My #1 choices? Legal? Reasonable? M’kay … I’ll play.
Home/Boat/RV: pump shotgun, short bbl, folding stock (e.g. Mossberg 500) Combat: AR-10 (basically AR-15 in .308/7.62×51) Bugout/Trunk: SKS (add folding stock, throw-away cheap) or any .30-cal carbine, scout rifle, shotgun that eats commonly available ammo Burial: not something that’ll break your heart if it rusts Car: .357 revolver (good through door, good stopper) Concealed Carry: [insert tome]
-Polite society, tuxedo, pocket, purse: shrouded-hammer snubby .38 (e.g. S&W Mod642) or small, light .380 (e.g. Colt Mustang)
-Injun country, hip holster: 1911 commander-size (full grip, shorter bbl, good against everything in the W.Hemisphere exc. moose, bison & grizz) Hunting/Varmints: I ain’t goin’ there. *unh-unh* Crime: somebody else’s gun Assassination: suppressed .22LR pistol (professional use only, check local laws for legality)
Almost all of these are small-capacity weapons, so carry a spare mag or speed strip or loose ammo in a pocket.
If you have to buy a used gun, get a return warranty, have a gunsmith check it out, and put a hundred rounds through it immediately. Put at least a box of ammo through a new gun, too. (Hey, their warranty doesn’t cover your life, and some ammo brands/bullet-types may not function perfectly in that model.)
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 18, 2013 @ 8:32 am
Was curious if the Porch’s own PatrickP got the BBQ/grill or a firearm for Christmas?
Comment by accipiter NW — January 18, 2013 @ 9:59 am
A gatling gun, concealed in the nose of a used A10 Warthog. Cheepist of all military strike-fighters…. Side bene: Only goes about 300 knots, so if you hit the ground going straight down, biggest risk = get the wind knocked out of you………..
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — January 18, 2013 @ 10:42 am
Comment on Doug’s thoughtful list – I couldn’t find a Colt Mustang for ‘polite’ carry when I was looking, and chose a Sig P238. It’s pretty much a mini-1911 in function. Only initial complaint was it had a really heavy trigger (9.5lb) and after some smoothing and smithing, now have a pocket pistol that so far (~800 rds) has eaten FMJ, JHP, Buffalo Bore FMJ flat point without a hitch, and groups about 1.5″ at 7 yds. It might do better, but that’s the best I can do two handed standing. The gun is a pleasure to shoot, esp. if you get magazines with a pinky extension base. Excellent tritium night sights are included, and Sig offers a laser sight (238-TGL) as an option.
Sig had some problems with early models – get a 2012 or later manufacture and the bugs will be gone.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 18, 2013 @ 10:52 am
I’ve always liked the .50 cal BMG myself. Of course, it’s a little heavy and bulky for everyday carry use, but when you light that sucker up, it gets people’s attention!
Large naval guns are also good, but they’re almost impossible to carry-around with you.
The M-1 A-12 nucular device is an acceptable alternative. Of course, at only 1 megaton it’s a bit weak, but it will turn about ten-square-miles into glass in a heartbeat. That should give you enough time for the cavalry to show-up.