posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 04:15 AM
The simple, inexpensive breech-loading shotgun is probably the indispensable survival weapon. You can hit really small, really fast stuff at
reasonable range, it's fairly common, the ammo is easier to improvise if were talking a years-long to permanent ordeal, and it's got the versatility
to make larger threats/meals regret having met you in addition to bagging birdies. There's something to be said for not having 3 weapons slung on
your back and several kinds of cartridges rattling around in your bag.
There are arguments to be made for Mini-14 (common ammo- either NATO rounds or .223 remington work, decent for medium sized game, you can get the
military goodies for your rifle, etc) M1 Garand (range, power, still military ammo if you go for the 7.62 Nato rather than .30-06 Springfield) AK/SKS
(the bad guys have lots of ammo for them, it'll survive anything short of being stored in a septic tank) and of course others, but at the end of the
day, this isn't a christmas list, this is what should I get for the money I'm willing to invest in Armageddon Insurance.
The simple answer to that is first and foremost a weapon that will help me stay mildly overweight. That's a shotgun. The second answer is a weapon
that will make people leave me alone. That's also a shotgun (although it could just as easily be pretty much any military rifle). Factor in that I'm
dirt poor and probably will be for the next 2-3 years, and it's pretty much decided that when it's time for me to buy another gun it's going to be