Listening to Michael Bane’s podcast and his eternal (sounds like that but ain’t) talk about a gun combo for travel across the nation and an article by Ken Matthews in the latest SWAT Magazine, I gave it again some thought at what I would carry that would give me the least amount of trouble with authorities, a 50-state set up if you can call it that but it is not quite accurate.
So what is the point of this kit? This will be the collection of objects that will help you make it home when you are far away and something major has happened that created or is about to create a fracture and/or collapse of social services and/or civilized behavior.
The kit has to have a sidearm, a rifle of some sorts both in calibers that are easy to find. I decided that I would make it single caliber as to eliminate one more possible problem but not losing that much in firepower.
For the long gun: A custom-made Alaskan Co-Pilot in .357 Magnum.
Not a cheap gun at all that will set you back $2,400. But the take-down part will reduce travel bulk by half, a good thing if you don’t want to advertise much. I would particularly go with small red dot and co-witnessing iron sights/ Express sights and somewhere to hook up a single-point sling. From what I have read, a good commercial/hunting .357 Magnum round coming out of a rifle will reach the 1,700 to 1,900 fps range or just short of the .30-30 caliber physics.
As for handgun, I’d go for the Smith & Wesson Model 627, 4″ barrel, 8-shot in .357 Magnum:
I am very comfortable shooting revolver and I think the 4 barrel is the best compromise for carry. Being an 8-shot gun reloadable with moon clips will make it an equal or better sidearm than a 1911. This sucker retails for $969 which brings the price of the kit sans the rest of the ancillary stuff at $3,500. (Florida Lotto…where are you?)
Both guns will shoot the .38 Special cartridge which is a nifty thing for practice or if .357 is a tad hard to find. Michael Bane loves the .44 Magnums and Specials, but I think those cartridges are a tougher finding at your local Wally World.
This set up is not the final word on the subject but it is a good set up in my opinion. I’d probably change things depending on where and how I would be traveling.
Next would be something I haven’t given much thought yet: Carrying case.