I like guns but I don’t consider myself a “gun guy.” Guns are a tool just like a hammer is a tool. Unfortunately, there is no one single tool for every job. It’s always a compromise and if you’re like most people and you have a limited budget, then you’re going to need to pick and choose which guns you should purchase first and which guns can wait until you’ve got the rest of your beans, band-aids and bullion in order.
I practice with my guns enough to maintain a basic level of proficiency, but I’m not out shooting every day. Or even every week.
On top of that, I’m not the most mechanical fellow nor is my eyesight all that good. And I’ll bet there are people in your family or group who are just like me. So, ease of take down and a gun that does not require a degree in mechanical engineering in order to clean is of utmost importance to me. So is having a commonly owned gun that will be easy to find spare parts for.
My criteria for guns may be different than yours, as I don’t predict a future that looks like the Mad Max movies or something from the novel, “The Road.”
With that in mind, here are five guns every prepper should own to survive hard times:
1. The Glock 19: For a semi-auto, is there really anything more reliable? I like the G19 because if fires the 9 mm round, which is widely used and is easy to shoot and control.
2. The AK-47 Platform: They may not be the most accurate, but villagers in Afghanistan have been seen cleaning their AKs with shoe strings dipped in motor oil. Pull the trigger and they go “bang!” What other rifle has the reputation of being buried in the sand and then run over by a tank– and still working? I like the 7.62 X 39 caliber better than the .223 because of it’s increased stopping power, however there is a greater chance of 7.62 being banned because it’s a round that’s “only used in military-style weapons”.
3. The Mossberg 590 shotgun: Let’s face it: The Remington 870 is a nicer shotgun in the same price range. I like the Mossberg better though, solely because it’s safety is on top of the gun and it’s easier to tell when the safety is off in the dark of night. The shotgun’s overall ability to fire: Birdshot, Buckshot and Slugs makes it a versatile tool that can be used for everything from hunting to varmint control to self defense.
4. The Ruger 10/22: I consider this gun to be the ultimate survival rifle. And now that Ruger is offering a take-down model, even better! If I ever need to hit the road and can take only one rifle with me… the Ruger 10/22 is what I would take. Because it fires .22 LR rounds, the ability to take a couple hundred rounds dropped into a back pocket of your bug out bag without having to worry about the weight is a major plus in my book. Sure, the .22 LR is primarily a varmint round used on squirrels and rabbits — it has been known to take down larger game, too.
5. The Ruger LCP: This is a pocket pistol that fires the .380 round. It literally disappears into the front pocket of my jeans and it’s light enough that I forget it’s there. Imagine ending up in a refuge camp, despite your best efforts. It would be nice to have a pistol like the Ruger LCP that you could put in a SmartCarry holster and still be armed, wouldn’t it? You can do it with this gun, and while the .380 isn’t my first choice for personal defense, it’s a whole lot better than carrying a .25 or a .32.
The Savage 10FP rifle in .308: Savages accutrigger makes this rifle a winner. It’s sub-MOA sharpshooter rifle at a budget price. A rifle in .308 gives you the option of taking down larger game at greater distances.
Which five guns would you pick and why?