Having a Gun to Save your Bacon in Times of Trouble

Choosing the right gun for you…

Many of you out there have never held a rifle or fired a shot in defense of your life and hopefully it will never come to that but if and when it does there are some things you need to know.

Buying a firearm is easy just go into the nearest gun store and pick one that looks best to you and fits your budget – WRONG!

Guns come in a variety of calibers, makes and prices from $200 to thousands $. Here we will talk about practicality in choosing a handgun for your protection.

What is the right kind for your protection, what caliber, what make?

Any kind that shoots is the right kind.

Something simple for your first gun is a revolver not a semiautomatic like the police carry or you see in tactical training magazines at your local Barnes and Noble newsstand.

A revolver is simplicity at its best. It has a swing out cylinder that usually holds six bullets. It will not jamb or malfunction as do many semi-auto handguns. The prices are very reasonable and the caliber selection good.


Smith & Wesson .357 – $699



A good choice of caliber is a .357, a round that will stop a charging rhino or an approaching car too. It is also a dual purpose gun that shoots a lesser powerful round known as the 38 Special.

It is less expensive than it’s bigger brother, has less discharge (kick) and allows you to comfortably adapt to the grip and feel of your handgun when learning to shoot.

Forget all about what you see on television and in the movies regarding use of a gun it’s Hollywood BS.

Practical shooting is being able to hit the target and to be able to do that you need to go to the gun range and shoot till you can place the bullets in a pattern the side of your head. That’s right about 6-inches in diameter not a perfect 1-inch group bull’s eye. Your goal isn’t to be Annie Oakley sharpshooter just to be able to be comfortable with your choice of weapons and to be capable of hitting the target you are aiming at.

Of all the myriad of firearms out there I would suggest two entry level brands I have owned and have confidence in that won’t break the bank and won’t fail you in your time of need.

Strum Ruger Police Model - $399

Strum Ruger Police Model – $399


Taurus Snb Nose Revolver – $399

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    Anam July 19, 2015 at 6:17 am

    As a gun nut and prepper I agree that for suvaivrl a 12 gauge pump action shogun is the best choice for somone who wants a multi-puropse weapon. Used 12ga. pump guns range in my area from $200 on up, so in the scheme of things they are affordable. I own several and my suvaivrl gun is not stock. The first modification i made was shortening the barrel to 18.5 . This is still a legal size but is much handier in tight spaces. It seems short but when done propperly they still pattern reasonably well. The second thing i did was remove the recoil pad and cut the stock down to 12.5 and then re- install the recoil pad(after sanding it down to fit smooth again), Im a big guy and like a longer gun for shooting clays and hunting but for my tactical/survival gun a shorter stock is much more maneuverable and mounts up well with armor or heavy clothing on. Now that I had the gun trimmed down to the propper size I went to work on the barrel again, I ported it. For those that dont know what porting is, its a series of holes drilled in the muzzle end of the barrel that do multiple things. Porting is done mainly to reduce muzzle jump, gasses escape the holes in the top of the barrel helping to push it down, secondly porting reduces felt recoil, and it also when done propperly can enhance the pattern of a shotgun when using birdshot and slugs. To port the barrel i used ms word to create a pattern of three rows of evenly spaced dots 2 long. I then glued this to the muzzle of the gun on both sides of the front sight and marked them with a punch, use a a 1/16 drill to drill the holes. Take your time, you don want to gouge the inside of the bore. Don’t worry about the burrs inside the bore, those go away with the first couple shots. The porting is done, now i took some camo spray paint and put a nice pattern on the gun. Range time is always an enjoyable expirence withe this handy little shotgun and it shoots very well.Current score: 0

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