I do understand the whole broke thing. I am a gunsmith after all.
However there’s a difference between inexpensive and cheap. And there are just some corners one should not cut. Good boots, firearms and optics are three areas that one should not go cheap on.
Eat ramen for a month, skip the mochachinos, carpool, drop cable, do what you must but don’t skimp where the quality counts.
My daughter shoots a .38 S&W that cost $65. Just had to put a few parts and work into it (fit and finish).
Sold a dozen similar guns at gun shows $165-200 each when repaired. Right in there with Hi Point pricing, but the quality is light years above.
That $75 Swede is in reality a $300+ gun, in any decent condition.
Manufacturing it today, closer to $500-600. Because of the quality of the parts and fitting.
Compare that to the Savage/Stevens guns. They’re $400 for a reason. And it’s quality and durability.
It doesn’t take that much to find quality at a reasonable price.
You just have to accept that it won’t be new.
Here’s a $300 9mm of very good quality.
$300 at time pf posting .45?
How about a $300 12ga?
How about $155 for a 8mm Mauser?
A great .22?
A little less $?
The 4 mags are worth @$15-20 each, the receiver sight @$75-100