As of this writing in early 2014, expectations of a completely peaceful resolution to the world economic crises and the social problems faced in most industrialized countries is myopic at best or demonstrates a complete lack of acceptance of human behavior and history. Events such as the Great Depression and the World War that ended it serve as modern reminders of the potential for severe hardship.
Reading peoples online comments regarding ‘SHTF’ and nonsense about Zombies has convinced me that more than a few people think that they will be fighting on their own terms in a defensive situation. That is the ideal goal, but “Ideal” is a long ways from here. The time that 2-3 males tried to break down my apartment door (unknown to me at the time, the tenant the month before was evicted for drug dealing), they did not give me the courtesy of advanced notice of their plans. If it were not for my dog barking they would have been in the door in 4 kicks and all over me before I knew what was going on (at 3am.) Putting myself in the shoes of one of ’the horde’ or some other such evil character, I would make every effort to maintain the element of surprise on the people I was attacking. I would not expect people who are criminals during normal times to cut any slack now or at any point in the future.
This is where the PDW comes in. I highly recommend that you buy a FN PS90 and if possible, pay the ATF tax stamp to get the barrel cut to the length of the P90. Buy a sling for this weapon. What is the point of having a gun small enough to carry anywhere if you don’t have the sling with which to carry it? A PDW is lighter than the lightest AR-15 carbines, shorter and make less noise when fired inside of a structure or vehicle. This is important in enclosed spaces because the pressure coming out of the muzzle can greatly disturb you or injure a partner whose ear got too close to the muzzle at the time of firing.
Real SHTF situations in the recent past seem to involve waiting, eating, sleeping and other mundane tasks much more than they do active combat with attacking hordes of refugees. Be that as it may, the pistol-like portability of the PDW gives you the option to have the accuracy of a shoulder weapon, stopping power of a handgun and the capacity and range of a rifle while you are driving your car, fixing something in the field, using the restroom and so on. They will attack on their terms, not yours. Meet that force with righteous indignation and diligent preparation.