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Best Low-Cost Pistol Options For Your Budget



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Looking for a low-cost pistol that will fit your budget? Set your eyes on these reliable handguns that's easy on your wallet!

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In this article:

  1. Hi-Point Model C-9
  2. P64
  3. Cobra FS380
  4. Kel-Tec P11
  5. Chiappa M9-22

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Affordable Handguns

These affordable handguns may not be very popular yet will still protect you from wrongdoers who can inflict harm or pose a threat to your family. One of the many things to consider when purchasing a firearm is the name and quality.

If you ask me, I always tell people to buy guns from a reputable seller due to the advantages the shooter gets. But of course, I'm also aware not everyone has the financial capacity to acquire expensive pistols and some people simply feel the need to own a low-cost quality handgun for defense purposes.



1. Hi-Point Model C-9


This Hi-Point handgun costs less than $200 and chambers 9mm ammunition. It operates semi-automatic and has a magazine capacity of 8 rounds.

This handgun is not as comfortable as other semi autos but almost equally accurate in shooting. This model 69 is one of the best concealable handguns under 300 dollars.

Ultimate Arms Gear Phalanx Defense Stealth Operator HI-Point C9 C-9 Holster Multi-Fit IWB Inside The Waistband Right Hand, Black 9mm/.40/.45 Mag Pouch
  • Package Includes: Phalanx Defense Systems Stealth Operator Multi-Fit Compact Holster IWB Inside The Waistband Carry, Right Hand + Ultimate Arms Gear Flexible Multi-Purpose Magazine Pouch.
  • The Stealth Operator Compact is the natural evolution to the holster series, with a lightweight, minimalistic design that allows for comfortable, all-day IWB Inside The Waistband carry. The slim and simple profile coupled with an open-muzzle bottom provides ample barrel space for an incredible number of handguns.
  • Designed for right-hand carry inside-the-waistband (IWB). Slight forward cant for easy draw and reholstering. Frame-Lock for Reliable Passive Retention. Lightweight, Durable, Simple. 100% Made in the USA!.

2. P64


The P64 is a Polish-made semi-automatic pistol. It looks a lot like the Walther PPK in most parts of its frame.

This can be a decent backup pistol and great for concealed carry at a price of roughly $200. It is obviously a small handgun but a reliable one at that.

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OUTBAGS USA LS3MAK9 (Brown-Right) Full Grain Heavy Leather IWB Conceal Carry Gun Holster for Makarov Polish P-64 9mm. Handcrafted in USA.
  • Inside Pants Holster. NOT for Outside Pants or Small of Back!
  • Handcrafted in USA from full grain leather. This is a hard-molded leather holster and will require breaking in.
  • Hand dyed to preserve natural leather characteristics

3. Cobra FS380

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The Cobra FS380 is a low-cost self-defense pistol chambered in .380acp with a magazine capacity of 7 rounds. It is made from alloy material and has a barrel length of 3.5 inches.

This gun operates on a striker-type firing mechanism and has a very affordable price of around $120.

What is a striker-type pistol mechanism? These firearms make use of an internal striker instead of the conventional hammer system. A good example of striker-fired pistols are the Glocks.

4. Kel-Tec P11

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The P11 is a lightweight semi-automatic handgun weighing only 14 oz. This polymer pistol is chambered in 9mm, has a magazine capacity of 10 rounds, and with an overall length of 5.6 inches making it an ideal handgun for concealment.

It costs around $250 and available at less than a hundred on some used guns in online stores.

5. Chiappa M9-22

The Chiappa M9-22 doesn't have much power compared to the pistols mentioned above. This good low-cost 22 pistol has a barrel length of 5.2 inches.

Though not as powerful as other low-cost pistols, you can be sure it will fire when loaded and has a magazine capacity of 10 rounds. You can purchase this Chiappa at a cost of $230 or less.

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Watch this video about the Kel-Tec P11 9mm handgun by brotherskeepers111:

These low-cost pistols obviously can't match the more expensive and popular handguns in terms of durability and other aspects, but caring for your gun through regular cleaning and applying some useful modifications should improve its functionality. Besides, these can't be too far in its mechanisms and design despite the difference in cost.

At the end of the day, having an inexpensive firearm to defend yourself is better than having none at all!

Do any of these low-cost pistols interest you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!



Best Low-Cost Pistol Options For Your Budget |

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Old Submariner

    January 26, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    When I finally decided to get a hand gun, it was a Hi-Point chambered for 380. I’ve always said that if it jams, you can always use it as a club. But, it has never jammed. I have small hands for a guy & it fits very well. No reason not to like it!

  2. Charlie Floyd

    January 26, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    What about some of the low cost 9×18 MAK handguns. Usually from the old USSR.

  3. Graham Kneale

    January 26, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Thanks for the list of low cost guns. You should have included the SCCY pistol family which is made in America, cost less than $200 (mine cost $167), and are chambered in 9 mm or .380. One of the two 9mm has a safety, and the other choice does not, so you have a few options. It holds 7 rounds with one up the pipe.

  4. Douglas Wakefield

    January 26, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    While owning and carrying a more well known and reliable make in a handgun is preferable, having something is better than nothing. Most people may carry a pistol their entire lives and hopefully will never have to use it to defend themselves or others, however there is a chance that there will be that ‘one time’ when it may save your life. I worked in law enforcement for 20 years and never had to fire my sidearm in the line of duty at any other person for which I am thankful, but it was good to have it nevertheless. The main thing about owning a low priced weapon or any weapon for that matter is to know how to use it properly, keep it clean, and practice when you can.

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