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11 Types Of Guns That Will Keep You Alive On Doomsday



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When doomsday comes, lock and load these types of guns.

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In this article:

  1. When SHTF, Pick the Best Gun
  2. The Rifles for Perimeter and Versatile Protection
  3. The Handguns for Concealment and Convenient Carry
  4. The Shotguns for Broad Protection and Close-Quarters Combat

The Best Types of Guns to Survive on Doomsday

When SHTF, Pick the Best Gun

You can stock up your armory, basement, or bunker with all types of guns, but there’s no guarantee all of them are going to keep you alive.

Sure, you’ll have all the assault rifles or the handguns. The question is, how effective are they in certain conditions, say, close quarters?

Below is an excellent list of types of guns for doomsday from Outdoor Warrior. Check it out and choose the right one for you.

The Rifles for Perimeter and Versatile Protection

Rifles are good for perimeter and versatile protection. I am going to divide them into two categories: the assault rifles and the long-range rifles.

Assault rifles can dish out hundreds of bullets per second, so it’s good for crowd control.

Meanwhile, long-range rifles are better for perimeter security. Those scopes and bullets can do some real damage from afar.

Below is a short list of the types of rifles with staggering firepower:

1. AK-47

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The AK-47 is one of the top 10 assault rifles in the world, together with AR-15. Military units use it, and it’s famous for its durability.

One can expose the rifle in extreme conditions, and it can still fire. Talk about being reliable.

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2. Ruger 10/22 Rifle

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The Ruger 10/22 is the king of .22 long-range rifles—at least on my list, that is.

The reason why it’s so good to have around is it can secure small- and medium-sized game. It also has the range in it too.

This rifle is quiet, so prey will never know what hit them.

3. Bushmaster Carbon 15 M4 Carbine

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The Bushmaster Carbon 15 M4 Carbine is small, light, and durable.

This assault rifle derives its inspiration from AR-15 rifles, but with modern features. These include the space-age carbon 15 composite molded receivers.

4. Henry Arms AR-7

If you want to talk about survival rifles, the Henry Arms AR-7 is the real deal.

It may not be as powerful as the other rifles or as capacious as Ruger or M4, but AR-7 takes the cake for its convenience.

You can pack the barrel, magazines, and receivers inside its watertight stock and carry it around with you. Assembling the rifle is as easy as assembling LEGOs.

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The Handguns for Concealment and Convenient Carry

Handguns are, without a doubt, the most convenient weapons any doomsday prepper should have in their arsenal.

They come in different sizes, but they’re usually small enough to carry around in a bag or purse. You can even holster them around your waist.

Check out this short list of the best handguns that can be reliable when SHTF:

5. Glock 36

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This may look tiny, but this “small” pistol right here fires a .45-caliber bullet. It packs a punch, so to speak.

It’s a really slim pistol, making it great for concealment, and weighs 27 ounces with a full mag of 6.

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6. Glock 17

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If you want something bigger, then Glock 17 is Glock 36’s big brother. Like Sig Sauer, it’s one of the more popular types of guns for law enforcement.

The weight is slightly heavier than the 36, but it helps to manage the recoil. This makes it one of the most accurate pistols in the market.

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7. Sig Sauer P226

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This is probably my favorite handgun for a lot of reasons.

First, this is the gun carried by police and other members of law enforcement. You know it has some power despite its size.

It’s compact and light, weighing around 34 ounces with a full mag. At over $1,000 (as of January 2019), it may be pricey, but you will surely get your money’s worth.

8. Taurus Judge

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Of course, I am not going to avoid revolvers for this list, and Taurus Judge is the best choice.

The Judge is capable of shooting both .410 and .45 Long Colt loads. This feature makes it perfect for close-quarter combat and self-defense.

It’s big, so it’s not exactly fit for concealed carry. Its presence is enough to send a message, though.

The Shotguns for Broad Protection and Close-Quarters Combat

Shotgun Definition: It is a weapon that can shoot at shorter ranges and works well on moving targets. Most shotguns don't have rifled barrels which separates it from the rifles.

I appreciate the value of having a shotgun by my side when doomsday comes. They can do so much damage despite their limited range.

Take, for example, you’re in a corridor, and these mutants/zombies/hoodlums come running right at you.

