There comes a time a man [or woman] needs to think about this – even non-preppers. I’m not advocating you do any of this, just bear it in mind, maybe educate yourself if you haven’t already done so.
Let’s take two scenarios
1. You live in a house with a front garden and maybe even a large garden. Society has got to that tricky stage where your neighbours can be either friend or enemy and the economy is about to crash. There’s you, your wife and children of 12 and 10.
Time to start prepping and one part of that is your defences for this house.
2. Things have gone from bad to worse, you are under threat and need to gather your family and hit the road.
Pause to look at ammunition and devices
Before even looking at the geography of your defences, your needs, before even looking at weaponry, let’s look at the availability of bullets. US and UK are different at this time – things are banned in the UK but in the US, Obama has started using underhand methods:
There’s a late 2013 phenomenon going on in the States of Obama squeezing ammunition sales. As he can’t legislate out self-defence, he’s hitting the ammo and two types of ammo off the shelves in December 2013 are the 9mm and the .233, both very popular rounds.
9mm and 223 ammo is non existent right now and probably will be until the ban is either established or congress shoots it down
One effect is to drive up ammo prices and these are 2014 US prices for some common and not so common ammo:
.22lr @ 8c a round
Reason to consider – you may not wish to kill but incapacitate and may not even wish to do that. At a distance, the 22 can still kill but is less accurate. In a CQ situation, it is a rapid fire and cheap way to lay suppressive fire whilst other options are taken.
22s are essentially for small game but vis-a-vis humans, they can be deterrents and do some damage.
9mm luger @ 24c a round
Cheap, the range of weapons taking this round is still huge. They are large and slow, tending to overpenetrate soft tissue [ht the person behind] but are stopped by armour. You get what you pay for. Suited to closer work.
.45ACP @ 34c a round
Used by the famous M1911 and others, this is a big, slow moving stopper round on unarmoured humans – used by US police for years.
Our detractor again:
If we’re talking about the ammo alone, the advantage a .45ACP has over a 5.56 is reliability.
The .45 ACP (11.4 x 23mm) is a large-caliber, low-velocity, low pressure pistol cartridge that fires a (comparitively) large heavy projectile. It was designed specifically for a semi-automatic pistol, to be used in close-range self-defence applications.
Some cartridge information:
It’s considered as one of the very best, if not the best self-defense handgun cartridge ever designed. A huge number of different pistol designs have been chambered for it, from virtually every weapons manufacturer in the world. It offers moderate penetration, and tremendous terminal effects on the target within it’s performance envelope.
It can be used in an AR but it is essentially a pistol round.
5.56 x 45 NATO [ .223] @ 45-52c a round
They move at something like three times the velocity of 9mm. But at the same time, they’re like half the mass of a 9mm round. Essentially they’re an assault rifle round rather than the 9mm pistol round.
A detractor of the round:
The .223 Remington (5.56x45mm) is a small-caliber, high-velocity, high pressure rifle cartridge that fires a (comparitively) small light projectile. It was adapted from a medium-range varmint/benchrest round, for use in military assault rifle applications.
It’s not available in any semi-automatic pistol, other than various specialized “cut-down rifle” so called ‘pistols’, typically of AR-15 basis. These lose a great deal of performance relative to the rifle velocities and energy.
They do retain tremendous penetration and pose a significant danger of passing through a target. They make poor self-defensive weapons both from the aspects of employment and terminal effect.
5.7 x 28 @ 50c a round
An FN [Belgium] proprietary round, it goes with their guns but others are also using it. There’s great debate over everything from its stopping power to its armour piercing to the positive factor of low recoil [good, for example, for ladies] and ammo availability.
From what I can see, it is not within Obama’s sights and is generally available but not cheaply.
One of the forums:
I tried to hate the 5.7×28 cartridge. I really did. Then I got a Five seveN in trade, and liked it. My wife tried it, and “confiscated” it. I bought another so I could keep shooting one. Then I added a PS90, which my wife also “confiscated”. Now I need another.
The whole package is a good one for ladies who might struggle carrying and handling larger rounds and formats.
7.62 x 51 NATO @ 70c a round
A big brother rifle round, it gives what you’d expect – hit power at long range and for that, you pay with a large, expensive cartridge.
