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Modern Firearms Collection for $2500 – Part 3

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

Modern Firearms Collection Part 2: Pistol Caliber Carbine and 10/22

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. This post covers the next two items on the list: 

2. Pistol Caliber Carbine 


A pistol caliber carbine is a smart addition to any modern firearms collection. Buy it in the same caliber as your pistol and you only have one type of ammo but two platforms to choose from. The benefit is that you have a formidable defensive weapon with one of these- accuracy goes up, recoil is reduced- it’s easier to handle than a pistol or other modern sporting rifle. These rifles are simple and reliable and tend to run round after round. There just aren’t any serious negatives that come to mind here. If you go with something like a Hi-Point carbine (pictured above) you can get a new one with 2 mags for about $300. Bonus: they are fun to shoot.


3. 22 LR Rifle


A .22 rifle is a wise choice for lots of reasons. It’s inexpensive to shoot (even with inflated ammo prices) and useful at short to medium distances (0-100 yds). Before you jump tot he conclusion that it’s not a useful caliber, did you know that a popular choice among poachers in Africa is .22 rifles? It’s because the round is effective and pretty quiet compared to larger calibers. That’s a lesson that could be useful in a situation where you need to bag some small game for food but don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Lots of mall ninjas poo-poo the .22 LR round and say that it’s not powerful enough to do real damage. Yet no one wants to volunteer to walk downrange and take a 22 in the leg. The bottom line here is that the .22 is very useful- moreso for hunting than defense but that’s why this isn’t the only firearm in the collection.

Now that we weathered that rant what are good options for a .22 rifle? The Ruger 10/22 (a few of the many options pictured above) is an excellent choice. It’s an extremely popular rifle in the US and there are lots of options and customizations available. Once again the benefits of having a popular and common rifle are tremendous- low cost for upgrades and an abundance of replacement parts and accessories. The fun factor is also high with the 10/22- ask the future Mrs kR-15 if you don’t believe me. And this one won’t break the bank either- $300 should get you a 10/22 at most retail outlets.