If You Only Had Two Firearms...


the iron horse
March 17, 2010, 09:39 PM
-A .12 ga. Mossberg pump

-.38 S/W revolver

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March 17, 2010, 09:43 PM
Good question.
But: Is CHL legal?

If so, then one is a handgun--either a 1911 or an S&W 357. The other is either an M870, an M700 in 30-06 or a Marlin M60.

If not, then I'd probably go with the M60 and the M870.

March 17, 2010, 10:19 PM
Only two....

Glock 27

Ruger GP100

March 17, 2010, 10:24 PM
Sig 229 (.40)


March 17, 2010, 10:27 PM
Springfield TRP SS .45 ACP
Smith & Wesson Model 627 SS .357 Magnum

March 17, 2010, 10:27 PM
I would sit down and cry.

March 17, 2010, 10:30 PM
I would sit down and cry.
I'm with you, you gotta have at least four.

March 17, 2010, 10:31 PM
I would vote with my feet, and move ALL of the collection to a friendlier State.

March 17, 2010, 10:51 PM
SIG P226.

edit: Stupid anti caps lock code!

March 17, 2010, 10:53 PM
smith and wesson 686 with 6" barrell

remington 12 guage 18 inch barrell

One to have fun at the range with, one to protect myself and family. (well only girlfriend right now but family some day)

Edit: If CCW was legal in my state I would have to reevaluate

March 17, 2010, 10:53 PM
Sig 229 9mm


(Mass zombie control)

March 17, 2010, 10:56 PM
Remington 870

Colt (or variant) 1911

March 17, 2010, 10:58 PM
Sig550 and Beretta 92FS.:D

March 17, 2010, 11:03 PM
Remington 870
Ruger GP100

March 17, 2010, 11:03 PM
Gotta have three. One good pistol, one good shotgun, one good rifle.

An 870, a 1911, and an AR-10 with multiple uppers. :)

March 17, 2010, 11:06 PM
Remington 870
Briley 1911

March 17, 2010, 11:06 PM
I would have to keep my 44 mag RedHawk and my 44 mag Winchester 94. I have a lot of pistols I really like, and a couple a little better than my RedHawk but I was looking towards the utility and versatility of my selection.

My 1911 SIG Triple T and Remington 700 SPS Tactical 308 would be a very close second.

Arkansas Paul
March 17, 2010, 11:26 PM
1 - A .308 on an AR platform
2 - Remington 870 12 gauge

March 17, 2010, 11:41 PM
A dillon minigun

and a .308 Remington 700 left handed with a tacticle sniper type stock. and a really nice scope. three by nine preferably

I mean c'mon, you can't get much better than a minigun

March 17, 2010, 11:53 PM
26 inch Rem 870 pump with removable chokes. Good for all the shotgun sports, hunting and defense.

6 inch .357 Smith. Also good for all of the above (sports,hunting and defense).

Thanx, Russ

March 18, 2010, 12:05 AM
M1A Scout
And Series 70 1911 .45 with a rail and night sights. I'd prefer Commander-length but Gov Model will work.

Put the cluster rail from SA on the Scout, give it a white light and a low power variable on QD rings, and stoke it with 155 gr TAP for defense. Have a stockpile of 147 gr ball for the apocalypse. Run 230 gr JHPs and an Insight M3X on the 1911. Lots of 20 round GI mags for the M1A and lots of WR 8 rounders for the 1911.

Then go find out who's responsible for making it so I can only have two firearms...

Boba Fett
March 18, 2010, 12:22 AM
I would sit down and cry.

I would vote with my feet, and move ALL of the collection to a friendlier State.

Yeah that pretty well sums it up for me.

I'd have a really difficult time choosing only two. And the OP's "only two" concept has no scenario parameters. Only two SHTF? Only two survival? Only two hunting? Only two Military/LE?

I guess if I had to go only two with no other info:

Savage 10FP in 308.

EAA Witness in 45 with the 9mm, 38 Super, 40 S&W, 10mm, and 22lr conversion kits :D

March 18, 2010, 12:28 AM
S&W 4" 686

Marlin 1894 .44

March 18, 2010, 12:34 AM
SIG P229

Remington 870

March 18, 2010, 12:36 AM


Bretta 92FS

March 18, 2010, 12:49 AM
OK, I'll take the top of page two.

Being a minimalist, I've pondered this for years.

