Guns for Broke Ass Guys

Times are tough. Your budget is stretched to the limit. You’re eating cheap, driving less, and “going to the movies” means staying home and peering at your computer monitor. We understand, really. And that guy who just posted online bragging about his new SCAR 17 in .308? What a jerk! We’re in your corner, man. The Second Amendment is a right for all of us, rich or poor, not a privilege for those who still have money to burn. Don’t get mad, get even—here are some recommendations so that even broke ass guys can “occupy” a lane at the shooting range!

Cimarron Plinkerton

Go ahead, say it. Say "Yee haw." Its ok, I said it too.

We need a .22 LR, and to get as cheap as possible, let’s make it a revolver. The biggest problem with cheap automatics is that they jam a lot, right? Who wants to put up with that? Every time a cheap automatic jams, its like a little schoolyard bully taunting you that you couldn’t afford a gun that actually works. So skip ‘em entirely, and go back to old school cowboy cool. The Cimarron Plinkerton (har har, I do chuckle at that name) replicates the features and size of the classic Colt Single Action Army, but in .22 LR. We all know that .22 LR ammo isn’t as cheap as it once was, but it’s still the cheapest caliber by far. A lot of .22 automatics are finicky about the ammo they shoot; they want full power, jacketed bullets only or they short stroke, fail to feed, and there we are with the taunting kid again. The cool thing about .22 revolvers is that feeding, cycling, and extraction are all manual—there’s just not as much to go wrong. So shoot all day with the cheapest, cast-lead .22 LR bullets you can find, the Plinkerton won’t care. And the Plinkerton is less than $150!

S&W SD9

The Smith & Wesson SD9 is worth scrounging a few extra bucks

What if you’re not shooting for fun, but to defend your life? A .22LR is out, you need to step up to a centerfire cartridge with a proven track record, but it still needs to be affordable. So we’re looking for a 9mm. Our friends at Smith & Wesson have a new gun, the SD9, and its value is just off the charts. The “Self Defense” pistols bridge the gap between the bargain-basement “Sigmas” and the more expensive M&P line. You get a 1913 Picatinny spec accessory rail (unlike the Sigma’s rail that only takes a few lights specifically made for it), the same Melonite coating that is used on the M&P series, even a glow in the dark tritium front night sight, for $357. Did I mention the capacity of the 9mm SD9 is 16+1? But here’s the big kicker that makes the SD9 so much better than the Sigma—its trigger is better from the factory, and Apex Tactical recently released a trigger spring kit that costs less than $20 and improves it even more. The biggest knock on the Sigma has always been its long, heavy trigger pull, and nobody has come up with a way to fix it. Save up just a bit more and get the SD, and a trigger that rewards you instead of punishing you. It’s not that much more expensive! You can eat hot dogs and ramen noodles for a couple of weeks to make up the difference. C’mon, it’s like being in college again!

Marlin Model 60

When you get it right, you don't have to change your design. Marlin has been crafting these since 1960.

If you’re looking for the cheapest rifle shooting possible, its back to the .22 LR again. Check out the Marlin Model 60. You get a nice walnut stock, good iron sights with the possibility of adding a scope later, and 14 rounds of capacity in the tubular magazine ready to go as fast as  you can pull the trigger. Semi-automatic action for $132! That undercuts the Ruger 10/22 by a good chunk, and you get four more shots than the Ruger’s factory 10-round rotary magazine. Thousands of Marlin 60s have been sold in the last fifty years, and the design’s reliability and durability have stood the test of time. The 19” Micro-Groove barrel gives excellent accuracy for target shooting, for hunting small game, or… who am I kidding, for wreaking havoc on row after row of empty cans of generic soda! They’re sending another wave, men, prepare to repel boarders! Yes, I get carried away sometimes.

Rossi Full Size .308

The Rossi Full Size .308 can put food on your table

What if you want to use a rifle to put meat on the table? After all, a couple of good-sized deer can provide a supply of meat that will last you a long time and not cost much at all per pound if you process the animals yourself. Now a .22 LR isn’t going to do it anymore. Lets step up to a cartridge that can humanely take down any critter you’re likely to come across in North America—the .308 Winchester. I can see the wheels turning in your head, dear reader. How cheap are we going to get a .308 hunting rifle, seriously now? $400? $300? Try a Rossi Full Size Single Shot break-open for $168, ready to hunt. See, many cheaper hunting rifles save money by omitting iron sights and a scope mount entirely, so they aren’t as cheap as their price tag makes them seem. By the time you’ve bought a mount, rings, and even the cheapest 3×9 scope you can find, you’ve added at least fifty bucks to that price tag. The Rossi comes with a scope mount already included AND with excellent quality iron sights installed on its 23-inch barrel. Take it out of the box, confirm zero with a few rounds of your hunting ammo, and you’re ready to go look for Bambi’s dad. A thick recoil pad out back helps a bit, but even though it’s a full size rifle the Rossi only weighs 6.25 pounds unloaded, so full-power hunting rounds are going to kick hard. And the break-open action means you only get one shot at a time—better brush up on your marksmanship with the Marlin 60 before going on the hunt!

With these choices, you can plink for fun, hunt game to supplement your food supply, or defend your life, for less greenbacks than you ever thought possible. The Second Amendment is yours to exercise—don’t let these tough economic times stand between you and your rights.

