Poll: What type of gun is most important to you?


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bushmaster1313
January 5, 2011, 09:49 PM
Of all the different types of guns, what type is most important for you to own?

I don't hunt and concealed carry is not allowed where I live. So for me it's a hard choice between the combat pistol and the combat rifle. Combat pistol gets the nod.

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Nick5182
January 5, 2011, 09:57 PM
all of my guns are important to me lol, but if i was limited to just one it would have to be a pistol.

Balrog
January 5, 2011, 09:57 PM
If I had to pick one category, it would be the Combat Rifle. It is the weapon best suited for the true purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

wankerjake
January 5, 2011, 09:58 PM
My huntin' rifle!

oneounceload
January 5, 2011, 10:06 PM
Of all the different types of guns, what type is most important for you to own?

I don't hunt and concealed carry is not allowed where I live. So for me it's a hard choice between the combat pistol and the combat rifle. Combat pistol gets the nod.

I don't worry about combat as I do not live in a war zone, so fun and games (clay targets) gets the nod - I'll put 10-15,000 rounds through my target gun a year

Varob
January 5, 2011, 10:07 PM
I choose my conceal carry gun because it can double as a SD as well as a HD gun.

BushyGuy
January 5, 2011, 10:08 PM
i have both a Bushmaster AR15 and a WASR 10/63 ak47, i like them for target shooting and home defense.

marksman13
January 5, 2011, 10:14 PM
I'll go combat rifle because it can pull any of those duties listed except concealed carry and the right rifle could almost do that depending on what you are wearing.

FROGO207
January 5, 2011, 10:14 PM
For me it is all about reloading and accuracy and I do most of it with a target pistol or revolver. A close second would be a target rifle. Poll should have been first AND second choice IMO but thanks for the chance to think my priorities out once again.

Frozen North
January 5, 2011, 10:18 PM
My Glock 26 would be the last thing I give up.

Tomcat47
January 5, 2011, 10:45 PM
Love em all! But if it were down to only one...My Marlin 30-30...I can hunt with...protect my home....and myself if need be, and I could never part with it anyway...sentimental :)

And if its bad situation...IE Survival .... I start looking for BG with 1911 first! LOL :what:

wrs840
January 5, 2011, 10:59 PM
^^^^
For all-purpose, It's hard to argue with a Marlin 336 in 30-30 as "the one" gun if "one gun" is the goal.

Les

kbbailey
January 5, 2011, 11:10 PM
Nah.....
Shotgun is the one.
You can legally take any game animal in my state with a shotgun.
Deer hunt with slugs.
HD
All the clay games too.

CZguy
January 5, 2011, 11:12 PM
I've gone full cycle in my life. I'm back to a bolt action .22 as my favorite.

CZ 452 Lux.

Mitch from LA
January 5, 2011, 11:13 PM
Not my favorite, but a good hunting shotgun can serve almost any purpose you need it to. As an avid small game hunter, it is probably the most important to me.

brandon_mcg
January 5, 2011, 11:18 PM
id have to say my hunting shotgun. i enjoy shooting my pistols and rifles, but there is nothing like shooting doves, clays, deer, and small game with a shotgun.

Bonesinium
January 5, 2011, 11:21 PM
I don't hunt. I'm not using any of my personal firearms in combat. I cannot conceal carry where I live, only in the nearest state to me. I don't shoot skeet or trap. Though I have firearms that could fall under 5 of the categories listed, they are all (mainly) for target shooting. Since I have more rifles than handguns, I chose target rifle. Ironically none of my firearms were/are designed specifically for target shooting.

vs
January 5, 2011, 11:26 PM
The one that will save your family life or yours. I voted combat pistol.

AOK
January 5, 2011, 11:27 PM
My Glock 23 over my shotguns and AR. Odds are if I have to defend me and/or my loved ones it will be on me or right next to me.

therewolf
January 5, 2011, 11:33 PM
I'm at a loss to understand why everybody's asking us to "Show us your guns"
"What kind of guns do you CCW" etc. Seems a lot of these threads are suspiciously personal, IMO.

Not understanding what interest this info could possibly be to YOU:confused:

KodiakBeer
January 5, 2011, 11:36 PM
I voted combat pistol mostly because if I added up all the ammo I burn in a year (outside of 22's...), those would constitute the vast majority of the shooting.

A combat pistol can be a reasonable hunting arm as well as a concealed carry piece and home defense as well. I mean, if you had to, you could do it all with a .357 or .45.

