How Much Carry Gun Can You Get For $300 Or Less?

How Much Carry Gun Can You Get For $300 Or Less?

A carry gun must be at the very least reliable and accurate. Maybe not national match accurate, but accurate enough to put the shot where you mean to.

But how much do you have to spend to actually get that? This is just one man’s opinion, and I don’t even play a doctor on TV, but it seems about $300 is about the least you can expect to part with for a decent used or new handgun, though there are a few exceptions.

That said, let’s say you only had that amount to spend. How much gun can you get for $300 or less, used or new?

Used Guns For $300 Or Less

By no means is this comprehensive; these are just a few used guns that seem to pop up for about $300 or less around the web.

Military surplus pistols are an excellent way to score a great deal, most being service pistols from former Soviet Bloc countries. Hungarian FEG PA-63, Polish P64 and Bulgarian Makarov pistols in .380 or 9mm Makarov are common for less than $300, as is the occasional TT pistol in 7.62mm Tokarev. Getting the gun will be easy, ammunition will take some doing unless you handload or order online.

A good number of Star BM pistols are going for $300 or less these days. Star made pistols for the Spanish police and military. The BM is a compact single-action auto based on the 1911, sans grip safety, in 9mm and has been widely regarded as an excellent bargain pistol.

You may also find the odd surplus Beretta 92 for about $300. Usually, these will be military and police models from overseas with Italian police units being somewhat common. Granted, the 92 isn’t exactly the easiest gun to conceal and carry though some do.

Police trade-ins are some of the best bargains to be had. They’ll have ample holster wear but are usually in fine functional shape. A bit of TLC may be needed; at most new magazines and maybe a recoil spring is all they’ll need.

However, police trade-ins are usually chambered in .40 S&W, so be okay with a Glock 22 or M&P40. You’ll also find some older S&W double-action guns with Model 915s in 9mm. The odd S&W Model 10 or Colt Police Positive in .38 Special can be obtained for about $300. Granted, not the best concealed carry pistols but they are accurate, reliable and practically last forever.

New Carry Guns For $300 Or Less

There are plenty of new carry guns for $300 or less. The trick is finding GOOD carry guns for $300 or less, and some are just not.

During special promotions, you might find a S&W Shield for about $300. It isn’t unheard of. The Shield is one of the best concealed carry pistols to be had, full-stop, so if you can find one at this price point don’t think twice. Just buy it.

Ruger LCPs are also common just below the $300 mark. You might also find the odd S&W Bodyguard. Both are solid examples of micro pistols. If you aren’t a fan of .380, you may occasionally find an LC9 at about this price point.

Speaking of Rugers, SR9 pistols are starting to dip a bit in price; you might find one for right at $300. It’s a great carry gun, but like some others on this list, a bit on the large side being slightly larger than a Glock 19. In coming months, the Security 9 may reach the $300 or less mark.

Taurus has several carry pistols for less than $300. The PT111 and PT140 Millennium G2 pistols (in 9mm or .40) are prevalent carry guns and are widely held to be the best bargain guns to be had, though there are some occasional issues. Taurus 85 revolvers can also be found for relatively cheap, in case you prefer a snubbie.

There are other examples, of course; these are just some of the guns that can be found for less than $300.

What about you? Have you found a bargain gun that you carry? Or do you think $300 is just too little?

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I carry the Walther Creed. I paid $279.00 for the gun and it can OFTEN be had now for $269.00. It is truly a remarkable firearm. FANTASTIC trigger. In fact right out of the box possibly the best trigger on the market. The break is clean, crisp and at about 5.6 to 5.8 lbs it’s like shooting a single action. The take up I don’t find extensive either. It is hammer fired but the hammer is bobbed. You can see it as you are pulling the trigger and some people have found it distracting but I don’t even notice it. Accuracy…well it’s a Walther, and the accuracy of this gun is what you would expect from a high end manufacturer…EXCELLENT. My first 5 shots with the gun after I got it (cold barrel) were in a 1.5 inch group at 11 feet using winchester whitebox. So not even the best ammo. On the ammo side it eats EVERYTHING I’ve put in it from the factory. I have not tried reloads yet. The ergonomics of the gun are excellent, break down and cleaning are a breeze. The mags springs were a bit stiff at the beginning but have since loosened up and the gun comes with two 16 round mags. There is no safety and only the mag release is switchable to the left handed position. It seems to me like Walther kept the quality and removed all the nice to haves but not need to haves from the PPQ and VIOLA you have the Creed. When I purchased it I was looking at the Sig P32 (that was right when their drop fire feature was announcesd) so that left them out. One of my daughters thought that she might want to try competitive shooting and being on a fixed income I wanted a weapon she could use in competition and I could carry. So that left us with the Walther and the Glock 19. She really didn’t like the trigger or the grip on the Glock so I figured OK I’ve never owned a Walther but for $279.00 it was worth the money. It is sized about the same as the Glock 19 with a WAY better trigger and ergonomics and about $150 – $200 less. Love the gun!!! It is on the larger side for CCW but that also gives me 16+1. All in all a great decision that carries no buyers remorse. If you have never held a Walther and (like me) said no to them becuse they grip looks wierd. Go to the store now and hold one ask if you can dryfire it and then pull the trigger. If you can get to a range that has one shoot it, you’ll be glad you did.