Guns That Fit in a Stocking

Kahr Arms CM9

Kahr Arms CM9

Kahr Arms CM9

Kahr holds six patents protecting the unique design features of their pistols. The CM9 is a striker fired sub-compact with a six round magazine. Because of its asymmetric feed ramp design (that’s one patent right there) the CM9 is only .9 inches wide, yes that’s less than an inch. Despite a short overall length of only 5.42 inches, the barrel is still 3 inches long, providing good accuracy. The trigger has a very smooth, light double action feel. The CNC machined 416 stainless steel slide houses the drift-adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights, which the eye easily picks up for rapid target acquisition. The CM9’s frame is made of polymer for lightness, but it still strong enough that the Kahr polymer framed guns enjoy a great reputation for durability. The CM9 stands out as a beautifully crafted, trustworthy, and tiny 9mm that is easily hidden, yet easy to shoot. Kahr’s excellent reliability record gives peace of mind to owners who need a concealable gun they can trust when people’s lives are on the line.

 

 

 

Smith and Wesson M&P9c

S&W M&P9c

S&W M&P9c

The Smith and Wesson M&P series is quickly taking the pistol world by storm. Many serious competitors in IDPA and USPSA competition are using the full sized versions of these guns. Police officers all over the country are learning that they can depend on the M&P to be a trustworthy sidearm. Smith and Wesson also manufactures this compact version for concealed carry. It is only 4.3 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide, but it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo. Accuracy from the 3.5-inch barrel is surprisingly good if you can master the 6.5-pound trigger pull. This model has a magazine safety, so it won’t fire with the magazine removed. There is no active safety, but it features multiple passive safety systems such as a firing pin block and trigger safety. The Novak sights are snag free yet easy to use, the slide-stop is ambidextrous, and the magazine catch is reversible for lefties. S&W coated the barrel and stainless steel slide in Melonite for hardness and corrosion resistance. Three interchangeable grips provide a choice so shooters can configure the M&Pc to fit hands of all sizes.

 

 

Glock 26

Glock 26

Glock 26

The Glock 26 is nicknamed “The Baby Glock” for its small dimensions (only 6.3 inches long) and light weight (19.8 ounces unloaded). Despite its shrunken size, it still holds 10 rounds of 9mm ammo in its flush fitting, double-stack magazine. Many shooters find the Baby Glock to be so small that they purchase aftermarket extended floorplates to give their pinky finger a grip on the gun, it’s that small! The cold hammer forged barrel features polygonal rifling for excellent accuracy out of a tiny gun. Of course, the Glock 26 features the “Safe-Action” striker fired system that everyone else is now copying, and the amazing rust resistant Tennifer coating that has been mimicked many times, but never equaled. The “Baby Glock” is just as durable and reliable as its bigger brothers that have been the standard sidearm for police forces all over the world for decades.

 

 

 

 

Kel-Tec P11

Kel-Tec P11

Kel-Tec P11

Want a lot of 9mm firepower but in the smallest, lightest, and most affordable package possible? The Kel-Tec P11 may be for you. Holding ten rounds of 9mm ammo in a package just 5.6 inches long, 4.3 inches tall, and 1 inch wide, the P11 only weighs 14 ounces unloaded. When Kel-Tec released the P11, it stood alone as the smallest and lightest 9mm ever made. There is no “active” safety on the P11. Therefore, the double-action-only trigger weighs in at a relatively hefty 9 pounds of pull, so there is no chance of pulling it on accident. The barrel and slide are made of 4140 Ordnance Steel, and the frame is machined 7075-T6 aluminum, which is the same material as AR-15 receivers. Kel-Tec covered the frame with a high impact polymer shell to protect it and keep it as light as possible. The P11 is super concealable and super affordable, but it’s not for the recoil sensitive—the recoil when you rapid fire ten rounds through this little gun is also “super” as well!

 

 

 

Diamondback DB9

 

Diamondback DB9

Diamondback DB9

The Diamondback Firearms DB9 currently holds the record for smallest, lightest 9mm pistol on the market. Weighing only 11 ounces unloaded, only .80 inches in width, and only 4 inches tall with the magazine, it’s even smaller than the Kel-Tec P11. The patent-pending “ZERO-energy” striker system results in a light and smooth 5 pound trigger pull. The DB9 doesn’t have a slide stop, and Diamondback doesn’t recommend using bullets heavier than 124 grains. The manufacturer also states that shooting high pressure +P ammunition is also a bad idea. Considering its size and lack of weight, these are small compromises for the shooter who wants a 9mm hideaway gun that is smaller than many .380s. The DB9 features real windage-adjustable sights, a high quality metal magazine and magazine catch, and a proprietary corrosion-resistant coating on the slide, barrel, and all internal parts. Hang on tight though; shooting 9mm ammo through an 11 ounce DB-9 is a heck of a ride!

It’s Raining 1911s

Umarex Regent R100

Umarex R100

Umarex Regent R100

The Regent R100 is an authentic version of the classic M1911 A1. Offered with Hogue grips and made under the strict requirements of ISO 9000 and AQAP 120 NATO quality standards, the Umarex makes the Regent with a level of quality that is unparalleled for a retail price of under $500. Umarex USA, one of the fastest growing sporting gun companies in the United States, introduced the Regent R100 pistol chambered in .45 ACP to match the original Browning. Umarex also introduced the Regent on the 100-year anniversary of the original M1911 pistol. They specifically engineered it for precision, durability, and accuracy. The steel investment cast frame gives the Regent the weight of the original M1911, while the 7-round steel detachable magazine allows for quick reloading. The wide spur hammer, arched mainspring housing, and low cut ejection port give maximum performance and accuracy for shooters. From the grips to the barrel, the Regent is truly an outstanding value to the consumer.

