15 Survival Weapons You Need in Your Arsenal



The mentality of every Prepper is always expecting for the worst. Otherwise, it will not be preparing at all. With years of preparation, you would surely be very upset with yourself if you had realized that you missed a certain tool or weapon when disaster strikes. If bugging out or digging in could be the only option then there would be no time to come up with what you might need. The following lists below are key survival weapons that you will probably need in your arsenal come doomsday. Yet the decision of having any or all of the following weapons will entirely depend on your current need and the possible circumstances you are preparing for.

  1. A Centerfire Rifle

    – easy to acquire, budget-friendly long range rifles can be purchased almost anywhere. They can take down large game from hundreds of yards.

  2. A Combat Rifle

    – this rifle is great self-defenseense or for hunting. It should have reliable iron sights, magazine-fed, a semi auto fire rate and a minimum accuracy of 300 meters.

  3. Henry Arms AR-7

    – this lightweight rifle was made specifically for survivalists.  It is waterproof and can be taken apart with its small parts made to fit into the butt stock which makes it easy to carry around.

  4. The 1216 Shotgun

    – with a streamlined magazine that can provide the shooter 16 rounds of nonstop firing, this gun surely is ideal for a survivalist. Plus, you can color code each 4 round mag to fit the kind of ammo you’ll be using. Not to mention the high accuracy of your shot should you be caught in a pinch.

  5. A Compact Handgun

    – The lightweight, palm-size Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is a great example for this. It weighs 19 ounces, a length of 6 inches, a width of less than an inch, with a height of 4 ½ inches it can easily be concealed and is often a primary back-up weapon by a lot of law enforcement officers. Women can easily hide this in a purse.

  6. Air Guns

    – If your arsenal of real guns runs out of ammo and you don’t know how to make bullets, they are pretty much worthless. You can actually purchase high-powered air guns and ammo at a very cheap price. Plus, you can find it almost anywhere which makes stocking up effortless. Making ammo for air guns is very simple as well.

  7. Military Surplus Weapons

    – The U.S. military has stores that sell their unused weapons, tactical gear, ammo and the likes at a very low discounted price. this way you can purchase military-grade weapons at a lesser cost.

  8. Surplus Guns

    – these are cheap and readily available weapons with their ammos. These types of weapons can be entrusted to a neighbor or friend who may be ill-equipped. It is also a handy back-up weapon should other first choice weapons be unavailable.

  9. Lightweight, Foldable and Compact Bow and Arrows

    – oftentimes stealth is important when trying to hunt for food. A loud gunshot will either scare other possible game away or attract other unwelcome parties. These compact bows are great for long-term survival and make it easy to carry around without taking up so much space.

  10. Tactical Tomahawk

    – Primarily it is a deadly weapon, and secondly, it is undoubtedly an all-around utility tool. As a weapon you can swing it or throw it if the need arises. As a tool, it is also very effective for breaching obstacles.

  11. The M48 Kommando Talon Survival Spear

    – this durable spear’s reinforced handle is made out of 30% fiberglass with a razor sharp 8” cast 2Cr13 stainless steel blade. It even has a rubberized blade sheath when not in use.

  12. Scorpyd Crossbows

    – This can be a long term weapon of choice should you run out of ammo & CO2 for your airgun. If you miss you can just track you arrow and reuse it. It is equipped with reverse draw technology which gives increased power stroke and performance. It can shoot an arrow up to 440 feet per second.  Stealth is the biggest upside for this since you can keep shooting without making a deafening crack like that of a gunshot.

  13. A Knife

    – you can’t go wrong with this one. It is the most basic weapon that you should have in your arsenal. Choosing the best one that would be right for you is vital for your survival.

  14. A Katana

    – these mythical swords often live up to their name. Being lightweight and easy to use coupled with the legendary sharpness it possesses, makes this a great weapon for self-defense.

  15. A Quarterstaff

    – made from wood taken from oak, hawthorn or ash the use of bamboo was later innovated for it. With a length of 6-9 feet and extraordinarily lightweight it could be a very handy weapon. Placing sharp metal points on its end could be fatal as well.

Stocking up ammo and other weapons at your fallout shelter for worst case scenarios would be advisable as well in case you would need to leave your current location. These are but a few of the weapons that you should have in your arsenal when it comes to survival. So when doomsday comes, you are more than ready to take on any attacker or hunt for food.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 31, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Michael Gautreaux

    March 24, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    I agree with the last statement I read. I wish survival life would send me what I ordered. The wrong knife, a flash lite that does not work. I was supposed to get a first aid kit with a red bag and about 30 to 35 items in the bag. I just received a white box with some tape, one gosa pad and 3 band aids. This is a absolutely joke.

  2. Boris C. Whall

    March 24, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    I am 80 years old and have a felony on my record with prison time from my younger days. How am I supposed to get ANY guns? Thanks to my record I can not purchase one. I do have survival supplies and live out in the countryside. I think I will die before anything happens in the USA.

    I have ordered stuff from Survival Life before but will not EVER order anything from them again because of the terrible service I received from them with delayed shipping and junk items sent to me eventually.

    • Tom

      April 6, 2018 at 1:41 AM

      Muzzleloaders are not regulated and quite effective. 12 gauge percussion would do you well

  3. Christopher Norrell

    March 24, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Definitely don’t buy anything from here. Find the things you want then go to the company that makes what you are looking for. Buy it there. This portal is a scam except for the info sometimes

  4. Anonymous

    March 25, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    I agree with the complaints from Christopher Norrell and others. Survival Life is good at taking your money, but not delivering the items you ordered.

  5. Jeffrey Oldham

    March 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Survival life seems more a portal for Chinese junk sales than anything. Obviously they don’t read the comments or they’d reply. At least I’d hope they would……the couple items I received from them were items you can get on ebay for pennies on the dollar….all junk. Nothing I’d trust my actual survival to, let alone my loved ones. A good survival kit is not rocket science. Break it down to basic needs. Food, water, fire, shelter, self defense. Have at least two items for each category and your good. A few extra “barter” items are always good too for trading with other survivors include a pinch. Just don’t trust you life on a bunch of over priced Chinese junk…

    • Anonymous

      March 25, 2018 at 10:08 PM

      your right you get what you pay for why trust your safety to something that won’t stand up

  6. Anonymous

    March 25, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Will just one camel be enough to carry all of this weaponry? or may a Llama?

  7. Tim

    March 26, 2018 at 12:11 AM

    I like how they’re always trying to tell you how to start a fire with some new fangled fire starter gadget that only sparks, but it’s the best spark ever invented. Yet when I make a comment that when you’re in an emergency situation such as wet and freezing and the sun has set or it’s raining and you’re soaked it only takes less than 10 minutes and you will be shaking so violently sparky will not help you. You need a fire now!! If you’re smart you will have a minimum of 2-3 self striking road flares wrapped in a Ziploc Freezer bag to keep them dry in your day pack and will be able to pile some wood and ignite the flare and stick it in the pile of wood and get warm. No fumbling around in the dark with some little sparky. But this site will never publish or make note of this life saving bit of info.

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