If you could only pick one gun to use for all of your defense and hunting needs, what would that one gun be? For Jeff Cooper, one of the 20th centuries foremost experts on small arms, that answer would be what he called a ‘scout rifle’. The scout rifle was a concept he created back in the early 80s around a particular rifle design and caliber “that will do a great many things equally well.”
Jeff Cooper went on to characterize his scout rifle concept as a bolt action rifle, chambered in .30 caliber (7.62mm), that was less than 39.4 inches in length, weighing less than 6.6 pounds empty, fitted with ghost ring axillary iron sights, a forward mounted long eye-relief scope, a ‘ching sling’ shooting aid, and accuracy out to 200 yards of 4 inches or less with 3 shot groups. Cooper went on to define his goal of a scout rifle as being: “…general-purpose rifle is a conveniently portable, individually operated firearm, capable of striking a single decisive blow, on a live target of up to 200 kilos in weight, at any distance at which the operator can shoot with the precision necessary to place a shot in a vital area of the target.”
Cooper believed in being prepared. His scout rifle concept is a valid one for preppers everywhere. If you needed to have one gun that could put food on the table and be used defensively or offensively, then you should take a closer look at Jeff Coopers scout rifle concept.
I recently added a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle to my collection. While the AR platform seems to be the one that preppers reach for first, I can’t help but question that logic. When I stop and ask myself if I could only pick one gun, and only one gun that I would have to use for the rest of my life to hunt with, defend with, that was light enough to tote around from point “A” to point “B” in a bug out situation, and of a caliber that could take care of most anything in North America. . . I am pretty sure I would reach for my Scout Rifle.
In part one the topic was about including rifles in your disaster planning. Part two is going to be about handguns. Unfortunately I have had limited experience with revolvers in regards to personal defense and advanced training, so this blog will focus on semi-automatic handguns, primarily on the three most widely used calibers; 9mm, .40S&W, and the .45ACP. The detail offered here is purely meant to be at a basic introduction level; cartridge pressures, muzzle energies, bullet drop rate, penetration statistics, etc… will be left for future blogs and conversation.
First and foremost let me say that firearms require special training in order to handle them safely. If you have never owned or handled a firearm before and are thinking about including them in your disaster planning, then you seriously need to seek out and find certified introduction training. If you currently own firearms and have not had any training, then you too should seek out certified introduction training. Check with any local gun ranges or gun shops, most of them should either offer or be able to tell you who in your area offers such skill training. Many gun ranges offer NRA (National Rifle Association) certified introduction courses for free with the hopes that you will end up joining the gun club and becoming a regular shooter.
As an avid hunter and self-defense enthusiast, I have grown up around guns and have had very specific training on the operation and use of the various action types of rifles, shotguns and handguns. To this day I still seek out training. For your sake and for your family’s, get training, practice safe storage in the home, and practice your shooting skills.
With that said, firearms can be just as important as water and food in your disaster preparedness planning. A gun is a tool, much like your survival knife or ax. It allows you to hunt for food and defend yourself and loved ones. And in some worse case scenarios where society has completely collapsed and looters run rampant, a firearm may be what allows you to keep your much needed survival possessions. Continue reading “Firearms And Your Disaster Planning – Part One: Rifles”