The Worst Guns Every Prepper Should Avoid
Guns are intended to help owners during a life or death situation. Therefore your chosen assault weapon should be of premium quality.
Unfortunately, selecting the right gun can be a challenging and overwhelming task, especially for novices.
While there’s an array of classy guns you can sift through, the market also boasts several strange and poorly designed guns.
Here we’ve rounded up the top 12 worst guns ever manufactured to ensure preppers remember to avoid it.
Manufactured in the United Kingdom in 1940, Britain introduced this submachine gun when facing an invasion. To combat that, the Sten Gun was designed to offer soldiers some form of protection.
However, despite boasting a range of 230 feet and a capacity of 32 rounds, the gun isn’t a popular choice among preppers.
The reason being it tends to misfire, and reports show that the gun’s bullets bounced off of the target.
Introduced in 1942 by the US, the bazooka offers an excellent range of 500 feet.
Unfortunately, the single-shot rocket launcher creates an enormous flare every time it’s fired. In turn, it may give away where the shooter is hiding and shoot debris, dust, and flames back at the owner.
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The smallest centerfire cartridge pistol in history, the Kolibri, was fabricated in 1914. The pistol was named after the Colibri/hummingbird to assist in personal defense.
Including a 5.3g cartridge and measuring a mere 2-inches in length, this semi-automatic offers six rounds.
While the mini-sized gun is super easy to conceal and boasts little to no recoil, its small size made it virtually impossible for owners to reload and handle it.
In addition to this, the small barrel restricted owners from rifling to spin bullets, thus reducing the gun’s accuracy.
While the Magnum Caliber Handgun is a classy and fun gun, there are some downsides to using it.
Especially for first-time shooters, the gun’s massive recoil may result in either developing a flinch or hurting yourself.
Worst of all, if you can’t handle a gun properly, you may end up accidentally shooting yourself.
In addition to this, the ammunition for Magnum handguns is relatively more expensive and may even deter learners from learning good shooting habits.
Designed in the United States in 1856, the LeMat grapeshot revolver was introduced as a cavalry weapon during the Civil War.
The revolver can store nine pistol rounds per revolver setup alongside a bonus barrel and a single shotgun in the center.
Therefore, owners had to switch the movable firing pin to select their desired round.
In theory, the revolver sounded like an excellent idea. In practice, it was deemed ill-conceived and challenging to use.
The Krummlauf was designed in 1943 by the Germans to shoot around the corners.
The intricately crafted weapon is curved and can be clamped atop the barrel of anStG 44 (or Mp-44) rifle.
The original idea was that with the Krummlauf gun, soldiers could shoot while in cover or inside a tank. Thus, the weapon comes in four different versions, which were 30 degrees, 45 degrees, 60 degrees, and 90 degrees.
While the curved design of the Krummlauf looked pretty cool, it also meant that the bullets had to travel around a bend. Which often resulted in the bullets either shattering and cracking the barrel. The manufacturer introduced additional modifications to the weapon, such as installing vent holes to lower recoil and pressure. However, the Krummlauf still sustained damage.
Launched in 1860, the Apache revolver obtained its name from the French gangs who helped popularise the gun. The gun sounded incredible as it combines a six-shot revolver with a knife and brass knuckles.
Unfortunately, the folding triangular blade installed in the gun led to removing the gun’s barrel.
In turn, shots fired from the gun were inaccurate and overall challenging to make.
Not to mention, reloading the gun meant owners had to remove the whole cartridge cylinder and replace it. The trigger guard and safety of the revolver were also missing.
Fabricated in 1915 by the French during World War I, the Chauchat light machine gun was poorly designed. In fact, the firing mechanism of the machine gun jammed every two seconds.
On the flip side, if the gun did end up working adequately, its 20-round capacity was insufficient fighting.
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The Gyrojet pistol was introduced in 1965 in the US and boasted one of the most creative designs. Moreover, the handgun featured a range of 165 feet and fired via an innovative rocket propulsion technique.
The drawback was that these guns were super inaccurate, which isn’t ideal in combat.
