Yes, I know what I said in the Top Ten Best Guns for SHTF. I also know there is no “single best” as no one firearm will serve all purposes, but defining the “best survival firearm” really depends on how you define “survival.” All of that being said, is it possible that the single best survival firearm is the single-shot .22 rifle?
I borrowed the above rifle from a family member to help remediate a garden groundhog problem I was having, a groundhog that wouldn’t make the wise decision to walk into a Havahart trap for permanent re-location. It’s an old rifle, it was my wife’s great grandfather’s to be exact. Not only did it work, it worked very well!
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Here are the reasons this rifle is a SHTF contender:
- crazy accurate
- crazy quiet
- simple design with few moving parts
- small size
- cheap ammo
This rifle is absolutely perfect for:
- low-cost means to improve marksmanship skills
- putting small game on the dinner plate
- low-cost fun
I used this on a 2nd groundhog after I used my compound bow to dispatch the first. The bow worked, in fact I nailed the groundhog out at about 50 yards with it, but it wasn’t … shall we say “as clean” as it should have been. It would have been cleaner if I’d used hunting tips on the arrows, but those are pricey. This rifle worked much better. I loaded a single sub-sonic .22 lr cartridge into it. Combined with its heavy barrel, the sound was exceptionally quiet, which I really liked. No ear protection needed on the range with this thing.
BTW: The other upside of this rifle is that odds are low thugs will rob you at the shooting range for it.