Since we all know that the end of the world is coming (right?) it’s a pretty good idea to get your arsenal ready for war. But with the Obama-Economy shrinking most people’s bank accounts, it’s also a good idea not to waste your money on guns and ammo that won’t get you the most bang for your buck.
The first thing to think about when picking out a weapon (or two, or three, or…) is what you’re going to be using it for. Is your new purchase going to be strictly a home defense weapon, or is it going to be a gun you carry? OR, is it a weapon you are going to need to count on when shit hits the fan? If it’s a SHTF weapon, then defense should be the main priority. You are going to want a weapon that is powerful enough. Personally, this means no .22s, and nothing smaller than a 9mm.
A gun with a decent capacity is also important. A .44 magnun in a revolver is powerful, but with only 5 rounds it isn’t that great. A rule I’d stick to is 10+ capacity. This will allow you to have a decent size round, while still having enough where you don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a shit storm. I’d also stay away from revolvers. Generally they’re going to be lower capacity and slower reload times.
Another thing to think about when purchasing your gun is how popular the ammunition is. Not only is it important to have a powerful round, but it’s also important that you can buy ammo easily. For instance – a 10mm round is pretty hard to come by (at least in my neck of the woods) but a 9mm round is found at pretty much every sporting goods store. While the 10mm is more powerful, I’d choose the 9mm, just because it’s less expensive and MUCH easier to find.
One final thought is paying attention not only to how popular your ammo is in the US, but also overseas. If SHTF and ammo is low, you may have to steal some from an enemy soldier. At this point, most of our enemies are using AK-47s or some variant. That being said, it’s a good idea to have an AK yourself, just so your ammo is compatible with theirs.
Then again, I’m no expert.