Let’s face it, gun ownership is a hot topic these days, and not for good reasons. Because of this, gun ownership for preppers is becoming increasingly important. At this rate, waiting to purchase a firearm could mean jumping through a hundred hoops, or not getting one at all.
I’m not going to go into the absurdity of “gun free zones” and the absurdity of disarming the American population instead of fixing the real problem, that’s a post for another time.
This post is going to be about why gun ownership is important to preppers, and how we can become one of the good guys with guns…you know, the ones you never hear about on mainstream media.
This week in the show Lisa and I talked about why owning a gun will become even more important for preppers, how to be a responsible gun owner, and picking the right gun for the job. You would never know this by watching the news, but guns are not always for killing people, some people use them to hunt.
SPP162 Firearms For Preppers: The What & Why
Gun Safety & Ownership
First and foremost, before we start talking about why you need firearms, we need to talk about what being a good gun owner means.
Practice & Safety: Being a good gun owner means not only knowing how to safely use it, it also means knowing what to do with it when you’re not using it. Gun ownership should be considered a huge responsibility, and not taken lightly.
For first time gun owners I would highly recommend taking some sort of gun safety class, and then putting a few hundred rounds though the gun at the gun range while practicing everything you learned in that class.
Cleaning: Even cleaning your gun can help with safety and your overall comfort with the gun. Not only will cleaning your firearm help with reliability and performance, it will help you understand how everything works.
Knowing how to disassemble and reassemble your gun will help you understand how all the pieces work together, and why misfires happen.
Know Your Gun Laws: Every state has different gun laws, so what is legal in your state might not be legal in another. Make sure and understand what laws apply to you, and also keep up to date on the ever changing gun laws.
This is especially important for concealed carry holders who travel, and might have to cross state lines. Like it or not, the law is the law and we have to abide by them.
It’s also important to know what will happen after a defensive shooting, and what you will need to expect. Even if you are completely in the right, there will still be some hoops to jump through. This article goes into more detail.
It’s also important to remember that not all SHTF scenarios involve WROL (Without Rule of Law), and there are some scenarios that involve complete confiscation…but that’s a story for another day.
The Best Gun for Preppers
When it comes to picking the best gun for preppers, there really isn’t 1 right answer to this. A concealed carry weapon would not be the ideal choice for hunting, and a long rifle is not a great choice for self-defense.
While in some situations having something is better than nothing, having the right tool for the job is important. If I had to pick just 1 gun I would probably say a shotgun because of its versatility. You can get different types of ammo making it useful for self-defense and hunting, although the range of a shotgun is very limited.
The Right Tool for the Job
Just like everything in life there is the right way, the wrong way, and some work arounds. Having the right gun for the job at hand might make everything a little easier.
Hand Guns: Great for self-defense, concealed carry, and short range, but not as accurate as a long gun. They are also not ideal for hunting, but will work in a pinch.
Long Guns: A long gun (rifle) will give you more range to protect your family and property at the perimeter level, and will also give you more accuracy for hunting. .22 calibers are great for small game, but bigger game will require a larger caliber.
Shotguns: Shot guns are sort of an all-purpose gun, depending on the ammo you use. They are a great self-defense gun at short range because you don’t need to be all that accurate, and they could also be used to hunt birds and other animals, depending on the shell.
While having just 1 gun is better than nothing, I believe that you should have at least 1 of each in your collection. Not only is it important to have these guns, it’s important to actually be proficient with them. So get out to the range and have some fun!
Guns Are Not the Be All End All
While having guns and ammo will help you sustain and protect yourself is any sort of SHTF scenario, having something to protect in the first place like food and water are still the most important. Anyone who focuses strictly on guns and ammo are going to be the people we need to protect ourselves against.
Just like everything else when it comes to preparedness, our supplies will eventually run out. The same holds true for ammo, and when our ammo is gone, we basically have a metal club.
Ready, Aim…Wait a Second
Along with having a firearm in the first place is your willingness to use it. You can have the biggest, baddest gun in the world, but if you are too scared to pull the trigger it is useless. This holds true for not only being uncomfortable with the recoil, but also being able to pull the trigger if you are your family is in danger.
A while back we got Lisa a 9mm hand gun and right now she is not very comfortable shooting it. I have no doubt that in a life or death situation she would pull the trigger, but I want her to become more comfortable using a gun and become more proficient.
We decided to get her a smaller caliber .22 hand gun because she is more willing to practice at the range, and hopefully work her way up to being comfortable with the larger caliber ammunition.
You also need to be honest with yourself about whether or not you would be able to pull the trigger on an attacker. Most normal people would never want to have to use their gun for self-defense, but if the need arises, we need to do it without hesitation, hesitation could lead to us or our family becoming victims.
Reasons to Own a Gun
In the show Lisa and I talked a little bit about why it’s important to own a gun (or guns) now, as well as in the event of societal breakdown.
Because You Can
Because of this current administration, and because I’m not sure how much longer it will be legal to purchase an AR style rifle, I went ahead and got one now. It’s a little ironic that the more people talk about banning guns, or adding restrictions, gun sales start to rise.
There are far more good guys with guns than bad guys, but you would never know that by watching TV, and I want to be part of the good guys with gun’s club. The solution is not to take away guns from the good guys, the solution is to start upholding the laws already on the books and hold the bad guys more accountable.
This country was founded on the fact that we need to be able to defend ourselves against the very people who are trying to take that are trying to take them away.
Sport Shooting & Collecting
If you listen to the mainstream media, anyone who owns more than 1 gun must be a domestic terrorist, but needless to say, that is not the case. High school student in 4H enjoy shooting clays, and there are events like Project Appleseed with the goal of “teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills”
I have found that once I purchased my first gun I wanted another one…and another one. Not for any nefarious reasons, just because I enjoy going to the range and shooting, and I want to try different guns and calibers.
Gun ownership and collecting is a hobby just like building model rockets is a hobby, collecting Star Wars action figures is a hobby, and rebuilding muscle cars is a hobby.
While there will probably not be as much hunting going on as people think in a SHTF scenario, it’s still important to have the option if available. There are nowhere near the number of animals there were in the past, and everyone and their brother are going to be out looking for food when there is no grocery store.
Depending on your area though, there could be squirrels, rabbits, birds and other small game you can take advantage of. As I mentioned above though, you need the right tool for the job, you probably don’t want to take an AR out to hunt a couple of pidgins…for a few different reasons.
Contrary to popular belief these days, you are the only one who has the sole responsibility of taking care of yourself. While it’s good to have the police to protect you (and you should let them if possible) we can’t, and shouldn’t expect them to be there at our beck and call.
Some situations can happen quicker than they can respond, and we need to be able to protect ourselves and our family.
In an SHTF scenario all of this goes out the window. With no public servants, the crime rate will rise, and we will be on our own. To most people this seems like some sort of crazy made up fantasy world, but to me the crazy made up fantasy world is the one we live in today.
My hope is that I never have to use any of my guns for anything other than hunting or going to the range, but I enjoy the comfort of knowing that if something were to happen that put my family in danger, I have the tools I need to protect them.
To me it’s just like having car insurance, I hope I never need to use it, but I’ll be glad I have it if I ever need it.