 

 

 

Iver Johnson 1911A1

Iver Johnson 1911A1

Iver Johnson 1911A1

There is nothing like shooting a 1911. The gun’s ergonomics are unparalleled, not to mention that sometimes you just feel like holding a chunk of ass kickery in the palm of your hand. It is no secret that the 1911 is one of America’s long lasting icons. When they gun cycles, nothing else feels like one. The Shooters Arms Manufacturing assembles Iver Johnson 1911s in the Philippines, but the factory made them to Iver Johnson’s specifications and design, using Iver Johnson’s parts. These pistols have a forged, CNC machined slide, and a cast CNC machined frame. All models have MIM parts and the slide and frame are hand fitted for a nice, tight fit. All models come with a magazine, gunlock, manual, and black plastic gun case. Own an icon at an affordable price.

 

 

 

Taylor’s & Company 1911

Taylor's and Co 1911

Taylor's and Company 1911

Remember your friend who had an Armscor 1911 that he had picked up for cheap at the local pawnshop? He was always bragging about how he spent hundreds less than a Springfield or Colt and his 1911 still worked fine and went bang every time. Ok, maybe that was my friend, I admit. However, Taylor’s & Company, the same folks who bring over the Italian cowboy guns from Uberti and Pedersoli, and the popular Chiappa .22 LR pistols, are importing the Armscor 1911s again. Taylor’s 1911AS has all the features you expect in a 1911A1 “government” model, with a 5” forged steel barrel, smooth arched mainspring housing, GI style sights, and a matte blued finish with nice wood grips. Two 8-round magazines are included as well. The spur style hammer is just a bit shorter than the original, to keep it from “biting” your hand when you shoot it, as the original Colts tend to do. Shooting a 1911 is much more enjoyable without a blood blister on the back of your thumb! Other than the improved hammer, all the other parts of the Taylor’s 1911AS adhere to standard 1911 dimensions, making this gun a great place to start for a custom build. If you so choose, aftermarket parts will drop right in!

 

 

Auto-Ordnance 1911PKZ

Auto-Ordinance 1911A1

Auto-Ordinance 1911A1

Of all the entry-level 1911 pistols currently on the market, only one can boast the “Made in the USA” slogan, the Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 “WWII.” The manufacturer intended to replicate a World War II issue 1911 down to the smallest detail, from the correct specification vertical slide serrations to the lanyard loop in the arched and serrated mainspring housing. Even the brown plastic grips are made to WW2 specifications (did you know that real WW2 1911A1s used plastic grips?). The Auto-Ordnance 1911 adheres to exacting specifications using computerized (CNC) manufacturing, made possible when Kahr Arms bought Auto-Ordnance a few years ago and revamped their entire pistol line. There’s no huge “billboard” roll mark on the side of the slide, just a simple military style “Model 1911A1 US Army.” The only change Auto Ordnance made was for the sake of safety—the 1911PKZ features a “Series 80” firing pin block to prevent accidental discharge if the firearm drops to the ground while cocked and with the safety off. The finish is parkerized, just like the originals, and the magazine holds seven rounds, just like the originals. An excellent condition survivor from World War II would set you back a whole lot more than $448. Leave that one for the collectors, and take the Auto-Ordnance to the shooting range!

 

 

Armscor 51484

Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical Rail Semi Auto Handgun .45 ACP

Rock Island Armory 1911

Armscor has a reputation for building basic, no frills 1911s that work, while undercutting their competition by hundreds of dollars. They’ve been doing it for years and it seems to work pretty well for them. But with this model, number 51484, Armscor got all uppity and decided they would build an affordable factory 1911 with every “custom” feature found in guns costing $1000 or more. Novak sights, check, full-length 1913 Picatinny spec accessory rail, check. Skeletonized trigger and hammer, lowered/flared ejection port, ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, full-length guide rod, check, check, and CHECK. The 8-round magazine even has a rubber floorplate extension, as preferred by competition shooters. The features list is off the charts and yet somehow Armscor only wants $472 for this gun. Don’t tell them what the competitor’s railed 1911s with these features are selling for; they might raise the price on us! The finish is no-nonsense grey Parkerizing, the grips are checkered wood in the classic diamond pattern, and this model has a Series 70 type fire control group with no internal firing pin safety. The 51484 is flying under the radar right now. This may be because 51484 is not a very catchy name. If they named it the Punisher Special or something like that, it would not stay the best-kept secret in the 1911 market for much longer!

The Best Autoloading .22s

Marlin Model 60

Marlin Model 60

Marlin Model 60

Since its introduction in 1960, it has continuously represented one of America’s finest rimfire values. It has a 19″ Micro-Groove rifled barrel, a cross-bolt safety, manual bolt hold-open and a patented automatic “last-shot” bolt hold-open. The tubular magazine holds up to 14 Long Rifle rounds. With features such as its sleek walnut-finished hardwood stock and a precision-crowned muzzle for enhanced accuracy, it is easy to see why the Model 60 continues to be one of America’s best-selling rifles. The Model 60 is well suited for small-game hunting and vermin control, as well as for serious but low-cost target practice while preparing for hunting with larger rifles. The relatively large ammunition capacity is adequate for casual recreational target shooting, plus the low price and ease of handling makes it well-suited as a first rifle by young hunters just learning to use a semi-automatic rifle.

