Building An Arsenal For $500
Now we get to the fun part, actually putting together an arsenal. Let’s say that you are on the tightest of budgets. You might have just lost your job, monthly expenses are high, or you just don’t want to spend very much money.
But for whatever reason, you only have $500 to spend on an arsenal of guns. That’s right, just $500 and not a penny more.
Believe it or not, it’s still perfectly possible to build a quality arsenal with just this amount of money. Granted, you won’t be able to own each of the types of guns that we discussed above.
Instead, for $500, you’re going to have to focus on what at least I consider are the three single most important firearms to own: a .22 semi-automatic rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Why do I feel these are the three most important firearms to own? Because they are the most versatile firearms and cover most of your bases. You can use your .22 for cheap target shooting and small game hunting or pest control. You can use your 12 gauge shotgun for home defense, bird hunting, and big game hunting when loaded with slugs. And you can also use your 9mm pistol for home defense in addition to concealed carry or just as an SHTF sidearm.
So now what we need to do is decide how you can own each of these three guns while spending less than $500. I believe that you should be able to find a .22 semi-auto rifle for $125, a 12 gauge shotgun for $100, and a 9111m pistol for around $225. If you don’t believe me, I’ll prove it to you here:
Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22 Rifle ($125)
The Mossberg 702 Plinkster is one of the most budget friendly .22 rifles on the planet, and competes directly with the more expensive Ruger 10/22 and Marlin Model 60. While I love the 10/22 and the Model 60, you won’t be able to buy either of them for $125 (and especially not new). This gun is well perform with some best bipod for ar 15 also, if you have already own an AR 15 , this gun is ideal for you.
The Mossberg 702, on the other hand, can be purchased for $125 new if not less. For the money, it’s an excellent value and comes in a variety of different stocks and finishes. Standard weight is just four pounds with a length of thirty seven inches, making it very light and nimble. Standard capacity is 10 rounds, but 25 round magazines are also available to increase your firepower.
H&R 12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun ($100)
I fully realize that a single shot shotgun is not the same thing as a pump or a semi. But at the same time, we’ve only allocated $100 towards spending on a shotgun, and a single shot breech loading will have to do in this scenario. You should easily be able to find a single shot 12 gauge shotgun such as one made by H&R for around $100 either new or used in good condition.
Since it’s a single shot, your rate of fire will be slower, but with enough practice you can get to be very quick with opening the action, loading in a new shell, and shutting the action shut to fire. It will certainly be better than nothing for home defense, and it will work just fine for hunting or clay shooting.
On the plus side, breech loading shotguns are very simple and reliable. There are very few moving parts, meaning there’s very little that can go wrong with them. So at the very least, you won’t need to worry about making repairs any time soon.
Taurus PTm Millennium G2 9mm ($225)
The Hi-Point series of pistols are commonly cited as being the best pistols for those on a serious budget. Personally though, I think the quality of the Hi-Points are not good enough for serious duty use or personal protection, and since we’ve only spent $225 so far, why not spend a little more on a better looking and more dependable pistol? For near distance of defense, best spyderco edc is a good item to equip with this gun.
The Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 is currently one of the best values for new pistols on the market. Its compact size means it can be easily concealed on your person, but it is also large enough with plenty of firepower to serve as an SHTF sidearm as well: standard capacity of the PT111 is 12 rounds of 9mm (or alternatively the PT140 holds 10 rounds of .40 S&W).
All in all, the PT111 has excellent ergonomics and has proven itself to be a reliable firearm. It does feature a frame mounted thumb safety’ on the side, which I don’t exactly think is necessary but is still there if you want it. It also features a loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide behind the ejection port that you can physically feel in the dark to tell if the weapon is ready to fire as well.
As you can see, for less than $500, you can purchase a Mossberg 702 semi-automatic .22 rifle, a single shot 12 gauge shotgun, and a Taurus PT111
Millennium G2 9mm pistol. And what do you know, we actually saved money at $450 instead of the full $500. Well, not really, since you still have to pay sales tax. You’re going to end up paying around $500 if not a tad more for these three guns when you factor that in, but still, that’s not a bad price to pay for guns that are going to hold their value well.
I fully recognize that this list excludes some of the important guns we talked about having in the previous chapter, such as a big game hunting rifle or a semi-automatic defensive rifle. But remember, we only have $500 to spend. As a result, we have to make some sacrifices in regards to which guns we can have and which ones we can’t, and we also have to choose cheaper versions of the guns that we can have.
But as I said earlier, I believe the three most critical guns to own (if you could only own three) are a .22 rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, and a 9111111 pistol. With just $500 to spend, you can easily own all three of those. The Mossberg 702, H&R Shotgun, and Taurus PT111 may not be the top-of-the-line models in their respective categories, but they still hold their value well and will work for you until you have more money to spend in the future.