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Best Survival Guns

Best Survival Guns

These guns will help keep you alive when the going gets rough.
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from Aussie Jim 9/4/2013 at 01:22am

Hi Alex;
1) Got my AR-7 in 1969 and loved. Now comes with scope rail mount. An accurate single shot B/A .22LR is always handy a cheap; makes you concentrate on your shot.
3) Savage 30-30 & 12 ga with adapter tubes is a great backpack rifle.
4) The Dan Wesson model 15-2 .357 Mag with 2½” concealed carry and a 6” or 8” hunting barrel option; two for the space of one.
6) Glock, great design for harsh field use and simple to use. Danish Special Forces use G20 with 6” barrel for defence against polar bear attack.
9) TC with 3 barrels, e.g. .243 / .300 Win Mag / .45-70 should cover your day in the woods. Get rid of the wood furniture, it’s too beautiful to scratch.
10) Marlin 1895 Guide Gun, take down model. Shame the company was closed down.

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from Aussie Jim 9/4/2013 at 12:48am

Alex, HINT about Glock Safety "Keep your finger off the trigger" until you are sure of your target and ready to fire. If this is too hard for any shooter; take the gun from them.

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from LastParatrooper 11/4/2012 at 09:10pm

Bought two Henry AR-7s. Tried em out and found they are useless an you ain't going to hit nothing including the barn 2 doors away!

Solutions, I had a gunsmith remove that flame orange front sight (God I hated that front sight), which gives away your location to anyone within eyesight!

Then grind down the rear sight (it's totally gone)and put an extension on the rail to the rear of the gun. Because the regular rail kept the scope too far forward it was impossible to use the scope!

Now I have the scope back where it belongs within 2 to 3 inches from the eye!

Now I bought it for Survival and now I can survive. I got much bigger guns for combat and big game. This one is for getting dinner without telling everyone within 3 miles what I am doing and where!

Course I fixed up a pipe with insulation glued inside and duct taped it to the barrel! That helps!

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from cuz 6/18/2011 at 12:04pm

just curious about what is complicated about the glocks safty system?

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from t918dja 5/12/2011 at 06:41pm

In the woods I carry a Bond Arms derringer chambered for 45LC/410. The two cartridges are interchangeable. You can load the two barrels with either 45LC or 410, or one barrel of each. The 45LC shoots a 225 grain bullet. The chambers take 3" 410 shells. A 000 410 buckshot shell holds five (5) pellets. I never tried, but from what I can tell, a 3" 410 shell in #6 looks to pattern well enough to take a rabbit or grouse at 5-10 yards.

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from Rambler88 5/10/2011 at 04:44pm

Warning: Old, OLD information.

Back in the 70s I had an AR-7 from, I believe, Charter Arms. One issue I noticed that may still be worth mentioning. If I was banging away with it at the range--which is, of course, not at all what it was designed for--the threaded sleeve that held the barrel on would loosen, eventually causing a misfeed that left an unfired cartridge jamming the action open--with the rim jammed against a metal edge, which could be dangerous with rimfire ammo. (Sorry if the description is not clear--the picture has faded with time.)
Also, the longer it was loose, the more grit accumulated between barrel and action, making it less likely that tightening the sleeve would bring the barrel back to butting the action.
Solution: I quickly got in the habit of reaching up to tighten the sleeve every few shots.

And the action definitely needed cleaning after an afternoon at the range. I don't recall taking it apart, but I cleaned powder grit off of everything I could see. (FWIW, I was using Remington ammo.)

No big deal. I liked the gun. And the accuracy was satisfactory--not what you'd get in a conventional rifle, but fine for what it was.

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from killer4488 4/21/2011 at 10:30pm

The ar-7 looks so cool!

