Re: If the stuff really hits the fan.
As far as arming those without much experience with firearms, a simplistic rifle would be the way to go. Even if it does have some recoil. If it is tough and easy to use, then someone without much gun knowledge would have a better chance of becoming effective with it quick. As far as getting shot in the back for a hersey bar, well I guess you have to hope for the best sometimes. Resupply, that would be an issue. The idea is to have a cache of ammo hidden somewhere. And also, while this is opposite the idea of a rifle that is less likely to fail, the chance of surviving long enough to need a resupply is slim, there is a chance, just a slim one. So that being said, when the poop starts flying, have a gun, any gun, and some ammo. Because you aren't likely to live long enough to see your BLR fail under battlefield conditions, forget about it and use what you have. Hope that you did something worthy of getting into heaven, and try to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.