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The cheapest . . . least expensive . . . budget guns

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Faulkner, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Faulkner

    Faulkner Patriot Millennium Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Arkansas Ozarks
    I've seen a plethra of threads asking what is the cheapest or least expensive or best budget (fill in the blank) gun on the market. My question is why?

    There is not that much price difference between a cheap deer rifle, or .22 auto pistol, or .380 pocket pistol and a reputable firearm. Unless you just have to have it right now, I suggest it's better to hold off a while until funds can be saved up to go ahead a purchase a quality firearm.

    Seems a common question is, "what is the best 1911 I can get for $300"? The answer . . . nothing! Instead, cut down on the soft drinks and save a few more bucks and get a Springfield or Kimber or S&W or Ruger. I'm not talking about holding off for a Wilson or Les Baer, but don't settle for cheap when you can only afford one gun.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  2. Oh I agree!

    Seems plenty of people will buy an entry level gun (for example, a Sigma) for $300 when they can save another $200 - $250 and buy a Glock or an M&P. We're talking saving another $300, not $3,000 or $30,000.

    And many of those purchaser will eventually want to upgrade anyway.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012

  3. mickdundie


    Apr 9, 2007
    I know what your saying. Just yesterday at the range this young fella had a new Hi Point 9mm pistol. He wasn't having fun. The pistol would jam 2 or 3 times per mag. He was shooting Federal ammo and the report sounded I don't think it was a ammo problem. What do those pistols sell for new? $250ish

    But then I was with my son and his friend, who just bought a new $1300 S&W 1911 from Smith & Wessons custom gun shop (or whatever it is) It failed to return to battery a couple of times in a hundred rounds. I would've been POd. So it's kinda a crap shoot.

    Heck even some of the GLOCK Gen 4s are having problems...:whistling:

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  4. Andrewsky


    May 28, 2004
    The best thing to do is buy guns that have a history of being adopted as service weapons. Makarovs are under $250, concealable, and as reliable as it gets.
  5. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    They are around 160 at the gun shows. But for around 300 350 can find a used police trade in.
  6. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    For very little difference in cost, that Hi-Point could have been a used quality handgun.

    ......most people just don't feel comfortable with a used gun......and, will buy a cheap budget gun that's new.

  7. The Habit

    The Habit كافر

    Feb 18, 2005
    While it's true that you typically get what you pay for relative to firearms, inexpensive does not always equal inferior.
  8. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    I would just buy used. A used SIG, Glock, M&P, XD, whatever is going to be in many people's budget range that were looking for something "cheap." Pro Tip: Police Trade Ins.

    Sometimes you do find gems that are inexpensive, but not cheaply made or crappy performers. My Philippines 1911 is great and it didn't cost an arm and a leg. The slide to frame fit is better than any of the SIG or S&W ones I compared to at the shop.

    The CM9, LC9 are pretty inexpensive and run good.

    J-Frames can be had pretty darn cheap these days.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  9. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    I paid $379.99 for my brand new SIG SP2022, and it wasn't because I couldn't afford anything more costly, I just loved the crap outta that gun and bought it. It's not just a range gun either, it is my EDC and replaced a Glock.
  10. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

    May 27, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Yeah, but the reports on those are that they have the mythical mix of good price and good quality.
  11. Soupah

    Soupah Luck be a lady

    Dec 21, 2001
    Frank's World
    Actually, there are TOO many quality handguns at affordable prices right now. I rarely spend over $300 for one (and I don't buy Hi Points), and if you have a touch of patience, you can get exquisite finds under $200. You can't even claim that your local gun store is overpriced or never has such offerings, because these deals are online.

    Quite solid used Taurus .38spl revolvers can be had on auction sites right now for $175 shipped

    If concealable is your angle, used S&W model .38 snubs can be found for $200 every now and then on the same sites (just saw one last week)

    Plenty of used S&W police trade-in autos (915 and such) online as well recently

    There's plenty more, the above three are just examples of frequently available deals.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  12. Guns are cheap. In comparison with cost of ammo.
  13. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    I bought a cheap gun once. It was a used (but new) SIG P225 (P6). Cost me $280 and it came brand spanking new in box. I love that pistol. Best damn deal I have ever got on a gun too.
  14. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    For those like myself who don't like "pocket pistols"... and don't feel that carrying a caliber smaller than 9mm will result in certain doom...

    Bersa Thunder .380

    Dollar for dollar one of the most accurate, beautifully crafted, solid guns I've come across. Easy to carry, and a joy to shoot.

    90% of the time, my EDC is my HK .40 USP, but in the hottest months, I enjoy carrying that little Bersa.
  15. nelsone

    nelsone rank amateur

    Apr 10, 2008
    Beaverton Oregon
    Boy isn't that the truth. Forget the gun purchase; you'll spend twice that on ammo in a year or so. Especially if your chosen caliber is .45 ACP like mine. Whatever - it's only money.

    Everybody has their price point and their personal prejudices. There are plenty of people who swear by their Hi-Points, and I can't fault them for it. I can frankly understand that choice better than my friend who spent $1300 on a .45 pistol just because it said H&K on it.

    My choice is Glock for their track record and how well they suit lefties. Some people sneer because they're "cheap plastic," while others call me a "fanboy" for extolling their affordability, indestructibility,... all the -ilities. But it suits me, and that's that.
  16. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    I rather get a used Glock LE trade in than a new, cheap POS.
  17. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    Give away the razors, sell the blades. Oldest (well, second oldest) marketing trick in the book.
  18. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

    Those have to be the deal of the century.
  19. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    There are plenty of quality used firearms for cheap money.

    For example, many 3rd gen Smiths can be had fairly cheap. They may not be refined, but the are about as durable and reliable as you can get.
  20. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    :agree: :wow: