How To Choose The Proper Weapons When TSHTF Revisited

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Survival
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

When the SHTF, weapons for defensive applications will be an absolute necessity.  Disaster scenarios can bring out the worst in some folks and if people start resorting to a criminal mentality you have to be able to protect yourself and those that you love.  So in order to choose the proper weapons, it is best to have a general understanding of what each weapons type is used for.

  • Rifle – The purpose of the rifle, depending on caliber, is to engage targets from 0 to 1000 yards using either single or rapid rates of fire.  The rifles ability to cover extended ranges makes it an excellent and effective distance weapon.  For distances 0 – 200 yards I prefer to use the .223 remington cartridge in my semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and for distances 200 to 1000 yards I prefer to use the .308 cartridge in my L1A1  rifle.
  • Shotgun – The purpose of the pump action shotgun is to engage targets from 0 to 25 yards using 00 buckshot when overpenetration is not an issue and using 6 or 7.5 birdshot at closer ranges when overpenetration is an issue.  The pump action shotgun is the most devestating of the close range weapons and is both easy to operate and highly effective.  I prefer to use my Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun using 2 3/4″ 00 buck, 2 3/4″ #6 bird or 2 3/4″ #7.5 bird.
  • Pistol – The purpose of the pistol is to engage targets from 0 – 50 yards.  The pistol’s concealability makes it the best choice for concealed carry applications.  I prefer to use the .45ACP cartridge in my Smith & Wesson M&P 45 for everyday concealed carry. 
  • Knife – The purpose of the knife, either fixed blade or folding is to engage targets at close range where silence is a necessity.  Your knife is an important piece of survival gear and must be kept sharp and ready for use at all times.  My choice of fixed blade knife is the Elite Forces knife.
  • Compound Bow – The purpose of the compound bow is to engage targets outside the range of the knife where maintaining silence is a necessity.  The flat trajectory which the compound bow shoots arrows results in accurate shots out to about 50 yards.  I prefer the Browning Arrowhunter compound bow.
  1. everythinghk says:

    You forgot a sharp mind. The mind is the most powerful weapon in any arsenal

  2. Interesting 🙂 I have a slightly better insight into the differences between them now 🙂

    • rmactsc says:

      Glad to be of service 🙂 I thought of you today as the TV show house hunters was doing an episode outside of Bristol, England 🙂

      • Those TV shows are great, they’re very popular this side of “the pond” too 🙂 Funnily enough I thought of you too today…some guy strolled into my workplace this morning and when asked for ID produced a shotgun license! Not what we usually get shown! Pleased to say he didn’t produce an actual shotgun right there and then but I was tempted to ask questions…then I could pad back here and impress you with my sudden expertise and great knowledge on the subject! lol 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s