May 2007

Vintage 9mms: Walther's P5 Outclasses SigArms and Astra

The P5 — selling for about $125 to $200 more counter retail — outshot and outhandled the $525 SigSauer P225 and the $450 Astra A-100 as both a defensive sidearm and as a collectible.

Buying a used gun presents a lot of trade-offs: The shooter probably saves money, but in the process, he might buy a gun that’s worn out, rather than worn in. We recently tested three guns we bought used to see how they stacked up against today’s pistols, and if buying one for target or self defense was a wise choice. Simply put, were they shooters or were they collectibles?

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