I have been cruising around the internet and flipping through various books looking at all sorts of survival information. Something I have come across a few times, not many, but a few is the inclusion of an air rifle in a survival kit. This got me thinking. How effective would this be? So I went over to my folks and dug out the old air rifles I had as a kid and went out in the field. I was surprised at how my shot improved from the last time I used them, and how effective they on small targets. No I didn't kill any animals with it, small bottles and branches, and various non living targets I had set up. However back when I was a kid I did dispatch a lot of birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. Not only that but it was with lower cost $80-$100 air rifles. Well I further researched some of the new air rifles out there and there are a ton of them under $200 that shoot at 1200-1600fps and have effective ranges of almost 300 yards. Hell I even seen one that was an over-under style. Single shot BB on top, and a mini shotgun on the bottom that shot small shells that contained like 15 BB's. So anyways. Knowing that for around $5 you can buy a box of 1,000 BB's I think, and the effectiveness of this weapon against small critters. Would you consider having one has part of a long term survival plan? If regular rifle/handgun ammo is going to be limited but you could easily carry several thousand BB's. Would you do it? Obviously the air rifle isn't going to be effect against larger animals, but when you are in a survival situation chipmunk is good eating. I have even seen rabbits taken with some of these air rifles using pellets. As for the space aspect of it, there are air rifles that weigh under 4lbs and break into two parts for easy packing into a back pack. I am seriously considering making this addition to my kit considering I live in Oregon where we have a lot of woods, and lot of small critters that you can eat and would easily fall to the air rifle. P.S. They make almost zero noise when in operation too! Great for stalking those chipmunk packs that roam the woods!!