A few folks that think guns are too expensive these days, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality gun. Here are some solid handguns on the market that are under $500.
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The Austrian ISSC M22 self-loading pistol is a fun gun that resembles the world’s most popular police pistol, the Glock. The pistol is affordable at little more than the price of a .22 conversion unit for the Glock pistol and has good features including a Lothar Walther barrel. While it looks like the double action only Glock, the ISSC-Austria M22 is a single-action pistol.
Handgun articles are a favorite of readers who visit The Shooter’s Log, and interest in handguns cuts across all types, sizes, budgets, and uses. Here is The Shooter’s Log’s top 10 handgun and accessories stories of 2017.
Over the last six months, I have worked through a set of theories based on some discussions with some deeply experienced friends, which I would like to share. One high ranking Army friend—formerly a Night Stalker—said, “There is no one perfect small arm for any situation. The dynamics of the environment you expect to be engaged in dictate the armament.” For several reasons, it is my theory that an AR-15 pistol is the better personal defense and road travel firearm to have stowed in your vehicle.
Among the most interesting hobbies is the pursuit of accuracy. Some handguns have it and some do not—the level of accuracy varies widely. I have often mentioned that I do not own a machine rest as I prefer to keep in touch with reality. I do own a couple of devices that help me shoot well such as the Bull Shooters pistol rest. But the single handgun I have found is most like a machine rest or laboratory fixture is the Thompson Center Contender.
The new face of Walther is far more than just a legacy of James Bond’s Walther PPK but a company offering real innovation. The company has leapt into cutting edge designs, which some gun buyers get right away like the fabulous little PPS M1 and M2. Other designs are a bit tougher to understand for the seasoned shooter… that is until they handle them.
Smith and Wesson’s Victory .22 has garnered a lot of interest since its introduction a few months ago. The Victory .22 is intended to compete with similar .22 calibers handguns such as the Browning Buckmark and Ruger Standard Model. As such the Victory will have to have good features, good reliability, and acceptable accuracy. The price point is also important. Smith and Wesson’s previous .22 caliber self loaders were not in the class with this pistol and the hopes Smith and Wesson has pinned on this pistol are not without justification.
If you like the SIG you will like this gun. You might even find a number of improvements at a great price! Now we have a compact Rex Zero, and it is a good shooter.
I have previously stated that the long slide Glock is a good special team pistol for use by agencies that issue Glock pistols. However, the long slide Glock is also a great home defense and competition pistol. For those who can conceal the piece beneath covering garments, the Glock long slide is a viable defensive handgun. In the proper caliber, the pistol is also useful for hunting thin-skinned game.
As a level 1 secure duty holster, the 578 GLS Pro-Fit automatically retains your firearm when holstering the gun by locking on to the trigger guard. The Shooter’s Log’s Gordon Meehl put Safariland’s Pro-Fit holster to the test with multiple sized firearms and garment combination to see what worked and what did not. Read the full article for the results.