Ten Cheap Firearms for Sale

Picture shows a black pump-action shotgun with synthetic pistol grip stock made by Stevens. recently released its list of top-selling guns for June 2015. The buy/sell website stated that the Taurus Millennium G2 (PT-111) topped the list at number one.

The Taurus G2 PT-111 has a street value of about $250 to $200. Folks who have purchased this gun in the past from Cheaper Than Dirt! praised it and gave it good reviews. Some may say the cheap price of the PT-111 reflects the cheap manufacturing of the gun, others will hotly contest that. I know many who trust their life to their Taurus.

Either way… it got me thinking. What was Cheaper Than Dirt!’s top seller for June? Would our numbers be similar to GunBroker’s? The results of my report were no surprise. Our top selling handguns for June included the Taurus PT-111 and the Hi-Point .45 ACP—both followed closely behind the DP-12 double-barreled pump shotgun and the 9mm GLOCK 43 in overall gun sales.

This prompted me to ask Cheaper Than Dirt!’s Facebook fans their take—do people just want cheap guns?

The responses were varied. Some blamed inexperienced buyers for buying inexpensive firearms; while others defended both the Taurus and Hi-Point as good guns and that the price in no way reflects the quality and reliability of the two. One of our Facebook fans, Matt Brestle said, “When someone has an extra $400, they want to stretch their money as far as they can. They look for guns in a lower price point to buy. This frees up other money for ammo and range time.”

I’m going to have to agree with him. Though I do have the occasional champagne taste, generally I’m not disappointed in the guns that fit my beer budget. I buy the best I can afford, making sure I have enough left enough over to pay to feed not only my new gun, but myself, as well. A picture of the Kimber “Micro Bel Air” is on my desktop as an inspiring goal for me to work towards sometime in the future, but for now, my cheaper guns work more than just fine.

If cheap is what you want, than cheap you shall have. Here are ten cheap firearms that get our stamp of approval.

Cobra Enterprises .380 ACP Semiautomatic, $124.36

It is certainly no looker and it is a heavy hunk of metal that no one is carrying comfortably, but as luck would have it, this thing is surprisingly easy to shoot and accurate. I reviewed a friend’s Freedom Series .380 and the pistol shocked the heck out of me how well it shot. Would I suggest you depend on it on as your only firearm? Probably not; however, for training and target shooting—sure, why not? It’s only $124.36.

Picture shows a black and purple .380 semi-automatic handgun with a steel magazine beside it.
Cobra Firearms makes the cheapest pistol you can purchase new on the market today.
Cobra Enterprises FS380
Action Semiautomatic, single-action
Barrel Length 3.5 inches
Caliber .380 ACP
Overall Height 5 inches
Overall Length 6.4 inches
Overall Width Not available
Weight Unloaded 24 ounces
Sights Fixed
Grip Black synthetic
Capacity 7 rounds
Frame Alloy
Price Starting at $124.36

Marlin Model 795, $154.78

Like many people, I learned how to shoot with a Marlin. Marlin has pretty much perfected the .22 LR rifle and the 795 is no exception. This no-nonsense rimfire semiautomatic sells for less than $160 for the basic model and has an 18-inch barrel, basic sights, last-round bolt hold-open, a cross bolt safety and sling swivel studs. It weighs only 4.5 pounds and comes standard with a 10-round magazine—aftermarket 25-rounders are available. It’s accurate right out of the box, and even more so when you add a scope. One of the best things about this Marlin Model 795 is how much use the whole family will get out of it from varmint-hunting, pest control, to plinking cans and teaching firearm safety to your kids.

Marlin model 795 rimfire rifle
Marlin has pretty much perfected the .22 LR rifle and the 795 is no exception.
Marlin Model 795
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 18 inches
Caliber .22 Long Rifle
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 37 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 4.5 pounds
Sights Ramp front and adjustable open rear
Stock Monte Carlo black fiberglass-filled synthetic
Capacity 25 rounds
Magazine 10 rounds
Price Starting at $154.78

Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 ACP Semiautomatic, $235.29

The thing I appreciate about Kel-Tec is their reliability. Personally, I don’t think any of them look very good, but looks don’t matter when it goes bang every time. Another thing Kel-Tec does right is make a very comfortable-to-carry pistol. The P-3AT has a long, heavy trigger pull, but many find this reassuring for safety reasons. The P-3AT is a true pocket gun, a Kel-Tec classic with a price tag you don’t generally find on US-made guns. I have a Kel-Tec P-3AT with me at work every day. It is my go-to firearm for testing holsters. It’s super thin, lightweight, holds six rounds of .380 ACP and is one of the most easily concealed, most comfortable guns I have found to carry…so far.

