Hypothetical - one gun for bug out

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    Hypothetical - one gun for bug out

    Alright I'm bored so here comes the hypothetical question. I was browsing videos on youtube and came across a topic I found interesting. Let's say society breaks down and for whatever reason you need to bug out and can only choose one gun/caliber for defense. What would you take?

    I want to share some of the thoughts the YT world suggested. First, a guy decided he would choose his .22 caliber handgun with the reasoning that he can literally carry hundreds of rounds on his person and not weigh himself down too much (he was applying this to a zombie apocalypse scenario, however). Others wanted maximum firepower claiming they would choose their .45, .357, etc. Yet others brought up the point that they would only stick with 9mm or .223 because they are more likely to find ammo and spare parts while scavenging since they are extremely popular.

    To make this interesting, let's say you can choose only one handgun and one long gun (shotgun or rifle). What caliber and model would you choose and why?

    Personally I'd take a G17 because it's a decent caliber size with excellent mag capacity (plus option to grab the 33rd mag). I'd also take my .223 DPMS.
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    I would take my Glock19 and my Saiga AK-47 for the reliability factors. You would assume in a bug out scenario cleaning kits would not be high up on your list of carry items.

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    Assuming this includes guns I dont own at the moment, a ruger security six 4 in barrel and a 12 ga pump.
    Shotgun shells should be easy to find in 12 ga for a long time, and probably 357 also or 38s if it came down to that.
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    My Glock-21 and my Marlin 30-30...those two will serve all my needs.
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    Dan Wesson 357Mag revolver with the 4 inch barrel on it and an AK-47.
    Someone else in my group WILL have a hi-cap 9mm and a 22LR rifle.
    Someone else in my group WILL have... etc. you get the idea.
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    One of two combinations depending on what I'm more concerned about. General survival and 4 legged predators, or 2 legged predators.

    For the first scenario my 45lc Ruger Blackhawk and Puma lever action carbine will cover most survival situations a person might encounter.

    If I am more worried about 2 legged predators I'd go with my 9mm Ruger P89DC and its mate, a PC9 carbine. They share both ammo and magazines and are able to lay down sustained fire when paired with 20 and 30rnd magazines.
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    Without a doubt a tubular magazine 22 LR semi auto. Ammo is most common of any available and you can carry a lot of it. Because of the availability of weapons in that caliber: 22lr ammo would be better than gold so I would want some for personal use but also for barter. A 2nd choice would be a 12ga shotgun and as much #6 rounds as I could carry. That weapon and load is pretty good for any use ....not perfect for much but useful for any need. Again with the number of 12 ga shotguns out there: the ammo would be useful as barter goods for any need.

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    I would probably take my G19 and my 870, making sure I pack both shot shells and slugs for the shotty. That would take care of my defensive needs as well as the need of hunting for food.

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    In a true societal collapse no person would want to sustain any gunshot injury from any caliber when medical/surgical treatment would likely be completely unavailable.
    That is one important thing to consider.

    When "bugging out" and there is a real possibility that you may end up "on foot" - ammo weight and firearm weight would be real and serious considerations.


    What the exact "bug out" scenario IS AKA "Why are you bugging out and from what...and to where?" would also help to determine what firearm/firearms one would choose.

    There will always be many variables unique to each type of situation.

    Will you be bugging out into the deep woods and just wanting to take small game for food or are you in an environment where hoards of crazed humans are running amuck and are bonkers and kill crazy in the streets?

    All determine firearm and caliber considerations.

    So the short answer is I dunno...but, a lightweight .22 and some rimfire ammo will always be in the mix.
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    .22 LR rifle - trust me, ammo gets HEAVY!!! My Savage Mark II rifle makes the cut, it's light and VERY accurate and I've had it the longest so I'm the best shot with it from extensive practice. Hypothetically, that's the one I'd take. And yes, I still have roughly 1,000 rounds for it despite the recent shortages/price hikes.
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    If temporarily bugging out, I too would prefer a larger-capacity 9mm platform that's rock solid. Fairly decent ammo availability, comparatively speaking. Something like a Glock 19 or 17 would be perfect, IMO.

    If however the "bugging out" is more like longer-term SHTF with societal collapse, that's something else. I'd be quite interested in having the flexibility of a .22LR rifle type platform with lots of easily-portable ammo, though I'd still want the ability to be armed with a handgun on my person. Still, given that I'm not all that likely to be heading into the woods to be foraging/hunting for myself while the S does HTF, these days, my choice would still likely be that decent-capacity 9mm pistol.
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    12 Guage! Slugs, Sabot, Buck and Bird. Easy to carry. Very effective. If I have to un-a with one weapon, I have to use that one weapon to both live and eat.

    Weight is not as important as firepower because it will only be the weapon, ammo, minimal water (and my water filtration system = light), some medical supplies and more ammo. If it only has to be one weapon.

    However, my .22 BUG might just happen to be in my medical supplies, or the pocket of my water bag...........................
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    12 Guage! Slugs, Sabot, Buck and Bird. Easy to carry. Very effective. If I have to but out with one weapon, I have to both live and eat. Weight is not as important as firepower because it will only be the weapon, ammo, minimal water (and my water filtration system = light), some medical supplies and more ammo. If it only has to be one weapon.
    But if it's truly SHTF for longer duration, the availability of ammo begins to weigh heavily. 12ga ammo is a booger to cart around, and if truly SHTF then petrol for transportation is likely to be non-existent or extremely difficult to get, meaning walking and lugging the ammo is going to be required ... which means a strict limit on the amount a person can carry. In that sort of situation, it's why a .22LR begins to make much more sense to me. Don't get me wrong, I'd much prefer a better caliber for defensive/hunting purposes too, but if zero transportation and I'm required to cart my own ammo from place to place, I'm betting it's gonna get rough once I've shot through the few dozens of rounds I've been able to bring if I'm limiting myself to 12ga/.30-30 or something similar. 9mm's bad enough, over the long term, in that way.

    Eh. Lots of bad choices, if long-term SHTF. It'll come down to finding a game-rich area without much need to travel outside the region.
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    Break action single shot 12g. "X caliber" kit

    And my sig p220, if i can only take two guns.
    But my bug out plan involves disapearing into dem der woods.
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    To make this interesting, let's say you can choose only one handgun and one long gun (shotgun or rifle). What caliber and model would you choose and why?
    Ruger MK3 and Henry lever .22 just because of how much ammo I could carry space and weight wise.
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