A handgun can only dish out so many rounds before they overrun you. A shotgun messes them up real bad.

One shell can take out multiple attackers within a confined space. Shotguns can also carry around 10 to 12 shells, depending on the model.

Below is a short list of shotguns to consider having before doomsday comes:

9. Mossberg 590 Mariner

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I love the 590 Mariner because it’s a 12-gauge shotgun capable of carrying 9 shots. You can switch the stock for a pistol grip, so it's awesome for closed or tight spaces.

You can also customize this bad boy with accessories. It's also one of the modestly priced guns online at less than $600 (as of January 2019).

10. Remington 870

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If you want something more powerful and more reliable than Mossberg, then Remington 870 is everything you need.

It has a smooth pump action and can fit an extension tube to hold 7 shells in total. It is ideal both for hunting and tactical operations.

11. Benelli Nova Pump Tactical

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The Benelli is a name popular among shotgun owners. Like Remington, it is reliable and powerful.

Benelli Nova can use two 3/4-inch loads and three 1/2-inch magnum loads, as well as every caliber in between. Talk about flexibility right there.

The only downside is it carries only 5 shells. At this point, though, 5 shots can drop any perpetrator.


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These types of guns are all powerful enough to drive attackers away and keep them off your tracks.

In the end, you can never go wrong with any of the types of firearms on this list. Just make the right decision by picking something you're most comfortable with.

It gives you a better chance of protecting yourself and your family when SHTF.

What are your top types of guns on doomsday? Share your list in the comments section below!

Editor’s Note: Legal “Loophole” Allows You To Carry Concealed In 28 States

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 30, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. d

    November 23, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    Author must be a moron twelve year old, and most of the commenters are amateur clowns.

  2. Robert Mason

    January 12, 2021 at 7:40 AM

    Most people do not own Firearms capable of firing hundreds of bullets per second. Sounds like something Nancy Pelosi would say.

  3. Corey morgan

    January 28, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    A lot of great guns mentioned but I’m partial to my sig sauer’s too.

  4. Edward R Henrichsen

    January 28, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Give me a Henry lever action over the 10/22 and forget the Schlocks err Glocks, give me a good old M&P.

  5. BobinFlorida

    January 28, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    I was disappointed to see the author consistently reinforcing the false narrative that the anti-gun crowd makes a point of pushing!

    That is that the AR-15 and AK-47’s the average citizen can purchase are “Assault Rifles”. . . ., that they can fire “hundreds of rounds per minute” . . . , they are not and do not! . . . either.

    Makes one question anything else the author put in this article.

  6. Greg

    January 28, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    “Assault rifles are able to dish out hundreds of bullets per second, so it’s good for crowd control.” Seriously?! That’s when I stopped reading the article! Even if we were “allowed” to own/employ an automatic weapon, its rate of fire is not hundreds per second! The rate of fire for the M60E6 (7.62mm) is 500-650 rds per minute!

  7. Edward C Sr

    January 23, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    I prefer the M-1 Garand Rifle for long range, and penetrating power with Military ammo. I have added a scope zeroed at 100 Yards, with laser sight at same for night sighting. I have a pump shotgun for crowd control and shorter range. For very short range, 10 yards or less, M1911 .45, vintage 1950, with laser sight, and for CCW, S&W 9 mm semi auto, 4 in barrel. Plenty of ammo for all, military .30 Ball for M-1 Garand. For small game .22 rifle with 18 round tube, and another with 10 round magazine. For silent kill, compound Bow, cross bow, and even a steel slingshot with surgical tubing rubber and steel shot pellets. I believe that I am prepared for SHTF. Also , I am way out in the country, at he end of a gravel driveway, with 9 neighbors who are all armed! I am Ranger trained, and can train my neighbors for defensive tactics, and defend our neighborhood effectively!

  8. Kevin Johnson

    January 21, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    not very SHTF friendly, why the .45 cartridge for the handguns? Oh yeah right because the are a lot more of those rounds out there than 9mm….not! AR platform is more versatile way more different calibers, just swap uppers out, even a .22 upper, Glock 19 is the only handgun needed.

  9. Michael J Zaremski

    January 21, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    You never mentioned Walther. They are the best for the money. I understand they don’t give you any promotion money. I have had and have many. I Walthers the best !

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