Three Firearm Choices for Disaster Situations Guest Post
Three Firearm Choices for Disaster Situations
Time and time again, governments all across the world have shown that they are alarmingly inept at keeping citizens safe during a natural disaster or a major civil disturbance. Citizens who expect their governments to rescue them are likely to find themselves at the mercy of hunger, disease, and violent mobs. It is painfully obvious that citizens must take preliminary measures to provide for their own safety and sustenance in case of such an event. Unfortunately, some citizens fail to take even the most basic precautions and live their lives totally unprepared for a disaster of any kind.
Even those who prepare for disasters with medicine and food storage sometimes neglect to purchase and train with a firearm. This is a potentially fatal mistake because in a severe disaster situation, desperate individuals might try to steal others’ food supplies. Things could easily turn violent, and it is of the utmost importance that you have a weapon with which to protect yourself and your family. Consider these three popular firearms for self-defense in a disaster situation.
The AK family of rifles is perhaps the most well-known design in the world. Rifles such as the AK-47, AK-74, WASR-10, and many more continue to be popular with gun owners due to their generous magazine capacity, availability of after-market accessories, and famous dependability. An AK is known as a rifle that cannot be jammed. Many “torture test” videos uploaded to YouTube by proud AK owners show the rifles functioning flawlessly even after handfuls of sand are poured directly into the action. This is a significant benefit for an emergency gun, considering that cleaning supplies and lubrication may not always be available.
The AK has been battle tested in many war zones across the globe. The 7.62×39 round is potent at long distances as well as in close quarters. The intimidation factor also comes into play with the AK. During the Los Angeles riots, shop owners were observed guarding their premises with AKs. Very few of them had to fire a single shot; the AK’s reputation was enough to deter the looters.
Glock Semi-automatic Handgun
A handgun is another solid choice for an emergency gun. Concealability is the main advantage. A rifle may deliver excellent firepower, but nothing short of a trenchcoat will conceal it if you need to pass through an area without attracting attention. Even full-size handguns can be concealed under a shirt or jacket with a shoulder holster.
Some gun owners will deride the comparatively small magazine capacity of handguns. However, after-market extended magazines that mitigate this problem are available for many Glock handguns. Glocks come in every popular semi-automatic handgun cartridge. Ammo commonality could be another advantage for those who own a pistol caliber carbine. 9mm ammo is fairly cheap and easy to come by.
Most gun owners have an old revolver or a 1911 collecting dust in the safe, so why must an emergency gun be a Glock? The first reason is that Glocks are known for being boringly reliable. Much like the AK, it is very difficult to jam a Glock even on purpose. They are not picky about ammunition and continue to function even without being cleaned and lubricated properly. Furthermore, the polymer frame means that a Glock is less vulnerable to rust.
Shotguns are already a popular home defense weapon. A pump-action shotgun’s small magazine capacity of five to eight rounds is a disadvantage, but an attacker is very likely to be stopped with one shot. In addition, the internal magazine of a pump-action shotgun can be topped off with another round when the opportunity arises. This is much more cumbersome with a semi-automatic firearm that uses a detachable magazine.
The manual mode of operation means that reliability is close to 100%. However, this also means that the rate of fire is slower. Shotgun pellets are ineffective past 100 yards or so, but they are second to none in close quarters.
When it comes to disaster situations, whatever they may be, don’t be a victim, and don’t expect the government to protect and rescue you. Take control of the situation. Decide whether you prefer a rifle, Glock, or shotgun, and train so that you’re comfortable and able to protect yourself and your family should disaster strike.
Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.