THE POWER OF SUPERIOR FIREPOWER – What Every Prepper Should Have in Their Arsenal
1. Small handgun of .22 caliber in either semi-automatic or revolver.
2. Larger handgun in .38, .357 magnum, 9mm, 10mm, .40, .45 and .50 caliber. Whatever is most comfortable in your hand in either semi-automatic or revolver.
3. Small caliber long gun in .17, .22longrifle and .22wmr. In semi-automatic, lever-action or in bolt action.
4. High caliber long gun in .223/5.56 NATO, .300, .30-30, .303, .308 and 30-06 are some of the more common in lever action, bolt action and semi-automatic.
5. Shotguns in either pump, lever or semi autoloader. 20guage., 16ga., 12ga. and 410ga.
6. Air-rifle in either pump or CO2 cartage in .177 or .22 calibers.
7. Bow—Compound, Recurve, Long or Crossbow. Silent, and in the right hands, very deadly. A bow is good in those times that you do not want to draw unwanted attention to yourself or your Family Group.
8. Sharp, Pointy, Stabby, Cutty and Throwing Things. One cannot have too many of these as each has its place in the Survival of the Survivor. Someone pulls a knife on you and you pull out a sword or a tomahawk. An awkward moment ensues and then the knife wielder is all ass and elbows to your sight and rapidly fading with distance from your sight.
First and foremost, a Prepper must have the training in the firearms and edged weapons He or She owns and the judgement that goes with that ownership. In saying that, a gun is not a magic wand and trouble will not suddenly go away when you bring it out and wave it around. More than likely, it will cause more problems. So now you have to ask yourself, are you prepared to use it if trouble comes your way?! You also have to gauge the situation you are in as to what course of action you must take. Hesitate and it could cost you or one of yours, their life. Remember, after the “SHTF”, the restraints on society, “the rules of law enforcement” are gone and desperate people will do desperate things to fulfill their needs of food and water. Then there are those of our society that are, for lack of a better term, “Evil”. They will take whatever they want from you. They will hurt you and the members of your family. The best you can hope for is that you and they die quickly and without too much pain. But, in all probability, it will be long and obscene. For that is the nature of Evil.
• For Home Defense, a Pump-Shotgun is the most effective for getting an intruders attention. The sound of a shell being jacked into the chamber is like no other. “New-in-the-Box”, the price will range from $250 to $900 or you can check with your local Police Department to find out when they trade in their older shotguns for newer ones. Depending on the Brand, the price range is about $15o to $350 and are usually in very well-maintained condition. (a 12ga Remington 870 Magnum Riot Gun is my personal choice for home defense. I carry a Mossberg 88 Maverick 12ga. w/over-folding shoulder stock as my “Truck Gun”; for my Get Home personal protection when the SHTF.
If the situation is such that a lot of firepower is quickly needed, a semi auto-loading shotgun will deliver that in #4 shot (100-0.20 caliber pellets), 00-buckshot (9-0.30 Caliber ball) or 000-buckshot (6-0.32 caliber ball). Modify the magazine tube as I have done with one of my Remington 870’s and it will load up to 9 shells with one in the barrel.
• There are many very good bolt action and lever action rifles available on the market for long distance shooting that won’t break the bank to purchase. With an adequate scope of the $80 to $150 range, zeroed in and with lots of practice, shot groupings of 5” to 8” to 12″ diameters are achievable at distances of 300 to 500 yards or farther. A lever action Winchester 1894 in either 30-30, 32-40, 38-55 and the heavier 44-70. For bolt action there are Springfield’s, Winchesters, Remingtons, Benneli, Chiapas, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Enfield and Barret to name a few. Whatever fits your need or budget. Best to get one that you can reload for the future. (I have a Russian Myosin Nagant M-44 Carbine, firing the 7.62x54r , a slightly longer Russian .308 round than the Winchester and zeroed in at 100 ft. to 600 yd.’s; averaging 3” near and 10” far in my shot groupings).
• Should the situation arise that more firepower is needed than what a Lever Action or Bolt Action rifle can deliver, a Semiautomatic rifle is what is needed. Bullets will come out as fast as you can pull the trigger. Or you can modify your semi-automatic rifle with a “Bump-Fire or Slide-Fire device that will give it a semblance of full automatic fire.
Although having full auto capability on your rifle, I considered it to be a waste of ammo; though it does seem to have a positive effect upon a crowd to take cover. I prefer the slow and deliberate method of picking a target and moving my sight’s to another. One down for every shot. And here there are a whole slew of models and calibers available to choose from. I have at home an AR-10 chambering 7.62x39r. The same round used in the AK-47 and the SKS. It’s a shorter .308 bullet than the 7.62×51 NATO/Winchester bullet but at 400 yards it is an accurate round and as effective as the other in doing the job its required to do. There is the .300 Blackout and the 6.5mm Grendel round, both adequate for large game hunting and used in the AR-15. Then there is the .223 caliber/5.56mmNATO of the AR15/M-4 platform. This round, from my experience, is a double-tap round. Sometimes you get lucky and one shot will do, but most times you have to shoot them twice for them to go down and stay down. (Real life firefights are not like TV or the Movies)
• The small caliber long gun in .17, .22lr and .22wmr (magnum) are good for small game hunting and in the extreme situation, personal defense. You just have to pull the trigger more times or take better aim.
