Survival Guns and Ammo

Guns and AmmoImportant Tools – Survival Guns and Ammo

Guns and ammo for survival when used safely and effectively can mean the difference between finding food and protecting yourself and your property in a survival situation. Firearms provide distinct advantages over more traditional weapons. They allow the user greater distance between them self and a target. This provides an increased margin of safety from being injured or killed. Survival guns and ammo are a strong deterrent to people that may be intent on stealing your supplies or otherwise harming you or your family.

Different Uses in Survival Scenarios

  1. Hunting – When there is an opportunity to hunt for food, it is imperative that you take it. Why waste food stores if you can live off the land? Guns provide great advantage in hunting game. They allow you to maintain a safe distance from the animals you hunt.  Guns are also more effective at killing your prey on the first shot. This reduces the chance of injuring or maiming the animals you hunt.
  2. Security and Defense – Firearms are effective tools for personal and home security/defense. When resources are scarce, those that are unprepared will be looking for food, water and other necessities. Firearms are an effective way to deter would-be looters and thieves.  As a last resort, firearms can be used to protect yourself, family, and your supplies.

Responsible gun use

Survival Tactics NOW promotes safe, responsible use of firearms. It is vital that gun owners recognize the inherent responsibility to keep guns and ammunition away from people that are not allowed to own or possess them. Prevent unintended consequences by securing guns and ammunition to prevent misuse or theft. Before using any firearm, obtain adequate training.

Rules for Handling Guns and Ammo

  1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything or anyone that you DO NOT intend to shoot, kill or destroy.
  3. Keep the SAFETY ON and finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond (behind).  Bullets travel long distances. They don’t usually stop after impact with the first target.

Ammunition (Ammo) Considerations

When considering pistols or rifles to purchase it is important to also consider the availability, use and practicality of the ammunition they require. In recent years, calibers that were once readily available at reasonable prices are now scarce. Ammo that is readily available in common calibers and relatively inexpensive are an obvious first pick.

When considering survival guns and ammo, you will want to practice and maintain your marksmanship skills regularly.  It is likely that you will put several hundred rounds of  ammo down range before reaching a level of proficiency and confidence that is required to be an effective marksman.

Using obscure calibers and loads can quickly increase your out of pocket costs and may not be readily available during times of difficulty.  It is important that you practice with the ammunition that you would use in a real world crisis. In other words, we train how we fight. While reloading may be more economical to some extent, it requires a level of skill and precision not possessed by most amateurs and can be unreliable at best if not done by a professional. The last place you want to find yourself in a gunfight, is with bullets that won’t shoot.