12 gauge shotgun cartridge @ 85c a round
Speaks for itself. You’d use this sparingly and want to achieve results with two shots.
Claymore mine @ $229 for two with bag and all wiring etc.
As it says.
Given the cost of the mines/ammo, this needs to be thought through. Do you really need a weapon giving you over 200 yards? In our scenario, no. Even if a point near the house governed the front fence, that would still be within range.
So we might drop the 7.62 x 51 for now, even though they are reassuring.
Seems to me that the outer defence needs to be benign, passing-neighbour friendly. Therefore there’d be thickets, shrubbery, something inpenetrable without difficulty, even a 7 foot wall and reinforced gate. No higher, no lower.
Inside that, I’d let the thicket clear so that any intruder[s] going over the top would jump down at this point. I’d have a grass covered pit and maybe some snakes in there. Purpose is deterrent.
If our “guest” is not deterred and reaches this set of trees, walls, moat and whatever, replete with warning signs about trespassers dying if they go further, if they still scale those defences, they’ll meet the electrified wires.
If they go beyond that, they run the gauntlet of the four Claymores, placed at exit points. That is – if he keeps to the path, it’s OK. If he makes attempts to get around the back of the house, he hits the mines.
The old weaponry
Being a fan of conserving ammunition, I’d prefer, at this point, to fire a crossbow bolt at him if he’s still on the pathway. Also at hand would be old English spears with the long heads, to shove through the door should be get close, plus one in each room upstairs to shove through the window into his neck.
I’d imagine that would do the job for now. However, if it was a planned assault at night and not just some druggie wanting cash or drugs or weapons, then obviously the guns now come into play.
Both of us would have two weapons, essentially. It might be a high-powered and a handgun, it might be some other combination.
The trick is for her to run one calibre only for both weapons and that gives three good possibilities:
1. The 22 route
Her job would be suppressive fire and for that, I’d like to see the Walther G-22 in her hands, with its bullpup design:
She’d need a sidearm to go with it and the H&K 416 Rimfire.22 Long Rifle 9 Inch Barrel [20 Round] is good:
The 5.7 x 28 route
Five times more expensive to run, this has armour piercing power and the two pieces are the PS90:
… and the sidearm, the Five-Seven, a beautiful weapon for a lady:
Why do people try to make the 5.7 something its not? It was designed to be a short range armor defeating round. And that is what it is good for.
Yes, it will go through Type II kevlar which, in a home situation, is what you’ll encounter if you’re unlucky. This is a kill weapon, not a deterrent. She’ll like the expense and more serious nature of the weapons but does it fit the strategic plan?
First I look at this vid re my main weapon:
There’s a lot to be said for the shotgun – it’s frightening at the other end, it’s loud, it kicks like a mule, if the target is hit, the spray can get the neck and even hands where a single round might miss, the blast is going to stop the guy, even momentarily. A sawn-off is a better in-room choice, easily picked up and used but there are only two chances.
The AR15 is established and takes different rounds so the choices are really keep to the one type of round for both weapons, which precludes the shotgun or go sawn-off and one other. That other might be the FN f2000 with the 5.56 x 45 NATO:
Downside is it is a bit expensive to run and if she’s going to have the 5.7, I might have to look at 9mm. As I’m the main firepower, she’s having the 22 combination. My other weapon won’t be a handgun but a sawn-off for close-in, double barrel, pump action, 12 gauge – plenty to choose from but maybe not in the UK:
They’re all lethal but there’s something about the shotgun, don’t you think, which says “maniac” and that can be a useful deterrent.
Her 22 bullpup will hit the front fence and give a message, my bullpup gives a bit of pain as well as the message. If they close in, her 22 becomes more lethal and if very close, my double-barrel comes into play or the bullpup. Not a bad armoury and we’ve paid for only four weapons plus add-ons.
On the road
In that second scenario of being on the run, both the bullpups, being concealable, are useful and it can be an incapacitate with surprise or a kill situation.
These would not be our primary defence though. Primary defence would be to smile sweetly, be nice to everyone, keep the eyes open and hide if necessary. Weapons would be last resort.