What was the Cheapest Handgun you ever bought??


Kahr carrier
January 10, 2003, 10:28 PM
The cheapest handgun I bought was a 25ACP Raven ,and surprisingly enough it function fine.:what:

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January 10, 2003, 10:30 PM
Hi-Point compact 9mm. $99, still functions like the first day I bought it. Great little gun.

Tropical Z
January 10, 2003, 10:38 PM
Tanfoglio:banghead: GT27
Worst $72.00 mistake i ever made!

January 10, 2003, 11:08 PM
I can honestly say I have never bought a cheap firearm. I would rather save and get quality. I am not some superior or rich person or even a snob. I just am a firm believer in the saying that you get what you pay for!

January 10, 2003, 11:11 PM
Davis Derringer .38

It was functional and accurrate to 15yds.

January 10, 2003, 11:29 PM
Both of mine cost the exact same. Glock 19 w/ns and Glock 26 with ns. Exact same price from same dealer.


January 10, 2003, 11:32 PM
S&W mod 10 and Taurus 85. both under $200 and both functions fine.:)

January 10, 2003, 11:46 PM
Just not a lot of money. Used Model 10 IIRC $75 some years ago.
Sold it later for $ 125. I Know...should have kept it.

January 10, 2003, 11:56 PM
A used Raven for $35 back in the '80's------What a POS!!!!

Only worked as single shot---sold it for $25.

I feel dirty even talking about it.

January 11, 2003, 12:03 AM
Well..how about almost bought?

A buddy of mine needed some money so he decided to sell one of his wife's guns. Went over and found out it was a nickel plated Jennings .25 auto with pink grips.

I just loaned him the $40 and told him to keep it. :D

Good Shooting

January 11, 2003, 12:06 AM
RG 38 spl. snubby (before barrel liners)
What a POS, 20# trigger and off the B27 at 7 yds.

Begged acquaintance to take it . He Did, Both of us happy

January 11, 2003, 12:06 AM
Good decision:D ' hope he pays you back though.

January 11, 2003, 12:19 AM
I bought a older S&W 586 w/ 6" barrel for $50. Later learned it was used & abused. I ended up cleaning it up and selling it for something I could use.

January 11, 2003, 12:20 AM
Hi-Point 9mm compact and it didn't function at all!!! ;)

4v50 Gary
January 11, 2003, 12:22 AM
10-Ring - why couldn't that S&W be repaired? What was so wrong with it that it wasn't cost effective to fix it and return it to service. BTW, $50 is a great buy on your part.

My cheapest buy was an "estate" type sale where I picked up 3 guns for $125. The S&W revolver in the group had an aftermarket cylinder and bbl.

January 11, 2003, 12:33 AM
4v50 Gary - this happend many many many many years ago. I wasn't to knowledgable re: gunsmiths, S&W revolvers and what I really had. I figured if the guy was really willing to let it go for $50 it must really be worth about $50. I did make money on the deal when I sold it, tho (isn't that the American way?) :)

Ala Dan
January 11, 2003, 12:38 AM
a RG .22 LR! revolver

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life member

January 11, 2003, 12:42 AM
A Soviet Nagant revolver made in 1944. $80.00

The same gun was going for $50.00 to people who had C&R licenses.

January 11, 2003, 12:57 AM
FM Hipower and a Taurus PT22 for a grand total of $100. Not bad huh? Mark

January 11, 2003, 01:23 AM
FIE Titan .25, believe it or not the darn little thing was 100% reliable and reasonably accurate. Bought it for $59. Sold it, but wouldn't mind finding another.

January 11, 2003, 01:44 AM
A British Webley revolver in 38 S&W made in WWII. I paid $75 for it. It had tooling marks all over it and a really ugly finish. I was dry firing it at home when it froze up. A gun smith told me a part was broken (I can't remember what it was called) and there were no replacement parts for it. "Just hang it on the wall" he said. I sold it in a pawn shop for $25. I never did get to fire that gun.

Neal Bloom
January 11, 2003, 03:09 AM
Bought a Phoenix HP22 for $75.00. Turned out to be a fun plinker. Put a lot of rounds through it but eventually sold it to a relative.

January 11, 2003, 03:53 AM
My Beretta for $630. My favorite gun.

January 11, 2003, 03:55 AM
The cheapest (and by cheap, I mean inexpensive) handgun I ever bought was a CZ-52. Money well spent if you ask me. Now to track down some .223 Timbs ammo... The cheapest, brand new handgun I ever purchased was a Republic Arms Patriot. Again, money well spent. I've had good luck with inexpensive handguns I guess...

January 11, 2003, 04:33 AM
$89 for a Victory Model.
And same for a 1917 Model.
Both shot great!:D

January 11, 2003, 04:58 AM
Raven .25 auto for $30

cheapest new gun, Jenning J-22 for $50 about 10 years ago.

January 11, 2003, 05:38 AM
Securing a license to own a gun is too much hassle, and a drain in the pocket.

I'd rather save up for a quality piece, than experiment with cheap models.

Though I'm always in the lookout for quality "bargains" in the second hand market. Might never know... ;)

January 11, 2003, 07:26 AM
A 1970-ish Ruger Standard about a year ago. Bought it from a pawn shop for $75 because it was "an unreliable POS". Took it home and cleaned it, which from the looks of it had never been done, and haven't had a single problem in something like 4,000 rounds.

January 11, 2003, 07:29 AM
Raven .25.

January 11, 2003, 07:53 AM
S & W Model 28 in 1985 for $ 125.

January 11, 2003, 08:19 AM
'64 E.German Makarov.I had loaned a buddy $60 to pay a traffic ticket.He said he had an old cheap gun that uses "some funky kinda ammo"and that if I wanted it for collateral it was ok with him.So I took it.Two months later he lost his job,said he was leaving town and I could keep the gun since he had no money or intention of paying me back.

January 11, 2003, 08:26 AM
$35.00 for a Raven while I was in college. I wanted something cheap that I could go shoot. Nice idea, til I found out how much ammo cost...

And yep, mine was and is a POS.

January 11, 2003, 08:48 AM
Taurus PT22 , sent it back once and getting ready to send it back again after about 500 hundred or less total rounds it is once again failing to fire and feed... too bad because otherwise it would be a great BUG

January 11, 2003, 09:02 AM
Bought a new Auto-Ordnance 1911 .45 about ten years ago, that was about the most ill fitting, inaccurate, jam-a-matic :cuss: I've ever owned. Maybe I just got a bad example. I traded it for a Smith snub .38 that ran like a clock.

January 11, 2003, 09:53 AM
A Sterling .22lr, but it worked just fine.

January 11, 2003, 10:00 AM
I picked up a CZ-100 in .40, private sale, for $100. The pistol is in good shape, with just some bluing wear on the adjustable rear sight. Came with the CZ hard case, manual, and two mags. It is perfectly reliable, compact and lightweight, though ugly as sin. The trigger pull is long, but relatively light. Recoil is a little snappy, but easy to control.

I admit to being unsure what to do with it. I carry a Commander, and use same for home defense. After shooting the CZ, girlfriend also still prefers 1911-style guns, and will appropriate Commander after my new 5" pistol is ready. Daughter likes .22 Browning. Can't shoot the CZ in IDPA 'cause the barrel is (factory) ported.

But a decent modern pistol for $100? I couldn't turn it down.


January 11, 2003, 11:30 AM
My little Beretta Jetfire 950 .25 - About 150 bucks if I recall. Cheap price but not a cheap gun.

January 11, 2003, 11:49 AM
An HS-2000 (currently Springfield XD going for aroung $450) for $280.00. Worth every penny and more.

Greg L
January 11, 2003, 01:52 PM
A $75 FIE .22 revolver. Looks terrible but shoots great.


January 11, 2003, 02:39 PM
I have a Tanfoglio Targa .380 sitting in the safe I picked up through an estate for $80. It's in nice shape, and probably was made in the 60's. Someday I need to find out if it actually works or not! Still can't figure out why I bought it.

January 11, 2003, 03:41 PM
Haven't gone too cheap yet. Got a S&W model 37 for $150 and just recently a new Bulgarian Makarov for $169. I almost bought a Jennings or a Bryco but then I found a forum! :)

The White Flyer
January 11, 2003, 04:28 PM
A chrome .25 that Leroy sold me in Downtown Los Angeles.

January 11, 2003, 04:47 PM
15 bucks for a rossi .38 special with a 3 inch barrel.

This gun was unique because it had no cylinder release
you had to unscrew the pin running through the cylinder
and use it to manually knock out the fired cases.

I ended up giving it to my neighbor who had fixed my water heater.

January 11, 2003, 05:12 PM
Bersa .380 (recently) for 150$ cash. Clean as a whistle.

January 11, 2003, 06:05 PM
I paid $150 for a .44 magnum Ruger Redhawk 8" in perfect condition with an extra set of houge grips and a case.

Sold it a little while later.


Jason Demond
January 11, 2003, 08:06 PM
CZ70, I think I paid $79 or $80.00 for it. Fun gun, but costs a lot to feed.

Dave Markowitz
January 11, 2003, 08:43 PM
$125 for a Bulgarian Makarov. "Cheap" in this case only refers to price. It's the most reliable semiauto pistol I've ever shot (compared with 2 BHPs and a CZ-85, for example).

January 12, 2003, 02:49 PM
$85 for a "Secret Service Special" top-break .38 S&W made by Iver johnson. Sweet gun, accurate, 85% condition. My birthday gun one year.

$99 for an older Taurus M-82 .38 Special revolver with tired bluing, about 855 condition. My ultimate 'sleeper' gun. Has the best trigger of any revolver I've got, and is one of the most accurate I own, hands down.

Just lucky, I guess. :D

January 12, 2003, 03:04 PM
an FEG copy of a PPK in 9x18... free can't beat that price!

January 12, 2003, 04:21 PM
A Harrington and Richardson snubnose in .32 S&W Long.

It was given to me and I still felt ripped off.


January 12, 2003, 04:27 PM
The least expensive I ever purchased was an East German Makarov for $189.

Second runner-up was an FEG High Power copy for $200

January 13, 2003, 12:24 AM
How about traded for.

I was trying to sell a truck to someone and we where
$100.00 off on price. We were not going to get there
so he through in a RG 14s in 22lr. and we called it even.
It was the first pistol I ever owned. I still have it. I would
be ashamed to try and sell it. It might be worth $25.00
to someone I guess.

January 13, 2003, 12:42 AM
75 cents for a .22 revolver when I was 18. A guy couldn't pay his parking lot fee. Well worn out, and it fired "sometimes." Took it to the police to have them check it out. It was "clean" according to them. Don't remember the manufacturer, but it wasn't a name brand.

January 14, 2003, 12:34 AM
Well, I my Makarov was $120. And I paid $99 for a Phoenix Arms HP22 that I gave to my mother and my current one cost me a whopping $115. Never had a failure of any kind with any of these three.

Also have a Ruger Single Six that was given to me in lieu of being paid for some computer work. I guess that would make it the cheapest. But I didn't technically buy it.

January 14, 2003, 02:01 AM
.69 cent water pistol for the kids (and me). :neener:

January 14, 2003, 04:10 PM
I bought a S&W 19 once for $150, just wasn't smart enough to keep it.

Kahr carrier
January 15, 2003, 03:44 AM
That sounds like a once in a life time deal a S&W 19 for a $150.00 some people have all the luck.:)

January 16, 2003, 12:31 PM
I bought a Phoenix Arms HP22 10 years ago. It was one of the best guns I ever bought. It was only $85. I am sure I have over 5,000 rounds through it.

Lately I bought a Steyr M40 for only $299,that was a steal of a deal it is at least as nice as any Glock if not better with the extra safety features

January 16, 2003, 01:13 PM
A Jennings .22. It was pretty accurate at it's intended use distances. Ultimately, it just rattled apart.

January 16, 2003, 02:53 PM
Bought a "Clerke Manufacturing" [was that the name?] .32 pot-metal throwing weapon for $30 from a buddy that needed money. The 3 boxes of ammo were probaly worth more than that chunk of zinc loosely called a pistol. Next worst buy was a 22LR/22Mag SAA knockoff called a "Buffalo Scout". Don't remember the maker, but in 1983 it was $69 at Wally World.

January 16, 2003, 09:40 PM
NAA mini .22.
I try not to buy cheap guns. I'd rather save up for a quality firearm.
That's what I'm doing now, :D

January 16, 2003, 10:06 PM
Recently? An HS Double 9 Western .22LR 9-shot revolver for $60

Way back when? A Stoeger .22LR Luger for $49.95 in 1967. Sold it in 1973 for $35 when I was going to Germany. Biggest mistake I ever made!

January 16, 2003, 11:33 PM
The least expensive new handgun I bought was a Ruger Standard from a hardware store in Sacramento for $37.50.

But I won't say when I bought it!

Capt. Carl

January 17, 2003, 01:37 AM
$99 Rossi 38spl.

January 17, 2003, 11:55 AM
$50 for a NIB Ruger Mk I from a gun shop. Of course, that was the going price in 1971.

lee n. field
January 17, 2003, 01:05 PM
Cheapest ever owned.: Jennings .22 POS. Dirty bad. Icky. Bought about 10 years ago, disposed of a couple years later. No longer owned. About $75, if I remember right.

January 17, 2003, 02:59 PM
Cheap as in quality, or price?

I paid $200 for a Ruger Secuirty Six...does that count as 'cheap'?
Love the gun, by the way. 2 3/4 inch bbl, and I put 3 rounds into a 3" group at 7 yards yesterday...center mass...its my favorite self defense gun I've ever owned!

September 17, 2004, 11:46 PM
back in high school, i bought a davis 380 at a pawn shop it was ~80 bucks. just yesterday, bought a hi-point 9mm compact and will take it to the range soon.

September 18, 2004, 04:08 AM
PA 63 for $83
Actually well worth it.

September 18, 2004, 08:49 AM
In 2004 dollars? This is a key point, as I paid $205 for a NIB Walther PP in .22LR from a dealer. That was in 1975, of course. Paid even less for a NIB High Standard .22Mag 9-shot revolver as I recollect. The Walther would cost upwards of $900+ at Earl's today, IIRC.

It's all relative. "Inexpensive" is different than "cheap". I can honestly say that the "cheapest" handgun I ever bought was a .380 AMT backup, when I was working the street and they were the 'latest' thing. Pretty worthless, IMVHO. Several 'better' alternatives available, even then, at around the same price, which I can't even remember now. I only kept it a couple of months, but I was a trading fool back then. One of the few guns I ever traded out of that left me with no regrets. YMMV.

September 18, 2004, 11:06 AM
$199 for a new Firestar Plus just after Interarms stopped importing them . Great little pistol , I wouldn't mind still having it .

I agree that there is a huge difference between inexpensive and cheap . I personally would never own a Lorcin , Davis etc but would buy a CZ52 or Makarov for around the same money , they just aren't available here .

September 18, 2004, 05:56 PM
$50 for a Colt PP that found it's way back home after service in the RHKP. Finish worn, but shot like it was brand new.

September 18, 2004, 06:10 PM
$200-something for a Kel-tec P32. It's the only gun I've ever sold.

September 18, 2004, 07:06 PM
FEG Pa-63 for $100, FEG Hi-power clone for $200.

Still have both, still shoot 'em both.

September 18, 2004, 09:11 PM
The cheapest gun I ever bought was a Taurus P-132 millinium for my wife. It was a piece of junk. Sent it back to Taurus to have it fixed and a few months later after a few calls to the BBB it finally came back. Not fixed.
Taurus is horrible.

September 18, 2004, 10:38 PM
In about 1988, I bought a ruger mkII, at a police auction, for $40.00. It was raining hard, and about 15 people showed up.

Series 70
September 19, 2004, 12:24 AM
A few years ago an old shooting friend died. I had the opportunity to buy a pistol from his collection, and chose the Walther PP in .380 that I remembered him shooting most often with me. He had quite a collection, but that old, heavily fired Walther was a steal at $150.

It was about that time that I started teaching my son to shoot. He latched onto that .380 and does pretty well with it. I think my friend would be pleased that one of his pistols is being used to train the next generation of shooters.

joe sixpack
September 19, 2004, 01:52 AM
I spent a couple hundred for a 'mak a few months ago.

cheers, ab

September 19, 2004, 03:42 AM
Cheapest gun I ever bought is a High Standard Sentinel Deluxe, 9-shot .22lr revolver with something like a 6" barrel(don't remember exactly and it's packed away for shooting tomorrow). Blueing is a bit worn, and the DA pull is a little heavy, but it's got an awesome SA and pretty accurate too.

Cheapest gun I own is a Raven .25 I got for free off a neighbor. Haven't had a jam so far, and it is reasonably accurate for what it is meant for. Pretty fun little plinker for being free.

September 19, 2004, 09:39 AM
Astra A-70 9mmP for 125 OTD,most of the blueing is gone but showed little signs of use.Shoots very well and as
soon as i replace the recoil and mag springs,find a holster and spare mags i'll use it as a carry gun.

Ruger service 6 357mag with a 4" barrel for 150 OTD,someone used a file to round butt it,looks rough but they got the shape correct as the grips fit perfectly.Blueing is about perfect and it's a 200 years of liberty edition.It's now my wifes apt gun when i'am not home.

James Bondrock
September 19, 2004, 11:54 AM
It depends on what meaning one ascribes to "cheap." The least expensive handgun I have ever purchased was an "Old Model" Ruger Single-Six for $200. I do not buy "cheap" (low quality) handguns. If I don't have the money for a first quality handgun, well, that's why most gun shops have layaway. ;)

September 19, 2004, 03:48 PM
Cheapest Bad: Jennings .380, $80 new. POS.

Cheapest Good: Russian Makarov, .380, 12 rd. mag, $100.

September 19, 2004, 05:11 PM
cheapest was a Makarov that I bought in the 80's for $75 I think good little gun still to this day.

Fish Springs
September 19, 2004, 10:13 PM
Least Expensive, two guns from the classifieds of the Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

1. S&W K22 6" blue--$50.00
2. Ruger 4 5/8" BBL .41 Mag with sholder holster and 1/2 box of ammo $50.00.

I had a $105.00 in mad money at the moment and my dad knew that I was looking for a pistol--what a two-fer!


September 20, 2004, 01:50 AM
My S&W .32 long, nickel plated revolver for $60 beat the ones on my previous post. And...yes, I did lose it for a Glock! :D

September 20, 2004, 09:53 AM
Taurus mod. 805 357 mag.:$169
The grip didn't fit right,I'm guessing that's why it was so cheap....it shot great,3" j-frame size.Got some houge's for it and it was great.......like a dope I traded it.:banghead:

September 20, 2004, 11:19 AM
I paid $135 for a brand new Colt Government Model but that was retail in 1972. For something more recent how a bout a 5 inch S&W Military & Police .38 Special. It's reblued but not ugly and works just fine. A pawn shop had it marked at $100 and I was surprised when it didn't sell. After 30 days he still had it and told me to make an offer. I said $60 and he took it.


September 20, 2004, 02:55 PM
Cheap in workmanship and quality was the Rossi .22 Revolver I aquired for $75.00.

Cheap in price and fabulous workmanship is my Kel-Tec P11 9mm I purchased for $245.00.

September 20, 2004, 08:36 PM
The cheapest handgun I bought was a 25ACP Raven ,and surprisingly enough it function fine.

Same here I paid $25. And surprisingly it shoot really well.

September 20, 2004, 10:59 PM
Smith Model 13 HB 357 Mag in 98% origional condition. $100.00 with leather holster, a coffee can full of ammo and 2 HKS speedloaders.

September 20, 2004, 11:11 PM
Makarov, $150, early this year.

September 21, 2004, 09:14 AM
150 euros for a S&W M14-2 with an anatomic custom grip that fits my hand perfectly. Finishing is worn and scratchy, and the forcing cone had a small problem. After 25‚ā¨ worth of smithing, still looks abused but shoots like a dream!

September 21, 2004, 11:04 AM
It was a Sako L461 Vixen-Varmint, single-shot action, walnut stock, heavy stainless-steel barrel in cal. 6 mm PPC.

This rifle was stolen during transport from the gun distributor to its final destination (gun dealer), but eventually recovered by the police. Fortunately, 6 mm PPC ammunition is scarce on the black market and the rifle was too big to be carried concealed. :evil: It also didn't feature open sights or a mounted scope either and the thief couldn't make any unlawful use of it.

After criminal prosecution and trial (years after the theft) the rifle was given back to the gun distributor and I bought it dirt cheap in virtually unused condition (the stock has a couple of tiny scratches, though) for US-$ 43.00!

I admit that I only bought it because it was so cheap and I was aware that Sako Ltd. has already stopped production of the older actions (L461, L579, L61R) a couple of years ago. The rifle is sitting in my safe and I have not even shot it yet...

September 21, 2004, 11:38 AM
please accept my sincerest apology: The thread was about "cheapest handgun" not "cheapest gun" in general. I've simply overlooked it. I am sorry.

Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to acquire a cheap (but good) handgun yet. I bet, when I ever get the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity I won't have an approved license (prescribing gun type and caliber for purchase) in my gun owners permit. Safeguard your 2nd Amendment rights unless you enjoy being treated in the same way we are by the authorities here. :(

September 21, 2004, 03:20 PM
Pre B Cz75 for $285. The finish is a little worn but the gun is an absolute tack driver with a sweet SA trigger.

Black Snowman
September 21, 2004, 04:51 PM
CZ-52 arsenal referb from Classic Arms. About $105 bucks with shipping ( I have a C&R ). POI is low and to the left with the Winchester ammo I've got. Maybe once I get some reloads the POI will be closer to the sight picture.

All in all a fun gun, if somewhat frail (FP issues).

Bullet Bob
September 21, 2004, 09:29 PM
A Browning Buckmark Target, 5.5" barrel, new in the box for $100.00. When living in western North Carolina, I answered an ad in one of the free trader magazines for a ".22 - $100.00"; that was all the info provided. It was a lady getting divorced from her husband and moving back to Tennessee. Among the other things her husband had done was giving her this gun for a present, when he knew she did not shoot, or even like guns. He obviously wanted it for himself, so she made sure he never got to use it. I even told her the gun was easily worth three times what she was asking, but she wouldn't take any more than she was asking. It had a nickelled rail and frame, and shot very well. Of course, some scumbag stold it and about 7 other handguns from me a few years later. Easy come, easy go.

