What is your favorite bargain price handgun?


October 5, 2012, 05:49 PM
Just sitting here reloading and thought of this question. What is your favorite bargain price handgun? Some cheap purchases end up being one of your most prized possessions. For me, it is a Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 Special with a bull barrel. Shooter grade, $239. This is probably close to my favorite handgun. Great accuracy and lots of fun to shoot. Too bad I can't find alot of $239 guns that end up being my favorite, then I could afford alot more. :)

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October 5, 2012, 05:56 PM
+1 on the 3" S&W mod 10, but even better was the Ruger Standard I went in halves with my dad on, on my 11th b-day $99!

charlie fox
October 5, 2012, 05:56 PM
Older - S&W Model 10; hands down the most underrated secondary market buy around. I've seen them at gun shows for under $200 with a holster!

New - KelTec P-11; solid seller, but overshadowed by the "single stack" craze. Smaller, but more comfortable (to me) than a Baby Glock to carry, manipulate and shoot. At around $250 they're a great choice.

October 5, 2012, 06:17 PM
Model 10s, for sure. I occasionally see Model 13s cheap as well, but never as cheap as the Model 10s. The 3 inch, round butt versions are one of my all-time favorite handguns.

October 5, 2012, 07:12 PM
FEG Hi-Powers.

There are a lot of Soviet bloc surplus pistols out there that can be had at bargain prices that are really well made.

October 5, 2012, 07:14 PM
Used Glock 19

October 5, 2012, 07:18 PM
I would have to say my CZ 82.

October 5, 2012, 07:33 PM
Hungarian PA63 in 9mm Mak.

October 5, 2012, 08:12 PM
Model 10.

My go-to suggestion to a first time buyer who needs to address SD as well as plinking fun.

M2 Carbine
October 5, 2012, 08:42 PM
What is your favorite bargain price handgun?
I would have to say this original GI 1911A1 45. New in the box, delivered to my door by the Postman. It cost $17. (It's changed some since it was new.)

The explanation is,
back in 1961 when "The Federal Government" was still "Our Federal Government", we citizens could buy military guns directly from our government at a very low price. The guns were mailed directly to your home.

You could also buy all manner of guns from magazine ads, even anti tank guns, which were also sent to your home.

October 5, 2012, 09:20 PM
Used Glock 22.

October 5, 2012, 09:28 PM
S&W sigma sw40ve or hungarian pa-63. I can't deside.

October 5, 2012, 09:34 PM
Boy that was the day when gun magazines were fun to read, so many ads for surplus arms at low prices.

October 5, 2012, 10:55 PM
Russian Makarov, paid less than $150 NIB. Great pistol, fun to shoot and not a single failure of any kind.

October 6, 2012, 10:46 AM
Smith model 10. Or the 65 I just picked up for $250.

October 6, 2012, 11:15 AM
CZ82. Worth WAAY more than what I paid. And CZUSA still services them.

October 6, 2012, 01:08 PM
Definitely the police/security guard surplus K frames.

Old Dog
October 6, 2012, 01:19 PM
I would agree with 19-3Ben about surplus K-frames, but unfortunately, they're not such a bargain anymore as the avid S&W collectors/fans have been driving the prices of even the shooter-grade specimens up beyond "bargain" status.

My $129 Model 10-5 (back when they were hard to give away at gunshows) ... Incredible trigger pull, both DA and SA, a tackdriver to boot.

Bought NIB, I picked up a couple Taurus PT-145s (after the initial bugs were worked out, before the stupid rail got put on them) for around $289 a piece -- I believe they fit in the category of bargains, as they have provided sterling service, one is incredibly, surprisingly accurate, both 100% reliable with any JHPs, easy to shoot ('though possessed of loooonnng, sproingy trigger pulls), and conveniently concealable with 10+1 capacity in .45 ACP ... now, that's what I consider a bargain.

Also agree with the FEG Hi-Powers ... can't go with anything in .380, though, as that ammo is now ridiculously overpriced.

October 6, 2012, 01:27 PM
All the ones I have that I bought 20 years ago seem like bargains compared to what they cost today.

