2 Affordable And Reliable Sidearms For Defense In Disaster Scenarios

2 Affordable And Reliable Sidearms For Defense In Disaster Scenarios by: Travis P – Off the Grid News

Prepping is not a cheap thing to do, and with most of us on budgets, we can’t always afford the things we desire. This is especially true when it comes to firearms, as guns and ammo get pricey pretty quick. You hear this a lot when it comes to the Mosin Nagant rifle. It’s a cheap rifle with cheap ammo, but is it the best choice? No, it’s not, but if you need a gun and you don’t have the funds, the Mosin is a reliable, powerful rifle. What do we do about affordable and reliable sidearms, however?

The ability to conceal a weapon is important, and that’s why a handgun is a must in a disaster scenario. However, we need to admit that carrying a weapon around after SHTF situations can make you a target for both police and criminals or cause undue panic by civilians. So, if you’re on a budget, what kind of handgun can you buy? Well, there is the always the option of a cheap .22 revolver like a Rohms, or even a .380 Jennings. Nevertheless, do you trust your life to cheap, underpowered guns? Furthermore, there is a difference between “cheap” and “affordable.” Plus, the ammo can be hard to find and is expensive, especially during a SHTF situation.

So how do we combine affordable, reliable, and powerful? The answer is similar to the Mosin Nagant: surplus Eastern European weapons. They aren’t pretty, but they do work. In essence, they are the epitome of affordable and reliable sidearms. Moreover, you can buy the ammo cheaply in bulk off the Internet or at most gun shops. The two weapons I’m talking about are the TT-33 and the CZ 52. Each of these handguns was built to be chambered in the 7.62 x 25mm, which is also known as the 7.62 Tokarev.

The cartridge was produced in Russia in the early 1930s for uses in a multitude of different weapons. They include the sub-machine guns PPD-40, PPSH-41, PP-19 Bizon, and of course the handguns TT-33 and CZ-52. This round is lightweight and has an incredibly fast velocity. A hot load with an 85-grain FMJ round can reach speeds of over 1600 feet per second, while an average load is around 1220 feet per second.  The round is renowned for piercing soft body armor, military issue helmets, and it offers excellent penetration against obstacles. This round is light and small but transfers a lot of energy—360 foot-pounds of it from a standard load. Not bad at all.

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