Which Firearm Do I Need? The Basics Of Finding The Right Match.
Which Firearm Do I Need? The Basics Of Finding The Right Match. avatar

Predominately, there are three types of firearms: rifles, shotguns and handguns.  They all have their own unique traits, purpose and function, but just like the survival preparedness planning you have already done, those purposes overlap each other.

Using a firearm for hunting and collecting food will increase your chances of being successful exponentially over say… a spear! If there is small game where you are (rabbits, squirrels, birds) then a shotgun with bird shot is an excellent choice.  You don’t have to be a sniper to hit something with bird shot and the damage to the meat is minimal depending on range.

If you are in an area with large animals (deer, elk, caribou) then you will need a rifle to bring one of these down.  A rifle does require more precision than a shotgun and therefore more practice to be proficient.

Attend A Gun Show When Possible

Many people purchase a gun for self defense and depending on the circumstances a handgun may be your best choice for this application.

Handguns are concealable on your person and also easily fit in a bedside drawer.

A pistol will also fit in your car glove box or under the seat of your car far better than a rifle or a shotgun.

(Be sure to check your local laws or get a concealed weapons permit)

Educate yourself about the firearm; how it functions, where and how the safety works and always treat any firearm with respect. It is absolutely critical that if you own a gun, you know how to use it properly.

There are four universal firearms safety rules:

  1. Treat all guns as though they were loaded.
  2. Keep your finger off of the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire
  3. Never let the muzzle of the firearm (the end where the bullet comes out) cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  4. Be sure of your target and beyond.  Bullets don’t always stop inside what you are shooting at.  Your target and beyond means make sure the bullet doesn’t go through your intended target and hit something behind it.

There has always been debate about whether guns are good or bad for a person to own, but at the end of the day, if you are a good person with good intentions who has educated yourself about the firearm, how it works and under what circumstances to use it you will make the right decision.  The training that goes with the gun is just as – if not more – important than actually owning the gun itself.

I read a post on another website the other day that said you need one of each to survive; a handgun for self defense, a shotgun for hunting and a rifle that has 800 yard capability so that you can stay out of range of the people that might be shooting at you!

Who is going to carry all that – let alone carry enough ammo for all those different guns to be effective?

Stay tuned for my next post, where I reveal my choice for the best survival gun to choose – at least to choose first! Of course, we always welcome your feedback, discussion, and opinions… so don’t be shy – sound off with some comments or questions below.

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