Best three guns (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) to have.


March 29, 2010, 01:18 AM
If you could only have one of each, what do you believe the best three guns to own are? Money is no object, but I would like some reasons why if you feel like it. 1 rifle, 1 pistol (or revolver) and 1 shotgun only.

My choices are:

Rifle - Saiga in 7.62x39. Kalashnikov action is reliable and accurate enough for close ranges. Ammo can be found anywhere in the world. Saigas are inexpensive and very well made. 7.62x39 can be used for hunting in a pinch as ballistics are similar to 30/30.

Pistol - Glock 19 in 9mm (what else :)). Accurate, reliable can be carried easily if necessary, ammo is available anywhere. Parts and aftermarket accessories are available anywhere.

Shotgun - Saiga 12. 12 gauge ammo is an almost perfect man stopper and is great for hunting as well. Saiga semis are reliable, have interchangeable mags, and can be customized to fit the shooter.

Those are my picks. What's yours?

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March 29, 2010, 02:23 AM
Rifle - I'm going to stretch the rules and take an AR with all the uppers from 22 lr to 50 Beowulf ;)

Pistol - SP 101. Because the rifle and shotgun can cover all the hunting and defensive needs for home, I'd like something that I could conceal.

Shotgun - I'd stick with my Super Nova in 12 gauge. Its simple, pleasant to shoot and I put the tube extension on it so I can hold 7 shells. However I'd probably get an 18" barrel for it for defensive purposes.

March 29, 2010, 02:35 AM
rifle=308 decent round for protection opr hunting ammo fairly to find shotgun= 12 gauge a5 browning fairly easy to find ammo and trouble free pistol= gotta go with 45 acp 1911 style for stopping power

March 29, 2010, 02:48 AM
figures that someone would mention glock and AK in the same post.

Here's what I'd pick.

AR-10 style rifle-308 has good range and power. Don't bother whining to me about how much it might weigh, I wouldn't be carrying it any measurable distance.

Pistol-Sig P-series. Any centerfire caliber is fine.

Shotgun-12 ga Remington 870

March 29, 2010, 02:54 AM

Rifle: The one you shoot the best
Pistol: The one you shoot the best
Shotgun: The one you shoot the best

Since everybody is different, their opinion of 'best' will likewise be different.

March 29, 2010, 04:51 AM
If you don't want to play, Mainsail, then why bother to post? Go away and let the rest of us have fun.

March 29, 2010, 05:42 AM
Gotta agree with Mainsail....

I don't have a rifle preference, but the current AR-style guns (the M4, I believe) would suit me. The .223 is an easy round to shoot, and the whole "system" is good....

Pistols: I'm a 1911 guy. Kimber pre-Series II, most Colts, Paras after some break in (or older ones) would suit me fine. I don't see the need to spend $2000 for a handgun.... JHP's, of course.... Stay off of "+P" stuff unless you're into killing cars, or people across the street....

Shotguns? My el-cheapo Mossberg 500 is pretty good, but a semi-auto would have been a better choice. Everybody's got a decent one in the $500 range, give or take. 12ga, of course. I prefer birdshot "indoors" - not quite as good an instant kill, but it will do less damage to adjacent rooms/people, and the BG won't enjoy it. In the "field", "00" is probably a good choice.

I'm a semi-retired rent-a-cop, among other things, and worked some seriously bad areas with a couple of .38's and no radio. The above list would have been heaven....

And finally my stock advice: For handguns, or even long guns, avoid the "gun of the month" issue. EVERYTHING you carry should work more or less the same way. Safety lever goes "down" or "up" to fire, etc. If your BUG lacks a safety lever, going for it and missing will probably be less of a problem than remembering to flip it the other way.... Long guns should be on the tang, or crossbolt, consistently, too.


March 29, 2010, 05:49 AM

M4, 1911, Rem 870.

March 29, 2010, 08:09 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // Of the firearms I own.

If I'm staying home:
Rifle--Remington 760, .30-06, Scoped with dropdown see through rings and night glow iron sights.

Revolver--Ruger Secutity Six, 4", 357/38

Shotgun--Remington 870 Wingmaster, 28" ventilated rib, 7+1 with extension.

