Top 5 Survival Handguns

Being a survivalist means being prepared for nearly any contingency possible. Firearms are part of that preparation, whether some of us like it or not. Despite the charming allure of guns and their power over man, they are above all tools, albeit dangerous ones. In a survival situation one may need a varied arsenal of firearms to hunt game, defend their home and practice skills. Much like the great pioneers who once survived for years in the wilds, firearms are something that should be treated with respect. But what makes a good survival gun? In this article we will focus on the handguns available on the market, which may be used in such situations. This list comprises of personal favorites, so it is far from being perfect. I’m sure many of you will disagree with my choices, however one thing remains true in the end: the reasons we love handguns. They are compact, powerful for their size and they are much easier to obtain than most firearms out there. This list focuses on durable and reliable handguns we can use in most situations, working with common ammunition we can find with ease. We begin with a popular law enforcement choice:

    • SIG Sauer P226 neuSig Sauer P226


      This is a choice for many military and police forces personnel, a very popular handgun around the world as we all know. Its 9mm clip holds 15 rounds, weighing a comfortable 34 ounces when full. You can also find it in .357 and .40 calibers. Retail prices range around $800 to $900, though its quality is something worth paying for.


    • Glock 17 (6825676904)Glock 17

      One of the most popular handguns in the world, larger than the Glock 36, but the most common choice for most law enforcement officers. Weighing 32 ounces and sporting a nice 9x19mm, 17-round clip, it offers reduced recoil and control, becoming a great gun to train beginners. You can find it on the retail market for around $440. You can be sure this gun will be reliable and instantly recognizable to anyone who’s ever held a firearm.


    • SpringfieldXd45acpSpringfield XD Service Model

      This service model includes a trigger safety much like the ones in the Glock handguns, offering a familiar feeling when you hold it. It has a beveled magazine well, helping with reload speed of its 16-round magazine. Although it may not be a great precision weapon, it still has mechanical durability and you can still score some tight grouping with the right ammo. Average prices are somewhere around $470 on the retail market.


    • S&W M&P .40 right sideSmith & Wesson .40 M&P

      A polymer-framed .40 caliber light pistol, this gun has a nice and comfortable grip with an equally comfortable grip tang for hand protection. It has a surprisingly low recoil for its caliber and it holds a 15-round clip which offers plenty of ammo. Retail prices are somewhere around $600 for those inclined to buy it.


    • Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 MagnumRuger RedHawk

      A classic, almost Wild West-looking piece with a double-action construction. Made of stainless steel and capable of handling the Magnum load it uses as well as the dangers of the elements. The RedHawk is great for self defense and serving as a back-up weapon. It holds 6 rounds in the .44 Magnum caliber and it weighs around 46 to 54 ounces. Its price varies somewhere around $990 to about $1050.



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Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.


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  • September 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    At The Doomsday Moose, we value everyones opinions. Bashing is not an opinion. It is just mean. Keep this in mind when wording comments about articles to which you disagree. Not just here but everywhere. It gives you much more credibility.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. In my opinion, those handguns are excellent but if you disagree, that is completely fine and you are certainly welcome to express your opinions. I am well aware that there are different laws and restrictions regarding guns in every country. I feel that this is a shame and everyone has a right to defend themselves.

  • September 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I don't think this is a terrible article – of course which firearm to own and use is a very personal preference, but I think the author does a good service by reminding us all that a firearm and ammunition are very much worthy of consideration in our preparations. Along with adding these tools to your home defense plans, range time is a must to keep your skills honed. We've even had my 12 year old grandson out to the range because you never know when whether he knows how to handle a firearm or not means living or dying. Personally, I prefer the Sig Sauer P238 and the Springfield Armory XD 9mm.

  • September 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Nonsense. Terrible article. The author obviously has no clue. Being from a country where you can't get your hands on any of the firearms above also hinders her credibility.


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