The issue of the best SHTF gun has been worked top to bottom, bottom to top and side to side and back again, it is nothing new.
Some will say a .22 rifle or shotgun, others will suggest an AR-15 or some other centerfire magazine fed rifle and a few will tell you a bolt-action is the most logical choice.
While they aren’t wrong – at least under certain circumstances, they fail to see the big picture or fail to realize what really happens after a collapse.
It would seem many survivalist have been influenced by Hollywood or writers of fiction and can’t separate reality from fantasy. Leave make-believe to the armchair commandos and teenage boys.
Points to consider
- You won’t be engaging constant combat after a disaster.
- Those wanting to do you harm will not announce the fact.
- Anyone wanting to rob or steal from you will attack when you’re most vulnerable.
- If you’re attacked it will be up close, quick and violent.
After a collapse, violent crime will increase to levels never thought possible, theft, robbery, kidnappings and home invasion will be the norm. You’ll need to be armed at all times. Not following this rule will almost guarantee that you will be abused, robbed, raped, tortured and killed at some point.
Keeping a rifle or shotgun on your person at all times is impossible. Working the garden, feeding the chickens, cutting firewood, setting traps etc. And don’t forget barter markets where going armed will likely be forbidden. Criminals will know this and will wait to attack when you leave the market area.
It’s been said before; the first rule of winning a fight is to have a gun, in this regard a handgun makes the most sense. I know many of you look to be attacked from a distance, you see yourself returning fire from 300 or more yards away.
It could happen – but it’s not likely. In war yes; but not in a SHTF situation – most survivalist confuse the two. You’re more likely to need to defend yourself at arm’s length than from a distance of several hundred yards, if you’re attacked it will be fast, brutal and in your face close-up.
In a recent study it was found that 90% of police and civilian self-defense shooting occurred at ranges of less than 15 feet, with 34% being from contact to 3 feet.
I can’t find one justifiable civilian self-defense shooting taking place at 100 yards or beyond – if you know of a documented case please let us know.
Like any firearm, handguns are encumbered by a number of limitations; namely low power and limited range compared to a rifle or shotgun – but a handgun can be there when you need it and that is most important…
And no, I’m not saying that you should sell your shotguns and rifles and go buy handguns, what I’m saying is that a handgun will be your most useful and used self-defense tool now and after the SHTF. If you have no defensive firearms get a good handgun first (it’s hard to beat the Glock 19), and learn how to use it, IE get professional training. Then expand your self-defense “arsenal” and training to include shotguns and rifles.