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The 5 Most Reliable Handguns For Survival

Ruger LC 380. Image source: TheTruthAboutGuns.com

Ruger LC 380. Image source: TheTruthAboutGuns.com

If you could own only five handguns, what would they be? What type, caliber and even manufacturer?

Here’s my five:

1. Browning Buck Mark .22 LR

You need a pistol or a revolver chambered in .22 LR to complement your .22 rifle (assuming you have a .22 rifle in your collection). Beyond that, a .22 handgun will fulfill multiple uses. If you’ve set traps for small game, a .22 handgun will be the most practical choice for delivering the coup de grace to anything you catch that’s still living. Many big game hunters also prefer packing a .22 handgun with them in the event that they come across any small game that their large caliber hunting rifle will be far too powerful for. And beyond that, .22 handguns offer hardly any recoil, meaning that you can keep up on your practice or teach your kids to shoot a handgun before moving up to larger calibers.

The Browning Buck Mark is a superb .22 pistol and one of the most popular on the market, coming in multiple variations. Comparisons between the Browning and a similar pistol, the Ruger Mark II/Mark III series, are frequently brought up.  Both are very reliable and very accurate weapons, but the Browning has a few advantages over the Ruger. The Browning has a much more ergonomic grip than the Ruger as well as a lighter, crisper trigger pull. Lastly, the Buck Mark is also significantly easier to disassemble for cleaning. Even fans of the Ruger will concede the more steps it takes in taking apart the gun. The Browning Buck Mark is a solid .22 pistol that will not let you down, and a worthy addition to any gun collection.

2. Ruger LC380 .380 ACP

If you have a concealed carry license, you need a small handgun that you keep hidden on your person at all times. Concealed carry handguns are very small, and most fit in the palm of your hands, meaning that they aren’t fun to shoot at all. But a lot of the concealed carry handguns on the market are so small and so light that you forget you have them on you!

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The Ruger LC380 is one of the thinnest, smallest and easily concealable concealed carry options on the market. It can fit in the palm of your hand or in a concealed holster. The .380 ACP cartridge also means that the pistol has only moderate recoil.

3. Glock 19 9mm

Image source: MrColionnoir

Glock 19. Image source: MrColionnoir

Whether you love the 9mm Parabellum or you hate it, having a double-stacked 9mm automatic in your collection is not an option. Why? The 9mm is by far the most popular handgun caliber in the world. Yes, the entire world. It’s always available, and when it comes to ammo prices, it’s quite cheap, too. This means that you can keep your shooting skills up without breaking your wallet. In a true grid down or emergency situation, the 9mm will also be one of the most plentiful of any calibers.

The Glock 19 is an excellent choice for a 9mm automatic. As a mid-sized pistol, it is adept at either being carried as a main sidearm or concealed if needed. It can also easily be fitted with higher capacity magazines. Granted, there are a lot of other more ergonomic offerings available from HK, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, and Walther, but the Glock’s popularity, proven track record and easy availability of parts make this one the only 9mm pistol to have if you could have only one.

4. Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum

Again, whether you love revolvers or you hate them, including a full-size .357 Magnum in your collection should be a no-brainer. Revolvers are inherently more reliable than pistols and don’t require magazines (it would definitely be a headache if you lost your magazines or the springs went bad in them!). Your revolver should be chambered for .357 for a number of reasons. First, the .357 Magnum is an excellent stopping round, considering it has earned a reputation as being the “one shot man stopper.” Second, you can load .38 Specials in any revolver chambered for .357, adding much versatility to your weapon. Third, both .357 Magnums and .38 Specials are among the most popular handgun calibers in the country, and can be found at nearly any place that sales handgun ammunition.

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The Ruger GP100 has a noted reputation for strength, being built on a stronger frame than other .357 revolvers. The GP100 is claimed by Ruger to be able to fire an unlimited number of .357 Magnum rounds. The GP100 is available in three different barrel lengths of your choice: 3, 4 and 6 inch.

5. Glock 21 .45 ACP

The .45 ACP is one of the most popular calibers in America and has been for decades. While it’s always been a point of contention, many gun enthusiasts believe that the .45 ACP delivers better knockdown and stopping power than a .357 Magnum. Owning a full-size .45 ACP pistol is a must if you are limiting yourself to only five handguns.

