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  1. Ben228

    The right to own Assult Rifles

    Just to mess with a anti 2A type show them a mossberg 500 and an AR-15 and then asks them which can fire more bullets with one pull of the trigger. They will always get it wrong, and hence their confusion. (#2 buck round [.22 caliber shot]equals one 30 round AR mag). My stock Mossy could hold 5+1 which would be the equivent of 180 "assault weapon" rounds. Then they get to explain how it isn't the same. Big fun!
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    Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P

    Recently took a shooting course. There were two people with M&Ps and a berreta, an XD and the rest were glocks (14 students). The two M&Ps had several mis-feeds, ejection fails and mags not feeding problems. It was an indoor range so we all were running the exact same brand and type ammo (frangible, 125 gr., .40 cal). Seriously, those two had continuous issues of gun fails, except for one bad primer in another gun. I'll not be betting my life on a M&P. JMHO.
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    Firearm problem for felon

    Common sense gun laws AND no state income tax and part-time law makers! Next you'll tell me that the streets are paved with gold, Capt. Bart!
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    A Rifle or Shotgun for $200?

    With a price point of $200 I'd go with a shotgun, preferably a pump. Mossberg has a economy line of guns called Maverick 88 that are compatible with the 500 line in regards to mods. I don't know other than it is made by Mossberg.
  5. 20g for home defense is fine, especially for the smaller framed, and youth. The fear of recoil is less, the ammo weight is a factor in a GOOD situation, and the variety of loads is there as well. I think as long as you stick with a reputable manufacturer you can't go wrong.
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    Primary firearm: Assault Rifle or shotgun?

    In the original question was what should I get, with limited $s. With $ availability the driving factor the shotgun "wins". Cheaper start up, versatility of use, accessibility of ammo, vareity of loads are all pros. Weight of load, shortness of range and inability of smaller frame people to handle recoil are the major cons. If the goal combat the answer is M4 but if it is survival I'd go with a shotgun.
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    The One Gun

    Only one gun? Go with a 12 gauge pump from a reputable manufacturer. For all the stated reasons. I have owned mine for over 30 years. The thing is an extention of my freaking arm, practically. 7 +1 #2 shot will handle just about anyone/thing whithin 100 feet of me in a defensive situation and slugs will stop the rest.
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    About a 12 gauge ...

    Recently switched to M4 style stock on my Mossberg 500. Even though it made the gun lighter the recoil felt less. My defense rounds in my lath and plaster walled apartment are #2 because the walls can soak up more of the energy at short range and I get added power for longer shots. As stated above, take the same route you would take to get to Carnige Hall; practice, practice, practice!
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    If you were starting over what would your survival guns be?

    Snake: good points all. I don't like the 9 mm at all. If you want my reasons go talk to Gabby Gifford. As for the Mossberg, had mine for over 30 years and its an extention of my arm. Have factory tube extention under the 20" factory barrel. The only reason I went Glock was KelTec doesn't make a sub 2000 that takes XD mags. Carry/love my XD .40. As for the M1 in 30-06, like the gun, it was good enough to put paid to Hitler and Tojo good enough for me. NATO rounds were in short supply but I could always get a couple boxes of 30-06. As for the Tarus, I like the concept and here in the PRK (People's Republic of Kalifornia) it is banned, so it is a "forbidden fruit" kind of thing.
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    If you were starting over what would your survival guns be?

    Here goes: M-1 in 30-06 Mossberg 12 pump extended tube (7+1) 20" barrel ARI collapsible stock w/pistol grip Glock in .40 S&W minimum 4", night sights. KelTec sub 2000 in .40 Ruger 10/22 w/ 4x scope, lots of mags for it. Taurus judge w/ 4" barrel (can shot .410 and .45!) That is the start over wish list.
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    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    I think I'd go with a solid 12 pump with a pistol grip six position stock. Backed with a dependable pistol you'd be well provided for. Mostly defensive, but that is the message you want to be broadcasting. But I live in an urban area that is over a hundred miles deep. Sight lines rarely extend over 300 yards and unless it is under 50 I'll try for evasion over engagement. Hog or coyote out to 100 yards would have to do.
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    The Caliber Debate

    I am partial to the Pelvic Girdle shot. Most body armor stops at the belt line and there are a massive amount of major blood vessels going through that area. My duty.40 will wreck the area and give me a high probability of a quick bleed out. I also get the added bonus of still placing my shots center mass, albeit low center mass. That helps as the jump in adrinaline saps fine motor skills I'm still try to hit the big bits! The wrecked pelvis stops the charge and assangunation will end the threat. If they can't chase then I have the option of a "safer" retreat.
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    Right handed,left eyed?

