Recently I talked about finding a self-defense gun that fits you. One of the things I pointed out was to buy good quality firearms, not cheaply made firearms. Used guns are often a great value, as you can often get a high-quality, “low mileage” firearm for much cheaper than new.
At the time of this article, J&G Sales had a stock of used Beretta 92F and 92FS pistols for sale at very reasonable prices. Conditions ranged from good to very good and prices range from only $299 to $339 depending on model, condition, and quantity ordered. There is no doubt that these are used pistols. But for less than $350, you can have a very good quality pistol for your home defense needs.
Recently, I had a friend pick up a very lightly used M&P 40. The pistol had very little signs of use, cam in the original box, was equipped with night sights, and had three 15-round magazines. The price? A mere $299. (Sorry, they are all gone. I called to buy one, but too late!)
Looking for a shotgun, not a pistol? GT Distributors, a police supplier, recently sold a bunch of Remington 870 shotguns they had taken in from a department that was upgrading their long guns. Standard 870 with the 18 1/2″ barrels were going for $149. The 870 with an extended magazine (6 or 7 rounds total IIRC) were only $169. These too are now sold out.
My point is to seek out quality used firearms for self defense if you are on a budget. Don’t settle for something cheap that may not be reliable. Sure, you may have to do a little searching (and waiting) to find a good deal on a firearm, but you are looking for a good quality item. It is worth the effort and time. What do they say? Friends don’t let friends by crappy guns? Well, this applies here.