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possom813
July 8, 2009, 04:19 AM
Everyone on this board is a gunowner, in theory. It's a relatively simple statement. There are those here that own collector's grade pieces, full-auto, on down to the fellas that are just getting into firearms and were never taught proper(no offense intended). I believe the majority of the forum would fall into the category that I'm in. Several firearms, maybe one or two that are bona fide hard to find and then a couple that are rarely fired. Also thrown into the mix are the favorites that always find their way into the range bag/soft case to make the trip with you.

I find myself, like many others, have a few rifles and handguns. I never really thought about why I have what I have. I have my .30-30 because it's an excellent 100 yard rifle for knocking down hogs with. That same rifle is good for deer as well as just about any other critter that I feel the need to hunt. I have my .22's because they're fun to shoot, and good for rabbits and squirrels. I also plan on utilizing the .22's to teach my daughters how to shoot/handle/clean firearms. My wife loves her 10/22, but I may have finally gotten her off the semi-auto's and over to the bolt actions with my little Savage Mark 2 or 3 from walmart. The pistols I have because I like them. The first pistol I ever owned was a Security Six with a 6" barrel in stainless. I believe that started my love affair with revolvers. The first semi-auto pistol I ever bought was a Ruger P89.

This may be an overly ridiculous post, but keep with me, somewhere in here, and somehow, I have a point that I plan on making.

I believe everyone should have at least 4 firearms, a easily concealable pistol, a shotgun, a .22 rifle, and a hunting caliber rifle, say .243 or bigger.

Everything else in the safe is because it's something that you wanted. You didn't necessarily need it, you didn't have to have it, you wanted it.

For the past couple of weeks we've been moving into a new house. Long story short, I bought a house from my dad, he moved in a few months back and was driving me crazy so I gave him the house and bought another one.

Anyways, because of the circumstances, I can take my time moving, no rush really. I haven't had a chance to move the safe yet due to friends' work schedules and it's too damn heavy to move by myself.

So I figured we've pretty much moved in and stayed at the new house for the first time last night. Me being me, and not knowing my neighbors yet, I opened the safe to bring at least one gun with us until I move the safe.

As it was, I peeked in and saw the super blackhawk, the mountain gun, the 1911, the ak47, the .30-30's, and various others that would have been fine. But I guess the point is somewhere in here, I left the house with my Ruger P89, my Charter Arms .38, and my J.C. Higgins 12 gauge.

I guess there's a logic in there somewhere about using what you're comfortable with. In the end, I had a good selection of firearms to choose from, and took the 3 that I've owned for quite sometime and have put countless rounds through.

I'm not exactly sure what brought this post on, other than surprising myself with what I picked out of the safe today. Granted, it's not an emergency situation or anything, but I figured when the time came the first gun I would grab would be the 1911 and the AK, but time makes fools of us all I reckon.

-John

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THE DARK KNIGHT
July 8, 2009, 04:24 AM
good post, you made the right choice in the end. a 12 gauge and a .38 are great.

Nematocyst
July 8, 2009, 04:26 AM
Interesting that you took three.

Curious about the logic of that.
(Or the gut-level non-logic, if you wish.)

My go to?

Most likely the .38 spl snub on my belt.

If I'm in "the room", the 65 in .357m (loaded with .38 spl +p).

For serious invasions, the .30-30 would get the call.

bensdad
July 8, 2009, 04:40 AM
My go-to would be my carry gun. The make and model don't matter. The fact that I shoot it a lot (thousands of rounds in the last year) does. My go-to shotty would be the one I'm most familiar with also. Both the 870 and the 500 are natural in my hands. Their mechanics are in my rote memory. Go-to rifle would be the Saiga. Same reason. I know these guns to be reliable. I know these guns manuals. They're so far inside my head that I don't have to "think" to use them.

easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca
July 8, 2009, 04:49 AM
.357 magnum DA revolver, any one of my L-frames, or the GP100. Whichever one is within easiest reach.

possom813
July 8, 2009, 04:50 AM
Interesting that you took three.

Curious about the logic of that.
(Or the gut-level non-logic, if you wish.)