If I'm leaving home:
Rifle--Marlin 795.22lr // I have a pouch attached to stock with four exta mags. and a film canister holding 70 mixed rounds--- 120 rounds of varying types on /in rifle.

Revolver--S&W 586 6" 357/38 /// Good for hunting/SD wide variety of ammo options.

Shotgun-- I'd have to cheat here if on the move, a shotgun with enough shells to matter is too heavy, I'd prefer: Interarms 357/38 Model 92 /// Using shot shells

March 29, 2010, 08:18 AM
Of the guns I own, I would choose the 760 in .308, the 870 12 gauge 3", and my S&W K-22 Masterpiece.

Deus Machina
March 29, 2010, 08:18 AM
In my case...

Rifle--Converted Saiga in 7.62x39. AK reliability is no joke, a Saiga is as accurate as the less expensive AR's, and this will take any game in my area. Moving north a little may warrant something in .308.

Pistol--my CZ 75D PCR. CZ's are just awesome guns that neither 1911 or Glock shooters can find any worthwhile fault with. And this one has refused to stop working, aside from my own reloading mistakes. Plus mine has really nice night sights.

Shotgun--a Mossberg, with a Limbsaver. Mine's a Maverick 88, but a 500 of 590 would be even better. 20", 7+1 12-gauge. Nothing wrong with a Remington 870 or Winchester 1200, though. I wouldn't mine a 1200; my friend's are like glass. Mmmmm. I just like the layout of the 500's controls best.

March 29, 2010, 08:28 AM
Pistol - Glock 19 in 9mm (what else ).

I think you're going to be surprised by the answers you get here. Here's a spoiler. I'd bet that the number of people who pick a glock, while they will be many, will still be less than half. Not that there's anything wrong with Glock. It's just that Glock is only one of many good choices.

For me:

Good quality AK47. Maker is irrelevent as they are all pretty much the same once you get to a very good quality level. But think something like Krebs.

Shotgun- Rem. 870.

Pistol- Ruger SP101 3"bbl.

Marlin 45 carbine
March 29, 2010, 08:40 AM
any good .22LR repeater semi-auto with hi-cap mag preferred (for me) due to more ammo store/carry capable.
any good center-fire pistol .32 up for concealed weapon
any good 20 or 12ga shotty sxs, pump or semi with a variety of ammo types for game and defense.
this is based on a 'hold the fort' scenario in suburbia or rural area.
mercenary types doubtless will opt for larger rifle & pistol my list is what I figure could be available to a home owner that is given a reasonable amount of time warning of a 'collapse'.
I own a semi-auto .22LR clip fed that's a tack-driver (scoped) and one of my nephews with much younger eyes has a Marlin with the under-barrel ammo tube he did a clean and tighten up to and mounted a 4X Burris. practices on walnuts at 50 yds standing offhand. never misses. any man sized target at 100yds is in deep kim-shoiee.

March 29, 2010, 12:16 PM
Glock 23 -40 S&W

Remington 870 or Mossberg 590

Ar-15 probably m4 Bushmaster

Rifle was the hardest choice, there is something to be said for the AK/Saiga.
I own at least one of all of my choices. Some guns are hard to leave out. I chose the G23 for carry because I like the added punch of the 40 over the 9mm so even though the 9mm is a military round and sometimes easier to obtain, I have to stick with the 40. Flip a coin on the two shotguns I picked though I do like the 870 a little better. The 590 is heavier and not as smooth. Even though I have 4 1911's and only two Glocks I would still choose the glock as an all around gun.

March 29, 2010, 12:29 PM
Tough choice.

Rifle: .308 or 30-06 bolt

Pistol G17, XD9, a nice revolver, I don't know, not much of a pistol person

Shotgun: Rem. 870 or Moss. 500 or 590

March 29, 2010, 12:32 PM
I agree with Mainsail,

What's good for you isn't what may work for anyone else.

Also, what you currently own may not even be what's best for you.

