Thursday, September 27, 2012

Preparedness Website Q and A #4

Today I will jump into the multi-part series of Questions and Answers involving several websites who each take one simple question…..and answer it. A bit late but better than never I guess.

The other participating sites are as follows:


Today’s QuestionWhat firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long term survival and why?
I guess we have to look at the question. To me long term means we want rugged, durable weapons that are unlikely to break or fail. What is great for a competition or a day at the range might not work for the long run.

Survival is kind of open ended. I don't know if we are talking an economic slow slide towards 2nd world status or some Mad Max/ Red Dawn type scenario. Lets just say it is an open ended scenario with a variety of possibilities.

We could break the purposes for weapons into self defense and gathering food. Yes there are other purposes but these are the important ones for this discussion. 

For self defense I favor the Glock 19 and an AR-15 (or an AK these days it is the AR but whatever). My wife likes a .38 revolver so that is important also. (We are down to just 2 pistol calibers these days so logistics are not bad.)

For gathering food I would use a .22 rifle and a 12 gauge. Some sort of big game rifle like a 30-30 or a 30.06 would be nice but isn't required. (Yeah legally it is but desperate times call for desperate measures)

These are the weapons I would really want to have to survive a variety of different scenarios. Five guns (Glock 9, AR, .38, .22, 12 gauge) will cover just about everything. We would both have a pistol to carry which is very important. I have a rifle for home defense. We have a .22 and shotgun because they are useful. 
A dedicated rifle to hunt big game is a bonus in my book. If we couldn't have two rifles the one we had would be semi automatic and of sufficient caliber to legally hunt big game. That means an AK or some sort of .308. [This is probably the biggest benefit of using a .308.]

What is right for us might not be right for another person. A long distance gun isn't needed in the primordial woods of the deep South but would be in the wide open western plains. If I wasn't comfortable with an AR or an AK a 30-30 might be our only rifle. Some folks like the 20 gauge over the 12. 

We own more guns than this. Some are redundant backups and others are useful in their own right. However these are the guns we would use and rely on in a long term survival situation.


Anonymous said...

That is a good list of 'must haves' for Hard Times. You make great points for their uses.

I would consider the combination rifle / shotgun indispensible as a foraging gun. The choice of having rifle or shotgun SIMULTANEOUSLY would be very important if food gathering is a high priority, gives you important options.

Rimfire or shotgun or centerfire or shotgun - they both matter in my book.

Ryan said...

Thanks. The combo guns do have some benefits. Those ole M6 Springfield survival guns are neat. Personally I would be more inclined to go 12 gauge and .22 pistol.

Anonymous said...

Another consideration - pellet rifles.

There are a lot of targets which do not require powder burning firearms. Vermin for example - shooting valuable rimfire ammunition for a close range mouse or rat is overkill. Not to mention much less noise, and ammunition FAR more compact and inexpensive. And practice - affords you more shooting practice.

Just a thought.

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