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The Basics: Understanding What You’re Getting With a Firearm and Which One is Best for You

There is a tendency for individuals to start moving towards self sufficiency following a major world occurrence, whether it is a major natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, or a horrific act of terror like the September 11th tragedy, or those from last month’s headlines in Sweden.

The fact is, the more you understand, the easier it is to make the transition. So many individuals don’t want to work on the things they don’t understand, and it can keep them from being able to protect themselves and their families during a trying time. The more you know about firearms and what they can and cannot do, the more inclined you will be to start becoming proficient with them. We fear what we don’t know, and that fear can paralyze you. What worse spot is there to be paralyzed by fear, than when firearms are involved?

A scene played out in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that has few contemporaries. Never before had a city been so desperately in need of help and yet so dramatically hostile. It was a time where hundreds of thousands of individuals began to make choices to protect themselves against their hostile neighbors, to protect their possessions, their life sustaining supplies, and their families. Unfortunately in many cases, those individuals were left without the means to protect against the hostilities that come along with tragedy and disaster. The supplies and infrastructure were in short supply, the law enforcement was unable to cope with the risk, and good people lost everything, not only from the damage of Katrina, but from rioters, looters, and maniacs running the street with not enough sense, or too much will to survive at the expense of others.

It was an almost post-apocalyptic scene, and yet, one that could have been comfortable for many more families, had they prepared for such an occurrence, and understood what was necessary to survive.

It wasn’t only about food and shelter; this situation also forced people to be able to protect their loved ones with force at times.

This website helps prepare people for the unexpected. It’s a real-life form of insurance to understand the potential outcomes of unexpected situations and know how to handle oneself in such situations. This article should help you prepare for choosing and using a firearm, and coping with the responsibility, power, and capability that come along with that firearm.

Choosing a firearm and training with it can have a lot to do with your personality. Are you aggressive? Are you more proactive or reactive? Do you prefer to have choices, or are you more capable when you know how to do one thing really well? Are you the type of person who wants looks, or do you prefer utility?

Most homeowners would be comfortable with just a single home-protection firearm in the form of a simple-to-use, rugged pump-action shotgun or a revolver. But often times these guns may not be the best bet for specific situations. It’s not always prudent to own just one firearm, and it may not be a good idea in stressful situations to field a full arsenal either.

With costs rising, and regulation tightening around firearm and ammunition manufacturing and distribution, factors come into play when choosing firearms that have never been a factor before.

Some basics:

  • No matter which gun you choose, you will only be able to use it effectively if you understand it, receive training on its usage, and actually practice using it.
  • Any gun can be a hindrance if you do not understand the psychological awareness and decision making that surrounds a hostile situation involving firearms.
  • All guns can be unsafe and therefore must be respected and used properly.
  • Simply having a gun may mean nothing if other measures are not taken to secure one’s safety.
  • A gun won’t get you out of trouble every time. A calm and cool attitude combined with real preparation will be the most effective means to ending a hostile situation.

Choosing a gun is not a choice that should be taken lightly: potentially it can save you and your family in a defensive situation, provide ongoing food supply, and give comfort in a trying time.

Basic gun types:

Shotgun: A long gun style that has an enormous amount of firepower and is best suited for close range or defensive postures. It shoots shells made from plastic and metal which encase a densely packed projectile made up of multiple smaller projectiles. It can be a very useful firearm for hunting, self defense, and breaching buildings, but may be difficult to use while on the defensive, due to smaller capacity of ammunition and size. Effective range in some cases may not exceed a hundred feet.

Pistols: Handheld, concealable, highly intuitive, and quick. The range is similar to shotguns, perhaps a bit less unless a user is well trained. Handguns are easily controlled for safe storage. These guns are ideal for close quarters but don’t necessarily lend themselves too well to hunting and securing food.

Rifles: The best firearm for procuring food from wild animals. The most proactive gun in defense as it can be used from well over 100 yards for protection. Rifles are not ideal for close quarters and tend to be slower to engage with. Some practice will be necessary for accurate usage and quick deployment.

Assault-style rifles: Perhaps the most versatile weapon (depending on how it is configured for self defense), but it does have some limitations in situations where a user might be reactionary, like in a close-quarter unexpected fight. Assault-style rifles can be used with add-ons in some cases to provide more of a weapon system than a singular firearm.

Choices that should be avoided in self-defense situations:

Black powder guns, presentation guns, very old guns, and rare or oddly chambered guns (those that require expensive or rare ammunition).

