Self-Defense Weapons: 11 Guns You Need for When SHTF

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September 26, 2023 / Comments (0)

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Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to self-defense weapons, and different guns are better suited for different situations. Check out 11 of our top picks in the list below.

Self-Defense Weapons for When SHTF

The gun you choose for self-defense will be different from the gun you choose for perimeter protection. Handguns are more convenient, can fit in a purse or waist holster, and are much easier to conceal.

On the other hand, rifles might be the better choice for defending your home when you may need to shoot an attacker from a distance. And even within these two categories, there are hundreds of different calibers, brands, and types of guns to choose from.

Choosing a survival weapon is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make, and it shouldn't be taken lightly. But with all the options available to you, making that choice can seem overwhelming. You may not always be able to carry a gun so I make sure I carry a knife and a tactical pen for those days I have to leave my gun behind.

Our friends at Outdoor Warrior have put together a list of 11 Types of Guns That Will Keep You Alive Come Doomsday. They've broken down some of the best guns for survival and why you should consider adding them to your arsenal. Here are the guns they've chosen:

1. AK-47


One of the most popular and reliable military-grade firearms on the market.

2. Ruger 10/22 Guns


If you plan on hunting small and medium-sized game, you can't go wrong with the Ruger 10/22.

3. Bushmaster Carbon 15 M4 Carbine

The Bushmaster Carbon 15 M4 Carbine is small, light, and very durable.


The M4 Carbine is made in the tradition of AR-15 rifles combined with modern features like the space-age Carbon 15 composite molded receivers.

4. Henry Arms AR-7

This rifle may not pack the same punch as some of the others, but what it lacks in power it makes up for in convenience.


Another rifle that is great for survival situations is the Girandoni Air Rifle.

5. Glock 36


The slim and sleek Glock 36 is a perfect concealed carry weapon. Sometimes you can't always carry an actual gun, so I find this to be a great backup.

6. Glock 17

The Glock 17 is a popular handgun among law enforcement officers.


It's a little heavy, but when handled correctly, it shoots with great accuracy.

7. Sig Sauer P226

The Sig Sauer P226 is a compact, lightweight handgun, but it still has plenty of power.


And at such an affordable price, you truly get some bang for your buck.

8. Taurus Judge


If you prefer a revolver, the Taurus Judge is a solid choice. This gun is ideal for close-quarter combat and self-defense.

9. Mossberg 590 Mariner


The 590 Mariner is a 12-gauge shotgun capable of carrying 9 shots. And at only $500 retail, this gun is a steal.

10. Remington 870


Whether you need a weapon for hunting or for tactical operations, the Remington 870 is a solid choice.

11. Benelli Nova Pump Tactical


The Benelli Nova Pump is a reliable and powerful weapon. It only carries 5 shells, but with a gun, this powerful, 5 is all you need!

Click here for an in-depth look at the top 11 SHTF firearms.

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on September 26, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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