You don't necessarily have to buy these weapons or even know a private individual that has them, although either case would benefit you. One of the suggestions I make will depend heavily on the state you reside in. There are many gun shops and firearms ranges that will "rent" a weapon to you…even full-automatic weapons…for use in their range. Let's cover five weapons that it would behoove you to train on: two pistols, two rifles, and a shotgun.
5 Prepper Firearms to Have When the SHTF
AR-15: The mainstay of the U.S. Armed Forces (M-16, now the M-4) for the past fifty years. It's not going to be mothballed anytime soon. Those .223 rounds are about as common as they will ever be. Everything in the military and law enforcement is geared around this system. M16A4 and the M-4 carbine being the designators for the model carried by the U.S. Armed forces. Cyclic Rate of Fire: 700 – 900 rpm (rounds per minute). Caliber: 5.56 x 45 mm. Effective Range: 500 meters/550 yards.