The reasons for wanting to choose a Primary Weapon can be anything from a home defense situation to a full blown SHTF situation like riots or extreme natural disasters where rule of law may not have a strong hold. In these situations having a “Primary Weapon” or “Go To” weapon is a good idea.
Now although in some places owning a firearm may be hard or even impossible, for the purposes of this article we’ll assume your primary weapon will be a firearm.
Now lets take a look at some things to keep in mind when choosing a primary weapon system.
1) Personal Preference – This refers to being comfortable with whatever your chosen firearm is, don’t go out and buy the latest and greatest tactical firearm if your not comfortable with it. Whatever you choose it should be something you can operate efficiently by instinct.
2) Caliber – This is a very important part of choosing a primary firearm, or any firearm because in essence it is the heart of your weapon system. There are a few guidelines I like to go by to help choose a firearm caliber.
A) Commonality – How common is the ammo in case you need to get ahold of some quickly.
B) Availability – How available is it now to make stocking up something that is easy to do.
C) Personal Preference – If you don’t like a certain caliber, then stay away from it.
D) Price – The less expensive the caliber, the easier it is to find and stock up on.
Calibers that fit nicely into these catagories are – .223 – .22lr – 12 gauge – 9mm – .40 – .45 – .308 – 7.62×39
3) Capacity – This is important because a Primary Weapon should primarily be used as a defensive tool and in a defensive situation you want as much capacity as possible because you can’t predict the situation. This would put things like the AR & AK platforms over bolt action rifles or shotguns. While both bolt action rifles and shotguns are incredible tools they do not have the defensive capabilities that a 30 round capacity modern battle rifle has.
4) Reload Speed – This is something to keep in mind because in the event that a defensive situation requires you to reload your weapon you want something that requires as little effort as possible to reload so as to not take too much of your time or attention away from your primary goal of defending yourself or others. Again this consideration would leave out firearms like the pump action shotgun or bolt action rifle in favor of something with a detachable box magazine because even a novice could more than likely reload an AK faster than a well trained operator can reload 6 rounds in a shotgun.
5) Multi-Purpose – This is by far the least important guideline but still one you might want to take into consideration. Do you want a primary that can serve purposes other than just as a defensive tool, things like hunting or breaching. If so then choose your weapon accordingly. But keep in mind that a Primary Weapon should be primarily a defensive tool.
6) Long Gun or Pistol – Last but certainly not least is wether or not your primary should be a pistol or long gun. At first this may seem like a stupid question because long guns are far superior when it comes to stopping power but keep in mind that pistols are an ideal defensive tool because they are easy to conceal, easy to manuver, can be had with good capacity and are magazine fed, all great things to have in a defensive situation.
So there you go, just a few things to keep in mind when choosing a Primary Weapon. Remember whatever you choose you should take the time and effort to train on your weapon and become as efficient as possible.