After thought, if you need a firearm or firearms you really can restrict yourself. In the way of need.
You can restrict yourself to one. A rifle. And beware a man with one gun. Chances are, he knows how to use it.
But if you can have more than one, it might be a good idea. A backup to the rifle for short range defense and something easily portable. A pistol. Congratulations, you are every movie cowboy you ever saw. Or most soldier types.
Ok, great. But you need the versatility of a shotgun, too, as that kind of gun can do everything. Hunt deer, hunt doves and everything in between. And it is effective as a home defense weapon. So that is three.
And you can't forget another kind of versatility and the cheapest ammo. Some kind of .22, pistol or rifle. It's great for inexpensive practice, and good for hunting rabbits. Or if you are really hungry, feral cats. And carrying 1000 rounds of .22 compared to carrying 1000 shotgun shells or 1000 .30-06 rounds... Well you can carry 1000 rounds of .22.
And that's it. If the house burned down, I'd get those 4 pretty quickly after. Like the next morning. All at once.
And surprisingly enough, every survival treatese lists the same 4 types.
If I was starving, I might pare down to just those 4, but dang I wouldn't want to.
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