posted on May, 31 2011 @ 01:31 PM
This question has been asked and answered many times on ATS.
The best answer I can give you as I have many others is that the best gun should have the following traits:
1-Ease of use
5-Your comfort level
My wife and I both own AR15s, a Remington 870 Tactical shotgun, I have a Ruger SR9 9mm and I'm buying one in a few weeks for my wife.
We use the same guns so that there isn't a whole bunch of different ammo between us. We'll have the same parts to worry about. She has an M4 type AR
15(it's much easier for her to handle) and I have the 20" heavy barrel A2 version. Both have identical internal parts with exception of the gas tube(2
different lengths). Both of these weapons have internal/external enhancements(See link in my sig about enhancing AR platform rifles) and are extremely
The Remington 870 Tactical 12 gauge shotgun can be used for home defense and hunting purposes. It is a tried and true shotgun design with a 5 decade
long history of success. I highly recommend it. There are many versions of the 870, but if you're looking for something that can defend as well as
feed you, try a tactical version. They usually come with a pistol grip which makes the 12 gauge a bit more comfortable to shoot. The receiver is
usually drilled and tapped so you can add optics or a rear sight. It truly is a good all around weapon.
The Ruger SR9 is an all around good weapon chambered in 9mm (9x19). It is Ruger's answer to the Glock, and after having used both, I have found that
the SR9 is a superior weapon in many respects. It is light weight, VERY high capacity(full size version 17+1 rounds standard). I was hitting 4 inch
groups at 50 yards with this thing. I know 4 inch groups don't sound very good, but at 50 yards(the absolute maximum effective range of the handgun
chambered in 9mm) it is incredible accuracy. I trust my life to this weapon.
Those are my recommendations. Take it or leave it. HOWEVER, whatever you may choose, PRACTICE DILIGENTLY with whatever weapon(s) you end up with. Make
sure you know your weapons inside and out. Find out what the common problems and limitations are with those weapons and see if they can be remedied by
after market products. Secondly, make sure that whatever weapon(s) you do choose are supported by parts and ammo availability. It may be awfully cool
to own a G36, but if the market over all or the circumstance leaves you with no recourse if and when your weapon breaks down, you will have wished to
have gone with the AR instead. So whatever you choose, either stock up on necessary parts and ammo, or buy a gun that in a SHTF scenario will be
easily fixed in a pinch by scavenging parts.
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