I decided to write an article identifying and singing the praises of the ten best survival rifles to own. And that’s what the title says at the top of this article.
That being said, listing the 10 “best survival rifles” requires real compromises. It’s a cold hard fact that a single perfect survival rifle doesn’t exist. There are too many unique survival scenarios to consider.
Plus, owning ten survival rifles won’t do you much good, unless you have a very large family or a caddy to carry all your guns. So I decided to fight conventional wisdom and focus primarily on the top five (or what I consider the best of each survival category) and then give you five runner-ups.
But again, let me be crystal clear. One weapon can’t do it all and ten options leave a lot of room for less than stellar performance in various roles. It’s sort of like expecting a dump truck to accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in 4 seconds. In the right application, a dump truck is extremely useful, just not when acceleration is the goal.
The bottom line is survival situations vary, as well as the tasks required of your survival firearms. So what are the roles we expect out survival rifles to play?
I like to break down the main survival tasks into 5 broad categories:
- Hunting Small game
- Hunting Large game
- Perimeter-defense beyond 200 yards
- Self-defense inside 200 yards
- Self-defense in close quarters
So let’s take a look at each task and the best survival rifles to accomplish them.