So we got nailed with an updated AWB in this state, and some increased regulatory bullshit (and monetary outlay) in order to buy a long gun or ammo. Those of you who wanted an AR but didn't get one are SOL. Those of you who panic bought one for inflated prices at the 11th hour now have a piece of contraband if you didn't register it last year, assuming you still have it in the state. Now that things have calmed down a bit, you're also beginning to see ammo on the shelves. Also the fact that you now need an ammo certificate to buy ammo has slowed sales down some.
Those of you who need to get armed still have a few options in the state available to you. In the semi-auto rifle category you can still buy a SKS (10 rd. fixed mag), M1 Garand (8 round clip - internal fixed mag.), Ruger Mini-14, M1A, or M1 Carbine. All of those are good rifles. Bolt-action and lever-action rifles are also good substitutes. The rifle shown above is a "sporterized" Lee Enfield #4 MkI, the mainstay of Great Britain from World War II to the 1960s. It and its predecessors still see regular use around the globe. Accurate, ten round capacity, stripper clip fed, removable magazine, and a very fast bolt throw. Many of them have come into the country over the years where they were sporterized and used as hunting rifles. They have minimal collector value when modified as such, but even so an intact one is only $300.
For those of you who'd prefer a Mauser, this is a Spanish FR-8. It's a handy carbine in 7.62mm NATO caliber and a great, compact, hard-hitting brush gun. Spain converted their large-ring Mausers to this configuration when they adopted the CETME as their primary rifle. Yes, that's a NATO standard flash-hider on the end. These have gotten a little rare because people hold on to them when they find them.
Either of these two rifles would be fine for the survivalist living in the Nutmeg State.
Finally, don't discount the 12 gauge pump shotgun. An Ithaca Model 37 is shown here. I think it's the best of the bunch, but most preppers seem to prefer their Mossbergs and Remingtons. For sheer versatility you can't beat a good shotgun.
Realistically speaking if you have a good .30 rifle, shotgun, and pistol you are set gun-wise. That basic three will put food on the table and protect you and yours. Get some MCA Shell Adapters so you can use scrounged ammo, and you will be good to go.