Mine would either be a Marlin 336 in .30-30 with a .22 pistol (probably a Buckmark),
or a Marlin 39 in .22 and a .357 mag revolver, 3" or 4".

Big Russ
March 18, 2010, 12:55 AM
I'd have to take my Marlin 336 and my S&W MP-15.

March 18, 2010, 01:00 AM
I've been down this road in real life (for a very short time). Glock 17 & CZ452 in .22 magnum.

I think it was the late great Jeff Cooper who considered .22s to be a household tool and not a firearm. So calling on his ghostly authority, I will take a Glock 17 and a .357 magnum Marlin 1894c as my firearms and the CZ 452 and my S&W Model 18 as my tools.

Hey, I know I'm cheating, but even here in Australia we aren't restricted to just _two_ firearms.

March 18, 2010, 01:18 AM
I hunt mainly deer now in close country

44 magnum revolver must likely a S&W

Marlin 1894 in 44 magnum

Same ammo

Hot brass
March 18, 2010, 01:23 AM
870 and 1911

March 18, 2010, 01:40 AM
A Remington 870 12 gauge for sure. You could hunt a lot of different game with it through shot sizes, slugs and buckshot. And it covers as a home defense.

SCAR in .308. This would pretty much do whatever else I would need.

Ala Dan
March 18, 2010, 02:08 AM
Smith & Wesson 6" model 19 .357 magnum

Remington 870 Marine Magnum 12 gague

March 18, 2010, 02:37 AM
I gotta put a + whatever on the crying part :) I would move to the boonies and become the crazy guy with all the guns that people are afraid of :D

rich e
March 18, 2010, 02:42 AM
Savage model 24 O/U..........Either 30/30,12gauge-- or-- 223/12 gauge
Smith and Wesson model 65 with a 4 inch barrel...

These two firearms will handle any possible need..Self-Defence and all hunting needs...Down south where the deer are smaller I'd opt for the 223..Up north I'd have the 30/30..

The S&W K frame is the perfect size revolver..The 65 is stainless and has fixed sights..

I could live with 38sp,357mag---30/30 and 12 gauge..Wouldn't be too happy but I could do it..

March 18, 2010, 06:40 AM
Colt M1911 .45 with a .22 conversion assembly.

Colt AR-15 with several different caliber upper assemblies.

Versatility would be my main consideration. Having said that, still a tough choice between the AR and a pump action shotgun.

March 18, 2010, 06:54 AM
SIG P 229
(Can't I really slip in the TRG 22 ?? :D )

Sav .250
March 18, 2010, 07:11 AM
(1) Marlin 336SC......32 cal

(1) Remington 1100 shotgun....12 ga.

March 18, 2010, 08:16 AM
Colt Python .357 and a 1894 Marlin in .357

March 18, 2010, 08:41 AM
Marlin 1894c in .357mag.

Ruger Speed Six 2.75" bbl.

March 18, 2010, 09:55 AM


Steve 48
March 18, 2010, 09:59 AM
I gotta have at least 3. A shotgun, a rifle and a handgun.

March 18, 2010, 10:04 AM
I like the question -

#1 - 12 gauge pump action shotgun

#2 - .40 caliber high capacity semi auto

March 18, 2010, 10:19 AM
Remington 870 Marine Magnum 12 gague

That and a Glock 17. I love my 1911's, but I feel 9mm will be more available and

The 870 is a poor choice, but my Marine Magnum 870 was the first long gun I bought with my own money back in 93 for $350 NIB. I have a love affair with that gun and would hate to ever see it go, even though I hate shiny weapons these days. It still looks like new even though it has seen much usage. I love it and you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands (at which point it better be handed to my son or I'm gonna haunt someone:cuss:).:neener:

March 18, 2010, 10:19 AM
Dan Wesson .357. More barrels FTW.
Marlin 1894 in .357. I'd only have to reload one caliber! Oh happy day!

March 18, 2010, 10:24 AM
They would be the same caliber ...

so the .44 revolver and carbine option seems smart.

Or a Saiga and a Krinkov.

Or a Serbu-shorty and a 870.
With different ammo-types this combo
should actually be pretty versatile.

Guns and more
March 18, 2010, 10:36 AM
Sig 238 for carry.
H&K P-30 for home.

Hide the Mossberg 500 'cause I can only have 2 legally.

