As an increasing number of Americans choose to exercise their Second Ammendment rights, budget-friendly firearms are becoming more commonplace. We've selected some of the best value-tier handguns on the market that offer solid performance and reliability at a price point that is affordable for the average consumer in 2023.

What Makes A Budget Handgun Good?

To be considered for our list, each pistol must cost $400 or less AND should generally be considered reliable by industry professionals. Firearms that experience poor performance or egregious safety issues will be automatically disqualified.

Top 5 Budget Guns 2023

Buffalo Cartridge Co. BRG9 Elite

For a dependable general purpose handgun, it's tough to beat the BRG9 Elite. This polymer frame striker-fired pistol has a 4" barrel, intuitive grip safety, and a capacity of 16+1. It accepts standard Springfield XD magazines and is compatible with many existing holsters for the XD line. With an integrated Picattiny rail, the BRG9 Elite can easily mount lights and accessories.

The Buffalo Cartridge Co. BRG9 Elite in Black

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CZ P-10 M

CZ may not be the first firearms brand that comes to mind when discussing budget pistols, but the compact P-10 M is available for purchase at well under $400 and retains many of the features that make CZ handguns a pleasure to shoot. The P-10 M has a 7-round capacity and includes a reversible mag catch so the gun can be configured for left or right-handed shooters. 

The CZ P-10 M compact 9mm pistol

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Taurus GX4 Micro Compact

The Taurus GX4 is optimized for EDC, with a sleek low-profile design and an 11+1 capacity. It is a more affordable alternative to other micro compact 9mm pistols such as the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus or the Springfield Hellcat. Moreover, the Taurus GX4 is an exceedingly shootable handgun that still manages to conceal incredibly well. 

The Taurus GX4 Micro Compact 9mm Pistol

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FMK Mach 9 Gen 3

Proudly manufactured in the U.S., the FMK Mach 9 Gen 3 is a slim and ergonomic concealed carry pistol with an optics-ready slide from the factory. This pistol is available in an assortment of colors and uses Glock-pattern iron sights, so it is easily customizable. The FMK Mach 9 Gen 3 has a capacity of 10+1 and is a terrific gun for the money.

FMK Mach 9 Gen 3 9mm Pistol with optics ready slide

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Canik TP9 Elite SC

Although it has been out for a while now, the TP9 Elite SC is still one of the most versatile budget concealed carry pistols available in 2023. The slide is cut for a micro red-dot optic and the cocking serrations are tactile but not overly aggressive. With a 15-round magazine, ambidextrous slide catch, and reversible mag release, the TP9 Elite SC is perfectly suited for practically all shooting scenarios. 

The Canik TP9 Elite SC 9mm pistol

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Exercise Your Rights - Regardless Of Income

Classic Firearms is committed to empowering all law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, even if they are on a budget. Click here to browse our selection of affordable concealed carry handguns and select your next EDC.