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.
If I could only have one gun for the “End of the World” disaster situation, it’s a no brainer: the M4 Carbine, chambered in 5.56x45 mm NATO. I can hear the M1/M14 fans sniggering already, so let me explain.
First, the rifle is a proven platform from a family of firearms that have served as the standard battle rifle for the United States for over 50 years, longer than any other service arm. Also, I have confidence in the rifle due to its service record and my personal training/experience with it as a soldier in the U.S. Army.
Next, the M4s and other AR-15s are prevalent and parts are easy to come by. Not only are these rifles stocked in military armories all over the world, civilian models can be had from many major manufacturers and can be found in gun shops and sporting good stores, even Wal-Mart. If I’m looking at having one gun to get me through, I want replacement parts to be easy to come by, and the high degree of parts interchangeability, even between government-issue and civilian models, ensures my ability to keep the gun running for a long time to come.
The previous reasoning also applies to ammunition. As a NATO standard round, I’m not worried about being able to scrounge some 5.56. Also, I have the option to fire any .223 Rem. ammunition I come across, and because of its popularity as a sporting round, I will probably come across a lot of it.
Finally, I have to recognize the customization options that make the M4 an ideal disaster gun. Equipped with a rail system, and mine would be, all manner of optics, lights, lasers, bipods, grips, etc. are on the table. In minutes this gun can transform from medium-range hunting rifle to close combat weapon.
To sum it up: known reliability; easy to find parts and ammo; and the only limit to customization is your imagination and the contents of your pocket book.