The end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) will, of course, bring with it many now unfathomable changes in our daily lives.
Cellphones, computers, and other items currently considered necessities may have little value in the world to come. Conversely, other items now considered trivial may become prominent and indispensable tools for survival.
It’s important for the prepper to consider the long term usefulness of any purchase. Evaluate each purchase in terms of its pre- and post- TEOTWAWKI usefulness.
For example, let’s consider a handgun for personal protection.
Where permitted, many citizens have taken to arming themselves for protection. In one gathering of preppers, over ninety percent of the four dozen people had a Concealed Carry Permit.
My preferred choice for an everyday carry weapon is the Ruger LCP. It’s a small, light-weight pistol that packs enough umph to dissuade any would-be attackers. Commonly referred to as a Get-Off-Me gun, the .380 LCP is a good combination of size and power for the modern prepper.
A post-TEOTWAWKI weapon, however is judged by very completely different set of criteria.
Post TEOTWAWKI, there will likely be more lawlessness and less police and governmental support. Unprepared people will be hungry and desperate. Smaller caliber weapons will be less of a deterrent. A larger calibre will be preferred; it has more stopping power.
Additionally, there will be little benefit to concealing your weapon. In fact, it may be safer if you carry your handgun strapped to your side for all to see. Hopefully that will persuade an attacker to select another, less prepared victim.
And third, the availability of ammunition must be taken into consideration. The .380 calibre ammo may be found now, but it’s certainly less common and not as plentiful as other calibres.
I’ve adopted the Springfield Armory XD-40 Service pistol as my weapon of choice for after TEOTWAWKI. It’s well made, durable, and easy to shoot. The .40 calibre packs a significant punch and ammunition is relatively plentiful and inexpensive now. With the popularity of the calibre, if any ammunition can be found after TEOTWAWKI I suspect the .40 calibre may be among it.
A Changed World
Although it’s difficult to predict with any certainty what the post-TEOTWAWKI world will be like, we do know that it’ll be significantly different than the world in which we live now.
As you make your prepping and purchasing decisions, make sure you consider not only this world, but the world to come as well.