Surviving in the woods is one of the main plans you might have when an SHTF event comes. Or, even without the SHTF event yet, you’re still always out and about in the woods. Either way, we know you need the right type of firearm to bring in the woods. You need the right type of gun to stay safe and score a game. Here are the 5 best firearms to bring in the woods.
Tactical 12 Gauge Shotgun
Shotguns are tough to beat when it comes to versatility. You can cover many types of wild animals depending on the type of ammo you load with this shotgun, maybe even zombies during the apocalypse! As an added bonus, there is a wide range of dedicated defense rounds available.
Pump guns are recommended under this category, such as the Mossberg 500s and Maverick 88s. There are a lot of other good options, including the Remington 870s, and a fair selection of quality Semiautomatics as well.
These are a favorite of many sporting enthusiasts because the rounds are cheap. You can shoot them all day long without breaking the bank. They are also great from hunting small game like squirrels and rabbits. Their magazine also holds much ammunition, so you can soot rapidly.
As a defensive weapon, the .22 is sub-optimum but not incapable. If your goal is to break contact and escape, this one is a great choice.
Examples of .22 rifles include the Ruger 1-22 which is affordable, bolt action .22s which are great for precision, and lever-action .22s which is more practical.
The AR-& was engineered by Eugene Stoner, the same person who designed the AR-15. This firearm is made especially for wilderness survival, and many bush pilots and outdoorsmen love it. It’s a semi-automatic .22 rifle, like some that were mentioned in the previous section, but it has some unique characteristics.
The buttstock of the AR-7 is hollowed out with compartments meant to fit the barrel, the firing mechanism, and two magazines. The parts can be easily screwed off for storage. This fully functioning .22 rifle can be stored in a fraction of the size of the others, and that’s a huge benefit when you are carrying supplies miles into the woods. Being able to store your firearm snuggly in your pack, and only adding around three pounds to its weight, can be a lifesaver.
The AK 47 is another decent choice if you opt for the battle rifle option. It is named after its creator, Mikhail Kalashnikov.
But there’s a downside. The ammo is even bulkier and you don’t have the option of the .22 conversion kit. It is a little bit better on a large game though. You can carry it when walking the perimeter of the homestead!
The advantage is its great performance in rough situations since it is not prone to jamming and it’s not high maintenance. This makes it ideal when you are separated from civilization.
The AR-15 has been a staple of American gun ownership for decades now. It’s customizable like other semi-automatic rifles. It is easy to swap out sights, stocks, grips, and more complex pieces like trigger mechanisms to create the perfect gun. You can also use railings for laser sights, foregrips, flashlights, and others.
You can build your AR-15 from scratch by purchasing a kit or individual pieces separately for a completely custom rifle. You do need to be knowledgeable about firearms to build the rifle properly. Make sure you know what you are doing or find someone who does when it comes to putting the pieces together.