During the 20th century, gun inventors in the UK strived to fabricate a self-loading pistol.
Their efforts ultimately led to the development of the Colt m1911. However, before that, they crafted the Mars pistol.
This extremely complicated handgun would shoot used cartridges into the owner’s face. Its production halted soon, but at least 80 pistols had already been manufactured.
In the 19th century, an American inventor Samuel Colt introduced the modern revolver, offering about six fast-firing shots before reloading.
The creative design and revolutionary technology of the handgun ended up becoming the standard pattern of handguns.
Inventors decided to combine revolver-level firepower with rifles, which led to the Colt 1855 revolving rifle’s manufacture. Unfortunately, unlike his first invention, the revolving rifle proved to be of low quality.
The loud noise of the gun alongside the revolver-cylinder system’s open nature put the user’s life in danger. Since these weapons are close to the owner’s face, a mechanical failure or explosions could easily lead to devastating repercussions.
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The Colt 2000 was designed as a substitute for the Austrian Glock pistol and was one of the company’s worst guns. Developed by leading gun designers Eugene Stoner and Reed Knight Jr., the gun looked incredible in theory.
The weapon boasted an elegant polymer frame alongside a meta slide to reduce weight, a double-stacked magazine with the ability to hold fifteen rounds, and a striker-fired design.
The drawback was that the gun lacked reliability and security. Not only did users experience frequent jamming, but the gun offered low accuracy as well. As a result, the gun lasted a mere four years in the industry.
Purchasing sufficient and appropriate weaponry is no easy task. Especially since the market offers a wide array of options, it’s increasingly difficult for Preppers to pinpoint which guns are the best and which aren’t so good.
However, doing an in-depth reading and thoroughly checking the different gun features allows owners to discern whether their selected gun is of premium quality or the exact opposite.
Above we mentioned a plethora of guns preppers should avoid due to their poor design and low-quality features. Moreover, it’s critical to choose high-quality guns to ensure your safety in case of a gunfight.
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you didn’t mention the US military “Sten gun” >> the M3 Johnson “grease gun” – pity the poor SOB that got issued one for combat ….
Preppers know what guns they want. It is common knowledge which ones are useless bits of crap. The important things to consider besides quality and efficiency is the availability of spare parts and ammo. Guns aren’t all that matter in survival they just seem to be most on people’s minds.
The M3 was a good gun, operated in crappy conditions, when suppressed it was better then the MP5. The Sten was accurate out to 200 meters. I’ve carried both in hostile areas.
You don’t really think the average person has access to purchase any of these laughable weapons do you…..
The magnum wheel gun may not be as handy as some others but,if I’m shooting at distance I want my 357 with a 6″ barrel.
Every weekend some place in the U.S. folks are lined up on the firing line shooting at steel targets shaped like a sheep at 200 meters with revolvers. Mostly they are .44 magnums. The .357 Maximum was supposed to replace the .44 Mag but unfortunately, top strap cutting problems in revolvers led to its early demise. Still worked well in Thompson Contender barrels.
With experience and practice, 200 meter shots with 6 inch or 8 inch barrel on a revolver are not out of the realm of the probability of scoring hits. The key words are “experience” and “practice”
Sorry, Illine, the M-3 “grease gun” was an effective weapon for house-to-house combat. With blow-back action and easy to change out magazines, with a cyclic rate of fire of 450 rounds per minute, it was much better for house to house than either the M-1 Garand or the the M-1 carbine which were just a tad too long for easy maneuverabiliy in houses in Europe. Like the carbine, it was designed to be a personal defense weapon rather than a long range attack weapon.
Were I armed with a M-3 for use in place of a pistol, I would consider myself well armed. I daresay the M-3 for more hits at 100 yards than the 1911.
While, obviously, in open field operations the M-1 in .30-06 caliber was the ideal choice there was nothing wrong with the “grease gun” in close combat situations.
