The Ultimate Survival Gun Resource Guide

This is a fairly comprehensive list of survival gun resources that I curated to help you decide which survival gun is best for you. No one gun is ideal for every person. Look through the list below and read what you think will be helpful to someone in your situation.

The list is divided into various categories for easy identification and reading. The categories include Survival Guns in General, Survival Shotguns, Survival Rifles, Survival Handguns, Survival Guns for Women, Survival Guns on a Budget, pellet guns, and podcasts. A very brief summary is located below each resource.

Again, this is not an exclusive list, as I’m quite sure there are other resources out there that can guide you as well. If you know of a good source of survival gun information let me know and I will add it. This list will be constantly updated when new and helpful resources are identified. Go ahead and dive into the best survival gun resources below.

Survival Guns In General

Boston’s Gun Bible – Boston T. Party
“I will save you a bit of reading, in case you are in a hurry, and just tell you now to buy this book. If you want to know more before spending $33.00 on improving your shooting, collecting and other gun skills, read on.” It’s on sale now for $21.78.

Four Survival Guns –
A reader in Alaska living the wilderness lifestyle offers some practical recommendations.

Survival Gun Selection – Survival Blog
Long post but worth the read if you aren’t knowledgeable about what you need.

Guns Not to Buy For Survival – M.D. Creekmore
Manufacturers the author advises to avoid. He’s personally used them all so he has firsthand knowledge. Some people in the comments disagree with some he listed. I’d take his advice if you haven’t bought one yet.

3 Weapons Every Prepper Needs –
There are 3 weapons that every prepper should own. According to the author they include a .22 rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a 30-30 rifle.

Top Ten BEST Guns for Survival – SHTF Blog
I remember reading this post a couple of years ago. I’ll probably never have #10, but I am an owner of #1.

What’s the Best Survival Weapon? – Field & Stream
The author tested two different approaches to the survival question. The Henry U.S. Survival Gun and the .350 Remington Magnum.

40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms – ITS Tactical
Just what the title implies. An awesome and sometimes humorous list. Guys might have a hard time with #17.

The Minimal Survival Firearms Battery – TEOTWAWKI Blog
The “must haves” for a survival firearms battery. Includes a defensive handgun, easily concealable handgun, fighting rifle, small game gun, and a big game/long range rifle. Each serve a specific purpose and there’s nothing wrong with having more or, like most of us, less.

Build an Arsenal You Can Be Proud Of – M.D. Creekmore
Building a survival arsenal based on various budgets. 5 entertainingly descriptive income groups are displayed with list of specific guns that would fit that budget. Wish I was part of the “Yuppie Survival” group.

Thinking Through Bug Out Bag Firearms – Suburban Survivalist
Questions to ask when considering a BOB firearm. Where will you need the firearm? What else do you need to carry? What are you comfortable with? What do you have and what can you get?

Firearms 101: Q&A With BadVooDooDaddy – Backdoor Survival
BadVooDooDaddy is a former small weapons specialist on a spec ops team. He answers general question from a self-described firearms and self-defense newbie.

The Right Gun for Survival or Emergency Situations – Survival News Online
Get one that suits you best. Considerations include purpose, versatility, specialization, modularity, and availability. If you can only get one, get a shotgun. Next buy a rifle. He also discusses handguns and makes recommendations for each type of gun. Also includes videos.

What You Should Know About Survival Gun Selection – M.D. Creekmore
What is the perfect survival gun? There isn’t one. He recommends starting with a .22 rifle. He also discusses and makes recommendations for survival shotguns, handguns, centerfire rifles, bolt action rifles, and air rifles.

The Survival Arsenal – the Pistol, the Shotgun and the Rifle – Stealth Survival
“If your budget allows, a pistol, a shotgun and a rifle that is suitable for use by each member of your family will form a solid foundation for a survival arsenal.”

Survival Shotguns

Recommendations on a 20 Gauge Shotgun? – Survival Blog
A reader asks for recommendations on a good 20 gauge shotgun. JWR replies that he recommends a 12 gauge over a 20 because 12 gauge shells are easier to find and they pack more punch. He prefers pump action, specifically recommending a Remington Model 870. He also recommends some accessories.

How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun – The Art of Manliness (Creek Stewart)
Creek built a survival kit using a shotgun platform to create the ultimate survival shotgun. Everything had to be included in or on the gun itself. This is the result.