In general a combination of firearms will provide the best potential outcomes, so long as proper and adequate training can be obtained. A proper and prudent amount of ammunition should be obtained also.

Some notes about different scenarios for proper preparation:

If you are utilizing a purely self-defense firearm, in an area where natural disasters do not occur regularly, ammunition needs may not be as heavy as other scenarios. One should plan to have the following supply for short-term needs (this setup should be a good base preparation):

  • Shotgun: 1 case of ammunition or approximately 250 shells of a midrange-type should be purchased, with 3-4 boxes of specialty ammunition – ideally 1 each of 00 buckshot, rifled slugs, high power (magnum style if the chambering will allow for it), and non-lead rounds.
  • Pistol: 6 boxes of ammunition (approximately 300 rounds) of high quality ball-style ammunition and 2-3 boxes of specialty hollow-point or expanding self-defense rounds (approximately 40-150 rounds).
  • Rifle: 8-10 boxes of ball-style ammunition (150-250 rounds) and 2 boxes of specialty ammunition with high-quality specialty bullets and new casings (not reloads unless made from new components).
  • Assault-style rifle: 1 case of ammunition (approximately 200-500 rounds)

If the following applies to your needs, desires, or personality:

If you tend to be more proactive than reactive: you can expect to feel more comfortable by doubling your ammunition supplies and magazines/reloaders; if you are using a rifle or assault-style rifle, consider purchasing a scope to match. This will satisfy your need for being more prepared.

If you tend to be reactive more than proactive: you may need less ammunition, but may need to take more time planning your defensive setup. A reactive setup may not allow for long-term sustainability.

If you plan on being prepared for the longer-term scenario: you could feel more comfortable by tripling the basic supply and buying some extra components like magazines, magazine springs, and extra cleaning supplies. These supplies will help prolong the useful life of your setup.

If you have more than one property or a large amount of assets to protect, a large family to protect, or live in a particularly population-dense area and cannot secure your property well: you may consider buying four times the supply, and purchasing multiple firearms, as well as training more than one person in their usage.

Firearms can be very valuable in trying times, and inevitably, being over-prepared will almost always be a better choice than being underprepared. With that in mind, it should not be a goal to become an arsenal. If you do choose to purchase several firearms, then it should be done quietly, and you should take precautions to safeguard the firearms to avoid theft, targeting, and groups of looters coming to clean you out.

A comprehensive setup for a family of four in a situation like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (where homeowners were forced to shoot at others to protect their families), might look like this:

  • 1 AR-15 style assault rifle in .223 caliber with a short range scope and 4 extra 30 round magazines, cleaning equipment, and 750 rounds of ammunition
  • 1 Glock 22 pistol in .40 S&W caliber, with 3-4 extra 10 round magazines (where the capacity cannot exceed 10 rounds) or 2-3 extra 15 round magazines (where permitted), and 400 rounds of ammunition
  • 1 pump-style Mossberg 500 or 590 shotgun with an extended magazine and 250 rounds of ammunition.
  • 1 Ruger 10-22 rifle with a 100 yard scope and 2000 rounds of ammunition.

Reasoning: The assault rifle can serve as both a mid-range sniper rifle for suppressing threats from 30-150 yards and as a hunting rifle for larger animals. The pistol is easy to use, safe, and provides good defense in close quarters. The shotgun can help provide easy-to-use defense for another member of the family to utilize and can be used to hunt birds and squirrels, as well as help provide entry into locked down buildings or homes. Finally the .22LR rifle can provide a very versatile small game hunting rifle or a last ditch defensive weapon to keep attackers from getting too comfortable or coming into your home.

It may seem a bit extreme to have four firearms, but in periods of sustained self reliance, the spread of usage over several firearms will extend the usable life of the ammunition and weapons, as well as give you more peace of mind knowing you have what it takes to get the job done.

A quality bare bones setup for most hostile situations would consist of:

  • 1 AR-15 style assault rifle in .223 caliber with a short range scope and 4 extra 30 round magazines, cleaning equipment, and 750 rounds of ammunition
  • 1 Glock 22 pistol in .40 S&W caliber, with 3-4 extra 10 round magazines (where the capacity cannot exceed 10 rounds) or 2-3 extra 15 round magazines (where permitted), and 400 rounds of ammunition

Reasoning: You will want hunting capabilities and long-range defensive capabilities, as well as an adequate number of rounds to accomplish your needs. The pistol will also provide supplementary defensive capabilities. Two firearms allow you to have more firepower and get aid from another family member in defensive scenarios.