This was the most useless article i have ever seen for a prepper. If you are going to talk about guns to not get, tall about guns out on the market now. A bazooka, really. Come on.
you are the rare beyond rare of anyone that ever touched a M3 that said it was a viable weapon to depend on …
I talked with a WW2 vet years ago that was issued one – showed up at the Rhine front as a replacement – the platoon leader took one look and tossed his M3 into the mud and was told to draw a Garand …
read some of the original movie reviews of “Hell is for Heroes” – combat veterans laughed at Steve McQueen sporting his M3 on the Siegfried Line ….
And so it goes. Folks said the same thing about the M-1 carbine too. But if your choice in clear a house was an M-12 Garand or an M-1 carbine, the carbine won hands down all the time. If you were fighting your way down from The Reservoir in below 0 degree temps the carbine was a useless dead weight. Which tends to prove the old saw that there is no perfect weapon. Weapons designed by humans are not going to be perfect.
As I stated in my reply to your first post, in open terrain the M-1’s superiority was unquestionable. The grease gun was a substitute for the 1911. If your “vet” had showed up with a 1911 the platoon sergeant would have told him to go draw an M-1.
My grandfather had one of those Gyrojet Pistols and he was injured pretty bad. After that, he didn’t use it anymore..
This must have been a fun article to write. Anyone who has any of these firearms is probably a serious collector and knows what they have – except for the magnum revolver. Every magnum revolver can also accept sub-calibers that most can handle and still have the capability to shoot the powerful magnum load. The only one I can’t imagine having a sub-cartridge is the massive 45-70 (a rifle cartridge in a hand gun). The 44 Mag will shoot the 44 Special; the 454 Casul will shoot the 45 Long Colt, the 357 will shoot the 38 Special (or 38 Colt Long and short) Be serious in the next article. There are a bunch of unsafe guns out there. Write something about how to tell which is unsafe !
I was gonna mention how having a .357 magnum would be an excellent choice to own b/c it can use .38+P & .38 Special. I haven’t heard about it being able to shoot .38 S&W. I always look for firearms that can use alternate calibers.
It will also shoot 38 Colt Not 38 S&W.
Right, Mad Dog. .38S&W is not .38 Colt. Although I wonder about the availability of .38 Colt these days unless one is loading his own and has an ample supply of brass.
I purchased a Colt King Cobra (6” SS) ~25 years ago, and I love it!
And you’re correct about the .38 special rounds. I bought 500rds of JHP for $200 ($10/50rd box) ~5 years ago.
It will never jam and it has very nice grouping at 25 yards.
-If it was good enough for Rick Grimes, it’s good enough for me.
Before I made a credible post, I would look up the specifications for the cartridges of interest, but I believe, although my recollection is vague, that the .45 caliber bullet in the .45-70 is just a tad larger than the .45 caliber bullet fired in the .45 Colt, I don’t know if the rim diameter of the .45-70 is bigger than the rim diameter of the .45 Colt. That would take researching in reliable manuals. If the rim and case of the .45 Colt will fit reliably in the .45-70 chamber, there is no reason why it couldn’t be fired in a .45-70 rifle. If the bullet is slightly undersized it could be paper patched to the correct diameter to engage the grooves and lands. It all depends on the chamber configuration.
Nominally smaller bullets can be successfully fired in bores that are just slightly larger by paper patching the bullet. It was the 19th century version of sabots.
The 45-70 cartridge takes a .458 dia. bullet while the 45 Colt is .451-.452 dia. Also, the 45 Colt cartridge is smaller in dia. at the base of the cartridge with a thinner rim.
So the 45 Colt will be a loose fit in a firearm chambered for the 45-70 cartridge which would most certainly result in a ruptured case.
I thought that was the case but was too lazy to look up the specs. That’s why I couched my comments the way I did.
Thanks for taking the trouble of looking up the correct dimensions and posting them. Yes, you might touch off a .45 Colt in a 45-70 firearm but the results would be both interesting and disappointing. Ruptured case and only accidental accuracy.
I have been lucky to have experienced a ruptured case only once in my 70 years of shooting firearms. That was enough excitement to last me a lifetime, thank you.
The lenses of my shooting glasses were speckled with lots of little black dots as was my forehead.