I have several under $300 that I can carry. I have a Walther PPX the Creed’s predecessor in 9 (mag’s will fit a Creed)and another in 40 (like the 40, 9 not so much) they were $279 each when I bought them, I have LCP’s and a CW-380 all under $300. I just bought a New Taurus Spectrum 380 for $265 (Have not shot it yet) and I paid $210 for a Taurus PT-111 Millennium G2 a very nice gun that I have shot a good bit. I have more for $450 or less.


Palmetto Arms is offering a Walther PPS M2 right now for $299


Just picked up a 9mm Shield for $264(with rebate) at RK guns.


Same here, can’t beat RK’s gun prices.


Hi-Point sells new pistols that retail in the $200 +- range. Some folk disparage them, but before I bought mine I read every comment I could find online. People who owned them loved them, those who disparaged them mostly had never fired one. And I’ve yet to see a used Hi-Point in a gun store or show anywhere.


Agree on the value and reliability of Hi Points for the cost, although they’re a bit bulky for EDC.


Yeah, my .45 sure is, even for open carry. But I’m skinny, although I have a few friends big enough to carry it IWB – probably appendix position beside their bellies. I guess it’s personal matter – if you’re big enough or buff enough, they’re maybe not too heavy. Or maybe you only put up with it until you can afford to ‘trade up’ to something more carry friendly. A heavy gun is better than none. That extra weight might serve as a reminder to save more money….


There are a lot of very good guns out there for $300 or less. If you want to go full sized or an EDC purpose compact, police trade-ins are excellent, as are some of the excellent clones available through companies like American Tactical all of which can be found for $300 or less. As for sub-compact pocket guns, you really can’t beat the Kel Tec PF9. I carry mine all the time, either as a BUG or as my primary when in circumstances that make an IWB carry gun impractical. It is reliable and very accurate as long as you practice with it. Although the MSRP is $356, you can buy a new one from Impact Guns right now for $249.50.

Daniel Irish

I have a Taurus PT111 Gen 2 that I carry more than any other pistol I have. Mine has been very reliable, but I did some tweaking on it before I ever test fired it. I replaced the factory recoil guide assembly with an after market one by Lakeline, because I had heard of failures of the factory assembly in the PT111 Gen2. I once had a brand new Taurus PT145 Millennium Pro, a 45 ACP that resembled the PT111 series. The recoil guide assembly broke with less than 20 rounds through it. The flange that the large spring sat on, sheared off. I was using Winchester White Box ammo. Taurus replaced the recoil guide, but my experience of having that recoil guide break, made me lose all confidence in it. I traded the PT145 off. I really liked the feel of that pistol.
I really believe the newest version of the PT111, the Gen2, has corrected most of the ills of this series of pistols, but I decided to use the Lakeline in mine, for reliability. Many people have had great success with this pistol, sans an after market recoil guide. Even if you do want to replace it, you have a good foundation on which to build. Use the factory recoil guide assembly. Many do. If you want to upgrade to an after market part, you still have a workable and useful pistol.
TruGlo makes Tritium night sights for the PT111 Gen2. I had paid a little less than $70 for mine. I installed mine without a hitch. I can use this pistol 24/7, because of these night sights.

Yes, I tweaked it and yes, it cost me about $130 over the initial cost of the gun itself. But I really believe the PT111 Gen2 is one of those often maligned “cheap” guns. It does cost less than a lot of pistols, but mine is reliable and accurate enough to do its intended job, self-defense. If you live in a 2nd Amendment loving state like I do, you can use the 12 round magazines like I do. Shop around and you can find some at pretty decent prices.

Gaylen Stone

Ruger is now selling the new Ec9s which is an economy version of the Lc9s for around 239.00 or so, MSRP is 299.00 but actual prices are below 250. Fantastic gun, lightweight, and uses hostlers and mags made for the lc9/lc9s.

Richard Gordley

Picked up an Armscor M206 revolver recently for $240. Not my first choice for EDC, but its size would lend itself. Accurate and reliable through first 100 rounds. Will probably be my nightstand gun since as a revolver it’s ready instantly. Online reviews seem to like it.


The Kahr CW9 and CM9 are on sale online for under $300 pretty regularly.

They’re worth way more than that.


Rock Island Compact 1911s can be found used under $300.

Jonathan Cable

Sar B6P compact. Under $300 and service grade. Forged slide not cast and super accurate.comment image