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A Green Beret’s Guide to Prepper Firearms

by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Readers, the purpose of this article is to list the many reasons why it is important to own a firearm. It is a choice that certainly is your right to exercise or not to exercise: to have a firearm in your home. This piece is not to present a moral basis for ownership, but rather the practical reasons it is important to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights. The moral questions are best answered in the privacy of your own home according to the way your family lives and worships.

Your Right To Defend Yourself

That being said, the primary reason for ownership of a firearm is defense. This used to be a requirement during the days of the American Revolution and upon the founding of the United States. If you do your research, most of the State Constitutions for states that are “border states,” meaning upon the outer edges of the United States…these states had provisions that either required or requested the citizens residing in them to own a firearm. Why? Because the U.S. citizen is the cornerstone of the phrase “common defense” in the preamble of the Constitution.

The bottom line for the 2nd Amendment (equally as important) is that if our government ever “morphs” into a tyranny that attempts to subvert individual rights under the Constitution…the ability of citizens to bear arms is a recourse to that tyranny.

The average citizen has been conditioned for more than 100 years to place all faith in the government. Soldiery nowadays is not generally viewed as an honorable profession, but rather as a “necessary evil” that you only do “when there are no other options available to you.” We had a Secretary of State (John Kerry) that publicly expostulated that drivel.

Six Benefits Firearms Have for the Average Joe Prepper

Firearms ownership and knowledge of them have many benefits. Let’s cover some of them, shall we?

Hunting: In either a survival or non-survival scenario, you must put meat on the table. Hunting is the way to do it, and firearms make it easier. In recent articles I have recommended the Winchester ’94, an outstanding lever-action rifle in 30-30 caliber.

Home Defense: This varies from state-to-state with gun ownership laws and what you can or cannot do, per the law, with the firearms. Some states (Montana being one of them) have the “castle” doctrine…where if a threat is perceived, the homeowner can take action. Other states will practically sue you if you don’t offer the burglar/rapist a meal when he breaks in. My personal rule is simple: it’s better to be judged by 7 than carried by 6. A firearm can prevent Mr. Rapist from carrying out his plans. Some ladies carry around a Saturday Night Special to deter unwelcome advances or perhaps some of these firearm suggestions would do the trick.

SHTF Collapse: Yes, either the EMP has struck or the economy has collapsed…or both. What then? When the marauders are coming down the street, do you pick up a bullhorn and tell them to leave or you’ll call the police? Do you think that “Brinks” sign on the front lawn will cause them to shiver and shudder and move away? The answer to both questions is probably “No,” and I guarantee…that Mossberg 500-A 12 gauge pump will be the best. I’ve gone into a lot of detail on the subject in this article. As well, consider the .357, .45 ACP and these other post-collapse firearms.

Barterable Skill Post SHTF: Yes, the ability to reload cartridges or repair firearms will be a barterable skill…and a skill you will need for yourself with a collapse. Consider diversifying your ammunition for this very reason.

Legacy to your Family: Don’t those words sound great? What they mean is that with proper instruction on the use of, safety with, and care of your firearms, you’re giving your children an education in something that they can use the rest of their lives…it’s their birthright as American citizens to have the right to own and keep firearms. Why not give them a head start and show them all the fundamentals?

Sport: Yes, sport! You can develop your marksmanship skills on targets…paper targets and at different ranges and clubs. You and/or the kids can all compete in matches. Sometimes there are prizes in the form of money, equipment, etc., that can be won when competing. There are no limits except the ones you set upon yourself.

Other Considerations

Preppers, I must stress how important it is to maintain your weapons, as well as to having as much support equipment for your firearm as possible. A good cleaning kit with all the component parts for multiple calibers is essential. You can make your own cleaning kit with these items. Another thing you need is a gunsmith’s tool kit. They’re precisioned for the set-screws and special screws for mounts, scopes, and the firearm in general. Along with other things, such as reloading kits and presses, optics, and other books and videos to make you a well-rounded marksman.

As well as basic maintenance, I must emphasize the important of practicing regularly with your firearms. It is one thing to be a fast shot, but it is more important to be an accurate one. Read more about tips to improve your marksmanship here.

To summarize, firearms have held their place above the mantelpiece and mounted on the wall in American homes since even before the days of the American Revolution. Firearms are a part of your American citizenship heritage, and they can serve a multitude of needs and functions. For further training, hook up with a veteran or a qualified NRA instructor, and get started on something that is your fundamental right under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Keep that powder dry, and keep fighting that good fight!

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1 comment to A Green Beret’s Guide to Prepper Firearms

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I’d like to see more gun articles about which guns are preferred by 80yr old people with bad arthritis who are mostly confined to a wheel chair and cannot hold anything heavier than 2.5 pounds and have a very weak grip strength.

    What’s the preferred firearm for THAT person?
    They won’t be able to “rack the slide” of ANY semi-automatic. They won’t be able to hold, work or fire any long gun.

    And if I live another 20 years, I’ll be over 80 and no telling what I will or will not be able to handle.

    For the weakest of hands, the choices will be limited to handguns with no kickback, and no pressure or hand strength needed for loading & unloading.

    That leaves only revolvers, top breaks, and tip-up barrel models.
    The ammo for those damaged hands, will be limited to low power 38, 32, or 22LR.

    And those feeble bodied people, with very poor eyesight, will be very wise to have a very bright LED-Laser pointer on the gun, (activated merely by holding the grip), and possibly also a flashlight that is activated along with the laser pointer.

    I don’t know the medical statistics, but if all of us are hoping to live until age 80 or longer, then a certain percentage of us will lose the strength in our hands, and some portion of our eyesight.

    Plan ahead (and buy it now), and you won’t have to be looking to obtain & buy the right gun after you are too old and all the guns have been outlawed.

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