SHTF Weapons: “In Castle” Defense

    In my last article, I spoke about leaving the castle in a scenario of complete social break down. I was pretty surprised by the overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our readers. (Thank you, BTW). If you are interested you can check it out here. I figured it was only logical to follow it up with some thoughts on “in castle” defense.

    When defending my castle in the upcoming armageddon, my defenses will begin in the zone leading up to the house. It will be better to stop them before they get to my front door. I broke that down in half, very simply close and not so much. What is close and far? All that depends on where you are. Inner-city is going to be very different than a rural castle. As I said before, I live in the city. So, shooting at 500 yards just will not happen…..probably.


    So, let us look at the outer perimeter of our castle first. For my homestead, the outer perimeter would be about 150 yards maximum. In my planning, I arrived at the ideal ultimate set up. The first is a semi-automatic magazine fed .308. The all American AR-10.

    My review of this great .308 here.

    My AR-10 should readily say to any merry looters, “Don’t tread on me, dude”. Sustained accurate fire from my rooftop is the key to getting folks to stay away. Most important is accuracy.  So, in order to have an accurate range for those shots, I planned ahead. My daughter and I went out with my range finder and wrapped different colored ribbons around the telephone poles on the streets around my house. I logged all these in my range book.

    135 yards, check!

    The second will be the .50 bolt action. “A fifty, Mike. Really?” Yes really! One word: “Killdozer”. Improvised armor vehicles will show themselves. I grew up watching the “The A-Team”, but remember…. so did they. With the proper muzzle device, the recoil of a .50 caliber can be handled by most people. Even an eighteen year old girl.

    Improvised Firearms Made in the Self-Proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Shock (4)


    For whatever reason, the attacker has made it to the inner perimeter. They are close to the castle, a dire situation. My philosophy here is my “Hornets Nest” idea. Make them realize they made a mistake. Immediate overwhelming firepower is the theme. A fully automatic Glock is well worth all the extra paperwork and licensure. A full-auto Glock 17 can dump a thirty round magazine in under two seconds. (fact, BTW).

    A wall of Blazer says “go away”!

    Behind that hornet’s nest of 9mm is a 12 gauge. Not a pump where “the sound of the action will scare them away”, but a top dollar weapon of war. The Keltec KSG is utilized by law enforcement and military alike. Twenty-two rounds of 12 gauge defensive ammo will save the day.


    357 Defender 12 Gauge Slugs by Ballistic Machinist (3)


    Have no illusion about the conclusion, end times will be a bit challenging. With just some realistic goals and reasonable expectations, the end of the world will be a cakewalk. Do not kid yourself there will be difficult times even in the planning. Talking to my daughter about a back yard latrine was a huge battle.

    Just some thoughts on my plan to survive armageddon. I hope you guys enjoyed this one as much as the first. I am sure you guys all have very similar plans.

    A big shout out to all you readers. Please leave your fanfare below.

    Mike R

    Mike spent his entire adult life riding an ambulance throughout the Southwest US. He found humor in long in-depth philosophical conversations with crack heads and other urban street survivalists.

    His highest point was being invited to instruct for some “special” medics in the military. He spent almost 10 years there. A 30 year gun enthusiast, he started down the path of reloading to keep up with his desperate need of more ammo. Reloading is like medicine, you never stop learning.

    He can generally be found at the local range picking the brains of the old timer, looking for brass, and banging away at gongs. He reloads everything from .32 to .45, .223 to 7 rem mag.