Doomsday scenario. Which weapon would you select?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pat Hurley, Jul 5, 2007.

In the doomsday scenario described below, which ONE weapon would you choose and why?

  1. Glock or H&K in .45ACP

    13 vote(s)
  2. Henry Golden Boy rifle in .22LR

    13 vote(s)
  3. Remington 870 Express 12 gauge

    78 vote(s)
  4. Taurus or S&W Revolver in .357 magnum

    9 vote(s)
  1. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    Pretend (it isn't hard to do) that a future calamity will cause a widespread meltdown of law and order, financial collapse, and general anarchy.

    You must sustain yourself for one year, and with just ONE of the weapons in the poll to defend your family and home, AND to shoot small/medium game for sustinance.

    An assumption is that you have stored ample ammunition in advance for your selection. Which do you select and why?
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    None in the poll

    Savage 24VD 223/20 ga

  3. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    C'mon 22! Play along for Pete's sake. If you could have just one of the weapons in the poll OR NO WEAPON AT ALL, which would you select?

    There's one in every crowd. :rolleyes:
  4. bunnyhunter12

    bunnyhunter12 New Member

    Okay Pat, since you made me, I'd take the 870 and buckets of everything from #6, 00, stell BB, and 3-inch Sluggers.

    I only take the 870 because my trusty 1300 wasn't on the list but that's just a preferance issue, same way I prefer Yamaha to Honda, Chev over Ford.

    I'd go with the shotgun for the sake of ammunition diversity, the fact that I'm not proficcient with handguns and the fact that a .22lr is not going to take the kinds of game I want to be able to handle in the way I want (moose and caribou, and rabbits over a dog, that is running flat out or as we say "full liftin'").

    Another bonus of the shotgun is that it gives you a little more "reach out and touch you" in case any two legged predators come trying to get what I have.

    Just to be difficult, can I have two barrels? One smooth and one rifled?
  5. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I voted with the .22

    I just hope I get a durn good scope with that little thing. Of course I side with 22WRF in the fact that I have many other favorites, but given the current line up, lots of light weight ammo on hand, very quiet report, A skilled hunter can easily take deer (frontal throat shot) all the way down to doves if he had to.

    As far as home defense goes, I suppose he would be better served guarding the home from a "snipers nest" outdoors and rotating people out to take guard duty...Again, very quiet report, you wont be alerting other people 2 blocks over...Anyone wanting in the home would leave their valuables on the doorstep where they fell.


  6. I voted for the Glock in 45acp. If any subguns were only list I would want a UMP in 45, As a one and only gun
  7. Rommelvon

    Rommelvon New Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Goldsboro, NC
    I voted for the remington (rather have my mossberg590) but the pump shotgun has uses from hunting to protection, plus usually all it takes is one shot and your target is destroyed
  8. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Really a no brainer, if you only had ONE weapon for defense and to feed your family, you'd have to take a shotgun, ANY shotgun....

    You're covered for Small game, large game, and defense....the complete all around choice, which is why most SETTLERS from the pilgrims on kept one around, be it "fowlers," or ""foragers...."

    The ONLY other thing that comes close would be a .22...and the size of the ammo in a small, light bundle is tough to argue with...but since the scenario had us put back all the ammo we'd need in advance, that wouldn't be an issue....about 25-50 cases of mixed #6s and #7 1/2s, about 10 cases of OO buck, and maybe 5-10 cases of 1 oz Sluggers would suit me just fine for a year or so...:p

    The large caliber handguns are pretty stupid for the "one gun" scenario, really only good for SHORT range "defense," while good, you'd probably STARVE first...not much meat left on the squirrels or rabbuts if you hit them with a .45, and you'd have to get AWFUL close to a deer to take one down with it too...:p

    Now maybe Jeff Cooper can take Geese on the wing with a .38 Super or a .45, but I know I can't...;)

