable dros, taxes, etc.
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    Rock Island armory 1911A1 or tactical in .45acp. Both can be had for $400 new and are arguably the best gun buy for the money of all the 1911 clones.I bought one and can tell you first hand they are well built, reliable,accurate and FUN!!! Chuck.

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    Have you thought about the Beretta 8000 "Cougar"?

    I have one and its really a nice firearm. Completely made in Italy too.
    Mine in is 9mm and it about as accurate as a 9mm Carbine!

    Also has a chrome lined bore and chamber for any dirt and grim you get in it.

    Hi cap mags and holsters are cheap and easy ti find. I know some LEO dept. even carry them.


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    For farm/ranch use give some serious consideration to a S&W ( used if you can find for the price ) or Taurus 4 or 6" .357 . 4" if your going to ccw , and stay to the k frame size for ccw . With .357 loads you can handle coyotes ballisticly further out than you are likely to hit them , and you can stick .38 special target loads ( wadcutters ect ) in it and pot rabbits and other meat of opportunity ( only in season of course LOL ) without wastage . Really tho if your going to ranch or do ranch work you should consider ( when finances allow ) a " farm gun " and a " town gun " since the farm gun is going to be more geared towards hunting , and the town gun more towards concealable defense .
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    I paid less than $400.00 for this:



    DISCLAIMER: The ambidextrous safety is NOT standard. I added it later. Also, this is the 10mm version. My pistol was originally a .45ACP. I bought a conversion kit and switched it later.

    You can buy this in any of the following calibers: 9mm, .38 Super, .40S&W, 10mm autopistol, and .45ACP.

    If you can't find one locally, I'd suggest Reeds Ammunition and Research

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    Taurus 100SSGR-11 40SW 5" FS GLDRSW Stainless
    $397.00
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    I've Been Looking At This Beretta 8000...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sig229 View Post
    Have you thought about the Beretta 8000 "Cougar"?

    I have one and its really a nice firearm. Completely made in Italy too.
    Mine in is 9mm and it about as accurate as a 9mm Carbine!

    Also has a chrome lined bore and chamber for any dirt and grim you get in it.

    Hi cap mags and holsters are cheap and easy ti find. I know some LEO dept. even carry them.


    Now a bad 9mm for the price...might be just what you were looking for...

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    Well... Let me ask you all this. If I am looking to take out something like a coyote, and my choices were "limited" to 40 S&W or .45 ACP would there be a real difference between the two?

    I understand the caliber wars issue in respects to how the rounds effect human targets, but not so much so with other animals.
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