Extended P3AT magazine holds three more rounds. A smaller +1 magazine is also available.
Kel-Tec P3AT with extended magazine holding three more rounds.
Kel-Tec P-3AT
Action Semiautomatic, double-action only
Barrel Length 2.75 inches
Caliber .380 ACP
Overall Height 3.5 inches
Overall Length 5.2 inches
Overall Width 0.77 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.3 ounces
Sights Fixed, front blade/notched rear
Grip Polymer
Capacity 7 rounds
Frame Machined 7075-T6 aluminum 
Price Starting at $235.89

North American Arms Mini Revolver, $205.14

The littlest revolver from North American Arms served me well for a very long time and I regret everyday that I sold it. Fully reliable, accurate for extremely close quarters and the smallest gun I have ever shot—the NAA mini revolver fires snake shot, Super Colibri and the most expensive high velocity round money can buy without issue. Fitting in the palm of your hand, it conceals anywhere. It the perfect back-up gun for your purse, tucked away in your boot and for the smallest of smallest outfits. Though gripping, shooting and reloading the NAA mini revolver takes practice, it really is a quality piece that is incredibly fun to own. Read more about the NAA here.

Stainless steel palm-sized mini revolver with wood grips
The NAA Mini Revolver is a true pocket pistol—it conceals perfectly anywhere.
NAA Mini Revolver
Action Single-action revolver
Barrel Length 1.13 inches
Caliber .22 Long Rifle
Overall Height 2.38 inches
Overall Length 4 inches
Overall Width 0.8125 inches
Weight Unloaded 4.5 ounces
Sights Fixed
Grip Rosewood
Capacity 5 rounds
Frame 17-4pH stainless steel
Price Starting at $205.14

Maverick 88, $235.87

The Maverick 88 really gives you a lot of bang for the buck. Made by Mossberg, these value-priced pump-action shotguns work just as smooth and reliably as a Mossberg. There are many who prefer a shotgun for home defense. For those who are looking for something to simply protect their home and not necessarily get into the shooting sports—these come recommended from many shooters. If you are looking for more than that, the Maverick 88 is a great beater or truck gun. If you are looking for a starter shotgun to do a little bit of everything, this Maverick 88 can do that too. Home defense, trap and skeet, and even hunting, the Maverick 88 is reliable, accurate and won’t let you down. Read about the Maverick’s pros and cons here.

The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Pump Shotgun
The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Pump Shotgun
Maverick 88
Action Pump-action shotgun
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 39.5 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 6.75 pounds
Sights Brass front bead
Grip Black synthetic
Capacity 6 rounds
Frame Blued metal
Price Starting at $235.87

Heritage Manufacturing Rough Rider Revolver .22 Long Rifle, $167.11

Revolvers generally don’t come cheap, so this Heritage Rough Rider .22 LR single-action revolver for $167.11 is pretty much a steal. The 6.5-inch long barrel and fixed sights make the gun accurate enough for target work. The smooth trigger measures a six-pound pull and is easily manageable. If you like the look of a classic single-action revolver, or need something to start a new or young shooter on, this one performs well. For $167.11, you will be surprised at the quality you get from a Rough Rider. Read more about the Heritage Rough Rider here.

Heritage Revolver
The handgun has more of a cowboy look and is pretty popular.
Heritage Manufacturing Rough Rider
Action Single-action revolver
Barrel Length 6.5 inches
Caliber .22 Long Rifle
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 11.785 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 33.4 ounces
Sights Open fixed front, notch rear
Grip Cocobolo
Capacity 6 rounds
Frame Aluminum alloy
Price Starting at $167.11

H&R 1871 Pardner Single Shot Shotgun 12 Gauge, $190.32

For a gun that will most likely outlast you— H&R have been making these shotguns since 1893—this simple break-action, single-shot H&R 1871 Pardner shotgun was built to last and functions smoothly every single time. The classic 12 gauge single-shot is just as versatile as any other shotgun—take it hunting, shoot skeet, and even protect your home with it. They are reliable and have a tight lock-up. There is a side release lever and the empty shells automatically eject when you reload. There is no manual safety. Because of its lightweight and lack of recoil pad, the H&R kicks pretty good, so it makes a perfect truck gun or field beater. The H&R 1871 gets bonus points because it is made in the U.S.A.

H&R 1871 Pardner Single Shot
Action Break-action, single-shot shotgun
Barrel Length 32 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 47 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 6 pounds
Sights Front bead
Stock Hardwood
Capacity Single-shot
Frame N/A
Price Starting at $190.32

Stevens 320 Security Pump Action Shotgun, $200.14

Reviews of the Stevens 320 Security pump-action shotgun are a mixed bag, however, our reviewer, Bob Campbell finds it affordable, as reliable and functional as you would expect at its price point. It is a utilitarian shotgun—designed for those who prefer a shotgun for home-defense. It patterns well and handles quickly with the pistol grip synthetic stock. For those who don’t shoot all the time, are looking for a tactical-style self-defense shotgun or those needing a truck gun, the Stevens 320 Security fits the bill just fine.

