Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
As you and your family have seen, I concentrated on the two most popular rifles for your family's defense.
There are many other options for you and your family. As always, you need to look at the potential threats you and your family will face during an event, where you live, and other criteria.
The FN FAL
This rifle is know as "The Right Arm of the Free World." The rifle was used by over 90 countries and still sees service in some. The FN Fal is a magazine-fed, semi-automatic (also selective fire) rifle firing the 7.62X51 NATO (.308 kind'a) cartridge. It has a maximum effective range of 600 meters, longer in the right hands.
|DSA Arms' STG 58 (a metric rifle) with Ten Magazines|
The standard magazine holds 20 rounds. Larger magazines are available, a 30 rounder.
Spare parts are plentiful with magazines getting more expensive and harder to find. There have been several attempts to manufacture new magazines; so far, they have been 'unsuccesful.'
When you read the links, you will see a few mention an 'inch' and 'metric' version of the rifle. Almost every country used the metric version (built using metric measurement) except the British and Australians. They used inch measurement. Of course, some of the parts are interchangeable but not all : - (
The metric magazines will work in a metric FN FAL but an inch magazine will not work in a FN FAL. The British L1A1 will accept both inch and metric magazines. The metric magazines will wobble, just a bit, but work fine.
Of course, the FN FAL is an older design that isn't used by a major military force, so spare parts and magazines will dry up, sooner or later.The rifle is heavy (it can be lightened) and shoots a cartridge that has a greater recoil than 5.56mm (AR-15) or 7.62 (SKS)
You need to have everyone in the family try the FN FAL before you buy.
With that said, a base model FN FAL will cost over $1.000 with magazines going for about $20. The 'better' firearms manufactures will cost more with some 'collector' models going for several thousands of dollars.
What Else to Buy?
Of course, you will need a cleaning kit, at least ten magazines, some kind of 'kit' to carry your magazines, a sling, and ammunition. As always, I suggest you and your family have about 250 rounds of ammunition, at least for each rifle.
Lastly, I have more to say, next week.
Wikipedia - FN FAL
The Box of Truth" Educational Zone #64 - Great Firearms: The FN-FAL, The Right Arm of the Free World
Tactical-Life - FN FAL Rifles: FN Fal Review
Century Arms - Main Difference Between FAL Metric and Inch Pattern Receivers
The FAL Files - Interchangability Parts: Inch versus Metric