trusted family or friends... notice i said TRUSTED family and friends. there are some family or friends i wouldn't arm, but others i would.
I can think of better ways to invest 20k but dang man, if that's what you think if best.I have dozens of AR’s and hundreds of loaded magazines. I built a bunch of 16” AR’s specifically to hand out (with 7 mags each) to friends and neighbors. If need be, I’ll organize them, arm them, and put them to work.
All in, I’m closer to $50,000. I’m hoping to add something beltfed to the collection soon, so that will be at least another $30,000, and a few more Form 1 suppressors ($5,000ish). My buddy has an M60E6 (it kicks ass) and a Fightlight MCR upper on an M16 lower. I want my own MCR/M16.I can think of better ways to invest 20k but dang man, if that's what you think if best.
Is this you?
I get it. But one thing some have brought up is, several neighbors defending the area, armed, may be more safe than just ourselves just trying to go solo. That doesn't mean all neighbors are trustworthy, or ready to be armed. But, if they are, but for some reason don't have a gun at the time SHTF, it may be in our self-interest.Absolutely. It's amazing how many people seem to have the mistaken "assumption" that retired cops leave their guns behind when they retire, or they don't have the legal ability to carry concealed weapons if they're honorably retired.
I've been asked by people I've known for some time, and who are intelligent well-educated persons, if I could still carry a weapon once I retired.
I typically deflect the question to discuss that in most states, and particularly here in CA, honorably retired peace officers may continue to carry concealed firearms in their retirement, if they fulfill the requirements of their former agency and the state ... should they choose to do so, and don't become a prohibited person.
Most of them stop asking for further details at that point, as their general question has been answered ... and specifically if I launch into some detailed explanation of statutes and legal language ... and don't remember to specifically ask about whether I carry a retirement weapon.
You want a gun? Go get yours the same way I got mine. Buy it, and also go through whatever paperwork and arcane nuances of state laws as may be required ... and that you probably voted to put in place, in the first place. Not my problem.
Thats an interesting perspective. You’ve given me a reason to reconsider my own plans. Thank you.Not a chance.
I worked as a criminal investigator for years and have seen over and over how people will turn on each other, and stab them in the back during good times, let alone during a time of crisis. There is no way I would hand out guns to neighbors that I know only causally or in a basic neighbor sort of way.
You have no idea what they are contemplating in their heads. The odds of them getting friendly with you and wanting to "talk shop" while actually gathering intel to see how much of what you actually have in your home is pretty high. At the first sign that there might be a situation that calls for a decision to be made whether to stay or pack up and leave, or supplies are running low, one or two of those neighbors that you showed yours guns, ammo, food, etc to, is strongly considering putting a bullet in the back of your head in your own kitchen.
He will justify it since "Hey my family needs that stuff, and every man has to make tough choices.. so POP!"
My house has a full basement. The short story is that I did 13 rotations in the middle east doing some contractor stuff. Not one of those pictures showing me doing any of that is upstairs on the main level for the casual observer. I explained it to my oldest kid when she asked about putting some of my war/team pics upstairs. I told her no.
Nobody needs to know anything other than "Here is "All American Dad and kids". That is it. If they are close friends, then they get invited into the basement and know the other side:
Upstairs is all kid pics and the mild mannered guy who makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich and helps out with school stuff.
So, in short, NOPE. Not a chance of arming others that I am not 100% sure about.
Think for a moment how you'd feel if facing the muzzle of your own gun. Bad enough if it were one taken from you by force ... but imagine how foolish you'd feel if it was one you'd loaned someone.Thats an interesting perspective. You’ve given me a reason to reconsider my own plans. Thank you.