Guns everyone should own


December 6, 2004, 05:10 PM
OK, what are the guns you think EVERYONE should own? I can start:

1911. THE handgun all others are measured against.
Ruger 10/22. Most popular .22 semi-auto
Rem 870. Most popular pump 12 ga.
Mosin variant. For $60, why not?

OK, those are a few my choices. Anything goes.

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R.H. Lee
December 6, 2004, 05:14 PM
.357 revolver, at least 4" bbl
9mm semiauto pistol
.22 semiauto pistol
.30 cal rifle, either bolt or semi

December 6, 2004, 05:25 PM
Marlin 39A lever .22 - the most "fun" possible out of a .22 rifle
Smith & Wesson 4" N-frame in either .357 or .44 magnum
1911-A1 - never ending possibilities to make it uniquely yours
Colt SAA .44-Special or .45 Long Colt - The Legend continues
Sako Rifle in 30-06 or .270 - Good all over this continent for anything
Remington 870 12-guage - superbly reliable and accurate and affordable

How'd I do?

December 6, 2004, 05:33 PM
Nobody mentioned a Mauser bolt action, military or sporter, any caliber. The bolt action by which all others are judged.

December 6, 2004, 05:37 PM
Anything belt fed that goes fast. Then again, anything box fed that goes fast. :)

December 6, 2004, 05:39 PM
And lets not forget everything that goes BOOM! :)

December 6, 2004, 05:42 PM
S&W .44 mag double action revolver
Ruger 10/22
Remington 700 or Winchester Model 70 in 30-06
Remington 870 in 12 gauge

You can handle 99% of all possible situations with that list. They are also all easy to find ammo for and have been proven by time.

December 6, 2004, 05:55 PM
Ruger Single Six

Old Dog
December 6, 2004, 07:02 PM
.30 caliber bolt action rifle (.308, .30-06)
.22 lever action or semi-auto rifle
12-gauge pump shotgun (w/selection of chokes and slug barrel)

.45 SA pistol (1911A1, 4 or 5 inch barrel)
.357 DA revolver (4 or 6 inch barrel)
.22 semi-auto pistol (Ruger or Browning)

These would be my minimum requirements. A bonus, for more serious work, would be a semi-auto rifle in .223 or .308 (AR, AK or Mini-14) and a large bore revolver (.44 mag)

December 6, 2004, 07:07 PM
Old Dog has nailed it!!!! But one addition I would add is a Lever Action 30-30 ---
It just un- American not to OWN A 30-30 !!! :)

December 6, 2004, 07:20 PM
1911 45
357 4"
44 mag 6"
22 Ruger mark II

30 cal rifle

December 6, 2004, 07:22 PM
I have to keep my firearms to a bare minimum, so I've put some thought into this question let me tell you. Here's my short list:

CZ 452 trainer w/ tangent sights. Mine has brought down many ptarmigan, grouse, hare, squirrel , muskrat, and in one case a very small field mouse. Accuracy is downright amazing, and it's as tough and reliable as the Mauser it's patterned on. Forget the scope. You really do not need it with this beauty.

Mossberg 500 12 ga. IMHO better than the competition because of its toughness and the superior tang safety. I used mine all summer as my bear gun along the Sustitna drainage. By the end of the salmon runs it was filled with mud and sand, but it still cycled and functioned.

A nice .357 medium-frame revolver. I'd include the GP-100's, the Security Six line, and of course the classic Model 13 Smiths and Trooper line of Colts. These old police revolvers can be had for half the price of a comparable quality semi.

December 6, 2004, 07:27 PM
I agree - Old Dog has a pretty good list.

I'd say for affordability and popularity some specifics might be:

.30 caliber bolt action rifle (.308, .30-06)[Rem 700]
.22 lever action or semi-auto rifle [Ruger 10-22]
12-gauge pump shotgun [870]

.45 SA pistol [1911A1 COLT]
.357 DA revolver [Ruger Security 6 or GP100]
.22 semi-auto pistol [Ruger MKII]

Hmmmm. I just noticed these are American companies - another advantage.

December 6, 2004, 07:47 PM
The typical survival/hunting/basic battery.
1 pistol..................have CZ75 PO1. great pistol - better than any I tried.
1 revolver 357 cal preferably..............don't have one yet....
1 rifle hunting.........Mosin 91/30
1 rifle defense.........Mosin M38 - use what ya got!
1 shotgun hunting.....Winchester 1200
1 shotgun defense.....same.
1 22 rifle..................don't have one yet.
I need more money to buy better stuff, like an AK for the wife, and an FAL for me, and a nice Smith mod 66...... Oh, and another Ruger 10/22!