Some final notes for this basic overview on choosing an appropriate firearm:

  • Don’t be stingy; a quality weapon will outlast many lesser-quality firearms
  • Do not underestimate your need for ammunition, and buy high quality—your life may someday depend on this choice.
  • Buy extra cleaning supplies, magazines, and springs for your gun and magazines.
  • Make sure you have the tools and knowhow to AT MINIMUM field strip your weapon and clean it well.
  • Make sure you are comfortable using the firearm(s) you choose and that your family members understand how to use them and are comfortable with them as well.
  • Buy safety and storage equipment to protect against the elements, theft, and curious children.

Some high-quality firearms that may be a good fit for defense and home protection in a hostile situation, along with their approximate prices:

Shotguns:

  • Remington 870 pump action < $500
  • Mossberg 500 or 590 pump action < $500
  • Benelli M1 or M3 automatic > $500
  • Remington 1100 automatic ~ $500

Pistols:

  • The entire Glock series ~ $500
  • 1911 style .45 cal single action > $500
  • HK USP > $500
  • Smith and Wesson 629 .357 Revolver < $500

Rifles:

  • Remington 700 ~ $500
  • Springfield Armory M14/M1A > $1000

You can expect to pay another $250-750 for a good quality scope and mounts

Assault-style rifles:

  • Major brand (Colt, Bushmaster, DPMS) AR-15 style ~ $500-750
  • FN-FAL Style new build > $500

You can expect to pay $300-550 for a good quality scope and add-ons including high capacity magazines

It’s important to use this information only as a starting point for getting a feel for what you might need or want. Articles in the future will offer more insight into the specifics of firearms and the model’s intended usage.

It is always best to understand a wide variety or weapons in case you find yourself having to use one that is not yours. Additionally, it is important to know general best practices with regards to firearms.

Being prepared can put you in a better position to protect the things that you love and the property than is yours.

It is in times of extreme uncertainty and after unexpected events where preparation pays off best. Plan now when you can evaluate your choices, save for the costs of a proper defensive setup, and prepare physiologically and psychologically for the time when you may be thrust into using a firearm for more than a sporting reason.

Most importantly: AN ARTICLE MAY BE HELPFUL IN CHOOSING A FIREARM, BUT IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER TRAINING AND PRACTICE.

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26 comments

  1. I found your article very interesting and informative for the General Public, however would you please let me know where I could buy a HK or Benelli for $ 500.00, I’ll rush right over for a bargain like that. You need to upgrade to current prices.
    Thank you

    • Michael,
      The author indicates that the prices for a Binelli and the H&K are ‘>’ ( ‘greater than’ ) 500.00
      I think his prices are generally accurate

    • Those prices are VERY low. Unrealistic. A 1911 for $500 is not worth owning, or will take another $1000 to bring it up to speed. They also failed to mention the Springfield XD series at about $600. It’s a Glock style pistol. Those ARE real numbers. Also don’t forget the fact that the police went around disarming those that tried to stay in their homes and defend them. The bat guys came in all different disguises. The worst being the police.

      • id say every cop that took away a gun from some person that was just defending there home and family should have been fired and then sent to jail for violating the persons 2nd amendment rights and then the people should have hired the best lawyers they could find and take them to court and end up with millions of dollars for there troubles

  2. I like your basic rundown on protective/prepper firearms, and find much in it that I agree with.

    One additional thought on sidearms, there really are few sidearms that offer as much value as the Glock pistols. If you find a pistol which is considerably less expensive, you are getting FAR less in quality. One the flip side, you can not likely find a better quality, more reliable and easier pistol to operate. Given the higher capacity of this sidearm, it eclipses the utility of a revolver. So I urge all my friends and family to get Glocks, usually in 40 S&W, 9 mm, or 45 ACP calibers (no Glock 36, single stack) in that order.

    I am also a firm believer that a rifle offers the maximum utility of all firearms. No tool will do all jobs well, but a rifle will suit well for most firearm related tasks. I HIGHLY recommend the AR15 system. It is about the best compromise across the board, can work well in close ranges, long ranges out to 500 yards, hunting, self-defense, and is easy enough (mechanically and physically) to operate for the whole family. Parts and ammo is about as plentiful as any other system. While you might be able to save $100-$200 with other similar systems (mainly AK47 or Ruger Mini-14), you pay the extra down the line in the form of needed accessories and less utility/accuracy.