Picture shows a black pump-action shotgun with synthetic pistol grip stock made by Stevens.
The Stevens 320 12-gauge, pump-action workhorse is inspired by the extremely reliable Winchester 1300 action.
Stevens 320 Security
Action Pump-action shotgun
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 38.25 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 6.85 pounds
Sights Front bead
Stock Synthetic
Capacity 5 rounds
Frame N/A
Price Starting at $200.14

Beretta U22 NEOS, $221

It might look real funky, but the Beretta U22 NEOS has been around a long while and I know quite a few people who learned how to shoot with a Beretta NEOS. Though “cheap,” the NEOS is anything but. It is a true target gun—from its extreme ergonomic design to its excellent accuracy. It comes with a target-style rear sight, but also rails to add an optic. The Beretta NEOS reliably shoots a variety of .22 LR ammo without many hiccups at all. It is also made in the U.S.A. Read more about the Beretta Neos here.

Beretta Neos with magazines and ammunition
The Neos fills a unique niche within the rimfire handgun category. It isn’t a mouse gun, or a budget gun.
Beretta NEOS
Action Single-action
Barrel Length 4.5 inches
Caliber .22 Long Rifle
Overall Height 5.2 inches
Overall Length 8.8 inches
Overall Width 1.5 inches
Weight Unloaded 31.7 inches
Sights Low blade front and adjustable Target rear, Weaver rail
Grip Polymer
Capacity 10 rounds
Frame Polymer
Price Starting at $221

Rock Island Armory M20P Semi Auto Rifle 22LR, $127.41

You probably aren’t the only one hesitant about Rock Island Armory’s firearms; however, the company has come along way. They build a rock-solid, reliable gun. If it seems silly to drop $500 on a .22 LR plinker, or the kid’s first firearm, then the Rock Island Armory M20P is a good alternative.

Rock Island Armory M20P
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 21 inches
Caliber .22 Long Rifle
Overall Height N/A
Overall Length 41 inches
Overall Width N/A
Weight Unloaded 6.5 pounds
Sights Hooded bead
Stock Synthetic
Capacity 10 rounds
Frame N/A
Price $127.41

What about the Hi-Point you ask? The Hi-Point certainly is cheap! Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, let me explain: I have zero experience with Hi-Points. However, there are plenty of people who are huge fans of Hi-Point. If that is what you want—go ahead and buy it! Don’t worry; I won’t make fun of you… very much. Another iconic gun you find missing on this list is the Ruger 10/22, which I do highly recommend. But due to Ruger’s recent rule ceasing third party shipments, Cheaper Than Dirt! isn’t shipping Ruger firearms at this time.

I know articles like this one will stir up eternal debate. The “buy once, cry once” crowd will come out to argue with the “I love my Taurus and Hi-Point” crowd. There is something to be said for the words of great pistol instructor, Massad Ayoob:

“Simple can be as good as fancy, and is sometimes better. Inexpensive can be as good as expensive, and sometimes is better. “Reliability” is more important than “esoteric” in the final balance. Something cheap, now when you need it, beats hell out of something costly that you have to save up for, to buy later, when it may be too late. “Something is generally better than nothing.”

So, whatever your budget allows you to buy—buy it. Practice with it. Familiarize yourself with it. Stay safe, have fun and most of all,—shoot it! Seriously, I would rather you have something to protect you and your family’s life if you had to than have nothing at all.

Do you have a favorite cheap gun? Tell us about it in the comment section.



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Comments (61)

  1. you may not like hi point but they have always been good for me. Before the Company was hi point is was Haskell. after 30 years I had to replace a the striker and spring for my .45 . I call them gave them the part numbers and they sent them to me no question. I bought a .380 last year nice tight grouping right out of the box. I let my wife try it now she carries one also. Nice solid gun for older people 70.

  2. I would like to buy a 9mm revolver, short barrel . Due to arm trouble I find my Ruger LC9s slide very difficult . Any ideas on easing the slide or suggestions on a revolver . I have a 22mag Charter Arms revolver and I really like it . I can’t seem to find a Charter Arms 9 mm revolver .

  3. I have a Rock island Arms FS 10mm A1 tactical 1911, I paid $525 tax,transfer & ALL!! I carry it everyday of my life everywhere I go!!! It’s been 1 of the best pistols I ever owned & my favorite!!!

