When society collapses and the world is thrown into chaos, having the means necessary to defend yourself and provide food for your family will determine your odds of surviving.
Traditionally used for hunting, rifles can also serve as a self-defense weapon when times are dark. That being said, you have to know what rifles will prove to be the most effective in that situation. For a SHTF event you’ll want to have a rifle that is both durable and easy to clean.
Below we’ll take a look at 5 of the best rifles you could have by your side in a end of the world scenario.
1.The AR-15 Survival Rifle
When most people hear the term “assault rifle”, an image of an AR-15 pops into their minds. Over the years these rifles have gain much popularity among hunters because of their benefits.
They are highly accurate at long ranges and although they don’t guarantee a one-hit kill for large game, they allow the hunter to get a second shot in very quick.
In terms of self-defense, AR-15s have a reasonable recoil and a pretty good fire rate. They are design for long-range combat and that’s where they shine, but you can use it in close-quarters combat as well.
If you value accuracy and versatility, then this is the rifle for you. It may seem expensive at first, but their ammo is affordable. When it comes to reliability, this is directly influenced by how often and well you clean the rifle.
This must be the most iconic rifle of all times. Released in the ‘40s the AK-47 is the weapon of choice for many military and paramilitary organizations.
When it comes to the AK-47 as a survival rifle, the opinions are somewhat split. One of the cons of this rifle is that it performs poorly in hunting situations, as it’s not very accurate at long distances.
These rifles are made to spread death other a wide area without the user moving a lot, so being able to shoot a target with pinpoint accuracy is very difficult. That being said, if the target is closer, the AK-47 will take it down easy.
Since the AK-47 thrives in close range, it’s the ideal rifle for self-defense and performs exceptional both in outdoor and indoor scenarios.
When it comes to durability, few rifles can say they are as durable as the AK-47. They function well in the most difficult environment and they end to clear themselves off dirt, mud, sand and other contaminants easily.
For long-term survival, I strongly believe this is the most reliable option. In terms of cost, both the rifle itself and the ammo are cheaper than the AR-15s.
3.Ruger 10/22 Rifle
This type of rifle holds a very special place in the hearts of many hunters, as it is often used to teach children this delicate art.
.22 rifles have a pretty good accuracy, with low recoil, these being the main reasons why it’s used to teach children. Their ammo lacks the stopping power that other rifles provide, but this doesn’t prove a problem for experienced hunters.
It isn’t very suited for self-defense purposes, but then again any firearm is better than no fire arm.
However, the biggest advantage of this rifle is price. The rimfire design of the ammo makes them easy to produce, so manufactures are fighting to keep the prices as low as possible.
That’s why you can stock up on as much .22 ammo as you like now, before the situation demands it.
4.Springfield Armory M6 Scout
While its design may be odd to look at, it was made for survival purposes. This rifle actually comes with two different barrels.
One of them is meant for hunting and can use .22 ammo, while the other is designed for self-defense in the form of a shotgun barrel for .410 ammunition.
While you might have to stock up on two different types of ammunition, the M6 Scout is a 2-in-1 rifle that could prove a viable option for long term survival.
Maintenance is quite simple, but always keep the removable hinge pin with the gun. IF you lose it, it will be impossible to find a replacement.
5.Ruger KM77 – GS Rifle
When hunting big game you want a rifle that can ensure the kill and unless you’re a veteran huntsman, a .22LR round may not do the trick. This is where this baby comes in.
Due to its .308 ammo, the KM77 is the perfect option for taking down big and small game even at 300 yards. And being a bolt action rifle, makes it more reliable that a semi-auto,
As for self-defense, it does its job well, although shooting .308 ammo indoors may be a little dangerous as it goes through walls quite easy.
Overall it is an excellent bolt action rifle that is more than suitable for long term survival.
Picking the right rifle now, will ensure that you survive later on. You won’t want to go hunting and not be able to take down a deer because all you have is a handgun.
What other rifles you know of that are suitable for long-term survival? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.