Shy WolfOctober 27, 2010 at 4:25 PMThanks to the Cowboy Shooting sport, these little levers are becoming quite prolific and popular. Whether you are prepping for the zombie apocalypse or the aftermath of a hurricane, self-defense is an important aspect of surviving any disaster. However, a rifle should only be part of what many preppers refer to as a layered defense system. Though handguns and shotguns are also to be considered, a rifle will give you the most versatility for handling a variety of post-disaster needs from hunting to perimeter security.
Ultimately, the choice comes down to your own personal preferences and needs, as there is no such thing as the perfect survival rifle. The semi-automatic AR-15 was designed by Armalite, who then sold the design to Colt in the early 1960s. One of the best start-up AR-15s for survival purposes is the DPMS Sportical, which will only set you back about $700. The rifle has seen action all around the globe and is praised for its ability to withstand use and abuse in nearly any terrain, conditions, or combat scenario.
That’s because unlike most modern-day tactical rifles, the 60-year old design of the AK employs loosely fitting moving parts that give it the ability to sustain abuse. Though AK-47 is commonly considered a “bad guy” gun, the stereotype attached to it in normal times may come as an advantage during a disaster. Designed as a more compact and lightweighted version of the M1 Garand, a WWII infantry staple, the M1 Carbine was an incredibly versatile rifle that had high effect and tremendous accuracy, especially at mid-range. A modern take on the M1 Carbine, the AOM130, is available from Auto Ordinance for about $800.
Unfortunately, the original models from WWII and Korea are getting harder to come by, which is unfortunate given the fact that even the old ones are still battle-ready anytime. One of the biggest advantages of a .22-rimfire long rifle is the abundance and affordability of ammunition. In addition to its sheer stopping power, the rifle classic employs a classic walnut and stainless steel design that’s both aesthetically pleasing and practical for battling against corrosion in rough weather.
The gun needed to be compact, lightweighted, and capable of taking down both wild game and enemy combatants with reliability and accuracy. To that tune, the US military adopted the Springfield Armory M6 Scout as their rifle of choice for aircraft pilots. Though the Scout could still be considered a good survival rifle today, a more modern take on the survival rifle can be found in the form of the Henry Arms AR-7. The rifle comes with two 8-round magazines for chambering .22 LR ammunition, which is one of the best and most readily available all-purpose survival rounds. The rifles featured above by no means constitute a comprehensive list of the best all-purpose survival rifles.
If you want to have the best chances of surviving a disaster scenario you must equip yourself with a firearm that you feel comfortable shooting at both two-legged and four-legged targets to protect and provide for yourself. The selections above were chosen for their popularity, versatility, affordability, and ability to be handled by shooters of all levels. From surviving natural disasters, nuclear wars, and shipwrecks to sci-fi alien invasions and zombie plagues, survival movies cover a wide range of genres. Alive – Based on the real life events of a Uruguayan rugby team that crash landed in the Andes.
The Snow Walker – Story of a couple who crashes in the Alaskan wilderness hundreds of miles from civilization and has to do what they can to survive. The Donner Party – Based on the real life events of a group of pioneers who get stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains and resort to cannibalism to survive.
Into the Wild – The real life story of Christopher McCandless, a man who shunned society and went off into the wilderness in search of adventure.
Jeremiah Johnson – Robert Redford stars in the adventure Jeremiah Johnson, a movie about a trapper who learns to survive as a mountain man in the wilderness. Man in the Wilderness – An abandoned fur trapper fights to survive after being injured and left for dead in the wilderness.
Robinson Crusoe – Pierce Brosnan stars in the big screen version of Robinson Crusoe, a movie that is very loosely based on the classic novel. Seven Alone – The true story of seven children who journey out on the Oregon trail after their parents die.
The Edge –A  After crashing in the Wild Alaskan wilderness, two men find themselves teamed up against a giant Kodiak bear in a brutal struggle for survival. Cast Away a€“ One man’s story of survival after crash landing near a deserted island. Lord of the Flies – After their plane crashes into the sea, a group of young military cadets bands to together after becoming marooned on a remote deserted island.
The Omega Man – The Omega Man stars Charlton Heston in the 2nd on-screen adaptation of the classic novel, I am Legend. Zombieland -Columbus, a panicky college student has managed to survive a zombie virus by creating his rules for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price stars in the first big screen version of Richard Matheson classic, I am Legend. 28 Days Later – A patient awakens from a coma to find a world filled with vicious Zombies. The Book of Eli -This story takes place 30 years after war has destroyed the world, and left it completely unrecognizable. The Road – The big screen version of Cormac McCarthya€™s best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road. Waterworld– Waterworld is a post-apocalypse future where the world has been covered by water. The Postman – Set in a post-apocalyptic future, after war has destroyed the government, a wandering loner becomes the symbol of resistance. Mad Max -The end of the oil age is here and civilization has started to break down, in the first of the Mad Max series. The Road Warrior – In a post-nuclear war world, a loner fights against other survivors in search of gasoline.