When .45 ACP comes to mind, the first gun that we often think of is a 1911-style of pistol (the term Colt 1911 is an iconic term in and of itself). So why another Glock and not a 1911? The primary reason here is that the 1911 feeds FMJ rounds very reliably, but can have difficulty feeding hollow point and other defense rounds, requiring some tune-up at the shop. 1911’s also require more regular maintenance to be done on the pistol. Glocks don’t have either of these issues. Another score for the Glock is magazine capacity: 13+1 rounds of .45 ACP in a Glock vs. 7+1 or 8+1 in a 1911. Last but not least, the Glock is simple to use, has a proven track record and parts are very easily available.

If you could own only five handguns, what would they be? Leave your reply in the section below:

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84 comments

  1. Sig P250 9mm
    Taurus PT 145 Pro
    SW 38sp
    Taurus 357 mag
    HI Point C9 9mm

    • My choice:
      Walther PPQ M2 9mm
      Sig Sauer P226 or P232 9mm
      S&W 686+ .357, 2 or 3 inch barrel
      Glock 42 9mm or .380 ACP
      May be Walther PPK/S .380 ACP?

    • Hi point! Really?

      • The hi point is not pretty but I have yet to find an ammo it won’t shoot under varied conditions. Over 1000 rds through my 40 S&W

        • Just wait till u drop it or just wait period. I’m not dogging on people that can’t afford better but if u can then shame on you. Hi point is a modern day lorcin. You should never bet your life on 150 dollar piece of junk

      • I bought one ohhh 8 years ago when things looked bleak for the 2nd amendment. I did not need it have so many as it was, but low price, made in America, life time warrantee. Hell what is the worst thing that can happen I trade it in later? I decided to make it an experiment. In 8 years it has never been cleaned, I have thrown god knows how many down the pipe. I have used all types of ammo and to this day cannot think of a single miss fire or fail to feed. The accuracy is not bad at all. It is not pretty or easy to conceal, but has a place in my house and I know with out fail it will do its job. It is not loved and cared for like the other guns, but they are pretty :). Further more should the bad guy make it thru the wall of lead it will make a very nice club for hand to hand work.

        • I can’t believe someone mentioned Hipoint in their top 5. They are the modern day lorcin and if u can’t afford better ok but if u can and u still choose to gamble your life on 150 piece of junk then shame on u

    • HK Mark 23 .45 ACP
      A second HK Mark 23 .45 ACP
      S&W 686 plus .357/.38
      Glock 19 9mm
      Some high quality .22 revolver.

      Thought process: the Mark 23 is a tank, and will run forever. High mag capacity, easy to use with gloves or in shit conditions.
      A second one because of Murphy.
      S&W revolver lets me shoot .357 and .38 so ammo choices, and revolvers will run forever.
      Glock 19 because it’s durable, and 9mm ammo is plentiful.
      .22 revolver because it will dispatch small game and people, you can carry a ton of ammo for it easily. Revolver because less to break.

  2. HK-4 .380
    Browning Hi-power 9mm
    Taurus 357 mag
    Glock 19 9mm
    Kimber 45

  3. I am not a fan of the .380, as my 4″ Colt Python is as concealable. So this list is based on what I own.
    Colt Python, .357mag, 4″ barrel
    Colt Python, .357mag, 6″ barrel
    Colt model 70, with Para-Ordanance conversion, to give 10+1
    Colt “Ace” .22 conversion, using grip from above conversion, fully adjustable sights, gives the same feel as .45
    Uberti derringer, .357mag, 2 shots, back up in ankle holster.

  4. Not sure about reliability but how about desirability?
    Taurus Judge 45 Colt/.410(pick the model you like best) but unavailable in California
    6″ .357 by the maker you like best Ford, Chevy, Toyota… Whoops wrong makers. I mean Ruger, Colt, S&W….
    Two 9mm pistols by the same maker that use the same magazines. One long barrel and one concealable. Again, pick the manufacturer you like best
    Finally a 22lr pistol or revolver by a quality maker. Lots to choose from but something YOU are comfortable with.
    The first two are for hunting and self defense. The next two are self defense (I know it’s the wrong caliber but it works for me and is available and cheap)
    Finally the 22 is a last resort but despite what you hear the ammo is everywhere, cheap to practice with, lightweight, relatively quiet and reliable. Even in my BOB I have a box of 22lr but no gun.

  5. There are much better 22 pistols out there than the Walther P22 which is known for its failure to feed certain ammo and pot metal slide that can’t be finished properly and will not hold up over time. Seriously guys, do some research on the firearms you recommend this is pure laziness.

