Top Five Full Sized Budget Handguns


At one time or another, I bet the majority of us have been living life on a tight budget. unfortunately, your budget is not accounted for when it comes to self and home defense. Young adults living on their own for the first time are prime targets and their need for a reliable and affordable firearm is very real. Also, let’s face it, they often don’t have the money for a nice Heckler & Koch. Budget handguns aren’t just for those tight on money. They are great impulses purchases, gifts, and a good way to add to all of our ever-growing collections. Here are my top 5 full sized budget handguns.

The Canik Pistols

Canik has several different models of handguns. The TP9SA is the cheapest of the bunch, and truly the best model if you are trying to save money. Caniks are essentially Walther P99/PPQ clones that are built in Turkey and imported by Century Arms. The Canik line of handguns is expansive and you do have plain jane standard models all the way to guns like the competition ready TP9SFx for a slightly higher price. These represent amazing value and come with a holster, and two magazines. They have proven to be reliable, easy shooting, and a great full-sized budget gun.

The Canik TP9SA is the most affordable model in the Canik Lineup

Ruger Security 9

This is a relatively new gun on the market but comes from a great manufacturer. The Ruger Security 9 is a play on the old Ruger Security 6 revolver. The Security 9 is a 9mm, double stack handgun that is striker fired. It’s easily one of the most affordable American made guns on the market. The Security 9 is a reliable and easy shooting gun that performs well beyond its budget price. A huge draw to the gun is the fact the Ruger PCC uses Security 9 magazines. This allows you to share mags between each gun.

Ruger’s Best Budget Pistol

Walther Creed

Walther proved you can make a high-quality handgun with a great trigger at an affordable price tag with the original PPX. The Creed is the evolution of the PPX. The Creed is slimmer, sleeker, and better looking than the older PPX. It’s got one of the best triggers an affordable gun can have and Walther makes these guns to last. The PPX and Creed use the same magazines making it easy to find an existing supply. As a budget gun, you sacrifice a few unnecessary features to get a gun that’s cheap and is brilliantly priced.

Creed is a lame name, but this is a Great Gun.

Smith and Wesson SD9VE

The SDVE has a storied history that starts with the original S&W Sigma pistol. The Sigma was one of the first full-sized budget guns. It had a relatively short life following a lawsuit by Glock. The SD9VE is the modern Sigma and is a modern pistol. It is a striker fired, semi-automatic pistol that has a Picatinny rail for accessories. Admittedly the trigger kinda sucks, but it is a reliable and cheap gun. The magazines are the same as they’ve always been and this makes them easy to find throughout the different generations of the budget S&W pistol.

A Classic Budget Gun

Rock Island Armory 1911 GI

I can’t do a full-sized budget handguns article without including the 1911, can I? 1911 frame pistols, in general, can range from the affordable Rock Island models to the “It will cost your first born” range. A Rock Island 1911 is a solid gun and the GI Models are by far the most affordable. I’ve owned one for over a decade and it has never let me down. Best of all ,1911s are so popular you can find holsters, parts, magazines, and accessories of all kinds that equally affordable.

An American classic

Full Sized Budget Handguns

Full Sized budget handguns are not hard to find and you should never purchase something unreliable just because of its price. The guns listed above are the best affordable guns on the market when you compare their cost to their reliability and ease of use. These guns are dependable, reliable, and carry with them a reputation beyond my own humble opinions and experiences.

Do you folks have experience with these guns? If so what do you think? Have an alternative for me to toss up here? Let me know why below.

  • jeff

    A lot of people will hate me for this but what about the HiPoint? They appear to work and have a lifetime guarantee.

    • bigjpop

      There’s budget handguns and then there’s the category of throw away guns. Hi-point is in the throw away category. It’s always hit and miss with Hi-point…you may have a good one but the next two guys get one with a poor recoil spring that prevent the gun from chambering. Sure, you can keep sending the gun in for warranty work, but you’re without a gun for 2-3 weeks.

  • Boomboy007

    I can attest to the quality of the Canik. I bought one a couple of years ago, and I have put about 1,500 rounds through it. It is very dependable (yet to have a single ftf, jam, or any other issue. Good trigger, and great ergonomics.