I'm glad I don't have to do it all with one gun...

happygeek
January 5, 2011, 11:38 PM
Umm, isn't there a bit of overlap with your categories, for example you have 'combat pistol', 'target pistol', and 'conceal carry pistol' categories. I have a Beretta 92FS and a Sig 1911, both of which I CC and target shoot with and both of which I'd assume would be considered combat pistols.

People hunt and target shoot with EBRs like the AR-10 too.

vs
January 5, 2011, 11:43 PM
I think it’s a interesting question especially with the way the economy is today. We might not think about it but home security is a very issue especially if you live near a major city or on a farm where the nearest sheriff is miles away, if someone is in your house you have to be able to move free of restrictions and a narrow hallway or going down the basement stairs you wouldn’t want someone to grab the barrel. I guess it is good to take inventory once and awhile of our priorities.

22-rimfire
January 5, 2011, 11:44 PM
A sporter target rifle for me, I guess. You can use it for hunting, target shooting, plinking, and I suppose defensive purposes.... and of course, it's a 22 rifle.

smartshooter.45
January 6, 2011, 01:52 AM
I voted concealed carry pistol but i also agree with this statement:If I had to pick one category, it would be the Combat Rifle. It is the weapon best suited for the true purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

doc2rn
January 6, 2011, 02:35 AM
I am with .22 rim again on this one. My go to is one often accused of being the least favorable but still highly sought after, and the one most say they would head for the hills with due to ammo weight. My target rifle an all weather 77/22 Mk II is the one I wouldnt leave home without.

ryanrichmond
January 6, 2011, 06:42 AM
I chose the combat rifle but it was a close race between it and the conceal carry

CoastieShep
January 6, 2011, 09:05 AM
Hunting shotgun. Can use for everything but concealed carry, obviously.

Deanimator
January 6, 2011, 09:13 AM
A concealed carry handgun (which is also my home defense handgun) is the most important firearm for me today. I know that:


Police have no legal duty to protect individuals.
Police have no legal liability when they fail to protect individuals.
Police have virtually no physical ability to protect individuals.


When my life is in danger RIGHT NOW, the only person who's going to protect me is ME.

The Bushmaster
January 6, 2011, 09:23 AM
One that works!!

huntsman
January 6, 2011, 10:00 AM
A concealed carry handgun (which is also my home defense handgun) is the most important firearm for me today. I know that:


Police have no legal duty to protect individuals.
Police have no legal liability when they fail to protect individuals.
Police have virtually no physical ability to protect individuals.


When my life is in danger RIGHT NOW, the only person who's going to protect me is ME.
+100

CCW and HD are what I focus on now, what gun you use for the job is up to you. I still shoot all my guns and still hunt a bit so nothing is really exclusive.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
January 6, 2011, 10:39 AM
It all depends on the circumstances and situation at any given moment!

If there is no food to be had (food has suddenly become scarce) and my woods are crawling with partridges, gray squirrels, etc, I might consider it most important for me to have some kind of shotgun (or .22 rinfire) - ideally for hunting. If there is no food yet there are fields of woodchucks aplenty at distances of, say, 100 yards and further, it may be most important for me to have an EXTREMELY ACCURATE small-caliber high-power varmint rifle - so I can take a head shot for a quick, clean kill with very little meat waste. The same would hold true for no food - yet deer are regularly on my lawn at dawn or dusk. I may want to be able to take an extremely-accurate head shot - again - with little or no pain and with no waste of meat (venison)!

If I am about to be attacked by some crazed person in my house, perhaps a pistol in my pocket or at least on my person - within fast and easy reach would be best - preferably a caliber such as 38 Special upward!

If the same home invader happens to take some shots at me and is hiding behind a sheetrock wall (1/2" on each side, studs not included in this scenario), I might desire a different gun altogether - something that I am certain will penetrate 1" of sheetrock and also do enough rapid bodily harm to quickly take out the hidden intruder thus eliminating the threat in a quick manner.

On the other hand, given the exact same home invader scenario, if said person happens to be in a position in front of a wall (total 1" sheetrock - again, studs not included) and there are innocent persons behind that wall (family member(s), friends, pets, etc.) then I will want something that will not over-penetrate said intruder plus the wall (or, for obvious reasons - I do not want to overly-penetrate the wall alone if I should miss the intruder or if I should hit him in a thin location (arm, hand, just grazing, etc.) whereas the bullet simply goes right through past the intended target.