March 18, 2010, 11:07 AM
Gotta have three. Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun. I already have my three if that were the case.

Glock 27
Mossberg 12 gauge
Weatherby 243 w/scope

texas bulldog
March 18, 2010, 11:11 AM
S&W 3" 686+

Marlin 1894 .357

Ed Wagner
March 18, 2010, 12:03 PM
Tube fed bolt action 22, Rem. 870 3 inch, 12 or 20 ga.

March 18, 2010, 12:08 PM
I really guess there are two different scenarios....

SHTF Roaming the countryside:

1911 style (High cap)
M1A (Tactical)

At home:

Mossberg 12 gauge

March 18, 2010, 12:32 PM
Sig P230 for carry

That was hard, good thing it isn't my reality. :)

March 18, 2010, 12:42 PM
M&P in either .40 or 9mm
Top grade AR15.

March 18, 2010, 12:54 PM
From my current battery:

S&W 3953 9mm
Browning .22LR Semi auto

I recall two articles about the 'ideal' battery. One was Seyfried's on a hunters battery and the other was concerned with a defensive handgun battery by Duane Thomas.

Seyfrieds was 1 handgun in .44 Mag or .45 Colt, 1 12 gauge shotgun, 1 varmint rifle and 1 medium rifle as the bare minimum for the mythical all-around hunting battery.

Thomas' handgun battery was 2 of your primary service or compact handgun, 1 backup along the lines of a J frame or PPK size and one tiny gun a la Seecamp, Beretta 950, etc that was small enough to carry if you were just wearing a pair of shorts at the beach.

March 18, 2010, 12:59 PM
If I REALLY had to bring it to 2.

1.Stainless Mini-30----all round caliber and easily scoped---stainless for easy cleaning and less worries--hi-cap mags available--- I don't even own one now.

2.Stainless MkIII pistol---cheap to shoot---fairly effective.

March 18, 2010, 01:00 PM
If I was forced to go on a hundred mile march after TEOTWAKI, I'd take:

Traister Big Bore .450 Marlin w/ shotshell and roundball loads

Ruger Speed Six .357

March 18, 2010, 01:03 PM
A dillon minigun

and a .308 Remington 700 left handed with a tacticle sniper type stock. and a really nice scope. three by nine preferably

I mean c'mon, you can't get much better than a minigun
And a wheelbarrow for the ammo. LOL

I would sure love a minigun, too.

March 18, 2010, 01:05 PM
Gotta love all the people who simply say, "I'd move away." Come on people, it's imaginary, just play along.

Here are mine:

1. Remington 870 Express 12 gauge with: 18" cylinder, 20" rifled, and 28" choked barrels

2. Ruger GP100 .357 4" stainless

March 18, 2010, 01:24 PM
*User Edit*

March 18, 2010, 01:37 PM
i believe you are correct given a choice in the situation. If I am talking about SHTF situation or just state did a 180 and made it unlawful to own but two weapons. Then I would have to know if it were two weapons of desire or out of our already owned collection.
However my choice would be
urban environment New England Pardner Pump 12 gauge and Taurus .22lr 9 shot revolver

Countryside New England Survivor .308 single shot and taurus .22lr 9 shot

Ed Harris
March 18, 2010, 01:50 PM
Did it for a few years with a 4-inch Ruger Police Service Six and 12-ga. pump riot gun.

March 18, 2010, 02:25 PM


March 18, 2010, 05:47 PM
You guys aren't thinking big at all.


March 18, 2010, 05:50 PM
How many times has this been asked before?

March 18, 2010, 05:53 PM
How many times has this been asked before?

Indeed. When is someone going to ask the far-better question: What would you buy if you were limited to 150 pistols and rifles/shotguns? Or better yet, 250?

But, to play the game:

1. Ruger 10/22
2. Walther P99C

March 18, 2010, 06:20 PM
I hate these threads. I can't think of what I'd do to cut down the battery. If I were to start from scratch ... "You have nothing, and can only buy two ..." I might decide to go with two long guns. In that case:

Savage 24 .22LR/20 gauge combo - covers the .22 and shotgun in one package
Scoped Remington Model Seven in .308

No question that if I had to take a handgun, it would be a 4-inch stainless GP100. But which long gun to go along with it? Ack!! Guess I'd give up the Savage 24.

I hate these threads ...


