Our Top Selling Handguns

I'm not sure if he wants you to know, but this was CTD Mike's first gun.

Background checks for gun buyers reached an all time high on Black Friday this year. We ran some great specials on guns for Black Friday in our McKinney, Texas store, but if you weren’t able to make it out to take advantage of those deals, we still have some excellent-priced guns you can take advantage of. Here are our top five selling handguns for December.

Kel-Tec PF-9, Our Low Price: $215.59

Not the PMR-30, but it will have to do.
Not the PMR-30, but it will have to do.

Kel-Tec develops some of the most sought after guns. Anybody seen the PMR-30 and the KSG? We get questions daily about these Kel-Tec guns. Since the PMR-30 is next to impossible to find you could settle on the Kel-Tec PF-9. The Kel-Tec designers manufactured the PF-9 to be a thin, light, and concealable backup pistol for civilian and law enforcement use. Designers included a hammer block safety and single stack magazine, making a compromise between the P-11 and the P-3AT. Until recently, the PF-9 was the lightest and thinnest 9mm in mass production. The Kel-Tec PF-9 is accurate at short range, feeds ammo reliably, and Kel-Tec makes it here in the USA! It holds eight rounds of 9mm and has no external safety. Just pull back the slide and your good to go.

I really want the PMR-30, but I’ll buy this instead.

Ruger LCP, Our Low Price: $256.09

Ruger LCP
Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP is a compact .380 Auto from the industry leader in rugged, reliable firearms. It functions well as a backup firearm for law enforcement, as well as licensed carry for personal protection. This ultra-light, compact carry pistols weigh only 9.4 ounces in Ruger’s smallest pistol frame with a height of 3.6 inches and a width of just .82 inches. The LCP is comfortable and affordable, making it a natural choice for a dependable back up or personal defense carry pistol. Developers topped the high performance with a glass-filled nylon frame and a through-hardened steel slide in a blued finish. A soft case also is included. Designed with both male and female shooters in mind, the LCP is as affordable as it is reliable. At just 9.40 ounces (with an empty magazine), the LCP is lightweight and ideal for all-day carry, ensuring you have it when and where you need it.

Affordable and reliable? I’m in.

Hi-Point 40SW-B, Our Low Price: $125.77

A lifetime warranty. What could possibly go wrong?
A lifetime warranty. What could possibly go wrong?

The Hi-Point is cheap and has a lifetime warranty. No wonder it is our third best selling handgun. I have found that most people are completely Team Hi-Point or Team Anti Hi-Point. I’m not gonna buy one, but I’m a gun snob. No, it isn’t very pretty, but what I’ve read of them, they surprise people who think they won’t like them. Therefore, I guess if you are on a budget and you really, really need a gun, get the Hi-Point. Who am I to judge? Team Hi-Point all the way, baby! I’m gettin’ one!

Ruger LC9, Our Low Price: $314.24

Ruger LC9
Ruger LC9

The Ruger LC9 is a polymer-framed, 9mm pocket pistol. Clearly designed for concealed carry, the Ruger LC9 has melted edges for a snag-free holstering, carry, and drawing. It has a smooth, double-action only trigger and in our field tests, it performed flawlessly. The Ruger LC9 is restricted-state friendly with a host of different safety features, such as a loaded chamber indicator and internal lock, and manual safeties. With a 3.12-inch barrel, the Ruger LC9 has manageable recoil at an affordable price if you are in the market for a new concealed carry pistol with plenty of stopping power.

I’m ready to buy my next concealed carry pistol.

S&W SW40VE Sigma Series, Our Low Price: $272.34

I’m not sure if he wants you to know, but this was CTD Mike’s first gun.

In CTD Mike’s earlier days, the S&W Sigma was his very first gun ever. If you have done any research on the S&W SW40VE Sigma, you might have found that people call it a Glock clone, but this is a misnomer. The S&W SW40VE Sigma is Glockish, but is not really like a Glock at all. Many people have had no issues with the S&W SW40VE Sigma, especially the new ones. The original models had some issues, but Smith & Wesson has since solved them. Even though the S&W SW40VE has a tough trigger pull it makes a more than adequate defense pistol. It holds plenty of .40 S&W ammo, 14 rounds to be exact. It has a 4-inch barrel, three-dot sights, and an 18-degree ergonomic grip.

What a decent price for a S&W! Makin’ it Mine.

