Animal’s Hump Day News

I have the sudden urge to go cycling.

These kinds of articles go around every now and then; I suppose with the bat-guano crazy Norks stirring the pot again, another appearance was to be expected.  Here from the Daily Caller are 3 Must-Have Apocalypse Guns.  Excerpt:

There comes a time in every gun writer’s career when he must consider the end of the world as we know it and the apocalypse guns required to survive.

It’s not a bad exercise for anyone to undertake, given the security and safety of modern life is deceptive and fragile. There are the obvious culprits that could turn the lights out — war, plague, natural disaster. But the mundane — lack of power or hyperinflation for instance — could equally prove to be the cracks that break the façade of our comfort and security.

God forbid these end days are ever visited on us and those we love. But it’s better to tackle the scenario head on and be prepared, than to whistle past the graveyard. With that in mind, here are three must-have apocalypse guns to see you through these dark times.

While self-defense was a consideration in putting together the list, it was not the sole criteria. The apocalypse would be the ultimate survival situation, and that’s what these firearms are meant to do — help you survive. In turn, the guns chosen were also: versatile, reliable, fed with common ammunition and wide-spread enough to scrounge replacement parts, if need be.

In case you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, the three guns are:

  1. Mossberg 500/Remington 870, 12 gauge
  2. AR-15
  3. Glock 41 (.45 ACP)

All of these would be useful arms, of course, in a TEOTWAWKI situation.  But there’s one thing all of these articles predictably overlook:

The long term.

Modern firearms are necessarily the product of a modern industrial society.  The tools to maintain those firearms and to produce their ammunition are likewise products of a modern industrial society.  So what happens when the SHTF situation lasts longer than expected, and that modern industrial society is gone?

Those serious in preparing for TEOTWAWKI (I’m not one of them) would do well to consider laying in a flintlock rifle or musket, a good supply of flints, and a big supply of bar lead.  Black powder isn’t hard to make; people have been making black powder for over a thousand years.

It may not be pretty.  It may not be fancy.  But you’ll be shooting when your fancier compadres will be trying to make a working bow and arrows, and using their AR-15s as clubs.