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The Survival Bag You Need When Police Aren’t Around

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A bug-out bag is one of the most important aspects of survival. In fact, you could make a very convincing argument that you aren’t truly prepared for a grid-down situation or a major crisis if you don’t have at least one fully equipped bug-out bag ready to go.

But an equally convincing argument could be made that you aren’t ready for a downed grid if you don’t have a bag of weapons and ammo. Granted, you may already have quite a few weapons and boxes of ammo. Nonetheless, if you need to bug out fast – especially in a lawless situation where police are nowhere to be found — it would be much easier for you to have a go-to weapons bag.

Ideally, you’ll want to find a bag that is designed to hold two long guns, two handguns, and has at least three pouches for storing ammo. Several of these kinds of weapon bags can be found online.

What should you store in your weapons bag? Let’s take a look:

1. Semi-automatic rifle.

You must have your main go-to semi-automatic rifle in your weapons bag. This should not be a bolt-action hunting rifle, lever-action rifle, or even a Mosin-Nagant that has become increasingly popular with preppers in recent years. Rather, you will need a good semi-automatic rifle in your bag, chambered in either 5.56x45mm NATO or .308 Winchester. Examples of reputable rifles include the AR-15 or AR-10, Ruger Mini 14, AK-47, the FN SCAR or FAL, or the Springfield M1A.

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You should know your rifle inside and out, having practiced with it extensively. If you haven’t fired at least one thousand rounds through your rifle in training, then you have a lot more practice to do in order to become proficient with it.

2.Pump-action shotgun.

Having a good pump-action shotgun in your weapons bag is a must to complement your semi-automatic rifle. It’s up to you what gauge you select, but you should choose between 12 or 20 gauge as they are the two most common. Your shotgun should also preferably be a pump action, as they are more reliable than semi-autos. Examples of reputable pump-action shotguns to own are the Mossberg 500/590 series or the Remington 870.

One interesting thing to take note of here is that you can buy 500s and 870’s as a field combo kit, meaning that you buy the same shotgun and get two different barrels for it: an 18.5-inch barrel for self-defense, and a 28-inch vented rib barrel for hunting and target shooting. The barrels are extremely easy to interchange. This will make your shotgun ever the more versatile, and will be a much cheaper alternative to having to buy two shotguns, one for hunting and one for self-defense, instead.

3. Semi-automatic handgun and/or revolver.

1911 pistol 2 -- stockYou’ll need a good sidearm in your weapons bag, and your primary one should be a full-size service pistol chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP. As with your rifle, you will need to know your pistol inside and out and practice with it extensively. There are many different options out there, but some popular full-size service pistols in the calibers mentioned include the Browning Hi-Power, Beretta/Taurus 92 series, any reputable manufacturer of 1911s, Springfield XDMs, any of the full-size Glocks, Smith & Wesson MPs and the Walther P99.

Most weapon bags come with two compartments for storing two different pistols. Some people like to store magazines and holsters in the second compartment, but if you want to, you can store those elsewhere and put a double action revolver chambered in .357 Magnum in this compartment. You’ll want to go with a 4-inch barrel as it will pack the most easily. The advantages to having a .357 in the bag is that a revolver needs no magazines, is generally more reliable than a semi-automatic, and is capable of shooting .38 Specials in it as well. The most popular .357 revolvers made right now come from Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Taurus.

4. Ammunition.

Divide your ammunition into three sections: rifle, shotgun and handgun. Most weapons bags have three storage compartments for ammunition, so this works out perfectly. All three compartments should be filled with as much ammo as you can fit.

Also, remember to have plenty of magazines for your rifle and pistol, all loaded up with one or two less rounds than the magazine can hold (so that the springs can last longer). Pack a minimum of three magazines for your pistol and six magazines for your rifle in your weapons bag.