Panic In Year Zero – A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. 20 Years After – A Post-Apocalyptic story of a young woman who finds herself on a journey to deliver the first child to be born in over 15 years. Children of Men – Children of Men is a story where humans have become infertile in a world filled with terror and nuclear fallout. Reign of Fire – A Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi adventure, where man is driven into hiding when a boy unknowingly releases dragons back into the world.
Defiance – Based on the real life story of the Bielski brothers, Defiance tells the tale of a group of brothers who fled in the woods after Nazis killed their parents. Red Dawn – The invasion of the United States has begun and eight teens escape into the mountains of Colorado and prepare to wage guerrilla war against the Russians.
RED DAWN – 2012 Remake where a group of teenagers have to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. Rescue Dawn – The true story of a US fighter pilot who is shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. Cloverfield – Five young New Yorkers document their attempt to survive as a huge creature attacks the city. The Day After Tomorrow – Global warming plunges the world into an instant Ice Age that causes super storms, chaos, and death throughout the world.
Armageddon -A group of oil riggers are sent into space to save the world from a giant meteor.
2012 – To be honest I thought this movie kind of sucked, the only reason I put it on the list is because a few readers emailed me telling me how great it was.
Shipwrecked -A Disney Classic that includes a shipwreck, pirates, and a boy who must survive alone on a jungle island.


Wilderness Family Trilogy– The adventures of a modern family who leaves the big city for a life in the mountains. Swiss Family Robinson – Disneya€™s big screen version of the classic novel, Swiss Family Robinson.
Lost in the Barrens – An orphaned teen is sent to live with his Uncle in the wilderness. Touching the Void – An amazing story of survival about a mountaineers attempt to survive and return to base camp. The Mountain Men – A movie about the life of a couple of fur trappers in the Rockies.
Alone in the Wilderness – Alone in the Wilderness is probably one of the best wilderness survival documentarya€™s ever made. The Flight of the Phoenix – A military plane crashes in the desert and the survivors must fix it before all the crew members die. Rambo – The most brutal and realistic of the series, Vietnam Vet John Rambo ends up living in Southeastern Asia near Burma and is forced back into action to save a group of American missionaries. Sunshine – A crew of seven astronauts is sent on a mission to re-ignite the dying sun.
Open Water – Based on a true story of a couple who is abandoned at sea and must survive in shark infested waters. The Grapes of Wrath – An American Film Classic, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of a family who treks across the country to escape the dust bowl in hopes of reaching the promised land of California. The Grey – After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survive, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.
My only problem with this list is Christopher McCandless dies out there so it’s really not a survival story at all.
When it became evident to my wife and me what it was (about half way thru), we left and demanded our money back. THAT SAID, I have one HUGE problem, and that is the description, or even inclusion of, White Fang, the famous novel by Jack London.
Home Alone, and it’s sequels are definite classics on urban survival techniques, and bugging in.
95% of all survival rescues take place in the first 72 hours of any survival situation; most of those rescues take place when the person stayed in one spot.
If you have bright colored reflective objects or clothing, use it to build a signal device. Your main objective is to make yourself, and the area around you stand out from the rest of the environment. If you feel you have no other options, leave only when you are absolutely sure that there’s no chance of rescue. I think it’s so funny that Bear Grylls and every other Survivalist guy on tv leads his or her faithful viewers to believe the opposite and go walking through the woods trying to find civilization. Fire will be your source of heat and also your means of cooking your food if you’re stranded.
The two most common reasons people need survival gear is because they’re lost or injured, so pack a small first-aid kit. An absolute must in survival gear, parachute cord—also known as paracord—is a lightweight cord (really a bunch of cords). When surviving in the wild, the last thing you need is getting sick from drinking contaminated water.
You can’t pack enough food with you to survive weeks lost in the wilderness, but even a small stash of food can help.
Hopefully, you’ll never need to use your wilderness survival gear, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution and be prepared in case you do get lost. Legendary survivalist and bushmaster Mors Kochanski has produced a video detailing one of the best wilderness survival kit we have ever seen. If there is any space left, Take a double stuffed jacket and stuff it to fill the remaining of the pot. Hunting and killing large man-eating grub worms was my 2nd pick only to SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR when it came to my choice of careers.
