If you feel that you need a personal armory of firearms but are extremely limited in your budget to only around $500 or so, you may feel that your best course of action will either be to wait and save up for a single high quality firearm later, or to go ahead and buy a collection of cheaply made ‘budget’ firearms to get you by.
But truth be told, neither of these options are ones that you have to pursue. This is because it is possible to build a complete armory of firearms for disaster and SHTF purposes on a shoestring budget of only around five hundred dollars.
The reason this is possible is because there are a large number of high quality firearms that are also easily affordable. You see, there’s actually a difference between ‘cheap guns’ and ‘budget guns.’
In an SHTF or disaster scenario, there will be three basic types of firearms that you need to have in your collection:
- Rifle: for big game hunting and long distance shooting
- Shotgun: for personal/home defense and bird/small game hunting
- Handgun: for defense and concealment
In this article, we’re going to outline and discuss three specific makes and models of firearms that you can buy in order to put together on a high quality survival armory for just $500 or less.
Rifle – Mosin Nagant 7.62x54r ($200)
The Mosin Nagant is one of the most popular budget rifles in existence. While admittedly crudely made, the Mosin Nagant also has a well-earned reputation for being a very durable and accurate firearm. It’s a rifle that you can beat to death, and it will
The Mosin Nagant served as the standard issue infantry rifle of the Red Army in World War I and World War II. Afterwards, when the Soviet Union upgraded to the AK-47 and SKS, tens of millions of surplus Mosin Nagant rifles hit the surplus market and found their way to the United States.
Originally, Mosin Nagants were so cheap that a bundle of three could be purchased for less than a hundred bucks. Today, prices have been rising, but finding a Mosin Nagant in good condition for $200 or less either online or at pawn shops should not be a major challenge.
The Mosin is also chambered for the 7.62x54r round, which is very cheap and has ballistics very similar to a .30-06 Springfield. This means that it will be more than capable in bringing down virtually any kind of North American big game.
Shotgun – Breech Loading 12 Gauge ($100)
Shotguns are among the most versatile firearms in existence, and if your gun safe doesn’t have one in it already, you need to change that.
What makes shotguns so versatile? The answer is simple: other than concealed carry and long distance shooting, there’s preciously little that they can’t do.
It’s all because of the ammo: when loaded with birdshot, a shotgun can be used for clay pigeon shooting and small game or bird hunting. With buckshot, it’s one of the most devastatingly effective home defense weapons in existence. With slugs, it can even be used for big game hunting within reasonable distances.
Easily the cheapest choice for a dependable 12 gauge shotgun will be a breech loading single shot model. These shotguns are so simple and rugged in operation that you won’t have to worry about one breaking down when the going gets tough.
No, a breech loading single shot shotgun is nothing fancy. It’s no Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. But if you’re on a very shoestring budget, a simple breech loading shotgun will still be a perfectly doable option, and you should encounter no problems finding one in good shape in the $100 range.
Handgun – Taurus G2C 9mm Luger ($200)
At this point, we’ve spent $200 on our rifle and $100 on our shotgun. That leaves just another $200 to spend on our handgun.
The best handgun to have in an SHTF disaster would quite arguably be a mid-sized 9mm pistol with a relatively large capacity. Such a handgun would be suitable for defending yourself against multiple attackers, while also being small and light enough to conceal carry. While the ideal handgun for this criteria may be something like a Glock 19, that’s also going to be too much outside of our budget range.
One of the best pistols to fulfill this criteria for that $200 or so budget will be the Taurus G2C 9mm pistol. This is a compact sized pistol with a capacity of 12+1 rounds, and offers you enough room for a full firing grip so it’s easily controllable.
The G2C also has an impressive number of features for a budget pistol, including a manual thumb safety, a Glock-style trigger safety, and a loaded chamber indicator. The pistol has also gained a strong reputation for reliability, with many users reporting having thousands of rounds through their G2C pistols without any hiccups.
Having a personal armory of firearms is one of the most important things you can as you prepare for disaster as it can help keep your family safe while also enabling you to put food on the table.
If you only have $500 to spend on guns right now, the above three choices will definitely serve you well in any SHTF or disaster scenario.
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