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What are the physical attributes of the ideal survival arm? Bugging out is a dynamic event defined by mobility, uncertainty, danger and chaos. A gun to pack for such an eventuality therefore needs to be compact, light, dependable and portable. Whether the weapon is tucked in a vehicle or slung across your chest, it needs to be sufficiently tidy as to not become an encumbrance.

The SIG SAUER Rattler is the smallest production rifle-caliber pistol in the world. It is also the ideal bug-out gun.

The gun needs to be an effective social tool that can do double duty as a hunting arm. The best survival weapon is the one you never have to shoot. If life really goes sideways you want to look scarier than the next guy.

Whether it is dissuading feral animals or dropping the errant whitetail, a proper survival gun also needs to pack enough downrange horsepower to reliably do the deed. Ammo doesn’t need to be unduly heavy or bulky, and the gun must be dead nuts reliable. In a perfect world this optimized survival tool would also be quiet so as to preserve your capacity to communicate and not unnecessarily telegraph your position. It seems that SIG SAUER has inadvertently contrived the perfect general-purpose survival weapon. They call it the MCX Rattler.

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March 2020