Its true shotguns are definitely cheaper, but they don't come without draw backs. Even good quality brands have their hangups. I recently bought a Remington 870HD to replace my old 870Express I gave to my nephew. Breaking it wasn't as simple as just putting shells through it. I ended up having to take it apart and polish the bolt, feed ramp, cartridge interruptors, cartridge elevator, and the slide. In order to make the action reliable.
As far forking out the money for other firearms....I would honestly say if you can't afford to get them before hand, try to raid a good gun shop after all hell breaks loose. You definitely don't want to rely on just one weapon platform, a shotgun just isnt going to cut all situations.
I agree Prime. Its easier to use a simple pump. I do think the AA 12 is a amazing gun, but its highly impractical.
I have a Winchester 30-30 I got from my grandpa acouple of years ago, its a great hunting rifle. 30-30 has tons of knock down power.
Youve seen my AR15, I dont think I need to talk about how much I love it.
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This goes out to both sides.
Actual Sub-machineguns are hard to get a hold of unless you are an NFA dealer or Class 3 dealer. Most people aren't trained to be able to deal with the muzzle rise of an SMG on full auto. They aren't the kind of gun you can pick up and know what you're doing. You will have barrel climb with an SMG on full auto unless you know what you're doing.
If you go to a Police Station, Fire Station or Hospital you will have a lot of company. Many will be infected.