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Which battle rifle for SHTF?

There are so many types of battle rifles on the market. How does one decide which battle rifle for SHTF?

Which battle rifle for SHTF?

What if you could only choose one battle rifle to survive SHTF?

For long term use, it seems like the AK-47, with it’s loose tolerances and rugged dependability should be the winner hands down. The AK-47 has been battle tested and proven. It  has been buried in mud, filled with sand, picked up out of rivers and in almost every case, has worked without flaw.

AK-47 Rifle
The tried and true, AK-47

The problem with the AK-47 for your SHTF rifle is the availability of the 7.62×39 ammunition. After the apocalypse, imports of ammo will likely stop, and all the AK-47 ammo will get snatched up quickly.

Ammunition Availability

Here in the USA you can pick up .223 or .308 Winchester ammo almost every place. You can head down to the hardware store in some small towns and purchase it, you can get it at Wal-mart, someone you know has some sitting in their garage.

With ammunition availability as a serious and primary consideration, I personally like the AR-15 due to it’s ammunition and part availability. In some area’s though, the scary looking AR-15 is regulated or outlawed, but no one would bat an eye at your a Mini-14 Ranch rifle, also chambered in .223

Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle (.223/5.56)


There is also the bonus of the “Reach out and touch someone” of the  .308 (7.61×51 NATO) round. The .308 is serious round with an effective range of more than 800 meters. An AR10, Cetme or HK G3 with some optics would really extend your reach.

Cetme .308 Rifle


Obviously there are other choices, this is based on my research and my personal preference. Remember to keep ammunition availability in mind when choosing your SHTF rifle!

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