September 22, 2004, 10:12 AM
Just this summer. A new refinishing project. $60 for a Charter Arms Undercover .38 Spl. Little finish left and the right grip panel damaged but otherwise sound.

September 22, 2004, 02:28 PM
$25 for the Ruger and had a Walther "Luftpistole" thrown in.

September 22, 2004, 10:37 PM
A S&W 4" 626 that was used by the Tacoma PD for $218. Not a screaming deal like some of the others here. But it came with Hogue grips and is in great condition.

September 22, 2004, 10:37 PM
A S&W 4" 626 that was used by the Tacoma PD for $218. Not a screaming deal like some of the others here. But it came with Hogue grips and is in great condition.

September 22, 2004, 10:43 PM
A S&W 4" 626 that was used by the Tacoma PD for $218. Not a screaming deal like some of the others here. But it came with Hogue grips and is in great condition.

September 22, 2004, 10:49 PM
S&W .357 626 revolver for $318. While this wasn't a screaming deal like some of the others here it was a good value as it included Hogue grips and a flawless pistol.

September 30, 2004, 11:07 AM
A Davis Derringer in 22 lr that a guy sold to me for $15.00. It's not a very good gun, but it shoots and I thought it was a OK deal at the time. I still have it some where in my safe. It's almost as small as a NAA 22 lr revolver, but no where near as nice.

September 30, 2004, 11:52 AM
CZ-52 for $139 from Classic Arms last year. Great buy. 2nd least expensive is my 2nd gun, Bulgie Makarov for $149 in August, also from Classic Arms.

October 3, 2004, 08:23 AM
CZ75B I won in a poker game, spent about $25. (And yes, its legit)

October 3, 2004, 10:57 AM
$325 for a used Ruger P-90. Which I got to shoot a grand total of 2 times before the wife appropriated it for her own use.

Bwana John
October 3, 2004, 07:34 PM
H&R Breaktop 9 shot .22 revolver, for $20 in 1974, perfect for wax wars (pulling the projectile from a .22 cartrege, replacing it with a lenght of birthday candle, and running around the ranch shooting each other)

Lt. G
October 3, 2004, 08:55 PM
Colt 1911 70 series - $295.00, Perfect shape. My Dad saw it, said it reminded him of his old military Colt. Gave it to him, he still loves it.

M2 Carbine
October 4, 2004, 04:24 PM
New GI Remington 1911A1.


October 7, 2004, 10:56 PM
New GI Remington 1911A1.


What did you had to do? :D :D

October 8, 2004, 12:55 AM
The Smith&Wesson Model 64 I bought at a gun show three years ago for $200. It was a typical police trade in, carried a lot but shot very little. Talk about a keeper! :D

October 9, 2004, 07:23 PM
It actually was not a bad shooter,surprised me...

Long gone now as I sold it for less than I got it for ..

October 9, 2004, 07:35 PM
A six-inch Colt Python, NIB for $177. It then went to the late Fred Sadowski who worked his magic on it. It's got the smoothest action I've ever experienced.:cool:

October 10, 2004, 05:11 PM
once in a while you get more then what you pay for.....
paid under $200, about 6 yrs. ago NIB. it's one of my favorite guns.... 500 rds through, not 1 hickup... wish i got 2of them.


M2 Carbine
October 14, 2004, 11:23 PM
New GI Remington 1911A1.

What did you had to do?

About 1962 by being an NRA member you could buy guns from the government delivered to the door.
I think one of each a year.

New GI 1911A1's for $17
New Springfield 03A3's and A4's for $14.50
(Redfield scope mount installed)
Used GI M1 Carbines for $20

The M1 Garands cost just a little more. I couldn't afford one.

I've still got those guns:)

October 10, 2006, 06:10 PM
Cardman Mike
The cheapest gun I ever bought
was a defender 22short revolver
for $ 5.00 and it works, in 2005.
I was at flea market and a guy picked
it up out of a junk bin and asked
the price, he said $ 5.00 and the
guy put it down, so I bought it.

October 10, 2006, 06:24 PM
The cheapest I ever sold a handgun go was a brand new CZ-52 for 1200 Marlboro miles.:eek:

Here's the deal: My sister in law's husband was always picking up Marlboro miles as they were on their daily walks. She always berated him for doing that and never sending them in for the Marlboro gear, but yet when he got ready to do so, she complained that the shipping was WAY too much money for it, blah, blah, blah.

So they were over at our house, and she started in about them, so I said, "Bring your bag of Marlboro miles over next time, and I'll trade you a pistol for them." I knew he had always wanted a handgun, but he could never bring himself to buy one, especially with his wife thinking that anything like that would be spending the kids' inheritance.

Anyhow, he did, I did, and she had to shut up and listen to him tell everybody how he got his handgun by ignoring her.

Cheapest was a Bicentennial marked Ruger .30 Carbine for $125 from a guy who had been working on the Alaskan pipeline, and could afford anything that struck his fancy, but when he got back down here, he had trouble adjusting his spending habits for the first few paychecks.

October 10, 2006, 06:28 PM
I got a no-name .22 revolver (blue, 4") once at a gun show.... it had trouble igniting the primer in both DA and SA, plus the empties (and even unfired rounds to an extent) were much tougher than they ought to be to extract due to 2 of the 6 chambers evidently being a bit too small. Very irritating. Paid $90 for it.

Tried to get a 'smith to fix things up; no luck.

Technically, it "worked".... but it was totally counter to the enjoyable shooting and understudy-to-centerfire-revo role that I bought it for. Eventually got a loan on it from a pawn shop for about half of what I paid and just kinda never went back for it. I guess I just don't have the lack of conscience to personally and willfully push a gun like that off on somebody in a private sale.

To this day I couldn't tell you which irked me more, the gun's performance or the wasted permit. The permits are even more of a pain to get now, and the quality offerings are fewer (& more expensive) than ever.

October 10, 2006, 06:56 PM
A POS RG .22 revolver for about 20 bucks brand new. What a worthless waste of a 20.:rolleyes:

October 10, 2006, 08:28 PM
For $99 NIB, good little gun for the money, still works.

October 10, 2006, 08:55 PM
Glock 22. I paid around $550 or so with night sights.

The first gun I ever bought was a Glock 17 that I overpaid for. I was a noob and got it on sale for $640. Never again have I ever overpaid so much for a gun. And I never will.

October 10, 2006, 09:02 PM
price wise my ruger 22/45 but no means is it a "cheap" gun; it is sweet!

October 10, 2006, 09:25 PM
The three free ones that I was given. Besides those the next one would be my Ruger MKIII .22LR , only about $340.

October 10, 2006, 09:30 PM
Phoenix Arms HP-22

For $99 NIB, good little gun for the money, still works.

The things are accurate, amazingly accurate. I still have not figured out how a gun who's barrel floats around like the clapper in a bell when fitted can be so stinkin' accurate. That's the main reason I've kept this thing. It's a very useful pocket plinker and the 5" barrel knocks another inch off the 3" barrel's 3" groups at 25 yards.

Ala Dan
October 10, 2006, 09:36 PM
Rhom-Burgo model 8-shot .22LR revolver from the old K-Mart store, for $42.50

October 10, 2006, 09:52 PM
Two years without a post to the tread and then BOOM! It comes back to life like a Mummy in an old movie:neener:

For me a Verona shotgun for $225 from a guy who bought it to go hog hunting with. It was two years old and had never been fired.

I bought a "Wal-mart" .22 rifle about 6 years ago for $69, of course i had just had some surgery, and was HEAVILY medicated at the time. I don't think that i have ever even opened the box. Maybe i will some day.:banghead:

October 10, 2006, 09:54 PM
Cheap = least expensive. S&W M&P .38 Spl w.bulged barrel $15.00. Shot fine

Cheap = POS. Spanish .25 Auto of some unknown make. Would only fire about every 4th time.


October 10, 2006, 11:06 PM
Mossberg 144 LSA $15. Boy Scout Camp auction: Canoe, Chevy S10, Mossberg for a total of $230. Not a bad price for a canoe and carrier. Not a handgun, but still fair rifle for the price.

October 10, 2006, 11:17 PM
.25acp Davis Derringer for $50 20 years ago, I still have it

October 10, 2006, 11:43 PM
A Brand Nex Phoenix Arms HP-22 for me and I only paid 69 dollars for it.

Even got a box of ammo (50 count :D ) and a little nylon holster for it too.

It's a fun little gun to plink with.

October 10, 2006, 11:57 PM
Used J-22 for $15 bucks. Worked ok with the right ammo. I've been waiting for a police buyback to get rid of it.

October 11, 2006, 02:18 PM
A taurus t-92, and a S&W Sigma .40. In both cases, I got what I paid for.

October 11, 2006, 02:38 PM
Cant believe no one said Heritage yet. I paid $109. NIB for a Heritage 5.5" revolver. I'm still shooting it.

October 11, 2006, 04:01 PM
A Clerke 1st .22. Gave $5 for it back in '73 or '74. Still feel like I got ripped off. Odd thing is, I still have it!

Wasn't fit for shooting so I found another use for it:

October 11, 2006, 04:10 PM
65 bucks for a Davis Derringer in .22LR in the 90's. Never had a failure to fire with it. Trigger was awful, but for $65 I ain't complainin'.

October 11, 2006, 04:37 PM
Colt Woodsman Match Target for $75 :D

October 11, 2006, 05:23 PM
thats funny mine was a raven 25 acp was like 125 bucks a long time ago

October 11, 2006, 05:48 PM
A Jennings J-22 (22 Long Rifle) for $55.00. As long as I fired Remington hi-velocity bullets, I had no problems.

October 11, 2006, 11:40 PM
$50 for a Beretta jetfire minx .22 short. Had a few issues with it and sold it a year later for 125$.

October 11, 2006, 11:59 PM
A High Standard "Longhorn Convertible" in .22LR for $75.00

This thing is a total tackdriver!

The only bummer about it is that I don't have the .22Mag cylinder and the DA pull is fairly crappy but the SA is mighty fine.

October 12, 2006, 12:03 AM
The least expensive relative to the value today was a NIB 2.5" Colt Diamondback 22 revolver for $400. (I felt like bragging. :)) The cheapest gun I ever bought was a Mossberg 22 rifle for about $50. Oops... handgun... H&R 999 for about $75.

October 12, 2006, 12:17 AM
Got 3 for free, inherited them 2 colts and a smith....

In retrospect, they maybe the most expensive ones..... They were my first, and now I'm running out of room in my safe......

White Horseradish
October 12, 2006, 01:08 AM
A FIE .38 revolver for $37.

I just really wanted to see what $37 would get you in a gun... :scrutiny:

October 12, 2006, 01:47 AM

October 12, 2006, 04:10 AM
The cheapest handgun I own is my Nagant revolver, cost $85.

It grows on you -


October 12, 2006, 10:07 AM
Thompson/Center Contender. 1983. . . . 10" .357 magnum barrel. NEW!

I asked the owner what he wanted for it. He didn't have one in stock. He didn't take me seriously and said, "Uhhhh. . . I can get you one for $125."

I pulled the cash outta my pocket so fast, it shocked the crap out of him.
He stood by his word!!!!!

Essex County
October 12, 2006, 02:04 PM
Fast forward back to the mid seventies.........A well worn but functional Tok for either 30 or 35 dollars. I only had it for about a week...Essex

s&w 24
October 12, 2006, 04:53 PM
there are three I got for the same price. A raven in 22 lr, a Iver Johnson in 32 S&W and a copy of a lone eagle pistol in 7-08. They were all free!

October 12, 2006, 04:58 PM
I don't consider it cheap quality wise, but I purchased an in-expensive S&W 5906 from Mark at summit gunbroker. $275. Cleaned it up and ran 400 rounds of mixed ammo through it, 3 FTF on the last 15 round mag... it was plenty dirty at that point.


October 12, 2006, 07:07 PM

I paid $35.00 for this Galesi new in 1966... It was too much.

I was going to say the Rohm (RG14) I bought for $20.00, but I'm not sure the RG14 reached the minimum standards for a firearm..


October 12, 2006, 07:24 PM
I bought a number of Raven .25s and a Jennings J-22. All have been stunningly reliable. I get an occasional jam on the Jennings, but only after about four or more mags of ammo have been put through the gun. It's NEVER jammed in the first three clip fulls, ever, so I'd carry it with no concerns. I also bought an RG single action .22LR chrome plated revolver with plastic grips that had to keep being tightened. It also was very reliable and accurate for the $64 I paid for it.

Now I have a Davis P-32 that is nickle or chrome plated, which I've never shot. It's real purty and I have a box of ammo for it that I may or may not get around to shooting. Looks like it might be a good paperweight at worst, but it appears to be a giant Raven.

October 12, 2006, 09:57 PM
I picked up a S&W model 36 for $100 a couple of years ago.

October 12, 2006, 10:17 PM
My least expensive gun is a Beretta Tomcat for $289. I've bought several used pistol, though none were 'cheap'. I shop hard for guns I want, the only real POS I've ever had was an Interarms PPK/S that was a nasty little gun to shoot (truly crappy trigger) and couldn't get through a whole mag w/o a jam. I traded it for a Beretta 85:D sweet.

October 12, 2006, 10:25 PM
it worked like a charm and very accurate, I bought it for 60 bucks and got a bunch of mags for it, sold the whole lot for 100, I wish I still had it.

I have a titan .25 I got for 50 I like it, no mag disconnect

October 12, 2006, 10:25 PM
In retrospect, this seems like the deal of a lifetime to me. We are talking 1972, now. I had owned a Browning Challenger in .22 cal. I had been shooting it in NRA bullseye when a friend of mine let me try his Smith Model 41. After shooting the 41, I simply had to have one so I went on a search to find a nice used one. I ended up at a local gun shop that had one that was virtually pristine. I asked if they would take in the Challenger on trade and the deal was struck for the Challenger and $29.00 for the Smith. Every time I think about this deal, I still can't believe I got that pistol for that much money. I do, however, regret getting rid of the Challenger. It was a very nice pistol that I could shoot well with.

October 12, 2006, 10:33 PM
$100 Makarov and worth every penny.

October 13, 2006, 09:02 AM
Un-issued Bulgarian Mak - 100 bucks...great piece

October 13, 2006, 09:50 AM
Walther PPK in .22 for $65 (about a week's pay back then). Carried it fin a shirt pocket or many years while hunting rabbits - it reliably killed a few along the way.

Traded it straight up for another good deal - Colt Combat Commander in 9mm.

Wish I still had either of them!!

1911 guy
October 13, 2006, 10:32 AM
When I was in school I paid for and my Dad signed for a .22LR revolver made by EAA. If I remember right, it was called the "Bounty Hunter" or something like that. Single action, easy to strip and clean. That's actually the revolver that made me give up on revolvers for good. I had shot many by then and none fit me very well. That one felt better than most and I still couldn't hit beans with it. Got it new for 100 dollars and sold it and a Triple K Leather holster for the same $100 several years later.

