Hey, Firetalkers- Saw this posted on the web, and it got me to thinking/remembering: The reference to the year 1992 brings back memories of another disaster (this one at least 'natural') that occurred that year-Hurricane Andrew! To make a long story readable, I will condense it down to just the firearms part. I was in S.E. Texas at the time, and it was (long) predicted that it would hit us. So, there was more than ample time to prepare, and I ended up in our trailer park with a Model 66 on my hip, and an 870 in my hands, patrolling on foot (that park was pretty small). While doing so, and before most of the residents had evacuated, the local gendarmes drove through, at a fairly quick clip. They asked me about the guns, and my statement was that they were for the protection of my property. One of them said, "good, because we are busy, and need all the help we can get." The story (then) had a 'happy ending', at least for Texas. The storm struck S.W. Louisiana, instead. It was a queer (using the word in the old, proper sense) feeling to be walking around with no one else about, and it seemed much like one of those Will Smith movies where everyone had been wiped out by disease, aliens, or whatever. My neighbors (when leaving) had begged me to watch their houses, and I said, "I will, if I have time-2800 is priority #1!." There had been widespread rumors of gangs planning to head over and down from Houston and Dallas to loot us, while no one was there. I really felt kind of 'undergunned' by then, and now would want semis, in both hand and long guns. I never (previously) would have dreamed that I would have found myself in such circumstances, but THERE I WAS. I have been in some hairy situations since then, and expect I probably will be again, before my time on earth is o'er.