reply to post by Evolutionsend
My personal choice. M-16 / AR16
I know it a lot better than I do the AK and while I've fired both, the accuracy is better IMO on the M16.
I would also take the M16 Because, I've trained with it to the point I can strip it down day or night and half awake, and I know all the tricks to
keep it functional. I still know my zero and I can pick anyone of them off the rack set it to my zero and know I can hit things consistently with it.
Put a scope on it, and you can kill big and small game (squirrels etc) at range, and not worry about finding meat that survived the killing shot. (Not
to mention the adapter for .22 ammunition.)
Now if I had to pick one for defending an area in combat conditions and I had a choice, M-60 or M249 SAW, for wide area suppression or killing fields
/ MOUT. M16 w M203 under-barrel as just multipurpose rifleman, again.A Bolt Action Scoped rifle with match quality ammo for sniping. (Or in a pinch
scope on the M16.)
Pistol. Military issue M9, 9mm hollow point point or steel jacket. Again due to familiarity and training, second in that the ammo for it is -common
as dirt- in America.
Now if I had to pick a handgun other than the military issue 9mm. I would take the Desert Eagle and the extra barrels/clips for it. If you have a hand
gun, where you can take 2 minutes to swap the barrel, and then feed it a different clip for the different ammo.. 9mm, .357 .45 .50 and the like, the
few extra pounds for the loaded clips and the other barrels.. the choice becomes that one, on the basis of practicality and 'feeding it.'
Shotgun any, really would do if you have the ammo for it, and don't have to fret past needing only 4-6 shots and a slow reload time... Semi Auto or
Manuel. Single shot/double barrel meh. But If you are hunting for food and or need to stop one target at close range you can't beat one... as long as
you can hit what you are aiming at.
I can't personally see a need to carry 3-4 guns though, unless I am part of a group and I need to kill any and every bit of game that comes up to feed
a starving mass of people.
---------- Warning sermonising ahead. ---------------
The problem with carrying a gun (in a post apocalyptic world or not), is that if you have ready access to a gun you will try to use it to solve any
'problem' that you think needs 'violently solved' with the gun. Rather than letting your feet take you and your family out of harms way. It also
paints you as a threat should anyone catch a glimpse of you 'poking around.' There is also the 'I gotta getta gun' to be secure mindset... that
people have stupidly bought into, which means you might get 'jumped' by a guy with a rock who doesn't have gun so they can take your gun....
Guns in my book exist only for killing something. Hunting, is still killing; you just don't have to moralize that Bambi or his dad was going to kick
your door down afterwards though....
Yeah, 'you' can say you need one for "defense," but the moment you _need_ to pick up the gun for this 'so called defense', it's not at the point of
defense anymore, it boils down to simply: kill the other guy. Of which you can moralize how bad you feel about surviving it afterwards.
Defense, is about making sure you don't ever _need_ to use violence. You either beat feet, or you make it look like you are not there or that its just
-too damned risky- for 'them' to dig you out and take your 'stuff'.
Which is why we have houses with locks on them and fences... and cars to drive
away from danger with. (AKA the modern horse.)
When the guns 'have' to come into play, it isn't defense anymore. You kill the other 'guy' because you may die or someone else dear to you may die.
Feeling bad about it afterwards is optional, even if you are not a sociopath... not that your subconscious will let you not force you 'deal with it'
Know what your defenses are and when to beat feet.
Have access to weapons or tools, and things that could be used as weapons should you need them as such.
Plan, observe, listen, and practice.
Know that your own survival will ensure that of your family.
Know too there is always the chance you will have to die to save them.
Do not take actions that would get you killed and thus leave your family and friends defenseless.
Know what your limitations are and have no illusions that you can take on an army with just a gun and 'balls'
Know your primary environment and know how to function in other environments.
Live and let live in that every person has the same right as you do to live in peace.
Know that having a weapon does not make you strong, a hero or an automatic natural leader or even 'right.'
The last hardest lesson:
You can do everything perfectly and by the numbers 'in peaceful defense or war' and still watch helpless as your friends or family die/get killed.
edit on 29-10-2011 by Moshpet because: 42