Guest Firearms Article: Three Essential Firearms for Civil Unrest

Guest Firearms Article: Three Essential Firearms for Civil Unrest
Mike Adams

Back in August of 2001, I made a trip to Walmart to pick up some items for the house. In those days, I always picked up one box of ammunition whenever I went to a store that sold it. I did this until both of my gun safes were completely full of guns and ammo. That day, as I was putting my ammo away, my girlfriend got a look inside one of my gun safes. Thus, she discovered for the first time that I had thousands of rounds stored away. She was appalled and asked why I owned so many guns and stored so much ammunition. I calmly told her that I wanted to be prepared when we were hit with the first large-scale terrorist attack on American soil. 

Much to my disappointment, this revelation caused my girlfriend to scoff at me and accuse me of being “paranoid.”  She even told family and friends that I was crazy. But just eleven days later, 9/11 happened. She later apologized for questioning my judgment. She realized what I already knew: It could have been much worse.

Make no mistake about it, folks. Terrorists will hit America again. There is also a serious prospect of either civil war or a Soviet-style breakup of America into nation-states in my lifetime. Indeed, it is exceedingly unlikely that America as we know it will exist when our children reach our age. If you think I am crazy, quit reading this column and return to playing your video games. The rest of the column is for those of us who live and operate in the world as it is but also prepare for drastic changes in our circumstances.

As we think specifically about which three firearms are best for dealing with large-scale civil unrest, it helps to imagine hypothetical situations. Imagine, for example, that a mob of Antifa “anti-fascists” decided to converge upon your town. In other words, imagine a typical weekend in Portland. Imagine further that the mob moved into your neighborhood and that they crossed your property line. Finally, imagine they were holding Molotov cocktails.  Now entertain a question:

If you were to come walking out on your front porch to defend your home and family holding one firearm with another strapped to your shoulder and a sidearm, what would those three weapons be? 

I’ve given this a little thought. Here are my choices:

Springfield Armory M1A .308. Many readers have been contacting me throughout this series to ask when I will recommend some sort of an “assault rifle.” I put scare quotes around “assault rifle” the same way a “progressive” puts scare quotes around religious liberty. There is no such thing as an “assault rifle.” Any rifle can be used to assault someone. And leftists cannot differentiate between an “assault rifle” and a normal one. So let us stop legitimizing their terminology.

In addition to those who are recommending “assault rifles,” many are urging me to recommend the AR-15. I am sorry but I do not own one. The closest thing I own to one is a Ruger mini-14. But I will not be recommending that firearm. It is the least accurate rifle I own by a long shot (pardon the pun).

Instead, if visited upon by a violent mob, my semi-auto rifle of choice is Springfield’s civilian version of the M14. It can be fed with a 10 or 20-round magazine. I prefer 10-round magazines. This keeps the weapon light and maneuverable. Plus, it is all I need. I also prefer the 18-inch compensated barrel version of this rifle rather than the 16-inch version. It is loud and it kicks. Be forewarned: This is a man’s weapon.

Benelli M4 Tactical 12 gauge semi-auto. Please do not assume that I am going to go for the M1A first in a crisis situation. I am likely to reach for a semi-automatic 12-gauge tactical shotgun in order to create my own little safe space. If I do, it won’t be a Mossberg 930. I am sparing no expense and instead going for the more reliable Benelli M4. I cannot say enough good things about this shotgun. If you ever shoot one, you will understand why the price tag is so high. It is worth every penny.


Glock Model 20 10mm. Many readers were expecting that this slot would be filled by the Browning hi-power chambered in .40 caliber. Indeed, that would have been an excellent choice. However, that weapon is no longer in production. So I am defaulting to a favorite of mine. It has enough power to drop a black bear. It can even be used to hunt wild hog. Indeed, its knockdown power is similar to that of the .41 mag revolver. Best of all, it has a 15-round magazine capacity and is offered in a compensated barrel version, which helps to manage recoil. Some will say that this selection, like my first one, is overkill. But you won’t see me taking any chances if I have to reach for any of these weapons.

Hopefully, this column series has provided a useful example of using the First Amendment to preserve the Second. We must do that in order to delay as long as possible the necessity of using the Second Amendment to preserve the First.