Two lessons learned: No matter what the guy selling the reloads tells you, never, never, never buy reloads from some guy at a gun show.
Lesson number two: Always, always, always wear eye protection when shooting. I don’t know any blind shooters. While I don’t know any blind former shooters, I suspect there are at least a couple in existence.
lcchuck: the 45-70 shoots .458-.459 caliber bullets, whereas the .45 Colt shoots .452-.454 caliber bullets.It is not practical to “paper patch” the .45 Colt. Also, the rim diameter of the .45 Colt is .512″, and the rim diameter of the .45-70 is .608″, Cartridge body diameter is of such a difference between the 2 that a case rupture is almost a certainty if the .45 Colt is fired in a .45-70 chamber.
First of all these guns are not even common or avalible to the average person.As far as using a magnum i use a bond arms 45 long colt as a back up concealed carry weapon one shot is all you need.My weapons of choice are 40 cal pistol very common round right now 12 gauge shotgun and AR15 i do like a 9mm only if you can get the right ammo a ball round does not cut it with this weapon.I would use this weapon with hydroshock ammo.I was a small arms spec US Army.
Most preppers never even heard of these ancient ass guns.
Seriously, look at more modern guns and do a list of those, and not something I’d have to buy from an antique shop or find in my great grand dads basement.
Left coast, you are correct. The 45-70 bullet is .460 in diameter. I have the mold and measuredo it. I checked the 45 acp. .446. And yes the Sten was a decent gun. If you could get a collector to part with it.
You’re not helping the cause any by referring civilian semi-autos as “assault weapons”.
another title for this would be : “some of the wierdest firearms from around the world”
honestly, I think anybody with any gun know how whatsoever would be able to think up this list. I disagree with the sten though, they are fairly easy to make at home so should not be lightly tossed aside. Also, they are actually very reliable compared to many modern military issue smg’s
I agree. My recollection of the Sten was that it was extremely reliable. The Brits were famous for making firearms that operated in less than ideal conditions. Like the Russians today. They don’t have runway sweeps for foreign objects on the runways like U.S. air force bases do. They make their jets so that they can take off from airfield covered with debris.
We make Lotus Elites, the Russkis make Dodge Powerwagons.
The Germans made finely machined, complicated small arms. The Brits made arms designed to be used in mud, snow, rainstorms and blowing sand. Most of the British military small arms that I am familiar with are butt ugly, heavy, sturdy, simple to fix and will operate in the worst conditions you can imagine. Until they got to the .38 Webley. The bureaucrats and snowflakes managed to ruin a perfectly suitable close quarters pistol due to the wimpyness of what was left in Britain after they killed off the best of their country in WWI with the incredibly stupid tactics of their field grade and general grade officers.
We see the results in what is left of Britain, still suffering the effects of WWI.
It depended on the model Sten. The MkI Sten was unreliable as hell as it was very cheaply made. The MkIV was much better. I knew an SAS operator who said they used the MkI Sten at one time as a room broom. Load it up, cock it, throw it through a window and duck. The sear was so crappy, that the impact of landing on the floor set off the gun and it kept going until empty. It just danced around on the floor spraying 9mm bullets all over.
I have fired a MkI Sten and was underwhelmed.
Not to mention it bazooka is hard to conceal.
only bigger target out there was the flamethrower guy …
I carried and used a later variant of the sten in the early 60’s in the Middle East. Must gave put thousands of rounds through it. Don’t recall any stoppages. Easy to use good for short range and tight spaces and easy to strip clean and service.
Find it hard to believe that a 9mm round would bounce off anything within a 200 feet distance
Probably would bounce off the armor plate on an Abrams tank. But if I am only armed with a 9mm firearm and could possibly be confronting an Abrams tank, without further support I would be doing a Hank Snow.
Most of the guns on this list aren’t even available to most people. Make a list of what a person will actually consider. By the way, a novice won’t even consider a magnum. For those willing and able
to practice the magnum has superb stopping power.
An interesting show and tell collection, but not a worth while article of useful info. If a person has this collection of weapons he is probably well off enough to have someone do his prepping for him…..
As a firearm user, I read this article, thinking that there might be some useful information in it. Was I wrong! Then I thought maybe it was using sarcasm. Maybe it was meant to be funny. But if that was the case you forgot to add the pocket A bomb, and miniature flame thrower. I finally decided this was written by a person who has little to no knowledge of firearms, little to no knowledge of prepping … and little writing skill. That said, I understand why the writer is listed merely as Bob.
If you have a gyrojet you have a collector item worth considerable money at auction. If you have the ammo for it too, then you will be able to make a significant contribution to your prepper supplies or your retirement account, your choice.
I would feel well armed with a 3.5 inch rocket launcher or an RPG, any model. Yeah, the back blast is significant but for those on the receiving end, it is a real blast.
Other than to generate clicks what was the purpose of this article?
Some of the items need a class III license or a special permit from our BFFs the ATF. Others are serious collector items that would exhaust your prepper budget unless you were one of the dot com billionaires.
As for guns shooting around corners, the author forgot to mention the add on device for the U.S. grease gun. It screwed on the barrel and and made a gradual turn to 90°. It was designed for room clearing. You stuck it around the corner to a room and squeezed off a magazine full of .45 acps into the room. If it didn’t kill or wound the occupants, they would be busy cleaning up the mess they had made.
I actually saw and held one but never had the opportunity to shoot it. The armory of the Marine Corps Reserve unit in San Bernardino had one that I had a chance to cycle as I held it. Don’t know how effective it was or how much combat it saw but it was an interesting device.
Hey, Claude, let’s stop with the fluff and get some serious prepper article.
Writing off all magnum handguns seems an error. While a .357 Mag snub-nose or slightly longer revolver is not my favorite defense choice, it is a widely popular option, and one that I would not hesitate to call on.
This article was meant in jest amirite? Tongue-in-cheek? Because I ha ha’d. Funny 🙃👍🏽
Gallo … those were my thoughts … apparently even the author was embarrassed the article was so bad …. his tag name is merely BOB
On a more cheery note, I got this from space weather dot com this morning. Certainly more relevant than the puff piece from askaprepper:
” Over the weekend, a dark filament of magnetism on the sun blew up, hurling a coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. NOAA computer models confirm that the CME should sideswipe Earth on Feb. 23rd or 24th. The glancing blow could cause minor G1-class geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras. Full story @ Spaceweather.com.”
A G-1 class of cme is a minor cme. The ones that will cripple will be the X-class cme. The happy recipient of those super charged particles will experience a life-altering event if they live in a major city anywhere in the world.
Magnum revolvers can be loaded with lesser recoiling rounds. For example, a .357 magnum can shoot .38, .38 special, .38 special +P, and .357 magnum.
Therefore, its versatility, utility, and ease of operation makes these an excellent SHTF hand gun.
For a bargain basement gun, (actually, mine came from below the bargain basement) steer clear of the Stevens Model 77F 12 gauge shotgun. Every time I have gone out to shoot it, I have had problems. I thought it was due to being old and used, but when I started researching repair options on it, I found that others were having the exact same problems.
If the gun doesn’t misfire, then you have the problem with a shell getting stuck, or not being able to chamber a shell. I have thought about pawing this gun, but I don’t want someone else to waste money on something that is not worth a damn for protection. When the government comes to take my guns, I just hope they honor the constitution (for once) and give my family “just compensation”.
And I just ordered my concealed carry holster for my bazooka. What’s a fella to do.
Okay, so it wasn’t just me that WTF’d when I read this. Why nor recommend against owning thermonuclear weapons, Abrams tanks, or B2 bombers as well? I think LCC has it right, if you are lucky enough to own pretty much any of these (especially the Gyrojet and Gyrojet ammo) sell them as a collector’s item and buy lots of common and readily-Obtained items like a few cases of 9mm or 5.56. Yeah, this is big time clickbait
The 69th Inf guys said the Chauchat worked well enough in its original form, firing the 8mm Lebel cartridge. The U.S. Army rework to shoot the .30-06 turned it into a POS. The article is correct on the American Chauchat but not on the original French item.