  4. I have an Armscor 1911 that I paid $435 for that I absolutely love. I actually like it better than my older Springfield. 15,000+ rounds thru it and no issues.

  5. I have an older CZ mod 83 that I purchased several years ago for $250. I came with 2- 13 round mags. During my LEO days I carried it as backup and off duty. I have fired a variety of ammo through it and have never had a failure due to the weapon. its a great little firearm for the money.
    Another I have is the Stevens 320 12 ga. It goes bang with any 12 ga. round. Paid less than $200. The only thing I don’t like about it is that I can’t seem to find anyone that makes a tube extension for it. Both are great and I would depend on either or both for defense.

  6. I know you don’t sell them so may not know…but the foreman of Jennings Bryco bought that company years ago and has moved it to LosVegas and its Jimenez Arms
    Much better machining(fit/finish)
    They also created a mid sized T-380 single stack w/4″ brl and 7+1 clip. It can be bought various places for $150 or less …comes with 2 clips

  7. I agree that normally one gets what they pay for. However the price point seems to be going up here. I have been shooting handguns for about 40 years, hunting, plinking, target and competition. Some rather expensive and some not. Now, I only own two but these dark horses are both inexpensive and great, very accurate, shooters. I would put my C&R CZ82 9×18 Mak and my wifes Bersa Thunder 380 up against most any other. I have not experienced a single FTL or FTF with either after several hundred rounds in each. Bang for the buck really does apply here in my experience. Things may in the future change but that day is yet to come.

  8. I’m going to have to add a little more firepower to the list. First I’ll say that the Ruger 556 gives you a lot of bang for your buck at around $600.00, and you can’t go wrong with an Ar15. Just so you don’t think I’m an AR fanboy next I’ll say the m92 pap and n pap Yugo variant aks are great rifles for the price. Yes you might be saying the m92 is a pistol, but for an extra $200 you can turn it into a sweet SBR. Last I hear the Century Arms V2 American made AK is quality at a reasonable price. So with all the money you save on these rifles, you can buy lots of ammo and the fun will never stop!!!

  9. Another good one, and seems to be not very well known, is the Zastava CZ999. Its basically a Sig 226/229 clone, but with the decocker and slide stop/release combined into one lever. Comes in 9mm or .40S&W, with 3.8″ or 4.4″ barrels. Very reliable, solidly built. I got mine in 9mm for $290 a few months ago. All metal, with steel slide and alloy frame, and great Sig-like ergos.

  10. Well said my friend. It was so funny watching everyone that saw my 995TS clamor around it, be amazed at it’s performance but when you said HiPpint have a whole different demeanor. It was gun inviting them to bring their fifferent 9mm carbine and compare

  11. Well said my friend. I too have enjoyed my SCCY as an extremely good choice for CC/PDW, as well as having for my wife the Hi Point 380 with it’s easy to operate, low recoil, good sights and quite accurate.

    I ran across the SAR-B6P compact presented by EAA almost 2 years ago before they gained the attention they know have or the many positive reviews and articles. I saw it as a CZ75 compact and had to have it. It is an awesome firearm made by one of the largest and oldest FA Mfg.’s in the world and presented by EAA.I own the CZ75-SP01 and the SAR-B6PC is so much like the CZ75 you would not be surprised if it was by them. I don’t know if you are familiar with the Tisas Mig 1 clone of the Colt (Browning) 1911 45CAl. It is an excellent 1911 for anyone unable to afford one of the more expensive offerings. I paid 349.00 delivered for mine. If you are not familiar with any one of these firearms I would recommend them to anyone as a well made full featured, dependable and enjoyable to shoot choice to own.

  12. Followup..I took the 4595 to the range yesterday, you would have thought I brought a Barret .50 in – 3 different guys asked me about it and i let them shoot it. Every one of those guys was grinning from ear to ear.

    I wish i had a way to post an image of my shots from last night – it proves my point…the “Hi-Point” (i know that was bad..sorry). I put 10 shots through the same hole @ 15 / 20 yards – not a huge feat, but i was also using cheap pistol reload rounds. I would put this beast up against any .45 carbine out there.

    If I keep taking her to the range – Hi-Point is going to end up owing me a commission check – all 3 of those guys were headed to my local Turner’s to buy one. Look – love it or hate it, it’s US built, fit and finish are exceptional for the price, its accuarate as cr@p, and their customer service is amazing.

    Stop Hating – start shooting.

  13. Like many of you, i have some expensive radical guns – and i have some beaters that taught me how to shoot straight and well. On the order of Hi-Points..i am quick to admit, the quality suprised the h@ll out of me. I bought the 4595 carbine because i couldnt afford a decent AR at that time. I have to tell you, my favorite range caliber is .45, and shooting the Hi-point in .45 is rediculous fun. You would not believe the accuracy you get out of that tank and with cheap range pistol rounds at that.

