This is a discussion on Lowest Cost Handgun You Would Carry within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by OldChap This is probably the cheapest gun I would ever carry... Attachment 289058 I didn't pay anything for it, but they usually ...
I understand the question is based on current pricing for new gun. On that basis my answer is Shield.
At times I will carry my Ruger .357 Blackhawk 4.75 in. barrel. This gun cost me $87.50. New in the box at my favorite gun shop. I guess it was about 1950, lots folks here now weren't here then..
After all these years the gun still works like new.
Shield. On special and after rebate $270. I carry of course after my certification process with my practice and carry ammo.
I carry the Ruger LCP almost daily. I bought it back when it was $249 though. Since it's down to the $179 point I've been considering getting a second one as a spare or to carry two of them, one in each front pocket. But Beretta Pico's are also cheap right now, I've seen online for around $187 and I'm considering getting one of those instead.
I've got a Bersa Thunder 380 and a SCCY CPX-2 that I bought for around the $249 price point as well. I've carried both, but with the LCP, the BT380 is kind of pointless to carry now.While the SCCY has 1000+ failure free rounds through it, I've never liked it as a carry gun so now it's relegated to the role of, 'a good 9mm to have when I want to stash one some where'.
Last Black Friday I picked up a SAR B6P fullsize CZ75 clone for $239 shipped. I've shot a lot through that gun since then and would carry it if I had a need to carry a fullsize firearm.
Lastly, I've got a Taurus 605 that I paid somewhere less than $280 for. I carry it often in a jacket pocket in the winter. My S&W 442 was only $299, so I'll throw that in as a cheap gun I carry too.
I'm a fan of cheap guns, and while it would seem like from the large list above that I've had good luck with them... Not really. There's also a list of cheap guns that I've owned or used that I'd never consider carrying. For instance I owned a Kodiak Denali, which was a poly frame based copy of the Davis 380. I bought it for $99 and it was absolutely terrible. I don't think I ever got a full 5 rd magazine to fire without an issue.
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1911's, I have several that I love to carry. I have an Officers Model Colt I payed $250 back about 1990. Some police officer traded it in. The front sight was about to fall off and the outside grip was all skinned up, ie carried one bunch of a lot and shot very little. I guess the true cheapest in today dollars that I own is the last, a Norinco I got from a shop for $300 out the door. It is one of many I have gotten for under $300. Change the grips and the thumb safety from a huge bin of spare parts that I have that were all taken in trade. It is a super shooter.
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