Survival Weapons

Updated


Make sure you have the right weapons with you in an emergency

In an emergency situation, a weapon’s purpose is self-preservation. This includes self-defense, hunting, skinning, and butchering. Naturally, some weapons are more apt for one of the activities listed above than others, even though all of your weapons should always be versatile and wide-ranging. Whatever weapon you may end up choosing to pack in your bug out bag, you should be intimately familiar with it. Using your weapon in an emergency situation for the very first time can be more harmful than useful, so make sure to test, maintain, and learn about your weapon, and above all else, make sure to pick the right Survival Weapon.

When considering what you are going to pack, think about the reasons for the specific weapon in particular, and the other uses it may serve. Not all knives, and guns are created equal, and some will serve you better in an emergency situation than others. For instance, a higher caliber gun might give you an edge in securing large prey for your food source, but evacuating with a large rifle and 500 rounds of .223 ammo will take up much needed space and add a lot of weight to an already packed bug out bag. Likewise, a serrated machete might be good for clearing debris and cutting down undergrowth, but would do nothing for you when it comes to skinning a dear. So think carefully before you settle on the weapons you want to pack.

That being said, most people often opt to include three types of weapons: a gun, a knife, and another type of self-defense weapon such as a pepper spray. It is important to recognize the limitations of each of these weapons, because in an emergency situation your life may depend on it. For instance, pepper sprays are good options to have in an environment where large game is abundant and likely to cross paths with you. It is often used to warn off bears in an attempt to resolve bear encounters in a peaceful manner. Another obvious use for pepper spray is to fend off a close quarters attack, but you need to know how to use the weapon. Of course, you know not to point the spray to yourself, but you also need to remember to take the wind into account, so that it does not end up blowing back on you.

Pepper Spray

If you opt to include a pepper spray in your bag, the UDAP 12HP Bear Spray is a superior choice. It is made in the USA by a grizzly bear attack survivor and it is higher in strength than most other sprays. With a range of 30 feet, it can stop an animal with the oil-based formula that instantly fills eyes, nose and lungs.

Knives

Knives are one of the most basic parts of your survival gear, and ranks high on the essential bug out bag items. Therefore if you chose to select only one, make sure it is a great multi-tasker. You can have your knife pull double-duty with your Get Home Bag provided that you are able to transfer it to the other pack when appropriate. It should have a superior quality blade, a sturdy grip, and non-corroding blade that stays sharp for a long time. You should always carry your knife in a sheath or opt for a model that folds back into its handle. Preferably, you will select a knife that is able to cut through small bones but also able to handle more delicate tasks such as skinning or precision cuts. As a good rule of thumb, always opt for sturdiness and quality over size and extras. Although knives are close-combat weapons, in an emergency situation you will use it more for basic survival. It will be your workhorse when it comes to cutting branches, building shelters, assembling hunting gear or tying up cargo. You will also rely on your knife for dressing and butchering games you catch, as well as cleaning and cutting fish. For these reasons, make sure you select the right knife for your own needs. The table above lists three examples for the different weapons that would make great additions to most bug out bags. If you don’t have a bag yet, make sure to check out this article on SOC Bags.

The Gerber Silver Trident Sheath Knife with Double Serration Edge features a double-edged 154CM stainless steel blade that will keep its edge for a long time. Additionally the 6.18 inches long heat-treated blade is flexible, non-reflective, has a serrated edge to help you cut through the toughest materials. You will find the handle both comfortable and durable. It is made of Hyrtel, which combines strength in the inner layer and softness in the outer. The textured grip helps with stability, and the heat and UV resistant features will give this knife a long life. With an overall weight of 17.4 ounces and a fully opened length of 11.22 inches this is a versatile knife that will serve you well in a variety of emergencies.

Rifle

As with the pepper sprays, you also need to evaluate your guns carefully. Make sure the gun you select fits your bug out bag well as well as the environment you will use it in. For the most part, a .22 will be one of your best options. It can effectively kill small game and fowl, and if you are a particularly good shot, it can even handle some of the larger game. These types of firearms will also work well on boats and skiffs when hunting sea mammals or swimming prey. A 500 round of ammunitions is very light in packing weight and also very affordable, but you need to make sure you understand that these types of guns will do very little in hunting large game. Basically all small game and anything else you can walk up to fairly close will work, and it will also be a good choice for self-defense.

