As I was researching .22 caliber rifles today I found myself looking at the U.S. Survival AR-7, made by Henry Repeating Arms. It is a low caliber survival rifle used by pilots in the Air Force, which has carried into the civilian world as well. Just think of all the times you’ve wanted to take a rifle with you on a hike or a camping trip, but didn’t care to lug it around. How convenient would it be to throw this into your back pack?
It weighs a whopping 2.5 lbs and is only 16.5 inches long when stowed. It can easily fit in a back pack, boat compartment, in an airplane or even in your 72 hour emergency kit. Since it is chambered in .22LR, you can carry a significant amount of ammo with you without adding a ton of extra weight to your load.
The biggest eye catcher of this rifle is the way it stows. You can disassemble the entire rifle and it stows in the stock. Another neat feature about the rifle, is the stock is completely water proof. So, even if you run into trouble with a raging river, boating accident or something similar, your rifle is designed to float.
Also, the barrel is coated in a sturdy ABS plastic and coated with Teflon to protect it from corrosion. It’s the ultimate, light weight survival rifle….and I’ve gotta have one! Here’s the link directly to the AR-7.
The price tag on this one is suggested at $275. Completely affordable.