    Is it the AR killer many people claim it to be? No. they are completely different types of rifles – but i will say this, my 4595 gets more range time than My expensive AR does – by choice not necessity. As a matter of fact, I joined my local range and make it a point to go every Monday atleast…take a guess who’s going with me today?

    I look at it like this, if it’s cheap – you wont be leary of using it, not to mad if it breaks, and if you can shoot well with a cheap gun…how much better are you going to shoot with a really good gun? I’ll shoot a Hi-point proudly anyday…not because Im cheap…but because I am a gun lover – not a brand lover.

  14. As a licensed collector, hobbyist shooter, amateur gunsmith, and all-around gun nut, I have to say that you don’t need to spend near 500 bucks to get a ultra-reliable firearm.

    I own some expensive firearms, but I started out broke and could only afford the cheap stuff.

    I’ve owned three different Hi Points, and would trust my life with any of them.

    I carried a SCCY for a year, and it never missed a beat, and I never felt worried that it would fail me if I needed it.

    Also, don’t overlook used COMBLOC firearms such as Makarovs, PA-63s, etc. While the price has gone up on these, you can still find a not-so-pretty one for a decent price, and I would put a Russian, E. German, or Bulgarian Makarov up against any other pistol in the entire world for reliability. They are built like a tank, basically the AK47 of pistols. 9mm Makarov ammo is readily available, and some good self defense loads are out there (I suggest Buffalo Bore’s lead +P offering, or Critical Defense)

    If you think you need to spend 400-500 bucks to arm yourself with something reliable, you’re just plain wrong. I bought both my sister and niece a Hi Point 9mm, and am comfortable the pistols WILL work if they ever need them to defend themselves.

    Just check out the IV8888 Youtube Hi Point C9 torture test if you don’t believe me. Sorry, but your expensive Kimber wouldn’t have lived through half of that.

    If you can afford it, I highly suggest a SAR B6P9C. Turkish made, VERY well made, reliable, accurate, and they look nice also. That’s my EDC, and they can be had for well under 300 bucks. It’s basically a CZ75 compact in polymer.

    And if you don’t know, the CZ75 design is the most highly used military and police firearm in the world. Yes, even used more than GLOCK.

    EAA (Tanfoglio) Witness are very well made and affordable firearms too. Either the SAR or EAA will give you something that’s nice to look at, ergonomic, reliable, and quite accurate. With nice trigger pulls, too.

    My full size EAA Witness is my nightstand gun, my SAR is my carry gun, and my CZ75B Omega is my range toy. All the same design, so all the controls and everything are the same, so it works well to have the three different firearms for their own use, while not having to learn 3 different weapon systems for each use.

  15. $500 vs. your life or that of your families?…small price…ditch the netflix, cigs, alcohol, eating out, etc and buy a gun that is reliable…my $.02: 9mm if you can only get one…ammo is still cheap, mags hold more rounds than other calibers, and current ballistics are almost on par with .45’s you’d hardly notice the difference except for the recoil and the amount of rounds you’d be sending down range without reloading…God bless, stay safe, have fun!!!

  16. I agree $500.00 isn’t cheap these days. But when you look at the Glock 43 on the same playing field your still looking at the $500.00 plus range, at least in Ohio. Funny thing is I could have had a Sig Sauer P320 for $489.99 back in April from my dealer in Amish Country, but I didn’t have the money at the time myself by all means I’m not loaded. And I do have a couple Ruger LC9S, 1- a original LC9 (that has the sucky trigger) and 1- of the newer LC9S which run for around $329.99. At 7 meters these guns are okay but I use them as a secondary not a primary there accuracy is okay but nothing to write home about. I’m a former LEO and learned a lot of what I know from the Master, Ken Hackathorn who gave me these pearls of wisdom, 1- you get what you pay for so try get as much gun for your money as your budget will provide, 2- when you find something that you shoot accurately and the gun seems to work for you eventually buy another, your life could depend on. That was back in 1980 and I still live by those pearls of wisdom and 3 – practice as much as your budget allows. Safe shooting.

  17. Why isn’t the Sig Sauer P320 9mm compact listed. It’s a 15 rd compact, 17 if you buy the full 17 rd mag and the mag adapter for $12.99 and even with the full mag and adapter it doesn’t even stick out a 1/4 of an inch very compact. CABELAS had them on sale for $549.98 with a 5% coupon which brought the gun down to $522.98. The gun has Sig Night Sites (something Glock stopped putting on the Civilian marketed guns, WHY?) and it shoots on the par with the other Sig which is outstanding and the trigger is the best stock striker fired trigger I’ve seen I’ve been shooting for 44 years have owned numerous Glocks, XDMs and shoot S&W’s, and XD’S and the Sig P320 tops them all for all you get right out of the gate. Give the Sig SAUER P320 a try you won’t regret it.