    • I don’t think it’s necessary to have .22 pistol at all. Especially if it’s going to do duty as a small game killer, I’d say a .22 revolver is a smarter survivalist option. [insert the usual “revolvers are more reliable and handle misfires better” stuff here]. There are .22 revolver models that take 8 rounds, which should be more than enough to deal with what you bought it for.

    • I agree. Why would you own 3 of the 5 in the same caliber and neglect the fact that in a survival situation, you’d need at least one small caliber(i.e. .22 or .17) to place protein on the menu?! I would opt for one rifle/pistol caliber and then an open, concealed and back-up. Say .45, .357(SIG or Mag), 9mm/.380 and .22. In that order I’d go 1911, Glock, Sig(P290RS), Taurus 905, and Iver Johnson TP22. You’d always want to have at least one revolver to ensure 2nd shot capability if TSHTF…

  6. The Walther P22 is WELL known for its unreliability. The Ruger SR22 is supposed to be MUCH better with reliability. The Ruger MKIIIs are ultra reliable too, even if they are big and heavy.

  7. well the Walther p22 does seem like a good choice I’ve heard about reliability issues with it as well and in a survival situation you can’t always guarantee that you have the premium and know that it requires.personally I think there should be room on that list for tried-and-true firearms like the Beretta 92 colt 1911. seems to me like it was probably written by a Glock fan

  8. To each their own, I won’t fault the author for their decisions though mine differ quite a bit. He is my list and why.

    1.) Ruger 22/45 .22LR with 5.5″ bull barrel and target sights. For me, a good .22LR pistol is a must. The Ruger is rugged, reliable and extremely accurate. I’ve taken squirrels, rabbits and a couple possums at 50+ yards with this gun. They make other models that are lite weight and/or have threaded barrels for the addition of a sound suppressor(where legal). If you shop around, one can be had for sub- $300.

    2.) Glock 17 9mm. If I could only own one gun it would be a Glock 17. It is again rugged, reliable, accurate and carries a decent amount of ammo on board. When it comes to a survival gun, a polymer frame is a must for me. The less I have to worry about rust and corrosion the better. The bigger issue for me however is cold weather. I’ve done quite a bit of handgun hunting, defensive training and competition in cold weather. Holding a steel framed gun in those conditions is like holding a block of ice. Not a problem for a couple minutes but after a short while it causes aches,pains and lose of dexterity. Poly frames tend to equalize temps to the hand very quickly. Other pro’s to the Glock 17 is the availability of extended after market barrels and .22LR conversion kits.

    3.) 6″ barrel .357 Magnum. I personally prefer Ruger’s GP100 but like S&W’s as well. As has been previously stated by others, the .357 allows you to shoot .38 Special as well. A revolver also has the benefit of being able to easily retain fired brass for us reloaders, additionally it allows the ability to fire reduced loads without impeding function.

    4.) Ruger SR9c 9mm. The sub compact SR9c makes it easy to carry as a defensive back up when out checking trap and trott lines or small game hunting with Ruger’s excellent 22/45 .22LR. The SR9c meets my criteria for being rugged, reliable, accurate and having a composite frame. It offers 10 + 1 rounds of onboard quality defensive ammo with the compact magazine or 17 + 1 rounds with the full size magazine. I’m sure many will wonder why not a Glock 26 9mm instead? The SR9c has a smaller grip with a slightly shorter trigger reach making it much easier and enjoyable to shoot for my wife and 10 year old daughter. What is better than a back up gun??? Someone else backing you up with their own gun!!

    5.) EAA Witness caliber – yes! The Witness is truly an amazing albeit often over looked gun. It is a liscensed copy of the CZ75 design. It is a DA/SA pistol that also has the ability to be carried in SA cocked and locked mode. What is unique to the large steel frame Witness pistols is the fact you can convert calibers with a swap of the slide assembly and magazines. With Glocks you can convert .40S&W to 9mm or .357sig with a simple barrel swap and convert to .22LR with a conversion kit. Four calibers in one gun is great but the Witness wines out with six calibers in one gun. Witness pistols are chambered in .45ACP, 10mm, .38Super, .40S&W, 9mm and .22LR. The only downside for me is the steel frame in cold weather. An easy remedy is a couple of bicycle tire inner tubes sleeves cut to slip over the grip. Not great but helps.

    As I previously stated, if I had to choose one it would be the Glock 17 9mm and an Advantage Arms .22LR conversion kit. I’ve taken squirrels at 30 yards with the .22LR and taken whitetail with 147gr 9mm hand loads at 20 yards. Good article and fun topic. I enjoy reading what others use and why.

