Surviving can mean so many different things to so many different people and when it comes to survival guns, there are many to choose from and many that will serve any number of purposes. Do you want to be able to hunt for food in the wild effectively? Are you concerned that some band of miscreants of vigilantes will forage through your region, stealing what they want and you need to protect your family against them?
What about the natural element? Bears and coyotes can pose serious risk for people when these people infiltrate nature’s element.
Before talking about the right survival guns, let us make note here that regardless of where you live, you should have a place in mind to retreat to. If it’s a natural disaster or something more man-made, you will want to be able to escape to a location that you are somewhat familiar with and know the lay of the land, so to speak.
Without a place to go, then carrying around an arsenal will make you very suspect to a number of other people all trying to survive. Someone may decide to try and take advantage of your weaponry and steal it for themselves. Have your location picked and inform anyone whom you want to know about it to meet you there.
First of your survival guns
A sidearm. A pistol. This is one of the most basic survival guns that you are going to find and while it may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme of rifles and automatic weapons, a sidearm is a must. Don’t even consider the six-shooter. Go for the Glock or other type of semi-automatic handgun. Why? Why would you want to carry around the weight of a six-shooter when you can carry a lighter ceramic gun that holds a clip capable of fifteen or twenty rounds?
Any military personnel on any mission carry sidearms. While these weapons are not generally used in major combat, in tight quarters, they become an invaluable tool in the art of survival. They are easy to carry, don’t take up a lot of space, and can be stored in conspicuous or inconspicuous places.
Of course, the questions come next. What about permits and licenses? Well, the first thing that you should consider is the circumstances that we’re talking about here. When it comes to survival, whether you have faced a natural disaster of biblical proportions or something more sinister, like a terrorist attack, then your survival and rights to it trump any law for license that I can think of on the books.
Some people like to think of themselves as some Wild West tough guy and pack their ‘heat’ in the front of their pants. The only thing this accomplishes is posts a great big flag over their head that states, ‘I’m an amateur. Don’t take me seriously.’ You want people to steer clear of you when you want, but you don’t want to necessarily advertise that you’re carrying. A concealed holster is the best advice. You might also want to consider an ankle holster for a second hand gun.
There are many different types of rifles you can choose from, each serving a different purpose. Shotguns are ideal for close range, though you wouldn’t want to go hunting for deer with one, since the buckshot can often spray out in a wide pattern, leaving you with meat that would need to be chewed carefully so you don’t break your teeth.
An AR-15 assault rifle is ideal for hosts between 50 and 300 yards. This can keep intruders at bay and also offer you the best chance of killing the animals that you want to eat. Is it overkill? Not when you’re fighting for your own survival. If you are you hunting with your friends on a weekend around Thanksgiving, then having an assault rifle may be a bit over the top.
Remember, when you choose a rifle, you will want to select something that you can carry with you. The bigger the gun, the heavier it will be and the longer you’re out there trekking through the woods, the heavier it will feel. When and if it comes time to use it, you want to be able to lift it up and fire it. Also, if you’ve never fired one of these weapons before, then practice now at an authorized firing rang.
The superheroes of the movies enjoy running through tight corridors firing round after round from these massive guns, making it look so easy, but in reality, just like with handguns, the kickback can be intense.