Best SHTF Weapons To Own When Things go Fully Blown

You find yourself deep in the thickness of a fully blown SHTF situation. Your only option is to blast your way through the madness in the most tactical way possible. let’s take a look at the best SHTF weapons to own when the SHTF.

SHTF weapons requirements

What makes a good SHTF weapon? You don’t want just any old rifle or pistol. You need something that can handle a fully blown SHTF situation with relative ease. Your weapons should have the following characteristics.

  • Reliable
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to find parts
  • Plentiful ammo
  • Powerful

In the case of a full system collapse, it’s important your weapon is somewhat abundant in case you need to find parts or ammo. If you have some obscure weapon from the WW2 days it will be difficult to secure the parts or ammo you need if you run out. Reliability is another huge factor. You don’t want your SHTF weapon giving you problems when you’re in the middle of a full blown firefight.


AR-15 semi-automatic rifle

The standard choice for many SHTF preppers as well as being widely used in military and police forces. A widely used weapon so finding parts and ammo will be easy. What makes the AR-15 so great? For one, the AR-15 can be adapted to shoot multiple calibers. This make the AR-15 an extremely versatile SHTF weapon. On top of this versatility, the AR-15 is the most heavily modified and upgraded rifle around. Full catalogs are filled out with upgrades and parts that can be applied to the AR-15.

The AR-15 is also a relatively cheap rifle compared to others on the market. Entry level models start out at $600 and then work up.

Lastly, the AR-15 is a formidable short and long distance shooter. There’s a reason police use this weapon during active shooter situations. You can take someone down from a distance or at a close range with zero problems. A truly powerful SHTF weapon you can’t overlook.



If you don’t know much about guns you probably think the AK-47 is illegal to own in the United States. In fact, it’s completely legal. The thing is, it must be a modified version of the original AK – meaning you can own it if it’s semi-automatic. Big brother has declared it too dangerous for normal civilians to be running around with fully automatic assault rifles.

The AK-47 was created in the Soiviet Union during the tail end of the second world war. It is the most abundant weapon on the planet and for lots of reasons. The AK-47 is cheap – cheaper than the AR-15. It’s well known as being the most reliable weapon on the planet and shoots even when submberged in mud or sand. Try doing that with your AR-15. I don’t say that to say the AK-47 is better than the AR-15. I say that to illustrate the raw reliability of the AK-47. This is an extremely reliable SHTF weapon.

It isn’t going to shoot as far, or as fast, as the AR-15. But what the AK-47 lacks in distance it makes up for in raw reliability. Sure, you may not be able to find ammo or parts as easy…but you can be damn sure it’s going to fire wherever you happen to find yourself.

Pump action shotgun


Ah yes, the pump action shotty. The jack of all trades SHTF weapon that does everything decently but nothing extraordinary. With a shot gun you can hunt and defend yourself. The raw stopping power of a shotgun at close range cannot be overstated. It’s a powerful weapon and extremely affordable. Ammo can be had for dirt cheap.

The downsides of a shotgun is range and the frequent reloading. However, in the hands of a skilled shooter the shotgun can quickly become a force of nature. I watched a guy hit a man made target from 200 yards with slugs. I watched my friend take down a goose from about 90 yards. Long range shots can be done with a shotgun if you put in the time to learn how to shoot effectively.

Plus, there is something very intimidating about a pump action shotgun slung over your shoulder – more so than a rifle. Nobody messes with a man wielding the pump action shotty. Keep in mind that shotgun shells are a lot heavier than rifle rounds. If you’re bugging out, you have to consider how many rounds you will bring with you and the weight of said rounds. It’s much easier to carry rifle rounds for long distances.

But, if cost is a deciding factor for you then the shotgun is definitely better than nothing.

The bow


Worried about running out of ammo in a fully blown SHTF situation? The bow is a solid choice for hunting and you don’t have to worry about running out of arrows. Arrows can be easily made and if you take care of the ones you have, they will last you a long time.

This is a significant advantage of the bow over a rifle – you can retrieve your shot fairly easily and reuse ammunition. Bows have come a long way as new technology emerges on the market. Compound bows with cutting edge mechanical features deliver a powerful force. They make bows that will successfully take down a bear. You won’t have any problem taking out a potential attacker with the same bow.

However, more mechanical parts moving means a larger chance of something going wrong with the mechanics of the bow. For this reason, it’s a good idea to stick with a recurve bow or something traditional.

Final thoughts

There really is no such thing as the best SHTF weapon. Certain weapons will lend themselves well to specific situations. Not all weapons will perform well in all situations – and each of the weapons in this post is better than nothing. You might be thinking – I will just have all of them! That is fine if you plan on bugging in and you have the funds to do so.

But what if you have to bug out? Realistically you will only be able to carry one of these effectively. You must choose for yourself what weapon will work best for you.

So, which do you choose? Drop a comment below and let us know.


One Reply to “Best SHTF Weapons To Own When Things go Fully Blown”

  1. My .40 and .357 mag, 30-30, shotgun and break down survival bow. Pistols in holsters, shotgun slung on pack, bow in pack and 30-30 in my hands.

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