Top 5 Survival Guns
Take your pick—earthquakes, fire, severe weather, civil unrest, a terrorist act? Whatever the catastrophe, having a survival firearm should be the norm today rather than the exception.
The reasons to have a survival firearm or two are endless and unique to you and your environment. In general, it’s fairly straightforward. Self-defense and hunting are naturally the top uses for a survival gun. Since we are talking about an out-of-the-norm event, I would want to keep my selections simple.
To accomplish this, I would consider such factors as ammo availability. Within the United States, some calibers that would be much more likely to be found in stressful times are 22 long rifles, 12 gauge, 223/5.56, 9mm, and 30-06. Less prevalent are 22 magnum, 28 gauge, 222, 357 sig, and 270 Winchester Short Mag.
In other words, your survival gun should be in a caliber that you have a good supply of, or calibers that might be easier to find via scavenging or barter. Another factor I would consider is the track record of reliability with my chosen gun, whether by reputation, personal experience, or better yet, both.
Confidence in the firearms system—including accessories and ammunition, as well as my ability to use them well, is critical. Efficiency of operation, basic field maintenance, and ease of transport are also points to consider.
With the above in mind, here are some of my top picks: