Cheaper Than Dirt’s Top Selling Guns of 2014

Serbian Zastava M92 PAP semiautomatic pistol with black metal receiver and wood handguard

When examining Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top-selling guns in 2014, there is one thing they all have in common—price. With the exception of the Hi-Point—all 10 of these firearms offer incredible value for the price. However, just because all but one of these firearms is cheap in price, in no way means the quality suffers. Smith & Wesson’s reliability, fit and finish are top notch, as well as Colt Competition’s match-target rifle.

No stranger to budget constraints and as one who takes advantage of deals, I understand why many customers jumped on special prices throughout the year. Discounted pricing helped boost sales of certain firearms on this list, such as the Mossberg MMR and the exclusive Ruger SR22 TALO. However, the regular price and features on those two guns stand on its own.

The only gun on the list not chosen directly due to price is the GLOCK 42. This much-anticipated .380 ACP might win the popularity contest for 2014.

The intent of this list is not that these following 10 firearms were the best of 2014—there is way too much subjectivity for me to attempt an article on the “best” firearms of 2014. Instead, you chose by purchasing these 10 firearms the most. So, without further ado, I present to you, Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top 10 selling firearms in 2014.

Black synthetic pump-action shotgun called the H&R Pardner Protector
Based on the Remington 870 action and built for home-defense is the H&R Pardner pump.

H&R Pardner Pump Protector Shotgun



H&R Pardner Pump Protector owners say it is:

  • A beast
  • Built like a tank
  • A great beater
  • Solid
  • Rugged
  • For home defense or truck gun, this affordable pump shotty won’t let you down

The H&R Pardner Protector pump-action shotgun is one of the cheapest pump-action shotguns on the market, so there is no question as to why it sells out so fast. Based on the Remington 870 action and built for home-defense, the H&R Pardner pump has an 18.5-inch barrel and cylinder bore—meaning no choke tube. It fits either 2.75- or 3-inch shells and holds five rounds in the tube and one in the chamber. A simple bead front sight is all the Pardner Protector has in the way of sights, and the receiver is drilled and tapped so you can add a shotgun scope if you feel it necessary. However, the H&R Pardner Protector fires point of aim. When you handle the shotgun like you mean it, it will feed and function all types of shotgun shells reliably from cheap bird shot to home defense slugs, but might need a break-in period for the extractor to spit out used hulls consistently and get the forend operating smoothly. The black synthetic stock has a built-in hard rubber buttpad that doesn’t do much for the kick of this 12-gauge pump-action workhorse, however, for the price, spending a bit extra upgrading the stock to a Hogue or Magpul won’t break the bank. With the exception of barrels, The Pardner Pump Protector accepts most Remington 870 aftermarket accessories including stocks, forends and rails.

Mossberg MMR AR-15 .223

Mossberg MMR Tactical AR-15 Rifle
Looking to a name you know you can trust ensures support in the future as well as a better resale value.

Mossberg MMR owners say it:

  • Exceeds expectations
  • Is well-made
  • Is possibly the best entry level AR on the market
  • Looks and feels amazing
  • Is quite accurate

Mossberg’s entry into the black rifle market does not offer many surprises. Like most ARs, the Mossberg Modular Rifle or MMR operates from a direct gas impingement system, has a single-stage trigger, a six-position stock, 16-inch carbon steel free-floating barrel and a railed handguard. Nope. Nothing new to see here. However, take a closer look.

Unlike many of its competitors, the MMR AR-15s free-float rails mount to the receiver and not the barrel. This system, combined with the free-floating barrel, makes the Mossberg AR slightly more accurate. Further, the Stark SE-1 grip is slightly different from your traditional pistol grip. The Stark SE-1 grip allows a  larger trigger guard and places your grip lower. This grip design makes reaching the trigger guard easier, especially when wearing gloves. The Mossberg MMR rifle is a little rough around the edges and the trigger isn’t great—no worse compared to other budget AR-15 factory triggers. Built for function, not aesthetics, this rifle is one of Cheaper Than Dirt’s top sellers because of its good value.

For more on the Mossberg MMR, click here.

Black AR-15 lower receiver built by Anderson Manufacturing
Anderson Manufacturing builds an excellent 7075 T6 aluminum AR-15 receiver in-house without a high price tag.

Anderson Manufacturing Company AR-15 Stripped Lower Receiver

Customers who built ARs on the Anderson Manufacturing stripped lower say the lower is:

  • Flawless
  • Excellent quality
  • 100% reliable
  • Amazing
  • Well finished
  • Precisely machined

Anderson Manufacturing builds an excellent 7075 T6 aluminum AR-15 receiver in-house without a high price tag. In fact, the less than $50 lower receiver makes you feel like you’re getting a steal for the good quality you receive from the “no-lube” AR company. The Anderson Manufacturing lower is nothing fancy. It meets MIL-SPEC with a hard-anodized finish and has safe, fire, and AM-15 CAL .223/5.56mm markings. Any lower parts kit and upper assemblies fit just fine in the Anderson lower without problems.

Click here to learn how to build your own AR-15 rifle.

Mosin Nagant bolt-action rifle with wood stock
Introduced in 1892, the Mosin Nagant is one of the first military rifles to use smokeless powder.

Century Arms M91/30 Mosin Nagant

Mosin Nagant owners say:

  • The headspace was perfect
  • It shot like a dream
  • It is very accurate
  • It is fun to shoot
  • The bolt cycles perfectly
  • It is in great condition

Besides the historical value, military surplus firearms are highly desirable because of the generally low price they fetch. Not only are military surplus firearms usually over-built and demand quite a presence, they are also excellent for hunting and long-distance shooting. Many choose a military surplus rifle not only because of the price, but also because of the availability of cheap surplus ammo. Introduced in 1892, the Mosin Nagant is one of the first military rifles to use smokeless powder. The Mosin Nagant is the cheapest military surplus rifles you can buy due to how many were produced during World War II. Many believe the Mosin Nagant is an essential piece to any gun collector’s arsenal. Century International Arms refinishes the M91/30 7.62x54R bolt-action rifle to bring the laminated wood stock back to good condition. With a 26-inch barrel and 48-inch overall length, the Mosin Nagant M91/30 is a beast weighing in at 8.2 pounds.

For more about the Mosin Nagant, click here.

Ruger TALO Exclusive SR22

Black polymer frame, blued steel barrel TALO Exclusive Ruger SR22 semiautomatic pistol
The Ruger SR22 TALO exclusive ships with three magazines and has a 6.40-inch blued barrel.

Ruger SR22 Talo Exclusive owners say:

  • It is the most dependable .22 I’ve purchased
  • This is my favorite .22
  • No misfires, jammed rounds or other issues
  • It is well balanced and accurate
  • The ergonomics are impressive
  • It is so easy to handle

Since 1965, TALO Distributors, Inc. have commissioned customized special edition firearms from many of the top name gun manufacturers in the business, including Colt, Smith & Wesson, GLOCK, Remington, SIG Sauer, Mossberg and Ruger—just to name a few. The company’s relationship with Ruger started in 1999. Since then TALO has designed hundreds of limited edition Ruger firearms. When the Ruger TALO exclusive SR22 semiautomatic pistol was released, it entered the full-sized rimfire handgun class at a much better value than its competitors—the Walther P22, Smith & Wesson M&P22 and the SIG Sauer Mosquito. The Ruger SR22 TALO exclusive ships with three magazines and has a 6.40-inch blued barrel. With an easy-to-rack slide and simple takedown, the SR22 pistol is a great affordable gun for shooting leagues, training and teaching new and young shooters. It has ambidextrous controls and upgraded, adjustable target-style sights. What makes the SR22 stand out from other full-sized rimfires is the different grip sleeve sizes and magazine extension that ships with the gun, making it more customizable for different shooters.

Black Hi-Point 9mm pistol
Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top selling Hi-Point is the 9mm model.

Hi-Point Firearms Model C-9

Hi-Point firearm owners defend their choices by saying:

  • It was money well spent
  • It’s worth at least twice this price
  • A fun gun to shoot
  • It is very reliable
  • Shoots great for me
  • It handles great and never misfires

I can’t think of another handgun so hotly debated as the Hi-Point. Called many names—top-quality is not one of them—we can all agree on one description. Cheap. At under $130, I dare you to find me a cheaper new pistol. The Hi-Point is a blowback operated, single-action only semiautomatic handgun chambered in .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. There is even a carbine model. The most expensive Hi-Point is chambered in .45 ACP, includes a laser and sells for only $199.35. Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top selling Hi-Point is the 9mm model. Its 29-ounce weight helps absorb the recoil of 9mm +P ammo. And yes, it is +P rated. The Hi-Point 9mm has a 3.5-inch barrel; adjustable sights, thumb and magazine disconnect safeties and holds eight rounds. Both Hi-Point and independent torture tests prove these things work. There is no shortage of Hi-Point owners to tell you this cheap 9mm is reliable. For $129.88, you can afford to find out for yourself.

Read how one hunter killed a bear with a Hi-Point here.