    • I agree with Jonathan to a point I agree on the Ruger 22/45 is a must have you can carry a 1000 rounds with no problem and it’s very accurate. My personal carry is a Glock 17 plenty of knock down power and enough rounds for personal defense. I won’t go into all my pistols I own but I have, And I’m going off topic here one second I have invested in a Henry 22 rifle that shoots shorts, longs and long rifle ammo, plus a scope any Deer hunter would envy. That’s my sniper rifle, subsonic rounds hard to track with you just making a 50 yard move and test have shown that on a head shot at 100 yards just as deadly as a 223. I’m ready for the Zombies

  9. This is stupid. Everyone knows you need 87 handguns for survival, and half of them should be .38 special revolvers. You might need a wheelbarrow to carry them though.

    • Actually,,, I have more than 87,,, and I dont “need” them all,,, I just “Want” them…… I have a real live mule to carry ammo,,, I “NEED” him,,,but he can be,,, muley,,, I guess,,, so that is what the rifle is for,, in case he runs off with the ammo.

      Anyone have a good recipe for mule caserole??

      The Col

      • I don’t have any recipes for mule casserole, but I tried it one night at a Ryan’s Steakhouse and it left a bad taste in my mouth. So I haven’t had it since then.

        I’d rather carry my ammo in a Toyota Tacoma. Even the older trucks are practically new if the frame problem is taken care of.

      • No recipe. But my uncle was pumping gas (so, YEARS ago) at his brother-in-law’s station in Idaho on opening day. Guy bragged about his “deer”, and opened the trunk. Yep, a mule colt. Not field dressed. He didn’t have the heart to tell him.

        I have to believe the guy soon wondered why people deer hunt…

      • 22 bearcat, 2 sp101s gp100 4 inch, a savage A17, badger gun 17hmr, sxs 12ga, 32 auto beretta tomcat. A raging taures judge.

    • whats the 5 best wheel barrows to carry my pistols?

  10. My wife carries a Walther P-22, due to wrist injuries, cannot carry anything heavier. After 1,000 rounds down the tube so far, no hiccups, no FTF, FTE, and yes, we only run premium .22LR through it. We’ve got an excellent supply of CCI-Stingers on hand. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that NO handgun in particular, is “fool proof”, all brands will have some lemons in them. Also, my wife is highly accurate with her little Walther and I’ve never met a single thug who ever volunteered to get shot by “only a .22LR”. Is it optimum? Nope, it’s what she can manage. Can she shoot other handguns? Yes, oddly enough, one that doesn’t bother/hurt her wrists to shoot is my 1911 .45 ACP Springfield, she can’t conceal it effectively at work so she doesn’t carry that one. I do like to consolidate calibers for “logistical attractiveness”, so that is what we have done. Would I love a high end Ed Brown 1911? heck yeah! When I can purchase 5 or 6 Glock 21 SFs’ for the same price as one Ed Brown, guess what I’m going to spend the money on?(and ammo) Everyone is responsible for their own defensive “salvation”. get what YOU prefer and never fear.

    • Sir, I could not agree with you more. Many, many years ago, at age 7, my job was to down a stear (we call them Tollies ). My job was to down the stear, using a Mauser rifle, chambered in .22 LR. One shot, the steers leg buckled, and a farm worker would cut it’s throat, to let it bleed out. Never failed, once. Why? shot placement!

  11. Glock 26. Accurate, dependable, concealable and 6 more shots than my Chiefs Special revolver.

  12. Glock 21 .45 ACP

    Taurus Judge 4510 (3inch chamber)

    AR15 pistol with a Sig SB15 Brace 10.5″ barrel chambered in .300 Blackout

    Sig Sauer P226 9mm

    Glock 22 .40

  13. Taurus 92 9mm x2
    Taurus 66 357mag x2
    Rugar 22/45 22lr

  14. Glock 21
    Beretta 92
    S&W M&P.40
    Walter p22
    Ruger gp 100 .357 mag

    If I can have an alternate, then Springfield Armory 1911.

  15. Taurus 941 .22 mag, 8 rounds plus speed loaders and can carry more w/me. S&W .357, knock down and stays down. Glock 17 9mm, have four 33 rnd clips. S&W .22 622, accurate and various size mags. Springfield .45 1911 w 15 rnd mags. None of these are worth anything if you can’t hit what you are aiming at. Stay prepared my friends!

