Basic Defensive battery: These are some of my ideas on a basic DEFENSIVE battery. Hunting shotguns, .22's... are not included. It pretty much doesn't matter what brand of those you use. It can be adapted as needed. Rifles: This is for people without alot of experence, gunsmithing skills, training... The rifle(s) should be durable, reliable, and capable of reliably killing mansized game. IF you live on the great Plains you will have specific needs, but otherwise most use of a rifle will be within 200 yards, and it is unlikely outside of 300 yards. As such I first pick the round: 7.62x39 And secondly pick the rifles: AK47's and SKS's. The reasons for this are: They use the same ammo, and stripper clips, both are EXTREMELY reliable, and they are relatively inexpensive. I personally have a WASR and I expect you will have no problems if you insure: The sites are straight. The trigger has the words "G2 Tapco" on the left side of it, and the magazine locks into place securely. I would buy the Ak's directly from Century due to the fact that if there is a problem you can call them, and they will pay for you to UPS it directly to them and they will fix or replace the rifle. http://www.centuryarms.biz/search.as...=&sprice=&pg=2 ~/under $400 A blue Force gear sling http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=2554 And a Pentagon light attached to the barrel with a clamp. http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=2574 http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=2096 My personal 'Happy spot' with rifle mags is 20. Do not get less than 10 per rifle. Here's a decent, inexpensive chest pouch: http://www.centerfiresystems.com/ind...ROD&ProdID=132 SKS: Simple sling, (Usually included) and Stripper clips: http://www.jgsales.com/product_info....roducts_id/399 http://www.jgsales.com/product_info....oducts_id/1621 http://www.centerfiresystems.com/ind...ROD&ProdID=567 Pistols: I selected a Glock 19. http://www.glock.com/english/index_pistols.htm Here are the reasons: Many holsters, parts, and acessories avalable. Not much to be done except add night sites, and they can come with them. Parts, and mags are cheap Ammo for practice are inexpensive. Let me say one thing about the 9mm round. 'I' do not consider FMJ an effective stoper. If I carry 9mm it is Corbons: http://www.dakotaammo.net/ A decent and inexpensive holster and mag pouch is: http://glockmeister.com/catalog/inde...2202cd16c2433d I buy mags from CDNN: http://www.cdnninvestments.com/gl199mm15drf.html I picked these weapons due to their avalability, durability, and simplicity of controls. This is ment to simply be a good baseline, not a complete or final word.