Hello Fernando,Hi Pete, thanks.
I value your reviews and opinions on equipment in addition to all
other subjects in your blog.
If you can find time, I would appreciate hearing your views on the Kel
Tec Sub 2000 as a firearm for various scenarios. You may not have
personal experience with this carbine however I believe you would be
able to draw some conclusions based on the concept and relate that to
your past experience.
I am an avid reader of your blog now going on a year or so.
I am very happy for you and your family to have found a better place
to call home.
I don’t have personal experience with the Sub2000 but I know its good reputation and I know its very popular among survival minded people, so I wouldn’t doubt in picking one up myself.
In terms of concept, I’ve always liked the pistol caliber carbine and believe I made a good case for it in my book. In many ways it’s a similar concept as the cowboy carbine/revolver combo, both using the same ammo so as to keep logistics more simple. In the case of the SUB-2000 its even better because it even takes Glock magazines, simplifying things even more. It also fold into a very compact setup, easy to carry in a backpack or other container.
Why a pistol caliber carbine? Its compact, shares your handguns ammo (and mags), its more accurate, hits harder, with 9mm approaching 357 magnum velocities because of the extra barrel length, its cheap to feed and the low recoil makes it adequate for small frame women, teens and young adults.
I remember a long time ago you wrote a piece about which rifle to use for self defense. I went through your whole firearm, caliber, and defense sections and could not find it. I might have missed it too as I didn’t read the articles but the titles.
As an American, after the handguns, what rifle should you own? I have it narrowed down to the RFB, AR, and AK. AK would save me money but doesn’t have the quick follow up shots to win the fight I feel. The RFB is perfect for close quarters but is expensive, along with the ammo, and I feel, don’t know, that the recoil is very high for the quick follow up shots. And it normally only holds 20 rounds. Although you can get the 30 rd mag. The AR is long, if you want to get the “rifle” effect out of the 5.56 fragmenting round. It is not really a reliable as an AK, it takes a lot of babying and care to keep it running like an AK. But it can throw lead down on a spot to win a fight.
In your urban experiences, what would you have?
I am not talking about an apocalypse. But just for the car, the woods (self defense, not for animals), neighborhood, or people in cars. I am a RFB and AK fan, I don’t like ARs. But AR’s throw a lot of lead in one spot to win fights. He who can throw the most lead on your target first, wins the fight. And he who has the most lead. Well, that sounds like the AR! But I remember you talking about the FNFAL and AK, why?
Hi B-, hands down I’d go for an AK. I don’t like ARs either. The AK is solid, as reliable as it gets and very popular as well. That would be the first rifle I’d buy after buying a Glock pistol.
In my opinion its more important to have a weapon that is rugged and easy to repair than having one that for some people may be slightly faster to shoot, but has severe design flaws that make it delicate and requires detailed cleaning. Yes, I can clean guns, but sometimes you just don’t have the time and the weapon should perform in less than ideal circumstances.
The difference of speed is really marginal, how fast or slow you’ll shoot with either one is a matter of training, not the gun (Check Gabe Suarez AK videos), and if it comes down to putting led down range you’re putting more lead on target per shot with a 7.62 x 39mm than with a 5.56.
I also like the FAL because it’s a fine weapon, reliable, powerful and accurate. The 308W does considerable damage and punches big holes into stuff, turning cover into concealment after a few shots. As an in between option between speed, power and given the price and history of reliability, at least for me the AK is an obvious choice.
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