By: Jay Chambers
As the number of people with concealed carry permits increases, firearms manufacturers have equally stepped up their production lines to meet growing demands. But a lot of these models tend to be less than budget friendly for the average shooter who only wishes to have a gun for self-defense and other activities.
Are there other budget friendly guns for the concealed-carry market? Of course there are! We took a little time out to research guns that are less than $300 and found a variety of models with far lower prices, giving buyers much more flexible options within a low-budget. Below are 10 great picks:
Beretta Pico .380 ACP
Beretta Pico .380 ACP gained its popularity in the world of concealed carry guns as “the thinnest concealed carry gun on the market.” With its six rounds in a single magazine, this .380 ACP caliber gun has measured up with other popular options in the market. It has the right size of 5 inches long, 4 inches high and is 0.725 inches wide. This small gun has been built on a modular chassis and double-action-only operation and could be pieced and coupled back with ease. Its chassis give it different grip options, too.
EAA Windicator .38 Spl
A renowned company in Germany is manufacturing this affordable revolver. This gun is largely imported to America and European countries as well. The EAA Windicator .38 Spl model is affordable. Its all-steel construction makes it a bit heavy at 30.4 ounces. This revolver goes for either double-action or a single-action shot. It is modelled with either a 2-inch barrel or a 4 –inch barrel. Its various lengths are between 7 to 8.5 inches. Its height measures in at 5.5 inches and its cylinder is 1.5 inches wide.
Charter Arms Undercover .38 Spl.
Although this small gun costs a little more than the rest of the guns covered in this write-up, it is still something most people could conveniently purchase. Gun enthusiasts are thrilled with the features of this little gun. With its five-shot revolver chamber, two-inch barrel, stainless steel body, and weight of 16 ounces, the popular .38 Spl is an attractive purchase. It is made for those who prefer single-action operations.
Kahr Arms CT380.380 ACP
Before now, Kahr Arms concealed carry pistols were highly priced. This resulted in lower accessibility in the market. People with fixed budgets avoided this brand. In recent times, however, Kahr has worked to accommodate demand by producing several budget-priced models, like the CT380. This model comes as a single-stack design with the double-action-only operation and a locked-breech action. The CT380 model is comparatively small and thin. It is measures 5.52 inches long, 4.4 inches high, and 0.75 inches wide. When not loaded, it weighs11.44 ounces.
Bersa Thunder.380 ACP
This model is quite affordable, running at about $280. The small gun has an alloy frame and features that resemble the famous Walther PPK. Its functionalities go in line with the PPK. The Bersa Thunder 380’s magazine has the capacity of seven rounds of carriage.
- Length: 6.6 inches
- Height: inches in height.
- Width: inches in width.
- Weight: 20 ounces.
The Ruger is chambered in a more powerful cartridge than is found in the company's popular LCP II.
The gun’s particulars:
Measures in at 6 inches in length, 4.5 inches in height, 0.90 inch wide. Total weight, unloaded, is 17.2 ounces.
Ruger LCP II .380 ACP
The Ruger LCP II .380 ACP in recent years received an update with improved texturing. It now comes with a more prominent sight and a crisp, single-action trigger that makes it a delight for users. Its magazine has the capacity is six rounds.
Features of the gun:
The gun is built on a glass-filled nylon frame.
It measures 5.17 inches long.
It is 3.71 inches high.
0.91 inch wide.
It weighs 10.6 ounces.
Remington RM380 .380 ACP
In tests, this pocket pistol proved to be very reliable. The gun is made of metal with the addition of an anodized-aluminium frame matching with a stainless-steel slide. The operating system of the gun is designed to have a double-action-only trigger. It weighs more than 9 pounds and has a magazine capacity of six rounds.
- 5.27 inches long
- 3.86 inches high
- 0.95 inch wide
Taurus Spectrum .380 ACP
This small gun has a beautiful design and was brought into existence in recent years. It has a very exceptional platform that is equipped with polymer touchpads. These touchpads makes for an easy grip of the gun. The gun also comes in different kinds of colors, offering a unique and customized look. The small gun has the capacity of seven rounds. It is 5.4 inches long, 3.82 inches high, and 0.89 inches wide. The total weight is 10 ounces.
Cobra Denali .380 ACP
This pistol is the least expensive I could find of firearms designed for concealed-carry gun use in America. It has a magazine capacity of five rounds. It has a barrel length of 2.8 inches, and its polymer frame has it weighing in at 17 ounces.
Jay Chambers is a pro-free speech business owner based in Austin, Texas. Having lived through several natural disasters and more than a few man-made ones (hello 2008), he believes that resilience and self-sufficiency are essential in this increasingly unpredictable world. That’s why he started a business! Jay writes over at Minuteman Review.