That is precisely why there are so many different calibers, bullets and load combinations, etc! The list is virtually endless! It is also why it is wise to know what different calibers will do in such situations. Someone buying a new gun for the first time, then just putting it in a closet with whatever ammunition they purchased with the gun would most likely not have any idea what that particular gun and ammo will do in the aforementioned scenarios! They end up "shooting in the dark" so to speak, or they might as well just shoot in the dark, because they don't have a clue what will happen to the pellets or projectiles once they leave the barrel!

Even those of us who have been shooting all different calibers all our lives do not have all these answers! I find it best to have several guns ready for the very reasons stated above!

andrewdl007
January 6, 2011, 10:52 AM
That was such a tough question. I had to pick trap/Skeet shotgun simply because in recent years thats about all Ive shot regularly. I wanted to pick hunting shotgun but its been over a year since Ive been hunting. I also wanted to put Conceal Carry Pistol as I have my permit, but also combat pistol as those are my favorite to collect.

mokin
January 6, 2011, 11:08 AM
I'll admit that combat rifles aren't very practical in many situations but that's what I voted for. I have at least one of each and shoot pistols more than anything but some of that training in boot camp must have sunk in....

Balrog
January 6, 2011, 06:09 PM
The only real reason for the 2nd Amendment is to defend against a tyrannical government. All other uses of the gun, including self defense against criminals, are secondary.

For that reason, the Combat Rifle should really be everyone's first choice.

All a man who has no rifle can do is run away from or yield to tyranny.

Your trap guns and concealed carry pistols are next to worthless compared to a man with a rifle.

bushmaster1313
January 6, 2011, 07:23 PM
Your trap guns and concealed carry pistols are next to worthless compared to a man with a rifle.

Good point.
But I think that many in the Free States bear their CCW pistol close to 365 days year.
Few in this great country have ever had to bear their combat rifle for real on our soil (one exception were the Korean shopowners during the LA riots.)

I would guess that many who voted combat pistol, like me, are people who live in states without concealed carry. If NJ allowed concealed carry that is what I would have voted.

clance
January 6, 2011, 09:11 PM
Seeing that most crime against the innocent occur in their own home. I would think that the most important firearm to have is a good shotgun loaded with buckshot and right handy.

mcdonl
January 6, 2011, 09:19 PM
I strongly considered CCW but where I live I went with the combat rifle. It is easy to care for, can be used for hunting and home defense and is versatile.

I am under the assumption it can only be one.

Caliper_RWVA
January 6, 2011, 10:13 PM
The only real reason for the 2nd Amendment is to defend against a tyrannical government. All other uses of the gun, including self defense against criminals, are secondary.

For that reason, the Combat Rifle should really be everyone's first choice.

All a man who has no rifle can do is run away from or yield to tyranny.

Your trap guns and concealed carry pistols are next to worthless compared to a man with a rifle.

+1.

I may spend more time with my CCW pistol, but having a combat rifle is the dividing line between RKBA being serious and being about target contests.

wishin
January 6, 2011, 10:16 PM
A home defense handgun should be a choice. My vote because it can also be used for carry.

22-rimfire
January 6, 2011, 10:54 PM
Poll: What type of gun is most important to you?

I've read the comments over. Here's some food for thought.... There seems to be an overwhelming tilt toward "combat" this or that. What are you planning on combatting? Me, I just want to go to work, do some shooting for fun, and maybe do some hunting and fishing. I carry a concealed handgun but have never once even drew it. It gets so boring that I often wonder why I even bother. I know... exercising my 2A rights.... Why is it always about combat being "the" most important to you, which by it's very nature is fighting? What are you worried about?

No body said this is a SHTF thread, but the choices mostly lean that way?

CZguy
January 6, 2011, 11:43 PM
No body said this is a SHTF thread, but the choices mostly lean that way?

An astute observation. That's why I wasn't able to vote.

AOK
January 6, 2011, 11:58 PM
"The only real reason for the 2nd Amendment is to defend against a tyrannical government. All other uses of the gun, including self defense against criminals, are secondary. For that reason, the Combat Rifle should really be everyone's first choice."

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I think that is plain silly to say it SHOULD be our choice. While I understand your point, I'm willing to bet you have a MUCH greater chance of being attacked or killed while out and about where the only thing to have on you is your pistol rather than experiencing a "tyrannical government."

jojo200517
January 7, 2011, 12:15 AM
Since I couldn't vote for all of them I voted for concealed carry pistol. However many of my weapons can easily serve multiple purposes.

With a swap of the barrel my pump shotgun can easily be used for home defense, hunting, and clays. It could work for all of them without swapping in theory but it makes me feel better to have a shorter barrel for defense.

