I figured since this is a firearm forum... this is a good topic. I think every prepper knows that firearms are a "must have". You need them to hunt and protect. So I figured I would go over some of my picks that have been thought out and have reasons behind them. So I have picked some rifles and pistols based on use and practicality. I own some of them and am in the process of getting the rest of them. I hope this helps some people and hopefully I get some good feedback as well. I'll break them down into category, and it might seem like a lot... but some of them I will choose certain ones over others. They are all here for reference. I picked a lot of these to use the same rounds as well. -Survival Rifles- 1.) Springfield M6 scout rifle- Comes in 22 hornet and 410 or 22 LR and 410. It is an over, under and breaks down into two pieces. Which in my book makes it perfect to go into a B.O.B. I would get the 22 hornet & 410 over the 22 LR. It's centerfire and faster. 2.) Henry survival rifle (AR7)- This is a 22 LR semi-automatic. it breaks down and fits in the stock. Comes with 2 magazines. It all breaks down and fits into the stock that is waterproof and floats. Once again perfect for a B.O.B. -Protection Rifles- 1.) AR-15.- When I say this I mean the regular AR-15. All parts are interchangeable, and widely used. I would get one in 5.56... not .223 Check your barrel to make sure. For those that don't know, you can shoot both out of a 5.56, but only .223 out of a .223 barrel. Or at least you should only shoot .223. 5.56 is a nato round, law enforcement uses it, and a lot of people use it. Feild stripping is easy, and can get magazines in any size. And you have the option of a rail system for whatever you fancy. Plus DPMS now sells the Oracle for only $500! So you can get them for cheap now. i think everyone understands this one 2.) AK-47.- Shoots 7.62 x 39. These rifles are cheaper, easy to maintain, shoot all the time and have high knockdown power. Rounds are cheaper and this rifle is also popular with people. you can get rounds for cheap so it's easy to stockpile rounds. high magazine capacity. Easy as an AR-15 to accesorize now. -Hunting rifles- 1.) Ruger gunsite scout rifle- .308, magazine fed, bolt action rifle. It's a little pricey and hard to find, but a very practical rifle. you can shoot almost anything with it and is more compact compared to some rifles. Also has a scope rail on top. 2.) Mossberg MVP- This is a 5.56, mag fed, bolt action rifle. Once again you have the nato round plus it takes AR-15 magazines! A little pricey, and hard to find. *note* both of these rifles were choosen do to their practicality during SHTF and being very versitle rifles. I would do shotguns but they very person to person and need. Plus they're pretty simple and cheap. for me the Mossberg 500 combo, comes with a home defense barrel and a hunting barrel. -Pistols- 1.) Glock chambered in 40 s&w- I say this because glocks are popular, its a good caliber round. And most law enforcement carries them. So it should be easy to find mags, ammo, and parts. 2.) Beretta M9- It shoots 9mm, nato round. Also a very popular and cheaper round. This gun is easy to field strip, and is what the military uses. 3.) Once again something small, light and concealable, and personal preference. Rugar LCR, Taurus TCP, S&W bodyguard. -Optics- When it comes to optics, its all preference. With actual scopes, whatever works for you. My point with optics in this is combat optics. A lot of people prefer to put red dots and things of that nature. They all work good and everything, except for the fact that they run off batteries. This is why I prefer ones that have laser etched reticles and fiber optics. I like trijicon because of the tritium. But others have the reticle even without a battery. Burris, leupold, trijicon, elcan. there maybe more. But these are all good combat type optics. I just prefer to not use batteries or be able to run them after the batteries are dead. I have one in each category... plus a little more. But I think at least going with 1 firearm out of each category is a must... even if you don't agree with my picks. I just think some people don't put much thought into their firearm picks. Like durability, ammo, cleaning, etc... Because when SHTF you don't want to be trying to find odd calibers or parts for rare or not popular guns. All of these were picked for those reasons. As I said before, I hope this helps some people, and hopefully I learn something as well.