The one gun that is planned on being relied on if the 'SHTF'. Although the choice of weapon for this purpose is highly personal, most will select a robust rifle (or shotgun, especially in an urban environment) of proven ability under adverse conditions. Most importantly, it will be a weapon with which the owner is very familiar. Virtually all gun owners will, if pressed, admit that they have designated one of their arms as the 'shtf'gun.
In spite of its WW II vintage the M-1 Garand is still a favorite SHTF gun; its offers .30-06 punch and rarely malfunctions under even the most trying conditions.
by Mike Bishop September 23, 2006