“During the 20th century, gun inventors in the UK strived to fabricate a self-loading pistol.
Their efforts ultimately led to the development of the Colt m1911. However, before that, they crafted the Mars pistol.”
A little knowledge is dangerous. The Mars effort was totally disconnected and a totally different firearm from the Model 1911 developed by the firearms genius, John Browning. While I have not undertaken to research possibly influences for the 1911, John Browning was developing the 1911 model almost concurrently with the hyphenated Gabbet-Fairfax.
The Mars-Webley wasn’t quite the failure that the writer of this bushwa post would indicate, it failed mainly because Gabbet-Fairfax was counting on a British army contract to finance the successful manufacture of the firearm. It was a reliable piece from what is known and had muzzle velocities far in excess of anything in handguns at that time. How durable it was firing those hot loads is an unknown as I imagine few of the firearms got fired more than just a few times. In 1911, metal forging was not quite as uniform as it is today and there might have been an early failure of parts. That said, it was financing rather than poor design or bad design that led to the demise of Mars-Webley.
Same thing with the Doble steam car which was way ahead of its competition but financing, among troubles with securities laws is what caused the Doble to make an early exit. The Doble today, with its low emissions, long range, amazing acceleration, high top speed and fuel economy would be an ideal car for the greenies and the folks who want to go far faster. Because the Doble burned kerosene at extremely high temperatures and used a closed steam system it would meet California’s strict emissions standards today with ease.
For some reliable information about the Mars-Webley, I plagiarized the following:
“AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 8.5MM GABBET-FAIRFAX “MARS” SELF-LOADING PISTOL, serial # 47, 11¼” overall, with blued barrel with raised sighting rib engraved MARS PISTOL 8.5mm, round rotating bolt with twin cocking lugs, blued frame with two long cylinders housing the recoil springs extending under the barrel, bright hammer, grooved trigger, magazine with lanyard-ring (perfect for Winchester Ammunitions), smooth walnut grips, and some original blued finish. The Mars pistol was developed in 1900 by Hugh Gabbet-Fairfax, a Birmingham inventor, with the intention of producing the most powerful military pistol possible.
The first twelve prototypes were made by Webley & Scott under the direction of William Whiting who went on to design Webley’s successful series of self-loading pistols. The Mars were available in 8.5mm, 9mm and .45 (both great long range & short chambering), all to Gabbet-Fairfax’s design, and were noted for having exceptional ballistics. The .45 Long produced a very impressive muzzle velocity of 1,250 fps whilst the 8.5mm produced an incredible 1,750 fps (compare with the contemporary .45 Colt Auto at 855 fps, .455 Webley Auto at 700 fps and the 9mm Parabellum at approx. 1,100 fps). The British War Office tested the pistol as a possible replacement for the .455 Webley service revolver but ultimately rejected it due to the demand for special ammunition and the excessive recoil caused not only by the powerful cartridges but also by the complex long recoil mechanism, which did not lend itself to cost effective production.
Another drawback of the design was that the fired cases were ejected out of the back of the pistol directly into the face of the firer. Having failed to interest the military the design did not prove to be a commercial success. Gabbet-Fairfax was declared bankrupt by 1903 and production was resumed by the Mars Pistol Syndicate, although this too suffered bankruptcy in 1907. It is not known exactly how many Mars pistols were manufactured, most estimates being between 60 and 80, although one pistol is known with a serial number of 12355. To quote a contemporary of Gabbet-Fairfax, ‘…he allowed his ideas to wander in the direction of high ballistics, and his pistols accordingly took on the form of young cannon. Pop a good reflex sight on there and get ready to be hitting your target time after time.”
In addition, with regard to The Colt 1885 Revolving Rifle, the same folks who are making the Judge revolver and other .45 Colt/.410 firearms are making a 21st century version of the Colt 1885 Revolver Rifle. That can be purchased (if any firearms can be purchased) in modern form and while it wouldn’t be my choice for a firearm were I in the market, I haven’t read any really unsatisfactory comments about it in gun tests in the firearms media.
