Best Survival Guns: Handguns, Shotguns and Rifles, What makes a good gun for survival? Well, because each life-or-death situation is different, there’s no one perfect survival gun. But at the very least, it should thrive and shoot commonly available ammo under tough conditions. If the gun is affordable and the rounds it shoots are affordable enough to allow for lots of target practice, it also doesn’t hurt. With that in mind when making my picks for this gallery of survival weapons, I have carefully considered reliability and durability. In the selection of these weapons, I also looked at ammunition as a major factor. A firearm that requires some exotic round could leave a person defenseless in the event of an emergency when his supply runs out. For a range of different survival situations, check out my list of the best handguns, shotguns and rifles.
This is my favorite handgun and also one of Sig Sauer’s most popular pistols carried by police and military officers. The 9mm holds 15 rounds and with a full magazine, weighs 34 ounces. The .40 and .357 calibers are also available. It retails for between $800 and $900, but you get what you pay for in this situation.
This full-sized 9mm is bigger than the Glock 36, and with law enforcement officers it is another common handgun. A maximum magazine of 17 bullets weighs in at 32 ounces. The heavier total weight means lower recoil, making this handgun a perfect choice for new shooters. The retail average price is around $440. Take care of this gun and for a long long time, it’ll take care of you.
A Glock-type trigger safety is included in the 4-inch service model, which might just be a little better than an actual Glock safety. The gun has a large well beveled magazine to improve the 16-round magazine’s easy reloading. While it is definitely not a precision target weapon, it has the mechanical potential to fire such close groups with practice and favorable ammo, such as the Federal M882 124-grain FMJ. The average retail price is around 470 dollars,
In a compact, lightweight, easy-to-carry case, Smith & Wesson’s Airlite .357 Magnum revolver has a lot of strength. The Airlite is the toughest and lightest .357 Magnum revolver currently made, weighing only 12 ounces empty, with a Scandium alloy frame and a Titanium cylinder. Great for a secret carrier or tiny bug-out package. For a little over $800, it keeps 5 rounds and retails.
Both .45 Long Colt loads and .410 shells are shot by the Judge revolver. It’s great for snake country loaded with .410s, and when loaded with either .45s or .410 bullets, it’s lethal as a close-quarters self-defense handgun. One limiting factor is that it will hold the longest shell is 2 1⁄2 inches, but it is not a deal breaker with the variety of loads on the market at this length. The Judge weighs 37 ounces and is 91⁄2 inches long, so it’s not specifically concealed carrying material, but in your go-bag it should find a home. For $600, it retails for
There is a version for every hunting and tactical need that you can imagine, with almost 30 different versions to choose from. It has a reliable and smooth pump action (I’d even say it’s smoother than Mossberg), and to accommodate a total of 7 shells, it can be fitted with an extension tube. Perhaps you prefer the price or the safety place on the Mossberg, but the 870’s reliability and smoothness of action are legendary. Most models start at about $400 and weigh approximately 7 empty pounds. Pictured: 870 Tactical Express A-TACS Camo Camo
A semi-auto .22 rifle that breaks down compactly is the Marlin Papoose. In a matter of seconds, you can literally take it apart and bring it back together. It features stainless steel construction and a black synthetic stock packed with durable fiberglass. The Papoose has a 7-shot cartridge, and is a shooter that is very precise. The break-down barrel is a cleaning snap, and a floating case comes with the gun. At 31⁄4 pounds, it is a featherweight. Averages of about $270 for the asking price