posted on Feb, 25 2007 @ 08:17 AM
Hey everyone, first time poster.
I've been reading a lot of survival posts and im curious about one idea, but lots of questions.
Rifles. Assuming you know how to use and maintain a rifle, is a silenced rifle a more preferred option?
I'll set the scene first, as different weapons have different uses.
After some catastrasophic world wide event (such as a third world war), civilisation is shelled into hiding. nuclear radiation and post apocalyptic
effects on the weather and environment has poisoned or dried up most water and food sources. Civilisation does exist but only in small bunches as
To escape most human interaction, some people might flee further into the middle of the country (such as my countries "Alice Springs" type
So basically, loner people, or very small groups (4 or less), surviving on what they can find, and what they are carrying as they walk into isolated
areas of their countries. Vast open areas, little foilage, the occasional small group of buildings, no useable vehicles, carrying everything on your
back. And firefights over a range of up to 300 meters.
What would be a suitable firearm to carry? I know nothing about firearms, but I would think something that is mass produced or is popular in the
country would be help, as it would be easier to find spare parts, more ammo etc etc.
I'm also taking into consideration that there ARE other people out there, also with weapons, that are surviving off whats in YOUR bag, and they'll
harm you to get it. So a rifle that could be silenced would be nice, or maybe a scope so you can see them far off, or at least engage them and still
be far enough away that you can break off. No "john woo" stuff.
Anyway its all for a film I'm making, and I don't want to just go "Here have an AK 47 with scope and silencer and go shoot everything and don't
worry about the muzzle flash or noise or the dust in the mag etc etc, because I want it to be AS REALISTIC AS POSSIBLE.
So survivalists, please help me select a weapon for a loner walking through dangerous territory. you don't have to answer everything I've listed
below, just give me some ideas. I'm after a firearm that could be used over long distances (say 300 meters) but could also do well in shorter ranges.
This is due to the character being in a varity of environments, most of which are vast areas of nothing, but he does come across the odd group of
buildings, so firearm ranges are between 10 meters to 500. I do not know if this is possible, thats why I'm asking.
Type of firearm
Effective range - in meters if possible (I'm an aussie)
Weight (with or without mag doesn't matter)
Attachments - scope, silencer, bipod, tripod, larger mag etc
Does it have semi auto/full auto functions
Accuracy in burst fire/single fire
Damage to someone when shot
Different ammunition it can use
Is it used widely? Easy to maintain? does it have any problems?
Pros/Cons of said firearm
Thats all I can think of, please add more if you want.
Also, since people MIGHT be waiting for him, what would be an effective sniper rifle for them to use?, taking into account the environment,
availability of ammo, weapons, the fact other people might be around.
[edit on 25-2-2007 by Crowbarr]
[edit on 25-2-2007 by Crowbarr]