The Survival Battery is a topic of much discussion on this and other boards but rarely is it presented in a way in which encourages an overall survival strategy. That will be the attempt of this thread and I encourage others to present their own suggestions or sollutions. Also, I will demonstrate how I have accomplished my Survival Battery to fit my own personal needs and expectations. I will not go into pluses or minuses of different firearms as that would be to in depth for the intended scope of this thread. This will be an ongoing work in progress and I intend to add more in-depth information to this thread as time goes on. I figure with as many experienced people on this thread we could create a great starting point for those looking to arm themselves effectively for hard times.
A "Battery" of firearms is simply a selection of guns that can do a multitude of tasks/needs. The way I see it, the Survival Battery can actually consist of two seperate categories depending on the preppers' own personal survival strategy. There is the "Defensive Battery" in which the guns accomplish a wide variety of possible defensive needs and then there is the "Working Battery" in which the guns can be used for many types of hunting purposes. My own personal recommendation is that the Defensive Battery take a priority over the Working Battery because as I will demonstrate, the Defensive Battery can do both tasks much better than the Working Battery. So my suggestion is, if you can only afford one type then definately fill your defensive needs first.
The Defensive Battery
Traditionally, there are few roles that would ideally need to be filled in order to have a complete Defensive Battery. They are listed below with MY own minimum standards and requirements. YMMV but I feel that these are reasonable expectations from weapons designed to fill these roles.
1.) Defensive Rifle - Full Caliber (.308 Winchester/7.62X51, 30-06, 7.62X54R ect.), semi-auto, must be capable of hitting man sized target out to 600 yards. Popular choices are the FAL, HK91, AR-10, M1A, and other similar patterned rifles and clones.
2.) Defensive Carbine - Intermediate Caliber (.223 Remington/5.56X45, 6.8SPC, 7.62X39, 5.45X39 ect.), semi-auto, must be capable hitting a man sized target out to 300 yards. Popular choices are the AK-47/74, AR-15, Sig 556, HK93, Galil, and other similar patterned rifles and clones.
3.) Defensive Handgun - Effective Caliber (10mm, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 9X19), Semi-auto, must be capable head shots out to 25 yards and body shots out to 75 yards. Lots of choices but the most popular are Glocks, Sigs, Beretta 92's, 1911's, and countless others.
4.) Defensive Shotgun - Effective Caliber (12 gauge or 20 gauge), semi-auto or pump, smooth bore, must be capable of hitting a man sized target at 25 yards with buck shot. By far the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 encompass a huge portion of the defensive shotgun market. Other choices are the Beretta's Benelli's and the FN semi-autos.
I would recommend that you have at least one of each per family or group and ideally, add at least one defensive carbine and one defensive handgun per adult. Example, you have a 4 member group then you would ideally want have at least 1 Defensive Rifle, 4 Defensive Carbines, 4 Defensive Handguns, and 1 Defensive shotgun.
The Working Battery
Much can depend on your individual hunting needs and geographic location but as a rule I would recommend one of each of the following for a complete Working Battery. Again, these are MY own personal standards so do not take this as an all-inclusive requirement.
1.) Hunting Rifle - Full Caliber (.308 Winchester, .270, 30-06, 7mm, ect.), bolt action or semi-auto, and must be capable of reliably taking medium to large game to at least 500 yards. Popular choices are the Remington 700, Winchester 70, CZ's, Savage 10, and countless others.
2.) Hunting Carbine - Intermediate Caliber OR Magnum Pistol Caliber (.223 Remington, 30-30 .243, .22-250, 6mm, 7.62X39 OR .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum ect.), bolt/lever action or semi-auto, should be capable of taking small to medium game to at least 150-250 yards depending on needs. Popular choices are Remington 700, Winchester 70 or similar bolt actions in Varmint configs as well as "brush guns" such as the Marlin 336, Winchester 94/92 ect.
3.) Hunting Pistol - Effective Caliber or Magnum Caliber (.45 ACP, 10mm, 357 Magnum, .44 Magnun .45 Colt ect.), revovler or semi-auto, and capable of taking medium to large game out to 100 yards. Popular choices are S&W 629's, Ruger Redhawks, Glocks, and 1911's.
4.) Hunting Rimfire - Rimfire (.22LR, .22WMR, .22 Long .ect), Rifle or Pistol, bolt/lever action or semi-auto, revolver or semi-auto, and capable of taking small game out to at least 75 yards. Too many choices but the Marlin 795/39A, Ruger 10/22, Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark are very popular.
5.) Hunting Shotgun - Effective Caliber (.410, 20 gauge, and 12 gauge), single shot, double barrel, pump action, or semi-auto. Typically has a barrel between 22"-28", choked smoothbore or rifled for slugs. Capable of taking small game out to about 50 yards and medium to large game out to at least 100 yards. Popular choices are the same as the defensive shotgun albeit in a different configurations as well as countless single shots and double barreled models.
As you can probably see, there is definately room for overlap on the Working Battery if you pick your Defensive Battery well. And again, it will be dependant on the anticiapted hunting needs of the individual prepper as to whether or not to fill certain roles. It is also worth noting that other weapons such as air rifles, sling shots, and crossbows as well as snares and traps can be utilized in order to supplement firearms for non-critical hunting. If Hunting is not a major part of your strategy then you could simply just ignore the Working Battery.
When I get some pics up I will post pics of how I have accomplished my "Survival Battery" and I welcome yours as well as your opinions and suggestions. Also, I understand if some of you want to keep your OPSec in regard to this matter.