S&W M&P15 Sport AR-15

Black AR-15 rifle by Smith and Wesson, the M&P 15 Sport model with Magpul folding rear and A2 front sight post
The 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower on the M&P 15 Sport are build in-house by Smith & Wesson.

Those who bought the M&P 15 Sport say:

  • It is deadly accurate right out of the box
  • The workmanship is excellent
  • It is a very good AR
  • It works flawlessly
  • It shoots beautiful, sights dead on
  • I highly recommend

It is no wonder why the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport is one of the top-10 selling firearms at Cheaper Than Dirt! Number one—the M&P 15 is a highly desirable AR. Smith & Wesson really got this one right. It is accurate and reliable. And number two? It has a competitive price to boot. Especially the “Sport” model that retails for a very affordable $611.60. The next M&P 15 is $852.50 and has no sights! How Smith & Wesson saved over $200 by just eliminating the dust cover and forward assist on the Sport model is beyond me. But hey! You won’t hear me complain. Smith & Wesson did not skimp on any other part on the M&P Sport. It has a 16-inch 4140 steel barrel and chromed gas key and bolt carrier. Smith & Wesson builds the 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower in-house. It has a six-position adjustable stock, adjustable A2 front sight post and upgraded Magpul MBUS folding rear sight.


GLOCK 42 profile view
Small enough to carry comfortably, but large enough for proper hand purchase.

GLOCK 42 owners spread the love with comments like:

  • I liked this pistol so much, I came back and bought another
  • The easiest shooting pocket .380 I have ever put in my hand
  • Sweet firearm!
  • Perfect pocket pistol
  • I had high hopes for this gun and it met them all
  • Shot dead on with no problems

I haven’t met anyone yet—especially women—who have shot the GLOCK 42 and don’t love it. In fact, it is the only handgun I have heard people saying that they liked their first one so much, they rushed out to buy a second. Many men who chose GLOCK as their daily concealed carry have made the switch as well. The GLOCK 42 operates like all GLOCK pistols with few variations in its design. The takedown lever springs and slide stop are different. The integrated trigger safety—that GLOCK calls “Safe Action”—means GLOCK pistols have no external safeties. The GLOCK 42 has a 3.25-barrel, holds six rounds of .380 ACP and is easy and comfortable to conceal with a 0.94-inch width and a light 13.76-ounce overall weight. The advantage the GLOCK 42 has over other .380 ACP pocket pistols is its locked-breech operation. Many of the .380s are blowback. The locked-breech design helps the GLOCK 42 handle recoil better, making it more comfortable to shoot than many of the blowback-operated .380 ACP pistols. The GLOCK 42 shoots closer to point of aim than other .380s we tested and our particular test gun experienced no malfunctions or failures to feed or eject. We can’t deny it—we are big fans.

Click here for an extended review on the GLOCK 42.

Serbian Zastava M92 PAP semiautomatic pistol with black metal receiver and wood handguard
Shooting the PAP M92 makes the purchase worth it. It produces a huge fireball and large concussion.

Century Zastava PAP M92 Semiauto Handgun

Zastava PAP M92 handguns owners say:

  • Awesome mini AK
  • The features list doesn’t do the M92 justice
  • This little gun is my new favorite
  • Well built and solid
  • Well worth the money
  • The action on it is really nice

Some guns you purchase for function. Some guns you purchase for fun. Such is the case in the super cool Zastava M92 PAP semiautomatic pistol. These pistols are straight from the Zastava factory in Serbia. Handguns aren’t required to meet 922r compliance, so you get an imported AK variant with very little modifications, all for around $500. Back in the day, M92 parts kits fetched upwards of $1,000; needless to say, these Century International PAP M92 pistols are quite a steal. Based on the Kalashnikov AK family of rifles, the Zastava PAP is gas-operated with rotating bolt. It shoots 7.62x39mm and has a 10-inch barrel. It has a heavy stamped receiver and a white dot sight system. The rear sight is marked for 200 and 400 meters, while the front sight is a traditional AK post. Shooting the PAP M92 makes the purchase worth it. It produces a huge fireball and large concussion. Add a SIG pistol brace or a full-length stock and SPR-it and then try not giggling every time you shoot it.

Click here to learn how to build a short-barreled rifle.

Colt Competition CSR-1516

Picture shows the Colt Competition CSR-1616 AR-15 rifle.
Hand-built in Texas by Bold Ideas, Colt Competition’s sporting CSR-1516 5.56mm NATO rifle is a high-end AR-15 without the high-end price tag.

One owner sums up the entire review—“It is perfect!”

