WTB .45 or just a bit smaller handgun

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Looking for a good gun to carry while backpacking/hiking, meaning, some good punch, and not too much weight, easy to maintain and clean, and if possible in small footprint size.
Price range:blelow $350.
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For something for what you are looking for, I would recommend saving/spending a little more, in the neighborhood of 400-500, and getting an ideal gun for hiking and such, which to me I would recommend finding a nice used Glock G20 in 10mm. But if you want compact, a Glock 29, which is the compact 10mm.

In the woods, I imagine it could also apply to defending yourself from even the 4 legged predator as well. And in a Oh @#$# situation, you want to know you have enough gun and a reliable gun at that.

Good luck with whatever you go with. :)
 
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If you are getting a subcompact I wouldn't suggest getting a 10mm in anything shorter than a 4-5" barrel, just because the velocity in short barrels of even the best loads put you down in upper .40 performance.
 
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Look at the G32 for trails, its my everyday carry. There are lovers and haters, I'm a lover. Not nearly as much snap as a 10mm, but I suppose that transfers to effectiveness. You can get them out to around 1500fps.

I would also warn against the Bersa 45s. A friend of mine (against my advice) recently purchased one, and had failures to feed from the get go.
 
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Another route to consider would be a smaller, used .357 revolver - you should be able to find one in your price range. Something like a Ruger SP101 or S&W 60. If you don't need to conceal it, you might even think about a larger frame like a S&W 66 or Ruger GP100.
 
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Great idea. I bought my dad a taurus .38 spc as a fathers day present, with the intent that he'd use it on his frequent trail walks. Its an airlite or whatever they call their alloy revolver, so I stayed away from the .357. There are still some good .38+p loads out there.

Cost was about 300 at Sportsman's Warehouse.
 
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Looking for a good gun to carry while backpacking/hiking, meaning, some good punch, and not too much weight, easy to maintain and clean, and if possible in small footprint size.
Price range:blelow $350.
Thanks
Hi,
Thanks for all your replies - even the one's to SgtKashim(thread highjacker:D)
So, I am new on these thing of guns, specially handguns, as far as buying one. Yes, I do have military training 8), so I don't know everything about them, but just enought to keep myself out of trouble.

What's a .357 as far as brand/maker? Ditance is not much of an issue, because, if ever I am going to use it - hopefully never, and most likely will be a short range, like 20 feet or less. I would try to avoid conflict with the beast - four or two legged one - before enganging into firing.
Yes, I intend to get a permit and conceal it - I have seen people freaking out a bit if you are not in camo gear, and carrying any gun.

Really don't need a brand new gun with WIFI ( sorry for the lame joke), and weight is bit of concern obviously, but the sheer size is the main issue - and probably a semi-automatic, would be the ideal.

any more suggestions ? no liability to be issued...so go ahead
 
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What's a .357 as far as brand/maker?
As I mentioned in my post, probably any used Smith & Wesson or Ruger revolver would do well for what you want. Other brands like Rossi or Taurus would also be ok.

If you want to conceal it easier, get a 5-shot, 2"-3" barrel version. If you want to shoot a lot of .357's, you might want a steel-frame model since (I believe) those soak up recoil better. If you don't intend to shoot much .357 (you can shoot .38's out of a .357) and you really are concerned about weight, then get an aluminum-alloy frame model.

Others may disagree (and are free to share their own opinions), but I think a revolver makes a good gun for someone w/o a lot of handgun experience. Easy to use; easy to figure out if it's loaded or not; reliable. To be sure, automatics have their plusses, but they can be more complicated to operated, determine if they're loaded, etc.

If you're dead-set on getting an auto, then I might recommend a used Glock, S&W M&P or Springfield XD in whatever caliber you desire (rent some at a range before you decide). These guns are pretty durable & light with plastic frames. They also tend to be simpler in some ways - I think Glocks aren't too far-off from revolvers: pull trigger, gun goes bang.

But, I can give you all the advice in the world, and if you don't shoot before you buy, you may get something you hate (but I like). Go find a range that rents guns and try a few. You might like something totally different from what I've suggested.
 
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If you are going to go with a Taurus, be careful. I love my Taurus 65, but I also like to work on my guns. The fit and finish on my Taurus 65 was not anywhere near my S&W or Rugers. I spent last night sanding of (another) high spot on the frame of the gun to fit on a Hogue wood grip. Other work I did to the gun: Wolff Spring Kit ($12 spent to make the trigger feel like I spent $100 more on a better gun) and sanding on the frame to remove a high spot that caused cartridge rims to BIND against the frame.

After all the sanding/polishing, I put 750 (500 reloads (cheap JHP) and 250 Independence SJFP) rounds through the gun (mixture of .38 and .357) with only one light strike by another shooter, so I don't know what happened.
 
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