October 13, 2006, 01:57 PM
Euroarms copy of a Colt 1851 Navy revolver but in 44 caliber, with holster $35.00. I picked it up at a pawn shop as a cheap way to see if I liked black powder. Still have it and enjoy shooting it. Not very accurate but a lot of fun.:o

October 13, 2006, 02:11 PM
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel brand new $61.00

October 13, 2006, 03:20 PM
A Lemon Squeezer and an H&R both in .32 S&W for $58 the pair. So small they look like toys - as do the rounds...

Average Joe
October 13, 2006, 07:48 PM
Stirling .22 auto, a real pos.

October 15, 2006, 12:13 AM

Cheapest pistol:

Remington Rand 1911A1 for $15.00

Cheapest guns:

BAR with 20 mags, and an M-2 carbine for a case of C-rations.


Les Baer TRS and Les Baer Premier II Super Tac for $2,500. Poor soul needed money and all I could 'find' was 2,500.

October 15, 2006, 09:00 PM
My least costliest pistol was my FN Hi Power .40S&W.Under 500 OTD.Brand new.

October 15, 2006, 09:19 PM
jennings 380

October 15, 2006, 09:34 PM
Wild West Guns had a Security-Six on Auction Arms that on a whim I bid $150 or $175 for. I got it! I don't think Wildalaska has forgiven me, since they had parkerized it, a service they normally charge $180 for.

October 15, 2006, 10:37 PM
Whe I was 15 or so, back in 1955, 4 or 6, I bought a Walther P-38, with matching Nazi holster and magazines plus a box of 50 9mm cartridges. $12.00. Shot up the Cartridges, and sold the pistol and all for $15.00. Thought I made a hell of a deal. Little did I know. :(

October 16, 2006, 01:56 PM
I paid $50 for a Ranger SA 22 revolver w/a birds head handle and 3.5" barrel years ago. It's been a lot of fun to shoot over the years, and my nephews are just beginnning to enjoy it now. Best bang for the buck ever!

October 16, 2006, 03:46 PM
Raven 25 ACP for $45.00. It worked, but that's about the only good thing I have to say about it.

Hmmm.................It's also the first gun I ever sold. Took that money, put up some of my own, and got a Ruger Mark II.

October 16, 2006, 04:07 PM
Jennings 22 auto $40 new. I carried it in my deer hunting backpack for 10years. Shot good. No malfunctions.

highlander 5
October 16, 2006, 04:30 PM
Hawes 22 mag Colt clone bought 2 $35 a piece circa 1971

October 16, 2006, 06:04 PM
$99 for a CZ-52. It works really well now that I finally have all the cosmoline out of everything.

The sights are marginal, and the trigger is mediocre at best, but it is a unique gun, and an neat cartridge. It makes a decent truck gun.

October 16, 2006, 06:26 PM
Cheapest rifle: Sears/Ted Williams .22lR semi-auto (model number long forgotten): $80.

Cheapest handgun: Bulgarian Makarov, unissued, all accessories: $99 . . . in 2003 . . . in California.

October 17, 2006, 11:02 AM
I once bought a S&W Mod. 10 that had been in a small fire for $50. After 10 rounds fired the barrel was starting to come out.. Took it to a gunsmith to see about fixing and He bought it for what I had paid.

My dad found an H&R 9shot .22lr revolver on the side of the road once... He took it to the police. After about 3 months they told him to come and get it. It had a few minor scratches on it and the hammer spur was broken off ($20 fix) but it was actually free.

October 17, 2006, 11:07 AM
The cheapest handgun I ever bought was a HiPoint compensated 9mm. I think I paid like 129.00 or so for it.....eventually sold of course.

October 18, 2006, 01:31 AM
Kel-tec P11. Cheapest in price, and quality. Never again!

375 um
October 23, 2006, 11:57 AM
I have a 1968 Burgo 38 spl. never shot still in the org. box with ammo and cleaning brush the price tag on the box is $31.50

October 23, 2006, 12:07 PM
Taurus PT111...good up until recently when the disassembly latch sheared off in the gun.

October 23, 2006, 05:23 PM
The cheapest handgun that I ever bought was a 9mm Jennings and it was a piece of junk!

October 23, 2006, 09:04 PM
Colt Police Positive Special for $ 90 back in the 1990's. The temptation was the Colt name. The dealer that bought it from me had a lot of trouble reselling it.

October 25, 2006, 08:48 PM
nice S&W Mod. 13 3" for $175

The Real Wyatt
October 25, 2006, 09:50 PM
Well, I didn't actually BUY it but ... I had made a service call to clean a virus from a computer. Took about 20 minutes to get the computer good to go and another 10 minutes to ensure there were no other problems and the 'puter was up to date with patches.

Told the client that there'd be a 50 dollar service fee. Client says "How 'bout you take this instead" and shows me a virtually unused S&W 19-3. I demurred with an "Oh no, sir, I couldn't possibly take that, its worth far more than the fifty dollar fee." Client says "It ain't worth nuthin' to me, I don't even want it around." So I agreed to accept it in lieu of the service fee.

This was about two years ago and I've only fired a cylinder full of .38 specials thru it since then. Its just too purdy to take it out in the woods and shoot the crap outta it. It stays in the gun drawer and I take it out and fondle it occasionally.

This is the gun:

October 25, 2006, 11:02 PM
Last Christmas I was given a S&W 19-4 2.5" RB in about 90% condition as well as a Star Firestar in 9mm. I sold the Star for $200, so I guess that I have -$200 in the 19.

Many years ago I gave a guy $10 for a nickel plated single shot .22 derringer style pistol. In retrospect I paid too much.

October 26, 2006, 06:50 AM
Rossi Snub-nose .38. NIB for about $200 in Dec. 2005. Changed main spring. Added old-fashioned wood grips. Shoots straight. Easy to carry.

lil ski
October 27, 2006, 02:39 PM
Jennings J-22 for $46 plus tax in the 1980s. You have to shoot CCI mini mags in it other than that works fine every time after about 5000 rounds I have to say I got my moneys worth.:D

October 27, 2006, 02:55 PM
New: a Beretta .22 Bobcat for $219.00, just a fun plinking gun
Used: old model Ruger Bearcat $100.00

October 29, 2006, 12:26 PM
The cheapest - AS IN LEAST EXPENSIVE - that I bought was a Kel-Tec P32 that I kept for all of two months. I know it's very popular, sells very well and even has its own "cult" among gun owners, but IMO it is a very inexpensive, spartan, minimalist-designed and somewhat unreliable handgun. Small, lightweight, easily concealable but not worth the money IMO. I know that many will disagree with me on that.

October 29, 2006, 01:11 PM


IMO it seems that folks who get any firearm generally form an opinion pretty quickly.. If the firearm is reliable and accurate for you then you generally praise them forevermore..

On the other hand if you get a lemon, and every manufacturer will produce lemons, some more, some less, you hate them forevermore...

It seems KelTec's are a prime example of that theory.

My personal KelTec P32 and P11 have been excellent.. No trips back to Cocoa, both are accurate and reliable.. Therefore I'm on the KelTec fan bandwagon.. In fact I'm waiting now to buy a PF-9 when I can find one.

I know the first generation P3AT's were problematic, and I think there are lots of anti-KelTec'ers out there whose opinions were indeed formed by the "iffy" early P3AT's. I hear the 2nd gen P3AT's are excellent.