I work nights, the wife isn't exceptionally proficient with the P89, yet. The .38 stays in a pocket, either mine or hers. The logic being that although she isn't a great shot with a pistol, the .38 should be able to get her to the P89(more ammo) or to the shotgun. She's very proficient with the shotgun:)

I figure that makes about as much sense as I can at 4am.

m_kirk2001
July 8, 2009, 05:02 AM
My go to gun is my S&W M&P .40 compact. I have it with me most of the time. I am familiar with it. I can conceal it. It is utterly reliable. I can hit what I want to hit with it. It can get most jobs done that I would need it to.

chuckusaret
July 8, 2009, 08:29 AM
My wife and I have three go to weapons a LCP(her CC), XD40(My CC) and a 12ga.(HD)

Kwanger
July 8, 2009, 12:57 PM
Go to in an unforeseen emergency would be my Glock 17.

hso
July 8, 2009, 01:48 PM
Good post.

TheFallGuy
July 8, 2009, 04:25 PM
I have said it before and I will say it again, if I only had one gun, it would be my AR15. She's pretty. She's tough. She's reliable. She ain't picky (russian steel case is as good as american brass any day). She's mean. She's a hoot to shoot.

I don't need to worry about over penetration. I live by myself in the middle of no where.

Otherwise I will add my Beretta 96FS. It's my first hand gun. It has 1000 rounds through it from me. 100 of which were fired after it spent a night at the bottom of a pool (angry ex girlfriend) but before I cleaned it. Now it has a spec of rust on the magazine, but no big deal. It just fits my hand perfect. IMHO, it is also one of the prettiest pistols ever made (you see lots of them in movies, well the 92's but they're basically the same).

For a shotgun, that's tough. If I have access to my dad's guns-he has an old High Standard Riot gun I recently (yesterday) found out about. Apparently he bought it at the prison auction where he bought his old S&W .38. Buttery smooth slide (he is a prison guard and every once in while gets these things). If it has to come from my collection-I will take my 590A1. I carried one in combat. I have put food on the table with a few 500's before and trust it with my life.

kidrice
July 8, 2009, 06:09 PM
interesting that you took three.

Curious about the logic of that.
(or the gut-level non-logic, if you wish.)

my go to?

Most likely the .38 spl snub on my belt.

If i'm in "the room", the 65 in .357m (loaded with .38 spl +p).

For serious invasions, the .30-30 would get the call.

65 in .357m.....65in.....OMGGGGGGGGGGG lololol
i bet you're pretty accurate with that.....set up on a bipod?

OregonJohnny
July 8, 2009, 06:09 PM
If I could only grab 1 of my firearms to take with me in the scenario the OP described (self-defense while staying 1 night in a new house) I think I'd bring along my Springfield XD40 Subcompact. It's not my favorite gun, the most powerful, the most accurate, or the best looking. But without knowing what kind of threats I might face for 1 night in a new house in an unknown neighborhood, it does a few things really well. It has a rail to attach a light in case the power company hasn't hooked up the electricity, or you have to go outside in the dark. It's small enough to conceal if you need to leave the house to go to your car, go to the store, answer the door to new neighbors, etc. It's a relatively powerful and proven caliber. It has decent capacity (9+1). And most importantly, it's very reliable and I trust it. My 870 shotgun wouldn't be very discreet going back and forth from the car or opening the door. Same with a rifle. My j-frame could slip into a pocket but only holds 5 rounds of .38. So, of all my glorious guns, I'd take along my trusty little XD.

cratti
July 8, 2009, 09:43 PM
65 in .357m.....65in.....OMGGGGGGGGGGG lololol

Whoa there, Turbo. People occasionally mistype things. It happens. No need to go overboard.


Back on topic - Since I only have TWO of my guns with me right now, I'd have to settle for the Fabarm FP6 12ga and Taurus 24/7 in .40S&W.
Can't say that's an issue in short to medium range situations.

cyclopsshooter
July 8, 2009, 10:01 PM
#1 Colt pre-70 45 AUTO
#2 Mossy 500A
#3 S&W M65 357
#4 Stainless Colt Gov .380
#5 Marlin 30-30

The rest is for fun

well, so are the first 5
:)

great post!

Ed Ames
July 8, 2009, 11:03 PM
A few years ago I moved about 1500 miles taking only what I could load into my car. Of course I spent some time pondering exactly what was worth cramming into the limited space available.

