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Finding the right firearm for concealed carry can be a daunting experience. With so many pistols and revolvers on the market, the sheer number of options available can overwhelm the first-time buyer or veteran shooter alike.

In addition to a gun’s stopping power and overall dimensions, price is often a major determining factor in finding a gun that works for you. Because of this, we’ve compiled 12 budget-friendly firearms that will back you up without breaking the bank!

Ranging in size from the subcompact, pocket-friendly Beretta Pico and Taurus 85 to larger designs like the Walther PPX that delivers 16+1 rounds of 9mm, these everyday-carry guns deliver real-world protection for under $500.

Whether you’re looking for something in the milder .380 ACP or the hard-hitting .40 S&W, these 12 self-defense guns will help get you started on your path to more effectively defending your home and family against a deadly attack.

This article is from THE COMPLETE BOOK OF GUNS 2016. To order your copy, please visit PersonalDefenseWorld.com.

Beretta Pico (beretta.com)

Specifications

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Barrel: 2.7 inches
  • OA Length: 5.1 inches
  • Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Front blade, adjustable rear
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Inox
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • MSRP: $400

Bersa Thunder Combat (eagleimportsinc.com; 732-493-0333)

Specifications

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Barrel: 3.5 inches
  • OA Length: 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 20 ounces
  • Grips: Rubber
  • Sights: Dovetailed front and rear
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • MSRP: $350

Canik TP9SA (centuryarms.com; 800-527-1252)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.5 inches
  • OA Length: 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 20.8 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Matte black or desert tan
  • Capacity: 18+1
  • MSRP: $399

Charter Arms Undercover (charterfirearms.com; 203-922-1652)

Specifications

  • Caliber: .38 Special +P
  • Barrel: 2 inches
  • OA Length: 6.4 inches
  • Weight: 16 ounces
  • Grips: Rubber
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Stainless
  • Capacity: 5
  • MSRP: $355

Diamondback FS Nine (diamondbackfirearms.com; 877-997-6774)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.75 inches
  • OA Length: 7.8 inches
  • Weight: 21.5 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • MSRP: $483

Kahr CM9 (kahr.com; 508-795-3919)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3 inches
  • OA Length: 5.42 inches
  • Weight: 14 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Adjustable bar-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Black frame, matte stainless slide
  • Capacity: 6+1
  • MSRP: $460

Ruger SR9E (ruger.com)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.14 inches
  • OA Length: 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 27.2 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Adjustable three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Black oxide
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: $429

SCCY CPX-2 TT (sccy.com; 866-729-7599)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.1 inches
  • OA Length: 5.7 inches
  • Weight: 15 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: DAO
  • Finish: Black frame, matte stainless slide
  • Capacity: 10+1
  • MSRP: $314

Sig Sauer P250 Full Size (sigsauer.com)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4.7 inches
  • OA Length: 8 inches
  • Weight: 29.4 ounces
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Contrast
  • Action: DAO
  • Finish: Nitron
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • MSRP: $466

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (smith-wesson.com; 800-331-0852)

Specifications

  • Caliber: .40 S&W
  • Barrel: 3.1 inches
  • OA Length: 6.1 inches
  • Weight: 19 ounces
  • Grips: Polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 6+1 or 7+1
  • MSRP: $449

Taurus 85CH (taurususa.com; 800-327-3776)

Specifications

  • Caliber: .38 Special +P
  • Barrel: 2 inches
  • OA Length: 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 21 ounces
  • Grips: Rubber
  • Sights: Fixed
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Finish: Matte stainless
  • Capacity: 5
  • MSRP: $386

Walther PPX (waltherarms.com; 479-242-8500)

Specifications

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 4 inches
  • OA Length: 7.3 inches
  • Weight: 27.2 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Three-dot
  • Action: Striker-fired
  • Finish: Black frame, matte stainless slide
  • Capacity: 16+1
  • MSRP: $449

This article is from THE COMPLETE BOOK OF GUNS 2016. To order your copy, please visit PersonalDefenseWorld.com.

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