In an outdoor survival situation, locating and procuring food is a major concern. In addition, although there are numerous edible plants available in the outdoors, consuming protein is extremely important to your continued good health.
Consequently, carrying a survival rifle can make the task of procuring this vital food source much easier. But, what constitutes a proper survival rifle? Well, a proper survival rifle should be compact, lightweight, and should break down into two or more pieces for easy carry in a back pack, canoe or kayak. In addition, since the purpose of a survival rifle is to procure food instead of defending yourself against predators, the venerable .22 LR cartridge is an excellent choice because it’s readily available, very compact and is capable of bringing down most small game animal.
1. Browning Grade 1 Semi-Auto .22 Rifle.
The Browning Semi-Auto .22 rifle is the highest quality and most expensive of the five rifles listed; it weighs 5 lbs 3 oz, and has an MSRP of $699.99.
2. Savage/Stevens Model 30
The take-down version of the Savage/Stevens Model 30 Favorite is an in expensive alternative to the Browning Semi-Auto 22 LR that weighs 4.25 lbs. In addition, although this rifle is currently out of production, it can still be found on the pre-owned gun market.
3. Marlin Papoose Rifle
The Marlin Papoose is a no-frills, purpose-built, survival rifle that weighs 3.25 lbs, and has an MSRP of $328.82.
4. Henry Repeating Arms AR-7 Rifle
The Henry Repeating Arms AR-7 is also a no-frills, purpose-built, survival rifle that has been the exclusive choice of the US Air Force since its introduction. It weighs 2.5 lbs, and has an MSRP of $275.00.
5. Rossi Single Shot Matched Pair Rifle/Shotgun
The Rossi Single Shot Matched Pair is available in both blued and matte nickel models and is available in several different caliber/gauge configurations; it weighs 3.25 lbs, and has an MSRP of $233.00.
6. AR-15 Rifles
.22 LR conversion kits are available for AR-15 rifles chambered for the .223 Remington cartridge. Therefore, this platform would make an excellent survival rifle since the .223 Rem. is sufficient to bring down small deer at close range, and the .22 LR would serve well for harvesting smaller game such as rabbits and squirrels.