Browning SA-22

Browning SA-22

Browning SA-22

Few auto loading rimfire rifles have endured the test of time and the marketplace like the Browning SA-22. It stands alone as one of the first auto loading rimfires, and one the most desirable rifles ever made. The SA-22 was one of the last of John M. Browning’s designs, and his genius shines through in every feature. The slim, stylish forged steel receiver and slender barrel takes down into two compact units without tools. The SA-22’s tasteful engraving and select walnut make it an object of lasting beauty and enjoyment. Owners enjoy these rugged rifles both in the field and as heirlooms. The SA-22 is a takedown autoloader with a bottom ejection. The rifle has a scroll design, and a polished, blued finish. The front sight is a gold bead, and the rear is an adjustable folding leaf. Browning drilled and tapped the barrel to accept a scope mount. The tubular magazine holds ten rounds, and loads from the butt of the gun. No other auto loading rifle has the character or beauty of the Browning SA-22.

Remington Model 597

Remington Model 597

Remington Model 597

The Model 597 is easily the most advanced autoloading rimfire rifle ever built, and the most technologically advanced breakthrough in autoloading rimfire rifle technology in 35 years. The difference starts with the proprietary bolt-guidance system, which features a unique set of twin tool-steel guide rails for better stability, feeding reliability and greater out-of-the-box accuracy. The bolt, hammer, and sear of the Model 597 all feature an exclusive nickel-Teflon plating for smooth, dependable operation and an ultra-crisp trigger pull. To assure reliable, long-term accuracy, Remington also incorporated a unique positive-locking, permanently rigid barrel attachment clamp. Receivers are grooved for standard rimfire mounts and tapped/drilled for Weaver-style bases. Completing the breakthrough design are an innovative last-shot “hold open” magazine feature and Remington’s patented, easy-to-use staggered-stack magazine.

Mossberg 702

Mossberg 702 Bantam Plinkster

Mossberg 702 Bantam Plinkster

Whether your idea of fun is chasing after small game, serious marksmanship practice, or just plinking around, you’ll find a new best friend in these perfect go anywhere, do anything kind of rimfire .22s. Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) manufactures the Model 702 in Brazil, and Mossberg imports the rifle under their name. It is essentially the CBC Model 7022 restyled to Mossberg’s specifications and previously sold under the MagTech brand name. The “Plinkster” name was previously applied to a different .22 semiautomatic rifle made and sold by Mossberg. “Plinking” is a popular term for informal recreational target shooting. It is available with many combinations of barrels and stocks, from synthetic to maple stock, and from chrome to blued steel barrels. The blued barrel is 18 inches long and the chrome barrel is 21 inches long. Mossberg modeled the bolt and receiver design after the Model 70 variant of the Marlin Model 60, but the ejector, firing mechanism, and feed system are different. Perfect for hunting or target practice, the Plinkster gives its owners maximum value for their dollar.

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

The Ruger 10/22 is an American classic. Simple and robust, its durability and reliability are legendary. This is the standard, classic configuration 10/22, featuring a hammer-forged 18.5” barrel, crisp single action trigger, extended magazine release, and hardwood stock. The rear iron sight is adjustable and the front iron sight features a gold bead insert. Ruger grooved the receiver for standard rimfire rings, and drilled and tapped it for a scope mount. A Weaver style scope base is also included. This 10/22 comes with a removable ten-round rotary magazine that fits flush with the stock, but it will accept factory and aftermarket high capacity magazines, including 50 round drums! With a bit of oil on the bolt and high quality .22 LR ammunition, your finger may get tired from pulling the trigger, but the Ruger 10/22 will still be ready for more!

Want to Buy Something Cool?

Taurus Model 85 Protector

Taurus Model 85 Protector

Taurus Model 85 Protector

The Taurus 85 Protector is a perfect defensive revolver. The polymer material makes the gun very light, and measure in at only 18.2 ounces. This little gun is also easy to carry in a holster or purse. Taurus designed the Protector to fire the very powerful +P ammunition. This deadly ammo travels at a much higher velocity and hits its target with a far greater amount of energy. A full spur hammer makes the single action mode very easy to use, and the smooth trigger allows for a very accurate double action shot. The cylinder carries 5 rounds and the 1:16.5 inch twist aids in sending rounds downrange with deadly accuracy.

 

 

 

DS Arms AR-15 Stripped Lower Receiver

DS Arms AR-15 Stripped Lower Receiver

DS Arms AR-15 Stripped Lower Receiver

We all have to start somewhere. If you plan to build your .223 AR-15 from scratch, the DS Arms stripped lower receiver is a great place to start. At only 8.6 ounces, this lower is light and durable. DS Arms CNC machined this lower with a 7075 T6 tempered alloy and hard coat anodized it as per MIL-A8625. The takedown and pivot holes are .250 inches in diameter, and the hammer and trigger pin holes are .154 inches in diameter. This is a very well made lower receiver that will outlast almost all other components on a firearm.

 

 

 

 

 

Del-Ton AR-15 Semi Automatic Carbine .223 Rem. Complete Lower Receiver

Del-Ton AR-15 Complete Lower Receiver

Del-Ton AR-15 Complete Lower Receiver

If you want to build your own AR-15 from parts but are intimidated by all the little detents and springs in the lower parts kit, take a look at this complete lower receiver by Del-Ton. The lower receiver is forged 7075 T6 aluminum and hard coat black anodized, and the standard lower parts kit is already installed, including single stage trigger, receiver take-down pins, bolt hold-open actuator, safety selector, pistol grip, and magazine release. Don’t worry about springs jumping across the room, or detents getting lost in the carpet. Unless of course you manage to lose the spring and detent that are included to hold in your choice of buffer tube and stock. After you add a stock, buffer tube, buffer, and spring to this lower, attach any standard upper receiver group and you are ready to lock and load!

