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.
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.
You’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.
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.
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.
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