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Why Your Survival Cache Must Include An Air Rifle

Why Your Survival Cache Really Needs An Air Rifle

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As a survivalist or prepper, having a personal arsenal of weapons for security and hunting purposes is important.

Many will tell you that having a good handgun, .22 rifle, center fire rifle, shotgun, bow, and a knife are the critical elements that make up a complete, personal arsenal. But there is one other weapon that despite being overlooked should be considered for any arsenal: a good, .177 caliber BB/Pellet air rifle.

Whether you have to pull your old BB gun out of the basement, or buy one new from Walmart or your local sporting goods store, an air rifle is a much more important weapon to have in your arsenal than you may think. Here’s why:

1. Target Practice. Let’s say you live in an urban location, or maybe even somewhere out in the countryside but you have neighbors nearby. In this case, getting enough target practice would require you to drive out to a range (and include paying the range fee) or to a secluded area in the woods. With a BB gun, you may be able to shoot right from your home to keep your shooting skills up. It’s also quiet and won’t disturb any of your neighbors. The principles of shooting a firearm and an air rifle are largely the same. You have to hold the weapon steady, control your breathing, aim carefully, and point the weapon in a safe direction. Plus, shooting from your own property is much more affordable, which leads us into our next point.

2. Cheap. Shooting a BB gun is dirt cheap. In the face of rising prices of guns and ammunition, the prices of BB guns and BBs have remained fairly stable. While you by no means should discount purchasing real firearms, they are undeniably expensive. Shooting BB or pellet guns costs less than a penny a shot.

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3. Ammo Storage. One reason why the .22LR is such an excellent survivalist caliber is because you can stock up much more of it in very limited space. The space that would require you to store 50 or so rounds of 9mm could also hold 250 rounds of .22LR. Well, you’ll be able to store literally thousands of BBs in that same amount of space. Another great thing about .177 caliber BB and pellet ammunition? It doesn’t go bad. If you pull out your old air rifle and ammo that you had as a kid 20 or more years ago, it should still shoot just fine.

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4. Safety Habits. You may not have thought of this one, but shooting a BB air gun often will help you to work on your gun safety until it becomes a habit. Get into the habit of wearing safety goggles, aiming the gun in a safe direction, and indexing until you are ready to fire. Since you can shoot an air rifle on your property without disturbing your neighbors, you will not only be able to keep your shooting skills up, but your gun safety habits up as well.

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5. Hunting Small Game. If you load your air rifle with pellets, it will be an effective hunting rifle for small game. In the event of a grid-down scenario, food will become hard to find, and you better be praying you have enough stocked up in storage. But you won’t want to become too dependent on what you have in storage. If the grid stays down long enough, eventually you’ll want to find an alternative source of food, and an excellent way to find this alternate source is to go hunting. A .410 shotgun or a .22 LR are excellent weapons for small game hunting, but the benefit of an air gun loaded with pellets is that it is quiet – and that you can hunt with it without using your more expensive firearm ammo.

6. No Regulations. Another great benefit to air BB/pellet rifles is that there are currently no regulations regarding them. You don’t have to pass a background check and you don’t have to worry about restrictive state laws. You do not have to worry about any regulations concerning air rifles.

7. Powerful. Many of the modern-day .177 caliber pellet guns are surprisingly powerful, with some shooting up to 1,300 feet per second. While this is by no means a better self-defense or hunting weapon than other options, air rifles still do come in handy today and you should not discount their usefulness.

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15 comments

  1. Great page! We share almost the same opinion on the best air rifle. My personal favorite is Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle

  2. Good suggestion with mostly good follow up comments.
    Personal add on is don’t get anything with a velocity of over 1050 FPS, or if you want to risk it, 1110 FPS. Then make it the biggest heaviest hardest hitting pellet you have, one blunt another penetrating. the penetrating is more suitable for somewhat larger game, where possibility of a chase is at risk. Yes, I know all about humane hunting and I’m all for it, but, lets face it, when the S.H.T proverbial fan, we need to feed our families, just make sure you can catch they prey and you don’t wound an animal that will die 3 weeks later of infection and mal nourished. There is nothing wrong with air rifles, they work great. I do have a preference for a good crossbow and bolt making parts, but the “ammo” occupies more space and is much more complicated. Oh, and the comment on not to exceed the 1110 feet per second is to make it quieter. If you exceed 1116 fps you will produce a sonic “clap” which will be somewhat louder than the rifle. So keep it quiet.

  3. Totally agree with your opinion. I’ve 2 BB Gun. It’s cheap but powerful enough for newbie. If you’re new in this game, just start with BBgun like me.

  4. I have recently started a blog, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  5. Really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us.Great site and a great topic as well i really get amazed to read this french chairs

  6. If you want an expensive rifle that is expensive to use and maintain then you should buy yourself a CO2 powered rifle. If you are a common type of person that budgets every cent then you are lucky too for you can buy yourself a spring piston powered rifle at a cheap price. Thats also important.

  7. If you want an expensive rifle that is expensive to use and maintain then you should buy yourself a CO2 powered rifle. If you are a common type of person that budgets every cent then you are lucky too for you can buy yourself a spring piston powered rifle at a cheap price. That may help as well.

  8. I own many air rifles just because of how affordable and vital they are for prepping. Having the ability to hunt small game for the price of pennies for pellets is completely worth it.

  9. Air Rifle is a must have for survivalist. Im very appreciate this helpful post. Thank you very much.

  10. a powerful gun and cheap always been favorite hunter. But most important is to protect your family from the dangers of guns.

  11. Air Rifle is the best gun, i really like it. A powerful gun always been favorite hunter for me.

  12. “Why Your Survival Cache Must Include An Air Rifle”
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  13. Totally agree with your opinion. I’ve 2 BB Gun. It’s cheap but powerful enough for newbie. If you’re new in this game, just start with BBgun like me.

  14. I like how you said that you wouldn’t have to go to a shooting range if you had an airgun at your disposal thereby allowing you to keep up with your target practice from home. My family loves to go hunting and while we don’t live in a city we do have some neighbors nearby. It would be a good idea for us to invest in a few guns like this so they could use the quiet air gun pellets instead of bullets to target practice.

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