Top Ten Prepper Guns (Popular Survival Choices)

21 Mar

This is just a quick post to share what I believe are the top ten prepper guns. These aren’t necessarily the ten I like the most. Instead, they’re the ten choices I see most other preppers choosing. The list is by no means statistically sound. The guns are in no particular order.

1. The Ruger 10/22 in 22 LR. It’s inexpensive and cheap to shoot. It has largely replaced many of the old-school choices like the Marlin 39A’s. In a pinch, you could defend yourself with it.

2. The Mossberg 500 in 12 gauge. A reliable pump shotgun that is a common alternative to the next weapon.

3. The 870 Remington pump in 12 gauge.
I’ve heard really old timers say they think these are junk. But they keep going for most of us!

4. The Glock 19 in 9mm. Probably the most popular defensive pistol choice in the world. Reliable. Shootable. Simple.

5. The 1911 45 ACP pistol. This is on the list because it is the overwhelming choice of old-school preppers and survivalists. Shootable.

6. The AK-47. The world’s most popular fighting rifle. Relatively inexpensive compared to the next weapon.

7. The AR-15. Accurate. Shootable. Some don’t like the tiny bullet.

8. The Mosin Nagant rifle. This is hugely popular because it’s so inexpensive. Many preppers purchase four, five, or six of these. For that cost, I’d just get a modern bolt in 30-06!

9. The M1A. This is a hard hitting rifle favored by many old-school survivalists. The link is to a very, very, very, very long video by nutnfancy.

10. Each weapon above is a particular model. I’m at a loss for number ten. I can’t think of any weapon that clearly stands out as a prepper favorite. I thought about the 357 magnum revolver, but some like the newer Rugers. Others S&Ws. Same problem with the 44 magnum revolvers: no model stands out in clear popularity.

I contemplated the 30-30 because of it’s choice among old-school preppers. But, here to: The Winchester 94 or a Marlin? A 30-06 bolt came to mind, but again no particular gun stands out as overwhelmingly popular.

A 22 LR Ruger standard pistol, or Mark I-II-III would be another choice. A combination Savage type weapon or the AR-7? Smaller concealed carry weapons vary hugely. The FAL is popular, but not so much to make the list when compared to the other guns.

In the end, I decided to leave number 10 blank!

Disclaimer: This post is only based upon my perception of popularity.


Here’s a really good post ( and video about when to use lethal force. It talks about the moral and legal aspects you need to come to grips with before you carry or keep a gun for self defense.

I like the distinction between “Thou shall not kill” and “Thou shall not commit murder.”  I agree with everything David Nash says, but would add one thing: In a serious WROL crisis, protecting your supplies might be necessary to ensure the survival of your family. This can become a complex moral issue, and, as Nash says, we really must sort this out on a personal level.

One Response to “Top Ten Prepper Guns (Popular Survival Choices)”

  1. rmactsc March 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Some others you might want to add. Mossberg 590A, Smith & Wesson M&P45, FAL L1A1 and the Yugo SKS with wood stock replaced by a synthetic one and modified to accept a detachable magazine 🙂

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