Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc
Well, what do want your SHTF gun to do? Do you want it to put food on the table, protect your property, be portable if you have to bug out, be easy to operate and do armory level maintenence on yourself?
What characteristics do you want?
This is exactly what needs to be considered by the OP and everyone else. Also, SURPRISE... AR's aren't the be-all/end-all of the gun world. FYI, I own two and I'm very happy with them for the purpose they were designed for, varmint hunting and self defense. OTOH, they aren't my first choice when it comes to harvesting small game or anything larger than a deer in a situation where you need to put food on your table.
Personally, I'd have several weapons in my SHTF armory. First, several .22LR/.22WCM rifles and pistols (a Ruger 10/22 or my favorite the M&P-15-22 and a revolver) for small game and defense against critters. An AR or similar type rifle in .223/5.56 and a 9mm thru .45 caliber handgun for medium and longer range protection. Finally, a good 12g or 20g pump shotgun for most other situations. OTOH, if I lived in Alaska I'd want several bigger caliber weapons for use on the large animals that live there. If I anticipate having to survive in an urban environment where self-defense is the main concern, an AR or AK and a hicap handgun would be the weapons of choice.
This is my personal list and as I already said, you
need to look at your
needs and circumstances then pick the weapons that best fill those needs.