Limit 3 Handguns, 3 Rifles, 2 Shotguns


January 20, 2008, 12:48 PM
We've all seen the threads, "if you could only have one handgun"....... or 2 or ?

Well, this post is meant to be practicle because I've wrestled with this. No I won't be getting rid of all my excess firearms, but I would like to choose a battery that fits my uses, needs. I also have a 3 handgun limit for my CCW and I like to have my SD/CCW gun, my hunting gun and my target/plinking gun on my permit, which means I can only list one true ccw gun.

Here is my choices (not in stone);


- Ruger Stainless Single Six, 22lr/22wmr for plinking and small game.
- Glock G29 10mm with extra longer barrel. Good CCW/SD and OK for pretty good sized critters in the boonies.
- 454/45LC Super Redhawk....... great for bigger critters and hunting.


- Thompson G2 Carbine w/rimfire barrel, .204 Ruger and 30-30 or 6.8SPC, this covers plinking, targets, varmints and close range medium game.
- Stainless Remmy in .270, this will cover most bigger game and long range varmints (yotes). Can find/load from small to large bullets.
- Stainless 700 Remmy in 300 winmag........ bigger game, longer distances.


- Light weight SXS 26" with removable chokes in 12ga for upland birds, misc.
- Rem 870, short barrel for SD

Right now I have 14 handguns, 4 shotties and about 11 rifles, but I'm trying to cover the most with the least. What do you need and why?

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January 20, 2008, 01:35 PM
I would want at least one duplicate of my everyday carry gun(s) in the event that one was either seized as evidence or (more likely) had to go into the shop for repairs. Mere theory? I carry a pair of S&W 640-1's and keep a third (normally fitted with LaserGrips) as a teaching gun. Not too long ago, I noticed that the tritium bulb in the XS Big Dot sight on one of my carry guns had gone dim prematurely. It was very comforting being able to go to the safe, swap the LaserGrips on my teaching gun for my preferred Spegel Boot Grips from one more Centennial in the safe and continue business as usual until the affected gun got back from its trip to XS Sight Systems.

I would think that everyone would benefit from having at least one .22 LR rifle. I think there's more room for debate about a .22 LR handgun although the late Skeeter Skelton once wrote an intriguing article about a S&W K-22 revolver being a good choice if you were restricted to a single firearm.

As to shotguns, if you get a good pump-action gun, it's somewhat analogous to a T/C pistol or carbine in that you could swap barrels, albeit it in the same gauge, for different applications, such as a shorter barrel for use with buckshot and slugs and a longer one for birds. In this day and age, I would assume that the latter would be purchased with a set or interchangeable chokes.

January 20, 2008, 02:11 PM

3 handguns:
Ruger GP101, 4", .357 magnum
Springfield GI M1911 .45ACP
Ruger Single Six .22LR

3 Rifles:
Marlin 1894C in .357 magnum
Springfield M1A or FN FAL
Savage 10 or Remington 700 in .308 Win

2 shotties:
2 Remington 870's, one in sporting configuration (30" barrel), one in HD config (20" barrel w/rifle sites).

There you go.

January 20, 2008, 02:45 PM
Going by categories, I'd say the roles I need fulfilled, and my ideal guns (some of which I don't own yet) would be:

-Full-size or mid-size service caliber auto with .22 conversion (Glock 23)
-Small-frame service caliber auto (Kahr MK40)
-Subcompact small caliber handgun (Seecamp LWS380)

-"High-powered" long range rifle, .308 caliber or similar, semi or bolt (M1A)
-Intermediate caliber, high-capacity, semi-auto rifle (AR-15 in 6.5 Grendel, though I'd really like to see a 6mm cartridge for the AR that replicates .243 Win ballistics; something like 107 gr at 2800 fps)
-Cheap .22 for plinking (Ruger 10/22 or something)

-Obnoxious SBS/AOW range toy (Serbu Super Shorty)
-Another obnoxious SBS/AOW range toy (cut down double with about 8" barrels)

But I don't hunt, and prefer an intermediate caliber rifle for home defense, so that influences my choices.

