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What is your favorite bargain price handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kthomk, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. kthomk

    kthomk Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  2. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    +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!
  3. charlie fox

    charlie fox Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    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.
  6. CountGlockulla

    CountGlockulla Well-Known Member

    Used Glock 19
  7. Spartacus

    Spartacus Well-Known Member

    I would have to say my CZ 82.
  8. dusty14u

    dusty14u Well-Known Member

    Hungarian PA63 in 9mm Mak.
  9. Dnaltrop

    Dnaltrop Well-Known Member

    Model 10.

    My go-to suggestion to a first time buyer who needs to address SD as well as plinking fun.
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Used Glock 22.
  12. tryshoot

    tryshoot Well-Known Member

    S&W sigma sw40ve or hungarian pa-63. I can't deside.
  13. whtsmoke

    whtsmoke Well-Known Member

    Boy that was the day when gun magazines were fun to read, so many ads for surplus arms at low prices.
  14. montanaoffroader

    montanaoffroader Well-Known Member

    Russian Makarov, paid less than $150 NIB. Great pistol, fun to shoot and not a single failure of any kind.
  15. weisse52

    weisse52 Well-Known Member

    Smith model 10. Or the 65 I just picked up for $250.
  16. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    CZ82. Worth WAAY more than what I paid. And CZUSA still services them.
  17. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Definitely the police/security guard surplus K frames.
  18. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    All the ones I have that I bought 20 years ago seem like bargains compared to what they cost today.
  20. Guillermo

    Guillermo member


    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

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