October 6, 2012, 01:51 PM

2 years about I bought a pristine 4 inch .38 Diamondback for $390
Also an old, trashed Cobra for $225
A year back a S&W Hand Ejector (3rd release) for $235

loose noose
October 6, 2012, 02:14 PM
Bargain? I'd have to go with my Springield XD-40, it is easy to conceal with the 4" barrel, and 12 + 1 in the magazine. The other is my Colt Gold Cup National Match, I purchased it brand spanking new in 1971, with a holster, magazine pouch, handcuff case, baton ring, mace case, and also an extra magazine, for the total sum of $156.00 as a Police Officer in Southern California.:D

October 6, 2012, 03:18 PM
Police surplus Smiths and com bloc mil-surp are all great. I think my favorite is the TT33 Tokarev.

October 7, 2012, 10:56 AM
Used Glock 19
Really? I never considered a used glock a bargain gun?

October 7, 2012, 12:09 PM
Makarovs, Police and military surplus are at the top of my list....

October 7, 2012, 12:18 PM
Any Smith for $200 is a bargin. I wish I still had the 10 HB I bought reatil in Stevens Point WI in 1977 for $105 out the door test fired only no box. It was a wedding present for my first wife. I only miss the gun. Should have kept the 38 and dumped the 210 instead. I traded it later for newer a shooting version who actually likes guns shooting and me too.

October 7, 2012, 01:16 PM
I have three:
Makarov $195
Colt Official Police $300
Pre-Model 10 M&P $200

October 7, 2012, 02:31 PM
Stoeger Cougar

October 7, 2012, 02:41 PM
My RIA 1911 G.I. Got it for $325.

October 7, 2012, 07:42 PM
Bargain is kind of relative. The first thing that came to mind was the new Ruger SR22 pistol. Fun little pistol and not real expensive.

Chevelle SS
October 7, 2012, 07:48 PM
How much does a "bargain price handgun" cost?

October 7, 2012, 08:39 PM
My personal "best buy" is a $199 (OTD) Makarov (380 acp) I got last year.

I happen to think used Ruger Single Actions are some of the best values out there

October 7, 2012, 10:45 PM
Ruger P95's, Smith and Wesson Sigma's, Taurus 709/740Slim, and maybe Keltec PF9 if you get lucky with one that works.

October 8, 2012, 05:38 PM
'70's vintage Dan Wesson 15-2. $300 OTD and it is the equal to any of my S&W in terms of accuracy. If it was my only revolver I would not feel uncomfortable.;)


October 8, 2012, 11:40 PM
Used; Tokarevs and Makarovs for $200, $100 for Nagant revolvers.

New; Sigmas for $280-ish and NAA minis usually around $200.

October 9, 2012, 01:22 AM
2nd and 3rd generation S&W autos. I got my 469 for $250. If I ever see another, I'll snatch it up in a heartbeat.

October 9, 2012, 08:00 AM
S&W Model 10 & Ruger P series.

October 11, 2012, 06:12 PM
2nd and 3rd generation S&W autos. I got my 469 for $250. If I ever see another, I'll snatch it up in a heartbeat.

Absolutely. Just too big & heavy for the boxy black polymer crowd these days. ;)

The last 4506 that I saw was used at $500. For what you get I reckon that's a pretty good bargain. I actually had money down on it but cancelled to buy a nine for the wife.:(

October 11, 2012, 10:39 PM
Bersa and RIA are two of my favorite "bargain" guns. I paid $240 for my Thunder 380 and $450 for my RIA two tone tactical.

Halal Pork
October 12, 2012, 11:34 AM
As far as bargains go, another vote for the S&W Model 10. My first handgun was a Model 10 with a 4" barrel and I shot it better than any number of handguns that were bought to replace it. I keep looking at the trade-in revolvers at Buds and trying to convince myself to get another Model 10. I just don't need anymore handguns (unless I can find an old S&W 22 revolver.) So I'm holding off.

October 12, 2012, 07:19 PM
My Charles Daley 1911A1 that I just got at a gun show $400. It is a tac-driver!!

October 12, 2012, 07:38 PM
Ruger Single Six.

October 12, 2012, 09:14 PM
CZ 82 ... for $190 they are an excellent bargain. The imported ammo is inexpensive also:)

October 12, 2012, 09:25 PM
S&w 5906

Bigg Jimm
October 13, 2012, 12:07 AM
S&W SW40VE bought NIB with 4 mags for $250 out the door. Almost didn't buy it since I'm not a big fan of pistols without a hammer, but Many MANY rounds later it has not failed. I even TRIED to make it jam with no success. IMHO a very solid gun with more than adequate accuracy for a very good price.

