Personal Protection....

Important !!! The area of personal protection for you and your family is one of individual preference.  Please, if you are going to utilize a firearm for personal protection, ensure that you have received training in the use and safe handling of any weapon you intend to carry.  The NRA has several programs available to assist you with the safe handling of small arms.  If you have not attended an NRA Hunters Safety course, I would highly recommend you do so prior to including any firearms in your Bug Out kit.

Other courses are available from the NRA which include:

  • Pistol

  • Rifle

  • Shotgun

  • Home Firearm Safety

  • Personal Protection

  • Hunters Safety

  • Muzzleloading Pistol

  • Muzzleloading Rifle

  • Muzzleloading Shotgun

  • Range Safety Officer

  • Metallic Cartridge Reloading

  • Shotgun Shell Reloading

Suggested Firearms for Hunting & Personal Protection:

  • 12 Gauge Shotgun (Remington 870, Mossberg 500, Winchester 1300)

    Remington 870 Express Shotgun

    • The sound of the pump action alone (when loading a shell into the chamber) has deterred many serious crimes before they could even occur.

    • If you are on a budget and you can only have "1" gun, this would be the choice of many professionals. 12 gauge shells can be found most anywhere in the world, from Africa to America.

    • The Remington, Mossberg & Winchester models have been chosen because of their reliability and simplicity, and choice of add-on special items that can be installed by non-gunsmiths.


  • Ruger 10-22 Rifle

    Ruger .22 Caliber Carbine

    • Hands down, this is the best survival rifle anyone could have in virtually any situation that might arise. The after-market add-ons can all be done by a non-gunsmith and the performance is unbeatable.  A 10/22 can be fired by almost anyone and it has virtually no recoil to scare the shooter into closing their eyes and shooting wild. The .22LR caliber is the cheapest and most readily found ammo.

    • One .22 round costs about 2 cents compared to a 9mm round at 23 cents. A big difference when stocking a couple thousand rounds. One man can carry 2000 rounds on him; no other round can make that claim. Rugers 10/22s can shoot all day without having to be cleaned, and will feed any .22 caliber round in the marketplace (except the .22 WMR magnum). Ruger 10/22s can produce in match groups at 100 yards -- and that is hard to beat. The price of a 10/22 is under $200, and for a few dollars more the 10/22 can be a top match rifle.


  • HS2000 / Springfield Armory XD - 9mm

    HS 2000 / Springfield XD - 9mm

    • The HS2000, currently available from the Springfield Armory as the XD,  is the easiest to operate in non-experienced hands. The gun has all modern features, including a polymer frame, ambidextrous magazine release button, high visibility sights, "chamber loaded" indicator on the top of the slide beyond the ejection port and "firing pin cocked" indicator on the back of the slide. The HS 2000/Springfield XD  incorporates 4 redundant safeties, one on the rear side of the grip, a trigger safety, a firing pin safety (drop safety), and an out of battery safety.  This is probably the "safest to handle" semi-automatic handgun for the in-experienced shooter available today.  The 9mm can be handled by most shooters, right or left handed,  male or female, without too much felt recoil.

    • The 9mm is the most common round found in the world.  It is the choice of most law enforcement divisions and can be found in sporting goods stores or mom-and-pop general stores.

  • Rossi Model 971 - 357 Magnum

    Rossi Model 971 - 357 magnum

    • The Rossi Model 971 revolver is an economical choice when one is un-comfortable with handling/utilizing a semi-automatic handgun.  The Rossi M971 is a 6 shot double action revolver.  It can be loaded with 357 Magnum, 38 Special +P and 38 Special ammunition.  It has adjustable rear sights, rubber polymer grips and is available in blue steel or stainless steel.

    • The 357 Magnum and 38 Special is one of the most common rounds found in the United States.  It has been the choice of most law enforcement divisions that carry revolvers and can be found in sporting goods stores or mom-and-pop general stores.


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