As a survivalist or prepper, having a personal arsenal of weapons for security and hunting purposes is important.
Many will tell you that having a good handgun, .22 rifle, center fire rifle, shotgun, bow, and a knife are the critical elements that make up a complete, personal arsenal. But there is one other weapon that despite being overlooked should be considered for any arsenal: a good, .177 caliber BB/Pellet air rifle.
Whether you have to pull your old BB gun out of the basement, or buy one new from Walmart or your local sporting goods store, an air rifle is a much more important weapon to have in your arsenal than you may think. Here’s why:
1. Target Practice. Let’s say you live in an urban location, or maybe even somewhere out in the countryside but you have neighbors nearby. In this case, getting enough target practice would require you to drive out to a range (and include paying the range fee) or to a secluded area in the woods. With a BB gun, you may be able to shoot right from your home to keep your shooting skills up. It’s also quiet and won’t disturb any of your neighbors. The principles of shooting a firearm and an air rifle are largely the same. You have to hold the weapon steady, control your breathing, aim carefully, and point the weapon in a safe direction. Plus, shooting from your own property is much more affordable, which leads us into our next point.
2. Cheap. Shooting a BB gun is dirt cheap. In the face of rising prices of guns and ammunition, the prices of BB guns and BBs have remained fairly stable. While you by no means should discount purchasing real firearms, they are undeniably expensive. Shooting BB or pellet guns costs less than a penny a shot.
3. Ammo Storage. One reason why the .22LR is such an excellent survivalist caliber is because you can stock up much more of it in very limited space. The space that would require you to store 50 or so rounds of…Continue Reading This Article at Off The Grid News: Why Your Survival Cache Must Include An Air Rifle