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Firearms for SHTF

which firearms should you have for SHTF  Are you wondering which firearms for SHTF are the best? Here's a thought out line up to give you a starting point.

Firearms for SHTF

I have discussed this with many of our readers, debated this with Law Enforcement and Ex-Special Forces members, and then went out into the field to try to sort out which firearms made the most sense. In a post apocalypse world I think we need to take into account 2 main items: Ammo availability and ease of finding replacement parts for the firearm in question. Taking this into account we have settle on a theme based on Common Use firearms, and their occurrence, here in the USA. Obviously we have a global base of readers, but I think you'll see the theme and be able to adapt this to your country.

Firearms recommendations:

Rifle:  AR-15 platform Since the AR15 platform is so widely used by sportsman, police, government agencies and our US military, ammunition and parts are widely available. This platform is highly customizable to allow it to be fit to any person and the modular architecture allows for customizations that can make it a valuable tool for any one. The recoil of the .223/5.56 ammunition is also very manageable. You can also find tons of AR-15 Accessories to customize the shooting experience to your needs or desires. If you have a hard time choosing the accessories, I'd recommend the M9 Bayonet. Personally I'd prefer an AK-47, as their durability, ease of maintenance and tolerance of horrible and extreme conditions make them a great long term use rifle, but I also must account for what parts and ammo I'll be able to scrounge in a SHTF scenario. Shotgun: Remington 870 or Mossberg 500/590/590A1 Both of these platform are  widely used by sportsman, police, government agencies and our US military, ammunition and parts are widely available. This platform is highly customizable to allow it to be fit to any person and the modular architecture allows for customizations that can make it a valuable tool for any one. The recoil of the 12 gauge ammunition is fairly substantial, so the 20 gauge models might be a better fit for smaller individuals. For long term use and durability, I would think that the Remington 870, or Mossberg 500/590 would be fine, but if you want true military spec, then you'll want to up the ante to a Remington 870P or the Mossberg 590A1. I can personally tell you that the Mossberg 590A1 is a rugged, beast of a shotgun, and it can leverage the same M9 Bayonet that I'd use on my AR-15. If you need something more versatile, than a standard shotgun, you can mod your 870 with a very simple stock upgrade. This ain't your daddy's 870! remington870 stockThere are plenty of other great shotgun accessories, regardless of your preference:   Handgun: Glock Platform Glock 23 (Runner up Glock 19). The Glock platform is so widely used by sportsman, government agencies (who bought 2,000,000,000 - YES, 2 billion rounds of .40 JHP in 2012-2013) and police departments. Ammunition and parts are widely available. This platform is highly customizable to allow it to be fit to any person and the modular architecture allows for customizations and quick repairs that can make it a valuable tool for any one. Many Police departments use the .40 caliber Glock 23, as does government agencies, but if 9mm is more prevalent in your local law enforcement then that might be the choice for you. Keep in mind, there is no shortage of awesome Glock Accessories. It stands to reason that skirmishes and civil wars will lead to firearms and ammunition, being found at the sites of battles. These common use firearms, their parts and ammo will be found much more frequently than others, so it makes sense for preppers to have and to train with these common use firearms.  
 

Other Geek Prepper Must-Haves:

Covert Transport of Firearms Becker BK2 Companion Survival Knife Budget survival Knife: Cold Steel Bushman knife

11 comments

  1. I am looking to buy my first gun First off I am 60 years old and have no experence What kind of gun could I get that would be light and have very little kick I also what one that has the red light sights

  2. I’m amused, sounds like your saying, without saying us common folk will be cabbaging onto DHS and Police ammo whom May no longer have a need for that ammo.

    Dirk

    • I’m just saying that there is a better chance of that ammo being found since it’s more common ammo. How we’ll end up with that ammo, can be taken many ways ;-)

  3. I completely agree with the AR-15 choice as well as the Mossberg 500. And I think that Glock is a fantastic choice too but I’ve tried to go a step further with mine. I picked up a G23 Gen4 and a 40-9 conversion barrel, magazines for both the G19 and the G23, and a G32 barrel. Now my one handgun can fire, with a quick barrel and magazine change, 9mm, .40S&W, and/or .357Sig. And as I understand it you can also do this with the G20 (10mm, .40S&W, .357Sig, and even 9X25 Dillion) and the G21 (45ACP, 10mm, 400 CorBon, and .40 S&W in a pinch).

  4. Rabid Conservative

    I’d recommend you consider the Remington 887 Tactical, in lieu of the Remington 870 or Mossberg. The 887 is also a 12 gauge pump with a synthetic stock, but unlike its cousin, the 870, the 887 is coated with something Remington refers to as “ArmorLokt” which makes the barrel and any other parts that are coated impervious to moisture. Based on what I’ve seen, the 887 is also the same price as the 870. While the 887 doesn’t have as many after-market add-ons as the 870, it’s a pretty complete package right out of the box that doesn’t really need customization.

  5. Something to consider;

    Whatever weapons you choose you need to do 4 things;
    1. Stockpile Ammo for each weapon 2000 rounds for each. No you can’t carry that much if you have to bug out so you will need to think of cache this at different places or waypoints which means you gotta have the 6 P’s. Prior Planning Prevents P*** Poor Performance,i.e, your possible death.

    2. Stockpile parts for each weapon and cache these in different places. This mean magazines and parts kits.

    3. If you don’t have any type of Training by Military or Law Enforcement(or even if you do) do your research and pick a good school. Then go and pick their brain!

    4. Last but not least Practice, Practice, Practice. Once you become proficient stay that way. It is accepted by martial artists and physiologists that it takes 3,000 to 7,000 repetitions to create enough long term muscle memory that you can preform a complex psycho-motor skill like drawing and firing a weapon. Once fight or flight kicks in the lizard brain kicks in. YOU WILL FIGHT LIKE YOU TRAIN. That being said learn to do it right. It takes a long time to unlearn bad training.

    Yeah this is going to cost some money for the ammo, parts kits, magazines and school. That’s why you have to do your research. On a budget you can shop and catch the parts kits and mags on sale now. Ammo has come down too.

    Check the old vet down the street and see if he willing to give pointers. Vietnam Vets are a wealth of information especially on being out past the wire with no support. I learned a lot from them and added to it in my days in the Army. The next are the Current Vets, if there Combat Arms Infantry and have been on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan you can gain a wealth of information. A word of caution. If you approach a vet and he doesn’t want to talk about it, let it go and look for another source.

    Do a Google search on training. Take what you find here with a grain of salt and verify. Some of the Gun Forums can help you with all of the above.

    Read, Read, Read. Otto von Bismarch said Wisdom is learning from the collected aggregate of the mistakes of others. Thats why we read and study and reach out beyond our own experiences.
    Search for (Google) Drill-Book-November-2013-WITH-NOTES
    Look for
    Combat Handgunnery by Massad Ayoob
    Special Forces CQB Manual Paladen Press
    Art Of Tactical Carbine, Volumn 1 & 2, 2nd Edition by Magpul
    The Art of the Dynamic Handgun by Magpul
    The Art of the Dynamic Shotgun by Magpul

    Buy what you can and practice.

  6. @GW,
    Your points are correct and logic is exactly as it should be.
    KNOWLAGE IS POWER
    TRAINING AND PRACTICE IS IMPOWERMENT.

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