We’re gun guys. As such, we’ve been closely following the events in Ferguson. As the conditions deteriorate, more and more innocent Americans are being victimized by opportunistic thieves, who have no connection to the root of the protests. When cars show up in neighborhoods with the license plates already removed…well, it seems understandable that some store owners are standing up to protect what is rightfully theirs.
Let’s start with the traditional option. The pump shotgun is timeless. The typical defensive 12 gauge is instantly recognizable, incredibly versatile, and offers varying degrees of lethality. From high-brass buck shot, to bean bags, the pump can do it all.
The two that will be most readily available will be the Mossberg 500s and the Remington 870s. If I had time to plan, I’d find a Mossberg 590. A 590 with a light and a bayonet is a mean option for close quarters combat. And that’s really what we’re talking about.
2. The Tavor
There will be those who immediately reach for the 5.56. As a fan of the AR platform, I get it. If I’m going to be standing in front of my store, or inside it, I think I’d go for the Tavor. The bullpup design offers incredible maneuverability without sacrificing any power.
There is a point where that power could be a liability, though, as the 5.56 or .223 round will carry well beyond its intended short range target. Collateral damage becomes a real issue. But the Tavor is also available with a 9mm conversion kit.
A Tavor on a single-point sling is readily accessible, and won’t get in the way when you reach for your…
3. GLOCK 17
Or 19. Or 20. Ah, hell. Pick a number. I’m predisposed to like the 17/19 for this sort of purpose driven scenario, as ammo is easy to come by. I carry a 19 with a fair amount of extras (a light, a mag extension, and GLOCK 17 mags). The point here is that I’d want a pistol, and not a revolver. I’d also want a pistol that is easy to control, and one that has no barriers to instinctive operation. In this case, I don’t want a manual thumb safety. And I want capacity, and extra magazines. And I’d damn well be carrying it strong-side, with a mag carrier on the other side.
The GLOCK is ideal for this, though there are clearly other options. I could just as easily go with any number of pistols, though I’d want one chambered in 9mm.
4. The AR-15 (or an AK, if you prefer)
It wasn’t that long ago that my prom, in downtown Atlanta, was canceled because of rioting in Los Angeles. And I think the Korean store owners answered this question in a very resolute manner when they protected their own shops from looters by perching on the rooftops with long guns.
If I was in a team of shop defenders, and on the roof, I’d look to the AR and AK pattern rifles. Either one would work nicely. In this version of store protection, capability is key, but so is the threat of protection. Seeing a man on the roof with an AR-15 conveys a certain message.
5. The pistol caliber carbine
If you really want to make a point, before the looting starts (as many have done in our current catastrophe), I’d suggest going even more gratuitous. That’s what’s happening here. Social media is being used as a deterrent. Store owners aren’t waiting for newspapers to run photos of their armed resistance after the event—they’re doing it themselves, before, to make sure the looters have time to think about what’s waiting for them.
That where the Kriss Vector could be useful. I know this is more of a pipe-dream than a practical solution, but imagine the power of a single image. A store owner, cigar clenched tightly in his teeth, with a Kriss slung below one arm. It would be even more effective if he were vaguely ethnic, had a slight paunch and a receding hairline, and wore a white bowling shirt. I’m not going to loot that store.
Or maybe a nice combination..
As for me, I’d be rolling in with a Mossberg 590. I’d have a GLOCK 19 on my hip. I’d have the AK close at hand. And I’d have my own posse.