In the top logo of this site it says I’m a survivalist. I realized today that I mostly write about writing, so I thought it might be time to write a little about survival, and to write something a little controversial. Here it comes, ready?
I believe that no bug out kit is complete without a pellet gun.
An air rifle? “But Kirk,” you say. “I have a Banelli 12 guage pump with 8 round tube, a Sig Sauer p226 .45 caliber pistol with 25 extra magazines and 1,000 rounds in dry storage. I have a Ruger 10/22, why should I carry a pellet gun?” (I promise, this won’t be a gun laden post, but I needed to reach the gun folks too.)
Here are my five reasons you should have a pellet gun in your survival kit.
Air is free.
A .22 caliber bullet ranges in price based on quantity and availability and sales, but they’re generally in the range of $0.35 to $0.50 each. You can fire a .22 pellet gun for $0.04 cents per shot. a .22 pellet will kill any small game; squirrel, raccoon, possum, etc.
People pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for ways to make their rifles make less noise. The loudest part of an air rifle is the click of the valve. If you miss a squirrel with your .22, every animal within a quarter of a mile is now hiding. If you miss a squirrel with a pellet gun, you’ll probably get another shot.
Post apocalypse, being able to hunt without alerting everyone within a quarter of a mile to your presence has significant tactical advantage. Trapping has it’s place, but anyone who finds your trap will know there is someone nearby. If we’re talking about zombies, no one wants to set a trap and find a zombie chowing down on your meal. In many books and movies, firing a gun brings zombies from miles away. A pellet gun will be your best friend.
If you’re holed up in your house post apocalypse, a pack of birdseed and a pellet gun could feed you for weeks.
.22 rifle ammunition is light and fairly small, but you can fit 1000 pellets in a pocket. One pouch in your pack can keep you eating all winter long. That tin of pellets pictured above is 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. It fits in your back pocket.
When you’re running and surviving, an air rifle is worth the weight. Lighter than a regular rifle, smaller, quieter, and more portable. If I was on foot in the wilderness, with a pistol for zombie emergencies, I’d definitely want an air rifle to keep myself fed.
There is no shortage of pellets. They’re lethal to 75 yards or better, and they’re inexpensive. This morning, 03/22/2013, I checked CheaperThanDirt.com for prices on .22 ammunition for this thread. Here’s what I saw.
There are plenty of .22 caliber pellets for sale, they don’t require a license, you don’t have to undergo a background check, they’re legal everywhere. (That I know of, please don’t take this as legal advice).
Air rifles are legal and available in many countries that ban firearms.
You probably wouldn’t want to use your pellet gun for defense, although if it’s all you have, use it! It would take a HELL of a shot to kill a zombie with a pellet gun, and you’d have to be REALLY close. What it *will* do is free up your ammunition for use in an emergency. You won’t have to spend your valuable ammunition on a squirrel hunt.