Lately there has been some discussion across the interwebs on how to build up a pragmatic modern firearms collection. Utility and reliability across a broad range of applications and scenarios ranging from EDC (every-day carry) to WROL (without rule of law) are the criteria for the kR-15 edition of this list. The first item on this list is a compact frame pistol. Next on the list is a pistol caliber carbine and a 10/22 rifle. Those items come to about $1250 retail so where does the rest of the $2500 get spent? This post covers the last two items on the list:
4. Modern Sporting Rifle like the Armalite-15
There are many reasons that AR pattern rifles are so popular:
- they are easy to shoot and can be handled accurately by most users
- the platform is extremely modular and versatile – it can be configured for nearly any application with minimal tools and technical expertise
- If properly lubricated it will run and run – if you can’t perform simple occasional maintenance get an AK instead
- it’s great for hunting- contrary to what senseless politicians say on TV the AR is a popular hunting rifle and is well suited too the task due to its propensity for precision
- that same knack for precision makes this rifle a great choice for self defense (so long as you use the proper defensive ammo for your home)
- Standard capacity mags for the AR platform are 30 rounds. If your state has outlawed standard capacity magazines please consider moving to a free state because that government doesn’t deserve your tax revenue.
Prices are gradually coming down after the seemingly endless panic buy that started with the re-election of the incumbent POTUS and the general realization that he hates the 2A and will do anything and everything he can to disarm the law-abiding citizens across America. So how much should you budget? Here is my breakdown:
Base rifle: $700
Flip-up sights: $200
If you go with a flattop rifle (which is more modular than its predecessors) I highly recommend starting with quality iron sights- not the plastic magpul ones but durable metal ones like MI or Troy. Get flip-ups in case you decide to add an optic.
5. Pump-Action Shotgun
A shotgun offers a lot of versatility with a low buy-in. Mossberg 500 series or Remington 870 are excellent options. Both enjoy large user bases across the country and have a wide range of uses. You can use a shotgun for most game in North America – including birds. They also support a wide range of ammunition and are rather resilient. Although I prefer precision and accuracy, a shotgun can be very effective defensive weapon. Some shotguns offer interchangeable barrels for different applications- for example a slug barrel will have rifling to help a slug fly better while birdshot is best used with a smooth barrel and a choke to pattern the shot to your application.
Remington 870 Express: $ 400
Mossberg 500: $350