What does my gun collection need next?


July 17, 2009, 09:26 PM
Currently I have:

Remington 870 express 7 shot synthetic 12 gauge shotgun 18"
Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge shotgun 26" (25 yrs old)
Beretta A391 Xtrema2 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun 24"

Springfield M1A 7.62x51mm Semi Automatic Rifle
Marlin 795 .22lr rifle

Smith & Wesson M&P .40 semi-automatic pistol

I'm looking to build my collection and can't decide between these choices. I mostly do target shooting/plinking, very occasional hunting and have a CHL on the way. What would you get next?

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July 17, 2009, 09:28 PM
Where's your .22 pistol?

July 17, 2009, 09:30 PM
.357 Revo

July 17, 2009, 10:24 PM
What type of shooting do you like to do? If your buying just as an investment or hunting or just recreation? :confused:

July 17, 2009, 10:30 PM
I don't see a P228 (9X19MM) and P220ST (.45ACP) in the choices? =/

There must be an error in the poll.

July 17, 2009, 10:43 PM
i have savage 22 lr remington 308 cz 22-250 savage 223 custom k-31 7.5 ruger 243 browning 30-06 m1garand m1 carbne ar-15 ak-47 hi-point carbine 22 browning pistol 22 ruger revoler 9mm hi-power colt 45 acp s&w 38 10-6 and on and on and then we could go on to shotguns

July 17, 2009, 10:46 PM
Of course I said 1911 I'm an addict. But out of these choices the wheelgun might not have been a bad call. I think everyone needs a 1911 and a Wheelie.

July 17, 2009, 10:50 PM
Yeah, I wanted to edit the poll to put ar-15 in there, but I originally didn't include it because I think I'd like to have a bolt action in the same caliber as my M1A as my second rifle since I already have a semi-auto (with lots of .308 ammo).

As far as use, like I said earlier, I participate in target/plinking/range shooting, occasional hunting, concealed carry, defensive handgun/longun courses, etc.

July 17, 2009, 10:50 PM
I'd get a genuine Colt Government Model, and/or a S&W K, L, or N frame 4" .357. Keep your eye out for all of the above, then get the one in best condition that comes along at the best price.

July 17, 2009, 10:53 PM
I'd say a 4" 357 your choice of manufacturer. Probably the best all around handgun. J frame 357s are best used with +P or +P+ ammo.

July 17, 2009, 11:38 PM
If you get a .357 Magnum revolver, you will then have what most would consider to be a well-rounded collection of guns.

Each of your existing guns serve a specific purpose, although you do not currently have a large bore revolver. A nice .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum revolver would give you something a little more stout to carry as a sidearm while hunting - and you will be able to enjoy the unique simplicity and efficacy of the revolver.

Also, as you gain experience as a revolver shooter, your mastery of safe gun ownership and shooting philosophy will be more well-rounded, and therefore your advice and opinion will be more relevant and useful to your peers and especially to new shooters you might meet.

I love my 1911 too, and I love my rifles and shotguns as well - but I wouldn't want to be without a revolver.

July 17, 2009, 11:40 PM
1911 in .45acp not .40. That's just my opinion.

July 17, 2009, 11:43 PM
What you probably don't need is a shotgun. :p

I would have voted for the 1911 except for the .40 addendum. Why on earth do you want one in .40??? At any rate, since you have no revolvers, and this is a truly sorrowful condition in which to live, that's where I'd go next. But I'd look around for others than the one you've chosen...including some of the classic .38's and/or .357's.

Then get a 1911. In .45acp, for heaven's sake. ;)


July 18, 2009, 12:02 AM
Echoing springmom here. I voted for 1911, but get a .45 caliber.

July 18, 2009, 12:02 AM
All right, before I get too much heat for putting the 1911 in .40 up there I shoud mention that I have about 2000 rounds of the stuff sitting around. Looks like .22LR pistol is in the lead at this point.

A big part of my choices are based on what will shoot ammo that I already have. Of the 4 choices only the revolver would require new ammo, but i see myself getting into .357 rimfires eventually anyway.

