Overlooked Survival Tool: Pellet GunNovember 28, 2012 by Melanie Swick | 8 Comments
God knows (and I’m pretty sure my wife has realized by now) that I love guns. Handguns, rifles, shotguns, you name it; I’m enthralled by pretty much anything that goes bang and launches a projectile at a high rate of speed. I’ve played with all sorts of toy guns as a kid, including pellet guns, but as I got older my taste in firepower evolved. When I joined the Marine Corps, it mutated into a monstrous beast while I “played” with M16s, various machine guns, and even belt-fed, fully automatic grenade launchers! After that I didn’t look back.
But due to a squirrel problem, which has since been eliminated, I recently had a reason to dust off an pellet gun. It got me thinking that while we clearly need to have suitable weapons to defend ourselves and possibly put food on the table, every one of us should also own a pellet gun.
You might be thinking “that’s just silly, I have plenty of real guns—I don’t need a toy,” but hear me out.
One of the best reasons is to keep our skills sharp. I get to the range as often as I can, but since Uncle Sam isn’t footing the bill for my training these days, I don’t go nearly as often as I should. That’s a problem, but there is a solution. If you want to hit your target, you must practice the fundamentals of marksmanship regardless of what you’re shooting, and while a pellet gun lacks the recoil and report of a real weapon, everything else is the same; shooting stance, sight alignment and sight picture, trigger control, etc. Compared to your AR 15, it might be a pain in the ass to pump (10 pumps) in between shots, but when you can’t find the time or money to make it to the range, a pellet gun gives you the perfect opportunity to maintain your shooting proficiency.
If you haven’t already, it’s likely that you’ll have to train your spouse, kids, and/or other family members how to safely shoot a weapon. I know plenty of women love to shoot—my wife is not one of them. However, when I took her and my son into the backyard with the pellet gun, I actually saw a smile on her face as she squeezed the trigger. Baby steps. A little time behind a pellet gun will ease the transition to a real weapon for those skittish folks, whether they’re men, women or children. Plus, it ensures that the 4 rules of weapons safety are embedded deeply in their mind before moving on to a lethal weapon.
Let’s not forget putting food on the table. In an all out collapse, meat is going to be hard to come by. In the country, you can grab your trusty .30-06 and bag a deer, but folks in suburban areas don’t have that option, at least not without drawing a lot of unwanted attention both from law enforcement and gangs of looters. A simple .177 caliber pellet gun, however, allows you to gather all the small game you can find. Its powerful enough to cleanly kill squirrels, birds, and even rabbits and other small game, yet quiet enough that it won’t even draw your neighbor’s attention.
There are plenty of great reasons to own a pellet gun, and often at less than $100, it’s one hell of a bargain.