Guns In Your Bug Out Bag? Here Are Things To Consider

It’s no surprise that many survivalists and preppers are gun enthusiasts. Whether or not someone in these groups is distrustful of the government (many of us are), the sheer practicality of having a firearm for self-defense and for hunting makes it a practical item to have around and to be comfortable with. But, even with obvious benefits to having a firearm with you in a disaster situation, you still would be prudent to have taken everything into consideration before packing a gun and ammo into your bug out bag.

One factor to consider is how much weight you can carry, especially if you have to carry it very long. Think about it for a moment: You may be able to (relatively) comfortably carry fifty pounds for a few minutes, but, if you have to hike to your bug out location, can you carry fifty pounds for a half-hour hike back through some woods? Or maybe up a mountain trail? You see, weight tends to “magnify” the longer that we carry something. So, you need to consider the extra weight of both your firearm and ammo that you will be carrying. It could make your bug out bag’s weight impractical for you. As John Boch puts it:

The biggest mistake people make in crafting their packs is over-estimating their load-carrying ability.

For most of us, our 18th birthday is nothing but a speck in the rear-view mirror. Our clothes have inexplicably shrunk in the laundry. We may have picked up ailments or disabilities along the way that we have to contend with. Carrying sixty or eighty pounds on a five mile hike over even ideal terrain just isn’t in the cards.

When in the field, remember that ounces feel like pounds, and pounds equal pain.

Carrying a gun and ammunition in a pack will quickly add a lot of pain to a hike, especially for those in poor physical shape. What’s more, the handgun you’ll want to have probably should be concealed about your person so it can be readily deployed if needed. Don’t bury your gat under your Goretex and other gear.

As for extra ammunition? Like food and water, ammo weights a lot. Unless you expect to have to fight your way through Little Mogadishu on your way home, a sidearm and a reload or two will probably suffice for 99.99% of likely contingencies.

Also, consider the kind of firearm that you will carry. If it’s a small weapon, you can put it in your bag or carry concealed. But, if you bug out with a rifle or shotgun, you may attract attention. And attention is not something that you want when you are trying to disappear.

So, with those considerations in mind, what weapon do you plan on having on hand with your bug out bag? Tell us below.

 
 

  • GRAMPA

    The reason to carry is for the majority self-defense. a question I seldom see addressed as the self-confidence they give. confidence misunderstood can get you killed. first and foremost in a bug out event becomes the choices that must be made and how quickly. if your goal is to get home first and you carry a pack the people unprepared it becomes their answer to survive. the best gun is one you never have occasion to use. having a gun without the skill to use it can become the tool that kills you. it is the choices you make that will determine if your planning is a success. with each event, it will be evident that no two are alike. the choices made will determine how quickly you will get to your destination. most will find themselves at work. and the goal is to get home safely. items that can be carried without detection and items that will allow you to move quickly without drawing attention to yourself will increase your chances. will you need a gun? Time is both your friend and enemy.the confusion that most will experience at the beginning the people that can move quickly and travel the farthest to the decided goal will have the best chance. knowing how fast you can walk to your goal is as much a part of your BOB as a gun would be. again not using a gun is best. when all power goes away it will be quiet. a gunshot will draw attention and will be heard for a long way off. they will know you have a gun and many will want it for it provides the “shortcut” to survival. true or not firing a gun draws attention unwanted. Well, these reasons are my own personal thoughts formulated from the short training I received in my defense training while in the Navy. take it for what it’s worth because to prepare is better than not. the longer and more complete you prepare the better your chances. in the end, it is yourself who must choose if a gun is a necessity. if you choose to have one be sure you are able to use it and pray you never need to. choose well and survive.
    Grampa