One of the reasons I have rejoined the shooting community, is I decided i wanted to have some guns again for at the very least a SHTF scenario. I think most of us who grew up during the cold war are suseptable to this kind of thing, and 9/11 has kind of stirred it back up. What the heck, is being prepared ever a bad thing, no matter how unlikely the scenario. Firearms are one aspect of this, and I've seen long threads on that topic, boils down to personal preferences mostly, but maybe we can break it down to the minimum. I'm really not trying to focus specifically on the guns so much, as brainstorming for the whole package. So here it is. ---You can't stay where you are, so everything you take with you is all you have. ---No cars. Bicycles and pull carts are allowed, but you do have to plan for not having them. ---Since I'm married, I'm calling this a 2 person scenario, someone else can throw kids in the mix. So what do you take with you? So far I've thought through the gun part. 1. Steyr M9 2. Kel-tec SU-16 .223 rifle. Best statement I ever read on this subject was "I'd rather hunt with a fighting weapon than fight with a hunting weapon". There are about a thousand ways to eat other than shooting something so, I'm looking to the guns for protection and less for food production. Both of those are nice lightweight options and impotantly, the ammo they shoot is common and also lightweight. That's all for now, except to say, I highly reccomend a book by Ray Jardine. It's his Hikers guide to Lightweight Camping, and it's really good stuff. I know I'll be refering back to it as I build my kit.