Survival Shotgun (8 Part Series) – Survival Cache
An eight part series on the survival shotgun, a valuable tool that should be in everyone’s survival arsenal.
1. 6 Reasons You Need One
2. Choosing Gauge and Type
3. Choosing the Gun
4. Understanding Loads
5. Myths Explained
6. Cleaning and Maintenance
7. Accessories You Actually Need
8. Mossberg M500SP Loadout

Survival Rifles

On Battle Rifles – TEOTWAWKI Blog
Discusses the arguments surrounding the benefits and tradeoffs of the 5.56 and the .308. Ultimately there is no perfect rifle. If you want to be able to do it all you’ll have to have more than one rifle in your arsenal.

Rossi Rio Grande .30-30 – Survival Blog
This rifle offer accuracy, performance and practicality for a lifetime of shooting. A lever-action gun does have its limitations like slow to load and limited ammo carrying ability. Overall, for a close range, .30-30 lever-action rifle to supplement your hunting arsenal, the Rossi Rio Grande is a gun you should look at.

Which .308 Battle Rifle? – Survival Blog
“To re-iterate: I consider the L1A1, FAL, HK-91, M1A, and the new production AR-10 variants all roughly comparable in terms of reliability and putting lead down range.”

AK-47 vs. AK-47 vs. AK-47 – Survival Blog
The author personally tested 4 different AK-47s and gives you the results based on his experience.

My Take: The Ruger Mini-14 – TEOTWAWKI Blog
Pros and Cons of the Ruger Mini-14. “Like all weapons, the Mini-14 has its trade offs, but in the end, it’s an affordable, politically correct-looking semiautomatic rifle that fires the same .223/5.56mm cartridge as the AR-15. It is a totally valid choice for a vehicle weapon, knock-around gun, varmint/hunting gun, home defense rifle or SHTF carbine.”

Winchester Trapper in .357 Magnum – Bug out Survival
“While I would still choose a compact .22 if I could only take one firearm for wilderness survival purposes, if at all possible, this handy little levergun will go along as well.”

Some Thoughts on Bug Out Firearms – Bug Out Survival (.22 Rifles)
“If I could take only one gun that would have to do for everything, it would probably be one of my .22 rifles.”

The Ultimate Survival Firearm (Ruger 10/22) – Tactical Intelligence
From a wilderness survival perspective the author feels like a 22 LR rifle, specifically the Ruger 10/22 is the best option. It’s reliable, cheap, the ammo is cheap, the ammo is light, they’re relatively quiet, very accurate, and easy to store and maintain.

The Ruger 10/22 Rifle: A Survival Cameleon – Creek Stewart
If Creek only had 1 survival rifle it would be the Ruger 10/22.

30-30 Winchester – Is it the Best Survival Gun? –
The perfect survival gun is the one you have on you during a survival situation, but the author explains why he would choose the Marlin 30-30 if given the choice.

Survival Gear Review: M6 Scout Survival Rifle – Survival Cache
“Maybe I should not even refer to this as a survival weapon but more of a survival tool, because that is exactly what it is.”

The Best Autoloading .22s – Cheaper Than Dirt
Covers the Marlin Model 60, Browning SA-22, Remington Model 597, Mossberg 702, and the Ruger 10/22 Carbine

The Best Survival Carbine (AR Style Rifle) (8 Part Series) – Survival Cache
An eight part in depth look at the survival carbine.
1. A Little Background
2. History
3. Direct Gas Impingement vs. Gas Piston Operated
4. Build Options
5. Commercially Available Direct Gas Impingement Systems
6. Commercially Available Gas Piston Systems
7. Ammo
8. The Conclusion


Don’t Pay a Fortune for an AR-15 – M.D. Creekmore
“With a little knowledge and patience, you can build your own rifle for half or less than a new name brand AR/M4 costs. It’s completely legal, not difficult and I’ve had no problems with any of the guns I’ve built.”

Why the AR-15 is the Best SHTF Gun (Part 1) – SHTF Blog
Ranger Man explains why he crowned the AR-15 as the best gun for when the SHTF.

Why the AR-15 is the Best SHTF Gun (Part 2) – SHTF Blog
Part 2 further explains the advantages of the AR-15 over alternatives, including size, weight, modularity, and commonality.

CMMG AR-15 M4 .22lr Conversion Kit Review – SHTF Blog
This article reviews a conversion kit for your AR-15 that will save you money on ammo used for practice.