December 6, 2004, 07:51 PM
Another in agreement with Old Dog

December 6, 2004, 07:57 PM
Outside of a .22LR rifle for teaching others to shoot, I'm not sure that there's a gun EVERYONE should own.

I couldn't shoot a 1911 for years because my hands were too small.
I couldn't shoot a rifle because I didn't have anywhere to shoot it.
A DA revolver's trigger was too hard for me to pull back and shoot accurately.
I couldn't shoot a shotgun because there was nowhere for me to shoot it.
I settled on a Glock, and I'm sure plenty of people wouldn't want to own a Glock.

Now I own many different varieties of weapons, but I don't think there's much that's for everyone. That's the beautiful thing about the many guns types out there, there's something for everyone, but not one for everyone.

December 6, 2004, 08:04 PM
Remington 870 12 ga. pump
CZ-75 9mm
.22lr bolt/semi-action rifle
.223 or .308 semi-auto rifle

December 6, 2004, 08:06 PM
...Should own, or must own?... I'm satisfied with two, although a I have more:

.357, 4" 7shot Revolver with a few ready-to-roll moonclips, and a 12 Ga. Shotgun... good home defense combination. :D

December 6, 2004, 08:17 PM
I don't want to get into specifics, so I'll just stick with types of guns that everyone should own.

.30 cal bolt gun
.30 cal or .223 semi auto
12ga pump
.22 semi auto long gun

9mm semi auto
powerful revolver (.357/.44)

This gives a weapon for every scenario that I can think of except for being greatly outnumbered, in which case you should be with friends that have comparable collections :D

December 6, 2004, 08:19 PM
AK-47. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every mother????er in the room. Accept no substitutes.

Mr. Kook
December 6, 2004, 08:27 PM
.45 SA (1911)
9mm double stack full size (Beretta 92, SIG 226, etc.)
S&W revolver either .357 or .44 mag.
.30 caliber bolt action
12 guage pump (Mossberg)
Evil Black Rifle in .223 or .308
Evil wood stock Rifle in 7.62x39
.22LR pistol
.22LR rifle
a concealable gun in at least 9mm.

Ala Dan
December 6, 2004, 08:38 PM
.45 caliber 1911
9m/m Browning Hi-Power
DA/SA semi-auto
.50 caliber Hawken
Remington 700 BDL .25-06
Smith & Wesson .44 magnum
Smith & Wesson .357 magnum
Smith & Wesson J-frame .38 Special
Colt Detective Special, Cobra, or Agent
Colt Python
Smith & Wesson models 18 and 39
Ruger Security-Six


Oh! yes, a Bersa Thunder Duotone .380 ACP.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

December 6, 2004, 08:39 PM
Cool, Thanks for the shooping list for the next few years :p

Couple of them in there I would have never thought of. CZ seems to be pretty popular, as is a revolver and lever gun.

December 6, 2004, 08:50 PM
Believe it or not I'll vote for anything that's a single shot. Nothing teaches marksmenship like knowing that this shot has to count.

December 6, 2004, 08:56 PM
An M1 from the CMP...

December 6, 2004, 08:57 PM
I dont have them all yet, but will soon.

1) .375 mag wheel gun mod 66 or 686 4" or 6"
2) 1911 GI or commander size
3) Rem 870 12 ga. slug and smooth barrels
4) Any Sig hand gun (or several of each model)
5) any .30 cal rifle (.308,30-06,.338 luppa)
6) small pocket 9mm or 40 s&w
7) j frame .38 spec for covert carry and back up

December 6, 2004, 08:59 PM
IMHO The guns that everyone should own.

1911-Choose your varient make model etc. There are so many ;)
My favorite is the Wilson Protector(Probably because my name is Wilson--Get it a Wilson Protector :D )

M1 Garand -Just because I want one, and can't think of a reason everyone else shouldn't

FAL-The right hand of democracy since the 1950's

Something by SIG I love my 228

Ruger 10/22 Given with free samples of TIDE in the Sunday paper

Winchester 1300 or Rem 870 (Ford/ Chevy)

12 guage coach gun the one with external hammers(coined the phrase I got shotgun)

Barrett light 50--reach out and touch someone.

Desert Eagle .50 Because chicks dig it.

Sten MK-IV Silenced

MP-5 in a briefcase

Thompson Sub machine gun (Gangster style)

Deringer- in .22 Mag

I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting.

December 6, 2004, 09:22 PM
Every shooter should try to own every weapon he has ever wanted at least once.
Twice if the gun is really really good!

