11 11 2008

This is an easy one, everyone needs to have firearms available.

But first the four safety rules. Memorize them and teach them to your children, over and over again.

Rule One – All guns are always loaded.

Rule Two – Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

Rule Three – Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.

Rule Four – Be sure of your target. Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it. Nev shoot    anything you have not positively identified.

The basics. These are recommendations, however, there are many fine firearms that will not be mentioned. If you are working with a limited budget, learn to shoot effectively with whatever firearm you have available.

Shotgun – This is the most versatile gun you can purchase. If you can only afford to purchase one firearm this is it. The 12 gauge pump can handle small game hunting, waterfowl, large game hunting, self-defense and recreational shooting. Go with a new or used Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. Both of these are very dependable with an almost unlimited number of replacement/aftermarket parts. I prefer the Mossberg because of the ambidextrous safety.

Rimfire – The number two choice is a rimfire rifle or rimfire handgun. My personal preference is a .22 rifle. Ammunition is relatively inexpensive and these guns are just plain ‘ol fun to shoot. Also, for those wanting to move up to the centerfire rifles, this is the most cost effective way to learn to shoot. Rimfires will handle small game hunting very well and can be pressed into service for large game hunting and self-defense. My number one recommendation in the rimfire category is the Ruger 10/22. Like the Mossberg’s and Remington’s above, the Ruger 10/22 has catalogs full of replacement/aftermarket part available, maybe more than any other firearm ever made. The availability of aftermarket parts will let you, if you so desire, to customize your rifle to your heart’s content. This can be very important if you need a shorter stock or different sights. Speaking of aftermarket sights, if you are going to stay with iron sights for the 10/22 these sights are a must! The Marlin Model 60 would be a good alternative to the 10/22 and there are too many quality bolt action .22 rifles to try and list them all here. If you are considering a .22 handgun I highly recommend the Ruger and Browning semiautos.

Centerfire Rifle – This is the go to gun for large game hunting and long range self-defense. There has been a tremedous amount of time and energy wasted on debating the “best” rifle in this category. In my opinion this is due to the fact that no single rifle can cover all the tasks asked of the centerfire rifle. Let’s start with some general philosophy, and then look at some specific models. First, your centerfire rifle really should, if at all possible, be chambered for a standard military caliber. I would include in this list the 7.62 NATO (.308 Winchester), the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) and the 7.62X39mm. The availability of ammunition is a consideration that cannot be over emphasized. These three rounds are the top three military cartridges worldwide. The .300 Weatherby Magnum is a fantastic round, however, the likelyhood of buying this ammunition in Bucksnort, TN or Possum Kingdom, SC is very low. I also prefer semi-autos in this category. Bolt actions have advantages in accuracy and dependability (as a general rule) but the rate of fire and magazine capacities of the semi-auto compels me to give them the nod.

As far as recommendation go in this category, let’s start with the less expensive rifle and work our way up the price scale.

SKS‘s (7.62X39mm)

AK‘s (7.62X39mm)

AR-15‘s (5.56 NATO/.223 Remington)

AR-10‘s (7.62 NATO/.308 Winchester)

M1A‘s (7.62 NATO/.308 Winchester)

Centerfire Handgun – This really is the last ditch self-defense option. Again go with military/service cartridges if possible. Some centerfire handguns can be pressed into hunting duties in a pinch. Theses guns are relatively difficult to shoot well and fairly under powered. These should only be considered if you already own the three firearms mentioned above.

That should get the discussion going.



Free yourself from slavery!

10 11 2008

At the risk of “going off half cocked” I wanted to shoot out a link to an article posted over at The War on Guns. I advocate being armed as much as the next guy, maybe more, but the word of caution here is… do not go into debt to purchase firearms. Free yourself from (economic) slavery!

I believe we should keep this in mind, not going into debt, as we consider the numerous areas of preparedness.

I’m getting close to finishing another post on purchasing firearms on a budget


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