Written by Richard Douglas
As the world becomes more unstable, Americans are turning to firearms for self-defense and security.
For most of us money’s tight.
This article will look at the 3 top SHTF guns for folks on a budget — like me.
I’ve heard the debate between handgun vs shotgun as a primary weapon for home defense. Price is part of this also. Taking that into account, the first gun to get is a handgun.
Portability and conceal-ability.
You need to know your local laws on this one, but to get the biggest bang for your buck, a handgun gives you the greatest amount of protection over the greatest number of locations.
It can travel with you. When you’re in your car, on foot, or anyplace where you feel the need for added protection, you can most likely bring your handgun. Not true for a shotgun.
That said, I’d recommend getting a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. Here’s why:
It’s slim, light-weight, ultra compact, super easy-to-carry, and insanely accurate. For the money, the S&W M&P Shield is a solid budget-friendly handgun.
Another solid handgun is the Glock. More specifically, the Glock 17, 19, 22, or 23. These handguns are incredibly popular, making parts and accessories available everywhere. The pistol itself is rugged, accurate, lightweight, and so much more. It’s definitely worth the buy.
There’s nothing in the world like the sound of a shotgun pump.
Everyone knows that sound. Everyone knows what that sound means. That sound alone can make an intruder spin on his heels and run from your home. Can you blame him?
There are a variety of shotguns you can opt-in for. Personally, I love the Remington 870. Simple, rugged, easily-customizable, versatile, powerful. It’s a beast. Anyone that owns one and uses it daily could attest to this.
But there’s a problem:
Both handgun and shotgun have very limited range. The solution? Get a…
A good rifle is next.
There are many good rifles on the surplus market, and you don’t need an AK! In a SHTF situation, an invader with a .22 can hide 100 yards out and pin you down.
With a handgun and shotgun (unless you have shotgun slugs – and even then), you’re not really able to respond and return fire accurately. With a good rifle, even a very inexpensive rifle, you can respond.
A good Mosin-Nagant rifle is accurate and inexpensive. Many surplus rifles will come with accessories, like ammo pouches and slings. These might not be exactly what you want, for whatever reason, but if you’re on a budget, they help cover you with what you need. Ammo for the Mosin-Nagant rifle is also extremely cheap. Often cheaper than even a .22 round.
Other solid rifles I’d recommend are Ruger 10/22, Remington 770, Winchester 70, and the AR-15.
Whatever firearm(s) you choose, make sure to do your research and buy used if you really want to save money. Gun shops can be a good source. The internet is probably better. GunsAmerica, Gunbroker, Auction Arms, and similar online auction sites could help you land some REALLY cheap firearms.
That said, I’d like to turn it over to you:
What SHTF guns would you recommend if you were on a budget? Let me know by leaving a quick comment down below.
Richard Douglas is survivalist and firearms nut. He’s work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. He’s also the founder of Scopes Field, a blog where he reviews various firearms and optics.