My husband is a gun expert. Totally. He knows all about firearms and ammunition, inside-out. We love to watch old war movies together, particularly those set during World War II.
Scott is so good that he can tell you the type, brand and model of any rifle or handgun, and also of any Coleman lantern used on the movie set. He can also tell you whether the gun or lantern is "true to the time period" depicted in the story. And he is always right.
So naturally, he was my go-to man for this page. I asked him to devise a simple and practical game plan for folks wishing to arm their families for survival. I wanted to describe for visitors which guns, rifles or firearms would be best for self-protection, as well as for survival hunting.
He came up with a great but simple fireams plan, which is outlined below.
Before you run off to the next local gun show to acquire your arsenal, we stongly urge you to familiarize yourself with the gun laws and restrictions in your state first.
We are firm supporters of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which is quoted in the image at the top of this page.
I have always believed that the intent of our forefathers in adopting this amendment was very clear: "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Is there really anything ambiguous about this?
This is why I am baffled by the differences in state weapons laws. How can a state be justified in restricting the constitutional right of it's citizens to bear arms? And boy, do the state laws vary widely.
The state with the most favorable gun rights is usually considered to be Arizona, with few restrictions on gun ownership and sales. You don’t need a permit to purchase and do not need to register ownership of firearms. And most lenient of all, you can carry a handgun, either concealed or openly, without a permit. Other states with loose gun laws are Alaska, Wyoming and Kentucky.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have Maryland, with extremely restrictive gun laws. There is no guarantee that Maryland will even grant you a concealed carry permit. It is up to the State! (Called a “may issue” system).
They have gone so far as to require you to prove that there is a "clear and significant threat" to your life, before they will issue. You must have a license to buy a handgun, which you must then register with the State Police. Hostile environment for gun enthusiasts!
Other very restrictive gun law states include D.C., Illinois, New York and New Jersey.
So study up and know what you can and cannot own or do in your state. We do NOT advocate that you break the law in order to "gun-up". You don't need a felony conviction in your life.
Click here to see the NRA guide to current state firearms laws.
If you find the gun-owning process too tough to tackle in your state, we suggest the following:
1. Write your state congressman, telling him or her you feel gun laws are too restrictive and to please support the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
2. Vote for pro-gun-rights candidates.
Weapons alternatives while you are waiting for the gun laws to change in your state:
WARNING: Some states even limit the open carry and use of these weapons for defense or hunting. Check your state laws!
Scott's Survival Simplified Firearms Plan,
in a nutshell:
More specifically, he recommends:
A 12-gauge pump action shotgun (Like the Remington 870). This is a great all around survival weapon.
Although it's heavy and packs a bit of a wallop (kickback or recoil), it is deadly effective and a reasonably healthy woman can shoot it without too much problem.
A shotgun issues a scattered pattern of pellet impact, making it easier to hit the target without too much skill.
Recommended ammunition for shotgun (3 types):
12 ga. Buckshot 00 (Double 0)- For defense or hunting larger game like deer. Good range: up to about 40 yards.
12 ga. Birdshot #4- for smaller game like turkeys, squirrels or rabbits
12 ga. Birdshot- #7.5- for small birds on the wing like doves or duck.
Shotgun slugs- are quite deadly- One shot will kill a deer or an attacker.
Smith & Wesson Airweight #638- 5-shot revolver. One for each adult.
As the name implies, the S&W Airweight is very light to carry and handle. A good choice for women or men.
3 Types of Ammo recommended for the Airweight:
Regular .38 Special
.38 Special +P -higher velocity/a little more punch
.38 Special Shot Shells-"baby shotgun shells"; hunt small game and birds at close range
For your handgun:
Holster, fanny pack or pocket clip
The Clipdraw Belt Clip
This simple clip you attach to your revolver is a great concealed carry alternative to bulky holsters. It allows inside-the-waistband carry, has a minimal slim carry profile. Scott prefers the clip to a holster... Neat and sweet!
Order a ClipDraw for your S&W Airweight #638 5-shot J frame Revolver through our no-cost Amazon affiliate link below:
My Concealed Weapon Fanny Pack
DTOM ("Don't Tread On Me") Concealed Carry Fanny Pack
They call this the Fat Man because the waist strap can adjust out to 50" waist. But I am a 5'6" woman with a 32" waist, and it looks fine on me.
You'd never guess I always carry my S&W airweight revolver right there on my hip. Watch the video below to see how quickly I can access my hidden weapon.
Scott shooting two 45s in rapid succession. He makes it look easy... it ain't!
Where to buy guns and ammo? Check your state gun laws carefully, then start with Cabela's [www.cabelas.com] and Armslist [Armslist.com]
Check around for coming gun shows and visit sporting goods stores and gun shops in your locale.
We do not sell firearms or ammunition on this website. Too complicated, especially with all those different state laws!