Black Powder Firearms for Survival

Todd’s Note: Not having a lot of experience with Black Powder Firearms, this article was very interesting to me.  I’m happy to share this guest post.

Alright, so this a subject that is a normally not talked about in the survival community. Today we are going to discuss Black Powder firearms for self defense in a survival situation. These weapons may have been scoffed at or just overlooked in the past, but this article may just change your mind about these hidden gems.

When discussing black powder guns, the first thing that usually comes to mind is an antique rifle that will take you forever to shoot and load. However, these guns today take on many forms including shotguns, rifles and even six-shot revolvers.

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One thing that makes these guns so appealing is the fact that they are not regulated, meaning that they can be shipped right to your front door without an FFL. This makes them an effective way to combat the gun grabbers in Washington since they will have no way of knowing you have them!

Around this time last year we saw a massive run on conventional ammunition and increases in price that probably made your head spin. However, the loading supplies for black powder guns were virtually untouched.

With ammunition in short supply and fear of a possible ban, millions rushed to buy guns and ammo when they should have been looking elsewhere. Yes, you should get your firearms all squared away but make sure you have a backup plan for when you run out of ammunition.

I have listed some of the pros and cons of having a black powder gun:

PROS:                                                                                    

  • GUNS AND AMMO ARE CHEAP
  • MASSIVE STOPPING POWER
  • NOT REGULATED LIKE OTHER FIREARMS (NO FFL REQUIRED)
  • UNLIKE THE LONG GUNS, REVOLVERS HAVE SIX SHOTS AND CAN BE SPEED LOADED QUICKLY WITH AN EXTRA CYLANDER

CONS:                                                                                   

  • LOW CAPACITY (1-6 ROUNDS)
  • SLOW RELOADING (CAN BE REMEDIED BY MAKING PAPER CARTRIDGES)
  • PRECUSSION CAPS EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE MOISTURE MAY NOT FIRE PROPERLY
  • SHOOTING BLACK POWDER CAN GET MESSY

In addition to your food and water and and other provisions, having a black powder weapon is a great way to up your chances of survival. You can easily take big game with a 50 cal shot without wasting any of your brass ammunition.

Also, a black powder revolver would make a great side arm. You can easily find models small enough to keep concealed on your person to have in addition to your primary weapon. These should however, be used sparingly due to the reload time but they will serve as an excellent backup weapon.

A conventional firearm is far more accurate and effective in modern applications but may become just a fancy paperweight when you run out of bullets and can no longer reload your brass ammunition. One benefit of black powder is that you can cast your own bullets and mix your own black powder with some basic know how very inexpensively, making them a viable long term option.

Of course these will not likely be a first option in self defense but will be great if you had to arm an extra person in a group or even to use as a last ditch effort to get yourself out of a bind.

I hope this article was able to shed some light on these shrouded weapons and their use in survival situations. So whether you use them for hunting, or even self defense I hope this will help you decide for yourself if a black powder weapon a suitable backup to your traditional firearms.

 

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5 thoughts on “Black Powder Firearms for Survival

  1. Sam

    I’ve shot black powder in a variety of weapons, target shooting and hunting, for over 50 years. While they would never be my choice for personal defense or survival, they are a good back up system and lots of fun. I’ve made black powder several times, with generally poor results. A weapon kept loaded with black powder for any length of time is prone to moisture absorbsion and misfire. Gunfighters of old regularly discharged, cleaned and reloaded weapons regularly. Wild Bill Hickock was said to perform the ritual daily while serving as a lawman.
    A dropped percussion weapon is generally more hazardous than a modern weapon due to exposed hammers and primitive “half cock” safeties. My advice: Store more conventional ammo, trust modern weapons to protect you and your family, but enjoy your primitive weapons. They add challenge to your hunting, and are great sport.

  2. Pat/Rick

    I have modern arms for defense of my family. That said, I also shoot blackpowder arms and if that’s all I had I would not feel to much undergunned. BP revolvers are quite reliable, can be sealed with bee’s wax around the capped nipples, and a thick/heavy lube over the ball. Olive oil and bee’s wax makes a good one.

    Their accuracy is that of modern arms, most folks shoot them as well as modern pistols. As to their lethality, history can answer that very well. The slow reloading is the only drawback. Many CW era raiders carried multiple revolvers. The Remington pattern of reproductions, provide a strong action that is easily reloaded, with spare cylinders. Shoot Safe!

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