 5. Accessories.

Be sure to include a good belt, holster(s) for your sidearm(s), and a gun cleaning kit. The cleaning kit can be basic and shouldn’t take up much room (or weight). You may also want to include some accessories for your rifle, like a scope or red dot site, carry handle, flashlight, bipod, forward grip, sling and so on.

Also, don’t forget to include a good knife, preferably a fixed blade in a sheath. You can also consider a good hatchet or tomahawk, as well as a smaller folding knife to serve as a back-up to your fixed blade.

What else would you put in a weapons bag? Leave your reply in the section below:

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  1. All this gear requires a much larger vehicle to conceal what you have. A Crown Vic or an older Cadillac have ideal trunks, I have a Quad-cab truck. Which brings me to this, windows, being able to see inside even with dark tint. So I have three bags, two in black that are hard to distinguish, and a two tone tennis style bag for the short carbine. This one doesn’t look like a gun bag, and is never left in the truck at nite. One side arm and one carbine are formidable assets, these will get me “where” I need to be and “away” from where I shouldn’t be. The above mentioned “Two” gun bag only means that at some point, you will have to leave one behind.
    Safe shooting…

  2. My bag includes a 308 cleaning kit with extra brushes/patches for a 45acp. Lubricant and cleaning solvent are included. No need having a firearm if it will not function when you need it.

  3. ability to clean them, black electrical tape

  4. It’s getting so scary I drive my Abrams tank everywhere I go for ultimate armor protection and firepower and I never worry about where I’m gonna park.

  5. your missing bow and arrows and air rifles in case you want to go hunting and having to avoid scaring away all the animals in the area that can be used for food and clothing, etc… not only that you really don’t want to give up your location on a SHTF scenario!

  6. Any particular reason for a shotgun being included on this list? I would think a .22 rifle would be more handy.

    • A .22 might be good for small game but a shotgun has many different loads you can shoot out of it to put food on the table (birds, rabbit etc etc) as well as defend against larger animals (bear, moose and humans).

      • You can also use cut the shell empty out the buckshot, wad and powder so you’re left with an empty primed shell. You can use the empty shell to rig up an trip wire alarm to wake you up if someone enters the perimeter of your camp site. I would only do this in a SHTF scenario though.

  7. I believe having an air rifle is a must for your gun collection, spring operated or pump.

  8. And just who’s going to carry all this crap. If you’re driving this is great but if you’re on foot pick 1 rifle and 1 side arm both using common rounds, your food and clothing then get out. You’re not going war, you’re leaving to survive. Avoid situations where you might end up in a gun battle. Learn stealth, hide and evade. If you’re in a gun battle you’re either part of the problem or you’re going to be so outgunned it won’t really matter what you’re packing or had to leave behind in that fancy truck 5 miles down the road with no gas.

  9. a basic first aid kit , some Zip-Ties, and maybe some duct tape…..

  10. I have a 10/22 Takedown packed in my bugout bag, I also have a place on the side of my bag designed to strap in another weapon. I usually have my shotgun there and I can shoulder carry my SKS. I have a chest rig for my SKS ammo and tactical belt with shell holders and room on there for two folding shotshell ammo pouches and a dump bag. I carry 1500 rounds for the .22 in my pack. My wife can carry my bolt action Mosin and the kids carry extra ammo. Got a treadmill? Gear up and practice walking with your load. You might find you can’t carry all that you think. I train everyday with my load. Might seem overkill to some, but I want to make sure when the day comes I am up to the task for bugging out if needed and vehicles are not available.

  11. If you are planning on hunting for food after a disaster think again. There will 100s of other people with the same idea. The game will be depleted in a matter of weeks. If there are 100 squirrels in a 10 acre area and 10 people hunting them they will be gone in days. Plus, if you are feeding a family of four that’s 3 animals each per person per day. So even if you are the only hunter the rodents will be wiped out in 10 days. And certainly don’t depend on birds for food. A normal size man can eat at least six per meal. Stockpile food and if you can add to it by hunting all the better.

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