I found an amazing piece of survival equipment while working at a gun show this past weekend. I picked up a Garcia Bronco .410 TakeDown Shot Gun in the original box and literature. This amazingly simple shotgun was a survival weapon way before survival weapons were even an thing. It was introduced in 1967 and produced until 1975 and came in either .22LR or .410 shotgun. It was an updated version of the Hamilton Model 7 “Boy’s”rifle made circa 1900. The Hamilton sold for $2.00 in 1900 and it’s predecessor Made by Firearms Internation Corp. sold In 1967 “The Bronco” for $9.95 using .22 shorts.
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There are many modern rifles that have adopted similar designs. Here are just a few.
Ruger 10/22 TakeDown Rifle. Shoots .22LR and a great backpacking rifle. These rifles have a lot of upgrades available.
The US Survival AR7 Rifle by Henry. This may be the ultimate in compact design. Semi-auto shooter comes with multiple magazines that easily stores in the stock and the best part it even floats.
Here’s my Chiappa Little Badger folding rifle. This heavy duty rifle somes in both .22LR and .22Magnum. The rifle above is a .22 Mag version with some cool customization. Para cord weaving, red dot sight, threaded barrel accepts multiple accessories like flash suppressors or silencer, and you have creative license to customize how ever you see fit.
Keltec Sub-2000. Keltec makes some of the most unique weapons anywhere in the world. This carbine rifle is 9mm parabellum and accepts Glock magazines. You can also find this rifle in .40SW and multiple magazine types. The rifle folds in half making it a very small package, perfect for a backpack. Many companies make accessories for Keltec products. My rifle above has a foregrip and front sight upgrade made by Red Lion Precision and a red dot optical sight and 33 round magazine. There are other options available. This rifle will take a standard handgun cartridge and make it deadly accurate out to 100 yards.
Luck have it, I own all these weapons and like each and everyone for different reasons. The Little Badger for it size and .22 mag power, the Keltec for the tacticool factor, the Ruger for the bullet proof design, and the Garcia Bronc Shotgun for it’s nostalgia.
Find the right choice for you. Any of the options you choose, the best one is the one you learn to use flawlessly. Plan, Prepare, Protect.