Whether you're looking for reliability, power, precision, or portability, or if you're prepping on a budget, knowing which gun to protect you and your home with could make a world of difference if SHTF. If society starts to fall apart because of a natural disaster, social upheaval, or economic collapse, having a gun to hand will probably be the best way to stake your ground and to defend your property against looters, wild animals, or other intruders who plan on doing you harm.
Because of the staggering choice of guns available, we thought we'd make it easier for you. The prepping website Survival Mastery
have recommended 6 of their favorite SHTF guns for home defense. Check out the list below.
1. Maverick 88: reliability at its best
If you are looking for a weapon that is extremely easy to operate with, charge and maintain, Maverick 88 is a great choice by all means. This classic pump master is everything a beginner could want from a gun. You could, of course, do well with other types of guns and operate single shots and automatics equally with ease, but there is basically nothing similar to a pump mechanism when it comes to operating firearms. There is a fair amount of solid good pump guns, but our choice for beginners is Maverick 88 as we’ve already mentioned it. Shotguns are basically a symbol of guns used for defense and almost everyone who knows anything about guns will recommend one of shotgun models, especially if you are new to the world of firearms. As a great addition to how easy is to operate Maverick 88, these shotguns can be found at fairly low prices, making this model one of the most affordable models available on the market.
Pros: Since Maverick 88 is a shotgun, you won’t have any troubles operating it or maintaining it that often in oppose to other types of firearms that have to be broken down and cleaned regularly. If you decide to go for Maverick 88, you are definitely choosing unquestionable reliability.
Cons: If you don’t learn how to use it properly, using this or any other shotgun might backfire and by backfire, we really mean: backfire. You certainly won’t enjoy the pain. But any gun is safe if you learn how to use it. Another thing to mention is that technique used for Maverick is not the best there is, as if you don’t operate it well, the shotgun may not fire when you need it to.
2. Beretta 92FS: a powerful choice
Enough said that the US army’s choice is precisely Beretta 92FS; and whose advice to take for buying a survival firearm than to follow up with military choice? First thing you will notice on Beretta is that its controls are extremely slick and well thought through as all controls you need, including the gun safety, are basically under your fingers and easily accessible. By having all controls greatly manufactured, you have yourself a functional gun that also looks great from aesthetically point of view. Some people take aesthetics very seriously even when it comes to firearms, and if you are one of them, it is guaranteed that you will like Beretta more than Maverick 88, although these two models are completely different from one another, both, mechanically and physically. You can easily switch to safe mode by pressing your thumb on a small button that is conveniently made to be placed underneath your thumb as you are holding Beretta. This gun even shows when the chamber is loaded, so you will certainly enjoy its controls and features.
Pros: Great looks and thoughtfully designed and manufactured mechanism. It is also very easy and simple to set the gun to safe mode and trust its safety.
Cons: Trigger might not be so easy to operate with, especially if you are a beginner and not used to this types of firearm. If you have a lack of practice when it comes to shooting, you might be surprised by how imprecise you are with Beretta.
3. Ruger 10/22 s: putting your trust in statistic’s hands
According to statistics, Ruger is one of the most popular firearms when observed globally. There had to be a good reason for its popularity and that is why we are breaking it down to see what Ruger has to offer when it comes to the defense part of your preppers plan. First thing that makes Ruger 10/22 differentiate from other firearms is the unique rotary mechanism in its magazine; and that difference is only speaking in its advantage. As confirmed by hundreds and thousands of satisfied customers, Ruger 10/22 is a way to live the dream when it comes to shooting, easily climbing up the list of top 10 best guns for home defense. It is very precise and what is also important, this gun is extremely light-weighted in oppose to what it has to offer. You can use ammo from several different manufacturers, and you should consider buying it in bulks as soon as you figure out what type of bullets suits you the best.
Pros: It is extremely quiet and easy to hold. Ruger is affordable and lethally precise firearm. Great for experienced shooters and beginners who are getting used to firearms.
