Monday, October 5, 2009
What One Firearm Would You Own If It All Went Bad?
Last week we asked which of ten guns you would pick from if "it all went bad."
We did not suggest that a person should own every gun on the list. It was our proposition that the essentials were a large caliber rifle, a handgun, a shotgun, and a .22 as a minimum. Nearly 150 people responded with comments and their own good ideas.
But, lets take this a step further, and make selection a little bit more difficult.
Assuming you have plenty of ammunition, or have everything needed to reload for the one gun,
what would be the one and only firearm you would want to have, if for some reason, you only had access to one?
Selection of a of gun will require considering different types of scenarios, locations used, and situations where it would be used.
Consider that it is the only firearm you can get your hands on in the following scenarios.
Remember, that this firearm and ammunition will be with you at all times, 24/7, like a fifth appendage.
You will be required to hunt large, medium, small game, anything else edible, and use it for self defense.
These should be common firearms that you could grab from what you already have or or acquire on the day you need it.
What would be your one choice in each of these areas if you were in an:
1. Urban area (Downtown Chicago or Detroit style), or;
2. High desert, or;
3. Dense woodland, or;
4. Mountains or hill country?
Since several scenarios are considered, and if I had to make a selection for one gun for each different area, I would have the following.
I believe I would choose the AK47 for Urban areas. If I were stuck in an urban area like Detroit, and I could not leave, I would prefer to have a large capacity carbine size rifle for an urban landscape.
If I were in dense Woodland, I would also select the AK47. The typical shot in dense woods will be at 100, 200, or less yards. I guess a band of "Wolverines" can't be wrong. This easy to handle, lightweight, compact rifle and intermediate rifle cartridges will penetrate a lot of trees that a smaller caliber will not. Its also as acceptable as a 30-30 for deer hunting,
I believe I would select a rifle caliber for High Desert, and Mountain and Hill country, instead of a specific gun. That is because many shots would probably be at a distance. That caliber is the 7.62X51 or .308. A good choice would be the M1A or the trusty Model 70 Winchester in .308.
These selections are not to meant to slight pistol or revolver aficianados.