Since the poster of the survey seems to think that all combat rifles are like ar-15's (or at least something semi auto i suppose) I'll take my AK-47 for my combat rifle and it would be useful for hunting also. I shoot targets with it for fun but its not a competition target rifle by any means.

While were in the target and hunting categories I'll choose my Mosin Nagant. It may not qualify as what some will call a combat rifle in the modern day but it dang sure was back in the day.

I suppose the same can be said about my .357 mag. It shoots quiet well and is fun for punching holes in paper. 6 inch barrel tends to disqualify it as a concealed weapon unless your good at hiding stuff. Apparently it doesn't meet the definition of a combat pistol tho.

When did combat rifles and pistols become only semi auto?

I guess my point of this rambling post was this. My gun that is most important to me is ALL OF THEM.

DasFriek
January 7, 2011, 12:15 AM
With CCW winning the poll im not really surprised, I answered CCW also.
It has brought alot of people into the gun world who were never here before the laws started allowing people to carry.
20 years ago i would have said my Home Defense gun which was a 12 gauge Mossy Bullpup and a pre-ban AK47.
I lived in the country so i could get away with an AK for HD there.

But now my guns are mainly aimed at ccw, And i have one HD shotgun.
Stupid me sold the Mossberg bullpup like an idiot i was at age 21.

Ive even given it thought about guns in my future and i see me always carrying a concealed weapon no matter what laws change, Unless we get Phasers then ill make the switch. I plan to live at least another 40 years and with the great men we have protecting us im sure my safety is assured, If not ill die beside them.

JTHunter
January 7, 2011, 12:20 AM
CoastieShep said: Hunting shotgun. Can use for everything but concealed carry

And I agree. Mine is an older side by side with double triggers. With two different chokes and two different loads, I'm set for quail/rabbits, squirrels/pheasants near & far, or bad guys with 00 buck in one barrel and #4 in the other. Fire both barrels at the same time and - - - (ground round). :rolleyes:
That being said, I like having my .380 close at hand as well as my .22 LR/Mag revolver and the two rifles that take those different rounds. Situation dictates which one I reach for first. :D

Balrog
January 7, 2011, 12:24 AM
I'm willing to bet you have a MUCH greater chance of being attacked or killed while out and about where the only thing to have on you is your pistol rather than experiencing a "tyrannical government."

No doubt that is true. And while I agree that criminal misbehavior is more likely to cause death than government tyranny, defense against common criminals was no the primary purpose of the 2nd Amendment than duck hunting. Rifles make free men free.

I certainly carry my Kel Tec P3AT much more often than a rifle, but the thread is not about which gun is carried most commonly.

CraigC
January 7, 2011, 11:58 AM
For that reason, the Combat Rifle should really be everyone's first choice.
You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I disagree. I do not shoot as much as I do because I'm preparing for war. I shoot because I enjoy it. I accumulate guns because they are my passion. While any trigger time is beneficial, probably less than 10% of my shooting is in any way preparation for combat....of any kind. If defense against others, be it criminal or a tyrannical government, was all I was concerned about, I would not have more than a half dozen guns.

While I do own a "combat rifle", it is an AR-15 I've only had for four months. Prior to that, if revolution broke out, a good sporting rifle is more than adequate for obtaining something more purpose-built for combat. They'll be laying all over the place.

I did not vote because single action revolvers are what is most important to me. They are my primary focus, my primary interest and what gets used the most. Everything else is a distant second or third.

Nushif
January 7, 2011, 12:34 PM
I choose a concealed carry handgun. Even though, or maybe because even in a worst case scenario, they're easy to own and easy to well ... hide.
And with the modern ones they're not particularly hard to shoot, either.

Really any handgun to me is the ultimate "citizen's gun" for all situations.

Aha. Here's the quote I was looking for:
"The only real reason for the 2nd Amendment is to defend against a tyrannical government. All other uses of the gun, including self defense against criminals, are secondary. For that reason, the Combat Rifle should really be everyone's first choice."

I think that's a bit of a misnomer, while many revolutions and the like indeed did use rifles as the main weapons I think on closer examination there were many more sudden shifts in power internationally done by concealable weapons.
Just for giggles, there's an original Star Trek episode in which a whole planet is continuously armed with two things:
1. The ability to be anywhere in seconds and
2. A handgun

We're fast approaching this situation, while not nearly as much in that 60's fashion style. The rifle no doubt has its place, but for the "sudden shifts in political power" there is nothing specifically a "combat rifle" can do that a handgun and close proximity or a "sports gun" can't do.

