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Postby HunterX » Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:17 pm

So I'm gonna be legal to buy a new not used handgun pretty soon and was wondering what is the best semiauto I could get without having to spend over 5 Bills.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:31 pm

boy are you opening up a can of worms.... you will hear just about every firearms known to man... then you will also get about a million responses about which round is better and so on... go and handle a few because some may look cool on paper and in pictures, but once you hold them you may not like them... so with that said, a few options for you are (even though there are A LOT more)...

ruger p345
taurus 24/7
springfield armory gi model 1911
glock
springfield armory x/d
rock island arsonal 1911

like i said there are a ton more, but when i bought my first one that is what i limited my options to... i ended up getting the ruger and then the gi model 1911 a couple months later... good luck :thumbsup:
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Postby LIGHT12 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:09 pm

Don't be afraid of the Charles Daly 1911 clone. There has been a lot of good luck with them among my friends. One of them had to rebuild the magazine with a Colt kit to get proper feeding. But other than that for the money as a shooter they seem great.
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Postby Marshwalker » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:30 pm

Depends what kind of caliber too. if you want a 22. go with the u22 neos . thats under 400.00 or go with the walther p22. im a owner of both of those guns and they are a amazing. glocks are always good. smith and wesson Sigma , there 38. airlight under 500.00 , Taurus 24/7 , Ruger p345. Those are all good buys and good guns. just go to your local dealer and ask them what they think.
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Postby Hoosier Drake » Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:23 pm

I have long finger so i like the ruger p. but im just a worm. :smile:
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Postby shocktroop » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:57 pm

I'll second the Springer 1911 GI. You will not find a pistol that has a stronger following or one that has as many possibilities for customization as the 1911, plus, it's a springfield, no BS lifetime warranty. But, I'm big on 1911's so take it for what it's worth
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Postby Citori12 » Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:20 am

Off the shelf for accuracy I opt for the Ruger, taurus isn't bad either. If you really get into semi handguns buying a 1911 framed gun will cause you to start buying stuff to soup them up...kinda like buying a chevy small block. But if you just want something you can hit the broad side of a barn door with out of the box. I have had really really good experiences with ruger handguns. Thier revolvers and thier semi autos.
Of course my choice for a 1911 .45 is a colt gold cup but you cannot touch one for 5 bills.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:30 pm

If you absolutely will not buy used, I would go with a Springfield Armory XD, which can be had a bit below 5 bills if you look hard enough. Also comes with holster and other goodies. Genric 1911 is also a good choice.
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Postby shocktroop » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:10 pm

You don't have to get a "generic" 1911, you can get a brand spankin new springer for under 500.00, and one a bit higher in the food chain, used, but still high quality for around 500.00. Some folks luck out with the lesser priced 1911's, but you know the old saying about getting what you pay for.....if your interested in a 1911, it's hard to beat the springfield. Quality name, quality copmpany, and the best warranty/customer service there is. Lots of folks leave em bone stock for years if not forever and love em, but when you want to personalize your heater, or make it that much nicer...the 1911 platform is the hotrod of handguns.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:15 am

True...a Milspec or GI Springfield is under 500 bills easy. I wasn't thinking of those, and I have a Milspec! Oops! Milspec is a bit better choice over the GI, and the $$ is almost the same as well.
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Postby kcduckslayer » Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:52 pm

IMO the milspec 1911 needs to much work to be accurate. Just my 2 cents. Just member fellas there are other guns becides the 1911.
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Postby shocktroop » Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:10 pm

Other guns besides the 1911....crazy talk. m Really though, I agree, it all depends on what you want it for. For me, a 1911 fits every need out there, but, again, just me. One thing that I see allot recently, and not just in reference to 1911's, is when it is mentioned that so and so isn't that accurate or so and so needs work to be accurate......when speaking of handguns.....I see maybe...maybe 2 out of 10 folks who can shoot a pistol good enough to tell what accurate is, not talking about hitting a pie-plate at 25, but grouping 5 shots in the bull...if you can do that then you can talk about a pistols accuracy. All this comming from a guy who shoots Bullseye, IDPA and fun steel, I dunno, just been erkin me lately.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:55 pm

i can hit sitting clays with my gi 1911 at 40 yards... plenty accurate for me i guess... and im not even that great of a shot... good day i guess...
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Postby kcduckslayer » Sat Mar 25, 2006 11:45 am

BTW I was specific to which model of the 1911 remember
IMO the milspec 1911 needs to much work to be accurate.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:08 pm

kcduckslayer wrote:BTW I was specific to which model of the 1911 remember
IMO the milspec 1911 needs to much work to be accurate.


and my gun is the step down from the milspec not up... but i might have just gotten lucky getting a good gun... i dunno :thumbsup:

or i may just be a really good shot and i dont know it
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Postby kcduckslayer » Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:22 pm

Traditionally Milspec has loser tollerances then say a kimber or a upper end springfield. This allows for the gun to operate under extreme conditions. I might be wrong about this but I don't think I am. That is why glocks will shoot under extreme conditions because they have lose tollerances. Basically a milspec.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:34 pm

sorry, but i dont mean to hijack this thread or tick anyone off, but im just saying that my gun is below the milspec as far as springfield goes... its the lowest on the totem pole... below the milspec...
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Postby shocktroop » Sat Mar 25, 2006 11:56 pm

Is it the GI then?? The GI and milspec are almost Identical except for the lowered and flared ejection port.
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