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Bigg Jimm
October 13, 2012, 12:09 AM
Still grab my P95 most of the time though.

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October 13, 2012, 01:35 AM
2nd and 3rd generation S&W autos. I got my 469 for $250. If I ever see another, I'll snatch it up in a heartbeat.

Good call. I got my 5906 for $299. It is truly as good as any steel 9mm ever made (yes Mr. Browning it is)

October 13, 2012, 02:43 AM
I would have to say my Llama 38 special... $90 at my LGS. When they say Smith copy-cat they ain't kidding... The original wood grips were warped and broken, but my Smith k-frame hogues fit like a glove. The first spin around the block also revealed a weak mainspring (occasional misfires). In my parts box I had a new mainspring and yoke screw from a 66 I once owned. Sure enough perfect fit. A Spanish copy-cat? YES :(, but it sure makes it easy to find parts.:)


October 13, 2012, 09:36 AM
Any Smith for $200 is a bargin. I wish I still had the 10 HB I bought reatil in Stevens Point WI in 1977 for $105 out the door test fired only no box. It was a wedding present for my first wife. I only miss the gun. Should have kept the 38 and dumped the 210 instead. I traded it later for newer a shooting version who actually likes guns shooting and me too.
Best post of the thread so far.

You guys are making me jealous with your revolver finds.

October 13, 2012, 03:39 PM
+1 on the 3" S&W mod 10, but even better was the Ruger Standard I went in halves with my dad on, on my 11th b-day $99!
I got you beat: I got my Ruger Mark I for $78 brand new in 1972, by myself. Still have it, and after 20,000+ rounds, good as new. Just old, I guess.

October 13, 2012, 06:25 PM
Picked up a star megastar .45 for $300. Perfect shape, 3 original mags. Heavy as hell but accurate and dependable. Like it much better than my HK USP .45.

Also picked up a S&W 1066 in really good shape for $400. Nice gun for the 10mm.

October 14, 2012, 01:57 PM
Speaking of S&W's, my model 65 that I picked up for $169 is probably my best find.

Back in the days when police departments were dumping revolvers in favor of wonder-nines, nice S&W's were pretty common. The dealer I bought mine from said he'd sold over 300 in one weekend at a gun show in Dallas.

I only got one; wish I'd bought three or four, even though money was tight. Would've been a great investment.

October 15, 2012, 02:41 AM
The best gun deal I've came across was a Polish P64 Makarov. It's bluing rivals that of 1960's colts ive seen and I can drive nails with it at 7 yards. Swapped springs around was all i had to do to it. $165 for it, cleaning kit, holster and two magazines.

Ky Larry
October 15, 2012, 06:59 AM
About 15 years ago, I bought my CZ-75BD for, IIRC, less than $200.00 new. CZs were the best value in guns at that time. They still make great stuff but they ain't cheap. If you can find them, I'd say the police tradein Glocks, S.I.G.s, and S&Ws are probably good deals. Colt 1911s would probably be a lot cheaper now if our government hadn't had the surplus scrapped when the military converted to 9mm.

October 15, 2012, 12:16 PM
I love revolvers, and own 4 S&W's, including a sweet low, low round 64 I got for $300.

However, day in and day out - as many in this thread have noted - those former Soviet block pistols designed and built for military service, are hard to beat. I have a CZ82 and an AN-9 (PA-63 in .380) and I am looking for a deal on a Real Mak or P-64.

BTW, Wolff makes all the springs you need for these guns, fixes trigger pulls and extreme ejection/ worn out slide spring/ muzzle flip.

October 15, 2012, 01:54 PM
I've got several of NEF and H&R rimfire and .32 H&R magnum revolvers.

Very nostalgic.

highlander 5
October 15, 2012, 02:08 PM
P 89 and a Ruger Redhawk in 357 magnum both in the $300 range.

October 15, 2012, 03:11 PM
What is your favorite bargain price handgun?

It would be my Bersa Thunder 380, pre-lock.
I got it for $100, and it's been a never fail pistol for me.
It's awefully hard to beat a pistol that works every time, and at $100 it's a no brainer.



October 15, 2012, 10:54 PM
I got you beat: I got my Ruger Mark I for $78 brand new in 1972, by myself. Still have it, and after 20,000+ rounds, good as new. Just old, I guess.