January 20, 2008, 02:57 PM
Three handguns:
--Ruger MkII .22LR (or if you prefer revos, an S&W M-18 .22LR)
--S&W M-19 4" (got it) or M-27 5" (want it) 357 revolver
--Kimber Ultra CDP 1911 (since I CCW, I prefer the 3" size)

Three rifles:
--Marlin M-60 (or Ruger 10/22 or maybe a bolt .22LR)
--Remington 700 in 30-06
--AR15 or Mini-14 in .223

Two shotguns:
--Remington 870 Wingmaster (12 ga) with several barrels
--"This space available"

January 20, 2008, 05:37 PM
Three Handguns

.22 Browning Buckmark [for cheap fun] Mine has a red dot
9mm Walther P99c for carry
.45 acp Sig P220 for home social occasions

.22 Ruger 10/22. I currently ghave a scoped mossburg
9mm or 45 acp semi auto carbine
A what? SKS? AK47? (I don't hunt or shoot rifles much)


January 20, 2008, 05:41 PM
I don't like your 'rules'...

So I'm not playing...



January 20, 2008, 05:47 PM

P229 .40 for carry
P220 for just having .45
something in .44 mag.

10/22 w/ scope, for the bunnies
AR 15 for SHTF
Savage 10FP or Rem 700P in .308 for long-range SHTF and deer

Rem 870 12 ga.
another 870 12 ga. with a shorter barrell and an extended mag.

I have half of them already, now it's time to finish the collection.

4v50 Gary
January 20, 2008, 05:49 PM
I'll do it in six:

Thompson Center - swap barrel, different handgun.
CZ-75 with 22 Kadet Conversion. OK, now you know I'm a cheater. That's two guns in one.
Ruger DA revolver in .357. Because I enjoy DA shooting.

AR-15 Lower. Swap uppers, different gun from 22 LR to M-2 50 cal.
Rem 700 LTR in 7.62 Nato. Hunting arm.

Rem 870 Wingmaster in 12 Ga. Swap barrels, different gun.

January 20, 2008, 05:52 PM
1911a1, smith and wesson m41, smith and wesson large frame .44

AK47 with switch. M14 with switch. M2 50 cal :)

Winchester Model 12. THERE IS NO OTHER SHOTGUN! the rest pale in comparison.

January 20, 2008, 05:56 PM
Ok this one looks like fun although if I could trade 1 shotgun spot away I would

1. Smith and Wesson M&P .40
2. Kimber Prop TLE II with laser grips -.45acp
3. Ruger Alaskan .454c/.45LC

1. SKS- 7.62x39
2. M44 Nagent 7.62x54r
3 AR-15- .223

1. Mossberg 500 -12gauge
2. Generic Shot gun in 20gauge (their fun) (Do they make the Saiga in 20?)

January 20, 2008, 06:07 PM
1. Colt 1911 45acp
2. Ruger GP-100 .357mag 6" bbl
3. S&W 642 (.38spec)

1. Colt AR in .223
2. Ruger K77/17 (.17HMR)
3. Beretta CX4 Storm in .45acp

1. Ruger Red Label O/U in 12ga
2. Rem 870 in 12ga
3. Rem 1100 in 12ga

January 20, 2008, 06:08 PM
For me the caliber of the guns is most important. Calibers that ammo can be easily, and cheaply, found.
A Marlin lever gun in .357 (a great gun that with skill will take rabbits to deer).
A bolt gun in .308
A Ruger 10/22. (can any gun collection not have a .22 rifle?)
A 6" revolver in .357.
A 9mm automatic (9mm ammo is like roaches, always around).
A 1911 in 45 ACP (and a .22 conversion kit if that's not cheating).
A single shot 12 gauge (it will last forever).
A Remington 1100.

January 20, 2008, 06:10 PM
I'll play:

9mm service-type pistol (Glock 19)
Concealable revolver (S&W 642)
.22 (Ruger Mk II target model)
no illusions about handgun hunting

5.56 semi-auto compact (AR-15 M4 configuration)
A decent .22 (CZ, accurized 10/22, either with scope)
.308 Bolt action - sturdy military or scout (Mauser, Enfield, R700)

20 ga semi-auto with clays and HD barrels (Rem 1100)
12 ga pump with clays, deer, and HD barrels (870)

January 20, 2008, 06:18 PM

9mm such as Glock or HK
Ruger GP100 or SP101
Ruger MKII or 22/45


Mauser or other surplus rifle
Scoped precision rifle like Savage 10FP


Semi-auto like Saiga 12 or Mossberg 930
Remington 870 or Mossberg 500

The Lone Haranguer
January 20, 2008, 06:24 PM

.22 pistol or revolver (plinking or small game targets of opportunity) OR small hideout/backup (defense against human attack; the limit was three)
Service-size/caliber revolver or auto (human attack)
Large heavy-caliber revolver (hunting of/defense against larger, four-legged animals)

Accurate .22 (small game hunting)
"High-powered" rifle (hunting of larger game)
Semi-auto military-type carbine (human attack)

Short barrel/extended magazine (human attack)
Longer barreled with interchangeable choke tubes (bird hunting)

I have not been very specific about action types, since that is a personal choice and one is about as good as another.