 

 

Beretta Model U22 Neos

Beretta Model U22 Neos

Beretta Model U22 Neos

The U22 Neos may look like a futuristic ray gun, but designers copied its internal configuration from the proven Colt .22 pistol, a John Browning design. Its ergonomic grip nicely fits both large and small hands and its single-action-only trigger breaks cleanly at 4lbs. Of course, it comes with adjustable target sights, but one look at the integrated rail tells you that the Neos is begging you to mount a scope on it. The accuracy of its fixed 4.5” barrel is excellent, and these guns have a great reputation for reliability. The safety is also ambidextrous and easy to manipulate. Each Neos comes with two 10 round magazines. The Neos is a great plinker for new shooters, but they won’t ever outgrow it. Its accuracy and reliability will make it a favorite to bring to the range for many years.

 

 

 

Legion Saiga Semi Auto Shotgun 12 Gauge

Legion Saiga Semi Auto Shotgun

Legion Saiga Semi Auto Shotgun

The Saiga-12 is what happened when some crazy Russian gun engineers decided to chamber an AK-47 for 12-gauge shotgun ammo. Just like the AK, it feeds from a box magazine and uses a rotating bolt. It shoots 2 3/4” and 3” Magnum shells, and is easy on your shoulder since the gas piston operation and semi-automatic action soak up a lot of felt recoil. The Saiga-12 comes with an external screw choke system, rifle type iron sights, and a five round magazine suitable in many states for hunting or sporting clays. For home defense, the Saiga-12 may be the ultimate shotgun, with 10-round box magazines and even 20-round drums available right here at Cheaper Than Dirt! Many owners modify their Saiga-12s with railed forends, scope mounts, and all kinds of custom touches to create custom tactical 12 gauge shotguns that strike fear into the hearts of clay pigeons and home invaders!

Yea, We Just Got Cheaper…er Than Dirt!

CTD Rob says, why spend more than you have to? Mostly because I’m cheap, that’s why. Okay, you know how our guns are already priced really low? Well guess what, they just got cheaper! We just dropped our pricing on ALL of our firearms to just over distributor cost just in time for holiday shopping. These all new lower prices are guaranteed through December 31, 2011, and does not include MAP firearms.

Here’s a sampling of a few of our top selling guns. How are we not losing money on this you ask? Actually, I have no idea, that isn’t my department. I do know, however, that I will be spending part of my hard-earned paycheck on one of these little gems.

Springfield XD Compact with Essential Pack: Cyber Monday Sale Price $375.95

Springfield Armory XD Sub Compact

Springfield Armory XD Sub Compact

 

Item: 2-SPXD9801HC 9mm

Item: 2-SPXD9802HC .40 S&W
The Springfield XD9 sub-compact is a smooth shooting little gun that is easily concealable, yet holds 13 rounds of 9mm ammo in its flush-fitting magazine. The Essentials Pack includes a 16 round extended magazine as well. The included Springfield X-Tension grip adapter slips over the extended magazine, giving you the option of a longer full-sized grip with the full sized magazine inserted. The Essentials Pack also includes a hard case, cable lock, bore brush, and the owner’s manual. Corrosion-resistant Melonite coats the XD’s barrel and the slide. The XD sub-compact is topped with steel 3-dot high visibility sights. Multiple passive safety devices including a grip safety prevent accidental discharge, but there is no active safety button to fumble with in a life-threatening situation. The XD sub-compact has an excellent reputation for reliability, durability, and accuracy, even though the barrel is just 3 inches long and the overall length is only 6.25 inches. Both novice and experienced shooters will find the XD sub-compact controllable and comfortable to shoot.

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Springfield Armory XD(M) Compact 3.8: Cyber Monday Sale Price $575.95

Springfield Armory XD(M) Compact

Springfield Armory XD(M) Compact

 

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The XDM took what was great about the XD and made it even better. The XDM Compact is a bit bigger than the XD sub-compact, with a 3.8” barrel and an overall length of 7”. It comes with two magazines each holding 16 rounds of .40S&W firepower. The XDM contains a match grade, melonite coated barrel, stainless steel slide, and steel 3-dot high visibility sights. The minimal reset trigger helps keep all those rounds on target. The XDM Compact comes with the XD Gear System, consisting of an XD Gear belt holster, XD Gear double magazine pouch, XD Gear magazine loader (it’s a real thumb-saver), cable lock, and owner’s manual. A loaded chamber indicator provides visual and physical confirmation that there is a round chambered. Multiple passive safeties including a grip safety prevent accidental discharge, but there is no active safety button to fumble with in a life-threatening situation. The XDM Compact has an excellent reputation for reliability, durability, and accuracy. Both novice and experienced shooters will find the XDM Compact controllable and comfortable to shoot.

 

CMMG M4 LE Semi-Automatic Carbine: Cyber Monday Sale Price $689.95

CMMG M4 LE Semi-automatic Carbine

CMMG M4 LE Semi-Auomatic Carbine

 

Item: 2-CMMGM4LE

The CMMG M4 LE features a 16” barrel made from mil-spec certified 4140 chrome-moly vanadium steel, coated with CMMG’s proprietary “WASP” nitride finish for corrosion resistance, reduced wear, and reduced friction. The 5.56 NATO chamber leads to 1:9 twist rate rifling. M4 handguards with heat shields protect your hands, while an A2 flash hider protects your eyes. The flattop receiver comes with a flip-up iron sight installed. The forged lower receivers contain a mil-spec semi-auto trigger and mil-spec .250-inch diameter take-down pins. The forged upper receiver has a forward assist, brass deflector, and dust cover. The 1913 Picatinny rail on the upper receiver is T-marked, and the receiver and barrel feature M4 type feed ramps. A 6 position adjustable stock makes the M4 LE comfortable for shooters of different sizes. A 30 round STANAG magazine is included, as well as the owner’s manual, and each M4 LE is head spaced and test fired before it leaves the factory.
 

