What Would Zoe Do? Finding Affordable Firearms and Training

February 17th, 2011

My name is Zoe, and I’m what you might call a rebel — against the state, that is! I hope that you have checked out the to my upcoming movie Silver Circle, in which I am in the starring role! I am here to offer my advice and to answer your questions related to freedom fighting on a weekly basis. Please submit your questions to !

As much as I think violence is wrong, I want to be able to protect myself and my home. I’m on a low budget, but would like to pursue firearm’s safety courses and get myself an affordable firearm. Where would you shop?

- 2nd Amendment Supporter

2nd Amendment,

There is definitely an affordable option for both training courses and gun purchases.  First, for training, I recommend checking out the Appleseed Project — their mission is as follows:

The Appleseed Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills.  Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their “progeny.”

What is great about the Appleseed Project is their extremely affordable prices.  The “Appleseeds” are Saturday and Sunday and available across the country.  For adult men, the price is $70, women are $10, youth under 21 are $5, military are free, and other discounts and variations are possible (attending one day only).

If you are looking for training involving firearms other than rifles, I would recommend checking out your local shooting range and seeing what classes are offered — they are usually pretty affordable.  If all else fails, you could probably seek guidance from a friend — I’m sure they wouldn’t mind helping you out.

Now, for affordable firearms.  If online shopping, you can look at an auction website, such as Gun Broker.  If looking for a more hands on approach to shopping, try looking for a local gun show, usually at convention centers.  This way you can ask the dealers tons of questions, shop around and even stock up on ammo.  And if you are buying for the whole family, you might be able to get a bulk discount (also check with this when seeking training).

Good luck with your endeavors and remember to never feel guilty about seeking ways to protect yourself!  It’s a crazy world that we live in and you never know when you might need a firearm and proper training to get you out of a tough spot (I should know)!


Thank you for your questions this week! Remember to with some more for next time!

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