Cons: You might have troubles getting used to strange looking magazine of Ruger’s round mechanism, but in case that is your first gun, every other gun you hold after getting used to this, will be simple.
4. Springfield M1A: precision of a rifle
A rifle can be your best friend once the SHTF occurs; and the thing is – there will probably come the time in that scenario when you will need to use your firearm. You can try any of the rifle models there is on the market, but our choice is Springfield M1A. First impression you will get from holding this rifle is that you have a real military firearm in your hands and you will be right. M1A is one of the oldest military faves, and just like with Beretta, there is a good reason military liked it so much, so why not take their advice when choosing the gun for home defense? Holding M1A you will come to notice that it has an extremely firm and thick construction making it a solid gold in your hands when operated. One thing you might not like about it, even though its precision might make you go for it, is that M1A is really heavy and pretty larger than other firearms we have placed on our survival guns list.
Pros: great for shooting on long distances as its sight provides you with ultimate the perfection for aiming at distant targets. It also looks great and has a long history of being successfully used by military.
Cons: Very poor sight for shooting from up close, making it impossible to aim precisely at close targets. It is also very heavy, which basically takes out every option for portability. If you are planning on spending less than 1000$ on a gun, then you can’t even afford considering buying M1A as it is fairly expensive.
5. Springfield XD 9mm: portability in hand with defense
Handguns are in general very easy to carry around and in case of SHTF scenario; you would probably want to have a handgun near you so you could defend yourself. XD 9mm is another Springfield model we chose to put on our list and that is because this gun is certainly worth the money you are investing in it. As far as the physical preferences concerned, XD 9mm is extremely light-weighted, especially in oppose to Springfield’s previous handgun series, so it is pretty compact and meant to be carried around with you and used while you are on the move, unlike our previous pick from the list – but it is probably a sin to compare a handgun with a rifle. Due to its greatly designed barrel, when put on safe, you can really feel safe even when carrying it around near your body. Breaking down XD is very similar to any similar handguns and if you know how to maintain other models of that kind, you won’t have any problems with Springfield’s 9mm.
Pros: Safety grip, chamber indicator, easy to carry around, light-weighted and compact. It even fits enough ammo, although its body is not massive. Light-weighted construction makes it a perfect gun for home defense.
Cons: You might come across some difficulties when breaking down XD 9mm in order to clean it. But, in other hand, this is not a problem that XD’s manual instruction cannot solve.
6. Piston AR-15: survivalists’ legend among the guns
Talking about legends, we can’t miss on mentioning the evergreen AR-15. Even if you have already made up your mind about which gun you want to buy by now, learning a few things about AR-15 will make you reconsider your decision. So, what makes AR-15 so popular, giving it a status of a legend?
Made out of steel, AR-15’s bolt carrier is as observed by satisfied users from all over the US, a “piece of perfection” when it comes to firearm mechanism. As far as the looks concerned, this piece is perfectly manufactured as there are no sign of tools used on manufacturing piston driven AR-15; the finishing product is a smooth-looking gun. But what about the exterior and mechanism – that is what really matters, although aesthetics play a huge part when picking out any item we are planning on buying. To beginners, AR-15 may look a bit complicated to operate and handle as it has more than just a few components, among which are the gas plug and the gas block. The gas block is solid and fully secured as a part of this firearm and the gas plug can be removed and adjusted when the time for maintenance and cleaning comes, so there is not much to worry about when breaking down the AR-15; although it might seem a bit complicated at first. This firearm also has a safe lock that prevents the cycling mechanism once the lock is set on – the system is practically impossible to fail you.
Pros: Precision is granted as Ar-15 works great on, both, long distances and close targets. It is light-weighted and easily operated with all controls clearly visible and easily accessible.
Cons: It might seem difficult to be broken down and assembled again, but once you get a hold of it, you will feel like you have owned AR-15 your entire life.