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Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by AeSix » Thu May 28, 2009 9:09 pm

I've looked on the forums and havn't really been able to answear the question...
but, what, if any, is the best new pistol for around $200, preferably less?

I'm looking at a small caliber, even a .22 would be OK. I'm also wanting a smaller size, but, if performance increases several times with something a little bit large for not that much more, it would be a more viable solution.

I'm planning to be on the road a lot, and I'm hoping to get my concealed weapons permit. So the idea is to have a pistol I will hopefully never need, but can access quickly and can conceal easily and completely . Think "vehical defense weapon" with a touch of "concealed holstered weapon" in there.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Abacus » Thu May 28, 2009 9:14 pm

I'm not sure I can think of a new pistol that cost $200 or less that I would buy, let alone carry.

You sure you can't bump that up to $300, and/or relax that "new" restriction?

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by OrangeJoe » Thu May 28, 2009 9:14 pm

Industry leading warranty, yes[/
In your price point, yes
Highly praised by owners, yes
Ugly, yes

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by DaveJohns » Thu May 28, 2009 9:23 pm

New? I dont think there would be one that I totally depend on for $200. Now, in my experience (YMMV) one of my favorite pistols ever is a Polish P-64 using the 9x18 makarov round; you can find them all the time in the $150 - $200 range. I have put close to a thousand rounds thru mine, and have never EVER had a problem with it. It is very very concealable, much narrower profile and certainly easier to conceal than any Glock or similar handgun.

If you want new, I would recommend saving up for a little longer, and getting a well-known, well-respected brand name gun.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Arcana71 » Thu May 28, 2009 9:51 pm

While it won't be "new," there's a lot to be said for a surplus CZ-82.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Napalm{WmD} » Thu May 28, 2009 10:19 pm

for under $200 I'd have to say Hi-Point. However I'd save a little more and catch a S&W sigma on sale for $300. At least the sigma can be taken apart and cleaned easily.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by by-the-throat » Thu May 28, 2009 10:24 pm

Yeah, you aren't going to get much that's decent for 200 dollars new.

If I had under 200 bucks and needed to buy a handgun, I'd maybe get a cheap .38 revolver, one of the used Rossis can sometimes be had for 180 or so.

A C&R Nagant revolver is also a possibility. I've never fired one so I don't know how good they'd be for self defense, but they are pretty cool.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by avenger » Thu May 28, 2009 10:37 pm

Napalm{WmD} wrote:for under $200 I'd have to say Hi-Point. However I'd save a little more and catch a S&W sigma on sale for $300. At least the sigma can be taken apart and cleaned easily.
+1 If you look hard enough you might be able to get that Sigma for around $250 or so.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Dave_M » Thu May 28, 2009 10:37 pm

If you can save $200 you can save $300.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Kommander » Thu May 28, 2009 10:39 pm

Comblock surplus would proably be your best bet. A CZ-82 or something similar would work reasonably well.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Gatorfarmer » Thu May 28, 2009 10:41 pm

Sell your blood or sperm or some such and get a Sigma.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Boris » Thu May 28, 2009 10:45 pm

Don't think anyone has mentioned trusting your life to a $200 piece of shit gun. Why not save up some more and feel confident in your weapon?
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Kabong30 » Thu May 28, 2009 10:46 pm

I'm gonna say that if you are going to spend the money to get your CCW, you really need to save up the dough for a decent, new pistol. I dunno, I bought an XD40sc myself, but if you're really pressed for cash I'd go to a pawn shop and see what can be found. I'd probably go for a revolver as they tend to endure abuse better than a semi-auto and you'll probably get a better gun for your money. Use the internet, there are lots of tutorials on buying used guns and things like that.