    The only other consideration might be a scoped light rifle, like say a .30-06 with many different types of rounds from .22 Sabots to 200 gr could use that for small and large game TOO and keep the 2 legged predators farther away....:cool:
  9. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    the 870 of the four but not my choice from the small collection I have tucked away in my gun room. ( and it is getting smaller every day, I hate bills):rolleyes:
  10. Don Buckbee

    Don Buckbee New Member

    May 25, 2004
    Grayling, MI
    I voted for the 870. More versatile than the others.
    But, my personal doomsday gun is a Savage Model 24, 22 Rimfire/20 gage over and under combo. I have lots of different ammo for each, including slugs for the 20 gage, as well as number 4 and number 6 loads, along with 00Buckshot.

  11. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    I wonder just HOW many of us collect guns with the "Doomsday Scenario" in the back of our minds?

    I know I (we) do...

    I'm always "tweaking" the collection with it in mind, and while I don't have the EXACT guns i would like to be totally prepared, mainly because I can't afford them yet, I DO believe I have at least the TYPES I would need and most of the calibers, along with a "sufficient" supply (but NEVER enough:p ) of ammo for each....

    Like a scoped .22 rifle AND a pistol...and never LESS than 1000 rounds for them...

    Shotguns? 2 12s, a 20 and a 16, with SOME ammo for each, lots of 12, bird buck and slugs, and the ability to reload for it....

    A .308 rifle....yeah, not the BEST I could own, an Ishapore Enfield, but it WORKS and IS at least in a Nato caliber....

    Of COURSE all my x54 rifles, a thousand rounds or so of surplus, enough factory cases, and the ability to reload for them, a couple of them scoped and tuned,...

    less surplus for the .303, but some factory and dies too...

    Of course my .45, and a couple of thousand bullets, 800-1000 cases....:p

    About a thousand x39 for the SKS...

    And enough ammo around for all the other wierd stuff so they can at least be USED in.a "pinch...." Like the Makarov, the Steyr M95s, the Nagant revolver, my son's Arisaka (oh yeah, I have dies for THAT too...)

    And of course the blackpowder guns, with about 1000 caps around, and enough extra flints for the flintlock if I run out of those...(I DO need to "lay back" some more 3F though....)

    I DO need a .30-06 though, but I think it might be another Garand when I do....I have ammo for it though when I DO get around to buying it...

    And I have dies for a .300 Savage and a .222, so I might as WELL look for a cheap used rifle for each of THOSE too....:p

    I guess I need a .223 someday, and maybe a .357 revolver just to insure ammo availability, ....

    But what is scary, is "Doomsday," or at least, "Socio-Economic Collapse" is a LOT less "far-fetched" an idea today, especially with Al Qaeda, and "sympathetic" wack-jobs building nukes than it may have EVER been during the "Cold War...."
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2007
  12. From among those listed, there's only one real choice: The shotgun. It will do it all. The only drawback is range, but with slugs, the scattergun will stretch far enough for hunting big game, and with shotshells it's fine for anything else. For self-defense, give me a scattergun any day of the week.
  13. WarSteed

    WarSteed New Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Taking the shotgun, as much ammo as i can pack, and then i'm headed out to one of the old abandoned fire lookouts in the Cascades. There's deer aplenty (cause i'm always running into them hiking anyways), and the same with squirrels, beavers, and all sorts of other varmits.
  14. Nortranman

    Nortranman New Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    I guess out of those listed, I'd go with the 870. My own preference would be my Browning "sweet 16" Auto 5. But that wastn't on the list so I'll go with the shotgun anyway. It is a far more versitile weapon that pistol or rifle.
  15. bunnyhunter12

    bunnyhunter12 New Member

    Hey Pat, you never got back to me on whether or not I can have two barrels for the 870 :rolleyes: .

    Come on man, I got to know so that I can stock up on either sabot or rifled slugs.

    If no two barrels can I have a rifled slug tube? And some Tru-Glo sights to clamp on my vent rib? ;) :p
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