Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes
After purchasing a handgun and a rifle for everyone in the family (.357 revolver and SKS rifle). I suggest your family purchase at least one .22LR rifle for the family. This rifle can be used to teach folks proper firearms safety and shooting techniques. Plus, it can be used to hunt small game.
It can be used to shoot people, too.
Bolt action .22
There are many makes and models of the .22 bolt action rifle. They range in price from free (I received one from by dad), less than $200 (a used one), to many hundreds if not thousands of dollars (used and new).
My hand me down rifle is a Winchester model 67. It is a simple single shot .22 that can shoot short, long, and long rifle cartridges.
|Winchester .22LR Rifle with Scope|
It has a scope mounted to the rifle, probably about a 4X. It is the first firearm, I ever shot, badly.
My sub-$200 rifle is a used Marlin model 60. It is a semiautomatic rifle that can only shoot .22LR cartridges.
|Marlin Semiautomatic .22LR Rifle|
The Marlin model 60 has a tube magazine under the barrel that holds 14 cartridges.
The Marlin model 60 is an often overlooked rifle by preppers because there are very few accessories for the rifle.
With a few spare parts, over 10,000,000 were manufactured, it will probably last your family for generations.
The last .22LR rifle, between $200 to $300, is the Ruger 10/22 rifle. It is a detachable magazine fed rifle that can only shoot the .22LR cartridge.
|Ruger Semiautomatic .22LR Rifle|
The stock magazine holds 10 cartridges. There are aftermarket magazines that will hold 25 rounds.
The 10/22 used to be the most popular .22LR rifle, for preppers, until the AR-15 platform was adapted to the .22LR cartridge.
That's another article.
Wikipedia - Bolt Action
Wikipedia - Semi-Automatic Rifle
Wikipedia - Winchester Model 67
Wikipedia - Marlin Model 60
Wikipedia - Ruger 10/22