That is $430 adjusted for inflation. Not trying to put down your post just wanted to show how the Mark series Rugers have basically always cost the same

October 15, 2012, 11:16 PM
Has to be my Bulgarian Makarov for $200 and my KelTec PF9. Both are pretty accurate for what they are. Also for a fun range gun I really like my HiPoint JCP in .40S&W, accurate and eats whatever I feed it.

October 15, 2012, 11:24 PM
Used Marlin model 60 for $80.00 came with a sling and BSA scope. Doesn't owe me a dime.

October 15, 2012, 11:48 PM
makarov, best bang for the buck.

October 16, 2012, 12:09 AM
A Colt Cobra .38 Spl 4"
A Colt trooper .38 Spl 4"
A S&W '37 .38-44 5"

All within the last 3 months, all tremendous shooters!

October 16, 2012, 01:26 AM
If we are talking personal bargains either my steyr M9 or my G17 both of which were $250 or less. If we are talking the normal going rate for guns I'd say the CZ82. I'm not sure the very latest but not long ago they were sub $200. They are a heck of a lot of gun for that price.

October 16, 2012, 03:22 AM
Bersa thunder .380 and thunder .22 are the most inexpensive handguns i own. Great shooters!

October 16, 2012, 10:50 PM
I second the Bersa pistols, and the CZ-75 P-07

October 16, 2012, 11:04 PM
I'll lead with a used Sig 2022 at $329
I know new has been listed for $349 and at that price is a great bargain.

And I'll Follow with Bersa Thunder with CT grips for $299

And wrap up with used S&W 5906 for $249, used S&W 10 for $229, and a used S&W 64 $239

October 17, 2012, 10:27 AM
To me, one of the best bargains is the Sig P6. These sold a few years ago for around $300 with 2 mags. (When my son bought me this one; thanks buddy!)

They can still be found for $350-400 but the prices are climbing.

October 19, 2012, 08:19 PM
Kel-tec PF9 (Parkerized) $209, P11 (Hard Chrome) $ 202, and my favorite, Rossi 462 $299. I trust my life to each one of them on a regular basis.

October 19, 2012, 10:47 PM
I've actually got a few faves.

Kel Tec P11

Taurus M85SSUL

Rossi M511 Sportsman (.22LR)

Taurus M66, two, but both used

Is a Ruger KP90DC considered a bargain? I bought it 20 years ago and the way it performs, yes, a bargain regardless.

Scoped Ruger Mk2 used for $275. Thought that a pretty decent deal. Was going to sell the scope, but after shooting, it became my new squirrel gun. :D

Rossi 3" M68 is a very well made, very good shooting gun I bought in 1981 to give to my step father, got it back when he passed away.

I guess, those are my absolute faves that I'd consider bargains. I don't have a really expensive gun, though, a M10 Smith I inherited, a couple of Ruger blackhawks, a several cap and ball guns including a Ruger Old Army that sells for more now than it did new when I got mine by a considerable amount. Contender with 4 barrels, not cheap. etc, etc. I do have some what I consider JUNK....http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/lachen/laughing-smiley-011.gif

Cactus Jack Arizona
October 20, 2012, 01:58 AM
Although I will throw my single stack Russian Makarov in this mix, I must admit to my most prized pistol being my double stack Russian Makarov. :D

Oh yeah, I must also include my CZ 75 Cold War Commemorative. What can I say, I love Comm Bloc firearms. ;)

October 20, 2012, 03:42 AM
Bulgarian Makarov
Ruger P95 and P97

October 20, 2012, 08:52 AM
S&W model 10. Just picked up one 2 weeks ago in excellent condition from my LGS for $222 + tax.

October 20, 2012, 11:04 AM
Oh, DANG, I left out my Radom P64 from my list. Now THAT was a bargain!!!!!


October 20, 2012, 09:10 PM
$125 Smith 10-8


October 20, 2012, 09:27 PM
My Smith mod. 66 K frame, round butt,"Combat" model . Bought new for $175 about 20 years ago, and has been my most faithful companion since. I know for a fact it's slept with me more than my ex did :_)

October 20, 2012, 10:34 PM
Surplus S&W Model 1917 .45ACP revolver, a gun show find at less than $200.

October 21, 2012, 10:49 PM
dollar for dollar and round for round, Heritage Rough Rider.

November 6, 2012, 07:38 PM
I once bought a 6" blue N-frame Smith for $175....

