posted on Jun, 17 2011 @ 08:39 AM
Having multiple guns is a great idea, but if I were somehow forced to pick only one, it would be either an
AK-pattern rifle or the already-mentioned Ruger 10/22 in the youth size.
AKs have proven their reliability/durability. If you survive an engagement with marauders, you will
get their weapons and most likely find other AKs as "battlefield pickups" and can use theirs as a source
of spare mags, ammo and parts. If society has seriously broken down, there will be no UPS
to deliver Brownell's parts, nor will large-scale gun parts makers still be in operation.
An advantage of the Ruger 10/22 is that you can inexpensively stockpile a huge amount of ammo
ahead of time. As mentioned previously, it's generally quite reliable with decent ammo and factory
mags. If you're trying to fend off bad guys, I don't care how they're armed or armored - only a fool
wouldn't duck from suppressing fire pouring forth from any firearm, even a .22.
What if your spouse/kid has rarely, if ever, shot a firearm? Or someone you are sheltering
hasn't either? If you're going to make those person(s) co-defenders of your homestead,
it's probably better to at least start a firearm newbie on something that's smallish
with low noise and recoil.
Now, by saying the following, I am not advocating any sort of unlawful concealed carry,
but in the absence of law and order, I'm sure all firearm restrictions will be "out the window."
The short-barreled 10/22 is also very concealable. Easily tucked until a trench coat,
or under a pile of goods you're pushing or pulling in a cart, it can quickly be brought to
For defensive carry, I would recommend a Ruger GP100 .357. Ruger revolvers are incredibly
rugged and reliable.
Glocks, too - again, outside of a few spectacularly defective samples, they have survived
independent torture tests and usage on the battlefield and in law enforcement situations.
And since the bad guys will likely have some amongst their numbers, if you survive
the encounter, you can use the pickups to replenish your stash of parts, mags and ammo.