    Finally, get ye to an Appleseed Shoot. http://www.appleseedinfo.org This is a great way to learn the fundamentals of shooting a rifle accurately! It is very family friendly, with women and children shooting free, so the whole family can go cheaply (standard course fee is $70) They are in 48 of the states, so you can find one close to you. These events can give you some idea of what other training courses might be like, before you invest $500 on one of them. You will come away with a very good understanding of how to accurately shoot your rifle to 500 yards.

    I am less of a fan of semi-auto shotguns, they can to be finicky with their ammo selection, and offer very little extra utility over a pump shotgun, but increase purchase cost.

    A GREAT alternative to a Ruger 10/22 is the Marlin 795. Half the price, better ergonomics, and more reliable/accurate. These would be the only 22 rifles I would buy, for a prepper purpose. And YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH 22LR AMMO!! What you won’t need for your personal use, you can use to trade and give away. For about $16-18 for 550 rounds of 22 ammo, you should be able to have several thousand rounds. These 22s can be used to teach rifle marksmanship fundamentals, and keep skills honed, for nearly nothing in ammo costs. This saves your expensive centerfire ammo, for your AR15. (BTW, while there is value in getting a 22 conversion kit for your AR, I would recommend that you first get a Marlin 795, about the same price, and you now have two rifles, instead of one, and it is much easier to loan the Marlin than the AR, for teaching others. Also, the Marlin can be employed in getting small game, at the same time the AR is employed in family protection.)

  3. Good article… Well thought out. Covers the basics well. I agree with your synopsis in many ways!
    Personally, for brand-new shooters, I would 100% steer them away from automatic pistols like the Glock and keep them in the realm of a good quality .357Mag revolver (which of course will also shoot .38Special rounds), but these are minor semantical differences. I just worry about giving a new shooter a handgun which CAN malfunction, and they may not have the immediate ability to clear the stoppages and get back into battery under stress. But, as you so eloquently detailed, TRAINING is the key to a successful use of ANY firearm.
    I don’t know about you all, but I recently bought a couple of Glock 22’s and I find them both to be a little bit more particular on ammo selection than I thought they should be, considering all the Glock=Reliability talk out there. Both of my 22’s DO NOT feed Truncated Cone types of bullet profiles well at all (in either FMJ or JHP configurations)… This is where the practice/training comes in…. As this author said; KNOW YOUR WEAPON!
    I also like the Springfiled XD line a bit better than the Glock. The grip angle is a more natural point for me and for this reason I also find it to be less prone to limp-wristing than the Glock. But, that may be just my personal preferrences coming through again??? I don’t mean to draw away from the article any more… Good Job!

  4. Spare parts kit for each weapon might be a consideration.
    If for some reason access to weapons or these few spare parts becomes unavailable,
    the replacements will be a premium later. Now is the time to make a small
    investment when purchasing. Simply ask the dealer or local gunsmith
    to recommend these parts based on the type of weapon you purchase.
    Cleaning supplies should also include good quality lubrication to both protect
    the general surfaces and working parts.
    Verify the stock of ammunition you purchase runs well in your
    weapon of choice. Some manufacturers recommend brands and types of ammo and
    have done extensive study to render this advise. If manufacturer issues a warning
    about a particular type of ammo not recommended for their weapon, take their advise.
    Most importantly, actually practice with the ammo you’ve chosen to verify the gun is
    working properly and will function in a time of need. Weapons have a break-in period
    generally depicted in number of rounds before settling in.
    Most semi-auto weapons settle in to what you can expect the balance of their useful
    life after approximately 500-1000 rounds run through them.
    Make an effort to understand your local, state and federal regulations about ownership
    registration and limitations. The Office of the Attorney General in your state is a good start.
    Most states have some web sites about the laws or seek out those sites whom support
    gun ownership and supply news of the ever changing code. NRA and some affiliated sites
    will be a good start. Don’t risk losing your 2nd Amendment rights due to ignorance of the law.
    Final advise, safety first.
    Be safe.

  5. Minor correction on model numbers. The Smith and Wesson that you mentioned, model 629, is a .44 mag. The .357 mag would be model 627.

    • You are absolutely right, the model number was a mistake on my part. You all have excellent commentary, and a great knowledge of firearms.

  6. Good article, especially on the types and quantities we should be buying and storing.

    BTW, small detail, but last month’s headlines were from Norway, not Sweden.

    Thanks for the info!

