If you are looking for the best affordable handguns of any given caliber for self-defense, here is an honest answer for you: There is no one-size-fits-all pistol or revolver. After all, what fits well with one person may not fit well with another person. But you can certainly get some of the best performing pistols that suit you and your budget. Here are some of the best 9mm pistols and revolvers in the $300-$720 price range in the market today.
Best Affordable 9MM Handguns
1. Springfield XD9
This polymer-framed handgun by Springfield Armory has a slew of safety features and is super reliable. Unless you live in a magazine-restricted state, this pistol in its full-size form is capable of holding 16+1 bullets. Anyone can throw just about any type of ammo and use it to shoot thousands of rounds without experiencing a single malfunction. Suggested price for this handgun is currently at $565.
2. Glock 19 Gen 4
Glock totally revolutionized the arms market when it produced its own version of the striker fired, polymer-framed Glock gen pistol. Since then, the Glock 19 (and 17) have been the go-to pistol for police and civilians all over the country. It is considered one of the best handguns for home defense. Prices for Glock 19 current starts at $539.99.
This semi-auto pistol is considered one of the most reliable pistol brands in the gun world. They are affordable, reliable and easy to take down. The magazine holds 15+1, which is right where it should be for a service pistol. Plus, they are also easy to customize with different sights and back-straps.
3. S&W M&P9
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Almost everything with the Smith & Wesson name on it is going to be good. The M&P 9’s price range is right where Springfields and Glocks are. At around $570, it is as every bit as reliable as any semi-auto pistol or revolver in our list.
According to Smith & Wesson, the M&P was made specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement and the military when it comes to handguns. The magazines of the M&P come with the capability to hold either 17 or 10 rounds of the 9X19 parabellum self-defense cartridge. Plus, you can order them with a threaded barrel, laser, and with or without a manual thumb safety.
4. Beretta 92
The Beretta 92 is also another handgun designed to meet military and police standards. This semi-auto pistol also remains to be the most accurate, durable and reliable handgun on the market. This is a hammer fired, DA/SA pistol with a 10+1 magazine capacity. It currently retails around $680 and is available in stainless steel.
5. Beretta PX4
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Beretta is a known brand in the market for its great products. They are also one of the oldest arms manufacturers in the world. So it is no surprise the next item on this list is also made by Beretta.
This pistol is an SA/DA, hammer fired pistol with varying sizes of magazines of 10 and 17 rounds. Another benefit is you can change backstraps for the most comfortable grip possible. Most owners love the fact that it fits just right on the hand. You can own one of these for around $650.
6. Ruger LCR
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This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one wheel-gun on it. If you want the affordability of the 9mm Parabellum with the point and shoot simplicity of a revolver, look no further than Ruger’s LCR 9mm. The Ruger LCR costs around $620.
You do have to use moon clips with this Ruger handgun, which has its positives and negatives. But once reloading with the clips becomes familiar to you, it is quite a breeze to use it. The downside to this though is that it is only a 5-shot revolver. Still, if you like the Luger pistol cartridge with its affordability, this is a solid revolver for your consideration.
7. HK VP9
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If you’re looking for an ambidextrous, polymer framed, striker-fired handgun, this may be your best bet. The suggested retail price for VP9 is around $720, which is on the higher end of our price range. It also is the most expensive of our 9mm handguns in this list.
One of the VP9’s claims to fame is that it has one of the most ergonomically comfortable grips ever put on a pistol. And if the grips it comes with doesn’t fit your hand size, no worries. It has some complimentary items included in the box for you to put on to help you get get the grip just right.
The CZ75 has been around for decades and has proven itself to be a top contender in more ways than one. If you are looking for a steel-framed, hammer fired pistol with a high capacity magazine, this is a great pick. If you are looking for a smaller option, there are compact CZ75s which only sacrifice two rounds of ammo at 14+1. Plus, it doesn’t break the bank as the suggested price for this pistol is in the $600 range.
9. Springfield XDM
Anything Springfield Armory makes is going to be high quality. This pistol is no different, which currently retails at around $650. One of the benefits of this pistol is that it comes in a variety of sizes ranging from the compact model with a 3.8” barrel, all the way up to a 5.25” barrel competition model. Magazine capacity can be as high as 19, depending on the size of the pistol you choose.
10. S&W SD9
When you want to get a handgun but can’t afford to spend a fortune, get an S&W SD9. You get the name brand quality of Smith & Wesson but won’t have to sell one of your kidneys for it. Plus, this prevents you from having to buy anything made by Taurus or any Hi-Point firearms.
This striker fired, polymer framed pistol comes with a magazine capacity of 10+1, which is perfect if you live in a magazine-restrictive state. You can also get the model that carries a 16+1 magazine capacity. Suggested price for SD9 is under $400, but they can be found at your local shop for even less than that.
11. Kahr CT9
For those of you who don’t know, Kahr Arms makes one of the best-feeling triggers on the market. Even their pocket pistol lineup has great triggers with a crisp break. And that is why one of their best-valued pistols is on our list.
The CT9 is Kahr’s take a value-priced pistol. This is a full-size, polymer framed pistol with a 4″ barrel and 8 round magazine. It is a top contender for the best handgun for concealed carry. Currently priced at $485, you can find this handgun in your local gun shop for around the $400 mark.
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How does this list stack up? Keep in mind the price points listed for these recommended handguns are suggested prices put out by the manufacturer. While you will never be asked to pay those prices, but if you are asked to, you may always go to another gun shop or provider. Also, nothing beats examining and feeling a handgun model at a physical store to know your choice.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.