Balrog
January 7, 2011, 01:05 PM
I think the difference of opinion here is due to a difference in the definition of "most important".

Certainly a hobby such as single action revolver shooting, IDPA, skeet, or hunting is not as important as defense against tyranny?

For example, I love shooting sporting clays, and shoot my clays shotgun more than any other gun I own, but I certainly would not consider it the most important gun I own.

hardluk1
January 7, 2011, 01:19 PM
I to would pick a shotgun. 870 rem and a barrel with changeable chock tubes . Boy a good 22ir bolt would be right there as a choice.

RockyMtnTactical
January 7, 2011, 01:27 PM
Concealed carry pistol #1. A combat rifle/carbine next.

I think those are two things that every red blooded american should own.

texas bulldog
January 7, 2011, 01:30 PM
Based on your choices, it would have to be concealed carry pistol. It's the only one I can take anywhere, anytime. I don't even carry everyday, primarily because I can't at work, but it's very important to me to have the option available. An easily concealable handgun, either a snub nose or subcompact auto, would definitely be the last gun I'd ever give up.

Second would be home defense shotgun. So basically, defense of my self, family, and home are the priorities when it comes to firearms.

ny32182
January 7, 2011, 01:55 PM
If I were somehow reduced to owning one gun, my first choice would be a G17; it can do concealed carry, home defense, and practical pistol games well, and probably hunting in a pinch if I were a hunter.

My second choice would be an SBR AR15; it can do home defense and hunting better than the pistol, and could probably be "concealed" in a pinch.

22-rimfire
January 7, 2011, 02:04 PM
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Thought the Preamble to the US Constitution would be applicable.

How does this relate? The basics... life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness....

Firearms certainly can be used to protect life and ensure liberty and for many are part of their pursuit of happiness in their daily lives. We need food and nurishment for life. Firearms help to provide for that need. Firearms certainly can promote liberty and ultimately the pursuit if happiness.

I find it interesting the the Constitution says "insure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense". Our law enforcement departments promote not "insure" tranquility and they certainly don't provide for our common defense from a civilian point of view.

The personal protection firearm certainly helps to facilitate these things on an individual basis. It may in fact be a foundation of our society and society's ability to "secure the blessings of liberty". There may be no need for a "combat" firearm to promote these things in an otherwise civil society. But what happens if it isn't civil any more?

With our US being somewhat in political upheaval these days with constitutionalists promoting the basics and socialists promoting their point of view for what they see as the common good. The right to keep and bear arms falls right into the middle of the argument as it povides a buffer to tyrannical governments or their actions. But is it the most important consideration? Stalin and Hitler certainly promoted domestic tranquility but through tryranical methods. We really have a wonderful foundation to our society. Just thinking...

M91/30
January 7, 2011, 02:13 PM
I voted Hunting rifle for the reason of, I am against beef and other "Raised for harvest animals" for many reasons so if i didn't harvest my one dear and or elk a year i would become nearly a vegetarian.
The funny thing is tough that with the exception of ccw, just about any rifle in the right hands can be used for anything. From hunting to protecting your country.
Can you imagine someone trying to conceal a mosin nagant?:D

CoRoMo
January 7, 2011, 04:14 PM
Other - Muzzleloading Combat Pistol

AuthorityDenied
January 7, 2011, 04:22 PM
My HD shotgun. With the various barrels an rounds available I find it to be the most versatile on the list by far.

Dogguy
January 7, 2011, 04:39 PM
I quit hunting decades ago. I've never had much interest in long guns of any type. Handguns have always fascinated me, especially handguns that are small, portable and powerful. This became even more important after obtaining a concealed handgun permit.

JPG19
January 7, 2011, 04:54 PM
I voted concealed carry pistol. However, the promotion of Andrew Traver to the head of the BATFE, combined with what I see as a prime environment for riots in the near future of the U.S., is quickly making the combat rifle and my acquisition of an AR a top priority.

buck460XVR
January 7, 2011, 05:15 PM
You forgot to include my first choice, Hunting Handguns. They also double as target and SD/HD guns.

DM~
January 7, 2011, 06:18 PM
What type of gun is most important for you to own?

My choise for me is, a firearm that will do it all!

http://www.fototime.com/2F1EDE966EE573A/orig.jpg

My "go to gun" has been doing it all for me, for over 25 years now, although not my only gun, it is a gun that covers everything i want a gun to do. I've shot everything from moose and bear on down to coyotes, turkeys and all kinds of small game with it...

