I have decided rifles are overrated because even in a SHTF situation, it is highly unlikely the military and police would go away unless you are in bumfuck nowhere. I have decided that if you live in urban or suburban areas, the most important key to survival will be to not stand out and thus concealability is key. I already have a compacted 9mm and decided i needed something even smaller for summer carry. What are the best .380 handguns?
This guy seems to agree with you. Flashy rifles are the first targets. Snipers>AverageJoesWithCCPistols>TacticoolRifles
GUY GUYS GUYS, OP has decided. you know what to do.
As someone with a compact 9mm who plans to pick up a .380 as a backup/pocket carry, you seriously can't wear your 9mm in the summer? Come on OP.
You're right that the pistol--ideally one with a 13+ round magazine--is the weapon of choice for the survivalist. Concealability on person/through vehicle checkpoints and the ease of carrying it meaning that you can have it on you ALWAYS cannot be overstated. I can link to real-world articles backing this up too.
That's not to discount the usefulness of rifles. On the other hand, if you have a good pistol and a rifle already, a shotgun really seems superfluous.
In a shit hits the fan situation if you think conceal-ability is anywhere on the top 10 requirements for a sidearm other then a backup pistol you are sadly mistaken son. The priority pistol will be a machine of killing. Therefore you will either carry a high caliber killing weapon, a high capacity killing weapon, or a unique application killing weapon. If you need me to explain further into either of the 3 said categories then you need to immediately remove a molar and replace it with a cyanide infused tooth because you will not survive soldier. After the backup pistol and battle pistol have been decided it would best behoove you to acquire a weapon that gives you a tactical advantage in both the mid-range and long range scenarios you will encounter. If you need further explanation then you need not to even worry about a sidearm because chances are you will not need to burden yourself with the need to posses one because you will be a corpse. Survival is not a game, nor is it a training exercise, it is your abilities to improve your odds to maximize your expiration date to its full potential within a group whose beliefs coincide with your own. Because despite your personal beliefs you will not out operate a unit, you will become a statistic. Get your head out of your fucking ass wannabe you couldn't hang with a real killer if your life depended on it, which it won't until it is far too late. So I suggest you just go ahead and enjoy it to the fullest in the meantime, get your will in order, and have fun shooting paper targets and pretending you could survive a war scenario.
Worry not because you won't be involved in a life or death situation, you will merely waste your life away until you rot away leaving a few wastes of space on the planet to carry out some of your DNA until they cease to replicate themselves due to lack of potential & means to achieve it via upbringing.
do people really not think that flashy rifles don't come with flashy ammo?
like they spent all their money on their rifle and no ammo?
like they only have a single gun?
or no plates?
or no friends?
like OH I JUST FOUND OUT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD PATROLS THEIR STREETS WITH AR'S, TIME TO ROB THE PLACE