Top 5 Survival Guns

What are you going to do when the shit hits the fan(WTSHTF)?

What weapons will you have in your armory?

These are questions that we hope to address here. Below you will find a list of the top five survival guns that you should have at your retreat before TSHTF. This list is not in any particular order.


AK 47 - Survival Guns

1. AK-47

The AK-47 has delivered more death and destruction than any other firearm on the face of the earth – And for good reason, the AK is a very well built and simple rifle that is reliable and easy to maintain. AK’s are also very affordable and the ammunition is dirt cheap in comparison to other rifle calibers.

Another great benefit to having the AK as a survival gun is because parts and ammunition are very widely used and readily available. In a post apocalyptic situation, this is definitely a weapon you want to have in your arsenal.


AR-15 Survival Guns

2. AR-15

The AR is a civilian version of the M16/M4 family of weapons that is standard issue for the U.S. military. These guns are bit more expensive but their wide use across military and law enforcement make it an obvious pick as a must have survival weapon. The Mil-Spec AR-15’s can fire both 5.56mm and .223 ammunition while the commercial AR’s are only meant to fire .223 so be sure to get a Mil-Spec weapon, it’s worth the extra couple bucks. If you’re interested in building your own AR be sure to check out


glock19 - Survival Guns

3. Glock 19

Everyone needs a good handgun for concealed carry and the 9mm Glock 19 is a perfect fit. The Glock 19 is a mid-sized compact pistol that is easy and comfortable to carry. The low recoil of 9mm and the high magazine capacity make it an excellent choice.

I can hear the bitchin’ already – “But the 9mm doesn’t have enough stopping power”


Let’s see you take a round of 9mm hydroshock and see if you want to come back for more. Don’t worry, I got 17 more of his friends standing by for you. Seriously guys, I’ve carried this weapon all over the world to include high threat areas such as Iraq. I can attest to the power of this gun.

Bonus tip: Use Glock 17 magazines to be able to carry an extra couple of rounds. Loaded to the best condition possible (one in the pipe) you have a total of 18 rounds. Oh-yeah!


m&p 15-22 - Survival Guns

4. Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 Rifle

A good gun that shoots .22 LR is imperative in a survival situation. These guns are great for shooting smaller animals and pests in the garden. I like the M&P 15-22 because it’s built like an AR-15 which means optics and other accessories are interchangeable and it‘s a really good way to get some cheap shooting practice without burning through all your spendy 5.56 and .223 ammo.

Did I mention that this thing is an absolute blast to shoot? Yeah. Anyone can afford to shoot all day with this thing.


Remington 870 - Survival Guns

5. Remington 870

Everyone should have a good 12 gauge in their home and you can never go wrong with the Remington 870. Personally I like the Benelli Supernova for a pump action 12 gauge but it’s a little more expensive and doesn’t have much for aftermarket parts. When choosing survival guns it’s important to choose guns that are popular and nothing is more popular then the Remington model 870.

Well that’s it. That is the bare bones minimum that every survivalist should have. If you work on building up an armory of these guns you will be very well off WTSHTF.

Good luck.

Let me hear some feedback about your favorite survival guns in the comment section below.

Choosing The Best Survival Guns

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Choose your weapon wisely

What is the best weapon to have for survival purposes?

Well that is a great question – And one that is not easily answered because it widely depends on where and how you live and also is a matter of personal preference and what makes you feel comfortable and safe.

For some people this may be a small handgun or revolver in a coat pocket or purse, for others it may be a fully tricked out AR-15 with all the lights, lasers, and every other gadget you can think of.

Whatever you choose, it’s important to stay within the limitations of the laws in your state. This is important and it can really be a major issue for some people. For instance, I would never recommend the widely popular AR-15 to someone who lives in the state of California. The laws in California takes away every tactical advantage that this weapon has. A new law requires that magazines have to be fixed or welded inside the gun. This would require you to break down the weapons shotgun style to do a reload. And I thought the bullet button law was bad.

With laws like these your probably best off with a Remington 870 or similar style shotgun. These are great 12 gauge shotguns that are also very affordable, they can be had for a little over 400 bucks. Personally, I like the Benelli SuperNova as a 12 gauge but these are a little more spendy and don’t have as much aftermarket components (more on this in a later post).

If you’re like me, you will want to have multiple guns because there is no one size fits all. Rifles and shotguns are great but they both have very different uses… and you’re not going to use either for concealed carry.

The biggest thing to remember is to keep it simple. Make sure you have everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Avoiding complexity will help you to be more proficient with your gun and will also save you a bit of money. Another thing to consider is ammunition… is it cheap for your preferred weapon? Is it readily available / widely used?

The following are some guns that meet the above criteria:


When it comes to pistols, it’s hard to go wrong with a Glock. These guns are extremely popular amongst shooters and are highly reliable. The Glock is also a very simple gun to shoot and maintain while remaining extremely affordable.

The most popular and recommended variations of this gun are the 9mm, .40, and .45  Personally I like the 9mm for the higher magazine capacity but many people prefer the take-down power of the .45 – the .40 would be considered a good middle ground


Any 12 gauge shotgun made by Remington, Mossberg, or Benelli would be a good choice here. Personally I like the benelli because it can shoot every size of 12 gauge shells from 2 1/4” – 3 1/2” and you have the option of getting it with a tactical pistol grip.

Some shotguns can start to get very expensive, especially once you start getting into the semi-automatic variations but below would be my recommendation for each brand. All are simple pump action 12 gauge shotguns.

-Remington 870
-Mossberg 590
-Benelli SuperNova


You have literally limitless options here but from a tactical standpoint, I would go with the AR-15 unless you live in a state with ridiculous gun laws like California.

Remember to keep it simple here because this is where it gets easy to go overboard. You can get a decent and very simple AR for about 600 bucks from Smith & Wesson but you can spend thousands more.

I like to build my own AR’s and fit them out with all the components that I want and need but that is beyond the scope of this post. Check for plenty of resources on building your own gun

Another great option for a survival rifle would be the AK-47. You can get these for about 600 bucks from Century Arms. This is not the most accurate rifle you will ever shoot but it’s simple, reliable, and has cheap and readily available ammo.