This category wouldn’t include me; generally I spare no expense and get the best of everything (within limits of course). But occasionally I run into someone who doesn’t own guns but wants to be more prepared. I’ve thought about it a while and IMO the best “arsenal on a budget” would be a cheap reliable handgun (a CZ52, or a used double action 38 revolver) for defense. I was thinking a shotgun for this role too, but you can’t conceal a shotgun very well, so I figured to give the most versatility for the price a handgun would be better. And for the second gun a single shot 22 rifle, for shooting rabbits, cats, deer (in the head) or other critters for food. And if necessary it can be used as a short range sniper rifle, it may be low powered but if you hit someone in the head they’re dead, and also it can be used as a close range assassination weapon if fitted with an improvised suppressor. I figure single shot because there are fewer parts to break no magazine to lose, and generally the single shot 22s are light and accurate, and generally some of the cheapest .22s around. So, what do you think of a handgun and a single shot 22 as a bare bones survival arsenal? What would you suggest for a bare bones survival arsenal?