When it comes time to bug out, the choice of weapons to take with you becomes an important one to consider. Why? Simply because you have to be able to maintain those weapons and, in the case of some weapons, you have to be able to obtain ammunition for the weapon. Thus availability of ammunition becomes a huge factor to keep in mind.
So, with that in mind, you may want to consider becoming proficient with a sling shot so that all you need are smooth stones for ammunition. That way, if you are near a stream or other source of running water, you have a better chance of relatively easy access to ammunition.
Or, possibly, you want to learn how to make your own arrows or crossbow bolts so that, with a little effort, you can make your own ammunition so that you always have the ability to replenish your ammunition stock if there is a tree nearby.
But, maybe, you have your mind set upon having a firearm. What can you do to ensure having good access to usable ammunition?
One obvious solution is to choose a firearm that uses ammunition that is common in the current marketplace so that, in a disaster situation, you will have the best chance of getting more ammunition easily. With that in mind, you may want to consider having a 9mm firearm as that ammunition is one of the most common.
You have one more option, though. You can choose to have a firearm to take with you when you bug out that can use multiple types of ammunition so that you have a variety to choose from. This would, of course, give you a greater likelihood of finding ammunition that you can use.
If you like this last option, Eve Flanigan gives us five different firearms that can use multiple ammunition types. They are:
- Any .357 Magnum revolver. In addition to .357 ammunition, this firearm will also fire .38 Special full metal jacket ammunition.
- Taurus Judge revolver. The Judge can fire “45 Long Colt or 2.5-inch 410 shotshell loads.”
- Bond Arms derringers. Flanigan writes, “Not only do the barrels range in length, but they range in caliber, as well. The same firearm that fires 22LR also can fire 45 Long Colt, as well as most popular handgun calibers in between, regardless of whether the case is rimmed or not.”
- Savage Model 42 over-and-under rifle. Again, from Flanigan: “The break-open action allows the user to load 22 Long Rifle, or 22 Winchester Magnum, depending on model, in the top barrel, and a 410 gauge shotshell in the lower barrel. A lever allows the user to choose which barrel fires.”
- Frontier Tactical War Lock Multiple Caliber System and Rifles. This system may be the most exciting of all for its versatility. Flanigan gives us the details:
Frontier Tactical is by far the youngest manufacturer on this list. Based in Florida, this veteran owned and operated business invented a new system that brings multi-caliber ease to the AR sporting rifle platform. The AR platform is already highly customizable, but the War Lock eliminates the time-consuming process of replacing complete upper receivers, or the removal/disassembly of the barrel requiring a shop and tools. With their $600 Multi-Caliber System 2-barrel kit, your AR15 can quickly switch calibers, to load and fire your choice of over 90 common or not-so-common calibers: 17 Remington, 17-223, 20 Practical, 204 Ruger, 223 Remington, 25-45 Sharps, 300 AAC Blackout, 5.56mm NATO, 6.8, 6.8 SPC, 6.8mm Remington SPC II, 6x45mm, and American 30 BHW. The War Lock even allows adaptation of the AR to pistol calibers, a way to save money on practice and perhaps make your handgun ammunition double as rifle fodder.
Whatever you choose, one of the key things with a weapon is to consider your ability to maintain it for use and, for a ranged weapon, your ability to obtain the necessary ammunition. The five firearm options above, in addition to the other projectile weapons mentioned, can give you some great options to ensure that you and your family stay safe in a disaster situation.