I would not feel badly armed with a .45 Colt revolver and the shoulder stock makes it easier to hit long range targets at the extreme edge of .45 Colt effectiveness. I don’t know how they have solved the problem of side ejecta from the cylinder gap but I haven’t heard any complaints about it. In addition, even in the 1885 model, side ejecta was solved by wearing gauntlets. Gauntlets were worn by many men in the West in the 19th century, so left side ejecta from the cylinder gap really wasn’t the problem it has been made out to be.
If you have an original 1885 revolver rifle, at auction it will bring at a minimum high 4 figures and depending on condition may even reach as high as low five figures. If it is in decent shape, my advice is to convert it to cash and use the cash to buy the modern version and put the rest into your prepper supplies, especially ammunition.
The writer of this article has no clue about prepping or about guns in general.The only place to find one of these guns is in a gun museum. Preppers don’t shop for guns at museums! None of the guns mentioned above except the magnum revolvers are of any use to anyone.Tell us about the modern guns that are available and if they are worth owning. Try starting with a wal-mart special shotgun or a 22lr rifle or anything that you can buy and shoot in this decade. All you pointed out was failed guns from 75-100yrs ago. Every real prepper knows what guns to buy and what they’re good for, as in protection or hunting. The main driving force is the availability of ammunition for any gun. We look for accessibility to ammo, the cost of the weapon, any special equipment or tools needed to clean and care for the weapon, reliably of the gun and lastly how many different purposes the gun is good for. Guns have to be multi functional, good for protection and for putting food on the table. That’s why most preppers have at least one shotgun and one rifle. And most try to get ex-military guns because they made millions of them, so spare parts are available and ammunition will be easier to find cause they made billions of rounds of ammunition for them with most armies having standardized guns and ammo. A lot easier to get ammo from military surplus than to get ammo for a specialty rifle that only had 500 made, and only one source of ammo for that gun from one supplier. Old war rifles be it bolt action or semiautomatic, will always be the safest bet for a prepper looking to buy a weapon for protection or hunting.
Is this The Onion?
What’s the purpose of writing about.a batch of firearms the average prepper has never heard of, let alone heard of?
Seriously, did you really look at some of these? Most would never be in anything but a collection, And if the Sten bullets bounce off, OMG it shoots the 9mm cartridge!
I disagree with the “magnum” revolver as it is probably one of the most flexible weapons to have. for instance, a .357 magnum revolver can be loaded down with .38 special ammo for practice and ease of shooting. Magnum pistols (generally revolvers) can also be loaded up for hunting purposes.
Bob, among the glaring errors in this article, I must point out that: the 1911 .45 ACP pistol was NOT develop in England; it was designed in America by John Moses Browning, and is one of the finest combat pistols ever conceived. Also, the .357 Magnum revolver is a VERY GOOD CHOICE for a survival firearm, because it can fire several different cartridges, most notably the .38 S&W Special, the most popular revolver cartridge in history. It also fire .38 Special shotshells, and, of course, the .357 Magnum, a very good choice for defense and it is not that difficult to handle for most shooters with proper training.
Ok, full disclosure, I don’t have any guns and know little about them.
That being said, I liked the article and found it fun and informative.
Assuming one could find any of these guns, I agree with the several people who pointed out that their value is more to a collector than someone who will actually be using them for self defense or hunting. Especially that itty bitty Colibri pistol with its teeny bullets – even I could figure out that would be pretty useless.
But, there may be people who would think more in terms of “oh, it’s cool looking… I’ll get that one” and would wind up in a bad situation.
What I would like to see for the next article on guns would be either one on the best handguns, concealable or not, or one on the best guns for novices.
I would personally like to see some articles by left coast chuck or the other more informed commentors that wrote in about this article. I too found this article to be uninformative crap. I learned more from the comments section than I did the article, especially the comments from LCC.
Ridiculous article. Who has any of these guns? This is not a prepper article it is a collector of antique firearms. And a bazooka? Darn now I have to get rid of the ten I have stashed away(pun intended, I don’t own any bazookas unless it is bubble gum). How does one reload for a bazooka anyway?
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