I shot 3 different 38 revolvers. Price range from $35,$65 and $300 using the same ammo. The results down range are the same all kill shots. If your on a budget you can find some good deals on used revolvers. Any pistol is better than no pistol. A pistol is a big part of trying to survive a situation where you cant carry a rifle or shotgun. Dont get discourage if money is tight keep looking and maybe you can find a deal on a pistol that you can use till you can afford a better one.