Takedown rifles are designed to break down into a few key components that can fit into nearly any bug out bag, backpack or discreet case available yet can be ready in a few moments.
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Folding stocks offer a compact package when stowed but without the need to be reassembled. Some rifles with folding stocks can be ready to go in an instant, even if the stock is folded.
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Here are 16 bug-out rifles, from rimfires to high-power centerfires, you can stow when you need to bug-out quickly or are caught in a tough spot and stranded in the wilderness. Either way, these bug-out rifles will help you stay prepared.
The SAM7UF features a reinforced under-folding stock that easily locks into folded or open positions with a push of a button, yet it’s very due to a double locking mechanism. This rifle is manufactured by Arsenal using a hammer forged then milled Bulgarian receiver. The weapon can be fired with the stock folded and accepts any standard mil-spec magazine. (arsenalinc.com; 702-643-2220)
AWC Ultra 13TD
The Ultra 13TD features an integrally suppressed barrel in a takedown rifle that breaks down into two easy-to-tote pieces. The rifle is based on the Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle and is built with a stainless steel receiver and polymer stock. The rifle is designed for use with standard and high-velocity .22 LR ammunition. (awcsilencers.com; 800-401-7269)
The Beretta ARX100 is a modular platform that allows users to swap out barrel assemblies quickly in the field. It uses a short-stroke gas piston operating system and features ambidextrous controls. The stock folds to the right sight and telescopes as needed, so the ARX100 can easily be stored until needed. Plus, it operates with any AR-15-style magazine. (beretta.com)
Bushmaster ACR Enhanced
The Bushmaster ACR Enhanced’s buttstock telescopes to fit all body statures but collapses and folds so that the weapon can be easily transported. The rifle features a gas piston operating system and offers users the ability quickly change out barrels. The ACR is compatible with all mil-spec AR-15 magazines. The Enhanced model comes with a quad-rail handguard for accessories as well as Magpul MBUS sights. (bushmaster.com; 800-998-7928)
Century C93v2 Zhukov
The C93v2 rifle from Century Arms, with its Magpul Zhukov-S furniture, is 100-percent American made and uses the battle-tested AK-47 gas piston operating system. When the stock is folded, the rifle is only 26 inches long, yet the stock can be extended and locked in the open position in seconds. (centuryarms.com; 800-527-1252)
Chiappa 1892 Take Down Alaskan
The 1892 Take Down Alaskan is an enhanced reproduction of the famed Winchester Model 1892, except it is machined from solid steel with a satin hard chrome finish with a rubber-overmolded wood stock to better withstand the elements. The takedown lever at the end of the magazine tube allows a user to break the rifle down into two components. The rifle is available in .357 and .44 Magnum. (chiappafirearms.com)
The X-Caliber survival rifle uses chamber adapters so it can fire calibers ranging from .22 LR to .45 Long Colt along with .410-, 12- and 20-gauge shotgun shells. No matter what ammo you have on hand, the X-Caliber will most likely be able to shoot it. By simply pressing a lever, the weapon can be folded down to 18.5 inches in length so it can easily be carried in a backpack or duffle bag. It also comes with three Picatinny rails so you can add accessories as needed. (chiappafirearms.com)
DRD Tactical CDR-15
The CDR-15 can be quickly broken down into a few key components. The barrel and handguard are easily removed from the upper receiver so that the entire rifle fits into a small briefcase or backpack. The CDR-15 features a hammer-forged, 16-inch barrel with a mid-length gas system and a 13-inch handguard. (drdtactical.com)
Henry U.S. Survival AR-7
The AR-7 was designed in the 1950s as a U.S. Air Force aircrew survival weapon. If crewmembers crashed or bailed out, they had a lightweight weapon for defense and survival. The Henry version of the AR-7 rifle breaks down into four components—barrel, receiver, stock and magazine—that all store in the hollow stock. With all of its components stored in the stock, the lightweight and compact AR-7 can fit in anything from a duffle bag to a backpack, and it floats. (henryrifles.com; 201-858-4400)
Designed to be a lightweight, packable rifle, the SU-16A folds to only 26.4 inches in length and weighs 5 pounds unloaded thanks to its mostly polymer construction. It uses a long-stroke gas piston system and is compatible with AR-15 magazines. The hollow stock can hold two extra magazines, and the forend separates and serves as a bipod. (keltecweapons.com; 321-631-0068)
Marlin Model 70PSS
The Marlin Model 70PSS is a derivative of the iconic Marlin Model 60 rimfire rifle first offered in 1960. This survival version allows the user to remove the barrel so the total length of all components is only 21 inches. Just screw on the barrel and the Marlin Model 70PSS is ready for action. When stowed in its padded case, the gun floats. (marlinfirearms.com; 800-544-8892)
McMillan Alias CS5
McMillan’s Alias CS5 series rifles were designed for stealth and concealment in urban environments. These weapons break down easily and measure only 23.5 inches in overall length, so they can be carried in a backpack or other nondescript bag. Two variants are available with differing furniture: the CS5-Q and the CS5-T (shown). (mcmillanfirearms.com; 800-401-7269)
The Vanquish from Nemesis Arms was designed from the buttpad forward as a multi-caliber takedown platform. Four different calibers are available just by changing the barrel. Switching to .300 WSM requires a bolt, barrel and magazine change. The rifle disassembles easily and can fit in a briefcase or small bag for discreet carry.
Ruger 10/22 Takedown
Compared to centerfire rifles, rimfires create less of a sound signature and use lightweight ammo, so you can carry more of it. Ruger reengineered its popular 10/22 semi-automatic rifle to create the 10/22 Takedown, which fits in its own backpack. The user simply attaches the action/stock to the barrel/handguard, making it ready for whatever comes your way. The barrel is threaded for use with the equipped flash suppressor or a sound suppressor. (ruger.com)
Sig Sauer SIG556xi
The SIG556xi is a modular combat rifle designed to give operators a choice of caliber, barrel length and handguard configurations as well as lower receivers. The SIG556xi is built on the proven SIG556 platform that employs a full-length gas piston operating system with a three-position gas valve. The rifle can easily change calibers and uses different AK or AR magazines depending on which lower is used. Also, the rifle can still be operated with the stock folded. (sigsauer.com; 603-610-3000)
The Dimension is a multi-caliber platform that allows a user to reconfigure the rifle in a variety of calibers by unscrewing the barrel from the receiver. Your optic will not lose its zero when using the LOC Bridge Mount as the optic remains attached to the barrel. The composite stock is adjustable for length of pull, and the trigger is user adjustable from 3.5 to 5 pounds. Also the rifle breaks down easily for transport. If you need a rifle the packs up small and offers different calibers for different scenarios, then the Thompson/Center Dimension is your tool. (tcarms.com; 866-730-1614)