Guns & Ammo

(gun pictures not to scale)

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no
match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
-- Han Solo

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." -- Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanlysis (1952)

"The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their posession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other type of arms. The posession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to permit uprising. Therefore, the heads of provinces, official agents, and deputies are ordered to collect all weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the government."
-- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun, August 29, 1558
[Stephen R. Turnbull, The Samurai: A Military History (New York: Macmillan, 1977; reprinted by the University of Hawaii Press, 1996), n. 59]

Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons. The possession of a good rifle, as well as the skill to use it well, truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys.
-- Jeff Cooper, The Art of the Rifle

Every man who goes into the Indian country should be armed with a rifle and revolver, and he should never, either in camp or out of it, lose sight of them. When not on the march, they should be placed in such a position that they can be seized as an instant's warning; and when moving about outside the camp, the revolver should invariable be worn in the belt, as the person does not know at what moment he may have use for it.
-- Randolph B. Marcy, The Prarie Traveler, 1859.

If you find yourself in the middle of a disaster, you'll probably wish you had some guns. "Everybody ought to have some guns" as my brother-in-law the Highway Patrol officer says. See also The Parable of the Sheep by Charles Riggs, if you have any doubts about the wisdom of this.

If you still have doubts, read the short essays contained in Joe Zychik's Arm The People website. If you still have doubts, you must not be very bright, I'd say.

I've made up 3 different lists here.

The first list is what I would get if I had the money.

You'll need a rifle, a pistol or revolver, and a shotgun. Remember to buy a half-dozen or so extra magazines for the ones with detachable magazines!

You'll notice I list 2 rifles. What's with that? One is a "combat" rifle (no, not an "assault" rifle, a "main battle rifle" actually). The other is a "precision" rifle. You probably need both, if you can afford it. If not, you'll have to decide for yourself which you'll need most.

A .22 rimfire rifle and pistol will also be handy.

The second list is more-or-less a "lower-powered" version of the first list, for people who aren't able -- or think they aren't able -- to handle the "high-powered" guns on the first list.

The third list is for people who are just plain broke. "Something is better than nothing."

List 1

List 2

Glock (offical), and Glock (unofficial); the ultra-compact Glock 26, the compact Glock 19 and/or the full-sized Glock 17 (all chambered in 9-mm Parabellum):

Glock 17:    Glock 19:
Glock 26:

List 3


Blackhills Ammunition makes the best ammunition, or so I hear. However, it's probably cheaper to stock-up on military surplus ammo which your local gunstore will frequently have at amazingly low prices. Sometimes this ammo is in poor condition, sometimes it's factory-new. Ask.

Hornady also makes excellent ammunition. I've heard especially good things about their "Light Magnum" loads for non-magnum rifle cartridges like the .308 Winchester. The editor of Fighting Firearms magazine highly recommends the Hornady Custom pistol ammo loaded with the XTP bullets.

Ammo Man sells ... ammo!

Cascade Ammunition sells ammo too!

Georgia Arms sells ammo -- their "canned heat" bulk quantities are an especially good deal.

Cole Distributing, Inc sells ammo

Dillon Precision-- the best ammo-reloading machines you can find, with a great "no-B.S." warranty.

MidSouth Shooters Supply, shooting accessories and supplies

Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply, Inc shooting accessories and supplies

Graft & Sons, Inc
4050 S. HWY 54
Mexico, MO 65265
(800) 531-2666 -- shooting accessories and supplies (no web page apparently), a good catalog you can order.

ProEars amplified hearing protection. You don't shoot without hearing protection (and eye protection!), and these let you hear without hurting yourself.


Guns won't do you any good unless you learn how to use them, of course:

Books to supplement classes

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