March 29, 2010, 12:44 PM
Money is no object and you still pick an AK style rifle. Well ok if that is all you want.
Mainsail is right. Pick what you shoot and know best. Playing make believe is fine but it does me no good to say I want a 45 Luger, a 1903 with the Pedersen Device and a Howdah Pistol if I can not afford them and will not take the time to train with them. I would much rather take my FAL, 1911 and 590 to the range or a competition and get real world experience and as soon as the weather gets warm enough and I have the time I intend to do just that. I don't know about the rest of you but I need all the practice I can get.

David E
March 29, 2010, 01:16 PM
Those of you that have answered this thread: Do you currently OWN the 3 guns you listed?

If not, why not?

If these 3 guns make up the most basic 'essential battery,' then why don't you own them now ?

March 29, 2010, 01:17 PM
I'm with Slomo...


M4, 1911, Rem 870."


March 29, 2010, 01:19 PM
Best three all around/do all guns on a budget: 6" Ruger GP100*, H&R HandiRifle in your caliber of choice and have a 12ga barrel fitted to it. All will last a hundred years with minimal maintenance and give good service.

Best three with a little more to spend: 6" S&W Model 27/28, or a Ruger Redhawk .357 (either barrel will do)*, Benelli Super90, Savage Scout in the caliber of their choice.

Unlimited budget? Why restrict yourself to three. Buy two of everything and call it good!

*I suppose, if you're not a revolver person, a (place favorite semiauto brand here) in 10mm could replace the wheelgun.

I've had a Saiga12, and while it's a fun gun no doubt, the mags are just a pain. If you keep a loaded mag in the gun all the time it will eventually mash the top shell enough that it becomes hard/impossible to chamber. They also haven't seen enough rounds downrange to asses their long-term reliability. The 870 and the Super90 are well proven.

**I have everything but the Scout. I make do with a SOCOM16. The Scout is much lighter and that's why I listed it.

March 29, 2010, 01:35 PM
Rifle: Bolt action 308 (Remington 700)if we're talking "survival" (nuff said)
M4 style 223 rifle if it's a zombie apocalypse (parts and ammo availability)

Shotgun:Remington 870 (reliability,parts and ammo availability)

Pistol:Glock 17 (reliability,parts and ammo availability)

Those of you that have answered this thread: Do you currently OWN the 3 guns you listed?

If not, why not?

If these 3 guns make up the most basic 'essential battery,' then why don't you own them now ?

I do own all of the ones I listed (except the ar...I have a pile of AR parts waiting to manifest themselves into an evil black rifle). I think most people will not own all the weapons they mention. We're talking "essential," not necessary or preferred. My Glock is a great "essential" tool that I only recently acquired. Various 1911's and 22 target pistols that I own are far more fun to shoot and own, not to mention they can pull double duty as "essential" if need be.

March 29, 2010, 01:37 PM
Of those I currently own:

Sig 556: AK-like reliability with AR-like accuracy.
Sig P250: it's my CCW.
Rem 870: can be configured any way I need it configured.


Socom 16: .308 is sure nice to have
1911: my favorite handgun
Benelli M1: just to change things up a bit, not to mention wicked fast


Russian AK: the original
CZ-75: all around fantastic 9mm
Mossberg 500: it has to make this post somehow!


March 29, 2010, 01:38 PM
Ah yes. We seem to play this game once a week. Here are mine:

Rifle: Colt 6920 AR-15 with 16" upper, plus a 24" varmint upper

Handgun: Ruger GP100 4" stainless .357 revolver

Shotgun: Remington 870 Marine 12 gauge with 18" cylinder, 24" rifled, and 28" choked barrels

March 29, 2010, 01:44 PM
There isn't really an issue of what situation is this for, as the OP states if you could only have 3. Therefore, if you only have 3, you need to cover all your bases.

And if someone picks something, why get offended? No one is insulting your pet rifle/revolver/shotgun/pistol. That is the beauty of individualism. If there was only one type of gun to own, everyone would have it and only it.

/end rant

Anyways- my turn:

Handgun- Smith and Wesson 686 with 4" barrel. Lots of different ammunition options, works great for self defense, and in a pinch could even be used for hunting some game.

Shotgun- Remington 870 Wingmaster with 28" vent rib barrel, 3 chokes, and a separate rifled slug barrel. Could hunt whatever walks in my state and most others.

Rifle- FN SCAR H or a great quality AK. Either way, would be a solid, reliable rifle that would be fun to shoot, good for defense and could even be used to hunt.

