Looking for an inexpensive .40

Looking for an inexpensive .40

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    Looking for an inexpensive .40

    A buddy of mine is looking to get a cheap .40S&W handgun. He is a hunter, primarily, and is not going to be CCing this gun. He will maybe take it plinking a few times a year and mostly have it as a sidearm when he goes hunting in and around southern PA.

    Anyway, he is just going to head down to Bass Pro and pick something up. He started telling me that there was a S&W he was looking at. Of course, I assumed M&P, but we met up for lunch today and I actually saw what his price range was and what he was looking at.

    So, what they have on the shelf at this Bass Pro is a .40 S&W Sigma, and in the same price range they have a Taurus PT-140 and a Stoeger Cougar in .40.

    I steered him towards the Cougar if he likes the feel of it (he'll go back in a couple days to pick one out and do the paperwork), and he also liked the manual safety as a feature on the Stoeger, too.

    Keep in mind he is not going to go combing around for a lot of different guns to try and, for his usage parameters, he is not interested in spending more money that this (so the NIB P229 right about the Stoeger is not, alas, in the running ), so this is pretty much the list of choices.

    What do you think?
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    In PA if I remember correctly or it changed-you can't have a semi-automatic on you while hunting, to include spotting. Like you said it's really up to him liking something but I would check the legality of a semi while hunting.
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    Yes defintley check your states laws on this. Many states do not allow carrying a semi-auto on you while hunting.
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    Heard a lot of good things about the Sigma. Good weapon for the money, a few guys at the range shoot them with no problems.
    No handguns while deer hunting in mass.
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    You want cheap, but why a .40?
    Just curious...

    I would suggest a used S&W snubbie (in .38)...
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    Not being a hunter, it never occurred to me to worry about what you can use to protect yourself against a stray bear while hunting. Weird. Okay, I will remind him to look into those laws.

    Out of curiosity, does the prohibition on semis still apply if you have a carry permit and the weapon is concealed?

    As for the choice of caliber, he has a relative who's LEO, gets his issue boxes of .40S&W every year and basically never shoots more than what is required at qualification. So he has a cheap supply of .40S&W for the amount he intends to shoot it.
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    Try CDNN for a Steyr M40A1 NIB 349.00, Steyr makes a good quality gun.
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    With an LTCF in Pa., you can carry a semi-auto pistol but you cannot use it to take or put down game. That doesn't mean all DGCOs know that but a lot of them don't read the regs book year after year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolyat63 View Post
    Try CDNN for a Steyr M40A1 NIB 349.00, Steyr makes a good quality gun.
    +1! Carried this for two years. Worked great, no ftf's, dead on accurate, fits my hand like a glove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw View Post
    With an LTCF in Pa., you can carry a semi-auto pistol but you cannot use it to take or put down game.
    Okay, that sounds reasonable. We are definitely not talking about a pistol for hunting here. Thanks!
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    the sigma is a good deal if you can get use to the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolyat63 View Post
    Try CDNN for a Steyr M40A1 NIB 349.00, Steyr makes a good quality gun.
    +1. they also have a EAA EZ 40 or 9mm for $329. It is a copy of a sig p226. EAA makes very good stuff for the money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzaerexys View Post
    Out of curiosity, does the prohibition on semis still apply if you have a carry permit and the weapon is concealed?
    During Hunting Season Yes-You cannot carry a semi auto at all-must be a revolver. Most hunters have a sportsman permit which is legal during hunting season, a concealed permit is also legal but it must be a revolver. IMO I would keep a copy of the laws they give you when you get your license and have it in my backpack while hunting just in case. Also IMO if you're planning on bears and the like-put down bears and the like I would go with a magnum caliber. Good luck
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