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Best Guns Under $500
YCN ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Dan S. Defense

Posted on 03/12/2011 8:05:05 AM PST by fightinJAG

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. And 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 Broker).

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1 posted on 03/12/2011 8:05:07 AM PST by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG

12 Ga. Double?


2 posted on 03/12/2011 8:05:39 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: fightinJAG

A stolen Uzi. ; )


3 posted on 03/12/2011 8:08:07 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: fightinJAG

The late great Dan S. Defense, of recent ZOT fame.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2684217/posts


4 posted on 03/12/2011 8:09:45 AM PST by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: fightinJAG

a bare bones new 1911 for around $350-400

nothing beats a .45ACP

probably need to get an imported one for that price...


5 posted on 03/12/2011 8:11:49 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: fightinJAG

Any .357 mag from Taurus.


6 posted on 03/12/2011 8:27:07 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: fightinJAG

There aren’t any (unless they’re stolen.)


7 posted on 03/12/2011 8:29:31 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fightinJAG

I’d have to go with the Mossberg 500 in 12 gauge for the long-gun choice. For a handgun, under $500 a Glock Model 22 (.40 cal). If you are willing to spend a bit more, a standard GI spec. 1911 is really a better choice.


8 posted on 03/12/2011 8:30:15 AM PST by Afterguard
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To: fightinJAG

THIS is one gun to avoid like the plague!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2687208/posts


9 posted on 03/12/2011 8:30:21 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: fightinJAG

Is the Stoegar Cougar at about $400 any good? ( Formerly Beretta Cougar). It is available in 9mm, .40 S+W, and .45 ACP.


10 posted on 03/12/2011 8:34:30 AM PST by matthew fuller (God bless and protect Michelle Bachmann!)
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To: fightinJAG


11 posted on 03/12/2011 8:37:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Afterguard

Agreed. No better all purpose weapons than the Mossbergs, or similar shotguns of other manufacturers. I’m trying to buy specific Mossberg 590 Series and the 930 series. Hard to find for some reason.


12 posted on 03/12/2011 8:43:16 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: humblegunner

13 posted on 03/12/2011 8:44:23 AM PST by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: fightinJAG

A pistol crossbow.. would work fine in some/many occasions..


14 posted on 03/12/2011 8:44:36 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: fwdude

springfield arms xd subcompact in .40 cal....about $475.00 brand new in the box.... made by a real american company


15 posted on 03/12/2011 8:46:29 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: hosepipe

http://www.amazon.com/BRAND-NOT-SPECIFIED-80-Crossbow/dp/B00189ZMQE


16 posted on 03/12/2011 8:46:57 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: fightinJAG

CZ 82 220$ you cant beat it.


17 posted on 03/12/2011 8:50:14 AM PST by Jimma
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To: fightinJAG

Here come The Judge
http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=113742


18 posted on 03/12/2011 8:51:20 AM PST by BipolarBob (I'm BiPolar,BiWinning AND have a clean drug test. Questions? Call 1-800-CharlieSheen)
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To: JoeProBono

Ow. Just ow.


19 posted on 03/12/2011 8:52:42 AM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: screaminsunshine

Rem 870, a good knife and lots of ammo.


20 posted on 03/12/2011 8:53:10 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: matthew fuller

I have the 9mm, great pistol and buy.


21 posted on 03/12/2011 8:56:13 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: fightinJAG
$199 from Cabela's:


22 posted on 03/12/2011 8:56:48 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: joe fonebone

Yeah, I’ve heard great things about that piece.

Mine is an H&K USP Compact 40cal. A little over $700.00 three years ago, but I’m guessing over a thousand nowadays. And plenty of high capacity mags.


23 posted on 03/12/2011 8:57:43 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fightinJAG

Sig P6 or 225


24 posted on 03/12/2011 8:58:08 AM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: fightinJAG
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bacon gun. definitely under $500

25 posted on 03/12/2011 9:01:30 AM PST by floozy22
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To: fightinJAG
There seem to be allot of people who think a well made pistol must cost $600 $1,000. This is ridiculous. Particularly for CC.

I have several pistols, only one of which cost near $500. and it is a CZ 2075 RAMI, damn nice CC 9mm.

If you are truly interested in a nice, effective, and affordable pistol, particularly for CC, I would advise a BERSA Thunder .380 or the BERSA Thunder .380CC. I own both, never leave the house without at least one of them and have put thousands of rounds through both without one hiccup. In reality, their entire line, including the Firestorm line are good.

Just Google Bersa Thunder .380 for sale. They run around $265 - $325. I Have turned allot of my friends at my gun club onto these and now more than a dozen of them use these for CC and home defense. They all love them and you can not bea the price. If you want a similar pistol with a full punch they make a Carry 9MM and a .45. But, in all reality the .380 (9MM KuRZ)will stop most problems and is a damn sight easier to carry. I have had pistols that have been four and five times as expensive that have jammed, FFF, FFE, or simply where so touchy they required only top of the line ammo.

Check one out, you won't be disappointed.