  7. It would not hurt to learn to reload for your chosen weapons and to keep a minimal amount of reloading supplies on hand .

  8. Agree on variety requirement. Please advise:
    If/when ammo is not readily available from stores, what might be most available to scavenge ‘on the battlefield’ for: shotgun (assume 12 ga), rifle (.223?) and pistol (9mm?)??
    I like the idea of the Judge (410 + 45) for short range protection. Would the short barrel be best for larger shot spread (blunderbus effect)? Advantage/disadvantage short vs long?

    • Some people believe the only effective pistol caliber in combat is a 45 bullet. I think it was the minimal pistol bullet tested in the pig carcass test a 100 years ago or more and was found to be the minimum bullet size, hence the 45 pistol.

      New 9mm I believe are not as effective outright as the 45 but there are reports of some success in the battlefield of its effectiveness.

      IMO go with the 45 cal for absolute fire stopping power and the 9mm with slightly less stopping power but capacity for more bullets in magazine. Maybe that’s why they need more???

    • There are a series of articles coming and some touch on calibers and ammunition abundance. In my opinion there is a strong case that can be made for using a very popular chambering in a time of uncertainty. But perhaps a more efficient means to an end is proper planning and storage of more than you would ordinarily think to need. I am a big fan of the ,40 and the .45 and have made or own guns in that caliber for the most part. As part of my overall setup you will also find several .22LR’s, several larger caliber rifle calibers (from 223 to 338 to 300 swift), and yes…a 9 mm just in case. I tend to be a bit more aggressive in my ammo purchasing, as I believe that will be a great commodity in a difficult position. I also own several shotguns, my favorite of which are my Benelli M3, and my Mossberg 590 Marine, heavily modded. The choice in firearms is really about personal choice, there are so many wonderful options. If you want a specific suggestion I would be happy to write a review article on a few options…let me know.

  9. Good article. Covered the basics well. It’s a starting point.

    He did not mention the Remington 887 Nitro tactical shotgun. A perfect home weapon but it has mixed reviews. Don’t know if Remington fixed the problems yet. Some say they have.

    Basic is: SHOTGUN, RIFLE, PISTOL, KNIFE, PEPPER SPRAY.
    Advanced is: ASSAULT RIFLE, LONG RANGE DEDICATED RIFLE AND SCOPE, BINOCULARS, NIGHT VISION.

  10. Grounds been well plowed. Glocks are fine, My XD feels finer. RIAs and High Standard 1911s are a lot of gun for the money if you want a basic piece for well under $500 NIB; used and not abused $325+. If you are a brand new handgun shooter look for a good quality used gun of the type you intend to carry, pistol or revolver, in .22LR buy it and at least 1000 rounds of ammo. Find a trainer for the basics. then finish shooting up the rest of that 1000 rounds. Are you hitting where you aim? Are you comfortable with the gun yet? Either buy another 1000 rounds and polish up your new skills or sell the gun and move in with someone. All polished up, ok time to choose: 9mm, .40S&W or .45ACP. Thats the most common handgun chamberings. Pick one, start the process over.

  11. Posting #2 by “S. nelson” is right on. The group that S. nelson mentioned, appleseedinfo.org offers an extremely comfortable and inexpensive way to introduce non-users to long gun firearms “the right way”, as well as focused continuing instruction/experience for long term shooters.
    Your particular brand/model/caliber of rifle with sling, is less important than your learning to be comfortable with it and put holes in your target where intended. Their meets, listed on their web-site are scheduled at shooting ranges across the lower 48 states and are presented by people young and old that are informative both in the safe use of firearms and also events that took place during our nation’s founding on April 19, 1775.
    The goal of this organization is to train every citizen of these United States to be a rifleman. They believe that you are either a “rifleman” or a “cook”.
    There is probably no better way to expose your people that are afraid of “those things that go BANG”, while also being taught about the thinking and actions of the patriots that defended our lands and won our nation’s independence.
    The meet that my wife and I attended a couple of years ago was a very full group on a three day weekend, but it was eyeopening for the less experienced rifle users, and it exposed everyone to the fundamentals of safe weapon handling, range rules, the standard shooting positions and their advantages, how to use your sling correctly, military type marksmanship training using military targets, familiarization with magazine loading and firing-line magazine exchanges during timed exercises. It’s time for us to repeat an Appleseedinfo.org meet to reinforce our good habits, unlearn bad traits, and adopt more of the mindset of our country’s patriot minutemen.
    If you want training on how to effectively use a rifle, it doesn’t get any better than this. Check out appleseedinfo.org.