December 6, 2004, 09:42 PM
There are a number of ways to approach this one. As a minimum for a doomsday scenario I'd say a Ruger 22 rifle. Smith L frame or Ruger SP 101 in 357 Mag. A 9mm auto in my case a BHP with 5 hi caps. 12 Gauge shotgun in my case a double, and a 30 caliber rifle, in my case a Savage Tactical.

But in this life I have a fairly large gun collection that I intend to add to. Sooooo, I carry either a Colt Commander or a Sig 229 on a daily basis.
I have a nice M-1 carbine with 2 ready 15 round clips in the stock mag pouch.
I usually also have a Brit #5 jungle carbine with a 4 power scope set up as a Scout rifle.

Desert Dog
December 6, 2004, 11:38 PM
Everyone should own at least one lever-action rifle...

cracked butt
December 7, 2004, 05:30 AM
A good accurate .22 bolt rifle- CZ452 or remington 541.
A good bolt action .308/30-06/.300 WM
12 guage pump 870/BPS/Mossturd
.22 handgun- single six, MK2, High Standard

December 7, 2004, 05:33 AM
Winchester 30-30. Everyone should have at least one.

December 7, 2004, 08:45 AM
MinScout, I prefer my Marlin in .30-30.

ford vs. chevy, I guess.

I found a website once where a guy was loading rounds for his .30-30 that were as fast as a .308!

Talk about +++P+

mr hanky
December 7, 2004, 08:56 AM
All of the above mentioned firearms are great choices...I would add that since the bad guys are able to have full autos, why not the good guys? Anyone?

December 7, 2004, 09:19 AM
I can't afford the ammunition for a full automatic gun! :o

December 7, 2004, 09:26 AM
Every freedom loving American should own an AR-15 style rifle. Nothing says, "Never fear, the Americans are here," like that instantly recognizable profile.

December 7, 2004, 09:33 AM
AR-15 because of the easy of getting parts, mags and ammo.
1911 because it is the standard by which all other pistols are judged.
870 because it is so versatile and mod'able
Glock 19 and 23, easy of getting mags, ammo, simplicity, and reliability.
AK-47, reliable, low maintence, cheap to shoot, cheap mags.
AK-74, same as above and just in case the Soviet Union rises again or China gets over zealous.
Ruger MKII pistol, the plinking standard.
Remington 700 in 30-06, a timeless gun in a do it all caliber.
Ruger GP100 .357 mag, built like a tank with dual ammo versatility.

December 7, 2004, 10:21 AM
I'll play too! I'm just giving general types, brand is up to you.

A .22 semi-auto pistol
A medium-frame .357 mag revolver, 4" or 6" barrel
A 9mm semi-auto pistol
A 1911-type .45
A big-bore (.44 Mag and up) revolver, single or double action
A .22 rifle, semi, bolt, lever, single, name your poison A mid-range semi-auto rifle (my preference would be an SKS, but AR, AK, etc all work)
A full-power, .30 cal bolt action (Mosin, for me, but again your choice)
A full-power, .30 cal semi (Garand, SVT-40, AR-10....)
A big-bore rifle (.375 H&H and up), bolt, double, single shot

12 gauge pump action, short barrel

A .36 or .44 cal cap-n-ball revolver
A .50 - .58 caliber muzzle-loader, flint or cap.

I personally own depressingly few of these....

Vern Humphrey
December 7, 2004, 12:06 PM
.22 rifle -- that's basic. I like a bolt action (my favorite is my M82 Kimber.)

.22 pistol -- for the same reason. The MKII Ruger standard model wouldn't be a bad choice.

.30 caliber rifle -- my favorite is a pre-'64 Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.

.357 Mag revolver -- very versatile. My favorite is an M357 Colt.

M1911 -- for defensive use. I carry a Kimber Custom Classic.

12 gauge shotgun -- preferrably a pump. Mine is an Ithaca Model 37.

Red Tornado
December 7, 2004, 12:14 PM
I agree with most of what's been written, but hey, I've got 2 cents so...

(Get a Garand, everyone, get a Garand.)

at a minimum everyone should have
.22 Rifle - Ruger 10/22
.22 Pistol - Ruger 22/45
.30 cal rifle, specifically M1 Garand
9mm or larger Pistol - Sig P226
12GA pump - Mossberg 500

If I could only have the above listed, I'd trade the Sig for a 1911, which I don't have. Some would trade the Rugers for whatever brand you like, CZ, Browning, you can't go wrong. Mossberg/Remington 870 pick your fave.

