Ok Survivalist, its time to talk about firearms every serious prepper should own.
Whether you are in an urban survival situation, have a homestead you plan on using as a Bug Out Location, bugging in, or bugging out to the wilderness, lets put together a solid list of well preforming firearms.
Requirements for this list require the firearm to have a long history of civilian or military service, and must have a reputation of being reliable.
Ruger 10/22 is the bees knees of 22 rifles. There are a lot of 22 rifles out there, but few of them can compare to the reliability and the customization of the Ruger 10/22.
My first experience with a Ruger 10/22 was sometime in 1984 or 1985 when 3 of my buddies and I were on a 3 day camping trip. We loaded up an aluminum boat and headed out to one of the bayous close to Bridge City, Texas.
On the second day of the camping trip after eating lunch, Allen and I took the dishes to the bayou to wash them. While we were washing the dishes, we saw a nutria rat on the other side of the slough. 1 shot with the Ruger 10/22 took care of the animal. Allen and I got in the aluminum boat we used to reach the camping spot, then paddled over to retrieve the nutria rat.
We skinned the nutria rat and brought it back to the camping spot where it was roasted over a camp fire and eaten. Even though we had just eaten dinner, it was just canned chili and we were still hungry. The meat from that nutria rat really hit the spot.
After I handled the Ruger 10/22 on that 3 day camping trip, I knew I had to have one. From that day forward, the Ruger 10/22 has been one of my favorite survival rifles.
I bought my Beretta 92f in January of 1989. Over the past 23 years I put thousands, and I mean thousands of rounds through the pistol. There were times when my buddies and I would go to a local sand pit and shoot until we were tired of shooting. We would probably shoot 2k – 3k 9mm rounds in a single day. Out of the thousands of rounds through my Beretta m9, I can probably count the number of malfunctions on one hand.
The weight of the 92f combined with the recoil of 9mm makes the Beretta easy to handle.
Special mention has to go to the 1911 and the 45 acp. The difference between my Beretta 92f and my Remington 1911 R1, the Beretta did not have a break-in period. After 300+ rounds with my Remington 1911 the pistol is still having malfunctions.
There are probably going to be a lot of people aggravated that I did not mention the 40 S&W. So there, I mentioned it.
To some people the recoil of the 40 S&W and the 45 acp is a little excessive. The recoil is why I suggested a caliber with the lowest common denominator.
Remington 870 is well suited on the local SWAT team, duck blind, squirrel hunting, rabbit hunting, hog hunting or deer hunting.
I like my Mossberg 500 and Mossberg 590, but the Remington seems that its a better quality firearm then the Mossberg.
then there is the wide selection of aftermarket parts for the Remington 870 – stocks, slings, barrels, sights,,,, just about anything you could ever want or need.
Bolt action rifle in 308 Winchester, for when you need to reach out and touch something. The 308 Winchester is well suited for just about any wild game in North America, except dangerous game.
When loaded with 150 grain Remington core-lokt the 308 Winchester is an excellent performer on thin skinned deer sized game.
I would love to add a semi-auto 308 rifle, but the extra weight of the semi-auto rifles is a drawback to young shooters. I am pretty sure my daughter would not want to pack my 10 pound FN/FAL all over the hunting lease.
Its the light weight of the bolt action rifle combined with the 308 Winchester that makes this an effective combination.
Buy a good quality rifle, make sure it has a synthetic stock, buy some spare parts, put a good quality scope on it, and you should be good to go for the long run.
AR-15, good for shooting coyotes, hogs, looters and poodles.
What more do you want in a SHTF survival rifle? Its light, recoil is low, ammunition is plentiful and cheap, wide range of accessories, its accurate, easy to find,,, and the list goes on and on.
What is there not to like about the AR-15? Its like a barbie doll for men (and women).
AK-47, SHTF and AK-47 go together like peanut butter and jelly, its like the two were made for each other.
Where survivalist may like the AR-15 for a SHTF situation, survivalist should love the AK-47. The AK has been battle proven in some of the harshest enviroments on earth, it should be good enough to protect your Bug Out Location.
There are two type of adults that like mud, ATV owners, and AK-47 owners.
The above list should cover just about everything the average survivalist should need.
Sidearm for personal protection.
Ruger 10/22 small caliber for small game and low report.
Shotgun for home protection and hunting everything from small game to hogs and deer.
Bolt action rifle for medium sized game and long distance shooting.
AR-15 and AK-47 for property protection.