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from kayak 2/28/2011 at 09:21pm

I'd submit the EAA over/under IZH-94/MP-94 combo gun now distributed by Remington. Mine is 12 gauge/.30-06 and so can be used on nearly anything in N. America. Somewhat heavy and slab-like but breaks down into a reasonable sized package. And I can't speak for the whole line but mine shoots 5/8" groups with two different cartridges, better than a custom .270 Browning 'beanfield rifle' I've also got.

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from harrison 2/27/2011 at 07:57pm

The new Raging Judge 28 gauge could be a contender (if you could wrap your hands around it).

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from James Bladen 2/26/2011 at 06:51am

Did you guys forget the BEST surival gun of all. The Ruger 10/22

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from charliedakota 2/26/2011 at 03:39am

When I stationed in Arizona, my Remington Nylon 66 lived in a soft case in my trunk. It was light, handy, accurate and could take singe loading. The one you have at the time of need is the best choise - anything beats nothing.

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from wildperch 2/25/2011 at 04:13pm

I had an AR-7. Great idea, but it could not hit a bull in the butt . I would not want to rely on it to put meat on the fire.

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from Roark 2/24/2011 at 08:44pm

The Henry is a great little rifle. Mine resides in the pickup all the time. As to the ammo storage, with both magazines loaded, and an MTM ammo wallet in my kit, there's a pretty good supply. I also keep a box of high quality 22s in my grab bag, also behind the seat.
Also had a Savage 24-V 357 over 20 guage...but my son talked me out of that, and it's behind the seat in his pickup.

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from Deepwoods 2/24/2011 at 04:48pm

I use a light backpack and stow it away in my pickup on a semipermanent basis. It is always handy and I pack aeither my 7 shot Titanium taurus (.357) or my 5 shot stainless judge snub (.45 colt / .410 2 1/2 IN), both work well.

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from CharlieEcho 2/24/2011 at 03:14pm

I like the AR-7 Explorer (aka Henry US Survival) type rifle for the stowage and floatability. Not much space for extra ammo, but it's hoped you don't need much. It's better than a stick and knife. Small light weight pistols are okay and could be stored in a floatation container. One of the break-down rifles and or shotguns could too. We're talking survival though and stow-ability I think is number one.

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from CharlieEcho 2/24/2011 at 03:14pm

I like the AR-7 Explorer (aka Henry US Survival) type rifle for the stowage and floatability. Not much space for extra ammo, but it's hoped you don't need much. It's better than a stick and knife. Small light weight pistols are okay and could be stored in a floatation container. One of the break-down rifles and or shotguns could too. We're talking survival though and stow-ability I think is number one.

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from Deepwoods 2/24/2011 at 04:48pm

I use a light backpack and stow it away in my pickup on a semipermanent basis. It is always handy and I pack aeither my 7 shot Titanium taurus (.357) or my 5 shot stainless judge snub (.45 colt / .410 2 1/2 IN), both work well.

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from Roark 2/24/2011 at 08:44pm

The Henry is a great little rifle. Mine resides in the pickup all the time. As to the ammo storage, with both magazines loaded, and an MTM ammo wallet in my kit, there's a pretty good supply. I also keep a box of high quality 22s in my grab bag, also behind the seat.
Also had a Savage 24-V 357 over 20 guage...but my son talked me out of that, and it's behind the seat in his pickup.

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from charliedakota 2/26/2011 at 03:39am

When I stationed in Arizona, my Remington Nylon 66 lived in a soft case in my trunk. It was light, handy, accurate and could take singe loading. The one you have at the time of need is the best choise - anything beats nothing.

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from James Bladen 2/26/2011 at 06:51am

Did you guys forget the BEST surival gun of all. The Ruger 10/22

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from kayak 2/28/2011 at 09:21pm

I'd submit the EAA over/under IZH-94/MP-94 combo gun now distributed by Remington. Mine is 12 gauge/.30-06 and so can be used on nearly anything in N. America. Somewhat heavy and slab-like but breaks down into a reasonable sized package. And I can't speak for the whole line but mine shoots 5/8" groups with two different cartridges, better than a custom .270 Browning 'beanfield rifle' I've also got.

