If you haven’t read my article on choosing a bug out gun for you, then you might want to give it a shot. There are a multitude of guns and other weapons to choose from, and the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle should be one that you definitely look into.
This rifle was the choice of U.S. Air Force pilots since 1959 as their “get out” weapon if they were downed in a remote area. The barrel, receiver, and an 8 round magazine would fit inside the stock making it very lightweight and compact. The more modern versions of this rifle now come with and can store 2 8 round magazines as well as have mounts for a scope.
Here are the specs (depending on who you ask, they slightly vary):
– Caliber: 22 LR
– Assembled length: 35 – 38″
– Stored length: 16 – 16.5″
– Weight: 2.25 – 3.5 lbs.
– When stowed, it is waterproof and will float.
This is a great survival rifle if you don’t want to carry around a standard rifle yet want better long-range accuracy than most handguns provide. Since it’s so small, you can pack this in your B.O.B. and 1,000 rounds of ammo for only 10 pounds! I do have a few words of caution – high velocity, round nosed rounds perform best (others tend to jam). The front sight post has the potential to move slightly, but I only read about that happening on a few reviews (bring some super glue with you so you can hold it in place if it moves and “kentucky windage” your shots if you have to).
If you decide to use a scope, you would obviously have to take it off in order to store the barrel in the stock. Whether you use a scope or not don’t rely on your first shots out of storage to be accurate – take the time to fire a few practice shots to make sure you’re on target before your life depends on it.
Overall from what I’ve seen, the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle has had great reviews and could be a top contender for your B.O.B. packing list – even if it’s just a back up. The lowest price I’ve seen it listed is $240 from Cabela’s, so it’s also a great price for the “prepper” on a budget (such as myself).
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