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Bang for your buck: Best handguns under $500
Ruger P Series with a 25 year track record of reliability, durability and performance in the field, P-Series pistols are simple, economical, and serviceable. And, most importantly, these pistols can be counted on to perform in adverse conditions. Made with either custom-compound polymer or hard-coated, aircraft-quality aluminum frames, steel slides and polymer grip panels, P-Series pistols provide years of trouble-free service and confidence. 45ACP retails for slightly over $400 and the 9mm for around $300.
The Bersa Thunder series high capacity pistols offer custom deluxe features that shooters demand at absolutely no extra cost. Two ambidextrous safety controls. Reversible extended magazine release. Automatic firing pin safety. Ambidextrous slide release. Adjustable trigger stop. Combat style trigger. High strength steel barrel. Combat style skeletonized hammer. Link free locked breech design. Bersa has made a really good name for themselves amongst enthusiasts and are rather affordable firearms. Prices start slightly under $400 and are available in 380ACP, 9mm, 40SW, 45ACP .
Ruger SR-Series pistols are perfectly sized to be comfortable and controllable with slim, ergonomic grips and narrow slides. A short reach from the back strap to the trigger creates a comfort level that will challenge any standard-sized, striker-fired pistol available today. The structurally rigid, recoil-reducing, glass-filled nylon frames and alloy or stainless steel slides combine to create low-maintenance, rugged and reliable handguns. These handguns are valued at approximately $450.
The Taurus PT92 is a double action/single action, 9x19mm Parabellum, double-stack magazine, semi-automatic, short recoil action pistol manufactured by Taurus in the former Beretta factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A large contract for the Beretta 92 was with the Brazilian army, for which Beretta set up a factory in Brazil. This factory was later sold to the Brazilian gunmakerTaurus. Taurus makes these pistols (called the PT92) without the need for a license from Beretta since their design is based on the original Beretta 92, whose patents have since expired. Like the Beretta, the Taurus PT92 utilizes the open-slide design where the upper portion of the slide is cut away exposing much of the barrel itself. The original PT92 was exactly like the originalBeretta 92, though it was also unusual for the time in that it featured a squared trigger guard for supporting the index finger of the opposite hand while firing, a feature which was subsequently introduced to the Beretta 92 with the 92SB-F (92F) model in 1985. The Taurus PT92 is less expensive than the Beretta 92 in most cases can be had for around $450.
The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) is a polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol introduced in the summer of 2005 by the American company Smith & Wesson. It uses a Browning-type locking system. The M&P is a striker-fired semi-automatic pistol. This trigger system prevents the firearm from discharging unless the trigger is fully depressed, even if the pistol is dropped. No other polymer pistol offers this combination of versatility, durability and safety. Available in .40S&W, 9mm, 45ACP, 22LR & 357SIG for under $500.
Micro Desert Eagle sharing all the family traits of the world-famous Desert Eagle pistol, Magnum's Micro Desert Eagle pistol, chambered in .380 ACP, is the ultimate in compact personal protection. Small enough to nest comfortably at home, in a pocket or in a purse, the double action only Micro Desert Eagle is proudly made in the U.S. and weighs less than 14 oz. But don't let its size fool you. The Micro Desert Eagle provides big-time protection with a gas-assisted blowback system for ultimate reliability and amazing accuracy for around $400.
Caracal CP660 a modern semi-automatic pistol in 9x19mm with an 18-round magazine expected to retail at approximately $415. The Caracal is a fully ambidextrous polymer framed pistol that features an ergonomically designed grip with a rounded butt and a grip angle of 111 degrees. The lower forward edge of the frame has a mounting-bracket or rail interface system for mounting accessories. The pistol's low slide profile design holds the pistol barrel axis close to the shooter's hand and makes the pistols more comfortable to shoot by reducing muzzle rise and allows faster aim recovery in rapid shooting sequence.
The new GLOCK 42, in .380 AUTO, is a slimline subcompact pistol engineered with the GLOCK Perfection promise and able to withstand the rigors of routine training. Made in the USA, the G42 is the smallest pistol GLOCK has ever introduced, making it ideal for pocket carry and shooters with smaller hands. This guns retails for about $400.
The GLOCK 19 is ideal for a more versatile role because of its reduced dimensions when compared to the standard sized option. Chambered in 9x19, the G19 has found worldwide acclaim with both private and public security agencies. In addition to being used as a conventional service pistol, it is ideal for concealed carry or as a backup weapon. This gun retails for $499.
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Bloomberg plays fast and loose with his gun facts... Again! Check it out HERE.
Homeland Security now purchasing huge quantities of "less lethal munitions."
Sort of makes you go "Hmmmmmmm." Especially after they just purchased 1.7 billion rounds of hollow points. Read more HERE.
