I have been a member for a couple of years but haven't posted that often. I have been a prepper for almost thirty years. You would think I would be ready by now, eh? But I am not. For years the money went for other things that came first like kids and getting rid of all of our debt. The first thing I really did to prepare was to move my family well away from Chicago where I worked. I ended up commuting 70+ miles one way every day just so my kids were, well, 'safer', than they would have been living on Chicago's north side. We moved to a very rural, very small agbiz town of about 800 residents. To show you how rural we are, I remember how excited the kids were when the first McDonald's opened for business in a town twenty-one miles away. There was a lot more excitemnent a couple years later when that same town put in their first traffic light and we joined with all of our neighbors who drove over there just because we wanted to say that we had actually been stopped by the red light. Oh well, back to the post. I am a retired LEO and also a retired Infantry soldier so I have some pretty strong feelings about firearms. They have to work, they have to be able to take a beating and they have to be repairable at my level when something goes wrong. I also believe that to have guns in a multiple calibers is stupid because I really don't have the kind of money that would be needed to stock up more than a couple of calibers. So, I decided I would keep my calibers to .22lr, 9mm, 5.56mm and 12 gauge. I don't care what anyone says, I have first hand experience in real firefights and I know what has worked for me. I am not saying they are the be all end all choice because they are not. But they are all affordable and they all work. Over the years, I have owned a LOT of firearms. I was always the first on my block to have whatever just came out and truthfully, I still have to fight that urge every day. But, I was also smart enough and experienced enough to know that KISS or keep is simple stupid has to be one on the primary rules along with "if it works, don't fix it" I decided I really like AR15s. I like them as a truck gun and I like them as a varmiter or long range gun. Now to me, long range is actually anything over 250 yards because I cannot imagine how or why I would need to shoot something any further away then that. But I can and for that purpose I have a mid-length HBAR Palmetto State Armory with bipod and Nikon M223 scope that I assembled from a kit. Using M855 surplus ammo, I tapped a 'yote two weeks ago at a measured 470 meters so I pretty confident that I can hit anything out to 500 meters with my first shot. My M4gery truck gun is a Smith M&P15A that I replaced the butt stock and handgrip with Magpul MOE (in black)and an Ergo pistol grip. It has taken a beating over the years and I have detailed stripped it several times for cleaning and replaced some of the springs just to be safe but other than that, it just works every single time. My last rifle is a .22lr and for years it was a Ruger 10/22 but then I fired a buddy's M&P 15-22 and fell in love. With a rimfire 3x9 scope (and no wind) I can shoot a $.25 piece hole in a aper target at 100 meters and do it with a 25 round magazine. That is so way cool. I also have Smith and Wesson M&P 22 pistol that is new to me but is turning out to be a great buy. It only came with one magazine so I had to pick up some more but wow! can it shoot. And the barrel is factory threaded! Now I need to move to a State that allows suppressors. I have an old Ithaca Model 37 Deerslayer 12 gauge. I have a rifled 18 inch barrel and a modified choke 24 inch barrel for upland game. Old shotgun for an old shooter. Totally reliable, bottom ejecting and easy to repair if needed. I left my first love, the 1911 several years ago when I took a tactical pistol course and shot a Glock 19 about 800 times in a 24 hour course. Love 'em or hate 'em, Glocks work, they have very few parts, a huge after market support and they will fire every single time. I clean my 19 only on the odd years so it's not due again for another six months. Meanwhile, I am at my local range every Monday morning banging away with it. I think a good sized pistoil is really nevessary but i also think you should have a gun that is easily concealable either as backup or as a primary depending on the situation. For that reason I have a Kahr PM9 that i carry every day. (I have an Illinois concealed carry permit as a retired LEO) Because I live in Illinois, it is incredibnly important that my firearm never be noticed and the Kahr does that real well. Within ten meters, using Gold Dots, I would trust my life to my little Kahr. Just lately, I decided I wanted to carry a long gun in the car when we are traveling and I picked up a Kel Tec Sub 2000 in 9mm that accepts Glock 17 magazines. They work in my G19 also so that's a plus and I now have the Kel Tec and 10 magazines in a lap top bag and no one ever suspects what i have when we check into a motel. So, that's my idea of what perfect is. Not looking for a flame war, just offering an opinion.