I posted this in a response on another thread, but want to get as many answers as possible...... Quoting: amywood71605
Over the last year-ish I've been trying to work on preparing - canned foods, toilet paper, diapers and wipes, water, OTC meds like Tylenol, cold/flu meds, etc, food for my pets, stashing some cash away, but a gun was not something I really thought about, but now I am. If SHTF badly - I want to be able to protect my family - and protect our stuff from thieves who weren't so prepared. I'll leave shooting it to hubby though, haha unless I have to of course.
Serious question - what would anyone recommend for us?? Neither of us hunt, so don't have much experience with guns. I'd like something that can protect us, and something that we can use to hunt should that be necessary. Suggestions welcome - I'm totally seriously thinking about buying one. Money doesn't matter too much - I'll spend to have something good, but at the same time do not want to spend a ridiculously high amount either.....
A lot of the people who answered your thread are obviously idiots. I do not know how many guns you are willing to buy, but you mentioned that you want t a gun that you can protect yourself with, as well as hunt with, if necessary... right?
So if you are strictly buying ONE gun, and it must serve BOTH of these purposes, then listen carefully...
Go and get yourself a Mossberg 500 shotgun, the type that they sell with TWO barrels. One barrel (18.5 inch) for home defense, and one barrel (28 inch) for hunting with.
With this single weapon, you can serve BOTH purposes very well.
Now don't get me wrong, though. I believe in having MULTIPLE guns, each having a very specific purpose. But I am answering the question in your opening post, according to YOUR criteria.