HGR 084 - Inexpensive, Not Cheap

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I’m joined by Weerd Beard to discuss guns that are inexpensive, but still serviceable firearms!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Got an email from listener Bob who writes: Your show got me interested in revolvers. I wonder if you would take a bit about the bisley model of revolvers. I recently purchased a couple of Ruger blackhawks. One standard .356 and one bisely in .45 colt. If I would have known about the Bisley I don't think I would have gotten the standard. I have started shooting bulls-eye competitions at my gun club. It involves 10 rounds in 10 minutes one handed. Then two sets of 5 rounds in 20 seconds. Finally two sets of 5 rounds in 10 seconds. With the .357 I could barely get all 5 off in 10 seconds. I have no problem getting all five off with the bisley. I find it also points more naturally than the standard grip.

Weerd: Got an Interesting email from a listener of the show this morning, and it was very interesting how closely his question tied into tonight’s topic:

“Hi Weer'd,

Quick question. I'm looking to purchase a 45 for concealed carry. I know you love Kahr's, but they are little out of my price range. I currently own a 1911 that I really enjoy, but it is to large to conceal.

Hoping you can give me a few suggestion on what to look at. I enjoy your blog and listening to you and Ryan podcast together.”

-Tony in New Hampshire


Main Topic: Inexpensive, Not Cheap

Oftentimes, when someone goes to buy a firearm, they are surprised by how much they cost. While it is nice to be able to purchase a firearm that is “high-end”, some people just do not have that ability, yet need a good, reliable handgun to defend themselves. We as people of the gun sometimes will kid amongst ourselves about the lower end brand handguns, yet we need to be aware that for some people, thats all they can afford at the moment. While there are some brands/models of handguns that rightly deserve derision, there are some that are unfairly targeted due to their looks, cost, materials, etc. Tonight, we will discuss some of the more popular ones and why they might be a good gun for you if you are on a budget.

-Sccy Handguns

-Canik TP9

-Kahr CM/W Series

-S&W SD Series


-Ruger P-Series Semi-Automatics

-Old S&W Autos (9506, 4506, Model 59, etc.)


Until next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!!!