  12. One point that I would like to ask about is the calibur of the AR-15. I was told that it is best to buy one chambered for 5.56 because you can shoot .223 from it but you can not shoot 5.56 from an AR-15 chambered in .223? Is there any truth to this or does it not matter? Anything else that should be considered? Thanks.

    • 5.56 is the one you want if you plan on shooting all the .223 and military surplus rounds out of your gun….but in general, these chambers/bores are so overbuilt, they can USUALLY handle anything put in them. The difference will be in the amount of pressure (felt recoil and potential wear) and accuracy (how well the cartridge seats into the full chamber) and reloading (if the cartridge does’nt seat well, the case neck may blow out or deform). AS for safety, most barrels are stamped with both .223 and 5.56 unless they are weapons which are made specifically for the .223 (think bolt actions and ruger mini 14 etc.) in the case where it is not an AR15 it’s best not to tempt fate, unless the manufacturer condones it. The neck angle is a different degree between 5.56 and .223, but the headspacing is the same. This means it is safe to fire in normal settings with good ammo, but not ideal.

      AR-15: look for multi stamped barrels and try to get 5.56 if in doubt. The only really big concern for MOST shooters (those who don’t shoot many thousands of rounds) is deformed brass and an occasional usage of the charging handle (misfeed).

      • The mini 14 is chambered for botht he 5.56 and the 223. Just about every AR 15 is chambered for both except one by DPMS. It is specifically 223. Why they make one like that I don’t know. There may be other manufacturers that do this also but I have not run into it. Best thing is to make sure it is chambered for both therefore there is no problem. I like the 6.8 cartridge but, it is as expensive as a 308 cartridge. So if I am going to spend that much money on 6.8 ammo, I might as well go with the 308 and have a lot more distance and stopping power.

        • You are correct, most of them in the market can run both cartridges through the mini 14. MANY mil surplus (especially the non HB-Heavy Barrel) are not 5.56/.223 so watch for that (AR-15/M-16).

          I personally own a Ruger Mini 14 chambered in .223, so that is not a hard and fast rule. The first generation guns needed to be chambered into the 5.56 by gunsmith or factory (it was a voucher customer service initiative by ruger) as well, the first AND second generation Ruger mini 14 magazines had trouble feeding .5.56 ammunition from the factory follower, so that also needed to be tweaked. I have reamed many mini 14 chambers to 5.56 as a gunsmith for almost 18 years.

          AS for the 6.8, it was originally meant for urban combat, I was one of the ballistics experts hired for testing in the initial phases for several law enforcement agencies in Southern CA and AZ, some years ago, the IDEA (theory) was that you could minimize multiple wall penetration, but maximize ballistic armor penetration with the unique characteristics of the bullet/powder charge, though that was never proven to the extent that they wanted it to be. Still, this article was meant for a starter to those who may be looking for building extensive and efficient weapon systems, it is certainly not a be all end all, remember we are only working with less than 1200 words on the articles. Certainly I prefer the 308 over the 6.8, but it is considered by many, an ideal urban warfare round (think katrina).

          AS for the 308, you are correct, incredible cartridge, and look for my upcoming article about the most versatile bullet ever made (or something dramatic like that), the .308. I love that this community has so many well informed and experienced commenters, it makes me enjoy the writing so much. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  13. well i have a double bbl 12ga with plenty of ammo for it but i do need to stock up on some factory rounds for my other guns i have lots of reloads that are much better in my guns than the factory stuff but for a defence ammo you had better be useing the factory ammo because the reloaded stuff will get you in trouble with your local da if you need to use it for defence reasons they love to twist everything around and make you look like the bad guy and i try to stay away from the ball ammo in my firearms im a beliver in useing the hollow points or soft point stuff for expansion and stopping power and for anyone that thinks that the ball ammo is better try shooting some pointed soft points and some ball ammo and see what one does more damage and leaves a bigger exit hole most of my fire arms are just hunting guns even my sks is used by my wife for deer hunting it doesent recoil much at all compaired to her 308 and she enjoys shooting it much more

  14. the ak the ak you forgot, it’s the ultimate shtf rifle, c’mon, man,
    put an ak 74 in there.
    That’s the big two, ar’s and ak’s man, personally, i’ll stick with lever-action, for my own reasons.

  15. Remember, my pistol is for defense, my rifle is for killing.
    The Col

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