Odd as it sounds, not one of the "essentials" of that move is on my "go to" list today. It isn't all upgrades or churn either.

shiftyer1
July 8, 2009, 11:28 PM
The guns we are most familiar with are often the one's we started with, some of us from a young age. Imho like all things for alot of us, shooting wears off it's newness after a little while. Which makes your first one probably most practiced with. I love to shoot but a busy schedule, tight budget for a large family, and the fact that I can't find ammo means I can't practice with any as often as i'd like but I know certain guns I own from times gone by when all I had was free time and bullets, like the back of my hand.

As far as the 65 inch revolver, although I assume it's 6.5 the vision of a 65" handgun is funny.

Ed Ames
July 8, 2009, 11:32 PM
Huh. I figured the poster was talking about a Taurus 65 in .357m. As in a Model 65 chambered in .357 magnum.

Sharpie1
July 8, 2009, 11:41 PM
I have a collection of pistols, rifles and shotguns - but if I had to take one and go, it would be my Glock 17. I would reluctantly leave my 1911 behind - but I would do so for one reason: more ammo capacity with the G17. A lot more.

trickyasafox
July 9, 2009, 12:06 AM
I am sitting here thinking about this thread and have no idea what I would choose.

For a centerfire rifle, it would either be the 700 in 270win or my high-power rifle, a frankengun AR I built up a few years ago. I have shot the AR more than any other centerfire rifle I own by a factor of at least 2 or 3, with the 270 coming in second place.

Centerfire pistol- Either the ruger security six or the glock 23. 2 of the first handguns I ever bought and have seen a lot of rounds through them.

But the guns I have the most fun with and shoot the most often, are my Ruger Mk II and my Ruger 10/22. Couldn't even guess combined round count.tens and tens of thousands to be sure.

Having never been in your situation, I'm not sure what I would pick. However, your choices and reasoning sound good to me.

Tamlin
July 9, 2009, 12:54 AM
Sometimes I think (especially in the scenario given) that it would be so much easier to say, "Grab THE gun" instead of racking my brain over "which gun should I grab?"

Kentucky Windage
July 9, 2009, 01:05 AM
What? You could only carry three?

;)

Birdmang
July 9, 2009, 01:14 AM
Marlin 30-30
SW .38spl

JohnnyOrygun
July 9, 2009, 01:30 AM
I like your choices and more importantly, they make perfect sense for you and your situation. Of my small arsenal, if I were in the same situation, I would take my Winchester 1300 Defender 12ga, S&W Mod 60 38 Spcl, and Stoeger Cougar. The shotgun is obvious, its the best for home defense, the mod 60, because it can go in my pocket if need be, now the Cougar, well it has the most capacity of any of my handguns and when loaded with proper ammo I consider 9mm to be perfectly fine for self defense. Another choice in lieu of the Winchester might be my SKS, but I think the shotgun would be more useful with either slugs or buckshot I have just about any situation covered.

My .02 and IMHO always apply.
JohnnyOrygun

Pack
July 9, 2009, 01:35 AM
Shotgun - Tromix converted Saiga 12 GA

Rifles - Arsenal, Inc. SAM-7 (milled-receiver AK-type, 7.62x39)
Remington Model 600 .308 (light, handy, common caliber)

Handguns - 6" S&W Model 686 .357
Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP

Kind of Blued
July 9, 2009, 01:53 AM
Good post. When it comes down to it, I'm comfortable trusting my life to any of my guns. I suppose thats a good place to be in. I don't have enough money to buy "toys" yet, just "tools" so far.

Given that, the situation dictates the tool.

Any "serious" gun I buy from here on out is merely filling in the niche gaps.

doc2rn
July 9, 2009, 02:24 AM
Rem Sportman 48-20g
FNP-9
Ruger MKII with Can

Nematocyst
July 9, 2009, 02:32 AM
... the 65 in .357m (loaded with .38 spl +p).

65 in .357m.....65in.....OMGGGGGGGGGGG lololol
i bet you're pretty accurate with that.....set up on a bipod? Right. Except I use a tripod. Barrel is too heavy for a bipod. :rolleyes:

The typo appears to have been made by the sarcastic critic.

My original: "the 65 in .357m".

Sarcastic critic: "65in", implying 65 inches.

Translation for newbies: Smith Wesson Model 65 chambered in .357 magnum".
Quite common to delete the word "chambered".

