Gun possession is a controversial subject. In our pre-apocalyptic world a lot of people do not want guns around because they are dangerous. Don’t be a pussy. Once that apocalypse hits you’re going to wish you had one. If you’re a big anti gun person you can pat yourself on the back while you lick soup can labels and the rest of us get an adequate protein intake.
“Well, I can grow food and if I really want meat I can trap it”, and you may be right if the “apocalypse” is more like big tea party then a world wide calamity. The hard truth is that as the apocalyptic conditions go from bad to worse, you will likely have to be on the move. With the collapse of society, certain climates are going to become increasingly dangerous. If the apocalypse ushers in massive climate change of the cold variety, you had really better be ready to move. Now don’t throw away those seeds, but if you have to be on the move, hunting may very well be your only chance at a consistent source of food…..
So, what sort of a gun does a survivor need to tote? You probably are not going to be hunting trophy bucks or have the time to stalk other large game. I’d imagine most of your opportunities to score some meat will be of the squirrel/rabbit/other small rodent variety. A big gun will not leave much for you to eat. Therefore a varmint rifle is a solid choice. These sorts of guns have the added benefit of being quite light and very common, making foraging for extra ammunition a good prospect.
To prepare pre-apocalypse, about the best thing you can do is get a gun, or borrow one and do some target practice. Get a lesson in gun safety too. Shooting your self in the foot is bad, shooting your self in the foot post apocalypse, well, let’s just say hopefully you have at least one bullet left. Practice killing some rodents. If you are really adventurous, maybe even try to eating some, you are going to have to start getting used to the taste sooner or later. I knew some guys in college that ate squirrel fairly often, though you probably won’t have a cold High Life to wash it down with like they did. The following video takes you through the whole process: