Yesterday, I focused on ammunition for ideas of how to grow your stock of firearm power. Today, I will discuss some guns that are still inexpensive, and I think will typically be in the future. I will not tell you guys what is in my personal arsenal through this post (I could have nothing for all you know), but I will give suggestions on what I feel are good based on past experience or lessons learned.
Let’s discuss some of the better firearms for you to have. First thing I want in my home is a shotgun. I would lean toward a 20 gauge or 12 gauge. Reasons for this? It is easier to defend a home with this gun, since the pellets spread, and don’t usually have a deep penetration power. What does this mean? It means that the chances of my children getting hit in another room is a LOT lower than with a rifle or pistol. There are even home defense rounds specifically designed to take out the target, but not penetrate walls. I like the idea of a 20 gauge youth model. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and can be altered with all the collapsible stocks and additional rails and stuff. So if you want, for some reason, to make it “look” menacing, you could. I personally, don’t see the reason beyond the collapsible stock with a pistol grip to make it easier to maneuver in the home.
If I had to choose only one shotgun, I think I would go with the 20 gauge since it is compact enough to be used for home defense, and could also be used for hunting. If I had the choice to, however, I would add a 12 gauge for hunting. I have an affinity for pump actions, so both would be pump or semi-auto. At the Gun Show that I was at, a .22 tactical was 1500 bucks!!! A nice 12 gauge pump action with wooden stock, was $250. If I had a choice, I would take the shotgun any day for the utility of it over the .22 anyways.
Next, would be a personal defense weapon, assuming the person getting this is in a state with a concealed carry permit, like a 45 cal., 40 cal., 9 mm. Revolvers are easier for maintenance, but I don’t really like limiting to six shots. That is completely a personal preference of mine and should not affect your decision. If you are going to have any weapon, and definitely a pistol, you should train yourself on how to use it, clean it, and BE SAFE WITH IT. You need to start with a fear of it, and shoot it enough to turn that fear into a good respect for it. Never get complacent, and always treat it as loaded.
In the arsenal, you need to have a good hunting rifle. I found that during this year’s ammo shortage scare, 30-06 was a very expensive round, but you could find 30-30 all day long. Marlin make a nice proven lever-action 30-30. 30-06 is a little more powerful. If you are up north, you may want something for larger game, like a 300 Weatherby, or 300 Win-Mag. It is really up to you if you want to go with a rifle, for the long range, or a carbine for ammo sharing.
These are my OPINIONS on great firearm choices, but everyone has their own, and I reserve the right to be wrong. If any of you guys have a personal opinion on some great firearms that everyone should have, feel welcome to comment. If you haven’t noticed, none of the above were tactical-style weaponry. I don’t feel that your arsenal should include a “tactical toy” until you have your needs met first.
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