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Taurus G3C TORO
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Taurus G3C TORO

$351.18

Taurus provides reliable personal protection to a lot of folks who may be on a budget. Their G3C is a solid and cost-effective offering in a fairly saturated market. The Taurus G3C delivers a reliable, ergonomic, and economic CCW for the average person.

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4.5
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FN 502 Tactical
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FN 502 Tactical

$453.99

The FN 502 Tactical is a .22 LR built on the 509 design. It features aggressive texturing, 15+1 capacity, and can easily accommodate a suppressor and red dot. For those seeking a similar feel to the FN 509 but also wanting to save money by training with .22 LR, this is a great option. The gun also has a place in introducing new students to the platform. If you are looking for a tactically feature-rich .22 plinker, look no further than the FN 502 Tactical.

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Taurus GX4
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Taurus GX4

$333.99

Swinging for the fences at $392 MSRP, the 9mm Taurus is designed specifically for those that want to concealed carry but also don’t need a tricked-out Gucci Glock to do it. Ergonomically, it’s okay. It feels good in the hand, but its diminutive size is both a good and bad thing. As far as controls are concerned, everything is more or less where you expect it – all within reach and easy to manipulate. The magazine release might be a tad too shallow for my liking, but it’s billed as a carry gun, and carry guns typically carry smaller controls. Also, the grip is short…our bigger-handed reviewers had to adjust their grip not to blow their fingers off…So watch out for that.

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3.8
(2 ratings)
Glock G44
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Glock G44

$346.99

The .22 LR Glock G44 does what it is supposed to do. Shots on target, reliable with specific ammo, and it comes in at a great value. Plus it’s nearly identical to the Glock 19 which makes it the perfect training and plinking gun. Rounding out why this might be worthy of your time…accessories. Because it’s a Glock means that it has a ton of accessories and aftermarket parts ready to throw on.

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Mossberg MC1SC
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Mossberg MC1SC

$306.99

The Mossberg is a relatively accurate pistol that is fairly comfortable to shoot. It’s reliable and a decent option if you want to skirt around the Sigs and Glocks of the world.

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Glock G26
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Glock G26

$497.20

Like other Glock products, the G26 — affectionately called the “Baby Glock” — is designed to be just as durable and accurate as its predecessors. It comes with a 10-round magazine, so you don’t get as much firepower as you would with bigger 9mm Glocks, but its small size makes it great for concealed carry or as a backup gun.

 

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4.5
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Glock G23
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Glock G23

$499.00

The Glock 23 is a compact version and is a popular handgun for police and government agencies who prefer .40 S&W. One of the big selling points is a large capacity yet lightweight feel. This one is great if you want a compact concealed carry weapon or if you have smaller hands.

 

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4.3
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Kahr CW9
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Kahr CW9

$406.99

It feels great in hand, although we prefer a bit more aggressive grip.  The slide starts off a little stiff…as does the magazine release…so make sure you can confidently rack it. And because it’s the more budget of Kahr’s offerings, there are some sharp corners in the ejection port and the front of the slide and some machining marks on the barrel. But again, as a budget 9mm for concealed carry, you have to expect some concessions. Overall, if you’re looking for a concealable single-stack 9mm at a great price, you can’t go wrong with the CW9.

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3.8
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Taurus Judge
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Taurus Judge

$472.99

As a gun frequently touted as a defensive option where revolvers are concerned, the Taurus Judge offers up an option for those looking to work around their farm or carry while out on hikes. With a few options in terms of calibers (.410, anyone?), this revolver is a good option for when there are critters around. Its trigger pull isn’t terrible for a revolver, and its large size helps mitigate that big recoil. Downside? Those will small hands or who are petite in size might struggle with some of the heavier models and large grips. And there are not a lot of aftermarket options here.

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4.8
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Ruger Security 9
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Ruger Security 9

$386.99

The Ruger Security 9 made it to our favorite carry gun list of 2022. See why we liked it.

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4.4
(3 ratings)
Ruger EC9S
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Ruger EC9S

$298.54

The Ruger EC9s 9mm pistol is great as a beginner carry gun. It has lots of safety mechanisms and upgrade options. Best part is it’s very affordable with street price around $280.

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FN 503
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FN 503

$453.99

“If you need a top tier CCW, the FN 503 needs to be in the consideration. With an outstanding trigger, great ergonomics, and coming in at a very reasonable price point — this is a gun that simply delivers.” – David Full Review

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Daniel Defense DDM4 V1
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Daniel Defense DDM4 V1

$2,105.00
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Springfield Armory Saint
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Springfield Armory Saint

$803.99

The Springfield Saint AR-15 is a great entry-level AR-15 that is easy to use and customize. It’s perfect for sporting or home defense with high reliability and some furniture and trigger upgrades that set it apart from other budget AR-15s.

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Springfield Armory Saint, Bravo
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Springfield Armory Saint, Bravo

$1,025.99

The Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 is a decent entry-level AR-15. It’s easy to use and can accept accessories like lights and lasers. It’s ideal for home defense or range days without totally breaking the bank.

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