As the subject says, I’m seeking advice on which weapon system to use for my first carbine. I live in a rural area in Tennessee where we don’t have great expanses of open fields; it’s mostly hardwood forests and sub divisions. I do have a few pistols for conceal carry as well as a Mossberg 590 for home defense.
I’d really prefer a one rifle fits all solution, which I suspect may be asking too much. My primary concern is a rifle I can deploy along side my community team in the event that we need to work together to defend our families in a SHTF scenario. I’m not LEO/MIL, just a civilian looking to protect his family. I’d think a target outside 300 yards is entirely too far away to consider a threat, especially from a legal perspective. I believe the most recent statistics I’ve seen on here put the average contact distance in a OPFOR context at 150m, so I’d like to stick with that as a range baseline.
Obviously, being cheap to feed is important so that I have funds available for training classes, which I view as more important than the firearm. I’m open to adopting any platform, but after reading survival stories from civilians that lived through war zone blockades, I would prefer something that wouldn’t stand out/make me a target if need to carry a long gun on a supply run. Hopefully this doesn’t make me sound too much like a tinfoil hat type. Maybe I’ve just been in quarantine too long.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.