To me a BOG is a gun that is both familiar and reliable. It is either your favorite pistol or a clone to it, notice that I am making a argument for multiple guns. In a recent article I wrote that you should be staying with the same platform or type of gun. I am now encouraging you to expand on that. Suppose that your primary gun goes down or is at a gunsmith to have some enhancement made to it. Do you have a similar gun for a backup. I am of the “one is none and two is one” camp. Some people carry all day everyday and thus their carry gun is by default their BOG.
I live in rural Montana so I have no need for urban bug out tactics. Your situation may be different and I encourage you to evaluate your BOG to meet your own needs. If I were to have to leave my home or worse, not even be able to get back to it in an emergency, bad people are not my worst enemy the wild outdoors are. There is a much greater chance of me meeting my demise from hyperthermia than from a bad human. So my BOG needs to defend me from large prey animals and maybe bring some protein to the table. It should be both reliable under harsh conditions and accurate enough to bring a rabbit to the fire. No small calibers here, I need a BOG that will stop a grizzly or a hungry wolf. While overkill for rabbits, it is a lot more comforting for me to know that I have a chance if I encounter a large animal that wants to eat me. My BOG is a 1911 5″ Government Model in 10mm. This is the best combination of power, portability, accuracy and reliability that I have found. I also have a 1911 10mm in a 6″ that would work well. I can carry Buffalo Bore Bear Loads with 220gr lead bullets at 1250fps or 165 HPs at 1350fps.
There are a lot of guns that would work well here. A large caliber revolver would work well, better with a 5-6″ barrel for accuracy. A 45 ACP is decent if you already have one, again with a barrel long enough to shoot accurately. You can convert 45ACP to 45 Super if you change recoil springs. If you don’t mind carrying a long gun then your choices are near limitless. In Montana no one minds if you are carrying a gun. Matter of fact it is expected. We don’t ask if someone has a gun, we ask where is your gun assuming that you have at least one. But in a urban environment it might be best to not announce that you are armed. So an appropriately concealed pistol may be best for you.
You may ask why would I have to leave? If you watch the news at all you have seen the destruction from a fast moving forest fire. I also live within a hundred miles of the Yellowstone Caldera. Sometimes I travel the back roads of Montana and there is no cell service. What if your truck broke down or there was a wind storm and trees fell in front of you and on your retreat they had fallen behind you as well.
A BOG is a good start but equipment should be a priority as well. A Bug Out Bag partners well with my Bug Out Gun. My BOB is equipped with a super light backpack stove, gas, Ti pot, instant soup and coffee. A lightweight shelter(8oz), emergency sleeping bag (8oz), Fire starter and tinder, water filter and collapsible water bottle. Headlight and a flashlight, no cheap stuff here buy the best you can find. I also have a compass and GPS with spare batteries. I have the best knife I can afford. I also carry a small hatchet that is very sharp. Much better to cut firewood and build a shelter with than a machete. In addition I have a few Clif Bars to eat while moving and a bottle of fresh water to get me by until I can find a stream where I can use my filter. I carry a length of Paracord, again no cheap stuff here, first aid kit for boo boos and a trauma kit for heavy bleeding emergencies. I carry spare batteries for everything that I have that uses batteries. I have found that the CR123s to be the best for my lights and they store for at least 5 years. If for some reason I might be outdoors for a few days then I would need to hunt food and cook with wood. Your BOB should weigh no more than 20-25 lbs depending on the shape you are in. I am assuming you keep climate appropriate clothes with you at all times. If I take off on a wolf track then I grab my BOB and rifle and I’m ready to go in the winter. Should I not return before dark then I have everything to keep me alive for the night. Water, Food and shelter.
If I can get to my home for 5-10 minutes then I have another BOB with several Ti pots, fire starter, Ti wood stove, gas stove and extra gas, a case of freeze dried food and another water filter. The next bag from home would be Dome tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and even a pillow.
Back to the guns, of late I have been using a covert rifle case from UTG. So far no one suspects that I have a AR-15 and spare magazine inside. A reminder that I have broken no laws, but sometimes just because it is legal to carry a firearm into a motel room does not mean that it is desirable for everyone to notice your Drago bag with all the outside magazine and accessory pockets. The UTG could be a musical instrument or a tennis racket bag. I am neither a musician or tennis player but on first glance no one notices.
Maybe your BOB needs to resemble a urbanite with a backpack or a musical instrument. In suburbia you may have access to hard shelter. You might need more gas for your microlite stove so you can cook food but you will not be outside in the elements. Everyone’s BOB and BOG will be different. The excitement comes from the planning and research to acquire the items you will need in case of an emergency. I urge you to start planning today. Remember to buy the best you can afford and that “one is none and two is one“.
Guest Article by Henry Glenn