Example: Marlin 336 in .30/30.
No, the rifle does not have a 336" barrel.
I'll keep you posted when I find one. ;)

Wow. I must really be bored to respond to this. :scrutiny:

ArfinGreebly
July 9, 2009, 02:37 AM
For those of you not familiar with the "65" allow me:

This is a "65, in .357 mag"

(Smith & Wesson Model 65, in .357 mag)
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=101218&d=1247121693

And so is this:

(Taurus Model 65, in .357 mag.)
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=101217&d=1247121303


Took me under a minute to find them.

And I didn't even giggle during the Google.


(Nem's just happens to be the S&W -- and I see he beat me to it while I was digging up pix.)

Nematocyst
July 9, 2009, 02:47 AM
(Nem's just happens to be the S&W.)Yup.

This one. ;)

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=61153&d=1185070004

Kind of Blued
July 9, 2009, 04:46 AM
Ooh. That's a nice one. :)

Regular Joe
July 9, 2009, 06:41 AM
I've thought about this just a little. I made up a bag that is small enough to carry, yet big enough to carry me through. It holds 5 ea. 33 round magazines and 3 ea. 17 round magazines, along with the Glock 17, in a holster. The gun has one magazine, and the holster has another. That's 250 rounds, ready to go, with the gun that can reliably deliver them.
It doesn't matter much whether I have the 17 or 19 with me, since the 19 accepts all of those mags as well. I don't care who you are, or what you have, or how well you can shoot. If you know enough to be a threat to me, we're most likely on the same side. If you're not on my side, I'm not wasting very much ammo on you. But then what? If it gets that bad, I probably don't want to be here anyway.

kidrice
July 9, 2009, 04:17 PM
Right. Except I use a tripod. Barrel is too heavy for a bipod. :rolleyes:

The typo appears to have been made by the sarcastic critic.

My original: "the 65 in .357m".

Sarcastic critic: "65in", implying 65 inches.

Translation for newbies: Smith Wesson Model 65 chambered in .357 magnum".
Quite common to delete the word "chambered".

Example: Marlin 336 in .30/30.
No, the rifle does not have a 336" barrel.
I'll keep you posted when I find one. ;)

Wow. I must really be bored to respond to this. :scrutiny:
Sarcastic critic....I thought I would throw in a little laugh. I see that some people left their funny bone at the door. I wanted to add the image from the first Batman movie with the Joker (Jack Nicholson) pulling out that ridiculously long revolver from this pants.

I'm not familiar with the model 65. Actually, I'm not that familiar with revolvers models. So I guess I am a newb to revolvers.

BTW...my go to gun would be my HK USP 45.

Nematocyst
July 9, 2009, 04:49 PM
Sarcastic critic....I thought I would throw in a little laugh. I see that some people left their funny bone at the door. OK. Explanation accepted. It just felt a little derisive, that's all.
We just never know around here with new members.
(Welcome to the mad house.)

Besides, I added some smilies to indicate my funny bone is fully functional. :)

http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/6/62/Batman-JokerRevolver2.JPG/500px-Batman-JokerRevolver2.JPG

FiREhAwk
July 9, 2009, 05:12 PM
The op and I are in the same "category" I think. I have 6 handguns, 3 shotguns, and 8 rifles. About 3 of these are old milsurp (K-98 Mosin x 2), 10-22 a few ebr's (Colt/PWA AR and Ak), Savage model 10 in .223 and a A-bolt .270 hunting rife. I only have one revolver a 605 (.357) and a P3AT for CC. A XD-45, CD 1911, and Brigadier 96 for target/home defense. And the universally required 22-45. An older bolt action .410 my grandfather gave me, an NEF break action 20ga (my first gun) and a 20ga 870 ESM. And plenty of ammo for them all. Mostly factory but I have right many reloading componets except shotgun shell.

I have all of my "needs" covered (except maybe a 9mm gun as I have plenty of 9 ammo) but there are still many on my want list, but $ is hard to hold on to right now. :(

Deltaboy
July 9, 2009, 05:15 PM
MA in Backwoods Mag said the farm arsenal could be 30/30, 12 gauge pump, 357 Pistol and 22 rifle.

And that is what I am building.

Prophet
July 9, 2009, 05:22 PM
I don't have a lot of guns. But we have lots of private land. I either keep a 30-30 Marlin or Mossberg 20ga in the backseat of the Dakota when I'm driving back and forth about the property working. I keep the shotty back there most often because of the load variety. I just throw a couple loads of birdshot and a pumpkin ball or two in the dash and keep buckshot up the tube. Just make sure to take it all out when I go out on the town. :D

yokel
July 9, 2009, 06:07 PM
Alas, today's severe global economic downturn has forced me to relinquish all of my firearms except for a replica 1863 .58 cal. Zouave Muzzleloading Musket.

