When you read the word ‘battery,’ the first thing that comes to mind is likely those small power cells that are used to power various electronic and mechanical equipment. But the word ‘battery’ can also be used to describe a stockpile of guns for battle purposes, and that’s the definition that we are going to use here for the purposes of this article.
As a prepper, you realize that stockpiling enough guns and ammunition is important for security purposes. There is no universal gun that can do everything, meaning that you have to have a variety of different firearms ready to go, such as handguns, shotguns, and rifles. You also need enough ammunition for these weapons as well, enough to last you through a long term disaster scenario.
Let’s Run Down Some Of The Guns That You Should Have In Your Personal Survival Battery:
Let’s start with your sidearm. This is the gun that you have strapped to your hip throughout the disaster situation. You can access it quickly when needed for self-defensive purposes and it’s always with you. But don’t mistake your handgun for your primary weapon. It’s not. All that your sidearm is, is, well, a sidearm. It’s the gun that you use to fight your way to your main weapon, which should be your semi-automatic rifle that we’ll get to later.
You have two options for your handgun: a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun. Should you opt for a revolver, the best choice is a double action model with a 4-inch barrel chambered in .357 Magnum. .357 has plenty of stopping power and furthermore can also chamber and shoot .38 Special, making them very versatile weapons. Revolvers are also incredibly reliable and as long as the cylinder is properly timed, it’s going to go bang every time. Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and Taurus are examples of companies who make high quality revolvers.
At the same time, revolvers have a limited capacity of 5-6 rounds and furthermore have slow reloading times. If you want something that carries a lot of bullets and that you can reload very quickly, a semi-automatic pistol is by far the superior choice. Your semi-auto pistol should be chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP, as these are the most common pistol rounds and therefore the easiest to accumulate. Your pistol should also have a reputation for reliability and be common enough that finding extra magazines and accessories won’t be too difficult.
Specific examples of semi-automatic pistols that meet these criteria include 1911s, the Browning Hi-Power, Beretta/Taurus 92 variants, Glocks, Smith & Wesson M&Ps, or Springfield XD’s.
The next gun that you should have in your survival battery is a .22 rifle, specifically a semi-automatic. Specific makes and models that you should consider are the Ruger 10/22, Marlin Model 60, or the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22. Each of these are semi-automatic, have a huge variety of aftermarket accessories available, and carry a lot of bullets; however, the Marlin Model 60 is tube fed so reloading times are slower.
There are multiple reasons for why you should have a semi-automatic rifle in your survival battery. Ammunition is very small and available so you can stockpile A LOT of them and keep your shooting skills up with target practice. .22 rifles are also the best option for teaching new shooters how to shoot, and there’s also no better option for small game hunting than a reliable .22.
Pump action shotgun
The next gun that you should have in your survival armory is a pump action shotgun, specifically one chambered in either 20 gauge or 12 Gauge. Skip semi-automatic shotguns because pump actions tend to be more reliable, and with enough practice, you can still get plenty of shots off in a limited amount of time. The primary purposes for owning a shotgun are for home defense and bird hunting.
As far as makes and models are concerned, go with the Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. These are the AR-15 and AK-47 of the pump action shotgun world and have a limitless number of aftermarket accessories in addition to a high reputation for ruggedness and dependability. If possible, get a shotgun where you can swap out the barrels, so you can have one short barrel for home defense and another longer, choked barrel for hunting. Use birdshot rounds for hunting and target practice, and buckshot for defensive use.
A semi-automatic rifle with a large magazine capacity is the best defensive weapon against a multitude of attackers, and will serve as your primary weapon in a disaster. With a semi-automatic rifle you have more stopping power than a handgun offers, a lot of bullets that you can send downrange in a very short period of time, and quick reloading capabilities.
We’ll get straight to the point, for a semi-automatic rifle, choose between the AR-15 in 5.56x45mm NATO or the AK-47 in 7.62x39mm. Between these two, the AR-15 is a more accurate platform but the AK-47 is regarded as being more rugged. Both weapons will serve you well and the one you choose is largely a matter of personal preference in regards to how the controls work. Spare magazines, ammunition, and accessories are very easy to find for both of these weapons, so you’ll have no problems there.
Bolt action rifle
The final gun that should be in your survival battery is a scoped bolt-action rifle that can touch targets at long ranges. The primary purpose to owning a bolt action rifle is for big game hunting, but it can also be applied to anti-personnel and sniping use if needed. For calibers, stick with .308 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield. Both of these calibers offer great performance, accuracy, and velocity at long ranges.
When it comes to makes and models of bolt action rifles, there is a nearly infinite variety available on the market. However, two classic bolt action rifles that are favored by a significant percentage of shooters are the Remington 700 and the Winchester Model 70. These are commonly referred to as ‘the Rifleman’s Rifle’ and have been in use for decades, so their quality is not disputed.