I've read tons, both this forum and other places discussing the best weaponry for personal/family protection under all sorts of scenarios. The debate continues... Beyond that - what if you had to "arm" a small neighborhood/village/whatever of people to form a co-operative security force following some disaster situation? I'll qualify some assumptions to speed along the thread: 0) There are up to two dozen able bodied adults involved. 1) While not strangers, you have at least a casual relationship with these people. You know where they live(d) work(ed), their families, etc. 2) Some of these people may have ZERO firearms experience. 3) You'd have to acquire and store weapons and ammo prior to SHTF - so money and other resources are a consideration (Are you really going to buy 20+ AR-15 w/ ACOG plus appropriate amounts of .223 rounds?). While even buying "cheap" stuff would be a considerable cost given the quantity, I won't provide a budget to keep the conversation open. Aside from various social/psychological concerns that may arise, there seem to be a number of logistical concerns. Standardizing on ammo seems obvious, but perhaps a standard rifle platform would allow cannibalizing for parts. I also imagine we'd need to balance low cost with ease of use. For example, I could pickup a batch of old Russian Mosins for under $100 each, with fairly cheap ammo. But how easily/quickly could my neighbors wife be trained to use it in a fight? On the other hand, maybe issuing Ruger 10/22s would make more sense. Even without combat level stopping power, I imagine there's a greater chance of people hitting their targets and the rate of fire might be an advantage over bolt-action with a group of like armed folks. I'm assuming the primary mission of this neighborhood militia would be to drive off would be looters and other raiding parties. Curious to hear people's opinions on this.