(NOTE: This is a guest post from Rourke over at Modern Survival Online. It was intended to go live yesterday, but I messed something up on the scheduling and couldn’t fix it until I got back from our vacation trip…
In any case, enjoy the post, and go check out Rourkes other work at his main blog!)
DISCLOSURE: These views and opinions are Rourkes, and if you have no prior experience with firearms you should absolutely obtain professional training before purchasing and using your own firearm. Even the experts get regular training, you should too!
A Basic Firearms Collection for Survival
Firearms should be an integral part of any survival & preparedness system. Why? They are a tool just like the shovel you dig a hole with or the tiller you turn your soil with. They serve a variety of purposes – from harvesting game animals to feed your family or to protect your property and supplies.
When putting together a survival collection of firearms – your environment can certainly effect your choices. If you live in an area of large open spaces – you very well may need different firearm choices than if you live in the city. For the purpose of this post – I am going to discuss a suggested “preparedness arsenal” which can fill just about any role that you may need.
Now – please understand that people are as opinionated about firearms as they are football teams and car makes. Everyone thinks they are right. This is merely my opinion on the matter.
Firearm #1: Semi-Automatic Centerfire Carbine
A semi-automatic centerfire rifle can be useful in several situations. For the purpose of this post – its main function is for self protection. Being able to fire multiple shots in rapid succession accurately and reliably in a defensive situation is critical to your being able to protect not only yourself, but your family as well.
It is an unfortunate reality that in a major survival situation – those who failed to take proper steps to prepare before “the event” may be forced out of desperation to take from others what they need. Secondary functions include hunting.
Specific Recommendation: AR-15 rifle or AK-47
Firearm #2: Centerfire Pistol
Generally pistols come in 2 variations – revolvers and semi-automatics. Either one can work and it is up to the user as to which type to purchase. The larger the caliber – the better the stopping power.
Specific Recommendation: Glock 17, Springfield XD, or Smith & Wesson M&P9
Firearm #3: Shotgun
There are few hand held firearms that can deliver the pure raw firepower of the 12 gauge shotgun. Probably the most versatile firearm in this list – the shotgun can fill many roles simply by changing the type of ammunition (shells) used.
Shotguns are shorter range firearms.
Specific Recommendation: Mossberg 500 or Remington 870
Firearm #4: Rimfire Rifle
The .22LR rimfire is probably the most popular caliber in the United States – for good reason. A high quality .22LR rimfire rifle – such as the Ruger 10/22 – is accurate, easy to shoot, has low recoil, and is very inexpensive for both the firearm itself and the ammunition.
Specific Recommendation:Ruger 10/22
Firearm #5: Bolt Action/Lever Action Centerfire Rifle
Specific Recommendation: Savage Edge, Remington 700
Whether you are preparing for an economic collapse, mass terrorist attack or just wanting to be self sufficient – firearms are an essential supply that should not be overlooked. In the event of a serious grid-down/civilization interrupted situation – criminals will still be criminals and will take advantage of the situation.
Those that failed to prepare prior to “the event” will eventually become desperate – and look to take from those with supplies. It is not a pleasant thought – but there will be mothers and fathers with children starving – and unless you want to sacrifice your family by giving away your supplies – you will need to turn them away. What if they try to take from you….and your family? Lets hope that never happens.
Take care all –
Rourke – ModernSurvivalOnline.com