20ga or 12ga!
Hey guys sorry I haven't been on here in a while any way I was wondering what caliber of handgun should you have if crap hit the fan all heck break lose I have a .45 A.C.P. but I don't how hard it would be to find ammo for it in case something bad happend in the US, any info would be helpful thank you .
20ga or 12ga!
I prefer the 45,but I have a Beretta 92 with 8 mags in case 45 dries up.The 9 is a worldwide cartridge so it will be plentiful to pilfer and plunder.
Hmmmm......my SIG P226 9mm TAC-OPS came with 4 20 rd.mags, and I secured an add'l. 4 OEM factory 20 rd. mags, as well as 3 MEC-GAR 20 rd. mags.
Nothing is more abundant than .22lr, both in terms of rounds and firearms. The major disadvantage I see with it is that you can't reload it (the case gets crushed to ignite the primer compound), and it is much more difficult to manufacture and get the priming compound right so there is any reliability. Rudimentary black powder is pretty easy to make, and though not nearly as good as modern smokeless powders, it will still make little pieces of metal go fast. I can't imagine of running out of lead to make cast bullets. There is refined lead all over the place. There's good lead on just about every car tire in existence, and it will be there long after the car has rotted to nothing. If there was a complete breakdown there would be more .22lr than anything else, but that stock might be all there would be till things got running again, and that might be a very long time. It would run out, unlike reloadable center fire cartridges.
The 5.56 is the standard small arms round of the military and there's gobs of it in ammo dumps all over the place and on any military base. An AR is the Brown Bess of our time, and everyone should have one IMO.
Next would probably be revolvers that shoot both .38 and .357. It's nice to have something that shoots two common calibers if we're talking about foraging for ammo, and they are a stronger and less complicated design that will keep working longer and without access to someone who can repair them.
When you think about the ammo shortage that went on for over a year, I'll bet most of that ammo isn't shot, but was hoarded. I wouldn't want to venture a guess how much is out there right now, but I think it's probably more than there ever has been. I don't think things would get scarce till everyone who was heavily armed and hoarded ammo shot what they had. I think ammo would be plentiful but valuable for years after a collapse.
I would go with my .22LR Ruger Mark 3. I have 15,000 rds of it and although I couldn't reload it would be a long time before I needed to.
9mm for cheap ammo, 45acp for stopping power. If i could have only one 9mm.
As long as I stay near home I don't have to make a choice or worry much about ammo
Thanks for the replys I probley go with a 9 mm Luger because it is the main handgun caliber for the US Military & the one that most people own again thank & have a bang up time at the range .
ammo is hard to find presently,
If you think there might be ammo drops in your area forget about that.
You should already have an arsenal that could utilize any caliber that comes your way, before the crap hits the fan.
If that is your concern?
Oh believe me if the crap hits then I am taking one of each caliber I own with the 9mm and 22LR being my go to caliber.
yes indeed,the 10mm. I agree 100%.i also have a 10mm.glock 20.as well as a glock 32 357 sig.and I feel just fine with either one.
The one for which you have an ample supply of ammunition. For me, it's .45ACP and Buffalo Bore 10MM.
I'm good-to-go with any of the more popular pistol calibers. Should I be ordained to survive the first couple of hostile encounters then whatever the other guy was carrying will be good enough for me, too.
Any cartridge more powerful than .380 ACP will stop a fight...if you do your part.
An accurate hit beats ballistics, every time.
A hit with a .22 rimfire will beat a near-miss with a .44 Magnum.
Stock-up with what you already use, whatever it is, and practice, practice, practice.
A .357 revolver, it's a 4" 686 Plus.
well....a few different ones.... a .22LR for sure....I have plenty of 9mm...and I certainly would not want to be without my SA Rugers.... 44 Special....and 44 Mag...that would hold me for awhile.
if just one handgun and I have time to go through my collection... Springfield xd 9 tactical. I have ample ammunition and magazines. It has a long sight radius for a pistol (better accuracy) works like a charm. 1230rounds through and no issues what so ever.
Since all the bases and armories are full of 5.56mm, 9mm and 12ga I'd say those would be safe bets. They all work pretty well too.
I'd say whatever you can shoot best with, of course this will depend on the size and type of weapon you choose.
The caliber that matches the ammo you have.