Not really sure why I started thinking about this tonight. When I was 14 years old I was an avid reader of SURVIVE Magazine and American Survival Guide. Yeah – maybe being 14 and worried about a nuclear war between the Soviets and the United States was a bit unusual but I was not the usual teenager. Anyways I really looked forward to a new issue coming out every month,
I can still remember many articles from way back then (80’s). One article in particular was a review on the Armalite AR-180. The author went through the normal description of the gun with all the specs and how you take it down and reassemble and all. At one point he described a boating trip he went on. If I remember right it was a large pontoon and a couple families were on board with separate sleeping quarters. He described how he had a suitcase and within his AR-180 was safely tucked away. If you are unfamiliar the AR-180 was an AR alternative that had a folding stock. Due to this feature it was easily concealed inside the suitcase.
Now – I am getting somewhere with all of this.
Whenever I travel I am armed. Generally it is a pistol with a total of three magazines and a couple hundred rounds of ammunition. I do know people that travel on vacation to Myrtle Beach and the like with an AR in the trunk along with magazines and their loadout vest. To be honest my wife would seriously question me if I threw in my AR, vest, 8 magazines, 400 rounds of ammunition, and a cleaning kit beside the cooler and suitcases to head to the beach for the weekend. So – my Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistol is what comes with.
What are your thoughts? I mean, I have considered the possibility that if the SHTF (whatever that is) and I am out on the road I would like to have more than just my M&P. Then again it likely would not be the best thing to do depending on the severity of the SHTF to go walking around with an AR slung over my shoulder. That may attract unneeded attention. Well….then again it may be just what is needed.
Oh man….maybe I just need to stay at home. That’s it honey – no more vacations!!