March 29, 2010, 01:51 PM
I'd go with a 1911, an AR-type rifle either 5.56 or .308, and a remington 870 12ga.

March 29, 2010, 02:11 PM
CZ VZ58, light, compact, reliable and easy to find ammo.
HK USP 9mm, reliable and easy to find ammo.
Mossberg 500 12GA, reliable and easy to find shells.

March 29, 2010, 02:36 PM
Sig P239 in 9mm, SKS, and a 12 gauge Mossberg 500. The Sig and SKS could be considered to be overbuilt, and the Mossy has those twin extractors. I'm confident all 3 would outlast me.

Vern Humphrey
March 29, 2010, 03:47 PM
Before anyone can make an intelligent answer to a question like this, we have to ask, what do we want these guns for?


Small game hunting -- a .22. For the best combination of price and quality, I would go with a CZ 452.

Varmit hunting -- a Savage in .223.

Larger game (deer to moose), a Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.


Practice, plinking, and small game hunting -- a Ruger MK II or III

Self-defense -- an M1911 in .45 ACP.

Deer hunting and similar applications -- a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt.


All applications -- Remington 870 with multiple barrels, in 12 gauge.

March 29, 2010, 03:50 PM
My original thought was best three guns to have if you could only have these three guns. The only three guns you own. Not any of that "what do you want it for" or "what you shoot best" nonsense. Just the top three guns you would have if you could only have three and money was no object.

Vern Humphrey
March 29, 2010, 03:58 PM
Not any of that "what do you want it for" or "what you shoot best" nonsense.
How, then will you be able to tell if a .22 pistol, for example, is "better" than a 9mm of equal quality?

David E
March 29, 2010, 04:33 PM
1911's and AR's make good choices, as you can put a plethora of uppers on either one expanding calibers and capabilities.

Mr. T
March 29, 2010, 04:44 PM
4 Gun
M4 - 5.56 NATO -Battle Rifle
Remington Model 700 - 30.06 - DM/Sniper Rifle
Mossberg 500 12 guage - CQB Weapon
Springfield XD - .45 ACP - PDW

March 29, 2010, 05:13 PM
1) Colt Government Model .45ACP with several different caliber conversions.

2) Colt AR-15 .223 with several different caliber conversions.

3) Mossberg Model 500 12 Gauge with extra barrel conversions.

Onward Allusion
March 29, 2010, 05:22 PM
- Glock 22 with 357 SIG & 9mm conversion barrels along with a 22LR conversion kit. Still one pistol, right? :)
- AK (converted Saiga to "real" AK)
- Saiga Shotgun in 20 ga

Could probably have everything above with some ammo for just under $2,000

navyretired 1
March 29, 2010, 06:31 PM
Rifle- Stevens 200 sporter in 308 Win and 3X9 Leapold- I have now
Handgun- Glock 17 with 6 +2 mags- I have now
Shotgun- Scattergun tech Rem 870 3"- I have now
If you can't get it done with those, you can't get it done at all, then it's cold dead fingers time.

March 29, 2010, 07:09 PM
Of what I own... I would say my Hi Point 995S in the pistol category... Mossberg 500 and SKS...

If I could just have one of each... I guess I would go with a 9mm glock, same shotgun and probably a Garand...

If it were some sort of a SHTF situation, I would use the pistol and rifle as currency and use the shotgun for everything else.

March 29, 2010, 07:10 PM
If you could only have one of each, what do you believe the best three guns to own are? Money is no object, but I would like some reasons why if you feel like it. 1 rifle, 1 pistol (or revolver) and 1 shotgun only.

If money is no object I assume you’re buying, so I get the best:

Rifle- Winchester pre 64 model 70 in .270 or .30/06

Shotgun- Winchester model 21 12 gauge.

Pistol- S&W registered magnum pre-war 4” like here

March 29, 2010, 07:31 PM
Ruger old army,cause u can make ur own ammo if crazy politicians ban it,Ruger 10 22 cause its the best 22lr ever made in semi auto,browning bar in 308 win cause its the very best semi auto sporting rifle,romainian sks cause any gun that can look so beat up and still shoot 2 in or less groups off hand with cheap ammo,and novice shooters,belongs in my safe, shall I go on:cool:

March 29, 2010, 08:03 PM
Why does it not surprise me that the overly majority are all tacticool guns with no quality, well-made wood and steel guns mentioned?