January 20, 2008, 09:30 PM
1) Glock 19: go-to, combat tupperware
2) S&W 60 3": I just like this gun a lot; decent size for concealed carry; versatile
3) Colt .22: I have one of these, so I'd go with this as my .22 handgun. However, I'd be happy with a BuckMark or S&W also. .22 handguns are cheap to shoot and good for introducing new shooters

1) Marlin 60: this is the .22lr I'm used to; gotta have at least one .22lr; might go with a CZ452 instead
2) Marlin 336C 30-30: all-around gun medium-caliber gun
3) Remington 700 30.06: another good all-around gun, a little better for larger critters

1) Remington 870 12ga: 26" barrel and 20" deer barrel; home defense, big critters, birds - this gun can do it all
2) Beretta 686 28" 12ga: need something classy to shoot clays and whatnot

Just Jim
January 20, 2008, 09:47 PM
I am lost, I guess I need a scenario.


January 20, 2008, 09:55 PM
i have the EXACT scenario, except it is luggage limited, and not by legal rights of ownership.

I travel, so the hardside pelican can only keep a limited number of firearms.

here is what I can fit:

Mossberg Military 590-A1 GHost sights (I really need to thread it for chokes)
Marlin 336-C in 35 Rem (for heavier 200gr bullets)
Remington 700 in 30-06

5 inch Smith Model 629 in 44 Mag
Dan Wesson 1911 BObTail (on me)
Kahr K-9

The rest of the case has the ammo. it also reminded me that one is usually limited what one can lug around. Glad the Pelican has wheels.

January 20, 2008, 10:07 PM
Colt 1911 .45 ACP with .22LR conversion unit
Browning Hi-Power with .22LR conversion unit
S&W Model 686
Colt AR-15 with .22LR and 6.8 Rem uppers
Remington Model 700 Heavy barrel .308
Mossberg/Maverick Arms Model 88
Mossberg Model 9200

January 20, 2008, 10:52 PM
1) Sig Sauer P229R 9mm (own it)
2) Browning Buckmark Hunter 22lr (own it)
3) Smith & Wesson 66 .357 4" (own it)

1) AR-15 5.56mm GG&G upper, with Meprolight 21, M6x (own it, her name is Lucy)
2) Sako L579 Forester Mannlicher .308 win w/ leupold VXIII 2.5-8x (own it)
3) Winchester 70 Super Grade .338 win mag w/ Ziess 3-9x Conquest. (own)

1)Remington 870 super express magnum 12ga 18" & 26" barrels 8 shot tube extension (own)
2) Beretta A391 12 gauage bird gun (own)

Well I choose these because I own them for a reason. this list is not perfect as I would like to add another 22 rifle, but as I do most small game with a shotgun, or as "incendal" while big game hunting the shotguns and the 22 pistol will do nicely.
The .338 is for the large fauna here in Alaska, besides doing and exclent job of putting really deep holes in stuff when I use solids! It is almost a boreing killer of game with the 225gr Barnes TSX bullets. I just can't seem to recover a bullet from that rifle!

January 20, 2008, 11:44 PM
1) Glock 20
2) Ruger .22 auto, the older the better.
3) Glock 26

1) AR-15 carbine
2) FAL
3) Remington 700 in .308

1) Remington Marine Magnum
2) Remington 870 in some kind of field setup. Or any similarly reliable pump shotgun.

January 20, 2008, 11:50 PM
glock 19

LTR - .308
Cool old Remington bolt .22

870 12ga
20 ga superposed

XD-40 Shooter
January 20, 2008, 11:55 PM
Pistols :

4" medium frame 357 mag
XD-40 compact
Ruger 22/45

Rifles :

Browning 30-06
Marlin 1894 in 44 mag


Mossberg 500 with both 28" barrel and 18.5" barrel
Benelli M-4 tactical, semi-auto short barrel, cost's about $1200.:eek: But damn is it sweet.:D

January 20, 2008, 11:55 PM
- Ruger Mark II/III Competition Target Model slabside
- Smith & Wession 19-3
- North American Arms .32 ACP Guardian

- Ruger 10/22 Target
- Weatherby Mark V Ultramark .300 Weatherby Magnum
- Marlin 336SS .30-30 Winchester

- Remington 870 Express 12 gauge
- Remington 1100 Sporting 20 20 gauge

January 21, 2008, 12:01 AM
Here is my list...