Another thing, I think the smaller, lighter & larger caliber a pistol is the more it is prone to "limpwristing".. I don't mean you were guilty of that, just that some KelTec detractors probably had problems because of that. You can't blame the pistol for a user problem.

I had my NAA Guardian 32 before my KT P32, and it DID have to be sent back to the factory for help.. NAA Customer Service was excellent, and the little (heavy) Guardian hasn't missed a beat since.. I think the NAA Guardian is an excellent little pistol, but truthfully I find myself cc the KelTec because it is so much lighter.

I don't think anyone has a problem with someone offering their personal opinion of the different firearms in general.. I do hate it when someone absolute hates one gun or another and trolls every firearm forum on the net posting their venom.. (KQ & Fowler come to mind).

You didn't do that, and I respect your opinion. I'm the same way about Berettas as the TomCat I had was pure merde, and customer service equally poor..

I know legions of folks love Beretta's and my opinion is simply just one opinion..

Best Wishes,

J. Pomeroy

October 29, 2006, 01:42 PM
CZ P-01, for $275. Was quite a coup.

October 29, 2006, 01:42 PM
Thank you PX15. I try to be as objective as I am opinionated, the latter occasionally being my stronger suit.;)

You will never know how much I wanted that little P32 to work out well for me. It was a pure delight to pocket and to carry about, especially here in the AZ heat.

My on-going problem with it was that the slide stop spring would slip off of its recess because the plastic body would bulge a bit. Then, the slide would not stay open after the last round was fired. I'm sure you know exactly what I'm referring to. Consequently, I'd dry fire it (a non-no) at least once each mag full at the range if I forgot to keep count of the rounds I had fired.

Well, I went up to the forums, read all the articles and ordered spare pins, springs, etc., used the hair dryer, cut grooves in the pins, and went back and forth with Kel-Tec - they were always very responsive, polite and helpful - over this timeframe. Nothing I did proved to be a permanent fix.

It eventually had to go back and get replaced altogether under warranty. Then, I just traded the brand new replacement in for less than half of what it originally cost me.

So, yes, for me it was not a pleasant experience but as I said earlier, there are more than enough satisfied owners and pundits out there to make my experience more of an exception rather than a rule.

Glad you enjoy yours.

October 29, 2006, 02:08 PM
Least expensive would be a Hi-Point C-9, 9mm. Works like a champ. Retail was $139.00, but I traded a 38 revolver I didn't like, and $7.28 cash for the gun, a box of ammo, and the background check and sales tax.

I think the best deal I ever got was a VGC Smith and Wesson 39-2 for $250.00. I had seen a couple that I liked at other dealers, but they wanted $400.00 for them.

Rally Vincent
October 30, 2006, 02:00 AM
Me and my buddy bet on who could nail a 10inch steel plate at 150 yards in -20degree's with our carry pistols. Many shots later I got his SIG226.

So I guess ugghhh....free? ^_^

August 30, 2009, 08:01 AM
I bought a Llama .45ACP for $250 after reading an article in Guns N' Ammo that said the modern day Llama was a quality weapon and shot well. I took it to the range and fired 100 rounds through it, and even though I aimed at the center x, every shot struck the target far down and to the left. I pulled out my Colt .45 to see if it was just me or the gun. The Colt hit dead center. I had my buddy try the Llama, and the same thing happened...down and left.

So, I cleaned it up and put an ad in the paper and some schmuck paid me $385 for it a week later. :neener:

August 30, 2009, 08:15 AM
About ten years ago, I bought 5 American colonial paper currency notes for $40.00, or, $8.00 apiece. Last summer, through judicious trading, I ended up with a nice 1961 Ruger Single Six Magnum Model, which a never shot because I shoot double action. Recently, I swapped it for a beautiful 1982 Ruger Redhawk and 100 rounds of FMJ 44 magnum ammo. So, that Redhawk w/100 rounds cost me $8.00. That's my cheapest gun.

August 30, 2009, 10:34 AM
RG-14 with a 1-1/2'' barrel for $39.95 at Sav-On Drugs. Bought it for signaling and just to have something that goes Bang! It far exceeded my expectations, allowing me to take squirrels and rabbits to spice up my meals of pack foods.

Got another just like it today. It goes in my BOB.

August 30, 2009, 10:41 AM
Cheapest handgun I ever bought was a $220 CZ-82. I loved that little thing. Too bad you can't find them for that price anymore. It looked like hell but it functioned like Heaven.

August 30, 2009, 11:30 AM
Ruger P89 with case, 2 magazines, holster, 100 rds of wwb and 50 rds of jhp for $160.

This was the purchase that got me into handguns.:) Too bad I can't find any more that cheap.

August 30, 2009, 12:50 PM
Cheapest in quality, or cheapest in price,or cheapest in price vs value? Cheapest in Quality; about 15 years ago, I bought a Bryco-Jennings 9mm. Kept it about a month an sold it.

Cheapest in price vs value:

1. Friend moving to europe. Can't take his guns. Had no place to keep them. Sold them all off. Couldn't find anyone to buy his Marlin 336 30-30. Sold it to me for $75.
2. Had a friend who is a county sheriff. His department was forcing them to buy either 9mm or 40sw. Still can have your own gun, but the department would only pay for ammo if it was 9mm or 40sw. He sold me his West German 1989 SigSauer P220 That only shot 1 box of ammo per year through it for qualifying. I always helped him with "Technology" issues. So he sold it to me for $200.

Cheapest in overall price. Neighbor (Old lady) had a kitchen faucet break. Just needed some new teflon tape and re-screwed back on. Cost me about $5 for the teflon tape. She tried to pay me. I told it was ok. It was my please. She insisted. I said it was only $5. She instead gave me an old Schmidt single action 22LR revolver with an extra 22 magnum cylinder. (Not a very expensive gun). I told her she'd be better off just giving me the $5 if she was going to insist. She said no; handed me a small cloth bag with the pistol and extra cylinder. Pinched my cheek and said thanks. Ok. $5 gun. That's the cheapest in cost.

August 30, 2009, 05:33 PM
Wow, old thread freshly risen from the grave. It was a good one.

Welcome to THR frogballs

August 30, 2009, 05:42 PM
Does getting a gun free count?

This past Christmas I visited a friend. She told me she'd had an old gun in her dresser drawer for years, and wanted rid of it but was afraid to touch it. Would I dispose of it for her?

Um, yes.

Turned out to be an H&R model 732, .32sw long, made in 1972, that had never been fired. It cleaned up nicely. I shot it. Trigger pull is roughly 72,658.3 lbs. They say you get what you pay for. Ah huh.

August 30, 2009, 05:46 PM
Bersa Series 95. Adequate but undistinguished.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 30, 2009, 05:52 PM
Probably $160 for a CZ52, or about the same for a Heritage Rough Rider .22 revolver with 2 cylinders.

Almost bit on a Nagant revolver but didn't, and I think the NAA mini-rev was up close to $200 with tax. Makarov was $200.

August 30, 2009, 05:58 PM
Used H&R 922 for $30. Not my favorite, but it works pretty good for a 65 year old low end revolver.

August 30, 2009, 07:05 PM
$60 OTD for a new Raven. Still have it.

August 30, 2009, 08:03 PM
CZ-82 and probably the best buy I ever had. $149.

August 30, 2009, 08:59 PM


August 30, 2009, 09:01 PM
1. Cheap: Traded 100 liters of gas coupons for a really nice Walther PP.
Not so cheap: Getting it on my Waffenbesitzkarte so I could legally possess it, then ship it back to CONUS.

