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How To Build A Survival Arsenal For $500

“Survival arsenals” are a mainstay of those in the preparedness community, but the cost of building one can quickly get out of hand. Sure, for a couple thousand dollars, you could buy a high-quality semi-automatic rifle, a dependable pump or semi shotgun, and a good pistol.

But not everyone has $2,000 to spend. In fact, not everyone has even $1,000 to spend on an arsenal of firearms. So how are you to build a quality survival arsenal for only a few hundred dollars?

Believe it or not, it can be done – although of course it won’t be as impressive as that $2,000 batch.

Here is how you can build a quality survival arsenal for $500, give or take just a few bucks:


1. Mosin Nagant OR .22 Rifle ($200).

You need a good rifle to put lead at a far distance down range. A good rifle is both a valuable hunting and anti-personnel weapon. AK-47s, SKSs, Mini-14s, and AR-15s are obviously out for this price range. Your two best options here will either be a used Mosin-Nagant rifle or a .22 rifle. Search around for sales and pay attention to gun auction sites. You will eventually find a used .22 semi-automatic rifle (Ruger 10/22, Savage 64 or Marlin 60), or a Mosin-Nagant in good shape for around $200. If you are unable to find a good semi-auto .22 rifle for $200, you should at least be able to find a used bolt-action model.