With NO cost as an objective, folks still pick nickel and dime stamped

IMO, I would go with a Korth for a pistol,
A rifle would be from either Peter Hofer or Philip Ollendorf
and as for a good shotgun - if targets, then a nice Perazzi or Fabbri - if birds, then a classic Purdey or David McKay Brown

None of those are found in your current video game or your typical gun rag

Brian Williams
March 29, 2010, 08:48 PM
3 guns
S&W 581
Marlin 1894C
Ithaca 20 SxS.

March 29, 2010, 09:02 PM
I think if you made me pick 3 of my guns this is what I would keep
rifle: DSA AR-15
pistol: XD45
shotgun: Ithaca M37

March 29, 2010, 09:32 PM
Of the ones I own I would pick;
Kimber 84M Classic .308
Glock 23 .40
Mossberg 12ga
If money was no object, mmmmmm......??????

March 29, 2010, 10:47 PM
Rifle: M1A

Shotgun: Remington 870

Pistol: Kimber .45

March 29, 2010, 10:50 PM
Rifle- KAC SR 25 AR 10 with 18 inch barrel
Pistol- Glock 19 or a Kimber 1911 in 45 ACP
Shotgun- Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 with a 20 inch chokeable barrel

ol' scratch
March 29, 2010, 10:57 PM

Rifle: The one you shoot the best
Pistol: The one you shoot the best
Shotgun: The one you shoot the best

Since everybody is different, their opinion of 'best' will likewise be different.
Rifle- the one I shoot the best? M1 Garand

Pistol- The one I shoot the best? 1911 (any)

Shotgun- The one I shoot the best? SP-10 Remington- The big gun.

March 29, 2010, 11:01 PM
Well, if only restricted to 3 guns it'd be -Win 94 30-30, 1911, and Marlin 39A personally I'd get more use out of the 30-30 then a 12ga(though if I could have 4 that would be next. Per your rules

Marlin 39A- a 22 rifle is just too useful to me

Mossberg 500 with a 18 and 24in barrels

Ed Brown 1911

Maj Bach
March 29, 2010, 11:10 PM

PISTOL: Colt Commander LWT

SHOTGUN: Mossberg 930 SPX

March 29, 2010, 11:24 PM
Pistol: Glock 26- can go from extremely concealable to zombie slayer with a magazine change. Is accurate, reliable and durable. Add a 22lr conversion kit and you have cheap plinker, training aid and close range small gamer gun. My current CCW/home defense choice.

Shotgun: Mossberg 500 with long barrel and short barrel with magazine extension. It can fire whatever ammunition you can dream of. It can take many different kinds of game depending on ammo choice and with a short barrel and buckshot it's a very effective defensive gun, my current home defense longgun in fact.

Rifle: AK-47 with quick release side mount and scope. It's capable of taking deer and hog. Can also be used as a DMR within limited range obviously or drop the scope to use as normal 0-300 yard carbine. Very reliable and durable.

March 29, 2010, 11:32 PM
Rifle: Savage 223

Pistol: Sig P229

Shotgun: Beretta 390

April 5, 2010, 06:57 PM
my three would be

browning bar 7mm i know its kind of weird but its the first rifle i ever shot

pistol would be springfield .357 sig or kimber in the 10mm as long as i didn't have a problem finding ammo for either

shotgun i will have to agree with most and do a remington 870

April 5, 2010, 07:59 PM
Mauser 98 based custom in 7x57
S&W Model 627PD 4"
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg Model 21-1 in 12 gauge.


April 6, 2010, 02:28 AM
Mossberg 590
AK or a ruger bolt action .22lr
S&W 629 or a glock 17

April 6, 2010, 02:44 AM
I agree with Mainsail,

What's good for you isn't what may work for anyone else.

Also, what you currently own may not even be what's best for you.

And that is why the question was as follows...

