Spikey, being in the UK myself there are quite a few possibilities for weapons, some legal ,some not, depending on the situation (X) .
And the timeframe you wish to prepare in.
Not so legally , find a 'dubious' character and try to purchase a firearm of sort, oh, and ammo as well, - But here in the UK real firearms and ammo
will run out eventually.
Legally , buy an airgun and a 'self pumping' air tank, ammo can be scavanged from a range of lead sources even soldering wire from a hardware shop
providing you have a pellet maker.
Other weapons include bows and crossbows, swords are currently a NO-NO unless its over 100 years old, an old sword can still be a sharp sword.
Weapons can be made from anything, a sports shop can supply cricket bats and baseball bats, and darts , knives are always a good bet, in the face of a
very big knife a hungry mob will think twice before attacking.
None of the above require electical power to charge or use, which in the event of a solar flare would be useful.
As you go round your local area , take note of 'useful' shops or businesses that could aid you should you need it.
Here in and near Sutton are 2 gun shops, selling airguns and shotguns , could be important to note where the army surplus shops are as well or camping
shops , (Milletts and such).
The majority of people will wander about aimlessly waiting for the Government to help them, my advice , and it IS ONLY ADVICE, if TS ever HTF then
loot these shops quickly (after the event only and not before) whilst the autorities are busy with the masses, after all, the Government will be
looking our for themselves and their families first, the public comes a very distant second and no one should rely on them for any kind of quick
BACK TO FOOD
Stockpile as much dried food as you can , bags of pasta, rice and dried soups are good, store them where people won't expect, in the event people who
will break into homes to find food will always head to the kitchen first.
I stated in another post to hide dried food in a sealed container in a very oily , grubby cardboard box covered over with oily cars parts in the
garage if you have one, No-one would ever think of looking in there for food.
Squirrel amounts of food all over the place, its better to have a little than to have none, packet soup in your underwear drawer will look out of
place but is unobrutusive to your daily life. Dried pasta packet hidden in the airing cupboard under a few towels, or behind umpteen loo rolls ( just
refill the loo rolls before it becomes obvious otherwise your partner will think you have gone cuckoo.
Everyone has a cupboard or two, hide things in a box or crate in there, label it photos or something, As I said earlier people may ransack a house
looking for food and valuables but won't stop to bother to look at the holiday snaps.
Invest in a very good water filter and survival tools, books on what not to eat and how to cook what you catch are always a good read, and can be
helpful, you can tear out the things that don't apply to your country , that'll make the books lighter and easier to carry.
Invest in the biggest tent you can carry , and get the whole family involved with carrying some sort of baggage, like each person has their own
sleeping bag , etc.
All we can do is prepare for the worst but hope for the best and that whatever the situation ( X) is , is that it never happens, but its better to
have the stuff lying around unused, than to have a use but no stuff.
Even a gang as stated in the above post will have infighting as the food becomes scarce, buy silent weapons, bows and knives and learn how to use them
safely, learn the lie of the land and use it as advantage , after all the gangs will be rampaging noisily and if you have to defend yourself and your
family then you can do it quietly and in the dark and the gangs won't know where you are.
When you walk through a park, before hand read an edible plant book and spot the ones you can eat, whilst learning to tread quietly, if you learn to
place your feet instead of stamping you wont look too silly if someone sees you, walk slower next time.
[edit on 12/3/09 by DataWraith]