Some will swear you get what you pay for. Some believe something is better than nothing. So when looking at purchasing a firearm what is best? Some have budgets and some do not. Firearms are not cheap when you are prepping on a shoestring budget; the purchase of a fire arm is a huge investment. Here is an article on Building an Arsenal on a budget. Agree or disagree the author put thought into each suggestion. The whole article can be found by following the link. Building A Survival Arsenal On A Budget | Off The Grid News Not only is the firearm costly but the ammo, protective gear, lessons and cleaning kits all add to the cost. I have had discussions on CCW classes whether to take the cheapest one you can find vs. one from a reputable gun store. If you are new to firearms in general then store usually recommends a class on the basics. These classes run around $150. Some have said just get a few books and self- teach but is that really the safest way? Protective gear and cleaning kits- what is the minimum needed, what are the best for the best price. What gadgets to avoid. Ear plugs vs. ear muffs. What about glasses? Can basic safety glasses be worn or do we need to get those fancy ones? I can get a pair of safety glasses for $3 at home depot. So building an arsenal and all goes with it is costly but when prepping on a budget there has to be a way it is obtainable. Let’s discuss what works, what is truly needed and ways you got the best ”bang for your buck”.