Ruger has a tradition of products that provide long-lasting quality without a budget strain, though, so a new variant appeared in 2014. The 9E, still part of the SR series, cost roughly $100 less, but that price drop required a few changes.
Looking back through the history of concealed-carry pistol development, models stand out that exemplify a just-right balance of compact size, performance and price point, and the next gunmaker to throw its hat into that ring is Taurus Intl. Mfg. with the new-for-2021 model GX4.
American Rifleman's Mark Keefe and world-class shooter Rob Leatham of Team Springfield exchange thoughts on the ideal carry gun.