When disaster strikes, you may have all the food and supplies your family needs for a decade, but without the proper firearms in your bugout bag, some thug could easily take all your gear.

Iran and Israel trade nuclear weapons, and the Straits of Hormuz, a conduit through which 25 percent of the entire world’s oil supply flows, are irradiated. The price of gas trebles overnight. After one final wheeze, the long-suffering U.S. economy sputters and dies. With spiraling inflation and no fuel, the trucks stop rolling. Forty-eight hours later, the only items left for sale at the local supermarket are gossip magazines and soap. For the first time since the Great Depression, Americans know real hunger. Governmental response mechanisms are utterly overwhelmed.

Small communities devolve into armed camps, self-contained bastions of enforced civility wherein skill sets necessary to produce food, procure water and maintain security are tapped to keep the corporate entity alive. Urban centers resemble hell.

Your situation becomes untenable. Moving to Grandma’s rural farm with unlimited well water and a lake full of fish is your only remaining reasonable course of action. You load up as many MREs and water bottles as you can in the minivan and prep the family for immediate evac. You empty the lawnmower gas into the tank and calculate that you can just make it there—so long as nothing slows you up in transit. You stare into the open maw of your gun safe while your frightened daughter clings to your leg and realize that your next decision carries consequences.

Even if our great nation never descends into post-apocalyptic chaos, any self-reliant American citizen faces the possibility of having to move his family in a crisis. Hurricanes in littoral areas, or tornadoes and earthquakes everywhere else can necessitate evacuation. While disaster inevitably brings out the best in some and the worst in others, nothing says “leave us alone” like a nicely equipped rifle and a half-dozen mags. Though the eccentricities of caliber and accessories have been debated into the dirt, there are some unique tactical considerations that feed into optimizing a weapon for use in and around a vehicle when space is tight.

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