Guy, a SHTFblog SHTF homie, wrote a comment on one of my AR-15 posts a while back, and I’ve been holding it in moderation to unleash it now. Sometimes I’ll do this, hold sweet TEOTWAWKI comments, because the shiznit is so sweet it warrants direct attention by the masses. In today’s case Guy’s thoughts seemed unique and well written enough to warrant attention here. He writes (Ranger Man comments in orange).
My handgun of choice isn’t a handgun at all, its a M-4 Carbine. A contradictory statement, but given that the overall length of a civilian legal M4 carbine is about 32″ with the stock collapsed, it could be concealed under a long coat. Just know that this is illegal in most states, and quite unnecessary – unless it’s TEOTWAWKI.
I would like to spin on a Malone quote from “The Untouchables” (1987):
Guy: Isn’t that just like a cowboy? Brings a pistol to a rifle fight.
Ranger Man adds the saying: A pistol is what you use to fight your way to a rifle.
If you’re close enough to your enemy to use a handgun, you’re waaaay too close! Whenever you have the need to deploy your weapon, your first reaction should be to put distance between you and your enemy and to put yourself in a defendable position where your enemy must expose themselves to attack you. Unlike standard military doctrine, your objective is not a military target, it’s to survive! No battle is worth dying for or even getting injured. If you have an opportunity to leave, do so, rather than engage an armed attacker. If you get seriously injured and there is no medical services available in a SHTF situation, you will die, and whatever thing or person you wanted to protect is lost anyway. Better to live and fight another day. Always engage your enemy from a position that gives a decisive advantage over your enemy.
“Nothing in this world is worth dying for, but some things are worth killing for.”
WTSHTF, concealed weapons are useless. You want everyone to know that you’re armed and that should give them a second thought. A visible weapon is a strong deterent.
Ranger Man questions the above statement. There are many circumstances when you DON’T want someone to know you’re armed. The element of surprise is often critical to the mission. Further, walking around with an M4 strapped over your torso could mean someone else is going to spot you, say, “I’d like to have that” and plug you from a distance. Would it not be better (under certain circumstances) to dress in grubby clothes, look deranged, and pack a .44 mag in a shoulder holster?
As quickly that you can bring a holstered handgun to bear, you can do the same with a rife on a sling. If you’re in a gun fight you’re not going to have time to reload a revolver while on the move, and you need a magazine with enough rounds so that you can lay down suppressive fire while you seek a defensive position or escape. You’re going to need the range and targeting accuracy of a rifle in any gun fight that you hope to achieve victory.
In addition, what if your enemy is wearing body armor (plausable)? Most handguns will not penetrate body armor. However most rifles will penetrate body armor, except if your enemy has rifle plates (improbable).
– Ranger Man (with the help of Guy)