I think you need the .22s to practice cheaply and a lot, the centerfire pistol for when you need a pistol, and the Garand because everyone should have one.

I'd also add:
.30 cal bolt action - I've got a Mosin, but a 1903A3 would be better and share ammo with the Garand. Anybody got an 03A3 to trade for a 91/30? Anyone? No? Oh, well.
.357 revolver/lever combo - One of these days...

And lastly, as many different firearms in as many different calibers as you can get. I think that sums it up.

Brian Williams
December 7, 2004, 12:23 PM
Bolt or Lever 22lr
Bolt action centerfire 7mm or larger
Lever Action 30-30 or pistol cartridge

at least a break open single shot
or a basic Pump gun

38 spec M&P type
or a

December 7, 2004, 01:36 PM
A M1a1 Carbine
A Win 70 30-06
A Sig 228

December 7, 2004, 09:26 PM
Get whatever Hillary would ban. I already have a good start! :neener:

Vern Humphrey
December 7, 2004, 09:38 PM
Get whatever Hillary would ban. I already have a good start!

That would be everything. I don't think I could afford a copy of every gun ever made.

December 7, 2004, 10:12 PM
Double action revolver--S&W in .357 or .44 mag
Single action revolver--SAA in .45 Colt
Break action revolver--Webley MkII in .455 or a Schofield in .44 Russian

Single action auto--1911 or BHP (CZ75 also nice)
Double action auto--:scrutiny: :neener:
Striker-fired auto--H&K P7M*
"Weird-action" auto--Luger P08 in .30 Luger
Unlocked breech/blowback auto--Makarov or Walther PP/PPK

Target gun--SIG 210
Rimfire--Ruger Mk2 or 22/45

...oh, and a zip gun! :evil:

December 7, 2004, 10:35 PM
OK, OK, here are some of my previous picks:

For something historical:

Original Sharps in 50-70
30-40 Krag
30-06 in 1903-A3
30-06 in 1917
(future, Trapdoor Springfield, 1903, ...)

For something with easily available/cheap ammo for shooting:

9mm in Glock 19
45ACP in...many, many...please don't tell my wife!
.22lr in Ruger 77/22
.223 in Ruger Ranch Rifle
.308 in M1A
30-06 in M1 Garand
12 ga in Browning Pump Shotgun
.177 in Gammo pellet gun

For UFO's or Polar Bears:

444 Marlin in Marlin lever action
.375 H&H in CZ550 American Safari Magnum

Always reasons for more I suppose!

December 7, 2004, 11:15 PM
a Great 22 rifle. A good 22 LR revolver. a 12 gage shotgun 870 or so. A AR15 and an 308 main Battle rifle FAL, M14 or so. A good scopped 308 and 223. A good semi auto Pistol in 9mm 40 sm and 1911 in 45 acp. A good 38/357 revolver. Lots of Ammo and practice.

December 8, 2004, 10:17 AM

You mentioned a "CZ 452 trainer ". I'm a shooter, but not familiar with that one. Can you tell me more about it? Caliber, price, type? Thanks.

December 8, 2004, 10:25 AM
Okay I was thinking of firearms that are affordable so I didn't go brand specific.

Basic set that every household should have

12 guage pump shotgun
.22LR Rifle
.38/.357 4" revolver

Expanded set

.30 rifle
.22lr pistol or revolver

Anything other than that is for specific purpose or just becuase

December 14, 2004, 11:46 AM
In order:

12 gauge pump
.22 rifle
.357 or .44 mag revolver
.308 or .30-06 rifle

After that, its all vanity. :)
Or to put it another way, after that, the fun begins. :evil:

December 14, 2004, 11:51 AM
You have to throw in an SKS. Inexpensive vintage commie gun that shoots well and gets your collection numbers up.

December 14, 2004, 11:57 AM
I am of the belief that every household in the United States of America, barring medical disability,religious or political aversion or criminal background should be required to be trained with the use of and own a 12 gauge pump action shotgun with at least 50 rounds of buckshot and 50 rounds of bird shot. That should be that families first line of defense should things go bump in the night. I think it should be a law.

Heck in my world the shotgun would be government issued if you couldn't afford one and you would get insurance discounts for having one.

Other than that, I a like owning different actions so as the mood hits me I can go out and shoot.....
A lever gun
A bolt gun
A semi auto pistol
A SAA pistol
A Single Action Automatic pistol
A Semi auto rifle
etc. and so on.


December 14, 2004, 05:20 PM
Any .44 Special revolver,
ruger 10/22
A lever action
Bolt action
Colt woodsman
remington 870

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