4 Affordable Guns For The End Of The World As We Know It

4 Affordable Guns For The End Of The World As We Know It

Times are hard. Really hard. We’re all on a budget, and keeping ahead financially isn’t getting any easier on anyone. Many speculate an economical crash could be the fate of our demise as a society. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant; the fact is, any day “it” could hit the fan somehow and we’ll be facing the end of the world as we know it.

If society comes to a halt there will be mass chaos, death, disease and violence – let’s face it, we’re all human. I don’t condone senseless killing – it’s murder and unethical whether there’s a government or not – however self-defense is a necessity for survival, and so is hunting. Each will require guns. You need guns, and a variety of them.

Many blessed and privileged preppers and survivalists prefer to stock up modified and sporterized assault rifles and sniper rifles, combat pistols and tactical shotguns. These are all great to have and are worth the money, and it’s highly recommended that you purchase some.

But, wait: you’re still broke.

Here I will cover four affordable guns for (almost) any budget. You won’t look like a Hollywood superstar in the latest blockbuster action flick touting one of these, but your butt will be covered in the event you need to fight or hunt to stay alive in the end of the world as we know it.

Large Caliber Rifle

For a practical and highly economical large bore rifle, buy a Mosin Nagant. The “moist nugget” was designed in 1891 and was the Russian rifle on the eastern front of WWII that held off the German offense in Stalingrad. They fire 7.62x54mmR rounds, the longest commissioned round in military history (still used today). They’re magazine fed bolt-action rifles with a fairly accurate pattern, and a boom to scare even the boldest would-be looters and murderers. The magazine on the nugget is non-detachable, and its 5 round capacity can be loaded individually or using stripper clips.

The soviets made in upwards of 17.5 million of these reliable weapons, and a great number of them were reworked, stored in cosmoline and stockpiled for later times – thus making them practically brand new, save for some aesthetic flaws in the form of rough stocks and tooling marks on the metal. These weapons are plentiful; in 2008 alone over 1 million were imported to the United States. Stockpiling rounds for the Mosin Nagant is inexpensive, as many suppliers carry soviet “Spam cans” in surplus quantities at a much cheaper cost per unit than modern large caliber rounds. Some online sources carry the Mosin Nagant for less than $100, and your local gun store will often have them under $200. There are countless manufacturers creating custom parts for the Mosin Nagant, meaning modding and sporterizing the Nagant to fit your tactical and aesthetic needs is very achievable.

While the Mosin Nagant doesn’t have a high capacity, isn’t the most accurate gun on earth, and is by no means the most tactical looking weapon on earth, the advantage is it’s reliable, abundant, and fits your budget.

Small Caliber Rifle

The large 7.62mm round from the Mosin Nagant is great, but you don’t always need that much power. If you’re looking for a highly capable and field tested small caliber rifle, look no further than the iconic Ruger 10/22.

The Ruger 10/22 was designed in 1964 by William Ruger and is still in production today. They’re a semi-automatic .22 LR with a standard wooden stock and 5 or 10 round rotary magazine. You can pick them up for under $200 new, and even cheaper used. They’re highly customizable, with some companies offering mod parts to turn them into tactical defense weapons or super quiet suppressed sniper rifles. High capacity magazines are also plentiful and cheap to come by, so buy a whole cache full.

Don’t underestimate the .22; it’s been killing small game and varmints for years. It’s also proven itself as an effective self-defense round (see link). You can get these bullets in everything from a lethal serrated hollow-point to subsonic rounds. Not to break the bank, a box of 100 full full metal jacket .22 rounds still costs under $20.

You can’t beat the Ruger 10/22 for it’s price, weight, accuracy, dependability, or it’s ability to be modified cheaply. Buy one now and leave it stock for a versatile weapon, or buy a couple and have a cheap sniper rifle and a tactical self-defense rifle. Also, stock up on rounds for the end of the world without breaking the bank.


The 9x19mm Parabellum (also called Luger or NATO) is by far one of the most common pistol rounds in the western world. It’s used by NATO and many law enforcement offices world-wide, and has inarguably ended more wrong-doers lives than any other pistol round out there. The 9mm Luger is very common and easy to find, and it’s cheap; from the right sources you can still buy 100 round boxes of 9mm ammo for under $20 – and cheaper if you buy in bulk or purchase reloads at a gun show.

With the 9mm NATO round being such a commonality, there are no doubt many, many manufacturers of pistols for this caliber. You can find used imported 9mm pistols for very cheap prices, but assuming you want an affordable and dependable weapon no one else has abused, let’s look at just one brand new 9mm pistol in your budget.

Enter the Hi-Point C9 9mm. The C9 is an American-made wonder of weaponry pricing. Critics call it ugly and/or heavy, but many Hi-Point owners would argue it boasts simplistic beauty. Set aesthetics aside and focus on dependability and price: the Hi-Point C9′s MSRP is a whopping $155. You read that correctly, only $155 American. Not too shabby… It’s accurate, shoots smoothly, and is as dependable as any American-made weapon. Hi-Point offers the layman an affordable weapon by keeping material and labor costs down; the C9 boasts a blow-back action minimizing costly working parts, and making assembly simple and fast. Although slightly on the heavy side, it will do its job – and with the option of 10 round magazines you get a lot of bang for your buck.