  16. 1. Sig Sauer P228 (9mm with 15 round mags; as well as their .22LR Conversion Kit with 10 round mags)
    2. Glock 30 Gen 4 (.45 ACP with 10 round mags; accepts G21 13 round mags, too)
    3. S&W 686 (.357 Mag or .38 Special/+P with 4 inch barrel)
    4. Glock 18 (9mm machine pistol with several 33 round mags)
    5. Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact in Bi-Tone (.45 ACP)

  17. The Browning Buckmark misfires more than any .22 I heve ever seen at the Matches. The best choice for a .22 is S&W model 41 or the lower priced Ruger MKII. Don’t waste your time on a .380 or a 9mm if you want to see how much power they have shoot a bowling pin with them. A good .38spl S&W model 15 or 14 can’t be beat for accuracy. For conceal carry use a S&W model 36 they have been the best for over 50 years. The very best .45acp is the Colt Gold Cup model 70 no Glock or any other pistol can out shoot it. And the perfect survival gun is always going to be the S&W model 29 in .44mag.

  18. All of mine would be a CZ75B.

    1 slide for 9mm
    1 slide for 40S&W
    1 slide for .22lr
    1 drop-in barrel for .357sig

    and… I guess a Thompson Contender… just for the heck of it.

  19. Glock Model21 .45 ACP
    Glock Model21 .45 ACP
    Glock Model21 .45 ACP
    Glock Model21 .45 ACP
    Glock Model21 .45 ACP

    Because you don’t need 5 reliable guns, you just need one
    Go big or go home

  20. Your plastic guns won’t feed home cast bullets…

  21. Glock 19 9mm
    Walther P99 AS 9mm
    HK VP9 9mm
    FNH Five-Seven 5.7 x 28mm
    Glock 21 .45acp

  22. Why do you need 5 different handguns for survival? Stock one caliber deep with plenty of magazines. I have a Glock 19 which is plenty of sidearm. Maybe a .22 would be nice to have but I’d rather use a rifle in that caliber.

    I’ve got a .38 snub too but that would be for a BUG in case the Glock was lost/broke etc.

  23. A Ruger Speed Six .357 and a 12ga shotgun are pretty much all I would need to survive. Throw in an AK-47 if I needed to fight a war.

  24. 1. Glock 27 aND the 9mm conversion barrel.
    40 caliber and 9mm are the most popular rounds they are both carried by law enforcement across the country and the most available. I like the 27 because it’s very concealable and packs a nice punch.

    2. I would keep a 357 snub in a bag as a back up.

    3. Ruger 10/22 rifle

  25. Springfield- 1911 (any)
    Ruger- P85
    S&W- 640 (no lock)
    Ruger- GP-100 (6″)
    Glock- 26 (gen 3)

  26. Reliability – “Consistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.”

    Imagine my shock and surprise while seeking out a RELIABLE handgun to replace my unreliable Ruger LC380, to find a photo of the one firearm that has given me more trouble than any other under the title of this article!! My LC380 (mfr’d March 2013) is currently on its way back to Ruger for the SECOND time for the same problem as the first – Failure to RELIABLY feed rounds.

    To the author is this article: Including a firearm that has not only been reported to have feed (and ejection) issues, but that has not been around long enough to be deemed “reliable” was plainly irresponsible. Any web search will provide examples of folks with the same issues as mine with this firearm, despite many who have had no problems… the point being, my issues are not isolated or anecdotal. Regardless, the gun is way too new in the realm of firearms to tout as one that can be relied upon.

    I actually love the Ruger brand and own four other firearms bearing the mark (2 revolvers, a .22 pistol, and a .22 rifle). The LC380 is the ONLY firearm of any type or brand I have owned or used that has invariably had FTF’s during range sessions, no matter the ammo or magazines used.

    If I could venture a guess, it would be that this model was made during a period that gunmakers and retailers were scrambling to keep up with extraordinarily high demand of recent times. Maybe, just maybe it is possible that I – and a fair number of others – got a “lemon” that was put to market just a bit too quickly during this time?

    As much as everything about this pistol’s design appeals to my concealed-carry sensibilities, it simply has not earned the description “reliable pistol” by anyone’s measure. In addition to other times, my trip to the range just last week (Sep/2015) was the worst by far: FOURTEEN failures-to-feed out of 230 rounds fired. I used 6 separate magazines and 5 different brands of ammo (some US, some foreign) and the FTF’s occurred randomly and unpredictably. This is my second time sending this “great little firearm” back to Ruger, not to mention far too much time spent shooting it to try and find out why this firearm just won’t perform as a forearm should (reliably!). I simply cannot carry it with any faith whatsoever that it will fire more than one or two shots without having to be cleared, and even though I hope Ruger will finally remedy the problem this time around, I am sad to say I will be looking for a more PROVEN reliable carry gun to replace what I had hoped would be my go-to carry pistol.

