Josh, are you looking for a higher end gun cheap, or just a compact in those calibers? I'm not totally familiar with alot of the lower end handguns, but have seen the Hipoints that brand new are only about $150 for a 9mm (have a customer who does small end gun/rifle sales). I always look at his used guns. He gets a gem every now and then. But do know he sells alot of Hipoints (including a cool little carbine I thought of buying for my son to plink with). All seem pretty damned inexpensive. But I've never fired one nor handled one, so can't attest to thier quality or realiability.
Onto the XD, yeah, it's a great price for all you get with it. Spend $200 extra and you'll have a good quality gun.
I don't plan on using this much, just think I ought to have something to protect myself with when the Zombie invasion hits bremerton.. Not looking for anything fancy or expensive as it won't get used much, I just think I should have something around in case I ever need it. thanks for the replies so far! I've been looking at the S&W 9ve for $299, I've read the trigger is crap until it's polished, but a good gun for the price. I was thinking I might find something similar for cheaper or better for the same if I went used.-Josh
Josh, since you live in Bremerton, try heading down to Lake Kathryn (Hwy 16 and take SR 302 up until you see the Wauna Post office/Burger King). In that complex (it'll be on your left, it's only about 2-3 miles after you cross the Purdy spit) you'll see a Coast to Coast. He deals in guns. He has a few in your price range usually in a case in back. Something to check out since you're somewhat close. And he may be able to get you into what you're looking to spend.
Jerry, Thanks for the heads up on the Coast to Coast. They were closed but they have their full selection online. I think the Kel Tec p11 fits the bill nicely. Small, light and reliable. Was looking at this model keltec p11
There is an old saying that goes "double action revolvers are defensive weapons, automatics are offensive weapons". Just something to consider if you are concerned about defense. As for the Zombie Apocalypse, you might consider one of these. No need to reload...