I wanted a dirt bike for years after watching Rambo tear through creeks and fields running from the law on this 250. Yes, the EM-50 Urban Assault RV from the Movie STRIPES with Bill Murray was always one of my favorites! First off, I owned a video store for 22 years and have always loved movies, but this is one of the most fun and innovative articles related to movies I have read in a while.
Mint Creek!Just saw this on Lew Rockewell,one of my favorite sites,will be seeing him speak at Freedom Fest in N.H.
As a Ford employee I am admittedly biased, but if I had to pick a BOV (though not in any movie yet), I'd go with a fully loaded Ford F-150 Raptor. The last three fixers I hauled were push start, the keys are only for the locking glovebox. A dozer would work in a pinch, though not as much space to haul scrounge goods and not as easy for non operators to figure out how to use. It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this site, i am visiting this site dailly and obtain pleasant facts from here everyday.
It doesn’t matter if you are bugging out or sheltering, your need to arm yourself with a variety of weaponry, self-defense skills and training is the same.
However, the options and varieties when it comes to choosing a survival rifles are nearly endless and even the most avid shooters and preppers struggle to choose a favorite. Below we will feature a handful of rifles that are commonly considered to be among the best all-purpose firearms to have on hand when SHTF.
AR-15 – The AR-15, which is manufactured by dozens of individual companies and comes in a variety of styles, is one of the most widely used rifles in the world.
The updated fully-automatic Colt AR-15 became the standard infantry weapon of the US Military and has since become a favorite in military, law enforcement, and civilian communities alike.
Both Armalite and Colt still produce semi-automatic versions of the AR for civilian purchase, but other popular manufacturers include DPMS, Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Bushmaster. AK-47 – Like the AR-15, the AK-47 is one of the most popular rifles in the world, and easily one of the most widely recognized. An AK-47 can be submerged in water or mud, go through a sandstorm, or fall off a cliff and still fire without fail. The tradeoff is relatively mediocre accuracy, but a 30-round magazine of 7.62x39mm rounds should be more than enough to hit your target in a survival standoff. M1 Carbine – Though it hasn’t seen active duty in combat since Vietnam, the M1 Carbine was for years considered to be one of the best combat rifles in the world. The standard comes with a 15-round magazine of .30-caliber rounds, which aren’t the best for taking down targets at a distance, but serve their purpose at closer ranges and in hunting scenarios. The rifle, made in the USA at Kahr Arm’s Worcester, MA plant, weighs in at just 5.4-pounds and features an 18-inch barrel and traditional walnut stock. However, .30-caliber ammo is becoming increasingly more expensive and harder to come across giving the M1 Carbine what is probably its only disadvantage as a modern-day survival rifle. The .22-caliber rimfire ammunition doesn’t deliver any kickback or recoil, but can hit targets at 100-yards with deadly precision and ease. This will allow you to enjoy endless days of target shooting before SHTF and the opportunity to stockpile plenty of backup rounds to have on hand when disaster strikes. Marlin 1985 GS – If you want a compact rifle with big stopping power that will take down nearly any type of game in any kind of whether, look no further than the lever-action Marlin 1985 GS.
Whether you’re up against a mob of angry looters, zombies, or a wild bear, the Marlin 1985 GS will have no problem mowing down anything in its path.
The rifle starts at about $650, a reasonable price to pay for a rifle that’s guaranteed to put food on the table and stop enemies in their tracks when the going gets rough.


Henry Arms AR-7 – The term “survival rifle” was originally designated for those guns designed to be carried in the cockpits of military aircraft when a pilot was shot down in enemy territory. The AR-7 weighs a mere 3.5-pounds and measures just 16-5-inches when broken down, making it ideal for concealed carry in a bug out bag, vehicle, or even underneath your jacket. The gun will only cost you about $280 and can serve as either your primary or backup survival rifle.
There is a nearly unlimited array of options to choose from, each of which have their advocates and serve various needs in the military, law enforcement, hunting, and target shooting community. The choice comes down to you, but in the end the best survival rifle is the one you have with you, the one you have ammo for, and the one you’re trained to shoot effectively. He is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades and his work can be found across the web on several survival, outdoor, and lifestyle blogs. The movie gives a chilling look into what can go wrong when an unprepared person tries to take on nature.
Crusoe is the only survivor of a shipwreck and has to survive on a deserted tropical island.
