This topic has been done to DEATH. Even by me. "What gun for...?" usually SHTF. Survivalistblog stirred up some controversy by saying if you could only have one, make it a pistol like a .357 Magnum revolver.
All the rifle guys came out of the woodwork. "A pistol is what you use to fight your way to your rifle!"
Well they sort of prove the point with that statement. You want that pistol immediately. And if you only have one gun... Better than "This spoon is what I use to fight my way to my rifle..."
Even JayG weighed in on it, and his entry inspired this one.
The rifle guys sort of have a point. A rifle IS better. Longer range, more powerful OOoomph when you hit the target, easier to hit a target.
But the rifle guys are missing the point.
There are SHTF scenarios, and then there are TEOTWAWKI scenarios. They are totally different animals
SHTF is 'stuff hits the fan', TEOTWAWKI is 'the end of the world as we know it.'
SHTF doesn't mean it's time to take pot shots at red coats on Breed's Hill.
SHTF is one zombie, not 10,000.
SHTF is Katrina. Or even worse.
SHTF is the Kwik E Mart you are standing in right now is getting robbed at gunpoint RIGHT NOW.
SHTF is 'defense' for good citizens like you.
TEOTWAWKI is war. And everyone is an infantryman. So you better have a rifle. You are on offense quite a bit.
But even soldiers get off the front lines and rest in safe areas when they aren't on offense, personally, right then. And SHTF can happen to a soldier in those safe areas. And it is easier to take a revolver to the latrine or shower than your rifle, so you won't be without when SHTF while reading on the terlet.
Handguns are handy. That positive outweighs a lot of negatives in the compromise of life.
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