DIY AR-15 Build: Introduction, Parts and Tools Required – ITS Tactical
A comprehensive guide to building your own AR, with laws surrounding the topic, parts, and tools required.

AR-15 Build Video Series – Gun Holsters and Gear
This post highlights the series linked above from ITS Tactical. Check out the rest of the website as it has some great content as well.

AR-7 Survival Rifle

My First Rifle (U.S. Survival AR-7) – The Apartment Prepper’s Blog
Why they choose this rifle over some alternatives? Portability, ease of use, and lightweight. Admit that there are better alternatives but none that are as convenient.

U.S. Survival AR-7 – Henry
From the source.

U.S. Survival Rifle – Henry Repeating Arms – The Packing Rat
A review of his purchase and a trip to the range. Follow the links at the top of the page for a more in depth analysis.

Survival Handguns

What Is the Best Survival Handgun – M.D. Creekmore
The best handgun is one that you can hit your target with. Discusses various factors to consider when deciding on one for you.

“Doug Carlton” on Concealed Carry – Survival Blog
Having carried concealed on a daily basis for the last 20 years, the author gives his practical no-nonsense advice on concealed carry.

The Best SHTF Gun Finally Revealed! – M.D. Creekmore
Since it’s in this section it’s obviously a handgun. To win a fight you must have a gun and carrying anything other than a handgun at all times isn’t practical in most situations.

The Ins and Outs of Handgun Selection – The Survival Podcast
Just what the title implies, a podcast about handgun selection.

Choosing a Handgun for Everyday Carry – Survival Topics
Must be easy to carry, easy to conceal, reliable, and a common caliber that is also proven. His choice? The Kahr P9.

Review: Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 – M.D. Creekmore
“I would rather have a small 380 on my person when attacked than a M1 tank stashed away at my home or retreat where I couldn’t get to it.”

The Perfect Bugout Handgun – Glock 21SF – Survival News Online
Awesome video review where SnoMan compares the Glock 21 and the Glock 21SF. He talks about why he prefers the SF version. He also writes about general Glock features and the safe-action trigger.

What You Should Know About the Glock 19 – M.D. Creekmore
Everyone’s perfect handgun will differ but for the author it’s the Glock 19. It’s small enough for everyday concealed carry, yet it offers the accuracy and magazine capacity of a full size weapon.

Survival Guns For Women

Survival Guns for Women – M.D. Creekmore
Some women tend to be intimidated by firearms and get lost in the vast amount of choices available. If you have no experience get some training from a knowledgeable friend or family member, hunter safety courses, or required classes for obtaining carry permits. A couple of books are recommended and he discusses topics including Fit and Feel, Revolver or Semi-Auto, Bringing Enough Gun, and Weight and Size. You don’t need a man for protection, you can defend yourself with training and the proper tools.

My First Day of Concealed Carry – The Survival Mom
The Mom talks about why she got a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit, how her family became adept at handling guns, how she get her CCW, and how she felt the first time she decided to “carry” on a trip out of town with her daughter.

Two Things My Kids Know About Guns – The Survival Mom
#1 A gun is no big deal. “In addition to training and practice, our guns are kept secured in a safe place away from the kids.  We believe in layers of security, and education is just one layer.”
#2 A gun is a huge deal! “As parents, we increase the chances our kids will do the smart thing and stay safe when there’s a gun around when we train, educate and remind, remind, remind.”

Just for Women: 23 Truths About Firearms – The Survival Mom
23 practical tips for women and firearms. #7 “Don’t fall into the trap of buying the smallest gun at the store.  Believe it or not, a larger gun will be more comfortable and accurate to shoot.”

Handgun Reviews for Women: Which .22 is the Best? Part 1 – The Survival Mom
The Mom loves shooting .22 handguns and tell of what she liked and disliked from a women’s perspective about two .22 handguns, the Walther P22 and the Ruger Mark III, 22 LR.

Handgun Reviews for Women, Part 2: the Sig Mosquito – The Survival Mom
If you want a handgun that has a solid feel and quality appearance, has the Sig Sauer brand name, and is good, most of the time, the Sig Mosquito is a good choice.

Guns for Senior Citizens

Guns for Senior Citizens – Cheaper Than Dirt
Recommends the Glock 26 in 9mm, Kel-Tec P32, Kahr Arms PM9 and MK9, SIG Sauer P239, S&W J-Frame revolvers, and Full-sized .357 Magnum revolvers.

