The prepper movement is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or Preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies as well as possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales ranging from local to international. One of the most important aspects of the prepper is their choice of firearms. Ideally and in a perfect world, the prepper would be able to stockpile a number of specialized firearms such as a handgun for personal defense, a long-range precision rifle for hunting, a rimfire rifle for varmint control and plinking, et al. However, we all know that budgets are tight and the luxury of a full gun safe may be a pipedream. With that in mind and with the clock ticking, the Hi-Point 995 Carbine could be the Preppers choice carbine.
A quick look at the Hi-Point 995
Introduced more than 15-years ago, the hardy little Hi-Point is a semi-automatic pistol-caliber carbine. It functions via a simple direct blowback action with few moving parts to break and no complicated action to jam. It is inexpensive constructed using polymers and alloyed metals as much as possible, which lowers its cost while still producing a reliable and capable firearm. With a 16.5-inch barrel, the firearm is only 32-inches long overall and weighs in at 5.75-pounds, making it smaller and lighter than any rifle and most other carbines of similar type. Best of all, it has a lifetime warranty and spare magazines are cheap and plentiful.
The compact and reliable 995 is a well-made and nearly indestructible carbine that has a number of uses. Accurate and capable of taking hits out to 100-yards, it surpasses a handgun and a rimfire rifle in range. Firing common and inexpensive 9mm Parabellum ammunition, it is capable of hunting small and medium sized game as large as whitetail deer and provide personal defense against predators on either four or two legs. Its low-recoil and ease of operation allow young adults, those of small stature, and even older shooters to comfortably learn and handle the carbine.
The price angle
A quick look around Gunbroker will cough up new in the box versions starting for about $260 and used versions for as little as $175. This is about half as much as a more traditional bolt-action hunting rifle and a third as much as an entry-level AR /AK platform tactical rifle. About the only firearms, you can get for a similar price is an inexpensive handgun or a rimfire 22 rifle. Both of which have niche uses: the handgun for close-range self-defense, the rimfire rifle for close-range hunting and plinking. When the price of 9mm ammunition is compared (as low as $200 for 1000 rounds) to that of .223, 12-gauge, 45ACP, and others, it is easy to realize how obtainable it is to stock up a couple cases of feed for that 9mm carbine.
For the price, you spend on a Hi-Point carbine and a nice supply of ammunition you get a firearm that will provide defense of your home site, put meat on the table, and can be used by the whole family.
With all of this in mind, a single 995 on the gunrack for 'just in case' is a good start.