Lawnman380
July 9, 2009, 07:38 PM
S&W model 65....Mossberg 590...

Geronimo45
July 9, 2009, 07:58 PM
65 in .357m.....65in.....OMGGGGGGGGGGG lololol
Sometimes, you just want to squeeze every bit of velocity out of a .357 but don't want a shoulder stock in the way. :D

Interesting, possum... you chose an Always (.38), Often (9mm), and Just in Case (12 ga) to take with you. I suppose mine would be a little Beretta .22 or Savage .32, the 1911, and the AR or 20 ga.

goon
July 10, 2009, 06:14 PM
Probably the SP-101 is the most "go to" I have. Just because it's such a "perfect" little gun for my uses.
Say what you will, but there is a lot to be said for the gun you are actually likely to have with you when you need it.

inSight-NEO
July 10, 2009, 09:04 PM
For now, my "go to gun(s)" would be my XD-45 ACP, followed by the 12 ga. shotgun. Later on, I may add a revolver to the mix. If I could choose just one, Id probably opt for the 12 gauge.

single action
July 11, 2009, 12:01 AM
I tend to keep it simple. My go to guns would be the s&w bodyguard I carry every day, The enfield carbine I deer hunt with every year, and the h&r single 12 ga that has been riding in my vehicle for the last 7 years. that should be good enough to get me by until I can get back to the "sexier/cooler" stuff. lol

Floppy_D
July 11, 2009, 12:09 AM
I hardly go anywhere without my Taurus Model 85 in my pocket, but if I go somewhere I plan to stay for a day or two, an old 1970 Remington 870 is probably coming with me.

flrfh213
July 11, 2009, 12:32 AM
well i have revolvers, (love the 357) auto .45 witness and 7mm mag for top of the rifle cat, wife has the shotgun covered, an old bolt action wall piece, in 12 ga... never shot it, but love the 7mm mag.

model of 1905
July 11, 2009, 01:22 AM
My "go to" gun is the one I have closest to me when it's go time.

Just remember that when it's go time, GO!!!

Dr.Rob
July 11, 2009, 01:26 AM
You know the ONE firearm I feel the most confident and flexible with for a variety of uses? Remington 870 12 ga. with a 3 inch chamber, 21 inch deer barrel with rifle sights and a rifled tube choke. (At close range the patterns are a tad bigger but it works just fine.)

Let's face it a 'go to' gun you aren't talking about duck hunting or target shooting, right? You want something that feels like a part of you and can count on with ZERO hesitation.

As for handguns, I've had great success with my BHP clone, bone stock Colt 1911's and revolvers. I also would not hesitate to grab a single action Ruger Vaquero. Simple is sometimes better.

KYShooter
July 11, 2009, 02:36 AM
My two go to guns would be a Bobtail S&W 1911Sc commander and my GP75 they are both absolutely reliable and I shoot them pretty good.

Here is a pic of them together.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/LuddhaBuddha/AK1911.jpg

KenWP
July 11, 2009, 07:09 PM
My go to gun would be a 22 rifle of some kind or a shot gun. The law is so bad that if I grabbed a handgun I would be breaking more laws then what ever the badguys are doing . I know of guys who compalin about bears around the house at night and say they won't shoot at them because of our night time shooting laws. Go figure that one.

benEzra
July 11, 2009, 09:14 PM
I guess there's a logic in there somewhere about using what you're comfortable with. In the end, I had a good selection of firearms to choose from, and took the 3 that I've owned for quite sometime and have put countless rounds through.
There is a lot of wisdom in that.

jordan1948
July 11, 2009, 10:06 PM
12GA coach gun by my bed or the hi-point carbine, not because either of them are really my favorite but they don't fit in the safe and I'd rather grab a gun that's close rather than rattling my keys around on the door then standing there scratching my head trying to decide which one lol

ChCx2744
July 12, 2009, 05:23 PM
For the BUMP in the night, my G20SF

For the CRASH in the night, my G20SF + 870

For desecration of diplomacy by militants outside my home, my G20SF + E2S XM-15 + G26 + all the loaded down magazines I can carry + my level III vest

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