The following list of essential prepper firearms has been compiled from several ratings based survival and firearms websites. Having the right gun that fits your needs is critical to your survival. When making your selection(s) be sure to compensate for mobility, weight, range, and ammunition availability. Each age appropriate member of your family should be trained in Firearms Safety, and armed with a gun that fits them. Never put a gun in the hands of someone who has not been properly trained. Make responsible decisions.
Firearms for Preppers – AR-15 Rifle
The AR-15 takes a well-deserved first place in the Essential Firearms for Preppers. A stock Bushmaster AR-15 fires a .223 round, this round mushrooms on impact instead of passing through clean, which equals real stopping power with a few 30 round magazines. In addition to the versatile upgrade capability, the AR’s upper receiver can be changed to accept different calibers such as; 9mm,.40 Auto, .45 ACP, 10mm and etc.. We recommend upgrading your receiver to the big-bore .458 SOCOM and .50 Beowulf. Pricing is currently high for these guns*
Firearms for Preppers – Ruger 10/22 Rifle
The Ruger 10/22 made its way onto our list for several reasons; the first being ammo availability. The 22 caliber round is the most common and inexpensive round available, making it easy to stockpile and scavenge for when your ammo has been depleted. The Ruger 10/22 was specifically selected for its array of upgrades and quick breakdown. People can practice or learn marksmanship with them. They can get small game, and the 22 can be used as a secondary defensive weapon.
Firearms for Preppers – AK-47
The AK-47 automatic rifle is a pseudo-common gun in America, but difficult to legitimately purchase. The upside is there are semiautomatic variants available for purchase. Unlike the AR-15, the AK variant fires 7.62 x 39 rounds, not .223 rounds. The AK is incredibly durable and will take a lot of abuse, and if you’re lucky enough to find an automatic version you will make quick work of your threats firing thousands of rounds with mph taped 30 round mags or high-capacity drums.
Firearms for Preppers – Remington 870
At close range, Mossberg and Remington pump-action shotguns are extremely effective weapons, and that range can be extended with the use of slugs. Effective range for 00 buckshot is limited to approximately 25 yards. These guns are very reliable, simple to operate, and have been used in law enforcement and the military for years. It doesn’t really jam when dirty, but can jam on spent shells when the chamber gets hot, from the plastic shells that tend to expand from heat. Shotguns are great for secondary defense and breaching entry points. Their ammunition is common throughout America, inexpensive and always easy to find, making them ideal for preppers when SHTF.
Firearms for Preppers – Springfield Armory 1911
To some the steel frame is a negative, but steel absorbs recoil well and aids follow-up shots. Interchangeability of parts! If something breaks on an XD, you can’t go to your Glock and switch out a part. 1911’s share parts, for the most part. There are exceptions, but across the board this is a huge benefit, especially in a SHTF situation. In addition to its versatile nature the 1911 is highly customizable; grips, safeties, triggers, hammers, rails and etc..