Walk into any gun shop and you’ll be amazed at the wide variety of prices and options for the different styles of handguns. There are cheap guns you can own today and ones that can cost as much as a vacation to Europe. Caliber options and gun designs abound and it can become confusing to narrow down your options.
The question many people will find themselves asking is “Will buying the most expensive gun e the best choice?”
After all, you’re relying on this weapon to protect your life and safety. Can you put a price tag on that?
You can’t, but there are other things to consider in a gun purchase aside from the price. Getting what you pay for applies to most things you buy, but this does not infer that spending less means acquiring an inferior firearm.
A lower price tag could mean that the finish isn’t as fine or the gun was made by a lesser-known manufacturer.
Author George Hill weighs in on the question of expensive guns in his article “Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special 9mm” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“But to those who think that such guns are fully unobtainable, to them I say this: Nuts! Those guns are expensive. They deserve to be, and they are worthy of their prices, but they are not unobtainable.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Expensive firearms are not a waste of money, but they are not always the best use of your hard-earned dollars either. The experience and needs of the buyer are what should be used to make the final decision.
Generally speaking, if you’re new to the world of concealed carry, spending large amounts of money at the onset may not be the best choice. You don’t want your new purchase to cause any stress in financial terms or to take money away from something else important. As a new shooter, you don’t have enough experience to really know what you want in a gun. This will come in good time.
It is important to like the gun you buy and to actually be happy to carry it. When it’s sitting on the table, you should enjoy the sight of it. You shouldn’t be unhappy with the style or any feature.
Aesthetics mean something different to everyone. If you like wood, buy wood grips. If you prefer the tactical blacked out look, then get that instead.
Owning a specific make and caliber of handgun is also a socially rewarding experience. You’ll share a common bond with other people who have the same gun. You’ll be able to talk about what you like about your guns and trade tips about how to improve your experience, be it accuracy or better ways to clean the weapon.