Things To Consider When Choosing A CC Gun: Cost

Well, here we are approaching the end of our series on choosing the best concealed carry gun for your needs.  We’ve covered a lot of topics, both technical and aesthetic, but now we have to move on to the economic aspect.  As with anything, we all wish we could purchase the best and most expensive model available, but that isn’t always possible.  Fortunately, with the surge in citizens choosing to exercise their inherent right to self-defense, manufacturers have responded with an array of quality pistols at various price points across the spectrum.  Let’s elaborate.

Like most other things in life, the saying “you get what you pay for” applies to the concealed carry gun market also.  That doesn’t mean that you need a custom high-end 1911 to feel safe, but it does need to be considered on the lower end of the price spectrum.  The main thing you want to insure is that whatever pistol you purchase “goes bang” when you need it to, if it doesn’t you may as well carry a brick for self-defense.  The gun is not the only factor either, you also need to test that your piece properly functions with the ammo you intend to carry, but that’s for another article.  As with all things in the firearm world, there are more opinions than you can count on the reliability of the various manufacturer’s pistols, but if you stick with any of the major brands you are most likely going to be fine.  Always, always, always take your pistol to the range and run some ammo through it to make sure though, as any mechanical device can have problems.

I will not try to place a floor or ceiling on the price range of an acceptable concealed carry gun, but let’s walk through some popular models so you have an idea of what the market looks like.  I will list a few major manufacturers and some of their models to give you an idea on prices.  I am going to list the Cabela’s online price for each pistol.  This is not intended to be a definitive guide on pricing, nor is it an endorsement for Cabela’s, it just provides continuity to the pricing as MSRP is hard to determine for some models.  Here is what it looks like.

Smith and Wesson

M&P Compact – $529.99

M&P Shield – $449.99


Glock 19 – $619.99

Glock 26 – $549.99

Glock 43 – $549.99

Sig Sauer

P938 – $729.99

P239 – $998.00

P250 – $399.99

P290 – $449.99

H & K

USP Compact – $949.99

P2000 SK – $699.99

VP9 – $699.99

Springfield Armory

XD Sub-Compact – $519.99

XDS – $599


Kimber Pro – $749-$1649

Rock Island CF – $419.99


738 TCP – $229.99


LCP – $329.99

LC9 – $399.99

SR9c – $379.99

As you can see, there are many options through a broad spectrum of price ranges.  Hopefully, you don’t have to base your decision solely on price, but if you do, you should be even more careful about your decision.  Remember, if you must rely on this to protect yourself someday, are you going to wish you spent another $50-100 to get something you trust?  Do you want that burden weighing on you every time you carry that pistol?  I certainly don’t, and I’ll leave it at that.  There are many other manufacturers of handguns out there and if they aren’t on this list it doesn’t mean they don’t make a quality product.  I’m just trying to give the reader an idea of where various makes and models fall into the range.  However, if you find a pistol made by a manufacturer that is not on this list and falls below these price points, I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you to be cautious.  Once again, just because your cousin’s brother-in-law has one and thinks it’s the finest firearm ever made, that doesn’t necessarily make it true.

In the end, the basic requirements are that it goes bang when (and only when) you need it to, you are comfortable enough with it to carry it on a daily basis, and that you can handle it in a safe and effective manner.  Price only matters as to what you can afford and what you are comfortable with.  I will tell you that I personally own, and carry, pistols that nearly encompass this entire spectrum.  I also will tell you that my go-to carry pistols are toward the upper end of the range.  That is personal preference and nothing more.  Do I find some of these to be of higher quality than some of the more reasonably priced ones?  Yes I do, but that doesn’t mean that some of the lower end pistols are not of good enough quality to trust on a daily basis.

Hopefully by this point you have been able to narrow your search for your perfect concealed carry pistol, or maybe even have made your final choice.  Whatever decision you have made, please take the time to learn how to properly and safely operate and maintain that pistol.  This is the basis of being a responsible gun owner.  You simply must take the time to train yourself to use the pistol safely and effectively, for your own benefit and the benefit of the people around you when you carry this weapon.  Range time is a must.  Go shoot as often as you can, there is no substitute for practice.

Your next step is determining the most effective way for you to carry your pistol in a holster, so expect us to help you along with that also.  In our next series of articles we will delve into the different carry methods, so stick around!

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