Walther Mp5 Semiautomatic Tactical Rimfire Rifle

The Walther/H&K MP5 SD Semiautomatic Tactical Rimfire Rifle is a .22 LR tactical-gun with a magazine capacity of 25 and an overall weight of 5.9 pounds. The retractable stock accommodates in length from 26 and three quarter inches to 33 and three quarters. The navy pistol grip provides superb grasp and the sling attachment makes it easy to carry. The adjustable sight will help you in varying conditions and terrain, including wind and elevation. Your bug out bag rifle needs to be compact, commonly available, able to effectively handle small game, and relatively affordable, this gun is a good choice to meet all of these four basic criteria.

Conclusion

Make sure you pick your survival weapons with care. Think carefully about each piece and how it fits into your survival bag and your survival strategy overall. Because of the limited space, try to find weapons that have multi-purposes. Finally, make sure you are comfortable using the weapon, you don’t want to fumble when it counts!


Featured Articles


  • SOC Bags

    SOC Bags are built to last. No matter what you are looking for SOC has you covered. Here is a review of the top bags to choose from.


  • What To Pack In Your Go Bag

    72 Hour Bags are designed to keep you safe and secure for 72 hours in case there is a disaster. Find out what should be in your bag.


  • Bug Out Bags For Sale

    There are many bug out bags for sale, but you need to make sure you get the right one for you. In this article we look at a few of the most popular.


Recent Articles


  • Prepper Stocking Stuffers

    Get some great stocking stuffer ideas for that prepper, survivalist, or grown-up boy scout in your life!


  • SOC Bug Out Bags

    Sandpiper of California (SOC) produces high quality backpacks, find out why they may produce the best bug out bags available.


  • Prepping Definitions

    Hi everybody! It’s that time again, so grab some popcorn and settle in – this week’s SignalSurvival blog post is comin’ at ya, hot and fresh off the presses. Actually, before we get into the meat and potatoes of this week’s entry, here’s a little secret for you all: While researching and writing these things … Continued


  • End of the World Balance Sheet

    Did you guys hear about that PrepperCon in Utah last week? Preppers and survivalists from all over have hopped on the Comic Con bandwagon! They had exhibits on everything from tactical seat covers to personal Humvees, and the cast of AMC’s hit show THE WALKING DEAD made an appearance! How cool is that? People are … Continued


  • Essential Bug Out Bag Items

    Just the essentials. Make sure your survival pack contains these essential bug out bag items, otherwise you may be in trouble.


  • Bug Out Kits

    Are you someone who wants a bug out bag but doesn't know what should go in it? Don't worry, there are full bug out kits to get you started.


  • Survival Weapons

    Survival weapons are used for food, safety and as a utility tool. This article is all about the options available for your bugout bag.


  • Get Home Bag

    Make sure you can get home in an emergency situation with a get home bag. A get home bag is specifically designed with the gear you will need to make it home.


Featured Posts


  • SOC Bags

    SOC Bags are built to last. No matter what you are looking for SOC has you covered. Here is a review of the top bags to choose from.


  • What To Pack In Your Go Bag

    72 Hour Bags are designed to keep you safe and secure for 72 hours in case there is a disaster. Find out what should be in your bag.


  • Bug Out Bags For Sale

    There are many bug out bags for sale, but you need to make sure you get the right one for you. In this article we look at a few of the most popular.


Recent Posts


  • Prepper Stocking Stuffers

    Get some great stocking stuffer ideas for that prepper, survivalist, or grown-up boy scout in your life!


  • SOC Bug Out Bags

    Sandpiper of California (SOC) produces high quality backpacks, find out why they may produce the best bug out bags available.


  • Prepping Definitions

    Hi everybody! It’s that time again, so grab some popcorn and settle in – this week’s SignalSurvival blog post is comin’ at ya, hot and fresh off the presses. Actually, before we get into the meat and potatoes of this week’s entry, here’s a little secret for you all: While researching and writing these things … Continued