    This pistol is certainly worthwhile to carry based on theory and design ALONE, but ONLY real-world experience and commonly-available information can prove something’s true worth. If my life depends on a pistol some day, I hope it won’t have to be the LC380.

    • The LC380 does not like hollow points .however tighten your grip and it feeds them fine. I found putting a slide on thicker grin made the LC 380 a worthy CCW . So far no more failures using hollow points .I really am trying to find them ,and I am closing on 500 rounds of different 380 ammunition . I like everyone want to find problem before it happens. The best to you all.

  27. PS (I submit this with the assumption that ANY firearm is useful for self-defense, so noting that purpose would be redundant) –

    1. Pump-action shotgun – Rem. 870 Express (or equiv.) – “Convertible” simply by change of ammo type
    2. .22 pistol or rifle – Small game, high capacity potential, lots of ammo
    3. Stainless revolver (pref. S&W or Ruger), 3-4″ barrel (max), 357/38 – Did someone mention reliability?
    4. High capacity (15+), long-proven semi-auto pistol (CZ 75B, Sig Sauer P226…). Okay fine, Glocks too
    5. AR-15 (for peacetime fun at the range or on the farm — or, I suppose, if one’s home or car is attacked by a gang or military force but you still have hope of survival)

    Seriously, four seems like plenty, but please don’t tell my wife.

  28. Ruger single 6 for small to medium game survival food.
    Taurus 605ss 357 conceal carry
    S&w 9mm shield as backup to the taurus
    Glock 21 /springfield 1911ss target general protection
    Ruger redhawh 44 mag wilderness protection, bears and large game hunting. My first handgun and favorite for 35 years. Last one ill ever release.

    Whether you fellers like it or not, my llama 1911 parkerized, firtst run, has never failed

  29. 357 magnum revolver (38 special & 357 magnum, 6 inch barrel)
    22 LR bolt action rifle (22 short & 22 LR)
    12 Guage pump action shotgun (“bird” shot, buck shot, slugs)

    Have plenty of ammunition. Reload when able. Know to use them well.

  30. I noticed that no one mentioned a Rossi.
    I have a .357 revolver and it shoots perfect, light enough weight, and easy to carry…
    Is there a reason for the whole Rossi brand not being mentioned?
    Thanks for your time and help.

  31. #1 Wilson CQB 45acp
    #2 Nighthawk Talon 10mm
    #3 Sig Sauer P229
    #4 Browning Hi Power 9mm
    #5 Smith & Wesson 686+ 357 revolver

  32. FN HP Browning 9mm

    Recently bought one. Wow, better than the most. Absolute pleasure

  33. Walther PPKS .22
    S&W Bodyguard .380 (no laser)
    Ruger GP161 .357 mag. 6 inch
    H&K P7M8 9mmP
    M1911A1 .45 ACP

  34. I like your list, but…

    Ruger 22/45
    Glock 30s
    Sig P938
    Glock 19 or Springfield XD
    .357 wheel gun (pretty much any 6″ Ruger or S&W)

  35. Walther PK380
    Walther PPS 9mm
    Sig Sauer Mosquito .22lr
    Rossi .38sp revolver
    HK45

    This is what i have currently. I’m fairly new to the preperation thing so it was cool to see i atleast had firearms in the same relative categories.

  36. Sig Sauer P938 (9mm) for conceal
    Ruger p100 .357 Magnum
    Ruger .22/45 target pistol
    Taurus .38 (wife ccw)

  37. Sig sauer p 229 in .40 cal and xtra barrel in 357 sig and an ak 47 thats all a man will ever need

  38. I have not read any of the comments posted ! I do not wish to offend anyone! I am stating fact I am a combat firearms handgun and rifle instructor and of the hundreds of handguns I see every year and the thousands of rounds that I see put through them , without a doubt the most undependable handgun I have seen is the RUGER LCP in .380

  39. I’d go for a Sig M11A1 P228 9mm., an H&K USP .40, a Kimber Tactical Entry II .45, a Beretta 92FS 9 mm., and a SIG P238 .380. Survival for any occasion . . .

