Equality is often misunderstood. This is true of men and of our tools. While men and their tools may be equal, they are not equally useful for every singular task.

Fortunately, someone provided the internet with a simple infographic detailing the best class of tools to use to defend yourself and your family from different sorts of criminal attack.

Firearm Guide For American Families
The Right Weapon For The Right Threat

It’s a good guide overall – pistols as carry pieces for personal defense while on the move; pump-action shotguns for home defense; and solid, rapid-fire, high-capacity weaponry for use in defending one’s self and family from the criminal depredations of a government gone bad.

I don’t, however, fully agree with it. Personally, while the CAR-15 / M4 platform certainly has its uses, I prefer greater standoff capability and the ability to take a more proactive approach to defending Americans’ liberty, personal freedoms and the 2nd Amendment.

 

Remington Model 700 XCR Tactical Long-Range Rifle chambered for .338 Lapua

Savage 110 BA chambered for .338 Lapua

Weatherby TRR chambered for .338 Lapua

Precision Firepower For We, The People

All of the rifles above are readily available on the civilian market ($1900 – $3200) and all can be found chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum round (8.60x70mm) which provides the best range, accuracy, and terminal performance of anything this side of the .50 BMG, which is a beast of a round, restricted in some states, and which draws a lot of attention.

At 1000 yards (915m) the .338 has only 137 inches of drop; is still traveling at 1740fps (supersonic); and delivers 1680 ft·lbf of energy to target. Better, trained personnel have made confirmed kills at well over twice this distance – the record being held by British Army CoH Craig Harrison at 2,707 yards (2,475m).

These are the sort of weapons that, in the hands of disciplined and determined Americans, can be used to cull enemy leadership before there is the need for weapons such as the CAR-15 / M4 depicted in the infographic, thus keeping loss of life and destruction of property to a minimum.

Does this mean that I think that Americans should go out right now, purchase and train with these rifles, and start assassinating various politicians, political appointees, and media pundits? No, it does not.

It means that, if one is concerned about the government become tyrannical, one’s first line of defense should be readiness to assassinate the parties specifically culpable for that tyranny and the functional leadership of those who would enforce it. If it ever reaches the horrid point when and where Americans are violently engaged with our own military and police units will be solely because people previously failed to do what was necessary to preempt that eventuality.

Reflections From a Murky Pond

 

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