The .380 Star thread brought up a question I was asked a couple of weeks ago. What's inexpensive as opposed to cheap? A Correctional Offider was looking to buy a pistol for his wife who wanted some protection as he was on "Morning Watch" 12:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. She was pretty knowledgable about firearms, and would feel safer with a pistol in the house. He had broken it down to a .25 Raven, a Hi-Point 9mm, or a used S&W M10. Obviously, looking for something under $200.00. It brought up the question, what IS cheap and still get what you would want? To my mind, the Raven and Hi-Point are out of the question. I know it's not fair, I've shot neither. But they look like junk, and the reviews I've read say they are junk. His wife did not want a revolver. Small children in the house, better a gun that she could take the magazine out of the pistol, clear the chamber, and put it out of reach. She also wanted a new gun, not a used one. I'm a firm believer in C&R's. CZ 52's, Makarov's, and Tokarev's at that dollar amount. American made gun's (including Taurus) are no longer in the price range they have set. The Taurus 24/7 looks like a sweetheart for her needs, but out of the $ question. I know what I suggested, and they bought, for under $200.00. What's your answer?