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3 Guns You Absolutely Must Own To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Carrie Venclauskas

zombie apocalypseYou know it’s going to happen. It’s only a matter of time. Eventually, the government’s ongoing secret experiments on the alien captured in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 are going to go terribly wrong. That will inevitably lead to an outer space alien viral infection of government scientists and security personnel, heralding the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse.

When that happens, grab your GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag, hit your BOV (Bug Out Vehicle) wearing some effective body armor, and head to your hidden disaster bunker in the (not revealed for security reasons) mountains. You have limited time and space, so you know you have to quickly choose just a few guns to facilitate a safe escape as you hear the moaning, scratching and clawing zombies just outside your door.

Here is the question … if you were forced to choose just 3 guns, handguns, rifles or shotguns, to survive a zombie apocalypse or some other Armageddon-type event which delivers The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI), what 3 would you choose?

While entertaining the idea of a zombie apocalypse is usually (but not always) done in jest at sites like, the topic of self-defense is one to take seriously. Considering the need to protect yourself in close quarters combat, from medium range and long range, here are our 3 choices for the perfect guns for a long-term disaster survival situation.

Mossberg 100 ATR in .308

We know what you are thinking. There is no need to shoot a zombie from 300 yards out. But that is exactly what this rugged under-$350 rifle can consistently allow you to do. Add a Primary Arms 3-9×40 scope and a Winchester 6 to 9 inch bipod and you have still spent under $500. Produced right here in the USA, this gives you the reliability and long-term range of the Remington 700 at a much more attractive price point. Shots up to 1,000 yards have been achieved by amateur shooters with this rugged, long-range rifle.

Catamount Fury 12 Gauge

Our real pick here is the Benelli M1014/M4 Super 90. But since not everyone has well over $1,000 to spend on a single gun, the more affordable but still excellent shotgun choice is the Catamount Fury 12 gauge. For right under $500, you can outfit this shotgun with extra chokes, magazines and cleaning rods. Features include a fully adjustable gas system, a dust cover with rail and a bolt hold open. The natural born enemy of zombies everywhere.

Ruger SP101

The logical choice here is a high capacity automatic. But revolvers have stood the test of time because they are durable, reliable and inexpensive. They can be fired by a novice or expert, ammo is cheap and they can be customized extensively. Our pick here is the Ruger SP101. You can send this gun through a cement mixer, hose it off, and it will still shoot true. This rugged and simple self defense pistol is available in barrel lengths of 2.25 to 4.2 inches, and in .22 long rifle, 357 Magnum or 38 Special calibers. Versatile, straightforward zombie stopper.

Don’t think zombies are a real world worry? Not everyone is so sure. According to a news story at, a man ran over someone wearing a zombie costume that was so realistic, the frightened driver ran the zombie clad victim over and kept right on going. Clearly it doesn’t’ take a lot to get some folks panicked. If you’d rather be safe than sorry, these 3 affordable and extremely capable guns will get your family though any type of disaster survival scenario. So before a solar flare, economic collapse, civil unrest or tidal wave heads to your town, start stocking emergency food supplies. Prepare bug out bags (BOBs) for each member of your family. Take a few survival courses, and learn how to make fire. And add these 3 affordable guns to your home arsenal, because you just never know.

About the author

Carrie Venclauskas Carrie Venclauskas is the founder of, and a devoted survivalist and emergency preparedness enthusiast. When not involved in prepping, Carrie enjoys spending time with her two grandkids and her beloved Beagle Molly.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Patrick ONeill Says:

    Awesome post. The Mossberg 100 ATR is crazy affordable, rugged and straight-shooting. It is also extremely customizable. And the idea of a revolver over an automatic hand gun is smart.

    I had a Taurus .357 revolver with a polished bead finish and Pachmayr grips that was damned near indestructible.

    Good stuff.

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