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WTB .45 or just a bit smaller handgun

Discussion in 'Handgun Classifieds' started by Phil65, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Phil65

    Phil65 Hillsboro Oregon New Member

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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
     
  2. SgtKashim

    SgtKashim Wilsonville, Oregon Member

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    I've been taking a really close look at the Bersa 9's, and the West German surplus p6's.
    Anyone know anything about the Bersa .45's?
     
  3. Aristotle13

    Aristotle13 Kent, WA Member

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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. :)
     
  4. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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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.
     
  5. BryanO

    BryanO W.WA Member

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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.
     
  6. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  7. BryanO

    BryanO W.WA Member

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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.
     
  8. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    get a .357 mag and you can shoot both
     
  9. Phil65

    Phil65 Hillsboro Oregon New Member

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    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
     
  10. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. m'kay13

    m'kay13 Boardman, OR Member

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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.
     
  12. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    I saw a .45 1911 RIA in excellent condition at the Gun Broker in tigard a couple of days ago for $329. If interested, I would call them and if they have it, ask them to hold it.
     
  13. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    WOW good deal.. to bad i am broke
     
  14. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Small .45 that is light and good quality is Kahr CW45.

    More than you want to spend though. I sell them for $425.
     
  15. Sgt BB

    Sgt BB Shelton WA New Member

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    Check my WTS post in clssifieds. Meet in Vancouver
    Sgt BB