Gun Broker is also a good option. You'll have to pay an FFL for the transfer, but I've heard a lot of good things from folks who've bought from there.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Treacle_Man » Thu May 28, 2009 10:57 pm

i was in your same position for a bit. I didnt have the money to spend on something really nice/good. However, it took me so damn long to decide (during which time i kept saving) that I had enough to buy something good eventually *cough* glock *cough*. I would say wait on it if you can. The Sigma has been mentioned and while I have never fired/cant comment on the reliability of rugers, there are some ruger semi-autos that are decent in price. but last I checked they were even more than $300...

good luck on your decision, its a tough one. let us know what you choose (and pics or it didnt happen!)
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by RavageRitual » Thu May 28, 2009 11:07 pm

I know it's over your price limit but the EAA Zastava M88 in 9mm is like $250 and cheaper if you look.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by Fire » Thu May 28, 2009 11:18 pm

for that price, you are looking at a milisurp PA-63, a polish p-64, or a CZ -82, though its been a while since I saw one at near 200- all of the above are reliable, and below what you wanna spend- note however, the PA-63 kicks like a mule, and most people find it unpleasant to shoot, myself included- I am ordering a nice spring kit from wolf soon that should make that better- I have no xp with the p-64, though its supposed to be smaller and easier to conceal- the cz 82 is many steps above the aforementioned two as far as fit, finish, ergonomics, recoil, and capacity, but it is a bit longer than the pa-63, and considerably wider, but packs 12 +1 rounds, which can be quite handy in nearly the same package- ammo is easily found online, cheaper than most anything else these days, comparable with 9mm para....... extra mags will run between 20 and 30 for any of the above unless luck intervenes......

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by MacAttack » Thu May 28, 2009 11:46 pm

I'd sell a few more body fluids and get a CZ-82 and a BUNCH of ammo. All the ammo you can find.

For what it is its designed very well. Its a decent round for close work. The gun is concealable.
Extra mags are available. They are reliable.

I would like one just because.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by tarafore » Thu May 28, 2009 11:57 pm

I've seen Kel-Tec P11's for $250 new and under $200 used, but you have to shop hard for those prices.
10+1 rounds
9mm Parabellum (more powerful than the 9x18 used by the CZ-82, not much more expensive)
Can take S&W 59 magazines (up to 15 rounds)
Lifetime warranty

VERY heavy trigger.
Eh, that's about it.

Otherwise, go with the commie-surplus. It's really the best deal around for rugged, cheap firearms (SKS, AK, Makarov, CZ-52, CZ-82, etc)

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by gangsta99 » Fri May 29, 2009 1:33 am

I don't think there is a pistol that I would trust to carry for under $200.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by vyadmirer » Fri May 29, 2009 1:58 am

Not new, however..... My vote is: polish p-64. ... ish+pistol" onclick=";return false;

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J&Gsales has them for about 160 I believe.
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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by gelgoog » Fri May 29, 2009 3:54 am

CZ-82, its simply the best thing in your price range. It is one of my favorite firearms, and I have many 600+ pistols to choose from.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by BigDaddyTX » Fri May 29, 2009 4:17 am

What are your stats? For all the people saying wait and spend a little more, you can get a Bulgarian Makarov which is as reliable as a Glock any day. They're heavy since they're metal framed, but they're damned reliable and the caliber is decent enough, plus cheap and easy to find. They're a sight more expensive on gunbroker though.. that one below is actually a really good deal it looks like.. heh.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by lailr » Fri May 29, 2009 9:29 am

I would go with the hi-point......I've had mine for 10 years and had no problems that I did'nt cause...... The JHP .45's and the .40's may be to big for you, but I think there a little more reliable than the .380's and the 9mm's.

The Markovs and CZ's are good for the price range but like other have said, they are used milsurplus.

The Nagant revolvers can be found for 100$ they shoot a special round called .32's a weird round that's designed to seat against the gun......The cylinder actually moves forward to seat with every can shoot regular .32's out of it, but it does not seal the same also is one of those old-school, load a round, turn cylinder, load a round, turn cylinder, so speedloaders are out.

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Re: Best sub-$200 pistol

Post by lailr » Fri May 29, 2009 9:34 am

Plus the warranty is the best ever! They fix it and will send you a free mag for your trouble.......Even if you sell the gun and that person sells it, if it tranfers to 3 diffrent people, they still honor the warranty.

Go to Yahoo, and type in hi-point firearms forum, and talk to some of hte guys there.....they'll guide you into the addiction.

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