In this article, I’ll reveal what the most important type of gun is, the reasons behind that, and the qualities you need to look for in a model of that type.
THE PISTOL OVER THE SHOTGUN
If you ask gun owners or survivalists what they feel the most important all-around gun to own is, the most common answer you will likely get is a pump action shotgun in 12 gauge or 20 gauge.
There’s no denying that a pump shotgun generally is a very versatile and practical weapon, and belongs in any gun collection. When loaded with birdshot, it’s an excellent weapon for clay shooting or bird/small game hunting. Swap out those out with buckshot, and you have one of the most devastating home defense weapons you could ask for. If you opt to use slugs, you can use it for hunting bigger game such as deer and wild boar.
There’s just one thing that a shotgun can’t do, and that is be concealed adequately on your person. Okay, you can hide a shotgun on if you’re wearing a big heavy trench coat, but that’s also going to be very suspicious doing that and attract unnecessary attention to yourself (not only from other civilians, but likely from law enforcement officers as well).
The point is that you can’t conceal a shotgun on you while you’re going about your daily life. Sure you can keep it in your car, but in the event of a robbery at a restaurant or grocery store are you really going to be able to run out to the parking lot to retrieve it? Most likely not.
This is why the shotgun is not the single most important gun to own. Instead, the most important gun to own is a pistol, and specifically a semi-automatic that can be easily concealed on your person.
WHY A PISTOL?
First of all, there are many limitations to a pistol that detractors to this argument will bring up. Pistol rounds can be substantially underpowered compared to rifle rounds and have less velocity coming out of the shorter barrel. But, you can hunt all kinds of game with any caliber of handgun. There are all kinds of hunting you can do with handguns. Jerry Miculek shot a 1000 yard shot accurately with a 9mm S&W revolver, I don’t care who you are, if you are a human and if you get hit with that bullet, you can die.
Maybe everyone can’t make this shot, put this shows it’s possible. Limitations are in the shooter, not the gun. World record shot here:
Bob Munden shot a balloon at 600 yards with a .38 snub nose.
The fact that you can easily conceal a handgun on your person outweighs any negatives, both in your everyday life and in an SHTF disaster scenario.
In your everyday life, the time where you need to use your gun will happen when you least expect it or want it. It will take you completely by surprise and you will need to act within seconds. If you do indeed need to use your weapon for self-defense, it’s always going to be easier to reach for the gun under your shirt than it is to run out to your car to grab a long gun (by then, it could be too late).
In other words, you can take your pistol with you wherever you go, which is an advantage over a shotgun or a rifle. At home, you can keep your pistol strapped to your side at all times. There have been many stories of how people will keep a defensive shotgun or rifle in a closet or gun safe, but are then attacked by burglars at the front door and are unable to access that shotgun or rifle.
In contrast to this, with a pistol all you have to do is drop your hand down to your hip, draw the weapon, and fire. So in a way, a pistol is a more convenient home defense weapon than a twelve gauge shotgun is.
In any kind of a disaster, whether it is a terrorist attack, economic collapse, power grid down, or a natural disaster, the pistol will be the most important firearm to have in an SHTF scenario.
Again, you can easily conceal a pistol on your person under your shirt or jacket so that you are reasonably armed without anyone noticing. If dangers arise and you are attacked by raiders or marauders, you can then quickly draw your pistol to defend yourself and your family instead of having to run to where you keep your long gun.
WHAT IS THE BEST PISTOL TO OWN?
Now that we have established why a pistol is the most important firearm you can own, you might be wondering what the best ones are. The most versatile is a compact 9mm double stacked pistol. Let’s talk about why that is.
First of all, you should opt for a semi-automatic over a revolver. Semi-autos hold far more bullets in the magazine and reload faster. In a defensive situation where you have multiple attackers coming at you, having 15 or so rounds in your magazine will be better than having 5 or 6 in a cylinder. It takes far less time to slam in a new magazine and rack the slide than it does to swing out the cylinder, eject the spent shells, load in new shells either individually or with a speed loader, and close the cylinder again. The pistol is simply a more advanced design than the revolver and better suited for the 21st Century.
Secondly, your semi-automatic should ideally be chambered for 9mm over other popular calibers such as .40 S&W or .45 ACP. There are a couple of reasons for this. 9mm is far cheaper and more plentiful than either of those two options, so you’ll save quite a bit of money in stockpiling ammo. This also makes the 9mm a more appealing option for those on a budget.
The 9mm also offers less recoil than .40 or .45 ACP, and since it’s smaller in size and diameter, you can pack more bullets in each magazine. While the 9mm FMJ is not the ideal pistol round for self-defense, with the jacketed hollow point self-defense loads it offers plenty of stopping power.
You should also aim to make your 9mm pistol, a compact double stacked model similar size to the Glock 19. This way, your pistol will be small enough to conceal on your person and yet offer enough firepower to defend yourself against multiple attackers (double stacked magazines always hold more rounds than single stacks do).
Examples of specific pistols that fit these criteria include the Glock 19 or 26, Walther PPQ, Taurus PT111 G2, Smith & Wesson M&P Compact, Bersa Thunder 9mm Compact, Ruger SR9 Compact, Beretta 92FS Compact, Beretta Px4 Storm Compact, and the SIG Sauer P320 Compact.
When selecting a specific pistol to buy, the best piece of advice that can be given is to go to your local sporting goods store and hold several models in your hand. Just because one particular pistol is ergonomic to someone doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be for you as well, and you’ll never know until you actually hold them.
Is the pistol the only gun that you should own? No. Guns are like tools in a toolbox, meaning there is no one gun that does everything for you. But, if you can only own one gun it should be a pistol. The very fact that you can easily conceal a pistol on you and travel with it will be very big advantages in your day-to-day life and in a disaster grid down situation.