M&P40 compact or full size
K-frame 357 Model 19
22LR revolver

AK in 762x39
Hi Point 40 carbine
Ruger 10/22

Mossberg 500 or 590 in 12 gauge
SXS in 12 gauge

January 21, 2008, 01:54 AM
.22 Browning Buckmark
.45 Kimber 1911
.357 COP (Love it)

Colt match target hbarII
Ruger 10/22 Target modified

Shot guns

Mosseberg 500
Remington 870

Kind of Blued
January 21, 2008, 03:15 AM
1) Sig Sauer P220 SAO w/ Lasergrips
2) Smith & Wesson 642 w/ Lasergrips
3) Browning Buckmark Hunter w/ 10" Tactical Solutions barrel

1) Remington 700 in 300 Win Mag
2) AR-15 Carbine
3) Blaser Fullstock

1) Mossberg 590
2) Mid-Higher End Production O/U

January 21, 2008, 08:29 AM
seems like too arbitrary a number to me. today I am into redundancy.

For rifles. I would suggest a couple of ARs. They can do just about anything from SD to hunting deer size animals. A 22LR for smaller game and practice.

For shotguns a couple of 870s. They can do anything any other shotgun can do.

Pistols. A 22 semi-auto for practice, and a couple of SD pistols.

January 21, 2008, 08:54 AM
629 smith 6" .44mag
ruger single 6 with as long a barrel as I can get
CZ 75 9mm

Ruger 10/22
Win model 70 .300 wsm

Rem 870 12
Stoger sxs 12

January 21, 2008, 12:56 PM

- S&W 686+ .357 4"
- Glock G19 9mm.
- Any 1911 .45 3", 4", or 5"


- M1A .308
- Remington 700 CDL in .30-06
- Ruger Mini-14 or AR 20" .223


- Rem 870 Express 12 gauge

Instead of a second shotty I choose another rifle a Marlin 1894C .357

January 21, 2008, 02:18 PM
On a side note- I had a buddy who got married, and his wife told him he had to reduce his entire collection (about 15 guns) to 2. No joke (yeah long story).

So he had to liquidate his collection in a hurry... and I benefited from it. :)

January 21, 2008, 02:25 PM
Hmm. Tough choice. I'll limit myself to what I already own and pick from that.

Mossberg 590 12ga (already own it)
(Would consider trading it for something with multiple barrel options)

Ruger 10/22
AR-15 (there's no limit on uppers, right? :D )
Marlin 1894C .357 Magnum

Ruger 22/45
Ruger GP100
Springfield XD45
Browning Hi Power
S&W 638

Sorry, can't do it. I wouldn't give up any of the pistols I have listed above. But I can give up a shotgun slot for two pistols, right? Umm. Make it 3 because I'll probably add a nice .22lr revolver to that list eventually.

January 21, 2008, 02:28 PM

1.) S&W 442, .38spl
2.) S&W 442, .38spl, in case the 1st one breaks, or for the missus.
3.) Browning Buckmark .22, for hunting squirrels and rabbits during the end of the world.


1.) Ruger Mini 14
2.) Ruger Mini 14, in case the 1st one breaks, or for the missus.
3.) Walther G22, .22lr, for hunting squirrels and rabbits during the end of the world.


1.) Remmington 870
2.) Remmington 870, in case the 1st one breaks, or for the missus.
3.) Something in .410, for hunting bigger squirrels and rabbits during the end of the world.

January 21, 2008, 02:44 PM
Handguns: Glock 23, 4" Colt Diamondback 22, 6" Smith Model 57
Rifles: Remington 541-S 22, Remington Model 700 270, and Mini-14 (I guess)
Shotguns: Remington 870 Police 12 ga, Ithaca Model 37 12 ga

The handguns and rifles are a tough picks.

January 21, 2008, 02:50 PM
For me it would be

Glock 32 in .357 Sig my usual carry
Ruger MKII probably my target model
S&W 10-4 usual back up

Marlin 60 gotta have
WASR 3 up close
Rem 700 Long range

Mossberg 500 12g up close Big D.
870 in 20g

January 21, 2008, 03:57 PM

S&W model 60 .357 = my daily CCW
Ruger Redhawk .44 mag = hunting and other protection
Either L frame .357 or .45 auto can't decied.

