This is a discussion on I'm a "cheap gun" guy within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by merischino Recognizing that you are not the ones posting a $500 or $600 limit for "inexpensive not cheap" gun purchases.... my own ...
If "cheap" is defined as >$500, then I'm in there with ya, except for known junk brands. Previously owned is a good option. Been looking at the police trade-ins, but the over-time is wearing me out.
I tend to stick in the $500 to $600 range since the bulk of the pistols I'm looking for are in that range. I'd never spend $1k+ for a carry gun; just doesn't make sense to me. God forbid you ever had to draw/fire to defend/protect yourself and the pistol got confiscated, I'd expect it to be engraved with the incident/case number, forever marring the pretty looks. I wouldn't have a problem replacing a $500-$600 pistol, but not a $1000.
I tend to look for reliability, form, function, durability, etc. and the $500-$600 range seems like the sweet spot for all of that IMHO.
I have two Rock Island 1911's that were inexpensive but absolutely great firearms.
In the past I have Jennings and Hi-Points and although most would classify them as "Cheap", they worked well and are still in use by my sons, and they've had no problems with them.
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The Taurus 85 was $260.00 and I was going to put some Wolff springs in it, but I don't know that they would improve it any as it has a sweet double action pull.
The Charter is new to me. I had an old one years ago and OK. I've got Wolff springs on order and hopefully they'll lighten up the double action on this. This is my first set of Crimson Trace grips and I think I'm going to like them. I'm going to take it out in the front yard in the next day or 2 and see how it shoots.
Ive been looking at a Springfield EMP for $1200.00. Ended up getting a cheap Glock 27 for $500.00.
Glock 22 Gen 4, 27
Ruger SP101 .357mag
S&W 637 Airweight
Ruger Single Six
Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 45 Colt
Mossberg 835 Grand Slam
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I can't bring myself to spend big bucks on a handgun.
$580 for my M&P9c.
A lot in my book, but considering what it bought, it will do as much as a $1000-$2000 pistol will, and probably better
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You may buy a cheap .25 caliber Galesi, like I did, a damn jammer that was made and meant to be a throw-away Mafia gun, not meant for long-term self defense or CCW or fun.
The cost of the guns is fairly small compared to the ammo I shoot through it! Quality firearms keep their value too as long as you do your part!
"a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility" - Bill Clinton 2010.
You may very well be burning up your entire accumulated wealth simply to defend your actions in court, and you get to live with the fact you killed someone - dirtbag or not. You may also be facing a civil suit from relatives of the deceased.
If your Kimber, Wilson, or Ed Brown just saved your life and you never get it back, it was still the best money you ever spent.
The $1200 Kimber I carry is not a museum piece. It's a tool. Just like a tool, it gets nicks, scratches and wear marks for being my constant companion. It's well-loved and treated well. When it wears out, I may well get another.
Each of us draws the line somewhere. For me, it's simply a prudent investment. YMMV.