Many of us have pretty massive arsenals. Shotguns, rifles and pistols. I get excited just thinking about it! The question you have to ask yourself is how fast can I go from safe to armed? In my opinion if the SHTF and things go bad and the violence is at your door you need to be ready to repel borders in 60 seconds.
If you have kids and guns you should have a gun safe. If you have a gun safe then going from safe to armed in 60 seconds is relatively easy. I keep my tactical Remington 870 ready to rock. I keep 7 “00″ low recoil buck shells and 3 hollow tip slugs in the shell carriers. That way I can grab the gun and be off in seconds. I also keep my new Heckler and Koch USP .45 in a state of ready. She is in a Blackhawk Tactical holster with a paddle holster attachment. That way, no matter what clothes I am wearing I can clip the paddle holster on and roll! For the .45 I keep two magazines of Hornady TAP Self-defense loads (235 grain) for some serious power.
Between 20 rounds of .45 and 10 shotgun shells I feel that I am covered for unknown emergency situations. Your rifle doesn’t need to be ready to go because rifles are typically for offensive reasons. However, it couldn’t hurt if you do get your rifle prepped and ready.
You definitely don’t want to be loading magazines or doing through ammo cans for ammunition when the manimals come knocking.
Be ready to rock!