What 5 would you choose?
It’s that time again on the Internet. You know the drill.
I wouldn’t call it a meme or an ice bucket challenge thing exactly, but there’s a spate of “if you could only have five guns for the apocalypse” articles going around right now. It looks like it started with the Iraqveteran8888 video below, about selecting five guns for a “Red Dawn” scenario, then spread to Guns.com.
This one’s pretty easy for me, so I’ll go ahead and play. I think Guns.com’s format of carbine, handgun, shotgun, rifle, and rimfire is a solid load-out, so I’ll stick with that format. Also, I’m sticking to what’s in my safe — I’m not sure if that’s a rule, but that’s how I’m playing. I think it’s fair to mention stuff that isn’t in your safe if you specify that it isn’t.
1. Carbine: LMT CQB MRP Defender (piston AR-15)
It’s what’s in my safe, along with an LMT LM8, which is the lighter, “slick sides” direct impingement counterpart to the CQB MRP. There’s lots of parts interchangeability there, but if I was going to grab one and go it would probably be the piston gun. But boy would it be a tough decision.
The piston gun is a bit heavier and with more parts that can break, but there’s less lube and cleaning stuff to carry. The DI gun is lighter and I have a .300 BLK barrel for it that I can swap in pretty easily, but… Well, I don’t want to get into the piston vs. DI debate here because I go back and forth myself depending on the day. Today I’d grab the piston gun, but tomorrow it might be the DI gun. Either way, it’s good to have options.
2. Shogtun: Mossberg 590A1 Marine Edition
You’re either a Remington 870 guy or a Mossberg 5xx guy, and I’m the latter. I’ve got the marine model because it’s super corrosion resistant. It’s as scarce as hen’s teeth, so if you find one be sure to snag it.