Originally posted by calstorm
Single mom, knows nothing about guns, limited funds, maximum amount I can afford is $200 that includes money for bullets.
I never believed we were close to having TSHTF untill recently, so know I am in a panic to get prepared.
Rule 1 - Don't panic
Rule 2 - The LEAST important factor in using a firearm defensively is which gun to use
Rule 3 - There are a whole bunch of other rules but we can get to it later.
For $200 your choices will be limited. If you are just wanting a powerful, last-ditch, easy to use firearm you might look at a local retail or
sporting goods store for a simple breakover shotgun.
They are easy to use, but kick like a mule. 12 guage shells are widely available and inexpensive.
You basically push a lever and the rifle 'opens' where the barrel and stock meet. You put a shotgun shell in the opening, close the gun and it's
ready to fire. In a crisis or a panic people default to simple, gross-motor, instinctual reflex movements. If you are not a 'gun person' you
should start simple.
A Harrington & Richardson "Pardner" shotgun currently retails for $129. This would definitely be classified as a last-ditch emergency-only
(I can hear gun owners on the board freaking out right now).
Here are some things to consider about the S hitting the F:
- The MOST important item to have in an emergency is a PLAN
- Without a PLAN no amount of water, food, shelter or guns will help
I won't lecture because I sense you are distressed. The good news is that being 'aware' that a SHTF situation is possible places you ahead of 90%
of the population.
I recommend taking a look at this GREAT mom-friendly preparedness site:
It is a wonderful place to get started with preparedness, including creating a plan with your children. She basically walks you through it in ten
It doesn't cover guns, but it includes all the important information you need before considering home-defense.
You will get more gun advice than you can absorb in this thread, so rather than try and process it all, get a start on practical preparation.
Mostly, though, refer to Rule 1: Don't Panic.
I have the extremely good fortune of being 'plugged-in' to several sources in the public-safety and government sectors. There will be no
poop-splattering in the urgent near future, so store that away in the back of your mind and make a firm resolution today to create a plan for you and
A friend showed me this when I start getting stressed (which is a LOT).
Take a deep breath like this - Inhale for four seconds (count them in your head). Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale over four seconds. Wait
four seconds before inhaling again.
Do this three times and your head will be clear, and it melts stress away.