Four All-Purpose Firearms That Every Prepper Should Consider

When it comes to tools and weapons, preppers need to get the most out of the things they own. They need gear that is low maintenance, portable, and perhaps most importantly, it needs to be versatile.

That’s because when you’re preparing for a disaster, you’re essentially getting ready for a situation where your very survival will be reliant on whatever you can store in your home. Or worse, whatever you can carry on your back. So no matter what kinds of gear you buy, you have to consider how many different uses you can get out of it in a pinch.

If you apply that standard to firearms, you’ll be asking yourself about how many situations that weapon would be appropriate for. The more versatile it is, the better it is for a prepper. You want firearms that can use a wide variety of munitions. Or better yet, you need weapons that are modular, and can be turned into multiple configurations. The following firearms fit that bill better than their competitors:

Sig Sauer P320

Weapons that are adopted by the military often go on to become iconic and popular among civilians. The Sig Sauer P320 isn’t one of those firearms, but it’s going to be real soon, because the US Army recently decided to adopt it as a replacement for the Beretta M9. And one of the biggest reasons why they adopted it, is that it’s incredibly modular.

What makes this gun so unique is that the serial number is etched onto the fire control unit, which is where the trigger, sear, and hammer are located. It’s a small metal mechanism that as far as the law is concerned, is the actual firearm. This means that literally everything else can be replaced, which arguably makes the Sig p320 the most modular pistol on the market today. There are tons of configurations. You can have a full sized .45 caliber pistol, and by switching out parts, you can easily turn it into subcompact 9mm, or a compact 40 s&w.

Pump Action Shotgun

Most shotguns are only somewhat modular. It’s pretty easy to change out the barrel, the choke, or the tubular magazine, and replace them with different sized parts. What makes the shotgun so versatile however, is the ammunition. You can fire birdshot for hunting or buckshot for close range self-defense. You can use slugs for longer distances, or you can use less than lethal beanbag rounds. A good shotgun can cover a lot of different bases.

Multi-Caliber Rifles

These types of weapons typically aren’t ideal for most dangerous encounters, on account of the fact that they are usually single shot firearms. They make up for that flaw by being very portable and versatile. They make a great “weapon of last resort” and are typically designed with preppers in mind.

That’s because they can fire a multitude of calibers. Guns like the Chiappa M6 come with a 12 gauge barrel on top, and a .22 WMR barrel on the bottom. You can buy a wide variety of rifled inserts that slip into the shotgun barrel, and allow you to shoot a total of 13 different calibers. As an added bonus, the gun weighs less than 6lbs and comes with a folding stock. With a gun like that, you can rest assured that no matter how bad things get, you’ll always be able to find compatible ammunition.

AR-15 Platform

This list wouldn’t be complete without the AR-15. Due to its design and popularity, this rifle has become one of the most modular weapons on the planet. Once you own a receiver, you can attach countless uppers in a wide variety of calibers, ranging from tiny rimfires, to pistol calibers and sizeable rifle calibers like the .308.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are nearly 400 different companies that make AR-15 type rifles, and thousands of different parts. Sights, stocks, handguards, and everything in between come in countless variations. You can build an AR that is a precision long range shooter, or a pistol caliber short barrel rifle. For every individual, there is a single AR build that is absolutely perfect for them. And by owning multiple uppers, you can reconfigure the gun to be useful in almost any situation.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Originally published February 26th, 2018
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7 Responses to Four All-Purpose Firearms That Every Prepper Should Consider

  1. Craig Escaped Detroit says:

    Be the first to comment. (I was, but it disappeared.) WTF?

    And it was a thoughtful, perhaps even helpful comment (and opinion). Oh well. It seems that “Ready Nutrition” has gone “wibbly”. (Doctor Who quote)

    Or, as Lister says on “Red Dwarf”… “Smeg”!

    • Tess says:

      Hey Craig,

      Sorry, for the confusion. I checked and couldn’t find your original comment. Are you sure you posted?

      • Craig Escaped Detroit says:

        Hi Tess.. thanks for the “call back”. Yes, not only did I successfully make a post about the topic, but several “refreshes” of the page, continued to show my post… but sometime later, I went back, and it was gone.

        I think it disappeared right after I made another “edit” to add one more sentence. Perhaps your “Discus” has a “too long” filter that deletes posts over a specific length?

      • Tess says:

        I’ll check it out and see what I can find.

  2. Richard O. Mann says:

    The one thing not noted is the price of all these toys. The prices on firearms, both long guns and handguns, have gone through the roof over the last decade or so. Sadly, my income has gone in the opposite direction. I have been kicking around an new shotgun, pump, for home security use. They are very good for that and with the proper ammo you don’t have to worry about over penetration, killing someone in another room or your next door neighbor. The AR is also good, but over penetration becomes a problem with it. A good handgun is always good to have also. But, once again all these weapons have really skyrocketed in price. Even the old “Saturday night special” has gotten pricey. Low income people have very few selections today.

  3. Craig Escaped Detroit says:

    OMG. I composed and posted a thoughtful comment (on this topic), and it was a bit LONG, and it showed up OK, but this morning… it’s GONE!!! I suspect an automated filter deletes comments that go beyond a specified length, OR..?

    The last part of my comment that is most important, is for people should have some guns that will still be easy for them to handle & control when they get OLD, into their 80’s, etc, or if they get arthritis, etc.
    Such as a 22LR revolver & a 357 revolver (automatics will become impossible to “rack the slide” if hands & fingers are damaged and much TOO weak.)

    As for the Long-gun, the biggest that may be handled, would be the AR15 and 22LR, etc.

  4. Richard Earley says:

    All covered except for the pistol..I bought a Glock 41 4th gen .45 cal and a total of 9 mags..

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