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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Thomas N. Kuss II · 9 days ago
    Folks the Communist Socialist Democratic Party with their Deep State Henchmen Intend to implement by Force, “Their ‘Will (Communism)’ on The United States of America.” This requires by Necessity the Disarming of All American Citizens, so that “None of Them (American Citizens) can Uphold The U.S. Constitution” via The Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms) Created by Our Founding Forefathers to Stop with Arms, “Those (Communism by Democratic Party) whom would Destroy the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.” “Currently the Company (CIA) Controls the Multi News Media via The Mocking Bird Operation,” which “Feeds a Constant Stream of Manufactured Propaganda.” A Fraudulent Mock Impeachment of President Trump is Underway, “Based Solely on a Pack of Lies, Innuendo, False (Non) Witnesses, Hidden Gestapo Tactics, and Never Ending Propaganda.” This Situation is Mounting Tensions Up to the Heavens as America Divides into 2 Warring Factions (Left & Right) Ready to Rip Our Country Apart in Civil Strife. “All Based on Falsehoods in Accordance with The Communist Manifesto Play Book (discovered in 1945) being Fostered by The Obama Administration to Overthrow The United States Federal Government (President Trump Administration).” Thus Our Country is on the Verge of Civil War… Hence, “There is a Man who is Possibly the Only Person who can Save America.” What is his name? “John Durham!” What does he do for a Living? He is a U.S. Attorney working under Attorney General Bill Barr (Former CIA & 322). His importance at this time in American History cannot be overstated. Why? “U.S. Attorney John Durham has been and is Currently Conducting a Criminal Investigation into the Coup D’etat underway in Congress with the Deep State,” as well, “All Other Treason, Insurrection, Sedition, and Tyranny against The United States of America.” Once U.S. Attorney Durham Exposes All of the Misdeeds Done unto the American Citizens and United States of America, “Hope, Faith, and Trust shall be Restored to All Citizenry.” The Washington DC Pimp Sease Pool of Total Criminal Corruption shall be Eliminated. “A Fair Honest Government Base upon Our U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence shall once again Ensue with a Country in Unity.” called, “The United States of America.”
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    BriteRED · 11 days ago
    It will mostly come to the tactical don't want them in the yard .....remove that threat BEFORE they get there...... you NEED neighbors , you need your own "army" .....back each other to neighbors ......get some decent comm radios..... don't let that threat come down your street. . .. ... .. you don't want the buzzards eating from your front yard..... 2-3 day old bodies REALLY smell.
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      Copperhead · 11 days ago
      2-3 day old bodies make really good reminders
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    Gifford Rodine · 11 days ago
    Copperhead's last line is hilarious! A forward looking day maker.
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    Joe Williams · 12 days ago
    If a person is mobile on the move, a sidearm concealed and a rifle is all you need..
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    TSlinger · 12 days ago
    Ubiquity, ubiquity, ubiquity. Brand and model are less important and up to the user. For my FRN's:
    12 ga pump shotgun. Nothing scarier than the sound of racking a 12.
    AR15. The citizens rifle- a man's "Barbie".
    Any 9mm pistol you trust. practically no junk out there nowadays.
    Lever action .22 rifle will still wreak havoc.
    Lever action .30-30 is the country boy's assault rifle.
    All of these have round ubiquity- you'll find these anywhere. I love a 10mm but most shy away from thus rounds are not as common- think about what is easily acquired. The list I gave are perhaps the most popular and widely used offerings. Honorable mention: a .308 rifle.
    Lastly...stick and move, stick first.
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      TSlinger · 12 days ago
      Us who reside in the #1 most gun-friendly state can buy whatever we may seek advice from us as they are as common as spoons in our homes. YMMV.
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    Thomas N. Kuss II · 12 days ago
    10mm loaded with some rounds exceeds a 44mag and is "a wonderful way to make someone's day a moment to remember." Excellent Article... Every time I used an AR15 the dam thing jammed... lol... Just say Mister whom I just tried to pull the Trigger on, "could you wait a minute until I can get this thing functioning?" You have to have a sense of humor with foreign enemies, felons, and nut cases, "if you attempt to use an AR15 that has a little dirt." Guess that's why most picked up AK47s to the tune by the B-gees called, "Stay'n Alive."
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    Copperhead · 12 days ago
    This article has been hashed over on other sites so I'll just toss out my suggestions and reasoning.

    Sidearm: 9mm with reflex sight (Holosun H507C). 9mm is and will be plentiful. A reliable 9mm pistol with a good trigger will help provide a consistent, stable shot. The reflex sight will help you acquire and keep on target - 3/4 cowitness backups iron sites are a bonus. The solar charge backup of the H507C is a great bonus. Remember, in this kind of situation, the pistol is only there to help you get to your rifle.

    Primary Rifle: I'm torn between a 9mm PCC and AR15 pistol. Both are lightweight and maneuverable. A Sig Copperhead would be my choice - 30 rounds of rapid fire joy with virtually no recoil. A 7.5" AR15 pistol with 40 round mags will get the job done too. A Scar 17 would make the snowflakes piss their pants...

    Backup Rifle: Additional weapons will slow you down and make movement more difficult, but in keeping with the article I would say a Mossberg Shockwave 20ga with a 20 round mag would do the trick.

    Sadly, any guns and ammo I may have had were already lost in an upcoming boating accident.
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      Joe Williams · 11 days ago
      I can top that one line the event they want mine..

      " i heard the price of metal has skyrocketed at scrap yards, so i melted all of mine into a liquid form and let it harden and sold it at the scrap yard".