Generic questions like this drive me crazy.
What is your favorite double action/single action handgun under $500, and why is it your favorite?
I only own two firearms that were under $500. Ruger SR 40...fit and finish was what I expected for the price....feels good in the grip, nice sights, plenty of safeguards, so the wife can use it, mag safety, manual safety, trigger safety, nice trigger.........Ruger speed six 9mm....nice trigger, great grip(Houge Pau Ferro) nice for carry, good caliber, very reliable.
NIB,haven't seen one yet.I did give under that 10+ years ago for a few.If it isn't used,I wouldn't think about it,me and my loved ones are worth quality and reliability.That seems to be a trait that has wained about the Clinton administration.
With the recent activities as of late, prices have indeed, gone thru the roof. 99% of those with something to sell, are gonna consider jacking up their prices.
I'm very relieved that I bought what I needed, years ago. At this point in time, I'm quite happy with what I have, and don't need to engage all the madness.