Top Three Pistols For The Money

I work for my family’s business. My grandfather opened a gun shop as a hobby back in 1989 and I’ve worked here since middle school. I sold guns after school for several years and I loved it. I sell a lot of guns, but I usually have certain ones I recommend to customers simply because they’re great firearms.

If you’re interested in buying a pistol for personal protection or just recreational use, I’d recommend these three:

  • Springfield XDM: $600-$700 range
  • Glock Gen IV: $500-$600 range
  • Smith and Wesson M&P: $500-$600 range

All three of those pistols are fairly affordable and are great guns. If you’re one of those “it has to be made in America” people, then the Smith would be your best bet. It’s made in Massachusetts, whereas Glock is made in Austria and the XDM’s are made in Croatia.

Glock pistols are tried and true. They’re used by thousands of law enforcement agencies and account for a large percentage of the pistols sold. It’s hard to say anything bad about a Glock, most people either love them or hate them. The new Gen IV model provides several new features as well as three magazines all together.

Springfield XDM pistols are great. This pistol was the recipient of the Gun of the Year award when it came out onto the market. It comes standard with a match grade trigger and barrel, that means those components of the pistol are tuned up to be more accurate. You also get “XD Gear” which is a holster, magazine holster, and a loading device. They’re the only company that gives you that package.

The Smith and Wesson M&P is also a fine pistol. It’s the only one out of the three that you can get an actual external safety. S&W is a company that’s been around for years, even if you know nothing about guns, you’ve heard of S&W. They’re also tried and true. They have features similar to that of the Glock and XDM.

All three of these pistols are fairly similar when it comes to their size, features, and performance.They all hover around $600 and provide an excellent weapon for the buyer. I always tell people who are looking at these three pistols, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Flip a coin and you’ll be satisfied.

There are a lot of really nice pistols on the market, but these three are the best for the money, in my opinion of course.

The most important thing is this:

Go with the pistol that feels the best to you. Whichever one is comfortable in your hand. Don’t go with what someone else tells you. If it doesn’t feel good in your hand, then you won’t enjoy shooting it and you simply won’t like the gun.

Check these three guns out if you’re interested in buying a new one!

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11 Responses to “Top Three Pistols For The Money”

  1. Griffin Gun & Security
    October 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I agree with you 100% and I would also throw in the Sig 250 and the Taurus 24/7 running a close 4th & 5th to round out the top five behind these three.

    • Michael Savage
      October 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      I agree with you there!

  2. Rick
    October 12, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Did you consider the Walther PPQ in both 9mm and .40 S&W? My wife carries the 9mm and I carry the .40 S&W. It’s a GREAT handgun and we got ours for under $530.00 each. They are very accurate with quick recovery. Also, if you’re a lefty as I am, they are 100% ambi without any modification!

    • Michael Savage
      October 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      The calibers are subject to what you like the best either of those are great rounds. The S&W are great for lefty’s!

    • Momna
      January 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Excellent review, and yes I’ve seen peolpe throw them, but they will eventually break because of the force required to stick them in the target. Case XXX, Gil Hibbon first gen. and several bowies have the mass needed to hit the target effectivlely and width so they don’t twirl or twist in flight. If the knife ends up stuck in the target sideways (Blade should be vertically positioned in the target., just like when it was in your hand.) then it is too light and to narrow to throw accurately.

  3. mchl 13
    October 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Short and sweet. Others have written thousands of words and have not made those simple but crucial points. Of course those ‘others’ may have been paid by the word.

    Thank you


    • Michael Savage
      October 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks for the comments! We like to keep it short and sweet when we can!

  4. Sivispace
    October 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I would swap the Walther PPS for one of them. By far, it has the best trigger of all the striker-fired pistols and it is remarkably accurate and reliable.

  5. RRangel
    October 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Those are all great. I’d probably get the Glock if I was planning to beat it up. I’m not experienced with the new S&W so I might get one just to test it out. Good recommendations.

  6. johndillinger
    October 15, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Old fashioned man, PPK or Hi Power with Crimson, both top of the list for reliability….Nothing feels in the hand like a Hi Power…9mm.

  7. Travis31
    February 24, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    By far the best budget pistol I have ever owned is the Ruger P95 and at $350.00 bucks it is beyond worth every penny. Built tough as nails, decent looking, and it comes with two 15 round mags. After several thousand rounds I have not had any mechanical problems with the gun at all. Truly the best budget pistol out there in my humble opinion.

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