In the prepping world, it is not uncommon to spend tens of thousands of dollars on prepping. Some people see it as a hobby as they shoot a lot, but for most it is a way of life to be prepared. Here we will discuss very effective ways to maintain a combat load out with minimal funds. The key component to any combat load out is your primary weapon, which can be either a rifle or shotgun. Fancy ar-15 rifles that can fire 30+ rounds uninterrupted are a massive combat multiplier on the battle field and are recommended to any prepper with the funds, how ever most people cannot spend 1500 dollars to get a rifle, some magazines, and a few hundred rounds of ammunition.
For about 1500 dollars you can arm 10 men with rifles and each of them can have enough ammunition to endure several fire fights. The best way to accomplish this is to buy a military surplus rifle such as a mosin nagant. You can pick up this rifle for about 110 dollars and ammunition is also very cheap. Note that these rifles are more likely to have issues so keep some extra key parts available. The mosin nagant fires a round very similar to 30.06. It is a 7.62x54r and is a devastating round. At around 800 yards it has about the same effect as a 357. magnum at point blank range. Some drawbacks to this rifle is that it only contains 5 rounds and is operated via a bolt action mechanism meaning. It is slow firing and low capacity, how ever, history has displayed its devastating effect during world war 2 against the Germans.
To carry these 5 round stripper clips of ammunition there are several different methods. Sometimes military surplus ammunition will arrive in a fabric shoulder sling with pouches for the stripper clips. If you your ammunition doesn’t arrive in one of these, you can make your own quite easily. Not only will you be able to carry several hundred rounds, you can also access them quite easily. With some basic sewing skills you can create many things useful for prepping such as a home made dump pouch for your stripper clips or magazines, pouches for other applications, clothing, and belts.
The best route to go when purchasing items for your load out is to go military surplus. These items are cheap and are mil-spec. If you already own a good pair or work boots you can use these. As for camouflage, several options are available for quite good prices from military surplus stores, or other outlets. Cheap knives are never recommended, but if you are on a budget and can find a decent full tang knife that you won’t abuse and can make sharp, it will make for a good back up defense knife. Compasses are pretty cheap so these can be found as well to include in your kit. Every level that you go up in quality will bring more cost.
Instead of a mosin nagant perhaps you want a semi-automatic rifle like an SKS. An SKS is a great rifle and will run about 350 dollars, exponentially more expensive than a mosin nagant, but with this semi-automatic capability it is exponentially more useful. Pretty much anything you would find in a normal combat load out can be bought at a lower quality level for less cost. Search around, find what you want in your kit and find a good deal on it.