Hey guys...I have read quite a few posts on ATS about SitX and what guns & ammo would be best to have, own, shoot, etc... during such time. I have
heard MANY of you mention some VERY impractible weapons. I have heard mention of getting calibers that just don't cut it. Hard to find, no more
stopping power then your common rounds, etc...
I want to use my person experiance from the military & law enforcement to help you guys out. Having been in combat, understanding the conditions that
weapons MUST survive in and knowing first hand what weapons WILL fail when pushed, I can give you what I and almost all combat veterans will tell you
is the FINAL list for survival. Can you buy or have more outside what I recommend...sure can. Just remember, there are MANY factors most people
forget or don't know about...and once the SHTF...you'll realize that your ideas aren't going to work.
Most crude and durable weapon on the planet. Dirt, mud, rough terrain, abuse, etc...this rifle WILL continue to perform
under any conditon. Also, very easy to field strip and clean. Parts for this weapon are abundant. So for true SitX purposes...VERY PRACTICAL! Ammo
is EVERYWHERE! Other STRONG feature...ammo can be corrosive or non-corrosive and does NOT have to be in perfect condition to fire. Also can be
equipped with various accessories (sites, grips, scopes, etc...)
Rating: 5 Stars *****
Built with more presicion in mind. More accurate then the AK but WILL NOT function as well under certain conditions. It
will need to be cleaned and field stripped more often. The weapon is so popular, like the AK, that parts for this weapon can be found all over and
interchanged..so thats a plus. Ammo is also in abundance. This weapon will fire most ammo and in various conditions but again will require the
weapon to be cleaned more often. Can also be equipped with MANY accessories (scopes, sites, grips, lasers, etc...)
Rating: 4 Stars ****
These two weapons aren't going to be AS practical but they WILL serve a purpose and help you survive. They will also do the job in a pinch.
12 Gauge Shotgun:
This weapon is pure destruction. It has a very close range effective to 50 yards and in depending on ammo. It
does not require much maintenance, cleaning is minimal, and the mechanics of the weapon are SIMPLE! Semi auto's are nice but then you run the risk
of failure. Pump action failures are VERY rare unless its some very cheap brand of shotgun. Ammo is cheap and availible anywhere. Killing power is
impressive, but the down side is your body WILL take a beating from the recoils. My advise is...if you can have one/carry one...its worth the extra
weight. Also VERY effective as the primary hunting weapon while you conserve your other ammo.
Rating: 5 Stars ***** (depending on use)
.22 Long Rifle:
This weapon is the cheapest you can find. It will kill when used right. It will allow you to create distance or
deter a situation before it gets out of hand. The weapon WILL NOT serve as an assualt style weapon but in a pinch will get you out of a jam. Ammo is
cheap and can be stockpiled unlike any other. Field stripping them is based on the model/make. It can be a pain or easy...but usually not bad. Also
not hard to clean either. Durability is always questionable. If its a bolt action .22 you should be fine, outside that you run the risk of failure.
But again..in a pinch...PERFECT!
Rating: 3 Stars ***
Ultra reliable and durable. This pistol is like the AK rifle. Crudly made. It doesn't fail unless you limp wrist it.
It wasn't made to be super accurate so that means it can and will take a beating in and condition and keep firing. The ammo can be in almost ANY
condition. As long as the slide can chamber the round, it WILL fire. Unlike other top of the line pistols which once dirty, or the ammo isn't
perfect/in new condition, it will misfeed or fail. Parts for the glock are easy to get and the weapon is stupid simple to field strip and clean. Not
a very heavy weapon and te recoil is easy to control for all ages/sexes/sizes.
Rating: 5 Stars *****
Another VERY reliable weapon that is accurate and can take a beating. The weapons recoil system is the best on the
market. It will keep firing in ALMOST all conditions but has a tendancy to misfeed in wet mud. Easy to clean and maintain so that cancles out its
minor flaws. It will also force dirty/corrosive ammo. That as you noticed is key when it comes to weapons. Not to heavy, but is heavier then the
Glock...but still an awesome peice.
Rating: 4 Stars ****
Here is the bottom line. There are a TON of calibers out there. You can pick and choose but you have to consider the following.
- Abundance: How easily obtained can it be. What will your fellow SitX people be carrying, and what will your enemy carry so you can take their
ammo after doing what you need to.
- Weight: You are going to be lugging MOST of this around. If you have a storage place then great...hope its hidden well. Since you WILL be
carrying it you need to understand the size and weight. Example of my loadout: 300 rounds .223 / 90 rounds .40
Rifles: 7.62x39 / .223
Pistols: 9mm / .40
thats it....outside of that (besides the 12G shotgun and .22) your risking it.
I hope this helped you decide what you need or more imprtantly what is tried and true in harsh conditions and proven to work. I hope SitX never
comes, but if it does...GOOD LUCK YA'LL!!