These guns will help keep you alive when the going gets rough.
It might not save you from being struck by lightning or keep you from being swept downriver if your canoe capsizes, but when it comes to sheer security in the wilderness, nothing beats a gun. While any gun is better than no gun at all, some are better than others for specific purposes. Here are the pros and cons of the primary types of survival guns, along with some of our favorites.
Take Down Rifles
Pros: Easy to disassemble; most are of a small caliber so you can carry lots of ammo; lightweight; perfect for potting grouse and small game; .22 models can be loaded with birdshot; combo models offer both rifle and shotgun capability.
Cons: Small calibers are of little value in bear country should you need to stop a marauding grizzly; though a .22 is capable of killing deer-size game, there are certainly better weapon choices.
Ideal for: Stowing under the seat of a bush plane, behind the seat of a pickup or in a canoe.
Henry U.S. Survival
This takedown .22 weighs just 21⁄2 pounds. It breaks down in just a few seconds, and all the gun’s parts fit in the hollow stock.