Originally Posted by Armed-Citizen
if you could only have one rifle for a survival tool, which brand,model and caliber would you choose? consider that you can only carry what you can on you.
if you had to choose between a flash light, a lighter and poncho to carry, which would you choose?
if you had to abandon your home for any reason , what would you take with you? knowing there's a chance that you might have to survive for days possibly away from home, say 3-5days
If I had to bug out, and btw, I do not plan on it. I am very rural and do plan
to make a stand. But I do have my "emergency" backpack; if I did have to
leave it would be under force. I also have 6 basic routes planned all on foot
and in different directions all based on various threat vectors. I am
assuming if I am forced out I will have to do so on foot, as using a vehicle
most likely will not be an option. I am assuming that the mission is survival
evasion and escape.
Therefore, being forced out I would not choose a 22LR; a 22LR is fine in a
pure survival mode but is anemic for security. Then you have the debate on
power versus weight and ammo load. IMO, my weapon of choice is my AR-
15 it is a good balance between weight (including ammo load out), firepower
and reliability. My pack has all my basic needs, shelter, fire starting, first
aid, basic field tools, water (for a day). I would leave dressed for the lowest
evening temps, expected; keeping in mind that I will not likely be able to
build a fire as it would give away my position. 5-7 days is a normal hunting
trip for me. On hunting trips, I typically only bring water, seasonings (I am
civilized you know) and 2-4 meals the rest of the meals are tree rats, rabbit,
roots and the occasional fowl for meals. My “day” pack has water
purification tabs but there is plenty of running water around here so I would
try not to use those. Now gun hunting is not likely a good way to get food
and carrying a bow and a rifle is not practical, so you should be learning
traps and snares. When on hunting trips I will set up 6-10 traps/snares, all
materials are from the environment, except a little Para cord (and that can
be substituted from nature also) and a knife. Traps and snares will get you
food with the noise of a firearm.
You can often find good cover and concealment near water, at least in these
parts. That would be my primary goal.
Sorry I did not follow your rules but, I stack the deck in my favor whenever
possible. As the quote goes, “If you ever find yourself in a fair fight your