It is too late to acquire sufficient supplies, provisions & equipment as soon as shtf news reaches the public. Some people have the idea that when it all goes down, this is the best time for looting. WRONG! Everyone will be grabbing what they can, supermarket shelves will empty in minutes, not hours or days. This is a dangerous time to be accumulating what you think you need for your survival. This will be especially true for firearms. Depending on the level of warning, gun shop owners will either be closing shop, or they will be emptying the shop under armed guard. Now this brings me to another point. Personal & family defence. Many people dismiss the idea of bothering with a flintlock pistol, but what you have to seriously consider is, what are your other best options? Nothing compares with a hand gun which you can carry at the ready at all times. If you are able to own & keep at your home a modern sidearm, fine, but if not, surely a flintlock pistol is a better option than no sidearm at all. UK regulations allow you to own an antique muzzleloading pistol exempt from licensing & registration as far as I know. There may be area differences, so you will need to check on this. Being able to discharge a flintlock pistol may not be allowed, again, check regarding the area you live in. But the main thing is that come shtf, you will have protection in the form of a handgun & with no law & order you will be able to use it. Think about it. Keith.