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from Rambler88 5/10/2011 at 04:44pm

Warning: Old, OLD information.

Back in the 70s I had an AR-7 from, I believe, Charter Arms. One issue I noticed that may still be worth mentioning. If I was banging away with it at the range--which is, of course, not at all what it was designed for--the threaded sleeve that held the barrel on would loosen, eventually causing a misfeed that left an unfired cartridge jamming the action open--with the rim jammed against a metal edge, which could be dangerous with rimfire ammo. (Sorry if the description is not clear--the picture has faded with time.)
Also, the longer it was loose, the more grit accumulated between barrel and action, making it less likely that tightening the sleeve would bring the barrel back to butting the action.
Solution: I quickly got in the habit of reaching up to tighten the sleeve every few shots.

And the action definitely needed cleaning after an afternoon at the range. I don't recall taking it apart, but I cleaned powder grit off of everything I could see. (FWIW, I was using Remington ammo.)

No big deal. I liked the gun. And the accuracy was satisfactory--not what you'd get in a conventional rifle, but fine for what it was.

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from cuz 6/18/2011 at 12:04pm

just curious about what is complicated about the glocks safty system?

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from harrison 2/27/2011 at 07:57pm

The new Raging Judge 28 gauge could be a contender (if you could wrap your hands around it).

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from killer4488 4/21/2011 at 10:30pm

The ar-7 looks so cool!

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from t918dja 5/12/2011 at 06:41pm

In the woods I carry a Bond Arms derringer chambered for 45LC/410. The two cartridges are interchangeable. You can load the two barrels with either 45LC or 410, or one barrel of each. The 45LC shoots a 225 grain bullet. The chambers take 3" 410 shells. A 000 410 buckshot shell holds five (5) pellets. I never tried, but from what I can tell, a 3" 410 shell in #6 looks to pattern well enough to take a rabbit or grouse at 5-10 yards.

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from LastParatrooper 11/4/2012 at 09:10pm

Bought two Henry AR-7s. Tried em out and found they are useless an you ain't going to hit nothing including the barn 2 doors away!

Solutions, I had a gunsmith remove that flame orange front sight (God I hated that front sight), which gives away your location to anyone within eyesight!

Then grind down the rear sight (it's totally gone)and put an extension on the rail to the rear of the gun. Because the regular rail kept the scope too far forward it was impossible to use the scope!

Now I have the scope back where it belongs within 2 to 3 inches from the eye!

Now I bought it for Survival and now I can survive. I got much bigger guns for combat and big game. This one is for getting dinner without telling everyone within 3 miles what I am doing and where!

Course I fixed up a pipe with insulation glued inside and duct taped it to the barrel! That helps!

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from Aussie Jim 9/4/2013 at 12:48am

Alex, HINT about Glock Safety "Keep your finger off the trigger" until you are sure of your target and ready to fire. If this is too hard for any shooter; take the gun from them.

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from Aussie Jim 9/4/2013 at 01:22am

Hi Alex;
1) Got my AR-7 in 1969 and loved. Now comes with scope rail mount. An accurate single shot B/A .22LR is always handy a cheap; makes you concentrate on your shot.
3) Savage 30-30 & 12 ga with adapter tubes is a great backpack rifle.
4) The Dan Wesson model 15-2 .357 Mag with 2½” concealed carry and a 6” or 8” hunting barrel option; two for the space of one.
6) Glock, great design for harsh field use and simple to use. Danish Special Forces use G20 with 6” barrel for defence against polar bear attack.
9) TC with 3 barrels, e.g. .243 / .300 Win Mag / .45-70 should cover your day in the woods. Get rid of the wood furniture, it’s too beautiful to scratch.
10) Marlin 1895 Guide Gun, take down model. Shame the company was closed down.

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from wildperch 2/25/2011 at 04:13pm

I had an AR-7. Great idea, but it could not hit a bull in the butt . I would not want to rely on it to put meat on the fire.

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