If you’re serious about your safety in a survival situation, then you have to consider weapons, and possibly the first weapon to consider is a firearm. But, with so many firearm choices out there, which one should you start with?
Sure, you could consider buying a rifle or a shotgun, and both of those choices can be excellent for a variety of scenarios. But what you can’t easily do with either a rifle or a shotgun is carry concealed which, in a SHTF situation, you may want to really consider. Why? Because you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. You don’t want people to either steal your firearm or to consider you a threat and attack you.
So, you may want to narrow your choices down to a pistol. In this case, you may want to focus on a pistol that is inexpensive (because you have other things that you want your funds going towards, like food!) and for which you can easily get ammunition, ideally inexpensively. This narrows down the field a bit more.
The solution? A writer going by the name of Travis P suggests two different options, both of them Eastern European pistols. They are the TT-33 and the CZ 52. Travis P writes,
So how do we combine affordable, reliable, and powerful? The answer is similar to the Mosin Nagant: surplus Eastern European weapons. They aren’t pretty, but they do work. In essence, they are the epitome of affordable and reliable sidearms. Moreover, you can buy the ammo cheaply in bulk off the Internet or at most gun shops. The two weapons I’m talking about are the TT-33 and the CZ 52. Each of these handguns was built to be chambered in the 7.62 x 25mm, which is also known as the 7.62 Tokarev.
The cartridge was produced in Russia in the early 1930s for uses in a multitude of different weapons. They include the sub-machine guns PPD-40, PPSH-41, PP-19 Bizon, and of course the handguns TT-33 and CZ-52. This round is lightweight and has an incredibly fast velocity. A hot load with an 85-grain FMJ round can reach speeds of over 1600 feet per second, while an average load is around 1220 feet per second. The round is renowned for piercing soft body armor, military issue helmets, and it offers excellent penetration against obstacles. This round is light and small but transfers a lot of energy—360 foot-pounds of it from a standard load. Not bad at all.
Travis P also notes that you can easily convert these pistols to shoot 9mm ammunition with simply the change of a barrel. That makes getting ammunition that much easier in a SHTF situation because 9mm is one of the more common types out there.
So, while you could choose other firearms, you may want to pause for a moment and consider the TT-33 and the CZ 52. With so many advantages, they may be just what you’re looking for.