Considered a “budget” rifle, the Colt Competition CSR-1516 sporting AR-15 is anything but. Assembled by Bold Ideas Texas, $750 is an amazing price for this hand-built Colt AR-15 with custom features. There are only a few areas where Colt cut costs building this rifle. First, there is no dust cover or forward assist—for some, this is of no consequence. For others, it has prevented them from looking further into the Colt CSR-1516. However, this rifle is not designed for battle duty in the desert and even in competitions, you will never miss the lack of a dust cover or forward assist—features that come in handy when working in heavily dusty environments. Second, it has no sights. HOwever, it does include a sleek, long handguard with Picatinny rails and plenty of holes to add more. Third, the barrel is not chrome-lined, just simply chrome-moly instead. Either way, the Colt Competition CSR-1516 is accurate as all get out and has the capability of shooting Sub-MOA. It has a nickel boron-plated trigger and hammer as well as a nitrided bolt carrier group. The trigger and barrel are both match grade. Chambered for 5.56mm NATO and .223 Remington both, the 16-barrel has a 1:8-inch twist. Generally not found on “budget,” entry level or other value-priced AR-15s, the 1:8-inch twist stabilizes more of a variety of bullets than the more-common 1:9-inch twist AR barrel.

Did you buy any of these firearms in 2014? If so, tell us which ones and what you think about them in the comment section.



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Comments (26)

  1. “Century Zastava PAP M92 Semiauto Handgun. These pistols are straight from the Zastava factory in Serbia”

    Ha ha, straight from the factory that brought you the world famous Yugo automobile! Hope the gun lasts longer.

  2. Well, I’d love to write a short blog about your list….it’s interesting. But one quick question, is the list in descending sales, ascending or in no particular order?

  3. What changes were made between the standard Ruger SR22 and the TALO SR22? My standard SR22 has been plagued with FTF and FTE issues since day 1. Since my experience is by no means unique, based on other feedback on the Ruger forums, I find it curious that yours had no such problems. Thanks in advance for the info.


  4. I bought a Mossberg MMR Hunter this fall. I have a couple Rock River AR
    Rifles, and I was really impressed with the accuracy of this Mossberg. I installed a Timney 3 pound trigger in this rifle and with Hornady 55 grain V Max, it will shoot as good as I can. Well built, fit and function is impressive.

  5. Great question, and you’ll get different answers. From what I have learned, size doesn’t necessarily matter…unless it does. But generally speaking, it’s better to be carrying any caliber than not to be carrying at all. Even a .22 will stop a threat. It’s largely about shot placement. There are plenty of stories of folks being killed from one shot of .22, and plenty of people have taken multiple shot of 45 and kept fighting. For a semi-auto, I believe 9mm is the most common, and my favorite. Comparatively, ammo is the cheapest (except .22), recoil is quite manageable, you get great capacity, plenty of “stopping power”, etc…and there are plenty of pistols to choose from. If you want to go a tad smaller, a .380 is a good option, but ammo costs more and the rounds have less velocity on them, but there are tons of small conceal pistols made in .380. If you start going larger, the opposite happens. Guns are bigger and heavier, recoil is more, capacity drops, ammo is more expensive, etc… That;s not always true, there are some smaller .40 and .45s, but the ammo is still more and you have the recoil issue. .40 can be not too recoil heavy and isn’t too much more expensive than 9mm, so it’s a good alternative. Of course, some folks think bigger is better, and want the .45. NOte, that many in the military and police force are going back to or at least considering 9mm due to the above reasons.

    Of course, if you want a revolver, anything above a .38 is a pretty good option.

  6. When examining Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top-selling guns in 2014, there is one thing they all have in common—price. With the exception of the Hi-Point—all 10 of these firearms offer incredible value for the price
    what the heck was the meaning of this comment ????
    did you stop to think that maybe one of the reasons Hi-Point has been a TOP seller with Dealers for the last 25 years is the fact that THEY ARE AN INCREDIBLE VALUE FOR UNDER 200 BUCKS ???

  7. just a question; In line with first purchases, what caliber is the most popular for first handgun purchases? or does it matter? Am planning on going to the range to try out different guns for first purchase, but am wondering that age-old question; does size matter foe CCW handguns?

    1. From what I have seen for a handgun the most common first purchase is a 38 revolver or a 9 millimeter.

  8. I bought the hi point c9 and mosin 91-30 as a first gun purchase . Originally decided on mosin because I loved the idea of having something historical also, after receiving and a trip to the range I liked it even more , I am very happy with both I have not had any issues . I believe that they are great for a beginner shooter and would highly recommend , also I would like to note buying from CTD has been a great experience and they have a customer for life

  9. i purchased the pap m92 and just love shooting it. i own a full size ar 15 and a large ak 47 and i can say that this mini ak 47 is so fun to shoot. has difinately put the bang back into my shooting. well worth the investment.

