“Ok, it’s the Zombie Apocalypse. You can have three weapons: one blade, one handgun, and one long gun. What would they be?”
That was the question I heard one teenage boy pose to his friends recently. These are good boys who like roughing it and have a bent toward camping and survival. A healthy bent like in the days of old.
The question intrigued me so I silently listened as they debated the merits of various combinations. Their initial choices were insightful, especially for teenage boys. They discussed the benefits of a crossbow, the downsides of a shotgun, and a the characteristics of various other weapons.
As the discussion progressed however, they had fun trying to outdo one another with outlandish selections. Their list eventually included a mace from the dark ages and a bazooka. (I think that even as adults we are susceptible to one-upsmanship. I’ve seen it happen on blog postings and Facebook comments. It can make for an interesting read.)
Nevertheless the question was a good one.
A Question of Survival
If I could have with me only one blade, one handgun, and one long gun, what would I choose?
Of course my answer will reflect my background and experiences. It’ll reflect my current situation and my expectations for the future. In short my answer will probably be different than your’s. So, before I share my answer, I would like to hear from you. What would you choose?
For the purposes of this discussion however, let’s not go with the zombie apocalypse. Lets go with something a bit more likely. Let’s say there has been a sudden and dramatic economic collapse. Maybe it was from a stock market bubble that burst or a worldwide pandemic that causes the economy to falter as well.
It doesn’t really matter. The gist of it is: you cannot buy a loaf of bread with a wheel barrel full of money. There is no electricity or water since workers have long since stopped going to work. The store shelves are bare and you must survive and provide for your family.
For the rest of the details, use your own situation.
- If you live in the suburbs of a large city and have two months worth of food and supplies in storage, go with that.
- If you have a fully stocked bug out location 100 miles from where you are now and you need to get there safely, go with that.
- If you are new to prepping and haven’t even started yet, go with that.
The only caveat to use-your-own scenario is that you can only have three weapons.
Since our scenarios will vary widely, so will our selections. Someone living in New York City will have different needs than someone living in Wyoming.
Share Your Thoughts
I want to hear your thoughts. Please share in the comments below. Provide enough detail about your scenario to back up your selections without sharing too much. Don’t give personal details like the city in which you live. Just say something like “I live in a small rural town on the plains of the midwest.”
So how about it. What would you choose? I will share my answer next week.