Often times when we start discussing prepping and planning with one of our clients, the conversation either begins, or eventually turns, to firearms. Usually, the conversation goes something like this.
“Hey, I need to get a gun.”
While this is something we would agree with, preparing for zombie outbreaks and all, it is important to look into this need and desire in a serious and legal way.
Let us first start off by saying that regardless of the reason, we are firm believers in the right to own a firearm. Please, however, follow all local, state, and federal laws when acquiring them. We do not condone the acquisition of any type of weapon through illegal channels. Ok, now that’s out of the way…..
Let’s first take a look at why most people want to own a firearm when it comes to prepping and survival. What it really comes down to is security. Security is the end result, it is what people are actually seeking – safety and security. To a lot of people, this can be achieved easily through firearms. I mean, if i want to feel safe and secure, what more do I need than a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol? I feel more secure just saying it – right? Well, yes and no.
While ZETA agrees firearms is a great way to obtain security, it also requires more planning and training. A weapon of any kind, let a lone a firearm, is useless in the hands of an untrained operator. If you go out and buy a shotgun, but never shoot it, how well do you think you could handle that weapon in the event of an emergency, with your nerves shot, and stressed out, etc? No, in order for a firearm to provide security, you need to be willing to sacrifice more time for training to become proficient in using those weapons. I am not talking about concealed weapons and safety courses. I am talking about hands on, real combat training. You know, provided by a professional? If you are not willing to take those steps, ZETA cannot stop you rom still purchasing a firearm – just know, that without the knowledge and practice, it will be nothing more than an expensive baseball bat.
So let’s look at what type of firearms to get, shall we?
Of course, this is a very personal selection. We are just trying to help here. So listen to us, or don’t… Choosing a firearm should relate to what you are preparing for. This is a fact. here are some common selections:
Planning for a home invasion? You need a shotgun.
Planning for common crimes, muggings, robbing? You need a concealed pistol.
Planning for all out assault, police states, angry mobs? You need an assault rifle.
Planning for hunting food, or game? You need a rifle.
But as you know, here at ZETA, we plan for a zombie apocalypse. So we plan our firearm selection is a completely different way. What we do is look at the purpose of each type of firearm.
A pistol is great for personal protection and close range shooting. A shotgun is great for inflicting mass damage at closer ranges. A rifle (AR-15, etc) is good for long range situations. So to be truly be prepared, we recommend having a weapon or firearm for each situation your planning accounts for. To us, it rounds out to the following:
- A shotgun for close quarter threats in high stress situations;
- A full sized pistol for close to medium ranges and emergency situations;
- A concealable pistol for Every Day Carry for personal close range protection;
- A rifle, preferably an AR-15, for long range protection, hunting, and tactical needs.
That is how we break it down. You can always get more, upgrade, have the family become familiar, arm them, etc. But four firearms should be adequate for most preppers and doomsday scenarios.
The real issue is how much ammo you will need.
So, one of the benefits of only having four weapons is having to keep less ammunition of different varieties on hand. Now, how much ammunition you choose to store in your preps is completely up to you, but here is out starting point. We recommend at a minimum you have 1000 long rifle rounds, 500 pistol rounds (per weapon), and 500 shotgun shells. A lot of other preppers will argue this is not nearly enough, and they could be right. However, you may have to transport all these rounds. How much do you think you can carry if you had to evacuate? Even if you had 50,000 rounds, ammo eventually runs out, right?
We recommend having about 2500 rounds stored on hand for your four firearms. Ammunition kept in a cool dry place (air conditioned) will last for decades by the way.
However, we also recommend having other weapons as well. Having a couple really good military grade knives is always a good start. Also, melee weapons such as clubs, batons, bats, stun guns, sprays, etc can all be prepped for and trained with too. Don’t rely ONLY on firearms. We recommend though getting weapons designed to be weapons. For example, a nine iron is not a weapon – that is a club for making a chip shot. Don’t expect it to perform like a weapon when you need it to be one.
So should you get firearms? Yes, if you are willing to take the time to learn the weapon system, train with it, and be prepared to use it. Having it just to have it is more dangerous than good. We recommend, for most starting preppers, to start by purchasing one firearm first that best fits in with their planning, and go from there.
Here is a specific list of the weapons and firearms we stand behind!
So should you acquire firearms? Well, if you are willing to train with them, and learn the craft of how then can provide security, absolutely. Just remember to do your research and understand owning firearms is a lifestyle change, and requires further education and training. If you are up for the commitment, having a firearm to protect your safety and supplies is certainly a tool welcome in almost every prepper’s toolkit.
Good luck, and stay safe!