Best Guns Under $500
By Dan S Defense (Published 2010)
Best self-defense handguns typically conjure thoughts of
high priced custom handguns. But in reality, you can get
great self-defense handguns for under $500. In this
collection, we'll look at affordable quality for any
budget. And while these handguns may not be built by
master gunsmiths, we'll submit that combat accuracy and
rock solid reliability can both be achieved with any
handgun on our list.
With that, let's look at the
best self-defense handgun for under $500. Note that
prices are based on December, 2010 survey of top online
handgun selling sites (e.g. Buds' Gun Shop & Gun
Springfield XD Service 45 ACP @ about $487
Springfield XD Tactical 45 ACP @ about $500
The Springfield Armory XD Service is a rock solid
handgun, and one of my favorites. The XD stands for X-Treme
Duty which is to say it is a handgun built for real
world handling. It is a Polymer handgun that comes in
several sizes and calibers. From 9mm to 40 S&W to 45 ACP
the Springfield XD is affordable and reliable. It also
comes in a variety of sizes, from full size Tactical
model to the smaller sub-compact model.
the Gun Reviews section of this website we will look
at the XD 45 ACP Service model. It means
that it is a Springfield XD with a 4 inch barrel and 13
rounds of potent 45 ACP cartridges. We'll look at its
features, viability as a self-defense handgun and look
at a range report as well as a conceal carry experience.
S&W M&P 45c (Compact Model) @ about $500
The Smith & Wesson M&P 45c is a compact size
self-defense handgun. The S&W M&P line targets military
and police users, and thus named accordingly, since M&P
stands for Military & Police. In fact, my home state of
Washington bought the S&W M&P in .40 S&W for the State
Patrol, while the New Hampshire State Police chose the
M&P 45 ACP, which leads us to the topic of the
review--the S&W M&P 45c.
I have been carrying and
shooting the S&W M&P 45c handgun for the past few weeks,
and it's time to review it for you.
more in the Gun Reviews section of this website ,to see
relevant data points, range session, ammo selection and
tips for getting the most of this fine weapon.
Springfield Armory XD(m) 9mm (used) @ about $475
The Springfield Armory XD(m) 9mm is an affordable, high
capacity (19+1) 9mm handgun. The XD(m) is a great weapon
for Novice and experienced shooters. It's also my wife's
new chosen self defense handgun. Springfield Armory
released the XD(m), an upgraded version of its
successful XD line, and proved that great guns can be
Gun Reviews section of this website you'll find a review of the
full size 9mm XD(m). In there we'll look at interesting
data points, see how it compares with the original,
Springfield XD and then dive into a range report and
ammo selection for range sessions, home defense and
Beretta 92F Compact (used) @ about $429
The Beretta 92FC is a smaller, lighter version of the
military Beretta M9. As often seen with compact
handguns, the magazine capacity is smaller than the full
size version, and in this case, the 92FC offers 13
rounds of 9mm ammo in the magazine and an optional round
in the chamber for a total of fourteen, 9mm self-defense
rounds, which for a compact is quite a bit of fire
power. Read more details and see range report in the
Beretta gun review.
Revolvers from about $398 to $468
You can find great bargains, if you are willing to look
at revolvers. We submit that you'll be hard pressed to
find more reliable handguns outside of the revolver
family, but if you have some bias toward revolver, or
simply are unsure if they could work for you, we suggest
you read: Are Revolvers Obsolete and Archaic? Since
revolvers have been around for a long time. Some say
they are obsolete and archaic. Some say the same about
the people who carry them for self-defense. Think it's
true? Is it time to give up on revolvers as self-defense
tools? Read more and find out in the
Gun Reviews section of this website.
Ruger LCR 38 Special @ $398
The Ruger LCR is a small frame, high tech and light
weight revolver. In this review we'll look at the Ruger
LCR and see how it works as a backup weapon. We'll look
at technical details of the Ruger LCR as well
as a range report to see what's it like to fire the
Ruger LCR. After reading this review, you'll be able to
decide whether the Ruger LCR may be right for you, and
if the Ruger LCR is truly the high tech weapon, or as
Ruger claims that "The Ruger LCR is the evolution of the
In addition to the
written review about the Ruger LCR, we will also have pictures of the LCR for
you, so be sure to look at the upper right hand side of
the article, and click on the pictures of the Ruger LCR.
Finally, this review focuses on the 38 Special Ruger LCR
but is still relevant to the 357 Magnum Ruger LCR, as
they share parts and engineering concepts, but expect
the 357 Magnum version to cost a bit more.
S&W model 442 30 Special @ about $429
This 38 Special Airweight revolver offers potent power
which is easy to conceal. When it's hard or impractical
to conceal a full size handgun, this small revolver come
out to your aid and keep you safe in a pocket. To many
the name Smith & Wesson is synonymous with revolvers. It
isn't much of a surprise since Smith & Wesson has been
in business since 1852. While ownership and leadership
changed over the years, the Smith & Wesson remained
unchanged and well know name.
Read more to learn more
Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight and look at
relevant data points, a range report and a
recommendation for carry ammunition.
Ruger GP 100 357 Magnum Blue @ about $468
The GP100 357 Magnum is known for being powerful and
deadly. The 357 Magnum is also known for kicking like a
mule. A good 357 Magnum revolver must therefore be built
to handle the massive pressure generated by the 357
Magnum cartridge. In addition, a good 357 Magnum
revolver must be built in a manner that helps control
and tame recoil.
The Ruger 357 Magnum revolver can be
one of many types, but regardless of what 357 Magnum
model you select, each and every Ruger 357 Magnum
revolver meets the challenging demands of the 357 Magnum
cartridge. In this review we will look at a
Magnum revolver that can be used for self-defense and
hunting small game.
Until next time, stay safe by staying alert!
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