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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Survival Guns, What To Have And What You Need?

I see the people at survival forums post a question like this and get tore apart. I don't have the answer to this question because each persons type of survival or area of survival is a little different. So I will post some of the guns I like and then ask you to comment with some of the guns you like and why they are good for survival.When I think about survival guns for outdoors men, I think of three scenarios-the first involves using the firearm as an audible signaling device. The second involves providing meat to stay alive. And the third involves self-defense. Taking things in that order (which may or may not be the order of importance in any given survival situation), we've tried to define what makes a good survival gun. I think self-defense is the most important because I live in a small town and if TSHTF defense will be on top of my list then hunting for food.

* Ruger Mini-14 in .223 are small, lightweight semi-automatic carbines and a great survival gun. Some people don't like this gun but I don't know why.

* The Henry U.S. Survival. This take down .22 weighs just
2½ pounds. It breaks down and all parts fit in the hollow stock.

* Springfield Armory M-6 Scout. This fold-down model is also very compact and offers both .22 and .410 barrels.

* KEL-TEC SU-16 Rifle. This gas-operated, self-loading rifle in .223 Rem. also features a fold-down stock for easy
storage. The stock holds spare magazines and the for end folds down to form a bipod for increased accuracy.

* Marlin 70PSS Papoose. This stainless, seven-shot, semi-auto .22 offers a take down barrel and synthetic stock. It comes in a padded carrying case.

* New England Firearms' Versa-Pack. This rifle has interchangeable barrels that easily swap over from .22 rimfire to .410 shotgun.

* Savage 24F Predator. This over/under combination gun is available with a .22 Hornet, .223, .17 HMR or .30/30 over a 12-gauge barrel or .22 LR, .22 Hornet, .223 or .17 HMR over a 20-gauge barrel. The take down action makes storage easy.

* Winchester M-9422 and Marlin M-1894PG. Lightweight lever guns like these offer lots of magazine capacity and the versatility of using either bird shot loads or standard bullets.

* Thompson/Center's G2 Contender. This single-shot is known for accuracy. It comes in a number of different
caliber options, is easily scoped and stows effortlessly.

* Smith & Wesson AirLite SC Revolver. Smith offers a whole family of AirLite revolvers in a number of calibers and configurations. Models like the M-386 Mountain Lite would also be an excellent choice for survival use.

* Taurus M617SS2C. The mini titanium revolver in .357 Magnum is a standout candidate for survival because it
offers a seven-round cylinder instead of the traditional
six-shot yet weighs less than 20 ounces.

* Glock 17 or 19. These polymer-framed semi-autos can stand up to practically any abuse from Mother Nature and still function. They also offer plenty of magazine capacity in a small, compact package.

* Benelli Nova Pump H2O. This gun features nickel-plated parts and is capable of handling just about any shotgun ammo you can feed through it, from 3½-inch magnum shotshells to slugs.

* Winchester Model 1300 Coastal Marine. This stainless-steel pump is a rugged workhorse available in 12-gauge with seven-shot capacity and 3-inch chamber.

* Mossberg Model 500 Pump Action. Available in synthetic stock with a Marinecote finish, Mariner pumps are ideal for use on boats and are the choice of many saltwater skippers.

* Remington Model 870 Marine Magnum. This version of the 870 is similar to the classic Model 870 Wingmaster,
except the metal parts are plated with electroless nickel. It has a black synthetic for end and stock.

Post a comment and like me know what you like or don't like. I only own a few of the above.


  1. Pete, I am surprised that a Ruger 10/22 is not up there, very customizable and fairly inexpensive.

  2. Just missed that one, but yes it should be on the list.

  3. We have an M-14 and it's probably my weapon of choice. It felt sort of front heavy for me initially, but I became accustomed to it and really enjoy it now.

  4. Any of the guns on your list are good guns for survival. If you’re a first time buyer of your arsenal then here’s a list of what we feel are appropriate guns in the order that will best serve you. These are what I own and use.

    Shot gun, in 12 gauge, semi-auto.
    Pistol, conceal carry semi-auto (small frame) in 9mm, 40mm or 45.
    22 Rimfire rifle.
    Centerfire hunting rifle.
    Military grade semi-auto.
    Pistol, large frame semi-auto with hi-capacity magazines in 9mm, 40mm or 45.

    The concealed carry pistol is becoming more important now than it ever has in the past. As people become more and more desperate for food and money, you will not be safe even going to the store buying your own food as they will be waiting in the parking lot to stab you and steal you food. Give serious thought to a concealed carry handgun.

  5. In .223/5.56, maybe an AR/M-4 style rifle compared to a Mini 14.
    You can build your own AR-15 for the same price as an off the shelf Mini-14.
    Accessories are cheaper and more widely available for the AR style compared to the Mini. Magazines come to mind first.
    Just my .02.