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article imageOp-Ed: Guns you'll need to have when the S#!t hits the fan

By Alex Allen     Sep 25, 2013 in Politics
When the stinky stuff hits the fan, you're going to want to make sure you have the right firearms to take care of any problem that may arise.
Regardless of your personal political affiliation and world views, you must admit the simple fact that the world is heading down a very slippery slope; and at the end of this slope lies a society the likes of which the American people have never seen. The political division in the nation is at an all time high, talks of civil war and a "second American Revolution" have been hot topics, and of course the economy continues to spiral downward. So from economic collapse to martial law, nuclear war, foreign invasion, or even a collapse of the power grid, there are many different events that could cause Americans to break out into massive civil unrest. As a result, the internet - specifically YouTube - is filled with lists, blogs, and videos of different people talking about the guns and other pieces of equipment they believe would be essential during a "shit hits the fan" scenario.
Being a gun enthusiast myself and also having a decent understanding of current events and the current political climate, I recently decided to put my view on the subject out for the people of the internet to see. So in the first installment of a new gun talk vlog series I hope to expand in the near future on my new Liberty Sun TV YouTube channel, I discussed, for just over twenty minutes, my choice of five firearms that would be ideal to have in such a scenario, adding in a few alternatives for each choice.
1.) 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun - As I pointed out in the video, the 12 gauge pump action shotgun is likely the most popular gun in the United States, rivaled only by perhaps revolvers for the weapon most frequently used for basic home defense. (although different polls show different results on opinion for the best home defense weapon) So regardless of where you are when the stinky stuff hits the fan, a 12 gauge shotgun is ideal.
As I also pointed out in the video, the Remington 870 Express and the Mossberg 500 are likely the two most popular guns in the 12 gauge market. And while I do have access to a Remington 870 in my home, I decided to not show it in the video and instead showed my Harrington & Richardson pump action 12 gauge in order to point out the fact that the market offers cheaper all-steel alternatives to the 870 and the 500 that retain the same durability and functionality. (even though most of them receive a lot of criticism for being manufactured in Japan and China)
2.) High Powered Semi-Auto Rifle - Regardless of whether it's zombies or foreign troops trying to kill you, if there are more than just a few coming at you at once, a high-powered semi-automatic rifle is going to be your ideal weapon. My first choice for a high powered semi-auto rifle is the popular Bushmaster AR-15 in either 5.56 NATO or .223 Remington. I'm not usually one to jump on "bandwagons" but this particular weapon is popular for a reason. It's reliable, durable and the .223, while it isn't one of the lest expensive rounds, it is one of the most commonly available, especially after the recent surge in production following mass hysteria over potential gun bans.
Of course, if you're not willing to go all out and spend the money for a Bushmaster, there are other AR variants available for much cheaper prices. Mossberg and other companies make AR-style rifles for nearly half the price of a Bushmaster. With a basic knowledge of firearms, you can also get the parts and build an AR-15 on a budget. And if the AR isn't your "cup of tea" there are other styles of semi-automatic rifles available. The AK-style rifles (such as the AK-47 in 7.62 x 39mm and the AK-74 in 5.54 x 39mm) are likely the biggest rivals to the AR rifles in popularity. And just like the AR rifles, you can spend anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand.
3.) Ruger 10 22 Rifle - The Ruger "10 22" .22lr rifle is, in my opinion as well as the opinion of many other gun owners, the best readily available .22 rifle on the market. Ruger has set the standard for the .22 rifle and you can get a 10 22 that meets your exact specifications. Fresh out of the factory, the Ruger 10 22 comes with your choice of a wooden or synthetic stock and a stainless or blued barrel. You can also purchase after market stocks such as the one shown on my 10 22 in the video that give the gun a tactical look and feel, much like the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 and other "tactical" .22 rifles. Also readily available for the Ruger 10 22 are factory and aftermarket 25-round magazines.
But regardless of whether you decide to go with the actual Ruger or something else, a .22 rifle is definitely a must-have when comes to a "shit hits the fan" scenario. .22lr bullets are very small, which makes it easier to have more rounds on you at all times. They are also perfect for hunting varmints, birds, and other small animals in the case that you would have to live off the land and hunt for food.
4.) The Sidearm - The sidearm is definitely my favorite topic to discuss when it comes to guns. Being a huge handgun fanatic, I have a lot to say when it comes to choosing the proper sidearm, specifically semi-auto pistols. And while it's important to make a good decision about your carry piece now, it's even more important to make your decision for when the "shit hits the fan" because you may not have the ability to just run to your local gun store and trade for something different.
Choosing the proper sidearm has a lot to do with personal preference and the way your body is built. Certain handguns fit certain people better than others, and that's perfectly fine and normal. For me, the weapon of choice when it comes to the perfect sidearm is the Glock. Glock is a trusted manufacturer of pistols that has been around since the 1980s and has proven itself worthy to millions of individuals and agencies alike. The NYPD and Kentucky State Police, for example, both trust Glocks as their primary sidearms (although the NYPD gives a choice to use the Smith & Wesson Model 5946 or the Sig Sauer P226 instead of the Glock model 19) and the two law enforcement agencies are not alone. Thousands upon thousands of agencies across the United States issue Glocks to their officers, varying among the 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and in some cases even the .357 SIG and .45 GAP cartridges.
Despite their durability and wide range of options (including many different sizes and calibers) many people are strong critiques of Glocks. Many criticize Glocks for being "too plain" or "unattractive" and some gun owners are simply not fans of polymer guns in general, preferring all-steel guns. That's why, as a 2nd option for a sidearm, I suggest the 1911. The 1911 is a type of gun that has been around for over 100 years so it has certainly withstood the test of time. It is likely the most popular handgun in the world and is produced by endless companies. Companies such as Colt, Remington, and Kimber have been making 1911 style pistols for decades but other companies like Ruger have only recently gotten into the arena. 1911s also have a wide variety of sizes and features. You can get anything from a standard 5" milspec to a compact 3.5" with all the bells and whistles. The prices also vary. You can get a cheap but durable Taurus or Rock Island 1911 for a few hundred bucks or you can splurge and get an Ed Brown or Dan Wesson Custom for a few thousand.
5.) The Revolver - It's always good to have at least one revolver in your gun collection, especially when the society goes to hell in a hand basket. The revolver I chose may not be the most popular revolver but it is the one that I feel would provide the best options for this scenario.
In the video, I showed and discussed my Taurus Judge, specifically the Public Defender Polymer model. The Judge is a fairly new design that was first introduced in 2010 and in addition to firing the popular .45colt round it also fires .410 shotgun shells. Although the .410 is a controversial round due to the fact that is nowhere near as powerful as the 12 gauge, it will still get the job done in an up close and personal situation when it comes to taking down a mugger or someone who may be trying to hurt you or your family. But if you're still not a fan of the .410 you can always go with a plain old .45colt revolver or a .357 or .44 magnum, all of which are equally effective in taking down the bad guys.
Ideally, we would all like to have as many firearms as possible in a situation where we have to fight to survive. But depending on the situation it may not be feasible to have 50+ firearms at your constant disposal. That's why it's important to analyze the potential uses for guns and come up with a good set of firearms that you would feel comfortable with and that you could have on or near you at most or all times.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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