2. Cheap: Traded a Don Stivers print for a Winchester Garand.
Not so cheap: ATF said it was an "instrument of war"...duh, ya figure. Took some concentrated effort by my Senator to lean on the State Dept and ATF to get me the approval to ship her back. Then the shipping to a FFL import dealer, then further shipment and charges here when I picked her up, but it was worth every penny!

August 30, 2009, 10:23 PM
When I was 17 working on a concrete crew for the summer. One of the guys who liked his beer a little to much would be broke 2 days after payday. He wanted to borrow $50 bucks and gave me Ruger SPR .44 mag with a 2x burris scope and holster. That was 15-16 years ago and he owes me $50 plus a whole lot of interest.
The 2nd similar situation a Glock 17 9mm for $35. Kept the gun for three years and would have rather had my $35 it was a POS.

Cheapest gun I have ever bought new $99 Lorcin 380 not a bad little gun for the money. I thought I just had to have a semi auto. So in the ignorance of my youth at 21. I sold a Ruger single six hunter .22lr to buy that little Lorcin:banghead: I am a dumba$$ and admit it.

August 31, 2009, 12:22 AM
That would be a tie, at $350:

S&W Sigma (VE), 9mm. Purchased in the midst of a gun-crazy nation. One stovepipe early on, zero FTFs, and I'm 1000 rounds in.

SIG P6 - one mag, no holster, but very little holster wear. Overall great condition and great shooting. Technically the cheaper one, since there was tax included on the other.

sean m
August 31, 2009, 11:13 AM
A H&R 622 from a pawn shop for $49, it was an accurate piece. The single action pull was good but the double action was a workout. Used it as my fishing gun, but ended up trading it for a Cold Steel Voyager when I got a Ruger Bearcat as my kit gun

August 31, 2009, 11:37 PM
New Harrington&Richardson 900 for $30. New Ruger MK I bull barrel for
$69.50. Still have them.

August 31, 2009, 11:48 PM
LLAMA Micro-Max 380 Auto, $100.

September 1, 2009, 12:17 AM
Great thread. Reminded me that I had bought a Raven .25 auto for $50.
Traded it for a RG .22 revolver, which I gave to my brother for his trapline use. It would light strike at least 1 round per cylinder full.
The RG broke about a year later. I disassembled it and threw it away. I never had a function issue with the Raven when I had it.

September 1, 2009, 01:09 AM
Butler .22 short for $30. It's a tiny little single-shot that literally will fit in the that useless little coin pocket that's just above the real pocket of your jeans. I love tucking the barrel in that little pocket (like it's a holster) and strutting around at the gun shows. I tell everyone that it's my ultimate home defense weapon. Incidentally, it's a blast to shoot that tiny thing.

September 1, 2009, 09:19 AM
I paid $25 for a 25 caliber Titan along time ago. I sold it back to the guy for $25. Mike

September 1, 2009, 10:46 AM
A Rossi M885 stainless steel .38 spl. I think I spent about $175 on it new in the early '90s. Actually, it was a very well put together gun, with a nice finish and one of the best, smoothests, trigger pulls of any gun I've ever owned by any manufacturer regardless of price.

September 1, 2009, 03:52 PM
Cheapest was 15 years ago: a sporterized Nagant at $15 from a local barfly. The poor pitiful rifle - that stock was a nightmare. Was a nice shooter, though.

Best deal I ever got was only 2 years ago: $200 for a pristine stainless S&W 66-no dash.

September 2, 2009, 12:19 AM
In 1992 I bought 2 Norinco 213's for $89.00 each. They are Chinese copies of the Russian TT-33 in 9mm Luger. I put one away and shot the other one every week for over 15 years. I had to have over 55,000 rounds through that pistol. I never had a FTF or a FTE. It always went "Bang" and it was my most accurate handgun. I finally gave it to my brother, and bought out the safe queen. He'd been bugging me for years to sell it to him.
My next least expensive was a Star Modelo Super A in 9mm Largo for $125.00.

September 2, 2009, 12:24 AM
High Standard Sentinel Deluxe -- $35 in 1972. Still shoot it.

September 3, 2009, 09:34 AM

September 3, 2009, 12:54 PM
The thread zombies rise again. Excellent.

Are we talking "cheapest" as in cheap quality or "cheapest" as in inexpensive? Big difference to me, at least. The "cheapest" gun I ever bought was a Beretta Tomcat. It cost a lot of money, to be sure, but the quality of craftsmanship made it the "cheapest" gun I've ever owned ... by far.

September 4, 2009, 09:14 AM
Jennings 22lr. Still have it somewhere. Can't remember the last time I fired it, but I know it's been decades...

September 4, 2009, 08:00 PM
Astra 600 for $20. I sure regret selling it.

September 4, 2009, 08:10 PM
tekarra, my cheapest was also an Astra 600. What a terrific gun that was. Bought it by mail order in the mid-1960s for @ $25, all you had to do back then was check a box on the order form certifying that you were 18 (or 21, can't remember which). Sold mine also and regretted it ever since.

September 4, 2009, 08:15 PM
Rough Rider 22lr $169.00 Cheap fun.

September 4, 2009, 08:17 PM
My first gun was a Cobra Patriot .45ACP. I took it shooting the day I bought it. I had a jam every round. Well, more of a lock-up. It would feed but the trigger would not reset after a shot was fired. Everyshot. I'd have to pull the slide back about an 8th of an inch to reset the trigger. I went right back to the store I purchased it from, and got rid of it.


Ohio Rusty
September 4, 2009, 08:17 PM
I bought an old chromed Iver Johnson 'Young American' .22 at a flea market for 12 dollars. Carried it my tackle box for a long time as snake medicine.
Ohio Rusty ><>

September 4, 2009, 10:09 PM
It would have to be a RG-Model 10 in 22 short, bought it new in 1975 for $25.00, still have it.

September 4, 2009, 10:20 PM
I also bought a .25ACP Raven. It was fun but after I shot the two boxes of ammo I bought with it I couldn't afford more and traded it to square some debts. I think the whole deal cost my $60.00 (I made money on the trade though).

poco loco
September 6, 2009, 03:06 AM
revolver in stainless. Looked old absolutely no markings of any type on it paid 60 bucks and thought I had a good deal.

Tried to shoot the darn thing and it wouldn't fire. Took a close look at the cartridge and the firing pin was striking the center rather than the rim, hmmmm, did a little research on the intarwebs.

Looks like I've got a 5.75 Velo Dog unknown manufacturer.. 8 shot with a safety no less on the grip frame. break top. Now if only i could afford the almost 50 bucks a box for the almost non existent ammunition. Just my luck, still looking for a inexpensive .22 revolver.........:(

September 6, 2009, 12:40 PM
The least expensive handgun I have ever bought:

A used S&W model 64-4 NY-1 for $100. It's a K-frame .38 in satin stainless with a 2" bbl. The NY-1 guns were made for NYPD in the late 80s-early 90s. It was carried a lot, shot just a little. Cleaned up nicely and shoots like a dream.

September 6, 2009, 03:12 PM
Used Kel Tec P3AT, paid $180 for it at a pawn shop for my wife. Kel Tec fixed it up on their dime too since the gun was not functioning properly. Great deal on such a sweet little gun!

September 7, 2009, 02:24 AM
HS/LD said:
I paid $150 for a .44 magnum Ruger Redhawk 8" in perfect condition with an extra set of houge grips and a case.

Sold it a little while later.

You know what? I was going to compliment you on what a nice deal that was, but you selling it made me hate you a little bit. Please tell me you sold it for more than you bought it for...Or else I'm going to hate the person that bought it even more. :(

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