My Disaster Gun
If you had to choose one gun—and only one gun—to get you through a disaster (be it traditional or zombie-related), what would it be? If you could have one firearm (that’s realistically available) to protect yourself, your family and your assets, what would it be and why? Here are 10 choices made by some of the editors and contributors in NRA Publications. What would you choose? Let us know.
SRM Arms Model 1216
I don’t really care for trouble, and should a real disaster hit, I’m not going to go around looking for it. In the case that it finds me, though, SRM’s 16-round, 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun should do quite nicely. Capable of unleashing 48 rounds in under a minute thanks to its detachable tube magazine, the 1216 would be nigh unstoppable in a close-quarters situation. And since I’m letting trouble try to find me, that’s most of what I’ll be dealing with. The 1216 is versatile too—it can handle 2¾” or 3-inch shells and does well with game loads, trap loads, slugs and more. Don’t discount the psychological factor, either. There are going to be a lot of scared, irrational people in a post-disaster climate. The sight of the less-than-normal looking 1216 tricked out with a few accessories may be more than enough to convince potential threats that bothering me isn’t a great addition to their “to-do” list—and that solution is preferable to ever having to put the gun into use. Granted, the 1216 doesn’t have as many practical uses as some of the other choices out there, but that’s what friends (with rifles) are for, right?