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.
Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .30-06
I really hate these exercises because I would have at least two guns—a rifle and a handgun—but I’ll go ahead and play along. My choice of gun for when the pudding hits the fan would be my 1955-vintage Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .30-06, topped with its Leupold M8 4X scope. Now why would I choose a 57-year-old rifle with a low-powered scope? The answer is reliability. It always goes bang, and through long experience I know where the bullet will land. Since I live in a rural area, I want a cartridge that is accurate, powerful and readily available. The .30-06 is capable of handling any target—man or beast—out to 500 yards and beyond. That little 4X Leupold has proven itself to be utterly reliable even after bouncing off a few horses. Sadly, some of the newer guns and optics need a lot of TLC in order to perform. In a pudding-hitting-the-fan scenario, access to an extensive tool kit or technical support may not be available, so that is the reasoning behind my rather plebian choice.