Pocket Gun That’s Easy on the Pocket Book

Taurus 738 TCP

Taurus 738 TCP is the lightest Taurus in the handgun lineup Featuring a 6 or 8 round magazine, a durable polymer frame, and low-profile fixed sights. Blued, stainless, black stainless, and titanium. Also featuring loaded chamber indicator and ambidextrous magazine release. Perfect for concealed carry or a pocket gun.

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CMMG M4 LE Semi-Automatic Carbine: Cyber Monday Sale Price $689.95

CMMG M4 LE Semi-automatic Carbine

CMMG M4 LE Semi-Auomatic Carbine

 
Item: 2-CMMGM4LE

The CMMG M4 LE features a 16” barrel made from mil-spec certified 4140 chrome-moly vanadium steel, coated with CMMG’s proprietary “WASP” nitride finish for corrosion resistance, reduced wear, and reduced friction. The 5.56 NATO chamber leads to 1:9 twist rate rifling. M4 handguards with heat shields protect your hands, while an A2 flash hider protects your eyes. The flattop receiver comes with a flip-up iron sight installed. The forged lower receivers contain a mil-spec semi-auto trigger and mil-spec .250-inch diameter take-down pins. The forged upper receiver has a forward assist, brass deflector, and dust cover. The 1913 Picatinny rail on the upper receiver is T-marked, and the receiver and barrel feature M4 type feed ramps. A 6 position adjustable stock makes the M4 LE comfortable for shooters of different sizes. A 30 round STANAG magazine is included, as well as the owner’s manual, and each M4 LE is head spaced and test fired before it leaves the factory.
 

 

Optics Ready Perfection

Bushmaster Optics Ready (O.R.C.) Semi Automatic Carbine

This top quality Bushmaster carbine was developed for the shooter who intends to immediately add optics (scope, red dot or holographic sight) to the rifle, as it is shipped without any iron sights. The premium 16″ M4 barrel is chrome lined in both bore and chamber to provide Bushmaster accuracy, durability and maintenance ease. Shipped in a lockable hard case with operation and safety manual, 30 round magazine and black web sling. One year Bushmaster warranty.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: Bushmaster ORC

So everyone, take your pick and decide which piece you want delivered. I for one, am leaning toward the Ruger. Mostly because I don’t want to mess up my Browning. Happy Shooting!

Serious Firepower Under Review

S&W M&P15X Rifle

S&W M&P15X

S&W M&P15X

When buying an AR-15 most of us look for value per dollar spent. Not a penny is wasted when purchasing the M&P15X. You won’t need to upgrade to a high quality quad rail forend, it’s already installed. You won’t need to buy a Troy flip-up rear sight; the M&P15X already has one. The barrel is chrome lined and the gas key and bolt carrier are chrome plated for longevity and ease of cleaning. Developers made the barrel phosphate coated (parkerized) and the receivers are hard coat black anodized. Of course it comes with a 30 round STANAG magazine and six-position collapsible stock. The M&P15X is set up in a state of the art configuration from the factory, so you won’t need to modify it to get up to speed. Add a red dot optic of your choice and start buying 5.56 ammo by the case, because you’ll want to shoot this lightweight carbine often!

 

 

 

 

PTR-91 KPF

PTR 91 KPF

PTR 91 KPF

For years, there were only two choices if you wanted a G3 style rifle. You could pony up over two grand for a pre-ban HK91, or buy a “clone” made of some old G3 parts held together with US parts of poor quality. Then PTR came along and changed everything. The PTR-91KPF is a G3A3 configuration rifle of excellent quality that compares favorably even to the original HKs. The heavy target barrel is button rifled with a 1:12” twist rate topped by a pre-ban HK style flash hider. The lower receiver is the “Navy” polymer style, which shooters use in the most modern G3 configurations. The paratrooper collapsible stock is original HK made. One 20 round magazine is included, but you’ll want a bunch more since we sell them for two bucks each. The forend is black anodized aluminum and can have Picatinny rails attached to it to mount accessories. The two thousand dollar pre-ban HK91s could never do that!

 

 

 

Puma PPS22 Wildcat

Puma PPS22WC50

Puma PPS22WC50

Puma makes a line of affordable .22 LR rifles that vaguely resemble the classic Bergman MP18 submachine gun. Then they made the PPS22WC50 “Wildcat” and let themselves go totally bonkers crazy with it. Developers threw out the wooden stock and replaced with tactical black polymer one with accessory rails, a vertical foregrip up front, and an AR-15 type collapsible stock in back. They knew shooters would want to blaze away in rapid fire with the Wildcat so they forgot about the low capacity mags and just went ahead and included a 50 round drum from the factory. The barrel has a metal shroud over it with vent holes to dissipate heat, protecting the user’s hands as drum after drum of cheap .22 LR plunges downrange. After they built this little monster, Puma looked at their creation and said, “Do you guys think this would sell if we made it less than $350?” The answer is a resounding yes—CTD can hardly keep the “Wildcat” in stock!

