If I had to bank on SHTF I'd grab my Daisy Red Ryder. Hi Ho Silver!!!!!!
<>I think when SHTF hits, life is going to become rainbows and daisies and puppy dogs and people will come together and sing Kum By Yah and we'll all suddenly realize our differences are miniscule and we'll stop trying to control one another and just live in harmony with one another and with nature and we'll magically have clean energy and we'll all achieve spiritual ascension.
Or it'll be Mad Max, World War Z, and I Am Legend all rolled into one. Won't really matter what you start the mess off with because if you live long enough, your shit will change as things break, you run out of ammo or spare parts or you happen across better stuff. The inverse of that is you don't live long and whatever you have becomes a loot drop for the next guy. Run what you got. Stealth and guile and a Glock can get you a shiney AR or AK. Your squirrel gun can do the same.
Food, medicine, bandages, ammo for what you already have and things to keep your abode up are arguably more important than having a whiz bang $2-3,000 rifle and gear. Even more important will be having already developed strong relationships with neighbors and friends who can come together for security reasons and to take care of one another and share labor, as one man cannot do everything alone, and one man against a horde is just an easy score for the horde.
<>I got some groceries, some peanut butter, to last a couple of days.