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Your priceless cheapo

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WestKentucky, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    Most folks have one cheapo that they have fallen in love with. For me it's a Phoenix arms hp22 in nickel finish. Got it as a teenager and have worn it out 3 times and rebuilt it now 3 times. This time may be the last as the slide is wearing thin in places. The little pistol is very accurate, comfortable, and very reliable.

    Tell us about your cheap treasure.
  2. roadliner

    roadliner New Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    I guess the one that comes to mind is the Chinese Tok that I bought new for $105 years ago. I can't say that I "love" it, but the infrequent times I've taking it out to shoot I'm reminded how well it runs. I have some cheaper guns, .22 mostly that never see the light of day anymore. Just waiting for a gun buy back program.
  3. Inebriated

    Inebriated Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    My Marlin 795. Second gun I ever bought, and was the one that went to the range with me every time for quite a while.
  4. Glock19Fan

    Glock19Fan Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    My first gun ever was a Heritage Arms Rough Rider .22LR/.22Mag(WMR) when I was 16. That was 10 years ago, and I will never sell it. I havent shot it in years but because it is a great firearm, it has sentimental value, and it falls into my latest type of collectables (western/cowboy style firearms) I have plenty of reasons to keep it.

    Honorable mention goes to my Raven Arms .25ACP from the early 1970s. It has a chrome finish and faux pearl grips. My first job was at KFC and after we were robbed one Friday night I decided to carry this everyday even though I was only 18 at the time. I still have it, and believe it or not it is pretty darn accurate for what it is and I have never had a single jam. The bullets will punch through a 2x4 with ease, so I dont have any doubt that it would penetrate deep enough to count.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2014
  5. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Mentor

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    I bought a cheap "philipino beer can" Charles Daly 1911 a long time ago as a beater. Turns out it's accurate, reliable and feeds every type of ammo I've tried to put through it. Probably 10,000 rounds later, it's only got about 1 1/2 inch of rifling left in the bore but still keeps about 2" groups at 25 yards.
  6. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Participating Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    I second the rough rider!,

    But my First IO ak will be forever treasured...she runs like a top
  7. Schwing

    Schwing Senior Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Layton Utah
    My #1 true el cheapo gem is my Mossberg model 46b .22. It is worth about $75 but it will never be parted with as long as I draw breath.
  8. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Senior Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    ex-IL, ex-CT, now NC
    My Hp22a. Love it for what it is.... cheap, fun
    My Raven. Like mentioned above, fun, accurate and reliable for what it was made for.
    All of my Llamas. Real guns for real cheap prices and great range fun.
  9. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    I have a sweet spot for these kinds of guns, too, and still have the Jennings J22 I bought back in 1987. Never gave me any issues (and I used to shoot it quite a bit the first few years), but I admit I haven't taken it shooting in decades.

    I also have both the HP22A and the HRR. Neither is going anywhere. Funny; right before sitting down to log on, I got the Heritage out of the safe just to handle it some!
  10. bannockburn

    bannockburn Elder

    Apr 24, 2007
    Years ago I had a Raven that I bought new for less than $50. Wasn't going to win any beauty contests but the gun worked and at the time it was affordable.
  11. 200Apples

    200Apples Participating Member

    Jul 6, 2013
    Los Angeles
    My favorite cheapo is my $100-ish 1940 H&R single-shot break-action 20 gauge.


    It might have been the $100 1940 H&R single-shot break-action 12 gauge, but I cut that one to 20" and it kicks like a mule, so.... :p

  12. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Participating Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Several years ago there was a batch of Romanian .22 training rifles available. I found a particularly sad example, with all but one of the rear leaf sights broken off, a gouged stock, a weak extractor and missing magazine. The bore, however, was perfect and the rest of the action seemed OK. I think I got it for $30.

    I'm a sucker for guns like this, the way that some people can't resist sad unwanted animals at the pound. Usually I repair them and make them more presentable, but not this one.

    Turns out this gun is a perfect match for the Colabri powderless .22s I like (the old, lower-powered version they don't make anymore). The remaining rear sight is spot-on with these things at 30 feet, which is just right. The empty magazine well serves as a perfect ejection port, the extractor would just drop them straight down with no trouble at all. It's easy to load as a single shot, once I'd learned the habit of rotating it 90 degrees while inserting the shell.

    I shoot this gun more often than any of my other rimfires, mostly taking down pine cones and shooting hovering carpenter bees out of the air, shots I wouldn't dare with a full-powered .22 (the colabris were less powerful than my air rifles). No hearing protection is required either, which makes a pretty big difference for casual shooting like this. I carry it around the yard whenever the mood strikes and don't care if it picks up another bump or two. I've dropped hundreds of carpenter bees with this thing.

    Of all my rifles, this is the only one that never had one of those low-powered rounds get stuck in the bore. I'm guessing it's a bit oversized, another fault that became an accidental plus.

    It's just as ugly as the day I got it and I never fixed a thing. Turns out it was perfect all along.
  13. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Participating Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Surprisingly, the cheap gun I was most fond of was the Kimmel AP-9, the Tec-9 ripoff. It was terrible in all aspects, except I apparently had the only two in existence that didn't jam. It could be shot with accuracy, if you got used to the sights and terrible trigger, but I ran enough bulk 9mm (back when it was super cheap) through it to be pretty good at point shooting it.

    Good for nothing, but fun. I should have kept them.
  14. jrdolall

    jrdolall Senior Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    My first Hi Point C-9 was less than $100 and has been absolutely flawless with any type of ammo. It is a truck gun that gets shot regularly. I now own 3 C-9s.
  15. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Participating Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    My Taurus 22-PLY,,,

    My Taurus 22-PLY,,,
    It fits the "cheapo" category,,,
    Two years ago I paid $201.00 new from Buds.


    The little thing likes Wal-Mart Federal Bulk,,,
    It's never jammed on me,,,
    Not even once.

    I liked it so much I bought the .25 ACP version as well,,,
    I named them Scylla and Charybdis.

    I'm at my office right now,,,
    But I'm going to the range in about an hour,,,
    They are both in my car as I carry the .25 and plink with the .22.

    The year before last I was attending a Rimfire Steel Challenge match,,,
    About halfway through the ejector on my Ruger 22/45 broke,,,
    I finished the match using the 22-PLY and did very well.

    After the match several shooters asked to try the little thing,,,
    I know for a fact that two of the people got a 22-PLY for themselves.

    It's a cheapie in price,,,
    But a winner for performance.


  16. SP2000

    SP2000 member

    Nov 4, 2012
    My 1993 Marlin 60. First gun I bought when I turned 18. It's pretty beat up now but still runs like a champ. Paid Less than $150 for it new at Service Merchandise.
  17. HellTrain

    HellTrain New Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    NW Illinois
    It would have to be my HR 1950s single shot 16 gauge my dad gave me when I was 12. I've used that thing to kill most everything here in illinois and still take er out every year
  18. gdcpony

    gdcpony Active Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Sherrodsville, OH
    My Rock Island 1911.
  19. josiewales

    josiewales Active Member

    May 1, 2011
    My Mosin 91/30. Cheap to shoot, accurate, reliable. Isn't a task I put it to that it doesn't master.
  20. sappyg

    sappyg Participating Member

    Nov 6, 2010
    South Carolina
    Ruger 10/22 for me. It goes about it's business in a workmanlike manner for a working man price. At $200 I wouldn't call it a cheapo but it has everything you need and nothing you don't for a good price.

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