For such a cheap price tag, and with such common and affordable ammunition, the Hi-Point C9 is the man(or woman)-on-a-budget’s best buy for a “‘it’ hit the fan” sidearm.


Shot shell sizes are very standard, with only a few options presenting themselves to mainstream society: the .410, 20, and 12 guage rounds, the most powerful of these being the 12 gauge. Shotguns are effective in close range, and don’t require the most accurate aim – so they’re great for close range combat (ie: home defense). 12 gauge rounds are common and will be found in caches everywhere during the end of the world as we know it.

12 gauge ounds can be cheap! An internet search brought up a box of 250 rounds of 2-3/4″ 1-1/8 oz. #8 shot shells for only $64. While there are certainly more ideal rounds out there for defense, these rounds won’t hesitate to stop a criminal – and can double as an effective round for hunting birds.

That being said, you NEED a shotgun, and there are very reliable shotguns to be had. Various high quality used shotguns can be found cheaply online, but you need a very affordable and unscathed American-made 12 gauge shotgun. You need the Mossberg Maverick 88 8-shot security model with an MSRP of only $226 USD.

The Maverick 88 8-shot security model is an iconic dependable 12 gauge pump action shotgun with a 3″ chamber, 8-shot capacity, 20″ interchangeable cylinder-bore fixed choke barrel, and a standard black synthetic stock. It’s based on the Mossberg 500, which has been serving the US armed services for years. The Maverick is compatible with Mossberg 500 barrels, which are affordable, so pick up a longer ported barrel with interchangeable chokes and you have one very versatile gun: a self-defense weapon that can be to hunt for everything from grouse to turkey, or even deer, bear, and zombies (joking).

For the price, dependability, and surplus of ammunition, the Mossberg Maverick 88 is your go-to shotgun on a budget for the end of the world as we know it.


Does this list leave out many great affordable weapons with common ammo? Yes it does. There are many lists of affordable weapons, but this one is mine.

You’re on a budget. You need to prepare. You need guns affordably. You need these 4 weapons that will cost you under $1000. This is less than many preppers, survivalists and gun lovers will pay for a single pistol, and way less investment than many have in their assault rifles.

Are more costly guns worth their price? Certainly. Are they better for the price? That’s debatable – but it doesn’t matter, because you’re on a budget and still need to survive. Buy these guns and stockpile their ammo; it’ll save your life when the world comes to an end.

Bruce is a former Army combat medic from the outskirts of Kansas City, MO now dwelling in the Ozarks. He is an avid outdoors-man, and is an expert in survival and improvised emergency first aid. He is a writer and entrepreneur focused on helping others prepare for nuclear winter, the zombie apocalypse, and Armageddon.

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  1. Tim Hutchison September 6, 2012

    Finally a guy with some common sense. I suggest buying from individuals and not dealers for an obvious reason. The time is coming when the lights may go out either by man or nature and when they do those without firearms are in a world of hurt.

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  2. Jessica West September 6, 2012

    This was a wonderful and very informative article!

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  3. Sahil November 2, 2012

    Damn good article. When I read the title, I immediately thought: a Mosin, a 10/22, and Hi Point gotta be in there. Although the Mossy Maverick is a good bargain, one could also make a slight upgrade for a 500 and have a wider line-up of shotguns to choose from as well.

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  4. Preppers December 8, 2012

    Well thought out article. The Mosin makes a good long range shooter, and it is dirt cheap. The Ruger is a required item as well. I skip the handguns, since they are registered and likely to be confiscated since they know exactly where they are. I think the Remington pump 12 gauge is excellent as well. I would add a good semi auto rifle with high capacity though, maybe an SKS, or better yet an AK, the Armalites/Colts are just too pricey. The Henry repro of the AR-7 survival rifle is also a good choice in place of the Ruger.

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  5. Alex March 3, 2013

    The Mosin Nagant fires 7.62×54 R not “7.62x64mmR”

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  6. Austin March 11, 2013

    the Henry survival .22 is always a good, cheap, and easy weapon to carry.

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  7. DropkickRik May 4, 2013

    I am a firm believer in 2 things. One, you ge what you pay for. Two, if you don’t train and practice with your choosen firearm you are behind the power curve. I agree with a 9mm for a handgun. It’s common, inexpensive and won’t kick like a mule when accuracy is important. However, a pistol is just a means to fight your way to a rifle.
    Rifles are better than pistols. A .22 is great if you plan on living off small game such as squirlres, cats or birds. A Mosin Nagant only works as fast as you can work that bolt and reload. I understand that this article is about inexpensive firearms that can be bought on a tight budget. With this in mind remember you can only shot one firearm at a time accurately. So think about spending a little more on one good weapon. Go to a range and get rigger time. Then learn how to load and reload quickly. Learn how to load in the dark. Practice shooting in low light or no light. Learn how to fix a jam in the event the weapon fails to fire. The more proficient you are the more likely you might win over someone with a 2,000 dollar AR that never became intimate with his weapon.

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