There are plenty of choices about firearms out there. But, sometimes, or better said most of the time, most of us are first looking for their prices. That’s the reason for making this list of 9 budget minded firearms you might want to consider when making your purchasing decision. There are cheap guns, budget guns, and there are also undervalued guns. This list here is made by guns numbered according to their price.
1. MOSIN NAGANT 91/30.
Probably in a near future, the Mosin will remain the premiere budget firearm who can still be found for about $150. These guns are built like tanks, have some modicum of accuracy, as well as the extremely affordable ammunition, which is really important. So if you are about to have some fun at the range, go hunting, or rowing your boat, the Mosin Nagant 91/30 is the king.
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2. IAC HAWK 981/2
IAC HAWK 981/2- you’ll all ask what is this?? Well, A new up and comer from China that seems to be a “game changer” in the realm of shotguns. This model is a Remington 870 clone, and not just a clone, but a very good one. Though there could be a few quality control issues regarding his fit and finish, for only $150 you can have a shotgun who has near 100% parts comparability with an Remington 870. That means that all the furniture, magazine extension tubes, as well as all the other accessories should work.
Hi-Point are really cheap and budget guns. While they are cheaply made, these pistols are solid and can be very reliable. They are blockier than a glock and weigh as much as a brick do, but for a knock around gun, they cannot be beaten and can be starting with a price of around $150. The Hi-Point carbines are actually fantastic budget rifles in any looking way. They are magazine compatible-ish with the pistols, have ergonomic and functional stocks, are surprisingly accurate, and extremely reliable. And let’s be real, nowhere else you won’t be able to find a .45 carbine for under $300.
4. CHIAPPA LITTLE BADGER
Chiappa Little Badger is one of those budget minded firearms you can find for under $170. For these money you can have an excellent survival .22lr that folds away for storage. To these guns there’re a surprising number of value added features. Along with a short quad rail fore end (the bottom rail of that can be removed to allow for more complete folding of the rifle), this model has a rail section behind the trigger who allows for the attaching of a pistol grip and the barrel is threaded to accept muzzle brakes, flash hiders, or suppressors. With the noise being the impact of the hammer on the firing pin, the ability to have movie-quiet suppressed shooting is extremely attractive.
5. MOSSBERG MAVERICK 88
Although more affordable ( about $200) than their American made cousins, the 500 series, Mossberg Maverick 88 have garnered a very good reputation. When they were first manufactured, there were some serious reliability issues, but since that has been rectified, many people consider this firearm as their go-to budget shotgun. Most of its parts, but not all of them, are interchangeable with the 500 series, so a good number of their accessories will work.
There are a couple of variants of these classic Russian pistols that are available for sale in the U.S and the choice comes down to caliber. The Romanian TT-C’s (which will cost you about $240) come in the 7.62×25 original chamber and definitely it is a hell of a cartridge. This model is the equivalent of a com-bloc .357 Sig, blazing out of a pistol around 1,400-1,500fps with an 85 grain bullet. And these rounds are known to defeat level IIA and IIIA soft body armor, so we are talking about a very effective round. The problem that shows here is that much of the surplus 7.62×25 has dried up, so you ‘ll have to pay for more expensive, newly manufactured ammo. But, you could get yourself a PPSh 43 ($330) in the same chambering for ammo compatibility. Zastava M70a Tokarev’s, who costs $275, come chambered in 9mm, so if you own some other pistols or carbines which are chambered in 9mm, that will offer ammo compatibility as well.
7. BREAK ACTION .223’S
Coming in around the $270 mark, H&R and Rossi rifles are quite simple, really accurate, rugged, and also time tested. These budget minded firearms can come with a top rail that allows for scope mounting and since they’re chambered in .223, the ammo used for them is cheap and plentiful. Someone knows to make the compare the, saying they’re like the big brother of the Little Badger, but without the foldability.
8. SAVAGE AXIS .223/.308
Savage Axis .223/.308 rides the border of the budget/undervalued section. Both variants of this rifle can be had for around $280, which is definitely a fantastic value in a brand who is historically known for very their good quality and accuracy. These budget minded rifles have 22” barrels, feature 4-round detachable magazines, and are drilled and tapped for scope mounts. As is mentioned before, .223 is a very budget friendly round, but the .308 is perfect for deer hunting as well as some other big game hunting.
9. HOMEBREW AR-15
If you are one of those do-it-yourself type, an AR-15 can be built for extremely cheap. E3 Arms are known to have completely assembled lowers go on sale for as little as $109. If you just follow that with a PSA upper with parts for $290 you’ll have a complete AR for less than $400. Since prices on AR’s and their accessories continue to drop, if you keep you eyes opened, you can walk away with a pretty cool rifle that you made yourself for a hell of a price.
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