"Choke Point" Hearings Yield Predictable Responses From FDIC Chairman
Last year, you began to hear about the Obama administration’s "Operation Choke Point" and the use of federal financial services regulators to harass and intimidate banks and financial service providers who maintain relationships with legal but so-called "high risk" merchants or businesses. By leaning on the banks, the regulators hope to cause them to sever relationships with these businesses, thereby choking off their cash flow and forcing them out of the market.
These businesses include retailers of firearms and ammunition, a number of which have found their banking relationships abruptly severed with little or no explanation and without reference to anything the individual businesses did or did not do. Earlier this year, a congressional report based on examination of nearly 900 internal DOJ documents found that the operation's adverse effect on legitimate businesses was not merely an unintended side-effect but the outcome of a deliberate attempt to target entire business sectors that, while legal, were deemed objectionable by regulators.
One of the main federal entities being used to "choke" firearm businesses is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The FDIC was created during the New Deal in 1933 to guarantee the security of bank deposits, and has extensive supervisory and examination authority over banks and the many federal laws that banks must follow.
As was reported last October, a coalition of congressional representatives led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) had requested internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to conduct formal inquiries into Operation Choke Point, as well as any officials and staff involved in the program.
On March 24, 2015, the Committee on Financial Services’ Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Role in Operation Choke Point” where the sole witness was the Honorable Martin J. Gruenberg, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, asked a series of probing questions and referenced multiple supporting FDIC documents revealing that ammunition and firearm sales and dealers had, in fact, been targeted.
“The bottom line is, you’re putting innocent people out of business and all of the people at the FDIC who are implementing this program still work there. They haven’t been fired and they haven’t been reprimanded,” Rep. Duffy said. “These folks have no place in government – and if you allow them to stay - you have no place in government,” Duffy concluded.
Several other members, including Rep. Luetkemeyer, asked questions pertaining to Operation Choke Point as a whole.
Unfortunately, though predictably, Gruenberg's responses were vague and non-committal, and displayed a disregard for the law-abiding businesses that are being forced out of existence due to their loss of financial support from banking institutions. The FDIC has clearly exerted pressure on financial institutions to cease relationships with what the FDIC deems as “prohibitive businesses.”
This is another clear example of overreach, by another Obama appointee, intended to curtail the Second Amendment.
In order to fight such abuse, Rep. Luetkemeyer has re-introduced NRA-supported H.R. 766--the “Financial Institution Customer Protection Act”. This legislation would institute numerous reforms to bring more transparency and accountability to federal oversight of banks; all aimed at preventing the sort of unchecked abuse of discretion at the heart of Operation Choke Point.
Bang for your buck: Best handguns under $500 Continued
Springfield XD (X-treme Duty) are a series of semi-automatic pistol that are polymer-framed and striker-fired. Manufactured in the city of Karlovac, Croatia by HS Produkt (formerly I.M. Metal), the Springfield Armory XD, XDM, or XD-S is the marketing name for the weapon, which is licensed and sold in the United States by Springfield Armory, Inc. This Striker-fired pistol has a smooth trigger, and multiple safeties for duty carry sells for under $500.
Ruger LC9 The Ruger LC9 is a 9mm caliber, recoil-operated, locked breech, double action only, semi-automatic pistol announced by Sturm, Ruger & Co. at the 2011 SHOT Show. This pistol has safety features, including but not limited to a loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect safety, that allow it to be sold in both California and Massachusetts.
Ruger LCP is a compact .380 Auto. From backup firearms for law enforcement to licensed carry for personal protection, the LCP is the perfect choice. Designed with both male and female shooters in mind, the LCP is as affordable as it is reliable. For as little as $350, the LCP is lightweight and ideal for concealed carry.
Kahr Arms specializes in compact and mid-size semi-automatic pistols chambered for popular cartridges, including .380 ACP, 9 mm Luger Parabellum, .40 S$W and .45 ACP. Kahr pistols feature polymer or stainless steel frames, single-stack magazines, and double-action-only striker firing actions. The Kahr CW9 9mm pistol features a black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide and standard fixed sights retails for less than $400.
The BPCC is BERSA's first polymer frame handgun, with more advanced features, specially designed for concealed-carry personal protection. The BPCC provides accuracy and fire power in a lightweight, compact, ultra thin handgun. Using advanced manufacturing processes and finest quality materials, the BPCC reflects BERSA's commitment to value and performance. The BPCC's ergonomic design improves line-of-sight and provides greater control during use. BPCC's retail for about $400.
The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite and Mustang XSP are small, lightweight and boast enhanced durability, reliability and accuracy, making either an ideal handgun for personal protection. Retail is $478.
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