  40. Ruger SR22 .22LR, w/ Silencer
    Ruger LCP .380, NOT, LC380
    Glock 22, .40 S&W w/ 9mm Conversion Barrel & .357 Sig Conversion Barrel, Extra Magazine For 9mm
    Ruger GP100, .357 Magnum
    Glock 41, .45 ACP

  41. Sphinx sdp compact 9mm
    Issc m22 22lr
    Ruger gp100 357mag
    Glock 34
    Kimber custom 2 9mm

  42. Gee no one mention a blow gun, not much chance of a misfire unless you inhale, lol

  43. STAY.alive.OR.u.WoNt.SurViVe!

    All you need is a strong sharp hardened steel blade and a bandana/handkerchief strung around the waist with parachord to cover and protect your manhood from the elements and masquitos with west nile vurus and malaria and other bad stuff. A firearm is a pure luxury and also can be a hinderance. Ammo is heavy and most survival situations call for self rescue, wihich means alot of walking. Just by reading these posts, i can make the assumption that the vast majority of the previous commenters likely have never put themselves into an actual risky environment and life or death survival situation. A firearm is only good until you run your ammo dry and then you have a nice paperweight or maybe a hammer until the magazines floor plate disintigrates. all the extra weight of a firearm and ammo will quickly become an annoyance to a person hiking out of a canyon or forest while they are engaging in self rescue. If you are in a static survival scenario wwhere self rescue is not possible and you will be hold up in one area for an extended amount of time, then a gun may be very useful to the survior/s. But as stated before most situations will require a person to actively engage in self rescue and mobility will be key.

    I will recommend a few handgun options for the folks who are interested.

    For pistols I shoot hk’s and sig’s. Both brands have firearms that are in use in the U.S. sp

    • STAY.alive.OR.u.WoNt.SurViVe!

      *special forces and have gon through US SOCOM testing so you can be assured they are bombproof and will fire round after round without a ftf even in the shattiest conditions on the face of the earth. Hk usps have octogonal barrels and in testing a round was intentionally lodged in the barrel and another round was chambered and fired and cleared the stuck round with minimal ,if any at all, damage or bulging to the barrel or bore. I would never try that with a glock of any model/caliber not to mention glocks have that odd grip angle that requires the wristed to be cocked slightly and can be very wierd and uncomfortable at first and will screw up the sight plane and aim of a first time because the grip angle is odd and they arent properly holding the firearm when shooting. Hk and sigs can be expensive but like anything else you buy thats wotlrth having around and should be dependable when its needed, you get what you pay for.

    • STAY.alive.OR.u.WoNt.SurViVe!

      One other thing.. survival is a mental game more than anything else. The things your mind can force your body to do os astounding when in a pure survival mindset. relying on anything other than your own mind and body is just going to set up failure. If you cant keep in a state of mind that is free of panic, anxiety, fear or anything of that sort then nothing you do and no tools you have available will be able to be done/used with maximum efficiency. When face with a survival ituation, Rely only on your intelect and remember even if you are naked and empty handed, you have eveything you will ever need as nature will provide anything and everything you need to live. Not just survive.

  44. 1. FN 5.7 pistol
    2. S&W Governor
    3. Para Ordnance P-14 Limited
    4. Glock 31
    5. Springfield XDM .45 – converted to 460 Rowland

  45. i cant believe you guys! here is my 5 and ill explain why in the end

    1. beretta 92fs compact type L (based on the m9a1)
    2.ar 15 pistol (you did say handguns right? lol)
    3. ruger redhawk
    4.taurus model 605
    5.remington model 1858

    alright let me explain why each

    1. the beretta because its extremely relyiable even the compact has enough weight to be good for pistol whipping, its tried true and battle proven (yes i know the rumors i am in the army) the 9mm so the ammo is relyable and the mags are easy to find and cheap to stock up on the gun is common enough parts are easy to come by

    2. ar 15 pistol is the same as the beretta, common common common. accept i dont think i need to even explain. instead ill tell you why a pistol than a rifle. its smaller lighter and easier to manuver in a building

    3. ah the ruger redhawk. this should be easily explained. its a ruger so its built very rugged. probably the toughest gun on the list. ruger revolvers are known to break down to bare bones with much ease and so cleaning and swapping parts would be a breeze not that youd probaby ever have too. the redhawk can come in 45ACP and 45 colt in the same cylinder, so ammo would be common and very effective against both 2 and 4 legged preditors

    4. the taurus model 605, this is what i think a 357 should be. small light. powerful. shoots 2 calibers 38 and 357 now is it ideal? nah but the guns price is right. taurus makes guns to smith and wesson specs (sorry haters) this would be the perfect gun for pocket carry maybe something strapped to your thigh or something to snuggle with in your sleeping bag.

