If the SHTF; all law abiding citizens need their primary go to weapons available.  Your primary go to weapons should be 1 -Handgun, 1 – Shotgun and 1 – Rifle.  Everything else can be considered secondary and tertiary weapons.  Here are my primary go to weapons choices for defensive and SHTF scenarios.

Handgun – Smith & Wesson M&P 45

Shotgun – Mossberg 590A1

Rifle – DPMS AP4 Panther Carbine


  1. Holli says:

    My 10-year-old son just requested this for his birthday. 😉 I said we should start with a .22. I said this one might be just a touch powerful for his body size. He said we could just duct tape this to him and he’d be fine. Lol!

    • rmactsc says:

      A 22 sounds like a good place to start. Plus the ammo is very inexpensive. I believe in my area I can still purchase 500 rounds of 22LR ammo for about $20.00

      • Holli says:

        Nice! My dad is next door and has a .22 he can use to get the feel of it. He’s a great shot with the BB gun, but it’s time, I think for him to move up.

        But, I’d rather, once he gets used to shooting, to have his own gun (same for my other two kids), so they can have the vested interest in THEIR gun.

        As it is, my boy has his BB gun hung up in his bedroom…just in case. 🙂 Totally adorable. And, he takes care of it. It’s that private property thing again. 😉

  2. nvchad2 says:

    I think you should do a post for each of the weapons that you mentioned. I think it would be interesting to see your reasons. There are obvious reasons for each catagory but what makes each of those weapons your favorite choice? Might help those of us who haven’t decided on our go to guns yet. 🙂

  3. rwgoldsmith says:

    I’m with nvchad2 on this.

  4. torvalamnell says:

    While I agree that an ideal situation would be one where an individual would have access to all three (handgun, shotgun and rifle); I think it is important for readers to realize that even having access to one firearm is better than none. That being said, for those readers out there who are looking to purchase one of each, it is more important that you select a firearm that suits you well and then get a lot of practice with it than purchase firearms which are popular. An AR-15 or a 1911 may not be the best choice for you. A striker fired pistol may just suit you better. Perhaps you don’t get along with the grip angle of a 1911.

    I will say this again because I cannot stress it enough. It is more important for you to purchase a firearm/firearms that suit you and PRACTICE with them than it is to own the newest, hottest craze.


    • rmactsc says:

      I agree 100%. Because certain weapons are my go to weapons does not mean they are right for everyone. Each person needs to decide what is best for their own individual needs and to practice, practice, practice with their weapons of choice.

  5. g says:

    What are your thoughts on the Rock River Arms Pro-Series Government?

    • rmactsc says:

      Good choices if you’ve got several thousand dollars or more to spend. My personal experience is most folks can get a good AR-15 with decent features; for target shooting and SHTF capabilities for between $900.00 to $1000.00 which for many, would perform just as well.

      • g says:

        Finding one now is difficult and expensive. Think I’ll wait a bit!

      • rmactsc says:

        Check the used weapons inventory that places have. You can get some good deals but it’s important to see the weapons in person and check them over very carefully. Some of my best weapons were purchased used.

  6. theinnerhaven says:

    Good post and all good weapons! Here are my three –

    1 – S&W MP 15
    1 – S&W MP 9mm
    1 – Remmington 870

  7. […] post is in response to a post by my fellow blogger, rmactsc, in which he lists his top 3 “go to weapons“.  He then goes on to post about each individual weapon in more detail.  It was a good idea […]

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