He teams up with a real zombie killing badass named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) for what is probably one of the funniest Zombie movies ever made. Will Smith plays a military scientist who is left alone in Manhattan after trying to discover a cure for a virus that turned everyone into demented zombies. Just when the virus is thought to be contained, a carrier accidentally spreads the deadly infection and wreaks havoc on everyone. The new world is filled with roaming gangs who have destroyed all the world’s book, A in an attempt to control whoever is left. The Road is a dark and disturbing post-apocalyptic story of survival that shows a father and son’s journey across a destroyed America.
The story is about a few who cling to the hope of finding dry land to ensure the survival of the human race. A A small group journeys through an urban landscape filled with vicious urban fighting to protect a lone pregnant women and save the human race. They formed a resistance movement and cared for over 1200 people in makeshift villages that they built throughout the forest.
Allison – WWII story of survival featuring a marine who becomes stranded with nun on an island swarming with Japanese soldiers.
Government discovers that the eartha€™s core has stalled and the survival of mankind could be at stake.
The government builds caves to prevent the extinction of mankind and a group of astronauts is sent to destroy the comet with nuclear weapons. Swiss Family Robinson is the story of a family who must build a new life after becoming shipwrecked on a deserted island.
The movie shows Richard Louis a€?Dicka€? Proenneke, a naturalist and survivalist living alone high in the mountains of Alaska at a place called Twin Lakes. This movie is pure brutality, and is not for those who get squeamish at the site of blood and guts! I thought I knew about all the survival movies what were out there but there are a number of them that I have never heard of.
I don’t know if your smoking crack but you need to put it down, pick up the marijuana and watch Waterworld again because it is one of the greatest movies of all time and Does belong on this list along with postman. Not only is that description not anything resembling the book, if that is what the movie is about, then every copy of it should be destroyed, burned, deleted, and generally wiped out of existence! The more energy you exert, the more you put yourself at risk for succumbing to the elements. Making sure you have the right survival gear will increase your chances of getting out alive should the worst happen. If its the end of the world (the Plague, the Bomb, Aliens, Ect) then make it an older diesel 4 WD pickup, the older non electronic engines will run on heating oil spihoned out of any exterior abandoned home tank, and you can blend in pretty much any thing that will burn, (motor oil, ATF, cooking oil). History has proven the rifle to be the best all-purpose firearm to face a variety of combat and self-defense scenarios. With that said, if you could have only one firearm in a survival situation it should be a quality rifle.
Like most ARs, it can be upgraded with an endless array of accessories to suit your post-disaster survival needs.
If not, the sheer intimidation of the gun’s appearance and rate of fire will be enough to send a clear message to your attacker not to mess with you.
AKs are great considerations for preppers on a budget who want to send a clear message to anyone who tries to harm them when SHTF. Others believe basic is better and consider the .22-caliber Long Rifle (LR) to be the best and the only rifle you need to survive any disaster.
The carbine-style rifle comes in stock with a 10-round rotary magazine that sits flush with the stock of the gun, helping to give it a lower profile and more comfortable carry. Fortunately, ammo costs shouldn’t be much of a concern to begin with, as the gun itself will only set you back a couple hundred bucks.
Despite the appearance of a menacing big-game hunter, which is indeed, the 1985 GS only measures 37-inches overall and weighs just 7-pounds.
Uncover the secrets of what caused Oceanic 815 to crash and experience their incredible journey as they battle to survive and rewrite their own fate. The Book of Eli is the story of one man who is on a mission to revitalize a lost society, in a post-apocalyptic world. The film is a classic sci-fi movie and won A the Academy Award for Best Special Effects in 1953. The best thing you can do is realize that rescue is probably on the way, and then find a way to make yourself as visible as possible to the search and rescue teams. Before you set out on a hike, particularly one far from civilization, make sure you have the best gear for deep wilderness survival.
Look for a knife with one solid, fixed blade, so the metal extends all the way through the handle.
His character had lovingly restored and tricked out a black F-100 that was absolutely beautiful and then messed it up trying to escape an ambush from his former team member.
From there you can customize and accessorize your Ruger to suit your specific survival needs. One foolproof method is a flint and steel because it isn’t affected by moisture like matches doesn’t require fuel like a lighter. Uses are pretty much limitless, but you’ll find it invaluable when building shelters or hunting. Or you can pack something to use for boiling water over a fire—another great way to purify it. Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own personal site and would love to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is called.
These small, thin reflective blankets can really save your life if the weather gets too cold. The smaller interior strands can be used for a variety of survival tasks, such as building snares or even for starting a fire. Though the DeLorean Time Travel car in the movie might get you out of dodge quicker, it needs a long straight path and you may not get that in the midst of a disaster Bug Out.
Maybe I will make another recipe of Black Bean Brownie just to go with one of these tonight.



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