We all drool over the latest from Wilson Combat whenever it hits store shelves. How can you not? The flawless engineering that goes into each pistol makes them as much a work of art as they are defensive tool. But perfection comes at a price, pushing the value of one of these masterpieces north of most budgets. So instead of setting yourself up for disappointment this Christmas, ask Santa for one of the best handguns under $500. There’s something for everyone on our list, ranging from latest and greatest in technology to time-tested and -honored designs.

For more information about the five pistols under $500 featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

Glock 20

Smith & Wesson Model 442

Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS

Bond Arms Texas Defender

Taurus Curve

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