National Preparedness Month Wrap Up Event
I'm excited to be a part of a program this week where each day, a group of bloggers will answer a particular prepping question, and link to each others' sites so that our readers can compare our answers and be exposed to other ideas. We also invite our readers to participate by answering the day's question in the blog comments section.
Please also visit the other participants:
Sit down, strap in, and please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle... Enjoy the ride!
What firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long-term survival and why?
What a "loaded" question! .45! 9mm! .357! Revolver! Semi Auto! 5.56! 7.62x51! 7.62x39! Main Battle Rifle! Assault Rifle! .22! Marlin! Ruger! It can go on and on and you'll find "experts" who profess any and all of these as the best.
Some say get the same calibers and opperating systems as your local police or the military because either they will share ammo with you or you can scavange it from the bodies littering the streets... Really?
I've got a simple answer... get guns that will fit your needs, body, and budget. Get the best you can and as much ammo as you can. Also get training. Not the afternoon CCW license class, but several days with thousands of rounds, transitions between weapons, shooting on the move and from cover, and real scenarios.
I live in the Eastern Woodlands. I don't need a "sniper rifle" or a long range elk/moose rifle. For hunting, a Winchester 94 in .44 magnum is great, or even a 12 gauge with #1 buckshot. Even a .22 for a lot of small game. For my rural home's defense, a 9mm semi auto carbine serves me well, but I also have a PTR91 in 7.62x51... but primarily because I have always lusted for a HK91. For pistols, find the one that best fits your hand and that you can conceal... if that is what you want to do with it. I have plenty of ammo for each, and always like to pick up some more now and then when I find a good deal or start running low. I've been through hundreds of hours of good shooting training as a Marine, a cop, and a competition shooter... but I can always use a refresher or new techniques.
This works for me... what works for you will probably be different.
What firearms do YOU feel are most appropriate for long-term survival and why?