RPG caps cost difference

I know the RPG rules has increased costs for balance reasons, but the difference is insane!

I figured I wanted to play a Field Scribe type character (Handyman) armed with a plasma rifle, but that is WAY outside of what’s possible with starting caps.

What are people buying with their starting caps?

(I’m leaning towards a Laser Pistol, Boosted Capacitor and Eyeglasses.)

I was going to go with a Forager with a bolt action pipe rifle with a long barrel and 2 squirrel bits