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Choosing the Best Gun for Prepping

How can you choose the best gun as a prepper? There are a few things you need to know about weapons when choosing guns for a bug out situation (or your bug out bag).

1. Size

The size of your gun is important. If you're walking around with a Desert Eagle, it isn't going to be easily concealable. A gun the size of a cannon may be intimidating, but it will also draw unnecessary attention, as well. Your gun should be, ideally, a sub-compact. A sub-compact will provide the best concealment without compromising handling and recoil control.

2. Caliber

I am not going to sell you on any particular caliber, but rather I am going to tell you my favorite and which I "recommend" you get, not demand. I personally carry a Glock 23, which is a sub-compact handgun that is chambered in .40 S&W. I personally recommend the .40 simply because it has the best of both the 9mm and .45. The .40 S&W has a good amount of recoil control and great stopping power. Granted, a .40 is not as powerful as a .45 nor is it as controllable as a 9mm, but it is close to having both and is right in between control and stopping power. I don't recommend a 9mm personally, simply because it lacks that power to drop someone quickly. Police and military are reporting that it is taking anywhere between 4-6 shots to take someone down with a 9mm. Reports are saying a .45 is taking people down in 1-2 shots and a .40 is stopping people in roughly 2-3 shots.

3. Reliability

Your weapon MUST be reliable. If you do not have a reliable weapon, you do not have a gun that you can count on when SHTF and you are required to use it. Sig Sauer, Beretta and Springfield are among some of the top manufacturers. I personally recommend Glock, as it's reliability has been proven time and time again. The Glock can be submerged in water, mud, sand and any other element for weeks, pulled out and will still fire flawlessly. The Glock will even fire IN the water. Again, all of the manufacturers I listed are incredibly reliable (and others I didn't list are, as well), I just personally recommend the Glock because of it's ability to be easily modified, used, concealed and drawn without any snagging parts on the weapon.

4. Personal Choice

At the end of the day, the best gun is the gun that works best for YOU. Not everyone is suited for a particular weapon. Some feel better with a Beretta while others may love Springfield. Which ever gun you pick in terms of manufacturer, size, caliber or comfort must be something you feel comfortable and confident using to defend your life or the lives of your loved-ones in a SHTF scenario.

These are just a few short rules you can apply when you purchase your next hand gun. These are indeed basic, so when you get your desired handgun, you can gain experience and move on to something more unique. The experience you will gain from owning a gun means nothing, however, if you do not know how to handle guns responsibly.

You need to also understand what your bug out plan should be. As a prepper, you need to prepare to take action at any moments notice. Have the proper preparations in place, know your plan, stock up, learn skills and practice those skills, including your gun safety and proficiency skills. A weapon is only as safe and effective as the trained individual who is handling it.


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