Once i unlock and slide out the 22 rimfire insert bbl. and take the claw mounted scope off, i have a high quality S&S shotgun, with the high powered rifle along for "just in case", and the whole package weighs in at, just 7 pounds...

Anyway, i suspect it will be with me, doing everything i need a firearm to do until i take my eternal dirt nap!

DM

jeepguy
January 7, 2011, 06:30 PM
30 caliber main battle rifle, which for me is the m14/m1a series of rifles and for the sake of this thread a combat rifle.

AKElroy
January 7, 2011, 06:37 PM
My choice was not on the list. If I can have only one remaining weapon, it would be my very heavily modded 10/22. The pot is always full with an accurate rimfire. Being dangerously close to a SHTF comment, let me also add that in the gravest extreme, there is no game in my neck of the woods that I would not take with a rimfire.

BlayGlock
January 7, 2011, 06:41 PM
I conceal carry my "combat" pistol. A government size 1911.

Mitch from LA
January 7, 2011, 06:42 PM
I'd like to submit the idea that in the right hands and the right environment a shotgun can be far more effective than a rifle.

bannockburn
January 7, 2011, 06:44 PM
I would have to say, at this time in my life, my concealed carry handgun would have to be the most important to me. It can be a semi-auto or a revolver, it must be 100% reliable, and it has to be the right combination of size, weight, caliber, and accuracy.

Next in order of importance would be a combat pistol, combat rifle, and home defense shotgun.

Magoo
January 7, 2011, 06:46 PM
I had to vote combat pistol when you added "(eg 1911)". The 1911, for me, works as a combat pistol, concealed carry pistol, target pistol, and HD weapon.

Rexster
January 7, 2011, 06:47 PM
In principal, a general-purpose rifle, which could serve for hunting and fighting, is most important. On the practical side, a handgun capable of hunting and fighting, which can also be concealed, is more important, and being a practical guy, who cannot tote a rifle with me 24/7, I went for the combat pistol, with the understanding that revolvers are revolving pistols, as Sam Colt's patent clearly indicates.

I have no real trouble concealing a 4" revolver, 5" 1911, or SIG P229. Therefore, "concealed carry pistol" is nearly synonymous with combat pistol. Actually, I find it easier to dress to conceal a nicely flat 1911 than ANY sized Glock, even the "baby" Glocks, as the outside rear corner of a Glock slide pokes out the farthest. It seems to me the line between "combat" and "concealable" is a bit blurred.

CraigC
January 7, 2011, 11:05 PM
Certainly a hobby such as single action revolver shooting, IDPA, skeet, or hunting is not as important as defense against tyranny?
Not for me. I don't use the word "hobby". It implies a not much more than a passing interest. Guns and shooting are part of my life, not something I do to kill time. Single action revolvers are my passion. Combat rifles are not. Single action revolvers stir my soul, combat rifles do not. Single action revolvers take me back in time, combat rifles do not. I daydream about single action revolvers, not about combat rifles. I sit in front of the TV and fondle single action revolvers, not combat rifles. I watch westerns and get the hots for more single action revolvers, not combat rifles. Acquiring, tuning, refinishing, embellishing, restocking, engraving, customizing, outfitting with custom leather, fondling, carrying, hunting and shooting single action revolvers is what I live for. Combat rifles are just a tool in the toolbox. So no, they are not the most important type of firearm I own. Sorry. Like I said before, they will be all over the ground if I ever need one. Which is not to say that liberty is taken for granted, for it certainly is not.

AOK
January 8, 2011, 12:07 AM
"I think the difference of opinion here is due to a difference in the definition of "most important". Certainly a hobby such as single action revolver shooting, IDPA, skeet, or hunting is not as important as defense against tyranny? For example, I love shooting sporting clays, and shoot my clays shotgun more than any other gun I own, but I certainly would not consider it the most important gun I own."

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I agree, there is a difference in our definition. When I think of "the most important gun I own" I think of which gun is most likely going to have help me make sure me and/or my loved ones get to see another day should I ever have to use it. I can't speak for your life but in my life the threat of a criminal is far more greater than the threat of a "tyrannical government." As a result, I spend most of my time taking defensive pistol classes and training with my Glock, rather than my AR or shotguns. In other words unless things change where either criminal activity becomes nonexistent, I no longer carry a concealed pistol, we experience a foreign invasion, or the government start turning on the citizens I would never consider anything but my EDC the most important gun I own.

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