To get far when SHTF, us preppers need to not only have the right gear and know the right stuff, but defend and protect ourselves when the need arises. All kinds of self defense are crucial in bad situations.
And usually to pair with defending ourselves we add in weapons to the mix since our regular bodies aren't as deadly, usually some kind of gun.
However, while we may need to actively defend ourselves, it might not be until way further down the line, as survival is also about lasting through long periods of time. In this case, things might get tough and our guns lose reliability.
With this mind, we may need to look beyond the usual statistics we look at when choosing our guns, and instead decided on some effective ones that can last a long time. That way, even after a long time, we'll be properly prepped for any situation.
And this list will do a surefire job of figuring that out! These are some guns that are pretty awesome and can last forever. You definitely need to pick up one or two of these, so check them out below.
Here are the 6 best but old guns that can last a lifetime, thanks to our pals from Survivopedia.
A Few Classic Guns to Consider
In the 1950s this pistol was produced in Czechoslovakia for their military. The CZ-52 fires the very fast and devastating 7.62x25mm Tokarev round. This pistol was finally replaced by the CZ-82 in the 1980s which fires the 9x18mm Russian service round. As a result of this change in pistols there was a large surplus of CZ-52s and a large quantity of 7.62x25mm ammunition at very cheap prices.
The CZ-52 is of interest, in part because of its unusual recoil system. Instead of having a fully gas operated system that’s prone to failure, this gun is the only one that has a pure roller-locked system. The roller lock on this Czech pistol is composed simply of the barrel, two rollers, and a locking cam.
Even in a 33-ounce gun, the fast little bottle necked round still produces a good bit of felt recoil and a muzzle blast that is sure to scare away bystanders on both ends of the gun. If you don’t mind the trade-off of heavy recoil for reduced risk of failure, this gun will work for you.
1911 or 1911-A1 Semi-automatic Pistols
The 1911 or 1911-A1 semi-automatic pistol is the gold standard that all others semi-automatic pistols are judged by. It was designed by John Browning, who is best known for his designs featuring the short recoil principle; which he added to the 1911 basic design.
The pistol was widely copied and the short recoil system was used in nearly all centerfire pistols designs thereafter. The 1911 was a modern handgun replacement for the older revolver handguns carried by the US Armed Forces.
Since this pistol design has been in use for over 100 years, it has withstood the test of time. This pistol has always been, large, heavy framed, rugged, and built to last.
The 1911 is a single action semi-automatic that is magazine fed. This pistol was originally chambered in the .45 ACP cartridge. The US produced over 2.7 million M1911 and 1911-A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life.
When the Mauser 1898 was introduced it was the most advanced bolt action rifle ever produced. This is the bolt action rifle that set the standards that all other bolt action rifles must be measured against.
There have been many variants of this rifle with the best known as the Mauser 98k used in World War I and World War II.
The early 1898 Mauser rifles shot the 7x57mm cartridge. This cartridge is a good hunting round for medium sized game like deer, hogs, and small bear. With the 98k, the ammunition was upgraded to 8x57mm. This is a more powerful cartridge for hunting medium sized game than the 7x57mm.
Many of the old 98k rifles have been reworked to different calibers such as the .30-06. They have also been reworked to accommodate big game cartridges like the .416 Rigby; which is used to hunt elephants and Rhinos.
This rifle is the most reasonably priced bolt action rifles you can buy in military surplus. The rifle was used by the Russian soldiers during WWI and WWII, and other communist forces in Third World Countries during the Cold War.
The Mosin-Nagant is chambered in the 7.62x54mmR cartridge. This round is known for it’s hard kicking recoil and cheap price.
Most of this surplus ammunition is corrosive and the rifle must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Good hunting ammunition is available in the US, making this rifle a good budget hunting weapon.
The M1 Carbine was manufactured by the millions in World War II. Later on, it found it’s way into the surplus marketplace where they were bought by shooters and gun collectors.
Although it shoots the under powered .30 Caliber Carbine cartridges, it is still a good personal defense weapon.
This carbine is very popular because it’s lightweight, easy to shoot, and has a mild recoil. Overall, it is a good weapon for small framed individuals to shoot and carry.
Winchester Model 1912 Trench Gun
Was a 12 Ga. pump action hammerless shotgun with a 18 inch heat shielded barrel. It was in military service from World war I through Vietnam.
When it comes to old, classic, and immortal guns, there are some that have already withstood the test of time and are worthy of consideration. As a prepper, you can save some money by focusing on these weapons without sacrificing utility and durability.
So, next time you go looking for guns, don't immediately choose the fanciest one out there! Consider one of these awesome guns that are cheaper and quite tough and reliable! To learn more helpful survival tips and info, check out Survivopedia.
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