Originally posted by RicoMarston
everyone always talks about the guns they would want because those are the superior weapons of our times. You're honestly suggesting that you would
rather have a samurai sword than an AK-47? If society collapsed and we had to start hunting for food, i would use traps, knives, bow and arrow etc for
the hunting. I'd save all of my bullets for good old-fashioned self defense. As for spears, katanas, maces and the like...GET REAL! You're never
going to become proficient with these weapons to the point where carrying an unrealistic and unwieldy sword would actually give you an advantage over
someone with a baseball bat with a rusty nail in it. There are many good reasons why we no longer carry swords and spears today, and to think that
those weapons would somehow become more functional or reliable after the FALL is just silly. Where would you rather go raiding for weapons
post-apocalypse; a mechanic's garage, or a museum?
Keep in mind that this forum, and all of ATS is one of ***THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION***. No one person knows it all and there are many great ideas to be
shared. It is truly possible to have interaction on ATS without insults and rude behavior. --Just saying you're coming across as an arrogant
know-it-all condescending ________ fill in the blank at personal discretion (generally, the ruder a person is, the ruder his imagined
fill-in-the-blank insult will be).
That being said. There are many reasons to use melee weapons. I happened to address one reason in my last posting here. Basically, guns will break
with repeated use. Unless you are a gunsmith, are very familiar with guns at least, and/or have the right tools, when a firearm has a catastrophic
failure (should you still be alive), chances are the weapon will be useless. Further, if your weapon doesn't jam, and you end up in a firefight (or
seven or more), ammo, being a finite resource, will ultimately run out. Even if a person has 1000 rounds on him and 10,000 rounds stockpiled
somewhere, how are you going to carry 10,000 rounds of ammo everywhere you go? Answer: you can't and you won't. If you did, your vehicle would be
filled to capacity with ammo, and would therefore not be much good for anything else. And that is assuming you have enough gasoline. The point: a
person can only carry only so much ammo into any given situation. This is a strong consideration when our military makes an attack: personal ammo.
Once engaged in whatever hostile scenario you might imagine, there's a good chance that prolonged encounters will result in a great deal of expended
ammo. You might probably run out before you are resupplied by friends or are forced to retreat. Once you are out of ammo, if your firearm is your
only weapon, then you basically have a glorified and awkward club. If you only had a pistol, sorry about your luck; it's just a very short club at
At this point a sword, an axe, ---a shovel, even, is crucial if you are being attacked. Some people might say something about if they don't have a
gun then they're surely going to die at that point anyway, --and that a melee weapon might be useless. Well, if you give up, then you give up. Go
ahead and defeat yourself. "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" and "It ain't over 'til it's over" are popular sayings for a reason.
Personally, I'd want back up in the form of a sword (or whatever).
Also, an AK-47 is not very stealthy. What if you want to conduct a silent operation? Guns are sort of a bad idea for STEALTH. For silent ops,
you'd need a bow and arrows, perhaps a crossbow, a sword, bayonet, machete, etc.
One of my favorite quotes is: IF YOUR ONLY TOOL IS A HAMMER, THEN YOU WILL SEE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS AS NAILS. This applies to almost everything,
from saying you only want firearms after the fall of civilization, to anyone being narrow-minded and condescending to others on ATS thinking they know
Let's keep in mind that this is supposed to be a collaborative discussion, not a bunch of teenagers (or people who act like teenagers) slinging
insults back and forth. --Just my take on things.