    I am "cross eyed dominant" right handed pistol left handed long gun shooter. It is how it works for me. Works really cool to go from long gun to pistol in a combat drill (brother is jealous of the smoth transition this gives me). Also help in the other direction. As long as he is putting lead on target and being safe let him work it out for himself, technique wise.
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    The right to own Assult Rifles

    Actually if you didn't hit me with those 30 rounds you just shot,you HAVE just turned your rifle into a club! Shot placement counts! It counted yesterday and will count tomorrow too! But having 30+ rounds between reloads is not to be sneezed at. I hate what the political nut jobs in my state do every day!(Crappyfornia). I also have the misfortune to live I San Francisco, where the chief of police only issues CCWs to politicos security teams not private citizens.
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    Railroad service truck as a BOV

    Depending on the level of SHTF event this might be a good plan. The railroad right of way is a possible egress route out of a lot of urban areas. The freeways will be choked and and you can forget surface streets. A complete knowledge of the area railroads might be the difference between life and death. Fleeing from the S.F. Bay area towards Reno there is a parallel set of tracks to I-80 that take straight into town. Just saying.
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    Another sad story.

    They are calling him a veteran. While he did serve he was dishonorably discharged. Meaning he was not of a caliber to be mentioned with all the honorable service members out there. He was measured and found wanting.
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    $479 before tax

    If it is the difference between armed and unarmed go for it! Otherwise, no. If you already a Glock shooter maybe, but I haven't owned one before and they have a different geometry then other semi-autos ( more vertical). Not a big difference but a factor to concider. Also accessories are pricey-er, but the upside is there are more and more varied accessories on the market.
  18. I live in a small second floor apartment. It is less then 10 steps to my bed, forget bedroom. If someone breaks in they are less than five seconds from me and my wife. For tha reason I have a loaded (one in the chamber) Mossberg 500 by my bed. The door gets forced and the gun comes out! I live in Kalifornia, the basic rule is if you shoot at an intruder it's better if the witness hear you fire the gun until it clicks! The whole "I was so afraid" defence. I've had LEOs tell me that. They have also said "SHUT THE F**K UP!" . Call 911 then your lawyer. Where I live only politicians can get CCWs for their security staffs and families.
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    Clothing in your BoB

    I have a pair of pants and a jacket that are the water proof layer of the mil system. They work for SF Bay area for warmth and rain protection year round( in the winter I'll have a warm layer on.) the worst time is the time you are cold AND wet. Also have 3 pairs of socks. You can't move any where with f'ed up feet. Take care of your feet and they will take cafe of you.
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    12 gauge Mini Shells

    I picked up a couple of boxes at the gun show last time I was there. Thoungt 2 boxes for $25.00, what the hell interesting concept, let's see how it would work. 1.) I can fit 14+1 in my gun. Pretty good since it's normally a 7+1 with full size rounds. 2.) the feed spring and loading ramp combo makes cycling the weapon tricky because the shells are so short and light they don't pop out and lay down on the loading ramp. I have mis-feed jams about every 4-5 pumps just dry cycling the weapon. The only "fix" I came up with was a mix load in the tube. Load 8 minis and 3 2 3/4" shells. (I think the spring is more relaxed by the time it is tossing the minis out, so doesn't throw them as hard) Kiind of defeats the purpose if you have to mix sizes, doesn't it? 3.) got to take them out to the range to see how they really work. (Will edit post after trip to range.) Still like the concept but see problems in the execution. When the defication contacts the rotoary ocilator do you want to have to remember that you have to do something speaical to stay in the fight?
  21. Hey Wolfe, I was thinking more along the lines of a Mil-Pack Convoy idea. Spread the vital eguipment out so the loss of any one ship/truck doesn't scuttle the whole mission because all of something was lost. Put some of the water purification in each of the packs as well as some of all mission critical items. I was thinking non-electronic toys or other comfort items for the kids in their packs. Kids are resilient and all of that but they are going to need comforting to deal with the thing that drove you out in the first place. How fast can you travel with a catatonic child on each arm? You and your wife will have your hands full dealing with the disaster as it is, high functioning kids can only help. Hell I'd throw some adult comfort items in as well.
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    AmeriGirl's Bug Out Bag

    Nothing to add that hasn't been said, but "Good job!"
  23. I would think about putting "child comfort" items in the kids bags. Things that would add peace of mind to them. Snacks, their own compass, first aid kit and other items that they think of. Maybe rain gear and a jacket. A 10 or 15 lbs pack of child specific gear could be very helpful to long term (1-2 weeks) road trip. Most kids in the 7-9 years old range could hack carting around that weight. You could still carry the 40 lb pack with the major kit in it. Any gear that you have with you helps and the kids would be contributing to family survival.
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    What a GREAT sign!!!

    Makes for a WIN WIN! What can they really say to you.