  18. Ok, I am here to say that I personally have several kinds of firearms ranging from all calibers. I found on CTD the high points and I read about the ne Sayers about how cheap it was and how big and I was intrigued. I also read about how many people enjoyed the gun and how it saved their lives. I purchased a few of the 45 cal. and they work flawlessly. The are made in America!!!! They are inexpensive, but not cheap. My high point rifle magazine fits into my pistols. Let me say that the people sitting on the fence, Jump In these are GREAT AMERICAN made products.

  19. the heritage .22 single action is a great little revolver. i have a 2005 model and it’s every bit as good as any ruger i’ve owned (and that’s high praise in my book). i recomend it highly.

  20. I wonder if any of them are available in California.

    We need a change of regimes at the state and the federal levels!

  21. I enjoy the privilege and right to own and carry firearms. At any price of purchase I would remind every one making this choice of the huge responsibilities you assume in doing so . You, not the firearms are responsible for all necessary training, practice, care of, secure storage, understanding of and meeting all associated requirements .
    That being said, it has been my observation that any firearm is subject to fail if manuals are not read and directions not followed for proper care and maintenance .
    Also having a limited budget, either own or having owned High Point, SCCY, Taurus, and other less socially acceptable brand name of firearms often amazed at not only the performance, but also the customer service and care offered by these than the Glock’s, Remingtons, and even Sig’s I also enjoy owning or having owned.

    If there is a problem needing factory attention, having it completed in days rather than weeks without providing a list of receipts and explanations as to why it should be covered under warranty to the more appreciated “we are sending you a call tag.” Along, with their quick response time an apology for the inconvenience, often include an extra mag or some swag with it’s return.
    I do not suggest this makes a bad firearm good, I do suggest you usually get what you pay for, maybe just a little more, and more often from the smaller mfg.’s than the large. I really enjoy my Sig’s, but I don’t feel compromised when carrying my SCCY.

  22. I enjoy the privilege and right to own and carry firearms. At any price of purchase I would remind every one making this choice of the huge responsibilities you assume in doing so . You, not the firearms are responsible for all necessary training, practice, care of, secure storage, understanding of and meeting all associated requirements .
    That being said, it has been my observation that any firearm is subject to fail if manuals are not read and directions not followed for proper care and maintenance .
    Also having a limited budget, either own or having owned High Point, SCCY, Taurus, and other less socially acceptable brand name of firearms often amazed at not only the performance, but also the customer service and care offered by these than the Glock’s, Remingtons, and even Sig’s I also enjoy owning or having owned.

    If there is a problem needing factory attention, having it completed in days rather than weeks without providing a list of receipts and explanations as to why it should be covered under warranty to the more appreciated “we are sending you a call tag.” Along, with their quick response time an, apology for the inconvenience, often include an extra mag or some swag with it’s return.
    I do not suggest this makes a bad firearm good, I do suggest you usually get what you pay for, maybe just a little more, and more often from the smaller mfg.’s than the large. I really enjoy my Sig’s, but I don’t feel compromised when carrying my SCCY.

  23. When are any of these gun manufacturers going to figure out that it is a good idea to thread the barrel even on a “value” priced gun?!?

  24. I own a Maverick 88 in 20ga. and it does everything I want it to quite reliably. I see no reason for an upgrade on that one. My NAA mini revolver, however, I have relegated to being nothing more than an interesting paper weight/conversation piece that I wish I hadn’t bought.

  25. I have a 20 gauge H & R single shot that is a real shooter. An older model Marlin .22 magnum that just keeps on going. Both will go to my grandkids. Although sales figures might not match up the Bersa Thunder has proven itself in both my and my wifes hands. Consider the Thunder as a real contender at a real reasonable price.

  26. I think you forgot one. I have a Sig 938, My best shooting is a Walther 9mm PPS. But I have a GSG 1911 that shoots flawless so far and cheap even with Federal Match grade in 22 LR only 30 bucks for 350 rounds. Not really a great finish and I sanded down the inside of the slide and rails, It only took about 20 minutes. Shot 1 3/4 groups at 25 yards, not bad and only paid 269.00 and thats with a threaded barrel. Has a metal guide rod, hard case and has a 10 round mag and alot of upgrades as alot of any 1911″s are compatable. Just my opinion. I owned 2 Taurus 9mm and they both left shortly after 1 range bullet.

