“Can we make a rule that anything on a ‘Top 3’ handgun list cannot cost more than $1500?”commentator Vhyrus laments under our post The 3 Best Concealed Carry Handguns – Foghorn’s Picks. “Once a gun has price tag that exceeds 3 times the leading brand it is no longer the ‘best of’ anything because the price point immediately invalidates it. I know you guys want to be the Top Gear of gun blogs but try to remember the audience.” We do, but . . .
Did you know that the average new car purchase price is $35,560? So, if you can find a way to afford an expensive gun — and most people can if they save — why not spend a thousand or fifteen hundred dollars for something that could save your life, the lives of your family and other innocent life?
Sure there are great handguns — reliable, fine-shooting firearms — that cost less than $500. And yes, there are unreliable self-defense-inappropriate handguns that cost far more than $1000. But there’s no question that more money buys more gun.
Guns that cost more have more work in them. Whether nor not they’re “better” than, say, a GLOCK is a matter or personal preference. But some certainly are, in terms of the trigger, sights, ergonomics and more.
“I know dozens of fellow concealed carriers and maybe three of them carry guns that sell over the 1k mark, two of them being FN 5.7s,” Ed replied to Vhyrus.
For these people — whose finances may or may not have been stretched considerably to make the purchase — the extra money is “worth it.”
I know many of you wouldn’t carry an expensive gun because you wouldn’t want it confiscated after a defensive gun use. But is that really a good reason not to carry a gun that you shoot well (the critical factor for self-defense) and/or makes you happy to carry?
Our man Foghorn thinks a Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry 1911 qualifies as one of the three best concealed carry guns money can buy. I’m on board with that. You may not be. But don’t knock it until you try it. And maybe not even then. Yes?