Ballistic Mule
July 18, 2009, 12:04 AM
I suggest a Ruger 357. either sp 101, or security six for carry. I got the gp 100 knowing I would not be carrying the peice other than side holstered. Must say, A SUPER SHOOTER! 38's used to be cheap and are great for targets, And if you look at a smith wheeler next to a Ruger you'll notice the top strap is twice as thick on the Ruger. All in all a wheel gun is a must have in any collection.

July 18, 2009, 12:08 AM
with the options that you have i say go for the bolt gun and here is why.
.22 pistols are nice but they are inexpensive and you can add that anytime.

the revolver would be good, but i personally would go with a j frame if i had your collection, a good pocket gun for quick trips to the store etc. not a 340.

the 1911 would be a good choice, but i am not a fan of 1911's in any caliber but .45acp, mags are gonna be hard to find, as well reliability can be iffy.

July 18, 2009, 12:12 AM
i also voted bolt gun since you already have .308, due the current ammo situation

Ballistic Mule
July 18, 2009, 12:20 AM
Trying to edit.A typist by no means! Forgot to add Browning Buck Mark 5.5 target pistol.I have first generation and thousands and thousands of rounds through it and it's as accurate as day one. Also both suggestions are MADE IN THE U.S.A.!!!!!!!!

July 18, 2009, 12:39 AM
i voted for the 1911, but a 1911 is supposed to be 45acp only in my opinion.

i picked the 1911 because you already have really nice scatterguns, a good 22 rifle, and a nice plastic pistol (they are better than the other plastic pistols in my opinion). you also have one of the finest centerfire rifles ever made (being derived from the king of all rifles, the m1 garand).

to me its an easy choice, but then again, i think if a person can only own one pistol in his or her entire life, it should be a 1911. (but definitly in 45acp)

July 18, 2009, 12:50 AM
I voted for a .22lr, everyone needs at least one for cheap practice.
You also need a 1911 in .45acp and a .357 revolver, these are cornerstones to any good collection.
Theirs others that need to be added to round out your collection but these are the essentials.

July 18, 2009, 02:14 AM
DEFINITELY a revolver. But my choice isn't in the poll. My vote goes to the Ruger sp101. NO collection is complete without a revolver or two or three.....Follow the revolver purchase with a lever action rifle of the same caliber.

July 18, 2009, 08:57 AM
Vote for 1911 :)

July 18, 2009, 09:02 AM
Every gun collection should have a revolver. .22 revolvers are alot of fun check into them.

July 18, 2009, 09:06 AM
(E) All of the above.

July 18, 2009, 09:11 AM
How can you even ask this question when you don't own a .22 handgun yet?

July 18, 2009, 09:13 AM
Everybody should have a .22 pistol for cheap fun, but it was hard for me not pick the 1911.

BTW: A full size 1911 in a .40 may be a little hard to find.

July 18, 2009, 09:17 AM
Where's the "All of the above" button? :D

All good choices, Try to keep matched calibers on weapons. Saves money on ammo. I'd definitely go with the 1911 in .40 instead of .45 just for that reason.

A .22 pistol is a definite, but having the best semi auto 308 ever made, I'm not sure if I'd get a bolt .308, not really necessary in my book :) That could go into getting something with even more "distance".

July 18, 2009, 09:30 AM
Everyone needs the basics
9mm or 45 ACP
Hunting Rifle
I tend to notice some people drift to one thing or another like you have some
really nice shotguns, so I will surmise that you like the shotgun sports. You will always own more of these than any other but the basics are the basics. You need a good gun for CCW like the EMP in 9mm or 40.

July 18, 2009, 09:48 AM
I always buy firearms based on calibers I already own.

Of my favorites are:

.22 LR
.22 WMR

any centerfire with .224 dia. bullet
.308 Win
30/06 Sprg.
.45 auto
.44 Rem Mag
.38 spec / .357 mag
9mm Luger

I do own a few that do not fit my collection but.... they don't count.

July 18, 2009, 09:57 AM
1911, in .45 ACP, the way it should be.

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