>Implying that the reliability of affordable American manufacturing is in question.
Gift package would be
Gun with case, two mags and accessories: $130, ideally $100 on sale which happens once or twice a year
Both mags filled with JHP's: $20
Decent holster: $20
So you're looking at well under $175 after tax for a full pistol setup. The only things that come close right now are the SCCY CPX2, Ruger EC9 and Taurus PT111 G2 / G2C.