  27. I’ve been shooting since 1952. Been a certified police academy firearm instructor and shot most anything you can think of. I agree with the favorable comments on HiPoint guns. They are amazing for the price. The SCCYs are pretty good too with a great warranty, With that said, maybe I’ve just had bad luck but, I have never tried a Taurus semi auto that was a reliable gun. Their revolvers are pretty good if you don’t mind a trigger that’s a bit stiff. My usual carry guns are either a ParaOrd 1911 .45 ACP or for lighter situations a Kimber Solo 9mm. I have a S&W .357 snubbie but after carrying a Sig .45 all those years on duty, somehow I just don’t feel comfortable going back to a revolver. Whatever you carry, just make sure it’s as close to 100% reliable as possible and make sure you’re confident and comfortable with it, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Like Bill Jordan said, there is no second place winner in a gunfight. They are always best avoided if possible.

  28. I’ve owned both a Hi Point .40, and a Taurus PT-111. Both had serious design and reliability issues. Both were sent back to the factory for work during the course of the first year I owned them. Both are no longer in my collection. I absolutely love the Heritage revolvers and strongly recommend the .22/.22 mag combo for a few dollars more than the one shown above. Of all the @$200 guns this may be the best in terms of reliability, usefulness, ease of use, and don’t overlook the .22 mag as a defensive round. I would put that gun in the hands of a newbie long before any Hi Point or the Taurus PT-111 I personally had.

    1. i wouldn’t call the taurus or the glock “cheap”. i would call them both “affordable”. i own many taurus and many glock handguns, and i don’t think either of them are “cheap” as people might refer to cheap as “crap”

  29. I don’t understand the following statement:

    “Our top selling handguns for June included the Taurus PT-111 and the Hi-Point .45 ACP—both followed closely behind the DP-12 double-barreled pump shotgun and the 9mm GLOCK 43.”

    The Glock 43 is a handgun; at least mine is. If the Taurus PT 111 and the Hi-Point .45 ACP “followed…behind” the Glock 43, that would make the Glock 43 your top-selling handgun.

    1. Fascinating, your comment.

      1) You apparently don’t have the guts to leave your name when trying to insult someone. Unless, of course, that is your name…..which could fit.

      2) Your grammar skills are much worse than what was pointed to in the article.

      “Your”? Really? “Your”? It’s “You’re,” you buffoon.

      And to what does the pronoun “they” refer in your asinine comment attempting to insult someone? There is only a single author for the article listed. Who the hell are “they”?

      Perhaps you should restrict your attempts at insulting others to oral communication, for your written attempts are just going to cause others to laugh. I know the one above made me laugh!

  30. I want to comment on the Hi Point pistol callaber carbines.
    They are a LOT of fun to shoot and very accurate right out of the box. I have two 995’s one in 9mm and one in 40 cal.
    We have ran several hundred rounds through both with out a single jam or feeding problem. The only trouble at all was when we tried aftermarket Magazines with a larger capacity.
    Stick with the factory 10 rounders and have a ball. Get Ya one before the news gets out and the price goes up!

    Carry With Honor,

    1. @William

      Completely agree with you on the after market mags. They don’t work!

      I bought 2 ProMag 14 round mags for my 995, and they are a complete waste. Stick to the factory 10 round mags, the promise of an extra 4 rounds isn’t worth the trouble. I guess I’ll see if their warranty is worth anything.

  31. Sincere question: I know at least one on the list is manufactured in China but wonder how many others on the list are.

    Made in China is a deal-breaker for me for reasons of quality as well as political.

    1. Hi Bill,
      Great question! Luckily, for those concerned, only the Rock Island and M20P and the Stevens 320 Security are imported. All the other firearms on the list are made in the USA.

  32. First, kudos to you Suzanne! You are one awesome lady to keep writing these “Top 10” articles after all the grief some of those people gave you on the previous ones!

    I own Glocks, XDs, Berettas, S&W, an M1A, etc, etc. But I also own Hi-Points, Taurus, and a Hawk tactical 12Ga. I don’t shop for the name, I shop for the gun. I think the days of truly cheap junk like Jennings and Llama are over because there are just too many good guns out there to choose from for the real junkers to stay in business.

    Not everyone has much money to spend, but every law abiding citizen should be armed. I’m glad there are alternatives for them that they can afford, and have even given a Hi Point 9mm and a .380 to 2 couples who could not afford a gun.

  33. Around here they call them Getto guns, no thanks. Hi point you get what you pay for, their are a lot of these companies coming out of the wood work. Rock Mountain is another making a knock off 1911 it’s not a bad weapon, better off to use in a trade for something better.. I will stick to my brand names Glock, & S & W. When you pull the trigger you want to hear that bang and not a click from the striker. Your life or family will depend on it!.