 

 

 

 

Sig 556 SWAT

Sig Sauer SIG556 SWAT

Sig Sauer SIG556 SWAT

Sig met criticism with their first generation 556 guns by releasing the new 556 SWAT Patrol. The forend is shorter than the standard Sig 556, with a lightweight quad rail installed from the factory, making it less barrel-heavy than previous variants. Excellent diopter sights are also installed instead of the “optics ready” slick-top of before. The 16” cold hammer forged barrel features a 1/7 twist rate to stabilize the heaviest 5.56 NATO bullets. The two-stage trigger contributes to accuracy while the piston-driven gas system keeps the receiver clean and cool. The stock both folds to the right side and adjusts for length of pull. The 556 SWAT includes one 30 round STANAG magazine and is coated with Sig’s famous proprietary Nitron corrosion resistant finish. To buy an AR-15 with this list of features would cost much more than Sig is asking for their 556 SWAT Patrol.

 

 

 

 

Sig P250 Compact .40

SIG Sauer P250 Compact

SIG Sauer P250 Compact

Sig issued a challenge to the entire firearms industry when they released the award-winning P250 in 2009. The serial numbered part is actually a modular steel “tub” containing the critical parts inside the frame, making the P250 the first modular-framed pistol ever offered to the public. While other companies make pistols with grip inserts that slip over the back of the gun, Sig is the only one to offer this system, in which the entire frame can be inexpensively swapped out for a larger or smaller one depending on mission requirements. This “compact” variant intended for concealed carry still holds 13+1 rounds of .40 S&W ammo. It’s a double action only gun but don’t let that scare you off—the P250’s double action is light, smooth, and consistent every time. The frame features a picatinny rail up front for mounting accessories and the price just can’t be beat. $335 for a high capacity Sig Sauer .40? Yes, its true.

Reviewing Our Most Popular Guns

It occurred to us that we haven’t spent enough time talking about our highest selling guns. It is interesting why people buy certain guns, and leave others on the shelf. We decided to make a list of the guns that we move the most of, and discuss what they are for and why folks seem to want to own them.

Chicks With Guns

Chicks With Guns

“Shooting, hunting, and guns in general are such an integral part of my personal and professional life that it’s hard for me to imagine that I had a life before firearms” (Ginny p.155).

CTD Mike’s Dream Guns

CTD Mike here, your guest writer for some featured products since CTD Suzanne is out today. Here are some guns that are on my personal “dream list.” Will I ever own them without winning the lottery? Probably not, but its fun to daydream isn’t it? You can comment below and tell me what guns are on your dream list!

FNP My Pants

FNP-45 Tactical

FNP-45 Tactical

The FNP-45 Tactical’s barrel is threaded from the factory for a silencer/suppressor, and its night sights are super tall so you can see them over the diameter of the silencer. Three 15-round mags are included, yes, this beast holds 15+1 rounds of .45acp. A removable plate on top of the slide covers up a mounting point for a mini-red dot, which I would just have to add, too. Choosing an Ospery .45 silencer to go with the FNP, I would have about $2,000 sunk into a .45acp pistol that’s worth every penny.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: FNP-45 Tactical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improve This, I Dare You

LWRC M6A3 DMR

LWRC M6A3 DMR

I have a pretty nice AR-15 that I built for myself by buying parts all year long, a piece from here, a part from there, and finally assembled over Labor Day weekend. So I’m pretty picky when it comes to ARs, I look at most of the factory guns and think, “That’s a good place to start, but then I would change the stock, and put in a two-stage trigger, and put a Magpul grip on it…” I look at the LWRC M6A3, and there’s nothing I would change about it. The flip-up sights are excellent. The gas piston system has four positions including one specifically for use with a silencer. It comes with a tuned Geissele two-stage match trigger already installed. Oh, and its cold hammer forged 18-inch barrel is chambered in 6.8 SPC. Bazinga! All it needs is an optic, a sling, and a steady supply of 6.8 ammo.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: LWRC M6A3 DMR

 

 

 

 

 

The FAL is My Pal

Para FAL

DSA "Para" FAL

Once upon a time, the FN FAL was called “the right arm of the free world.” Pretty much every NATO country except the USA issued it; we got the M14 instead. The FAL is super reliable, chambered in hard hitting 7.62 NATO, has good ergonomics, good combat accuracy, and this version from DS ARMS even has the “paratrooper” folding stock. Beautifully made from heavy duty chunks of carefully milled steel, the FAL is old world craftsmanship mixed with features that were really head of their time, like the piston driven gas system with a user adjustable gas block.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: DSA “Para” FAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail to the King, Baby

Barrett 82A1

Barrett 82A1: Because I'm an American and I CAN, that's why

The Barrett 82A1 is definitely my ultimate dream gun right now. There are other .50s that are more accurate, or cheaper, but none of them offer the proven military pedigree of the Barrett and none of them give me 10 rounds of that ridiculously massive .50bmg firepower as fast as I can aim and pull the trigger. There is a CQ model that chops the barrel by nine inches but it only weighs a pound less, so I’ll stick with the original 29” barreled monster. I would feed it with Hornady’s AMAX loading, a 750 grain projectile doing nearly 3,000 feet per second. It has more kinetic energy at 1.5 miles away from the muzzle than a .44 magnum has at point-blank range! How can a 10-shot semi-auto cost nearly eight grand and still be worth it? Ask a Barrett 82A1 owner.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: Barrett M82A1

So those are my dream guns.  Do you agree with me, or do you wish for something completely different?  Comment below, Tweet us @cheaperthandirt, or post on our Facebook wall!