Best three guns (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) to have. If you could only have one of each, what do you believe the best three guns to own are? Money is no object, but I would like some reasons why if you feel like it. 1 rifle, 1 pistol (or revolver) and 1 shotgun only.

He didn't ask you what is best for me...he asked you what is best for you. Pseudo-profound non-descript statements aren't as profound as an honest answer to the op's post.

April 6, 2010, 10:03 AM
Dlask Arms AR15 14.5" in 5.56x45mm
Glock 19
Mossberg 500 12 gauge

I already own all three. My FAL would probably be more versatile, due to the more powerful cartridge it fires, but I just prefer AR15s...

April 6, 2010, 10:38 AM
depends, if I have to go on the move it would be an AR, M37 riot and HK USP 45, all 3 are easy to find ammo for

if I didnt have to pack all 3 at once it would be my HK91k, 590a1 and my USP

if I had to be sneaky, I would take my MP5K, FN 5.7 and USPc 45. can carry all concelled and alot of ammo

ah hell this is driving my nuts...:D

April 6, 2010, 10:51 AM
m1 garand, 1911, remington 870.

April 6, 2010, 11:19 AM
OMG I would absolutely love to have a Blaser LS2 chambered for 300 Win Mag. It is a rifle that is way beyond my skill level not to mention financial means but it is one of the set of 3 that I would choose.

Handguns are a tougher choice. I would probably go with a 1911 varient, most likely a Nighthawk or Wilson. I would take a government model over the shorter styles. I most likely would choose the Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade 45 Auto.

Shotguns? I think that I would prefer an auto loader over a pump action. I would choose an FN Herstal SLP MK1 chambered for 12 Gauge.

You asked and I answered if cost were no object these are my 3. My real life choices are for rifle, Remington 700 SPS Tactical 308 win, NEF Pardner Protector 12 Gauge pump shotgun and Sig GSR 1911 Triple T model in 45 auto. I have all three of theese in my armory.

April 6, 2010, 11:38 AM
AR-10, XD40, 870

reliable with common ammo.

Not my favorites, but that wasn't the question.

April 6, 2010, 11:47 AM
For me the best choices are: Sako 85 in 7mm Rem, S&W 627 and Benelli SBE II.

The rifle is good for groundhogs through moose, 627 in case things go south, and SBEII for HD/Geese and other food-

April 6, 2010, 11:56 AM
well...price is always an object so let's limit it to "within reason"

A high end well made 1911 of some sort...deffense and match/plinking use

A high end .22 rifle of some sort (CZ or my Remingtin mod5...a nice sporter for small game and match use)

An accurate bolt action rifle...probably my .300 as it can do it all if need be

edged out is the riotgun...but just barely...but I'd have one anyway rules be damned! -LOL

April 6, 2010, 12:05 PM
The answers will vary according to each person's needs, but I chose the AR and 1911 for my rifle and pistol. I still need to get a shotgun, but when I do I'm going to pick up a Remington 870.

April 6, 2010, 12:06 PM
Posted by the OP in #29
My original thought was......not original. This type of thread has been done to death.
It's cool for emails to buddies and fellow gunnies in the family, but internet gun boards continue to be fraught with these threads.

I also agree with Mainsail.

April 6, 2010, 02:48 PM
In addition to the short pump gun and the 1911 (what else), I would opt to go with a long-range piece in the form of a Remington XP100R or a Weatherby CFP chambered in .243 Winchester. Add a bi-pod and top it off with a Burris 2X7 scope and I'm good to go.

We don't read much about these nifty hand-rifles on THR, and I'd be interested in hearing from members that have experience with them.


April 6, 2010, 06:57 PM
I am easy to please. High end guns would be wasted on my meager skills. The ones below would be adequate for hunting, self defense and recreation.

Rifle: Scoped bolt action in 30-06 (Rem 700, Savage 110)
Pistol: .357 Magnum Revolver (S&W or Ruger)
Shotgun: Pump or auto 12 Ga that fits me (Remington, Ithaca, Winchester)

I am satisfied with the three I own:

M1 Garand, Ruger GP-100 4" SS, Remington 1100. The scoped bolt action rifle mentioned above is probably the only other gun I will ever buy.

