My personal choice is the Glock 17. However I have also owned a Baretta as well as a Rugar so I assert that it is a personal choice, just get one and enough ammunition to last you.
Now in this photograph it show one of my 33 round magazines. Now generally speaking a 17 round magazine is suffiecient. However I would recommend having in addition to the one magazine that comes with your purchass, that you acquire an additional 4 magazines for just such an event where you will need to reload. If I can be humourous here, I guess I have two of the 33 round magazines for any such event where I will have to fight off the "Zombie Hords" at a closer range than I prefer.
When it comes to personal weapons, every person is different. Some people might prefer an AR-15 and others the AK-47 variety. For pistols, some may prefer the 45 Caliber and others the 9mm. For myself I prefer the 9mm Glock.
So to each to their own preferences. There may be some things to think about when making your choice. Availability and cost of ammunition can have an influence upon you decision, as well as reliability and endurance.
On this page I will have included those weapons which I personally personally and am familiar with. You personally may prefer a shotgun or a standard hunting rifle. Ultimately it is always a personal choice, but regardless of what your choice is, don't be with out one. In a survival situation, those who do not have a weapon or two will be dead in a very short period of time.
Rifles & Pistols
AKMS and AKM ( these are commonly just refered to as AK or AK-47)Personally I am an AK man. These Weapons are often called AK-47's however they are actually the AKMS - they are are my personal prefered weapon of choice. They are reliable, rugged, easy to break down and clean and easy to reasemble. They are basicaly what I call "idiot proof". I live by the rule, "don't make things more difficult that they have to be" and these weapons fit that description. These weapons fire the 7.62 mm X 39 mm, which makes them very respcetable for a personal combat weapon as well as for hunting game such as a dear, boar, bear or whatever big game they may find for survival.
Some may prefer the AR15 and that is just fine with me since I also have one myself and I do love it. Personally just as with my AK, I like to keep everything as simple and easy as possible. I like it basic. I also like the older versions that have the convienient carry handle as seen above. You'd be surprise how gratefull you'll be to have that handle when your hiking the back country and carrying a chest rig and a back pack. Keeping it simple, easy and basic means for me also means I prefer the iron sights instead of a scope or holographic sites, but each to his own. There is one thing I do want to point out and stress here.
(1) - The more shit you put on your weapon, the heavier and bulkier it becomes. It might look really neat with all those assessories but it really won't shoot any better than with iron sights. Considering that for the most part hunting as well as most combat situations take place within 200 meters, you really don't neet all the stuff. A flasshlight attached to the end, yes I can see that if you have to face down a bear or wolf while camping in the wilderness. Another thing to consider before a survival situation is all that money your going to spend that is really not going to help you survive any better. Additionally all those things will be useless and have to be discarded later, when you run out of batteries to operate the scope or sites. It is better to instead pack some extra rounds of ammo.
Now when it comes to weapons for the survivalist should be well trained a familiar with the selected weapons of your enemy, In the United States the most common weapon might be the M-4 / AR-15 and perhaps for a side arm you may find Glocks are far more common, however if you have a chance to learn the disassenbly and reasemply of weapons such as the standar 45 cal 1911 or the 9mm Baretta, then by all means study these weapons. I would say the 9mm ammo will be far more common.
I would also recommend that you become familiar with all weapons now while you have time to practice. If you are unfamiliar with a particular weapon, it might not do you any good at all to have something you do not even know how to load and fire. Also consider the fact of resupply. If you have an exotic weapon which fires a very unique bullet, such as a 7mm, then you may not be able to find the necessary ammo. The Survivalist must be trained on all weapons he or she is likely to encounter during a crissis..
Since I don't recommend any scopes or sites for a survival situation or simply hunting, I won't even mention any that are available on the market. Yes I do have both but I rarely if ever actually carry them as I did when I was in the army and was a qualified sniper.
In an end of the world type survival situation instead I want two good rifles with me with iron sites, my AR-15 and as a backup my AKMS (AK-47) .
A good Knife for Hunting, Camping, Survival and as a last resort for Fighting
US Army K-Bar Knife
If I could have only one Knife which could be used for either, Fighting, Survival or camping it would be the K-Bar Knife. Originally selected by the USMC (Marine Corp) this particular knife may be stamped with USMC but now used by every branch of the US Military. Since I was in the Army, mine is the one above designed and staped US Army. The price is affordable at around $90-$100. It will last you a life time.
As with the firearms, I do not want to cloud the issue or make it more complicated than it has to be so I am just showing you what my personal preferences are. However any weapon, be a knife, rifle or pistol is better than none at all. Just remember one thing, stock up on ammunition. The more the better. During a crissis you will not be able to find any in most cases. Use it sparingly if at all possible.
For Hunting, I do prefer a cross bow for several reasons. The ammunition for your rifle and pistol will be in short supply. These weapons are prefered in self defence. If you can become proficient in a cross bow or any bow, then it is a silent way to bring down game you are hunting. Since you will be contantly on alert for fello survivalist who are stragers and if you are wise you may not want to encounter them. Fire a big rifle like an AK-47, unless you are equiped with a silencer, any other survivalists for miles around will know you are out there and that you have a weapon and ammo they may decide to try to take from you and anything else they may want after they have killed you. So learn to use that bow right now.
The Horton Hunter Express SL 175 is the ultimate crossbow for the serious hunter, regardless of what game you're after. Tough, quiet, accurate and fast.
Now generally speaking although I do show a Cross Bow here, I would personally recomment that you purchass a good recurve bow, like you may see in a few of the video on in Chapter titled: Survival Hunting And Fishing With a Sling Shot Bow or a Traditional Bow. If you do choose a cross bow, fine but go with one of the "single Line" ones as you see above, not the ones that are are compound, becasue if that string breaks you need a proper machine to restring it, which you will not be carrying with you on a survival evacuation. It is also my recomendation to NOT purchase a standard compound bow for this same reason. I also recommend that you learn how to make a Bow and Arrows, becasue depending upon how long the crissis lasts, you will run out of arrows and need to make more, as well as the recurve bow itself. It is the same phylosophy I use myself. It is great to pack a few Fire Sticks such as the name brand, Swedish Fire Stick, but what if you somehow loose it? You need to know how to start a fire in the old fashin, rubbing stick against stick or with tring and stick the way they taught you in boy scouts.