Top 20 Firearms Priced Under $1000 With Most Under $500
Top 20 Firearms Priced Under $1000 With Most Under $500 by M.D. Creekmore for Concealed Carry Today
“According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.” Sun Tsu – by Jesse Mathewson BSCJA
(For the sake of continuity all facts pertaining to ballistics are listed as links at the end of the article, and not within the article. I have not submitted my own testing results, simply because from experience, I have found people ignore my results if they go against what they believe. When it comes from someone else, eg., the FBI or some other organization, they believe it.)
Lists are always difficult, reasons are very simple. We all want what we have been told is best by people we trust or what we have grown up believing is best. My list is based entirely on firearms I have or currently own and use and have proven themselves to me entirely. My idea of having a firearm proven too me is simple, 500 to 1000 rounds with no hiccups. Minimum 200 rounds of my chosen SD ammunition, no hiccups.
Accuracy, sandbagged must be within hunting needs, eg, two inches at 100 yards for ALL rifles, 4-inch max for handguns at 25 yards, sandbagged. Lastly, shotguns, I do not use shotguns for numerous reasons*. As a result, even though I can suggest** two names that most will agree with, I will not include them on the list.
Agree or disagree, however, here is the list and I can honestly say, it is based entirely on personal experience as well as the experience of a close group of individuals. We run firearms, and we run them well. Reloading, shooting, etc., the people I surround myself with all are at the very top of their profession whichever that is. The list will be in three parts, rimfire firearms, rifles (including carbines) and handguns. So here is the list, without further ado.
Mossberg 702 Plinkster
Mossberg 702 Plinkster, like all rimfire guns, clean it well after shooting or every 200-300 rounds. Do so and you won’t have problems with it, 4lbs of lightweight accuracy and more importantly, accurate, reliable and less than $150.
Ruger SR22 handgun, reliable, accurate, and with all rimfire again, clean it well after shooting. I love my Walther P22s (threaded) however, they are not inexpensive. Ruger SR22s can be had for under $300 and many times used for under $200.
FegPa63, P64, Makarov 9×18
FegPa63, P64, Makarov 9×18 virtually any Eastern European 9×18 handgun, the round works well, it will work in self-defense, I use Hornady 9×18 critical duty, NOT other rounds, some are too hot, these are blowback handguns and surplus, not designed for the +p novelty rounds out there. Most can be had for right at $250, well worth every penny. I prefer the FEGPa63 and the P64.
Glock 19 and 17
Glock 19 or 17, denigrate the 9×19 with a solid defensive round all you want, sure BALL ammunition sucks, it sucks in everything! Modern self-defense ammunition makes the 9×19 round better than the .45 and virtually equal to the, 40 or .357 and does it at half the cost.
Gold Dot 115 or 124 grn, NOT 147 grn, too slow doesn’t penetrate well. Or the Hornady Critical Duty 135 grn round. These rounds have been tested and approved for carrying by the FBI which is switching to the Glock 19.
Accuracy is far more important than a near miss with a wide projectile. I can guarantee my Glock 19 will meet and equal or beat any other firearm out there in terms of reliability, accuracy and putting a target down.
Plus being 9×19 (not plus P never plus P) means even my 7-year-old daughter shoots it well! Pricing is $300 – $500 depending on used or not, and remember, unlike other firearms, used only means broken in on a Glock. I prefer buying used, after all, there are changes I make automatically too mine. Personal preferences and all.