• A small caliber handgun is also for up-close and personal. It too is a short-range weapon and the only difference between it and a larger caliber handgun is that you have to pull the trigger more times and aim very carefully to get the desired results.
• The BB or Pellet Gun is for the Small Game Protein going into the Stewpot. Squirrels, rabbits, birds and when things get really tough, a dog or two. Meat is food and food is what keeps you alive.(A note here: In any SHTF scenario people will turn loose their pet dog because they cannot feed them. Dogs will go feral and pack together and become very dangerous for individuals or even to several people at a time)
• The Bow: Cross Bow, Compound Bow, Long Bow, Recurve and Deflexed Bows any of which may be your personal choice. A good bowman is one that practices often. The best thing about the bow is that the ammo is recoverable, fairly easy to make and relatively quiet in the execution of its duty. That being said, it saves your bullets for when they may be needed most.
• Sharp, Pointy, Cutty, Stabby and Throwing Things. That pretty well covers the range of personal weapons for the Survivor that encounters another of hostile intent. Knives are like guns in that you should carry a gun that feels right in your hand. A knife is the same way. A knife that feels “right” in your hand is the one you’ll want to have. You should have a knife strapped to your hip for general every day use. A folding knife like a Swiss Army Knife for much the same use only on smaller projects. A machete for clearing brush. A knife you use for your kitchen in your backpack. A small knife stuck in the top of your boot for that “just in case” situation. And a knife that you’ll only use to fight with if it comes to that. I have mentioned this in this way as this is how I handle my knives. Except that my fighting knife is a 1914 Trench Knife with a triangular blade about 10″ long and I am very good with it as I was trained by one of the best knife fighting instructors in the U.S.Army. I also carry a sword over my left shoulder. A 1916 Patterned Cavalry Saber with a 36″ blade. Like a gun, you have to be familiar with the pros and cons of each of your tools. In my experience and training with the use of a sword or a fighting knife, my opponent won’t stand a chance against me unless he has been through the same rigorous training as I have. Remember, a rock in the hand is just as good as a knife if you catch your opponent before he draws down on you. So, hit him hard with it and take his stuff.!! But as with every weapon, you must practice, practice, practice to be good enough with that implement/tool to save your own life as well as others in your Family Group.
Whatever you carry on your person as a weapon/tool, be comfortable and proficient with it. That proficiency comes with practice, practice and more practice. In a SHTF World, everyone outside your Family Group is suspect, till proven otherwise, and therefore not to be trusted. You cannot save everyone! Be strong and say: “No, I cannot help you and feed you and shelter you”. Every time you give in to your charitable instincts, you take from your Family Group. Besides, you have to think that, like yourself, they must have seen that program on Nat. Geo. about America’s Doomsday Preppers. They could have gone online like so many others that I have talked to and could have started preparing for themselves and their families for when our world went into the SHTF mode instead of buying the latest iPod, iPhone, Gameboy, Designer Outfit or any other thing that motivates the Consumer/Sheepeople of our country to buy such things. Sheepeople depend on others to satisfy their needs of protection, food, shelter and medical care when a crisis hits. They are not of a mind set to act on their own. They need, for the most part, someone to direct them, protect them, feed them, shelter them and aid them in their medical and mental crisis. A Prepper depends on themselves and the others in their “Family Group”.
• I really hate to be the barer of bad news but for those of you that are against guns and I suppose in favor of the abolishment of the 2nd. Amendment, then if the SHTF is the worst case scenario that can be imagined, then the Government is not going to be coming to Your rescue. They are going to be too busy trying to take care of themselves than to worry about you. So you and all the others like you that share the Principles of non-violence and kindness to all are going to be either dead, dying or someone’s slave within a 2 to 3 weeks time period. That is unless you have someone that has a gun and is willing to protect you with it after the SHTF. But now You are a liability to them and while they are trying to protect you, whos’ watching their back. You? Not very likely. You are one of the Sheepeople and against violence and guns specifically. The Police are supposed to take care of the bad people, not you. But where are they? At home taking care of their families, that’s where. You have your principles of non-violence. But in the new world that SHTF will make, you and your principles will be amongst the first casualties of the demise of the civilized world we live in today. In the SHTF world, our lives today will be but a memory to be longed for and may never be found again.
I know I have painted an ugly picture here but I have been in countries where the Government toppled because of mismanagement and greed. People dead in the streets. The sounds of violence everywhere and only the strong or the most ruthless stand above it all. I am here doing this in counter of my statement: You cannot save everyone! But here on this blog, on this website, I am trying to put out the word that I am here, right now, to help you to survive the coming Crisis. I don’t know what it will be or when. I only know that it will be serious and a world changing event.
Be well to you all, do good works and remember: We are all in this together. Gerald “Sgt. Doc”
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