March 18, 2010, 06:26 PM
A .45 semi-auto

A 12 Ga. Pump


March 18, 2010, 06:55 PM

March 18, 2010, 07:01 PM
For two:

A Perazzi SCO in 12 gauge and possibly a K38 Masterpiece or a Korth

Jed Carter
March 18, 2010, 07:08 PM
If I only had 2 guns, I would probably go nuts and use them to take someone elses 2 guns. Nope can't do it, I bought my second firearm less than a month after the first. It's been nearly 9 months since my last purchase, and I'm itching for a Dan Wesson Guardian, if I can find one, or a FNH FiveseveN, or a SIG P238, or a...

March 18, 2010, 07:09 PM
Are we talking about the world as it is now? If so I would probably pick (from the guns I own)

CZ40B .40 auto handgun
Mossberg 835 12-gauge shotgun

If we are talking about some post-apocalyptic situation where survival is more important and I don't have to worry about carrying concealed or constant social interaction, I would probably pick

Savage 30-06 hunting rifle
Mossberg 835 12-gauge shotgun

This is a tough choice though, because it would be nice to have my .22 rifle.
I think when you get down to brass tacks, handguns won't make the list, rifles are just too much more useful.

March 18, 2010, 07:54 PM
Remington 870

Glock 17

March 18, 2010, 09:52 PM
I would have to balance hunting and self defense (home, travel, concealed). As such the long arm would be an M1A so I can hunt and defend myself. The second would be an XD in 45 ACP. And yes, I would really miss a shotgun (my prefered home defense weapon and for bird hunting) and a bolt action rifle for hunting.

March 18, 2010, 10:10 PM
At one time I only owned two: a 22 rifle and a 243. Now I would probably own a good 22 rifle and a 270 rifle. Not much changes.

March 18, 2010, 11:59 PM
642 & 686 :)

March 19, 2010, 12:02 AM
Walther P99 AS

Mossberg 590 would be nice though...

March 19, 2010, 03:33 AM
glock 17
milled russian AK 47

March 19, 2010, 04:01 AM
Tactical wheelbarrow with a ''canned'' .223, and a Kimber .45 of course!

March 19, 2010, 04:30 AM
Smith model 64
Remington 870 (12ga)


Springfield XD45
Ruger Mini 14

Actually, that's my answer the next time someone asks which four...

But, if only two, I'd go with the Smith and the shotgun.

25 Pdr
March 19, 2010, 06:48 AM
Winchester Pump 12Ga


Marlin 1894C 38/357

March 19, 2010, 06:49 AM
.22 rifle& 12ga shotgun

March 19, 2010, 06:51 AM
Beretta PX4 and Beretta CX4. Why? I already have them and can use them to keep the rest.

March 19, 2010, 11:16 AM
12ga pump shotgun and G26.

If I could have 3, add on any bolt-action .22 rifle.

March 19, 2010, 11:21 AM
What's sad is I do only have two:

- Mossberg 500A
- Sig Sauer P226

March 19, 2010, 01:28 PM
What's sad is I do only have two:

- Mossberg 500A
- Sig Sauer P226

Not sad at all: you're off to a great start with two great guns!

You should be proud. Many folks would be envious of your collection.

Nice work, keep it up!

March 19, 2010, 01:48 PM
If I could have anything I'd probably go with an HK416 and a Custom 1911.

If I had to follow the laws, I'd still go with a custom 1911, and either an AR or Rem 870 Tactical.

If I had to go with my current weapons, I'd keep the Glock 22, and my Rem 870.

March 19, 2010, 03:06 PM
Ruger MK II .22 RF heavy barrel pistol
Mid Length Bushmaster AR15A2

March 20, 2010, 03:44 AM

Silent Sam
March 20, 2010, 04:32 AM
One in each hand because somebody just stole a bunch of my stuff.

March 20, 2010, 06:05 AM
OK, I was kidding about the wheelbarrow [no one remembers gunkid?] either my RIA .45 and my 12 ga, or my BHP, and my Mini 14.

March 20, 2010, 10:02 AM
I'd be a rich man. :)


March 21, 2010, 06:46 AM
I would keep my Glock 19 and my para FAL. I much prefer my AR15, but if I could only have one rifle, I'd choose the .308 for versatility.

Landlocked Pirate
March 21, 2010, 09:05 AM
I would choose either:

Glock 17 9mm/Rem 870 12 ga.


