What is the Best SHTF Rifle?

We at the Urban Survival Network have to come to an unanimous decision regarding this question, the best rifle for when SHTF is the Smith & Wesson M&P AR15 Sport. With the average price at about $900 you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck with this rifle. In terms of performance, there are better rifles on the market but we’ve gone with this SHTF rifle for the following 5 reasons:

What gun should I get?

What is the Best SHTF Rifle

Smith & Wesson M&P AR15 Sport


5 Reasons the Smith & Wesson M&P AR15 Sport is the best SHTF rifle:

  1. Simplicity: Smith & Wesson designed this gun to be nothing but a simple, well put together rifle, meaning they took out and scrapped all the extra parts that they felt weren’t needed. It’s perfect as a SHTF rifle as it’s easy to clean and fix which will be important when time is scarce and your survival is on the line.
  2. Rugged: All the important parts of this gun were built to high standards from high quality metals. People have tested this rifle by throwing it in dirt, and even without a dust cover this gun will continue to do it’s job.
  3. Price: For what you’re getting, it comes at an amazing price. Definitely worth buying.
  4. Availability: It’s a popular gun so the parts can be found anywhere. It’s also definitely going to be one of those models that just sticks around for many years to come.
  5. Customization: AR’s have more easily available mods then you could ever possibly want! There are mods to meet your every need from a rifle.


Check out this great vid by nutnfancy for his own personal review. As always he brings an incredibly in-depth analysis. Check it out:

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Caliber: 5.56 mm NATO
Capacity: 30 Round Detachable Magazine
Action: Semi-Auto
Barrel Length: 16″ / 40.6 cm
Front Sight: Adjustable A2 Post
Rear Sight: Magpul® Folding MBUS
Overall Length: 35″ Extended / 32″ Collapsed
Stock: 6 Position Telescopic
Weight: 6.45 lbs. / 2,925.7 g
Barrel Material: 4140 Steel
Receiver Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum
Receiver Finish: Hard Coat Black Anodized
Chromed Components: Gas Key, Bolt Carrier
Purpose: Competitive, Recreational, Professional / Duty, Home Protection, Hunting