Bang for Your Buck: 5 Best Semiautomatics on a Budget

CZ 75 COMPACT

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Designed in Czechoslovakia in 1975, this is one of the few guns on this list that pre-dates the “Glock era” in handgun history. The 75’s continuing popularity is a testament to how nicely built this firearm is. If you pick one up, you’ll know instantly why the 75 has so many loyal fans.

The Czechs have a highly respected firearm tradition, on par with the American and Austrian brands; so don’t be deterred by national labels. The 75 is as sleek as it is simple. The controls on the side are functional, but nothing special. This gun’s primary claims to fame are the way it fits your hand and the fact that it was equipped with one of the earliest 16-round magazines. Retail: $499

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