    1. If ur too ignorant or stupid to try them then its your loss! I would put my 9mm carbine up against any of your overpriced junk!!! I trust my carbine with my life as my family’s along with several other more expensive guns but I at least know that my 9mm will go BANG EVERYTIME!!! Like they say u don’t know unless you try it 1st

    2. I have no first hand knowledge on any of the guns manufacturers listed but I do agree that buying the name is no assurance of anything except a higher ticket price. I do own name brand weapons but for years carried a Rossi 38/357 revolver in 5 shot as a back up and it never failed me and cost almost nothing. I have run a few thousand rounds thru her and she has yet to fail me although the snub nose sure kicks the crap out of my arm after a few hours but that would be the same with an S&W or Ruger etc
      ASSUMING that less expensive automatically means junk is the same logic we used 20 years ago when all we had was all metal weapons and there was no chance we were going to trust our lives to crappy plastic weapons. Now look at the industry does ANY company make a full metal only line of guns? I sure hope not. It is all about as you pointed out the actual gun. S&W makes this little 380 called the bodyguard that my wife carries. I would rather throw it at a purp then attempt to hit them with a life round from it. The slide is all but impossible to rack and the take down bolt needs a pliers to operate and this is made by one of the “top manufacturers” so the point is buy a gun not a name

  34. I LOVE my Hi point 995 carbine in the 9mm!!! Eats any kind of ammo,never has a hiccup! & by far the funnest gun I’ve had yet!!! Paid $150 used at Pittsburgh tactical! Great shop! Thanks to them I’ve had the pleasure of owning the funnest gun so far!!!! U won’t regret buying a hi point carbine I promise u!!!

  35. Bought Hi-Point 9 mm ,$150. had to replace ( free ) firing pin assembly and it works great, Heavy at 29 oz. but accurate The weight makes for better shooting .

    1. The Hi Point warranty is amazing. I once screwed up during a disassembly of an HP .380 and shot a spring God knows where. I called the factory, and even though it was no one’s fault but my own, they sent me a replacement right out, no problem. Try doing that with Colt.

      Another time, I was having an issue with an HP carbine. I called the factory, and they put me on with a tech. After a few minutes discussion he figured out the problem and sent me the parts at no cost. You can’t argue with that kind of service.

      When my DPMS M4 was having extraction issues, it was a major undertaking to get their attention, send the gun to them, wait for it to come back, and it still wasn’t right. I finally used a Buffer Tech extractor kit to correct it myself.

      Inexpensive does not = cheap. Yeah, Hi Points are clunky, ugly anchors, but they work and they work well for people who can’t afford the high end guns.

  36. I like the Polish -64 in 9 X18 Makrof. You can get then for around $250 or less. They are Walther PPK clone.. But I find them more reliable than the PPK. It is my basic carry gun. It is reliable and easily hidden and a very natural pointer,

    1. Peyton,
      One of the world’s best kept secrets. Got one at a gunshow several years ago for $150 in about 98% condition. Spent some time smoothing out the safety, put in a Wolff X-Power P64 Recoil Spring and a Wolff X-Power P64 Main Spring Set and the trigger pull is now slightly better than that of a truck clutch and the recoil has been tamed a bit. It’s my main carry piece and the only issue I have is that the safety is the opposite of my compact 1911 which I also carry sometimes so I believe I’m going to have to get serious about choosing one or the other.

    2. I am with you all the way. My night stand pistol is a Polish P-83,the 64’s successor. It works flawlessly, is good – looking in its own well worn way, and is fun to shoot. I picked it up from a major retailer for $149 and have no regrets.

  37. Well I have a Hi Point 40SW. I purchased it after watching upty youtube videos were various groups tried to destroy and it kept on firing. The only draw back is it is ammo selective. Yet the fixed barrel makes it very accurate. Really enjoy shooting it. Also have a Remington 795 that is great for squirrel hunting.

    1. Joe, Hi Point makes an excellent weapon. Had their carbine in 9mm. Hi Point has or had the best warranty of any gun manufacture out there. As for your 40SW being ammo selective, a good gun-smith can do a ‘throat’ job on it and it should more readily accept different ammo. Had a 9mm, though not a Hi Point, that was like this, would only take Winchester ammo, everything else wouldn’t feed. Did a ‘throat’ job on it, myself ( am a gunsmith, don’t try it yourself), took everything I loaded into the magazine.
      Still, high-price, doesn’t equate with quality, just as low price doesn’t equate with bad. Have owned some ‘cheap’ guns that would shoot rings around more expensive ones, more durable too. Had a Norinco 1911 A-1, out-shot Colts and Springfield Armory with it. Or perhaps, it was just the shooters. Heard this somewhere: ‘An good weapon won’t make a bad marksman any better, but a good weapon will make a good marksman better.’

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