Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith

Timing wise, right now nothing is closer to the hearts of most prepper’s than ensuring their safety when confronted by an attacker.  That is why I am happy to introduce you to the two newest books in Steve Markwith’s Survival Gun Series:  Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles.  Both books are part of Steve’s excellent Survival Gun Series and to my mind, some of the best books out there for learning what to buy, why to buy, and how to use and maintain a particular firearm.

Today, as part of Prepper Book Festival 10, I share an all-new interview with Steve.  In addition I have copies of both books available in a giveaway for one lucky reader.

Air Rifles Rimfire Rifles | Backdoor Survival

Before we start, however, I do want to say a word about airguns since you may be wondering about the role they play in your preps.  First and foremost, I have learned from Air Rifles that an air gun is not the wimpy BB guns we all had when we are kids.  These days they are quite sophisticated and can be used for shooting practice in your own backyard, usually without the burden of government regulation (but always check first to be certain).

They are quiet and the “ammo” is cheap.  Not only that, if TSHTF, they are perfect for the clandestine hunting of small game that can be used as a food source.

Rimfire Rifles, on the other hand, are generally accepted as a prep-worthy firearm and need little justification.  They are great for foraging and with the proper cartridges, can be used for self-defense.  I should mention, by the way, that all of Steve’s books, including this one, are written with defense and subsistence in mind.  They are written with preppers in mind.

With that introduction, enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Steve Markwith Author of Rimfile Rifles and Air Rifles:

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

I’d say:

#1: Defensive capability (including skills!).

#2: Survival skills and equipment sufficient to “live off the land” in challenging conditions.

#3: All-weather mobility coordinated to rally-points, independent of cellular and satellite technologies.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

A list is individual, based on items already on hand, but geared towards the above three skills. That said, commodities serving as universal currency could easily include food, fuel, and ammunition!

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Very few of us are “totally prepared”. Count me among them.

Residing in a rural area, I’d prefer to stay in place. Fuel (gas) is a concern.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Very little, although my military family is self-sufficient and can build, repair, hunt, fish, etc.

What is your favorite survival favorite movie?

Maybe “Red Dawn”.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Besides the four books in print, look for two more firearms publications. All are slanted towards Prepper capabilities.


The Giveaway

Steve and his publisher, Prepper Press, have reserved a copy of both books for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

It goes without saying that for many, firearms play an important role in their family preparations.  Something that gets lost in firearms debate, however, is the need for small caliber guns that can be used for a variety of purposes, not the least of which is foraging for small fowl and game.

I can not begin to tell you how much I have learned from Steve’s books.  They are well written, easy to read, and useful for both the novice (me) and the experienced (Shelly aka the Survival Husband).

I urge you to enter the giveaway to win a copy of both books for free!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight #1:  Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)

Air-powered guns offer many useful possibilities for informed shooters.

First, we can mail-order both airguns and their ammunition, which don’t fall under the jurisdiction of BATF (check your local regulations). Airguns also tend to be quiet – a useful advantage if low-impact hunting is necessary. The right choice will have adequate power for small game, and possibly even deer.

imageFrom here it gets better since uninformed people will lump them all together as simple BB guns. In fact, airguns still maintain social acceptance not only domestically, but also around the globe. As a result, sophisticated designs have evolved with outstanding performance. Some are even sold in head-turning calibers like 9mm, .45, or .50-caliber! On a smaller and more affordable scale, we can also improve our all-around shooting skills while having some low-cost fun.

Since an understanding of the various power-plants is essential, this thorough and complete guide will provide the necessary information for its purchase and use.

Spotlight #2: Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)

This book is devoted to a whole series of useful firearms, beginning with the well-known .22 Long Rifle.


The venerable “twenty-two” hosts a wide array of interesting loads, including some ultra-quiet choices and fairly nasty high-speed rounds. Even hotter rimfire calibers include the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, plus three small-bore derivatives: the .17 Mach II, .17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum, and Winchester’s high velocity .17 Super Magnum.

Careful shopping can provide us with a useful rimfire (or maybe even two) with which to quietly harvest small game or eliminate pests. An economical .22 LR firearm can also serve as a great high-powered rifle trainer if similar function is considered. In a pinch, it might even work for self-defense.

The rimfires can’t do everything, but they can do a lot once fully understood. One trait is easy to overlook until you start shooting. They’re lots of fun! This book will lead the way from beginning to end.

 Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.


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45 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith”

  1. I think I might have to take a look at smaller caliber rifles. I did a little bit of target shooting about twenty years ago, and am really thinking I might need to start doing so again.

  2. I most certainly need to learn more about guns of any sort. I know absolutely nothing and the age of 67 that is totally pathetic. My Januaryngoal is to go to a local shooting range and just learn to shoot.

    • If you live in Southern MD., I’d be happy to coach an teach you the basics.
      This is open to anyone in Maryuland.

  3. When the crap hits the fan, there will be people with gun shot wounds. I would like to know more about treating gun shots.

  4. There are two things that I lack knowledge and skill about and the first being foraging food in the wild and what is and what isn’t edible and to follow that I need to learn and practice my dutch oven cooking.

  5. My gap is personal and home security. I’d like to learn more about guns and how to evaluate your needs.

  6. Ironically my New Year’s skill set to improve is guns and ammunition, both using and ownership. My oldest Manling bought his first handgun and made me get my CCL with him. Now I need to find some guns to shoot!

  7. My wish is to learn more about hunting with a bow and the different types of bows. I’m a bit leery about compound bows as I’ve only ever shot(competitively) with a long bow when I was younger. An air gun might just be the thing for me as well, never thought of an air gun to hunt with. No, the parents wouldn’t allow a “bb” gun in the house.

  8. My prepper skills focus in 2016 is one new skill learned and practiced per month.
    1 – knot tying – who and why to use a particular knot.
    2 – basic baking – bread, hard tack ext
    3 – advanced first aid – learn to suture, CPR, ext
    4 – fire starting / primitive methods / friction & flint and steel kit
    5 – Shelter building – primitive shelter methods
    6 – survival cooking – using locally found wild growing edibles
    7 – Pressure Canning – fruits, vegetables, meat
    8 – Preserving meet – Salt and smoke cured
    9 – Map navigation with a compass – placed in a remote location and walk out via map and compass
    10 – Limited Resource Camping – sleeping out under star like Cowboys did when on a cattle drive. Wool blanket and open fire
    11- Prep wild game / butchering
    12- Attempt to limit my need for the grid. Learn to cope without electricity, running water for an extended period of time.

    It’s a tall order, If I can accomplish just 50% I’ll be way out in front of most.

  9. I would like to learn how to hand quarry rocks and transport to build a house in a survival situation. Also would like to see a budget bugout bag with a selection of budget rimfire rifles and where to buy them, less than $200.
    Maybe you could do a review of the chiappa little badger, it looks like a nice little gun, easy to carry, but unless its reliable its probably better to go with a 10/22

    • You might be interested in rammed-earth construction (centuries old!) or earth-bag construction. One third of the earth’s current population lives in houses made of earth. Dirt is pretty much everywhere so there wouldn’t be much of a transportation issue. 30 minutes on Google will give you food for thought that will last for weeks – – or, in my case, months.

  10. I would like to get involved in making soap – bar, liquid hand soap, dish washing soap, and laundry washing soap. I’ve collected articles on making soaps, but haven’t gotten around to trying any of the recipes. Thanks, Gaye, for your articles in this area.

  11. I know how to use a gun but I am taking the Concealed Weapons class in Jan. I want to learn more about solar.

    Merry Christmas

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