26 posted on 03/12/2011 9:04:39 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: joe fonebone

“made by a real american company...” in Croatia!


27 posted on 03/12/2011 9:11:07 AM PST by xander
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To: Jimma

CZ 75 P01 - $350


28 posted on 03/12/2011 9:16:43 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: joe fonebone
springfield arms xd subcompact in .40 cal....about $475.00 brand new in the box.... made by a real american Croatian company

There, fixed it.


29 posted on 03/12/2011 9:41:45 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: floozy22

“bacon gun. definitely under $500”

Depends on your insurance policy.


30 posted on 03/12/2011 9:47:47 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: screaminsunshine

That new 14 rd double-tubed 12 gauge is my new dream!


31 posted on 03/12/2011 9:51:13 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Vaquero

Don’t know if Rock River Arms is imported, but you can get one for that....


32 posted on 03/12/2011 9:51:54 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: joe fonebone

The Springfield XD’s are made in Croatia. Some of their 1911’s are made in Brazil, and all of the 1911’s they manufacture in-house are made from slides and frames forged in Brazil.

Their M1 and M1A rifles have receivers made from imported castings, not domestic forgings.

One edition of Gun Digest a few year ago referred to Springfield Arms Inc. as a firearms importer.


33 posted on 03/12/2011 9:54:04 AM PST by 04-Bravo
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http://www.keltecweapons.com/news/preview-kel-tec-shotgun-ksg

It’s over $500. But I Know what you mean. It’s on my Christmas list.


34 posted on 03/12/2011 9:55:52 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: fightinJAG

The new (relatively) Ruger SR-40. 15+1 rounds. easiest shooting .40 S&W caliber pistol I’ve ever owned. Comes with two 15 round magazines. Picked mine up for $425. The handle (grip) feels like my 1911 Springfield.


35 posted on 03/12/2011 9:58:21 AM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: Jimma
I agree. A CZ82 is one of the best values out there right not. Completely ambidextrous, holds 12 rounds, aluminum frame so it is very light weight and the 9x18 round is hotter than a 380. The make a very good carry gun.

They also point very naturally for me so I hit well with one. I've been meaning to get a couple more...

36 posted on 03/12/2011 10:01:15 AM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Jimma

Thank you. Any discussion of valued priced handguns that doesn’t include CZ is worthless.


37 posted on 03/12/2011 10:01:21 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: fightinJAG

No one mentioned the Beretta 92FS.


38 posted on 03/12/2011 10:02:38 AM PST by Amerikan_Samurai
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To: El Laton Caliente

RE: CZ 82 Its also easy to takedown and clean and built to last. Ammo is pretty cheap too. If you get it online.


39 posted on 03/12/2011 10:09:40 AM PST by Jimma
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No one mentioned the Beretta 92FS.

Read the thread title, then Google the price of the 92FS.

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Glock.

40 posted on 03/12/2011 10:18:03 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: fightinJAG

Pistol - Bersa Thunder
Shotgun - Mossberg 500
Carbine - Kel Tec Sub 2000 or Hi Point Carbine
Auto Rifle - SKS or Saiga


41 posted on 03/12/2011 10:24:01 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: Vaquero

I have a Rock Island 1911 that cost me something like $375.Shoots great and accurate.


42 posted on 03/12/2011 10:24:56 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: fightinJAG

Handguns should be your first, but short-term option for self-defense, until you can get to the nearest long-gun.


43 posted on 03/12/2011 10:41:00 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: fightinJAG

bflr.


44 posted on 03/12/2011 10:42:41 AM PST by Prince of Space
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To: Amerikan_Samurai
Nobody has mentioned Kel-Tec.

I really love my little PFH90, never leave home without it. It allows you to attach a little belt clip so that it doesn't even require a holster.

I have put about 1000 rounds thru it so far. While I did have one bullet that would not fire, it had nothing with the gun I jot got some bad ammo.

9mm at Wal-Mart is about as cheap as it gets.

45 posted on 03/12/2011 10:45:14 AM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: IrishCatholic

It’s mine - as soon as I can find one in a gunstore!


46 posted on 03/12/2011 10:55:43 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: fightinJAG
You can get one of these for under twenty bucks. The gasoline costs extra though.

super soaker flame thrower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yFUtJhUb7Q

47 posted on 03/12/2011 11:05:54 AM PST by Big Bronson
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You can get one of these for under twenty bucks. The gasoline costs extra though.

super soaker flame thrower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yFUtJhUb7Q

48 posted on 03/12/2011 11:06:03 AM PST by Big Bronson
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To: fightinJAG

Rock Island Armory 1911 ($389)

Remington 870 ($270)

CZ-750 around $500 or so.


49 posted on 03/12/2011 11:07:53 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (For the first time in my adult life, I'm scared of my government.)
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To: Gaffer

They say third quarter this year. If you get one, please post pictures and ping me. The way expenses keep coming up I think pictures are as close as I am going to come for a while.


50 posted on 03/12/2011 11:10:27 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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