Connect with us

Guns & Weapons

Air Guns: Are They The Best Survival Weapons?



Feature | Pneumatic air rifle with optical sight | Air Guns: Are They The Best Survival Weapons?

Can air guns help you survive in dire situations? Find out all you need to know about these guns here!

RELATED: Air Gun Sale (Exclusive): Why Everyone Should Own An Air Rifle

In this article:

  1. Can a High Power Air Rifle Become a Survival Weapon?
  2. Air Guns Shoot Through Cement Block
  3. Homemade Air Gun Ammo
  4. High-Power Air Rifles
  5. Air Rifle Reviews: Air Guns in Action

Air Guns Are More Powerful Than You Think

Can a High Power Air Rifle Become a Survival Weapon?

Claiming that air guns are the best survival weapons may seem crazy. I know many of you must be thinking, “How in the world can a child's toy possibly be a good survival weapon?

There's no way these low-powered guns can be of any use in a survival situation.” And you might be right.

Toy guns certainly won't do you much good once the SHTF. But there are plenty of air gun models which aren't anything close to being a low-powered toy.

Air Guns Shoot Through Cement Block

These kinds of guns are a far cry from the Red Riders we received as Christmas presents as kids (“You'll shoot your eye out!”) and small air pistols used as toys.

These aren't the orange-tipped, low-powered BB guns used for chasing around squirrels in the backyard.

We're talking some seriously high-powered guns that will get the job done. This is a high-powered pellet pistol that can shoot through a cement block.

Don't believe in the power of air guns? Check out the video below for the most powerful air rifle:

If you missed it, click HERE now to see this bad boy in action!

Gamo .177 Pellet Sampler Pack
  • caliber: 0.177
  • quantity: 1000 pellets

Homemade Air Gun Ammo

So why will these guns be the best survival weapons rather than traditional guns? The simple fact is that traditional ammunition is hard to come by, expensive, and will eventually run out.

Most people don't know how to make the powder and primer needed for ammunition to fire, so when their stockpile is depleted, their guns are rendered worthless.

Though air guns still need ammunition, the process for making the pellets yourself is much easier to learn and simpler to accomplish.

Also, the ammunition is easier to find in stores and much cheaper to purchase, making it that much easier to stock up. Here's one of the countless methods to create your air gun ammo:

RELATED: Air Rifles | How This Simple Weapon Could Save Your Life

High-Power Air Rifles

Another upside of these guns is the comparative silence of the firing. In air rifle hunting, the quiet firing can be a huge asset of this gun, especially in a survival situation.

The use of air also keeps the kickback of these guns pretty weak, increasing your accuracy.

Air Rifle Reviews: Air Guns in Action

Still doubting the power of these guns? We found power and accuracy tests for all different types of high-powered air rifles to convince you that this gun is the best survival weapon.

Check out the test videos below for the best air rifles in the market and judge for yourself which among these guns is the most powerful air gun:

 Benjamin Rogue .357

Benjamin Bulldog BPBD3S .357 PCP Hunting Air Rifle
  • DURABLE SYNTHETIC DESIGN - With a short 36-inch overall length bullpup configuration
  • REVERSIBLE SIDELEVER BOLT ACTION - For left or right-handed shooters with lever safety

Wolverine 303

Daystate Air Ranger 80

A lot of people or even some gun owners think air guns are generally too weak and limited as a firearm. It isn't true at all.

Well, that may be true for some models. But, the most powerful air gun can fire 45-caliber ammo from a hundred meters and shoot through cement or even more.

If you think an air gun is too low power and is more of a toy than an actual firearm, think again. If a gun carrier trusts his gun in the hunt, then it's more of a weapon than a toy.

Are you convinced that the air gun is the best survival weapon? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Up Next: 

Check out American Tactical FX45 1911 | Gun Carrier Handgun Review at

Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitterTumblrand Pinterest!

*Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only. Please read our full disclaimer here.*


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 24, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Continue Reading


  1. Matt

    February 23, 2021 at 8:01 AM

    A magnum powered breakbarrel is more likely to be truly useful in a grid down scenario. You only need the firearm and its ammo. While they aren’t going to be nearly as powerful as big-bore pcp rifles that the article talks about, in the right hands a breakbarrel can take down small to medium game. As far as self defense goes, some of them are very intimidating and I certainly wouldn’t want to be on the other side of a well placed shot.

  2. James Chin

    February 2, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    The Airgun may be part of your survival collections of guns,but not thenonly gun!

  3. Terry

    January 21, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Where do you get the molds for the.177 and the .22 cal pellets?

  4. Ray Pitsenbarger

    February 12, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I love you stuff!
    I enjoy watching your programs.
    Thank you

  5. Nick

    April 17, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Being able to make your own bullets is a great advantage to air rifles, and they’re powered by air (which we won’t run out of) but that air still has to be highly compressed. How long would it take to pump one of those up with a hand pump?

    • Lance Hansen

      September 5, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      120 pumps

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Enter for a chance to WIN this Customized AR-15 when you sign up today for our exclusive email newsletter subscription.