Survival Guns on a Budget

The Budget AR-15 Rifle – TEOTWAWKI Blog
AR-15s are often perceived to be expensive and therefore excluded from survival preps, but there are also cost effective solutions for preppers with a tight budget.

Shooting on a Shoestring – Survival Blog
“Finding great self-defense weapons on a tight budget can be a challenge. There are tons of tactical weapons out there, but if you’re like a lot of us, the trick is finding something that you can afford.  If you’re one of those folks – this guide is for you.”

Poor Man’s Survival Arsenal – M.D. Creekmore
Separate your needs from your wants and then you can make frugal choices in regard to your survival firearms. He suggests three low cost and reliable weapons including the Russian Mosin Nagant 91 rifle, a Single Shot .12 gauge shotgun, and a S&W Model 10 revolver.

Poor Man’s Arsenal Revisited – M.D. Creekmore
After reader suggestions, and working with a $1000 budget, he wrote an update to the original above and makes it clear that he was only making recommendations for those on a strict budget, not the end all to choosing guns. In this budget arsenal he includes the Short Mag Lee-Enfield Mk I, II, and III, the Mossberg Maverick 88, the S&W Model 10 or Taurus Model 82, and the Ruger 10/22.

Advice on Guns Priced $100 or Less M.D. Creekmore
A reader asks where he can buy a shotgun or rifle for under $100 and Mr. Creekmore informs us that the choices are obviously limited. His recommendations are used single shot break-action shotguns, Russian Mosin Nagant, Russian M1895 Nagant Revolver, and if you’re lucky a used Marlin Model 60.

Guns on a Budget, Shoestring Survivalism – Today’s Survival Show
A podcast covering practical ideas on firearms, buying firearms economically, considerations to make, where to find deals on guns and ammo, what type of accessories and replacement parts you need, and holsters and slings.

Winning Tactics To Avoid Getting Ripped Off at the Gun Shop – M.D. Creekmore
Mr. Creekmore advises that the best way to avoid getting ripped off is to buy smart and outlines 7 ways in which you can become a more knowledgeable purchaser of firearms. They include doing research, knowing what you want, what you want the firearm for, there’s no do everything firearm, price doesn’t always mean quality, body fit and feel, and taking a class.

Survival Pellet Guns

Airguns for Survival – Survival Blog
An air rifle or pistol can be useful in collecting game. Key advantages include accuracy, inexpensive, convenient, stealthy report, easy to shoot well, ease of maintenance, and reliability.

Pellet Guns, Not Just For Kids Anymore – Survival Cache
Why a Pellet Gun? No restrictions on open carry in most areas, much more quiet than a regular rifle, and pellet guns and ammo are cheap. Topics discussed include whether a pellet gun is a deterrent, different configurations, ammunition diversity, history, and notable brands. It’s not the ultimate survival weapon, but has its advantages.

Why Every Prepper Needs a Survival Pellet Rifle – SHTF Blog
Why would you need a survival pellet rifle? It will quietly dispatch small animals and you can cheaply stock a lot of pellets for a long-term survival situation. Other reasons for owning a pellet gun include Convenient Shooting Practice, Low Cost Practice, Quiet Practice, Regulation Friendly, and Save Wear and Tear on Firearms.

4 Reasons to Add a Pellet Air Gun to Your Survival Gun Arsenal – Creek Stewart
Excellent Small Game Hunter, Cheap Ammo, Silent Shooter, and Powered By Air. Creek suggests a pump or break-barrel so you can manually charge your air chamber so not to be dependent on other air supply products.

Survival Firearms Podcasts

Rifles, Shotguns and Handguns for Modern Survival – The Survival Podcast
Here why there is no perfect gun for every situation. Shotgun thoughts include the single shot, pump action, double guns, and semi autos. Rifle thoughts include the break action single shot, levers and pumps, bolt action, and semi autos (ARs and AKs). Handgun thoughts include why the revolver is a solid choice, you don’t have to have a Glock, what you carry is a personal choice, and hunting with handguns.

Guest Host Chip Monk on Survival Firearms – The Survival Podcast
Long podcast covering firearms for TEOTWAWKI.

Solid Values in Firearms for the Survival Minded Individual – The Survival Podcast
Thoughts on what he feels are some of the best values in firearms today for collecting, self defense, and hunting.

Thoughts on Basic Survival Firearms – The Survival Podcast
Thoughts on the basic assortment of survival or home defense firearms.