S&W model 65 3" or 66 4"/Marlin 1894, both .357s

March 21, 2010, 04:18 PM

the iron horse

If You Only Had Two Firearms...


-A .12 ga. Mossberg pump

-.38 S/W revolver

.12 ga Mossberg

.357/.38 S&W revolver

Avtomat Kalashnikova
March 21, 2010, 04:31 PM
M16 lower with lots of uppers and transferable mac 10 lower with lots of uppers

Elm Creek Smith
March 21, 2010, 10:18 PM
I'll play!

1) Ruger Mini-14 in .223 Rem/5.56x45mm NATO.

2) Smith & Wesson 3 inch Model 13 or 4 inch Model 681 .357 Magnum.

Lots of .223 Ammo, lots of .38 Special Ammo, some .357 Magnum Ammo.


March 22, 2010, 12:44 AM
Bolt action 30.06

Big bore wheelgun, preferably a S&W 625 w/ 5" barrel

March 22, 2010, 01:30 AM

March 22, 2010, 01:34 AM
Marlin 1894 CS .357
Ruger GP 100

March 23, 2010, 12:15 AM
I would sit down and cry.
I'm with you, you gotta have at least four.

Five. If you can't have a rimfire rifle, a centerfire rifle, a shotgun, a semi-auto pistol, and a revolver, how can you live?

March 23, 2010, 12:53 AM
My s&w mdl 19/66 & pre '64 win 30.06

March 23, 2010, 01:10 AM
Need only one a "Dillon Areo M134d"


March 23, 2010, 01:43 AM
A ruger blackhawk and another gun that would let me have more guns.

David E
March 23, 2010, 02:07 AM
Which two depends on the reason WHY only two.


Gun Laws?

Bugging out on foot and can only carry two? (if this one, bugging out of a hostile area, or am I in a wilderness area already?)

The answers are different for each.

March 23, 2010, 03:10 AM
I like this question - it's tough. "Only Two" is much harder to answer than "which three".

At the moment, I'm thinking Smith M&P40 and FNH FS2000.

March 23, 2010, 06:15 AM
I know a few people who are content with just two guns. My brother, a vet has a Colt 1911 and (I am not sure of the model....) some sort of an M1 carbine and he sees no need for another gun.

If it were me... I guess I would want his two :)

March 23, 2010, 06:33 AM
BHP Fan:
I got the reference, for a moment I thought "Oh no, he's back!" :)

March 23, 2010, 07:39 AM
Rifle (ar-15 for me) and mousegun (Ruger LCP for me).

Can't get through body armor, or reach out and touch someone at 2-300 yards reliably without a rifle. Can stop a threat with one in home (penetration argument be damned here,you said 2 not 3!) in a marginal compromise to a shotgun though.

Can't shoot your brother in law who went off his meds, you know the one in the Santa suit with an home made flame thrower at Christmas dinner, with the 1911 you felt strange wearing and left in the coat room. Can ruin the day of a person who rounds the corner to your room in the middle of the night at 20 feet with 7 rounds of 380 lobbed his way. If not that quickly needed, can grab your rifle.

Crap compromises of course. But my vote is mouse gun and rifle if only 2.

March 23, 2010, 07:44 AM
And oh yeah, talking "bugging out" TEOTWAWKI stuff, I would say AR-15 (if it can be carried out in plain sight, or you are in a vehicle, if not primary handgun) and a 22 pistol for hunting small game (ammo size, accessibility when you see game on the move vs a packed rifle, and noise).

March 23, 2010, 07:46 AM
I would take my AR15 and my XD.45-- which are both my go to guns anyway..

March 23, 2010, 07:57 AM
Springfield XDM

March 23, 2010, 10:28 AM
I DO only have two guns, and one of them hasn't even arrived yet. :(

March 23, 2010, 11:09 AM
.308 or 30-06 bolt, .22 rifle


March 23, 2010, 11:33 AM
An AR15 with a 22LR conversion, and a 1911 (10mm) with a 22 conversion.


March 23, 2010, 12:13 PM

These are self-defense choices.

If I wanted to primarily shoot flying birds or distant varmints or paper targets or big game, I might consider different preferences.
Not likely, though.

March 23, 2010, 01:48 PM
12 Gauge pump (Remington, Ithaca, Benelli or Mossberg)
Colt 1911 45 auto, Government model (5" barrel)

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