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8 Great Takedown Rifles for Backpacking, Bugout and More

Takedown Rifles
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These takedown guns are ideal for any survival situation.

Hikers, backpackers and other avid outdoorsmen can tackle their next backcountry adventure with a little more peace of mind with a takedown rifle designed to stow away until you really need it. A survival rifle can also be a great addition to any bugout bag because it gives you a light gun to use for hunting or self-defense purposes in case the SHTF.

There are many different options on the market for these types of guns and today we're going to highlight eight of them.

Whether you're looking for something unique for plinking or a firearm for a serious survival situation, you're sure to find what you're looking for here.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite

Takedown Rifles
Cabela's

Almost anyone who has ever fired a rimfire gun has probably handled Ruger's classic 10/22 before. These semi-automatics are incredibly reliable and heavily customizable. So, it makes total sense for Ruger to offer a takedown model. This gun utilizes a lock and twist system to disassemble and reassemble the weapon into a compact package. The 16-inch barrel helps provide a 1:16 rate of twist for great accuracy for when you're hunting squirrels or other small game. This gun uses Ruger's modular stock system, so you can have a high or low comb. It includes a 10-round magazine which is a nice capacity for a gun like this. The only downside is it doesn't include sights. It does however, have a scope base adapter for different sighting options including weaver scope mounts. At 4.5 pounds, this rifle offers great portability for a survival weapon. Ruger even includes a carry case with this one to add a little more to the value of this firearm.

Savage 64F Takedown Semi-Auto

Takedown Rifles
Cabela's

This gun weighs only 4.5 pounds and breaks down into two components using a barrel nut for simplicity. When in storage, the front and rear sights stay attached to the barrel so there's no adjusting of them when you're ready to shoot. You can also attach an optic of some kind if you want using the drilled and tapped scope mounts. When fully assembled, this gun has an overall length of just 36 inches, making it a very compact package. The magazine holds 10 rounds of .22 ammo, allowing for quick follow-up shots. Savage includes an Uncle Mike's bug out bag case standard with it so you can throw it in the back of a truck or into a float plane quickly. The price is nice too. At a very affordable $229, there's no excuse to not have a little extra peace of mind on your next wilderness adventure.

Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle

Takedown Rifles
Cablea's

A version of this gun, the AR-5 has been stowed in the cockpits of planes by U.S. Air Force pilots for years as a survival long gun in case they went down somewhere remote. You may know the original designer, Eugene Stoner. You know, the guy who designed the M-16? That's a good bit of credential this rifle has going for it. The other nice thing about this classic gun is that the all the components pack into the stock when not in use. No worries about losing anything! This semi-automatic .22 features an 18.5-inch barrel length with a twist rate of 1:16 inches. The stock is a black synthetic that should hold up to the elements nicely. Speaking of the elements, the barrel and receiver are Teflon-coated to resist water when you're deep in the brush with no shelter. Another nice bonus about the Henry is that you get two magazines included standard. The entire package weighs in at a scant 3.5 pounds, perfect for hikers and campers that want to have a firearm in the bag. Just in case.

TNW Firearms Aero Survival Semi-automatic Tactical Rifle

Takedown Rifles
Cabela's

This one is slightly more expensive, but it offers a plethora of options you won't find on other survival guns. Built of aircraft-grade aluminum, this gun is basically a more compact AR platform. The barrel comes off quickly and easily to stow it away in a bugout bag and the entire firearm is completely ambidextrous. This gun is slightly heavier at 5.5 pounds, but the trade-off is that it's also only 29 inches long. That makes it much easier to store. Another nice feature about this gun is that it takes standard Glock magazines, which is helpful in case you already own one of those handguns. TNW Firearms also offers the Aero in three different centerfire pistol calibers, .357 Sig, 9mm Luger and 10mm auto if you want a ton of stopping power. Capacity varies between 30+1 rounds for the 9mm and 15+1 and 10+1 for the 10mm. Simply put, probably no other takedown on the market offers this much versatility.

Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown

Takedown Rifles
Cabela's

If you're looking for a higher-end rifle, the type you can stake your life on, the X-Ring Takedown is an option. It has a Ruger trigger and accepts Ruger 10/22 magazines. Like the Henry everything stows away in the Magpul buttstock to ensure you don't lose anything. The 16.5-inch barrel offers a 1:16 twist rate and is both threaded and fluted. A 15-MOA picatinny scope base offers options for optics, but you can also utilize the fiber optic rear and front sights. This gun is also offered in a variety of different camo finishes to fit the type of situation you'll be using it in.

Marlin Model 70PSS

Takedown Rifles
Marlin Firearms

If you're like me, you likely grew up learning to shoot with an old Marlin Model 60. We're not surprised at all to learn that such a storied rimfire manufacturer also has a takedown rifle in their lineup. They cut the weight down to just under 3.5 pounds with this gun, which is also known as "The Papoose." The barrel is a 16-inch stainless steel beauty with a 1:16 twist rate. The stock is a black synthetic. Most survival guns look mostly utilitarian in nature, but this one has a nice look to it. The downside is a lower capacity on the nickel-plated magazines. They only hold seven rounds. The price is decent though, with an MSRP of $350. We do like the reliability that comes along with the Marlin name.

Browning SA-22 Semi-Automatic

Takedown Rifles
Cabela's

Not many people realize this is a takedown rifle because it looks nothing like most other guns in that category. Nope, this classic John Browning design just looks like your standard rimfire rifle. With one huge difference. The turn of a nut allows you to break down the rifle into two pieces. This gun features a unique bottom ejection design which makes the gun ambidextrous. It also has a longer, 19-inch barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. The capacity is slightly higher than other rimfire survival guns at 11+1 rounds too. The gun is a looker with the maple stock and forend. It is pricey at over $800. However, for anyone looking for a versatile plinking and small game gun for use beyond the usual survival scenarios, this is a great option to consider.

Winchester Model 94 Trails End Takedown

Takedown Rifles
Winchester Firearms

Another rifle option for anyone looking for a gun chambered in something more powerful than the standard .22 long rifle. This gun is chambered in .30-30 Winchester and utilizes the classic Winchester Model 94 lever-action design. This 94 is vastly different than other models because it can be broken down into two components for easy storage in a backpack. As we'd expect, this rifle does weigh a lot more, six pounds, but you're getting an already proven design here. This gun features a 20-inch brushed polish barrel with a 1:12 twist rate. The stock has beautiful satin finish. We would never guess this gun for a takedown model on first glance.

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