My Arsenal AK = my friend for life:)
30/06 bolt gun = long range
.22 bolt gun = fun and small game

12 ga pump
12 ga auto
.410 pump

January 21, 2008, 06:06 PM
S&W 686 4 inch barrel.
S&W 49 (jframe
Ruger speed six

Timberwolf 357
Guide gun 45-70
Winchester 94 trapper 30-30

12 ga SXS coach gun

January 21, 2008, 06:28 PM
500 Smith
454 Taurus

Jarrett 7mm mag
Jarrett 223
Custom AR

11-87 12 guage
Moss. 500 12 guage
FIE single barrel 12 guage (this was my first shotgun/gun i ever owned and was stolen form me.. Just for sentimental reasons)

January 21, 2008, 07:01 PM
very interresting...


Glock 17
colt anaconda .44 6"
browning buckmark


marlin model 60 .22
marlin 336 in 30/30


Mossberg 590
Mossberg 835 with all of the chokes, please

January 21, 2008, 08:34 PM
I'll play...

If I had to pick from the guns I have, it'd be pretty boring, so I'll say what I'd pick if I could get anything (it will include some that I actually have, too).


S&W 1917
Colt 1911A1
S&W model 10


Ruger Mini-14
Ruger 10-22
Winchester 1894

Winchester 1897 (20")
Remington 870 (20")

My main concerns are 1) General self-defence, 2) SHTF scenerios, 3) Hunting, 4) Fun at the range.

MS .45
January 21, 2008, 08:58 PM
I would try to cover any forseable scenario with each category and I will stick to what I have experience with.

Glock 17 9mm
Glock 26 9mm
Springfield 1911 .45acp

Inland M1 Carbine .30carbine or Kel-tec Sub2000 9mm(can't decide)
Winchester 39A .30-.30
Russian SKS 7.62x39

Remington 870 12ga w/extended magazine
Stoeger Coach Gun 12ga

January 21, 2008, 09:32 PM
Sig P226 ST .40 S&W
Sig P239 .40 S&W
Ruger GP100

M1A .308
AR 15 5.56
Remington 700 300 winmag

Remington 870
Remington 870

January 21, 2008, 09:35 PM
I had a buddy who got married, and his wife told him he had to reduce his entire collection (about 15 guns) to 2. No joke (yeah long story)

I'd reduce my collection of wives.... by 1.

January 21, 2008, 11:36 PM
H: Colt .22 Woodsman, SW 642, Colt 1911
R: Win 52 Sporter in .22, Win 94 in 30/30, Model 70 in 30.06
S: Model 12 pump, a classy S/S double, maybe a Model 21.

Leif Runenritzer
January 22, 2008, 04:24 AM
In general, i want to stick to plentiful ammunition. It's kind of a prepare-for-the-worst collection.

Glock 17
Glock 26
A medium-sized wheelgun in .357 magnum

I'm liking 9mm Luger, and i don't mind a full-sized Glock, so 17 it is. The Glock 26 is also 9mm and fills its own niche for being compact. The .357 wheelgun just seems versatile and practical.

AK-like rifle in 7.62x39mm
AR in 5.56x45mm with 20" barrel
Something in .22LR

I can't get 7.62x39 locally, but it would be cheap to stock up on. One can't go wrong with an AK. The AR-style rifle is common and will likely be supported for decades to come. I would prefer a 16" barrel, but i already have a carbine in the AK. .22LR would be for practice and hypothetical hunting.

870 with shorter barrel
Saiga 12 reconfigured

870 because it's practical, Saiga 12 for ducks, hypothetically. I'm all tools, no skills.

January 22, 2008, 09:35 AM
OK I will play (only picking out of what I have)
XD40 5"
XD40 3"
DE .44

K98 8mm
10/22 .22

870M Express 12ga
SX2 12 ga

Really hard to leave out the AK's and SKS's though.

January 22, 2008, 10:36 AM

Ruger MKII 5 1/2 bull ss
Ruger GP100 6" barrel ss
Ruger SP101 2 1/4 barrel dao


Marlin 39A
AR-15 Probably DPMS dissipator


Mossberg 500AT w/ extra sporting barrel

I'm not a big rifle or shotgun kinda guy,think I'd rather add on a couple more handguns.

January 22, 2008, 11:17 AM
sa mc operator 1911
xd serice model .40
xd sc .40

m1a scout

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