  10. Picked up the glock 42 had a few issues with the breach locking back on full mag sent it back to glock they replaced my mags and gun still malfunctions did a full trigger job replaced the guide rod with dpm recoil reduction system and polished out the ejector not a single problem since I’m a huge glock fan regardless and absolutely love the glock 42

  11. Purchased the Colt CSR 1516. Contrary to what CTD says, it is not a Colt Competition Rifle CCR, it is a Colt Sporting Rifle CRS. Cannot figure why CTD advertises it as a higher class weapon than what it is. Nonetheless, the rifle is fantastic weapon and worth the price. I too went with the Nikon P223 scope and am very pleased with the combination of the two.

  12. Hi, I bought the Colt CSR 1516 for myself, and the S&W M&P Sport15 for my wife. I outfitted the Colt with a P223 Scope, sighted it in, and it is dead on accurate. What a great rifle at any price! I picked it up under $700.

    The S&W M&P Sport15 is the perfect rifle for my wife. Not sure she even needs a scope. She’s that good of a shooter. However will put a P223 on hers as well for quicker target acquisition. Love, love, love both rifles.

  13. S&W M&P15 Sport. Reliable, accurate, nicely priced and just plain fun to shoot. Oh yeah, it’s a Smith & Wesson.

  14. I have had a Mosin for years, great rifle and real cheap to shoot too. Very accurate rifle when you add a scope. It can and will take down big game.
    When I take the Mosin to the gun range, someone will always come up and ask me what rifle I’m shooting. Never fails to happen.

  15. Curious about handgun popularity. Why is Walther PPQ 9mm not more popular? Nominal price. Reputation for excellent Reliability and the smoothest, short reset trigger available.

    1. Dear Ron, Walther has suffered from their .22 pistol being a design that simply doesn’t work and is poorly executed, of late. They really aren’t keeping up.


  16. Hello..i have the VZ58 /2008…love it and fun to shoot and very accurate..i also have the Mosin Nagant and is probably my favorite rifle to shoot..and i have the Romanian AK 47 by to shoot also ..not as accurate as the VZ 58 but who cares where it hits someone that is trying to shoot you.. the VZ 58 i have a green laser and Holographic scope on as does my AK 47,,,my Mosin Nagant i put a high power scope on and a trigger spring on and fires easier and took up the slack…everyone buy guns ..our country is getting more dangerous by the day…

  17. I bought the Colt CSR. I’ve had the DPMS and others, but I’ve continued to enjoy this rifle withou any problems. It’s light and well made! When I’ve had other rifles, I never used the forward assit or the dust cover. I run a rifle fairly wet by comparison to others so any dust or debris is negligible to the operation plus I’m not using it in the desert. Out of the box I installed a red dot site and as described, it was on target. I’ll probably never get rid of this rifle.

  18. just got the vz-2008 or vz-58 however you # it . .outstanding piece of freedom . . and hi-points rule have a 4095 never failed at any tests and really accurate for a .40 cartridge

    1. Mr. James Harmon you must not know your guns because high points they absolutely suck she won’t get a real gun least get a Smith & Wesson or go out or something like that a real gun not no High Point you’ll see when it really matters and you need a gun in my Bri for target practice but I guarantee you my my Glock 22 we’ll put that under the table for you after you shoot my glock

  19. The only one I have on this list is the Zastava M92, which I bought from CTD.

    Well I was gonna say a rude joke about the Hi-point, but damn, I may just buy the 45 ACP for $200, just for fun!

    1. I bought a hi point in 45acp and I love it!! It is so fun to shoot and I have put over 1,000 rounds through it with NO problems at all! It is a little bit heavy but that makes it easier to stay on target. I would recommend this gun to anyone. The warranty is outstanding and you can’t beat the price. Buy one you will love it. I plan on adding a 9mm next.

    2. I have the JCP .40 and the C9. I love them both. I haven’t any a single issue with either. I have large hands and prefer shooting the 40 more because of it’s size, but it is a beast to carry. Despite it’s rep, the C9 isn’t bad at all for carrying

  20. So many great manufacturers out there its not difficult to find quality at a reasonable price. It is actually fun to make a selection once you decide the platform you want.
    With friends who have paid near $10,000 for custom made firearms, I think I personally had rather own a $10,000.00 variety of quality production firearms.
    Its all good and the fun of the sport is a lot more exciting than a lot of other stuff. Ive always had more fun on the range than at a golf tournament and when I come home, I still have something to show for the money I spent.

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