Good Survival Rifles

by A-Poc

Well, there are many rifles out there and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages.  It really just depends on the application you are wanting the rifle for.  We are all familiar with the standard deer rifles and their calibers such as .30-.30, .30-.06, .243, etc.  But those can also be pretty pricey.  For now in this category, I am going to stick with NATO specific calibers of rifles.  You can get the ammo cheaper, usually, and some of the standard calibers are interchangable with them as well.  And the rifles themselves are surplus and can sometimes be found for under $100.  But good luck getting that price as of this writing…the prices seem to be sky-rocketing.

Most of the rifles below are military surplus rifles with the exception of the AR-15.  I will probably go a little more in depth with the AR-15 because I like it, and the AR-15 is based on a platform that you can basically build your own by purchasing all the individual parts and assembling your rifle however you want it.

So on to the rifles.

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Pat January 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Folks,

You’ve got some good choices here; I own one of the above recommendations and have some experience with the others.

Let me recommend one more big gun, and maybe more important, a .22lr.

First for a big gun: the FN FAL, or a modern variant, such as the STG 58 from DS Arms, which can be bought for about the same price as an AR15. The FAL’s shoot the 7.62×51, which is a .308. Using the standard iron sights, I can do a 3 inch group at 100 yards…not great, but maybe good enough to do the job. I’ll pick up a scope soon, and I expect to do much better. One big benefit of the FAL is that both FMJ and high quality hunting rounds are available. In a real survival situation, zombies aren’t the only targets; you’ll also want to eat (and zombies taste pretty rotten). You can find great military surplus FMJ (for zombies) and lots of choices of excellent hunting rounds for deer, etc. They all fires well from the STG58 version of the FAL.

Concerning food, small critters like squirrels are generally more plentiful than deer, etc. For this, I’d highly recommend a .22lr. These can be had for a very low price and ammo is dirt cheap. Having 5000 to 10000 rounds on hand costs you very little. Depending on the situation, the ability to hunt small animals may be an even better skill than taking out zombies (…trapping may be even better, but that’s for a different forum).

A-Poc January 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hey Pat,

I hadn’t looked at the FN FAL at the time of writing this but it is a great option. I especially like the caliber of this rifle. Call me a sucker for .30 or 7.62. When I get back to the gun section here, I’ll have to do a write up on it.

As far as the 22lr goes, I whole-heartedly agree. It is one thing that I planned (and still do plan) to look into for the AR-15 platform. I am in the process of building an AR with a 5.56 upper, but as soon as that is done, I am going to look into building a .22lr upper for it. Try to kill 2 birds with one stone. Trying to stick to the 72 hour survival theme of the site can get a little tricky when it comes to guns, but I am hoping that I can bridge that gap a little with the AR and different uppers.

Thanks for the great comment and I’m glad you are enjoying the site!

Military Forums April 20, 2010 at 3:14 am

Great rifles and also, it became better because of it’s cheap prices.

Eric June 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

A 22LR is a no brainer as far as I am concerned. As you pointer out, a guy will still need to hunt and eat. I wore mine out and will now have to buy a new one, but that is not why I am writing this. My gunsmith emailed me saying to stop on by, he had a suprise for me. We had gone back and forth between me getting an AR15, or the Keltek Sub 2000. I had wanted the Keltec due to it taking the same mags as my Glocks 9mm. I had finally decided on the AR, mainly because he couldn’t get a Keltec. To make a short story long, his supplier told him he had 2 2000’s if he wanted them. He snatched them up, so now I am the proud papa of one, he kept the other one for hinself. First thing I noticed when shooting,(I shoot into a dirt bank on my property) is the front sight is a red piece of plastic. I and about 6% of all American males are color blind. I loose the sight when aiming into the woods. I put a small drop of white paint on the top of the red sight. Maybe this will help, I’ll let you know. Also out of the box, it seems to shoot a little low and to the left. If anyone is interested, I will keep on posting about the Keltec Sub 2000.

A-Poc June 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Sweet luck on the Keltec! I can’t speak for everyone else, but I would love some updates on your thoughts on it.

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