Dave Canterbury of Dual Survival game has a series of budget preps he calls “Common Man” items. I have always been a fan of his work. I’m fortunate enough to be in a situation where I can buy or trade for most of the items I want. I’ve been lucky enough to own some high end items. Some I still hang on to, and others I’ve trade or sold to support my hobby.

Like anyone else, I love good deals, and I love good deals on decently made items. The UPS man arrived yesterday and I got a couple of items I have already posted last week. I’m working on a survival shotgun as some of you may know, but I decided I wanted to create a budget wilderness survival kit.

So far, I’ve spent $120 for a shotgun, a big blade, which came with a sharpener, fire steel and striker. The shotgun was $100, and the knife was $20.

The Ithaca Model 66 Super Single

And the Schbolo

If you shop wisely, $120 can go a long way. For a wilderness survival system on a budget, it’s working out well so far. The 12 gauge shotgun can be employed both as a hunting and self defense gun. The knife is heavy duty (.20 inch thick blade) and has a full tang. It is a camp tool, great chopper from the feel of it, and can be used as a last ditch defense tool as well. Next up is a side arm, upgrades for the shotgun, and a bush craft/camp knife.

The idea is to get a functional item that is sufficient for the task, will hold up to heavy use, and not cost an arm and a leg. So if you are new to prepping, or you’re just starting out in life, you have options to hunt and defend yourself even if you are on a shoe string budget. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have decent quality kits.

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