Ruger’s Single Ten

There is just something special about pulling back the hammer on a single action pistol. That tell tale set of three clicks, and the feel of those revolver grips are reminiscent of a day when we were still trying to win the west. Ruger has come up with a revolver to remind us of the good old days. Years ago, Ruger developed the Single Six .22 pistol. This pistol earned a reputation for accuracy and rugged reliability. Recently, Ruger unveiled the Single Ten in .22 Long Rifle. Can you guess what the difference is? That’s right, four more rounds of rock and roll before you have to reload.

The look and feel of the Single Ten is superb. The stainless-steel finish and red-colored wood grips go very well together. Ruger developed the Single Ten on a similar platform to the Single Six. The first thing that jumps out at you when you pick up this pistol is the comfortable feel. The gunfighter grips are ergonomic and the hardwood feel is refreshing and feels stable. An aluminum sleeve separates the two grip panels, which make it impossible to over-tighten and damage the wood. The gun balances well and has a natural feel when pointed downrange. As soon as you look down the barrel, an obvious change is the Williams fiber optic sights that Ruger has installed. The rear sight is fully adjustable and the matte black sights contrast well with the fiber optic inserts, resulting in a very fast and easy to see sight picture. The front sight blade and base are a Single piece, and a Single screw attaches it to the barrel. The fiber optic sights make the Single ten better for hunting and field use due to the increased visibility.

The gun has a barrel length of 5.5 inches and an overall length of 11 inches. Unloaded it weighs in at 38 ounces, making recoil almost non-existent. We measured the trigger pull at 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The barrel has six groves and a 1:14-inch right hand twist. Accuracy was spot on. We managed a very tight group at 25 yards and every round went to point of aim. There were no malfunctions of any kind while firing the weapon.

Loading the Single Ten is a little different from the Single Six. When you open the loading gate, the lock releases and you can rotate the cylinder. At each click, a new chamber appears where the loading gate used to be. If you rotate two clicks, with a little practice, the large gap the loading gate leaves allows you to load two shells at once. This design actually allowed me to load the Single Ten faster than my Single Six, a huge advantage. Unloading spent cartridges was a bit more challenging. When you open the loading gate to extract your spent shells, the cylinder clicks into place, but not entirely. The cylinder has just enough looseness that it does not always line up with the ejection rod, so you have to wiggle the cylinder so it lines up and you can eject the spent casing. This problem was not a huge deal once I got accustomed to knowing just how far to rotate the cylinder and I stopped noticing it after a little practice.

The Ruger Single Ten will make a fine addition to any gun collector who wants a little more ammunition on the ready, but likes that old single action feel. More than just a range toy, the Williams fiber optic sights, increased cylinder capacity, and top-notch accuracy makes the Single Ten an outstanding pistol to have out in the field, in the truck or on the hip.

Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357

Ruger’s .357 Carbine

Something different came from Ruger today for us to test out. A while ago, Ruger developed the bolt action Ruger 77 in the .44 magnum cartridge. This gun was great for short to medium range hunting and incorporated Ruger’s rotary magazine design. Now Ruger has unveiled the 77 in the .357 cartridge. The concept of using large pistol calibers for hunting is not new. People have been hunting medium sized game with .357 pistols for years, but with the longer barrel and precision of a bolt-action rifle, the .357 is even more effective.

Ruger 77

The Ruger weighs in at a mere 5.5 pounds and the 18.5-inch barrel makes maneuvering in thick brush relatively easy. The one in sixteen right hand twist helps make the rifle deadly accurate. When fired, the recoil feels closer to a .22 than a magnum pistol round. Ruger used hammer-forged stainless steel for the barrel. The receiver is also stainless and has integrated scope bases for the Ruger scope rings, which I am happy to say, are included. Quality mounts and rings are costly, and Ruger used high quality stainless steel, which will stand the test of time with few issues. The rifle is an overall 38.5 inches in length and has a 13.5-inch length of pull. In case you aren’t using a scope, the rifle in equipped with iron sights and the rear sight is adjustable.

The stainless steel bolt lifts 90 degrees and the bolt locks at the rear of the receiver. When removing the bolt assembly, you have to open the bolt, pull the trigger, and engage a small bolt release button on the back of the chamber. The safety has three positions. When the safety is in the rear position, the trigger is blocked, and the bolt will not open, in the middle position, the trigger is still blocked but you can open the bolt and empty the rifle. While in the forward position, the rifle is set to fire or load.

The magazine holds five rounds and uses Ruger’s rotary magazine design. This design makes the bottom of the magazine flush with the bottom of the rife, as opposed to a tall box magazine in an AR-style rifle. Ruger included stainless steel feed lips on the magazine to increase durability. The follower is made of polymer and cycles .357 ammunition well. When extracting, the empty shells shot quite far forward and to the right, about six feet. It should be noted that Ruger included an instruction manual insert, warning that the 77 was chambered to shoot only .357 ammunition. While hand loading .38 special ammunition into the chamber directly will work, filling the magazine with .38 special will invite feeding problems, and should be avoided.

The stock of the 77 is made of a black synthetic polymer, and looks very modern when paired to the stainless steel barrel. The feel of the rifle is quite comfortable and feels similar to most standard carbine style hunting rifles. Included on the stock are swivel sling mounts, which is a necessity for any hunting rifle.

Out of the box, this carbine is perfect for hunting in thick brush, for up to 150 yards. The pistol ammunition is more than powerful enough to take down a deer or hog at close to medium range. The Ruger 77 is a perfect addition for any hunter who wants a ranch gun to throw in the truck, or take out on long treks in the brush.

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Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357