November 6, 2012, 07:51 PM
During the period when everyone had to have a wonder 9 in this part of the woods-we were/are way behind the curve-found a 6" Mod 624 at Gander for $265 about 2005. Very tight and a good shooter. About two months later there was a S&W mod 17 for $235. That came home with me also.

As for S&W model 10's a former military competition shooter started shooting bullseye at our range in the late 70's and he won many matches with a bull barrel .38.

November 6, 2012, 08:15 PM
Bersa bt .380.

November 6, 2012, 08:52 PM
My best "bargain gun" as far as handguns go has to be my TZ99. Paid $250 for it, sold it for a profit, and bought it back for $250. Never failed to shoot, function, or hit point of aim at 10yds, with ANY 9mm ammo.

November 7, 2012, 10:50 AM

Bersa Thunder 22 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_178/products_id/72192) and Thunder 380 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_178/products_id/25377),,,
A bit over a year ago I bought them from Buds Gun Shop,,,
I paid $265 apiece for the guns and they perform wonderfully for me.

For budget revolvers people tend to go towards Taurus,,,
My personal experience with taurus revolvers has been terrible.

When someone asks me about low cost revolvers,,,
I point them towards Charter Arms.

My lady friend has a 2" Undercover in .38 Special (http://www.charterfirearms.com/products/Charter_Undercover_73840.asp),,,
When she first bought the gun the trigger was heavy and gritty,,,
about the time her first 500 rounds were gone the trigger had smoothed out.

Later she bought a 4" Target Pathfinder in .22 LR (http://www.charterfirearms.com/products/Charter_Pathfinder_72240.asp),,,
She experienced the same heavy/gritty trigger as before.

By the time she was through her first 550 round bulk pack of ammo,,,
The trigger had smoothed out quite a bit just like her Undercover.

I've shot the .22 Pathfinder quite a bit,,,
It really is a fine little handgun.

It's not anywhere as "nice" as my S&W Model 18,,,
But then again it doesn't cost over $600 dollars either.



November 7, 2012, 11:01 AM
TT-33/ M57's $250 or cheaper almost anywhere.

November 7, 2012, 12:45 PM
I would have to say my favorite bargain priced shooter would be my Browning Hi-Power MK.II. I remember seeing a magazine article on it and decided that this was the Hi-Power for me. On my day off I went to a gun distributor who also had a small retail storefront operation attached to their warehouse. Here they sold guns, ammuntion, and accessories to the general public for less than retail price but somewhat more than dealer cost. I figured if anybody had this gun in stock it would be them.

Sure enough they had it, and what was truly amazing was that they sold it to me at dealer cost! No other mark-up; it was simply dealer cost and tax. I couldn't believe it! I don't think I ever filled out a form and paid as quickly for a gun as I did for that one. I left there with my new Hi-Power and it's been a true bargain favorite ever since.

November 7, 2012, 01:41 PM
I actually got my almost new S&W pre-lock 686 for a really good price a number of years ago, because the empties would not eject properly. Turns out there was a burr on the edge of one of the chambers. Took all of two seconds with a needle file to fix it right up! :D

November 7, 2012, 01:57 PM
Pre-MIM S&W revos for $200 or less in decent shape.

November 7, 2012, 02:29 PM
Pre-MIM S&W revos for $200 or less in decent shape.

Where do you find any shootable S&W for less than $200.00?



November 7, 2012, 02:41 PM
Sportsman outdoor superstore. Police surplus/trade-ins

November 7, 2012, 09:55 PM
FEG HiPowers. Get them for less than $250 and you have a pistol that can do it all with common 9mm ammo. Toks and Mak ammo is expensive and not readily available.

November 7, 2012, 10:28 PM
Taurus 44 mag tracker. Versatile.

November 8, 2012, 11:10 AM
I agree with dusty14u thats a great handgun at a very reasonable price

November 8, 2012, 11:17 AM
Rock Island Armory. Everything they make is a bargain.

Cactus Jack Arizona
November 8, 2012, 02:19 PM
Oops, I realized I lost track of the topic when I posted earlier, after reading the other posts. My favorite bargain gun would definitely be my IJ-17-18AH Makarov. It cost me $275 and includes the hard to find and expensive 12 round magazine. The 12 rnd mags themselves are about $90.

Oh, what the heck. I'll throw in my Bersa Thunder .380 DLX. It's crazy accurate, reliable and fun all for under $300. Too bad I can't say the same for the .380 ammo.

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