April 6, 2010, 09:44 PM
I'm more of a hunter/sport shooter than anything else. With that in mind, I'd probably opt for:

Rifle: Remington 700 BDL in .30-06 ... or maybe a Model Seven in .308
Pistol: Four-inch stainless Ruger GP100 in .357 magnum
Shotgun: Mossberg 500 combo (28" vent rib with removable chokes, a 24" rifled slug barrel, and an 18.5" cylinder bore with bead site.

Arkansas Paul
April 6, 2010, 10:03 PM
My main goal is hunting but home defense is a priority too. I would go as follows.

Remington 870 12 gauge
A good bolt action in .30-06
A quality 1911

April 6, 2010, 10:14 PM
1. Savage Mod 24 22mag/20ga O/U
2. Ruger GP100 4"
3 Mauser actioned 30-06

April 6, 2010, 10:42 PM
of those I own.....
Marlin 336 30-30
Ruger Single Six
Rem 870 12 ga

Redneck with a 40
April 6, 2010, 11:06 PM
Remington 870

AR-10 in .308


I chose 9mm because its a military caliber, so ammo availability will always be there.:D

Old Shooter
April 6, 2010, 11:14 PM
Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge

Remington 700 BDL in 30-06

Colt Commander, stainless .45

April 6, 2010, 11:32 PM
is that everyone interprets the question differently. I picked 3 guns that I owned for the same reason that i bought them. I believe tham to be reliable tools for the jobs that they were designed for.

For my handgun I chose my Glock 23 which I believe to be one of the best handguns going when you consider size, weight, capacity, cartridge and, of course, reliability. Despite the fact that the OP said cost is not a factor, I would still choose the Glock, because I don't know of any gun out there that does what is does any better. While I would be comfortable with a 6 inch 686as an all around gun I would still prefer my Glock

For My rifle I chose the AR 15. I own two heavy barreled guns and have a Bushy m-4 coming soon. While the cartridge isn't enough for big game, I don't hunt big game. It is excellent for self defense , varmints and small game. My Saiga would also make a good all around gun but isn't nearly as accurate.

The shotgun is pretty easy, make mine an 870 but my 590 will do in a pinch. For that matter I would also feel pretty good with my norinco 97.

All of these guns are good for self defense and can serve in other roles as well.

April 6, 2010, 11:47 PM
Pistol: I have trouble deciding, but probably a Glock 19 with a AA .22 conversion kit.
Rifle: I'll cheat and say a TC Encore, with barrels in several calibers.
Shotgun: Mossberg 500A or Remington 870.


April 6, 2010, 11:58 PM
.357 revolver with a 4" barrel: simple, versatile and capable of firing two relatively common rounds.

12 gauge pump shotgun with a full-length (not 18-20") barrel: with multiple chokes this is a very versatile tool for hunting and defense.

30.06 bolt action rifle: proven hunting tool with another relatively common round.

April 7, 2010, 01:33 AM
My answer would vary depending on what purpose I needed these guns for: survival/combat/something serious or fun.

For fun (these guns, I own):
1. Rifle: Converted Saiga in 5.56x45. I had long theorized that the main problem with AK accuracy are to do with the cartridge and the short sight radius. Problem 1 is solved by replacing the 7.62 with 5.56. Problem 2 is solved by I own one in this configuration and it is my baby. It is no less accurate than my carbine ARs.
2. Pistol: CZ 75B in 9mm. I do not find handguns aesthetically pleasing in the same way as I find rifles and especially shotguns. I share Jeff Cooper's opinion that a handgun is a stop-gap measure to allow you to get to a rifle. That said, the CZ 75B is one of the most beautiful handguns ever made (IMHO).
3. Shotgun: Early production Browning Citori 12ga, 28" barrel, fixed choke (full/modified). Mine is from 1974. It's Grade I, nothing fancy in its looks, though someone put some really beautiful wood on it (for some reason, with a high comb and cheek piece, which makes it just a little awkward to shoulder). However, it was my first O/U, I'm used to it and I love it.

