I know a lot of preppers have a gun or two laying around "just in case"...some more than others. The question revolves around what gun would you choose if you had to bug out and only take one with you until you got to your safety site? For the sake of consistency, here is the situation. Your 500 miles from your safe site...if your safe site is your home then your on vacation, no matter what, your 500 miles from home. All electric is out. (lets assume an EMP) and cells are dead. Assuming an EMP, you also have to assume the MAJORITY of the vehicles on the road are also dead as an EMP will kill the computer. You bought, stole, borrowed a bug out bag which consist of a backpack with minimal gear. Assume you cannot find a vehicle to steal for the time being and you are going to need a weapon for protection while you travel and possibly for food. I know this is a stretch but lets also assume its January so weather will also play an issue. Its been 10 days since a serious situation has occored and people are now past the point of waiting for the government to help...its mass hysteria...the roads are loaded and backed-up making travel that much harder. There are, potentially, roving bands of people who are starved and although cannibalism is a stretch, people are not above robbing others for whatever they can get. What one weapon do you carry and why? It could take you close to a month to get to your safe site so weight COULD play a factor...ammo will also play a major factor. Shotgun with slugs? Semi-auto? handgun? deer rifle? Play along folks...its simply an exercise to get the brain going and thinking.