It is a sometimes brutal fact that our budgets dictate what comes home with us from the gun shop. While we may have Wilson Combat custom tastes, our budget says Red Rider BB gun. Most people when asked, said that budget was indeed a factor in determining their handgun purchases. The handgun market is diverse and there are many options for people with limited funds. Many of these guns are great performers and have served shooters for years! So, let’s take a look at some handguns that come in under $400.
The original TP9 set the benchmark for value and performance in a polymer pistol, and now, it’s back and better than ever with a number of improvements engineered for the American shooter. A great 9mm handgun that is as enjoyable to shoot as any.
Ruger Security 9
The Ruger Security 9 operates with the same Secure Action used in the LCP II, which provides a smooth trigger pull with an internal hammer; the trigger pull feels short and crisp with a positive reset. An added benefit of the Secure Action system is that it’s easier to rack the slide, compared to a similar size striker-fired pistol.
SCCY CPX- 2
SCCY (pronounced sky) produces the 9mm CPX pistols in Daytona Beach, Florida. SCCY designed their hammered-fired guns to be concealed carried by the user. The size will be similar to people who have carried a Glock 26. They are easy to run and come in a variety of colors.
Taurus Millennium G2 PT111
The lightweight polymer frame, thin profile and 3.2″ barrel makes Taurus’ Millennium G2 pistol perfect for concealed carry. It features an accessory rail, textured grip and melted edges for added comfort. It also has a loaded-chamber indicator as well as a Taurus Security System.
The Creed features a pre-cocked double-action trigger system and a bobbed hammer that ensures a no-snag draw from concealment. This system provides the shooter with a light and smooth trigger pull, consistent from the first shot to the last. All metal components are treated with a corrosion and abrasion resistant TENIFER® coating, providing a matte black hardened surface. With an ambidextrous magazine release, low profile steel 3-dot sights, and front and rear cocking serrations on the slide. Walther refused to compromise on the quality or features of the Creed.
Made with a polymer frame, the Kahr CT9 polymer pistol also includes a stainless-steel slide and textured grips. It features trigger-cocking, double-action operation with an 8+1 ammo capacity, along with an adjustable rear sight and front night sight.
Fab 92 Tangfoglio
This high-quality polymer framed pistol features an ambidextrous safety and a 16-round mag capacity. It is a traditional double action with a very smooth double action trigger pull and a crisp release when the hammer is cocked. This pistol has a slide mounted ambidextrous firing pin safety that works as a hammer decocker. It also has a reversible magazine catch. This is one great pistol and an even better price.