For something serious (I own the Rem, the others are on a low-priority wishlist):
1. Rifle: Rem 700 in .308. 26" bull barrel, Nightforce or IOR Valdada scope in variable magnification no higher than 12-14x or so. If I have to fight for my life, I would prefer to do it from half-a-mile away.
2. Pistol: Jericho 941/Baby Eagle mid-size in .40 S&W. Basically the same gun as the CZ-75 Compact, but more aesthetically pleasing (to me). Mid-size is what I find ideal for concealed carry.
3. Shotgun: 12ga Saiga. AK reliability + ability to use mags. I'd have to work on it to tune its reliability.

April 7, 2010, 03:41 AM
I used to say AR-15 for the rifle. I've changed my mind and would now say a M1A instead.

Shotgun has to be the Mossberg 590 because that's what I have and I'm not likely to buy something else in the near future.

Handgun would be my G35 at this point.

April 7, 2010, 07:20 AM
phased plasma rifle (in the 40 watt range)
Starfleet Type 2 Phase pistol (preferably Star Date 2295 or later model)
Klingon Disruptor Cannon

April 7, 2010, 08:05 AM
It would appear that a lot of people would feel very well armed with a combination of the following.

Handgun: Glock (insert model here) or 1911 (insert brand here)

Rifle: AR 15 or AK/Saiga/AK variant

Shotgun 870 Remington or Mossberg500/590

April 8, 2010, 12:52 AM
Grouping one;
Rifle; .45LC lever action (Marlin?)
Handgun; Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible (.45 ACP/.45LC)
Shotgun; Mossberg 500
Advantages; only need to stock components for two types of ammo (.45 ACP and LC can share primers and bullets, already have plenty of brass cases for both), punches *BIG* holes in things, cartridges are low pressure so wear and tear is greatly reduced
Disadvantages; ammo is bulky and "heavy", limited capacity and slow reloading in all three firearms

Grouping two;
Rifle; Ruger 10/22 or Savage Mark II bolt-action for small-animal hunting
Handgun; Kimber Custom II 1911 .45ACP
Shotgun; Mossberg 500
Advantages; .22 good for small game and cheap practice, bolt action can handle any available .22 cartridges, from Shorts and CB's to hypervelocity, 1911 for hunting larger game/personal defense

Rule-Stretching grouping three, four guns;
Rimfire; 10/22 or Savage Mark II for small game/practice
Rifle; .45LC lever
Handgun; Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible
Shotgun; Mossberg 500

April 8, 2010, 06:30 AM
Money is no object ain't happening. Get over it.

Picking the three guns is fun though.

Work hard, save and keep buying guns and build many different "three gun" sets.

That way when you need to grab three guns and go, you have a choice of each tailored to your anticipated AO .

April 9, 2010, 05:26 PM
Assuming dual use (hunting and protection) my choices would be:

Rifle: Marlin 336 30-30 (pre-safety)
Handgun: 1911
Shotgun: Winchester 1897 (28" field gun)

As important as the weapon, is the flexibility and availability of the ammunition. The Marlin is time-tested and dependable for the hunting of most mammals in the lower 50, with the right load / distance, presents a formidable defensive weapon, and is incredibly durable (forged steal receiver, etc. - carry a screwdriver and some basic cleaning supplies and you are good on maintenance for the next 60 years). The .45 round is obviously a proven defensive round, but up close, within arrow range, it would work for medium sized game as well. The Winchester 1897 is an established field gun (over 100 years now), and if you haven't heard of slam-fire or "trench broom" Google it.

I own the 3 guns listed. I have shot, and in some cases own/owned AR, MP5, Glock, various other H&K, Sig, Rem 700, Win 70, and many more. They are many wonderful tools out there... but for this scenario, I would choose the 3 I listed above.

April 9, 2010, 06:39 PM
Mosin M44

1911 Combat Commander

Remington 870

... well, that is what I got and what i would keep if I had to sell everything else.

April 9, 2010, 10:43 PM
Sig P226

Mossburg 500 (oldy but a goody)

My M14

April 10, 2010, 12:19 AM
:) I'll play in the spirit of the OP:

1 Rifle - Remington Model 721 .30-06 - I can do damn near anything with it.

1 Shotgun - Browning A5 Series "Light 12" - It's just the best shotgun I've ever used.

1 Pistol - Smith and Wesson Model 19, 4 inch barrel - It's accurate, potent, and still very concealable.

There you go :)


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