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Originally posted by network dude
I would have to agree with you. I have a marlin Papoose along with a few other assorted 22s. Cheap ammo, small ammo, and deadly ammo. One well placed shot is as good as any weapon. You have to think about how much room and weight you are willing to spare. I can hunt small game and protect the family. And if an empty can of beans tries to attack, I got something for his ass.
I'm going to blasted for this but I believe a .22 is probably going to be your best all around firearm. Lightweight, light ammo (you can carry a lot), easy maintenance, relatively quiet, low recoil, can be fired with one hand
Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
Tough choices OP!
1. A suitable food acquiring weapon - ie caliber not so large as to blow all the meat off a squirrel or rabbit.
2. Fire power to bring down a man if need be.
3. Something "extra" in a fire fight, to give you the edge and make the bad guys who want your stuff think twice.
4. Economical enough caliber that you can carry lots of ammo, light weight.
5. Common enough ammo caliber that you can find plenty by scavenging.
6. Tough enough; not a delicate or picky weapon, able to survive outdoors with you in many harsh conditions.
My pick is:
HECKLER AND KOCH MP5-N 9mm SUB MACHINE GUN with the long barrel - it does semi-auto (single fire), 2 round double taps, and full auto. The mag holds 30 rounds.
You can single-shot a rabbit or squirrel without filleting it, or double tap a man; it doesn't have much range, but survival means evading doesn't it, when you are alone?
If you find yourself in a bad situation, full auto will make the bad guys keep their heads down and think who's this guy with a machine gun? They won't know or care what caliber you are firing.
It's light and rugged; H&K make some fine weapons.
9mm is a #ty round, but it's light weight enough to carry a bunch of ammo, and en mass it's deadly enough.
Excellent weapon indeed. However, have you ever tried to reload the magazines by hand? It is a serious pain in the anal cavity. Aside from that though, I would agree 100%. It is a high quality weapon and well worth consideration. It has a monstrous kick until you get used to it, but very accurate, highly reliable and a powerful cartridge.
Originally posted by bekod
M-1 Garand the best ever made .not the NATO, the 1942-44, Springfield, 30-06!!!