There are a great number of lists advocating one type or firearm over another as the best survival gun. A different viewpoint may well be in order to determine the best survival gun. There are certain qualities that have little to do with the actual firearm that should be taken into account in order for a specific firearm to be considered the best survival gun. A set of guidelines for determining the use of any firearm as a survival gun should be given priority in your security and defensive efforts.
Survival Firearm Guidelines
THE FIREARM MUST BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE.
If the firearm is not readily accessible when you need it, it probably won’t be of much help to you in a survival situation. The pistol in the night stand or the shotgun setting in the corner will be of greater use than the rifle tucked away in a gun cabinet.
THE AMMUNITION MUST BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE.
An unloaded gun can be useless in a defensive situation if the ammunition for it is not easily accessible. An unloaded firearm is a safe weapon and depending upon the situation may be entirely appropriate but a loaded one is the most dangerous. You should be able to access and load rounds for your firearm quickly if needed.
KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR FIREARM IS REQUIRED.
Being comfortable with the ways in which your firearm handles and its capabilities and limits will only help you in your hunting or defensive efforts. Can you quickly clear a jam? Do you know how to keep it clean or do simple repairs? An unfamiliar firearm may not be your best choice. Heavy recoil from an unfamiliar firearm can be more of a deterrent than a benefit. You will need to be comfortable in its operation and use. There may not be time for instructions in a survival situation.
PROFICIENCY WITH YOUR FIREARM IS REQUIRED.
Practice, practice, and more practice. If you can’t hit what you are aiming at, you may be better off with a pocket full of rocks than a loaded firearm. Practice is the best way to become proficient in its use.
THE ABILITY TO USE YOUR FIREARM IN A DEFENSIVE SITUATION.
If you are not comfortable with the fact that you may have to use your firearm in a defensive situation, you may be better off exploring other options that are more suitable for you.
Whether it’s a .22lr pistol or an AR-15, an SKS or a .410 shotgun, the best survival gun will be the one you have easy access to, plenty of available ammunition, knowledge and proficiency in its use and are comfortable using in any required survival or defensive situation. The choice of which gun is the best for survival should be a choice you make to fit your individual circumstances.
“Beware the man with only one gun….”
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