This is a controversial subject for many. The battle between 2nd Amendment Advocates and Gun Ban Advocates has been going on for a long time and will likely go on much longer then we care to follow. From my posts in these forums I'm sure you know where I stand. I am pro 2nd Amendment, for those who are unsure. This discussion has nothing to do with politics so I will get off that subject and refuse to debate it in this forum or at least this discussion. I have an email box like everyone else for debate. I am posting this discussion to let people know that there are effective inexpensive firearms to be had. I also want people to know that I do not support or encourage anyone who is under the legal age of ownership, has mental health considerations or has other restrictions not limited to but including certain criminal offenses purchasing, obtaining or utilizing firearms. This discussion is to talk guns and accessories. If you are under age, normally 18 for rifles and shotguns and 21 for pistols, or live with your parent(s) you must follow the rule of the house and everyone must follow the rule of law. In a zombie apocalypse things change so if one occurs then by all means STAY ALIVE.
There are many types of weapons out there. In recent years the market has been flooded with what are call "Assault Rifles". The term is understandable when coming from someone who does not use or know their way around guns. The way I see it, any rifle in the hands of someone who knows how to use it can be an assault rifle. An acronym I learned in the ARMY more then 20 years ago and try to stick to today is K.I.S.S.
If you keep things simple the less likely you are to become confused and get yourself or someone else hurt or killed.
If you take anything from this discussion remember this.
HANDLING FIREARMS CAN BE DANGEROUS. IT CAN BE MORE DANGEROUS IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. IT CAN BE DEADLY IF YOU ARE STUPID.
CASE IN POINT:
My home has more then 100+ guns but there all locked up and if something happens and my dad isn't home to unlock them i'm screwed. I've been looking into black powder revovlers. I think they would be a good start to someone who can't get a semi. Granted its black powder, slow to reload, and not as acurate, if you had some time to load it and alittle practice I think it would be a good side arm until you come across something better.
As for black powder weapons, I like em. I like the 1860 Navy and Army Colt replicas on the market. Uberti and Traditions do an awesome job. The Hawkins rifles are sweet. Good thing about black powder is you don't need a cartridge. You still need a cap/primer though. Bass Pro is in my jurisdiction so I get to drool often. My inlaws live about 12 miles from Cabela's and a Gander Mountain store is close to where I work too.
I like the black powder guns too. I also like the 1871/72 opentop Colt and it's replicas. With the black powder you're limited but if you can purchase rifles and shotguns the black powder pistols make a good back up.