I'm a "cheap gun" guy
Still waiting on my CHL but these will be my "go to" guns for carry.
EAA Witness Compact in .45 ACP
Charter Arms Bulldog Pug in .44 Special with Crimson Trace
Taurus Model 85 .38 Special
American Derringer .45 LC / 2 1/2" .410
They're not Smiths or Colts or Glocks but I'm betting they'll get the job done.
Nothing wrong with that. I'm sort of a $500 and under gun guy myself. Just can't cough up a G for a gun...yet.
Definitely nothing wrong with that. So as long as it shoots without failures. I picked up a used Sig P6 for 270 dollars and it's one of my favorite guns. I think it would shoot rocks if needed!
I never buy a "cheap" gun. I buy inexpensive preowned guns all the time........there is a big difference in cheap (as in cheaply made) and inexpensive (as in a bargin find).
another one hear if you look just right you can find a good deal on a very nice used gun.
Originally Posted by pirate
When I think of "cheap gun", I think of the Lorcin .380 I use as a paperweight...
I'm dead set against "cheap" guns. However I have no problem at all with an inexpensive gun. The Witness, Pug and 85 will serve you well. Not a big fan of derringers, but to each their own.
Im the same way..I just cant afford guns over $500 just cant do it...sometime here in the semi near future im due some $$$ and I may use some of that to get my "once in a lifetime" gun that I will be willing to spend up to $1,000 on...I am so unfamiliar with that realm of guns that I dont even know where to begin..and yeah I will probably never again have that kind of $$ to spend on a gun so it honestly will be a once in a lifetime type deal for me to finally get a gun over $500 lol...I dont know if I would want a nice 1911,nice wheel gun(semi competition type in .357 mag), a AR platform, a M1 Garand,a Beretta storm,some 9mm carbine of some kind,a Savage accu trigger bolt action varmint gun, a Ruger No1 varmint gun, a HKP7, just so much to choose from lol.
Im like you though I have had numerous guns but not any have cost me over $450 Ive had
Taurus PT99 (great full size gun i actually got this OVER the Beretta because I like where its controls are better) (was $250 used)
Taurus CH85 (great little snubnose..currently my "alternate" CC gun) ($225)
Colt Mustang II Nice little "mini 1911" style .380 but I traded it on a varmint rifle/scope combo years ago..not a huge fan of the .380 for SD.($275)
Glock 23 2nd Gen Police trade in great gun as far as functionality..but turned into horrible gun for me because of ergonomics..my hands and big fat grips with a poor grip angle dont mix..but it was 100% dead reliable thats why I suffered and kept it for years as my primary CC gun($400)
Ruger SR9compact My current CC gun. Great little gun just the right size(IMO) for CC just a tad bigger(length) grip than the Glock 26/27 so without a extender I can get my full hand on the grip no hanging off pinky. Slimmer in grip and in slide width than a glock but a noticeable amount..almost(if not exactly or REAL close) 1911 thinness. has ambidextrous controls for safety and mag releases which is nice for righties or lefties...nice option as im right handed but my kid(only 10 but he will learn on this gun) is a lefty.($403 new)
so im the same not a gun(except tax) that was over $403 ever lol.
When my wife and I bought handguns last year, they were our first such purchases. I opted for expensive, well-known types (mine is a P226), as I am not knowledgable enough to go looking for bargains. We wanted tools we could trust, and felt that the rather small investment in new, high quality pieces was justified in this case.
I would feel a bit more comfortable now, but I still like the options of a good warranty, and someone at the shop that will back up the sale with service and advice.
I always liked the Charter Arms, Bulldog .44 spl. I owned one way back when they first came out and to this day I'm sorry I sold it.
If they go bang everytime the trigger's pulled, and punch paper at CQB distances, ..you've invested well.
They should have marketed that gun with the Davis P380, there not cheap they are junk guns LOL....
Originally Posted by PaxMentis
The derringer was an "inheritance thing" although I am going to "buy" it from Mom.
It's a real handful when you touch off a 250 grain Long Colt. I wouldn't want to go looking for trouble just carrying the derringer, but if it became crunch time (and I could get it deployed in time) it would sure suck to be in front of those 2 .45 slugs.
The way I see it, if they work, their good!
Two inexpensive but well made defensive handguns are the Hungarian PA-63 and Chezk CZ-82. Both fire the 9mm Makarov round and are small enough for CCW carry. Cost is $200 to $250 most places. Both are very reliable.