    5. this one probably threw everyone off. the remington 1858, a blackpowder gun would be ideal for when you get to your final destination, i chose this one because you can switch cylinders like the gun was made to. cylinders can be had for 60 dollars a piece and you can buy holsters for them. you clean the gun with soap and hot water which you shouuld have access to both with your BOB. the projectiles can be smelted from various material and you can get yourself a book on how to make gun powder and you can rig or make or buy or have made a primer punch and find the paper caps for cap guns and now you have a gun that never goes hungry

    what do you guys think?

  46. I”ll say that this seems strange as far as what I’d be looking to grab in a S.H.T.F. scenario, five pistols really? I myself think a good carbine lever gun of light weight & a super strong single action pistol in .44mag is a no brainier. So with that said I’ ll stick to the five, sorta.
    1) Ruger old army cap & ball in stainless steal. When no cartages are to be had this gun is capable of producing (arguably) ballistics on par with .357 mag. Built like a tank.
    2) A T/C contender if you can’t do it with a contender you shouldn’t be using a pistol. With its interchangeable barrels, calibers, strength, & accuracy no other pistol can hold a candle to it.
    3) 1911 I won’t say which one just as long as it’s a good one that you know runs. Huge popularity says that ammunition, parts, so on will be easy to find along the way. The gun has unarguable track record as a battle sidearm and was standard issue for 75 years here in the good’ol U.S.of A and that is that. I won’t down glocks, I’ll just say that I played with plastic guns as a child.
    4) Ruger single ten stainless ( always stainless you can coat over it if flash is a concern) steal. As reliable as a club, accurate, able to shoot shorts, longs, and lrs of any speed for generations if looked after.
    5) Big 44! Forget .357 if you are going to shoot a magnum revolver make it a .44. My choice…..that’s right a Ruger. Super or a regular black hawk again tuff as nails over built firearms. The .44 mag will kill anything that walks this continent period. This is really the gun you want to pair with a ’92 or ’94 style carbine. Even if you only had the fifteen or seventeen rounds that the two of them hold loaded up that is a S load of firepower. I hope the day never comes but if it does I don’t plan on going under gunned.

  47. Ruger Single Six – .22LR
    S&W 649 – .357 mag
    S&W 686 – .357 mag
    S&W 629 – .44 mag
    CZ-75 – 9mm

  48. I still can’t get overy someone choosing a Hipoint lol

  49. For a defensive/survival/combat handgun I look for a proven handgun. The one that has always come to my mind has performed exceptionally well in two World Wars, one Forgotten war (Korea) and one unfavorable Police Action (Vietnam). The 1911/1911A1. I have owned two Colt Combat Commanders that, out of the box, would fire FMJ, JHP, and semi wad cutters without issue. My theory has always been if I can’t hit my target in 7-8 rounds 13 won’t do any good. Practice/Practice/Practice will get you hitting the mark with your first shot. On a rare occasion that you need 13 rounds a 4 second mag change is no problem.

  50. Raymond Barrientos

    1. Ruger P-89 9mm
    2. Ruger SP 101 .357 Mag 3″ barrel
    3. Springfield 1911A1 .45 acp
    4. CZ-85 9mm or 40 cal.
    5. Taurus Judge in .45 LC/.410

  51. #5 CZ 75b 9mm

    #4 Springfield xd 9mm

    #3 Glock 17 9mm

    #2 Ruger GP 100 357 mag

    # Ruger single six 22lr/22mag combo

  52. 1 HK 45 USP
    2 HK VP9
    3 D&W 10mm

  53. Glock 21 .45ACP
    Sig P938 for carry
    Ruger .22
    SW Model 686 .357 6″ barrel
    Taurus .38 revolver; hammerless for wife

  54. 1. = S&W MOD-617-4 22LR. REVOLVER ( 8-SHOT)

    2. = GLOCK MOD-19 9MM. PISTOL ( 15+1) 2ND CHOICE -FN BROWNING HI-POWER 9MM. (14+1)

    3. = S&W MOD-60-14 38SPL/ 357 MAG. REVOLVER (5-SHOT) GREAT CCW.

    4. =FNX45 TACTICAL 45CAL. PISTOL ( 15+1 ) THREE MAGS & READY BARREL FOR SUPPRESOR.

    5. =AMERICAN ARMS .22WMR REVOLVER (5-SHOT) VERY SAFE AND YOU WILL TAKE IT EVERYWHERE

  55. Have both Glock 19 and Glock 21 from this list but my favorite one is Glock 43!

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