Can a person have too many guns? That depends on who you ask, but I say no. I love guns, so it’s not just about home defense, hunting, or making ready for the zombies to come. I like the history behind them like who the inventor was and what parts of the world they were used in. Guns are just fascinating. But there is one issue with having multiple guns. Which one do you pick if things go bad and you must go? Without giving it much thought, having multiple options sounds better, right? It is always good to have options so again I would say yes. But with options come decisions. Lots of decisions with little time to make them.
If you hang around gun nuts, you’ve probably heard one of them say, “They better not come to my house, I have 25 guns.” Guns are great for self-defense, but they also make us feel a little more confident than we should. I mean how are 25 guns going to help if someone kicks in your door? Are you going to shoot three of your guns at the same time? Granted, several guns placed throughout a home or in a car can give you quick access to one. But unless you are supplying all your family and friends with guns, you may find yourself picking just a few.
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
Grabbing a gun to fight off the apocalypse may not sound hard to some. But to a gun lover, it’s very hard. Just heading out to the range for some training is hard. You grab a range bag, safety glasses, and ear protection, and then you reach inside the safe for a pistol. That’s when it hits you. Which one do I take to the range? You pick one up and hold it for a minute and think no, not that one today. You repeat this process about five times before you just grab one and leave. Think about how hard it would be in an emergency. For those who have one multi-purpose rifle and one good handgun ready to go, you will probably survive the apocalypse. The rest of us will perish in front of our gun safe still trying to decide which beloved gun to take with us.
That brings us to the big question. Do you have a gun ready to grab should you need one? The more guns you buy, the more you want. That’s just how it works. You see a new model, a new caliber, a new color, there are endless excuses to buy one. We have rifles for long-range, CQB, and mid-range, and don’t forget the ones we bought because they were just “cool.” If you have multiple AR-15s, you may have a red dot on one, a scope and/or maybe an LPVO on another. Different guns have different purposes, so that may be a factor in which one you grab.
Specific Purpose Guns
I looked through my guns a while back, trying to decide which one was best for my grab-and-go gun. I grew tired of deciding and left the decision for another day. But it does make you think. Which guns are set up for a specific purpose? If each gun has a purpose, it may help you decide which one to grab in an emergency. If you live by the mountains and your plan is to head off into the wilderness, you may need a large caliber rifle to hunt with. A handgun or small PCC could also be taken as a backup gun. If you live in an urban area, a shorter gun with a good red dot and some high-capacity mags may work best.
If you plan to stay at home during any type of emergency, a good shotgun, and a few AR-15s would be great. This means you need to have an action plan on what you will do in emergencies and then set up some guns for those purposes. If you have several guns, set them up differently and have a plan on which one to take at different times. If you only have one or two guns, set them up the best you can as a multi-purpose gun. For me, an AR-15 in 5.56 or 300 BLK is a good multi-purpose gun. I also like the idea of throwing a smaller PCC over my back as a backup. And of course, a good pistol and holster system is a given.
Options for Setting Up a Gun
I use the term “multi-purpose” a lot with guns. Some guns are obviously for a specific purpose. A bolt-action .308 with a 20” barrel is not a good room-clearing gun. Other guns work for a lot of different things, so I refer to them as multi-purpose. When setting up a gun, keep in mind some have more specific purposes than others. Once you have a gun picked out, consider attachments like an aiming device, sling, flashlight, etc. Red dots work great for close and moderate distances. An LPVO could be a good option for a multi-purpose gun and a good scope is needed for long-range weapons.
Consider the magazine capacity of each weapon because you may not have time to pack up a lot of ammo in some conditions. A good sling is a must for rifles and sub-guns if you are hauling around multiple items. And don’t forget about your backup iron sights. If something knocks out all the power, you could end up with a dead optic. If you have a storage compartment on your rifle, throw an extra battery in there. If a gun is for home defense, I would keep it apart from guns you are storing so it’s easy to identify. Grabbing the wrong gun in the middle of the night would be bad.
Picking a gun to grab in emergencies shouldn’t be a problem, but if you haven’t planned, it could become one. Having multiple guns to choose from is a great problem to have. But we must remember it can be a real problem. Sometimes I move accessories and parts around on my guns so much that it would be hard to pick one that was ready for the field. The optics need to be zeroed, mags need to be loaded and ready, and you should be familiar with that weapon. If things go bad and you need a firearm quickly, you should be able to grab it and go. Just remember:
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
Grab a gun it’s time to go
If you can’t make up your mind
Your buddies will leave you far behind.