For those of us who are not drawn to the military style weapons for a SHTF situation I offer my humble collection for your critic. I am older with some of the common "older peoples" problems. Not much of a chance of me bugging out and living in the sticks for long periods. I have bought weapons to use to gather food with defense as a secondary roll. My collection is not complete as yet but it is getting close. I like the idea of having two of everything. It makes no sense to stockpile lots of ammo and only own one complicated rifle. It breaks and your stuck throwing bullets and swinging your broken club. Most of my collection are on the inexpensive side, Yet in my opinion they are built with quality materials and should funtion for years. I have stock piled critical spare parts for the levergun just to be on the safe side. I live in Arizona and what I have is geared towards the area in which I live. In a SHTF situation I plan to stay low and avoid conflict unless I am positive I have a better than even chance of winning. To old and beat up for the running gun battle thing. 1. Two Marlin XL7 rifles in .270 winchester- Hunting & defense in the field 2. Two H&R single shot 20 gauge shotguns- Gathering small game/birds 3. Marlin 1894C and Tarus 65 in .357 magnum- Defense and deer/small game 4. Marlin .22lr- Hunting and last ditch defense I plan on getting another levergun, revolver and .22 rifle. One piece at a time. I have stock piled reloading components for these guns and figure I could reload for quite some time. No plan is perfect. My choices probably wouldn't be suitable for someone in the inner city. But for the rural desert southwest these fit the bill just fine..