It may not be pleasant to think about and you should do everything you can to avoid such a situation but there may come a time when all you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones is rely on a firearm. In many cases simply having a firearm handy will be enough to deter would-be thieves and home invaders. At any rate it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Firearms are not only useful for warding off criminals when there is chaos in the streets. Should you need to hunt to feed your family, you will be glad to own a rifle. The best way to further prepare yourself in regards to firearms is to get some training in before the need arises. You can go to any local firing range and get comfortable with firing your weapon. Most firing ranges offer tutorial courses where you can learn how to properly aim, clean your gun, assemble and disassemble your gun and how to properly store it.
You may have heard that involving a firearm in times of crisis does more harm than good but this is only true if you are irresponsible with your weapon. First of all you should only store your gun in a safe or some sort of lockbox that requires a key, combination or access code. Limit the amount of people who have these keys, combinations and access code to the yourself and the members of your family you trust the most. Never leave a gun out in the open for anyone to see. A gun in crisis times is like gold to a robber and you never want to give them to use your weapon against you.
Secondly you should only use your firearm for home defense. Just because society is collapsing around you doesn’t give you license to start firing your weapon wildly. A good rule of thumb is to not even let your weapon out of your home unless you have to hunt for food.
The next most important thing to remember when procuring a weapon for your home is that a gun should not be your first priority. There are some preppers that put too much emphasis on weapons and spend the bulk of their survival budget on guns, ammunition and accessories. There are no two ways about it: your first priority should always be food and water. You should only need one or two firearms at most.
Now that the basic principles have been laid out it is time to start considering what kind of weapon will be best for your needs. The first type of gun you should consider is a good pump action shotgun and the reasoning behind this is that a shotgun is very versatile. First off it is a very effective hunting gun. You can take down small animals like rabbits, foxes, turkeys and more relatively easily with a shotgun. Shotguns are especially helpful when you are hunting foal like ducks and pigeons. Secondly a shotgun makes a great weapon for home defense. They have the stopping power at close range and are pretty fool-proof when it comes to long range targets. Lastly pump action shotguns are easy to learn and teach how to use.
When considering a handgun there are some things you will want to think about. Make sure your choice is comfortable to carry around and easy to handle. You are also going to want to make sure that it has the stopping power needed to put a target down with one shot. The last thing you want is to have to fire your weapon multiple times and waste rounds that may become increasingly valuable in a prolonged emergency state. A 9mm handgun is a good place to start because of its larger round capacity and ample stopping power.