I just got around to reading my American Rifleman articles for the month. One of the articles was regarding self defense carry guns. The jist of the article was advice from the author stating don’t buy cheap self defense guns because you don’t want to skimp when your life depends on it. He went on to state to buy the most you can possibly afford to use as your carry gun, even if it means your gun will be in an evidence locker. The author is a former law enforcement officer and admitted that you would “eventually” get your gun back. While I agree you shouldn’t ever buy a “cheap” gun as your carry gun, I won’t personally carry a gun that will cost more than my Glock 19. My carry Glock cost $500 out the door. For some folks, that’s cheap.
In my opinion, “cheap” and “affordable quality” are two entirely separate things. Cheap, as in cheaply built, should be avoided at all costs unless one is a collector of cheaply made guns. A Cobra, Davis, Jimenez are cheaply made guns which appear to be produced out of pot metal. They are unreliable, and unsafe to the shooter, not to mention they are prone to failure should they ever need to be deployed. To be fair, there are functional models of the aforementioned guns that work just fine, but they are a rarity, not the norm.
There are guns that cost a lot of money that don’t work. The early model Desert Eagles that cost $1500-$2000 often malfunctioned. 1911s that cost north of $1000 have malfunctioned due to improper maintenance or poor quality of production. Point being, spending more will not necessarily buy you more. Doing research into your carry gun, testing the ergonomics and performance specific to your skill level and comfort, and finding a reliable gun that you shoot well with is the key. Not how much you spend.
The article centered around a person saying don’t buy an expensive gun to carry because it will be returned in poor condition if you use it in a shooting, and it’s collected for evidence. If I felt the CZ Shadow, $1800 retail, could somehow protect me better than my $500 GLOCK 19, I would carry it. However, everything being equal, I will carry the most affordable gun that I can shoot well, and is reliable, not the gun with the highest price tag I can afford. I can afford a custom 1911, but I won’t be carrying one because it doesn’t do any more for me than my GLOCK 19.
Gun costs, and gun snobs are one of the biggest deterrents to new gun owners. Regardless of whether you may like the looks, calibers, or cost of a gun, judge it on its performance for its intended use. And yes, I don’t want to carry a custom or expensive gun that gives me no better performance or reliability, than my $500 Glock. And no, I don’t want my high end range, or collector gun sitting in an evidence room until I “eventually” get it back. If a person can’t feel protected unless they carry a custom tuned expensive gun, more power to them. If a Taurus G2C is what works for you, I wouldn’t tell you to dump it because it’s “cheap”.
At the end of the day, the gun is only as good or bad as the person that wields it. Better off spending the money on training and practice versus buying a high ticket item with all the bells and whistle, and shooting it once or twice a year. As always, if you’re not an Armed Citizen, become one. If you already are, arm the rest.
Source Article: https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/4/4/sheriffs-tips-don-t-buy-expensive-defense-guns/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=1218