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Comments (17)

  1. I tried the keltec but wanted a nine.the hi point has far too many horror stories and the LC9 was too expensive I bought a sccy cpx-1 and I love it I never leave home without it.i was surprised it wasn’t on the list

  2. I bought a 9mm Hi Point, wasn’t sure what to expect. It turns out to be an excellent gun. I haven’t had any problems, I don’t care for the take down, a little more work, but I polished the feed ramp while down. Bottom line for the price a good gun.

  3. I own a Taurus TCP 738. It’s very similar to the Ruger LCP, except it has a few features I like better than the LCP. When I first got it it had many failure to feed and failure to eject issues (like some 738’s and LCP’s have), no matter what kind of ammo I ran in it. After doing much research online I found out the issues and gunsmithed/modified the gun to be reliable and accurate. Taurus has a lifetime warranty so I could have sent it in to them for repair, but I’ve heard mixed results with sending in your 738 to Taurus. My gun runs great now, but not all people are as willing or able to do gunsmithing on their weapons. Any time you are thinking of buying a gun make sure you do as much research as possible on it and make an informed decision before buying. Cruising 1 or 2 internet forums isn’t enough, there are lots of “experts” that have never shot or even seen a gun that they are giving you “expert” advice on.

  4. Have a LC9, PF9, and an M&P Shield. PF 9 broke after 26 rounds! Fixed by Keltec but I have no faith in it. LC9 is nice and ok to shoot, but the M&P Shield is beyond great. Comfortable to carry and a pleasure to shoot. It goes everywhere with me. PF9 is a great paper weight.

  5. I have all of these handguns for the students to use in my CCW classes. Comments about the Sigma’s, LCP, Bodyguard 380 and Hi-Point; I have both Sigma’s and I have found them to be reliable, accurate and durable. They are simple and easy for students to learn to use. The LCP, LC9, LCR and SR9 are quality handguns and I’ve never had a student experience a malfunction with them. The S&W Bodyguard .380 is a major disappointment for me. I have an earlier model where the laser activation buttons were so sensitive the laser would turn on when placed in the holster and burn out the batteries. S&W fixed that problem for me then the slide stop pin fell out of it while being fired and the entire slide assembly flew off the gun while being fired and it had a live round in the chamber. Also a problem with the earlier models from what Smith has told me. I would avoid the .380 Bodyguard, this problem occured five months ago and I still haven’t been able to get a return label fron S&W to get it fixed. The Hi-Point is an extremely affordable and reliable handgun but doesn’t lend itself to carrying concealed. Just to bulky. Lastly, of all the small, concealable handguns, many of my students have complained about comfort of firing them for the qualification course because it requires 50 rounds. The thought I try to point out to the students is the qualities that make the gun concealable don’t alway’s lend themselves to comfort and chances are very good they will never fire more than a couple rounds for self defence. Lastly, a note to those with weaker hands, the smaller the handgun; the larger the caliber; the harder the slide is to lock back and magazine to load.

  6. I own both the LCP & LC9, they are very reliable, have put at least 800 rounds through both weapons with out a failure, the LCP is a premere carry & conceal weapon, I use the LC9 for duty weapon, its all you need for every day useage, & very good weapon for carry & conceaable.I live in Illinois, the only State without carry & conceal avlable for most citizens that live in Illinois,but I have been able to qualify two years back to back with the LC9 IROC without failure,for carry & conceal as a retired police officer! I highly recomend both weapons!!!

  7. I bought a PF9 about eight years ago and have carried it for personal protection, used it in my CCW classes, and now my wife carries it as her personal protection handgun. I couldn’t begin to guess how many rounds have been fired through it. My Dane found it under the pillow and used it as a chew toy and did a real job on the polymer frame and magazine floorplate. I still carried it chewed up and used it in classes. The trigger return spring broke on it and I sent it back to Kel Tec for repair. Not only did they fix the spring but replaced the frame. What I received back was essentially, a new gun and Kel Tec didn’t charge me for the repairs. Very sweet. The finish on the slide shows no wear whatsoever which I find amazing especially for the amount of hard use it has received. I couldn’t be happier with it.

  8. In the article it states that the “Until recently, the PF-9 was the lightest and thinnest 9mm in mass production.” I’m curious to find out what is now the lightest and thinnest 9mm in mass production if it’s not the PF-9?

    If someone knows that answer it would be great.

  9. sort of makes you wonder if there will be any brick & mortar stores left to ship them too……who could pay the bills making $10 off a gun?

  10. I teach Handgun Carry Permit Classes in Tennessee. I have had several Hi Point pistols through my class over the years. While I wouldn’t take one to a high round count, high speed course, I have never had one fail in a HCP class. Not a bad pistol for what it is.

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