Top 10 Must Own Guns


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grant1265
December 18, 2011, 10:52 PM
I saw this topic over at The Firing Line, so I thought I might bring it to THR. What are the top 10 firearms, in your opinion, that every gun owner should have in their collection? Try to be realistic and make sure they are obtainable relatively easily.(No NFA please). So here's mine:

1. Ruger 10/22 or Marlin 60
2. Ruger Mk. Series or Browning Buckmark
3. Glock 19
4. Colt Python or S&W 686
5. AR15/M4
6. AK47/74
7. Quality 1911- Kimber, Colt, Baer, Wilson, Springfield, etc.
8. Remington 700 in your caliber of choice
9. Remington 870 28" BBL 12 ga. Edit: Thanks Elkins, I completely forgot about shotguns. Doh!
10. Win 94 or Marlin 336 Edit: Still need the 30-30

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Elkins45
December 18, 2011, 11:03 PM
1. Ruger 10/22 or Marlin 60 agree
2. Ruger Mk. Series or Browning Buckmark or High Standard
3. Glock 19 just say any Glock
4. Colt Python or S&W 686 not at all the same thing- Mercedes vs Toyota- say S&W K or L frame revolver instead
5. AR15/M4 maybe, but an M1A or Garand would also work here
6. AK47/74 A J frame S&W would be more useful under normal circumstance
7. Quality 1911- Kimber, Colt, Baer, Wilson, Springfield, etc. OK
8. Remington 700 in your caliber of choice- the Rifleman's rifle (Pre-64 Winchester 70) is more of a classic
9. 30-30- Winchester 94, Marlin 336 -let's substitute a Remington 870 shotgun here, since your list is shotgun free
10. Mosin Nagant Variant -don't own one, doubt I ever will- the Mauser 98 is much more of a classic military bolt gun

Justin
December 18, 2011, 11:04 PM
A quality semi-auto rimfire pistol.
A quality bolt action or semi-auto rimfire rifle.
A quality centerfire double-stack striker-fired handgun.
A quality semi-auto striker-fired carry pistol.
A quality-built AR-15 pattern rifle in .223.
A quality pump-action or semi-auto shotgun.
A well-made bolt-action hunting rifle that is chambered for a .30 cartridge of some sort.


Did it in seven. Make sure to have plenty of magazines, as well as slings, mag carriers, and holsters.

I am agnostic as to brand or model, so long as the gun works well for the role it is intended to fill.

v8stang289
December 18, 2011, 11:06 PM
I'm surprised there are no shotguns on that list.

(posted before seeing Justins post)

rcmodel
December 18, 2011, 11:06 PM
Colt 1911 .45 ACP
Colt Woodsman .22 pistol
Colt Single-Action Army .45 Colt
Winchester 94 30-30
Winchester 1890/06/62A .22 pump
Ruger 10/22
Browning standard .22 Auto rifle
S&W .38 Chiefs Special
Ruger Mini-14
S&W Model 19 .357 Combat Magnum
Model 70 Winchester
SIG 9mm auto of some kind
Browning A5 shotgun
S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum
Double barrel shotgun of some kind
P-08 Luger
M1 Carbine
AR-15
Marlin 1892 pistol caliber lever-gun
S&W Model 41 .22 Target pistol
98 Mauser of some sort
S&W .45 ACP model 1917/25/625

Oh wait!
I lost count.
And I ain't done yet.

rc

Rail Driver
December 18, 2011, 11:10 PM
A quality semi-auto rimfire pistol.
A quality bolt action or semi-auto rimfire rifle.
A quality centerfire double-stack striker-fired handgun.
A quality semi-auto striker-fired carry pistol.
A quality-built AR-15 pattern rifle in .223.
A quality pump-action or semi-auto shotgun.
A well-made bolt-action hunting rifle that is chambered for a .30 cartridge of some sort.


Did it in seven. Make sure to have plenty of magazines, as well as slings, mag carriers, and holsters.

I am agnostic as to brand or model, so long as the gun works well for the role it is intended to fill.
I'd have to add to that...

#8 - Quality big bore (.35+) wheelgun
#9 - Quality small "pocket" snubnose (S&W J frame or small frame Colt)
#10- a quality .30+ semi-auto, magazine fed rifle

Psa1m144
December 18, 2011, 11:14 PM
I agree with the original list minus #10... should be replaced with a shotgun, probably rem 870

SFCRandall
December 18, 2011, 11:14 PM
Good list. Here are the ten I think are worthy of owning.



Mauser K98 or Springfield 1903
M1 Garand
Remington 870/Mossberg 500
Colt 1911
Smith & Wesson Model 27-2
Ruger 10/22
Colt Python
Glock (any full size model)
Smith & Wesson K frame .22
.17 bolt action rifle

taraquian
December 18, 2011, 11:21 PM
My list:
1. One of each...yep i think that covers it

mc2212
December 18, 2011, 11:35 PM
10/22
Remington 700
Ruger MKII
1911
Remington 870
M1 Garand
AR15/ M4
S&W revolver (any frame)
Ruger Single Six
Glock 19 or 22

ilbob
December 18, 2011, 11:47 PM
I think ten guns is way too many as "must" haves.

Since it was touted as a collection, I think it depends entirely on what you want to collect. I have a friend that has >100 Lugers. I doubt he has ten other guns in total.

Dr.Mall Ninja
December 18, 2011, 11:54 PM
1. 1911
2. K98 Mauser
3. Ak47
4 Colt SAA
5. M1 Garand
6.Sig
7 Smith and Wesson .357
8. AR( 15 or 10)
9. Ruger 10/22
10. Something in 10mm

Since it was touted as a collection, I think it depends entirely on what you want to collect. I have a friend that has >100 Lugers. I doubt he has ten other guns in total. Well aren't you Mr. Logical :D

rozziboy18
December 19, 2011, 12:00 AM
1. kimber eclipse custom
2. ruger m77 mk2 270
3. ruger m77 tang safety 243
4. browning a500g 12 gauge
5. remington 1100 sporting 28 gauge
6. model 60 marlin
7. ruger security 6 357

personal favorites of course because i own them

holdencm9
December 19, 2011, 12:15 AM
1. Ruger 10/22
2. Browning Buck Mark or any .22 pistol
3. Any reliable full size 9mm pistol
4. Any .357 magnum revolver
5. AR15/M4
6. AK47/74
7. Quality 1911- Kimber, Colt, Baer, Wilson, Springfield, etc.
8. Remington 700 in your caliber of choice (.308!)
9. Any pump 12-ga. (Mossberg 500!
10. Snub nose or subcompact semi-auto for carrying when you can't carry
11. At least one milsurp even if it is a Mosin Nagant. Just for fun!

Darn, couldn't quite make it in 11. Overall our lists were pretty close! Still not sure if an AR ... AND ... and AK need to be on the list.

doc2rn
December 19, 2011, 01:26 AM
I think I can do it in 5
1&2 A .22 rimfire rifle and pistol
3&4 A centerfire rifle and pistol
5 A shotgun
Yup I did it in 5! ;)

whalerman
December 19, 2011, 01:32 AM
I'd put a .22 handgun in there for sure. And doing it in 10 is just fine with me. I couldn't trim it any further.

Sav .250
December 19, 2011, 07:04 AM
I`ll just suggest one. That being a Pre-1964, Model Win 71 in .348 cal.

TexasBill
December 19, 2011, 07:19 AM
1. Ruger 10/22 or Marlin 60 - Have the 10/22, prefer my Henry
2. Ruger Mk. Series or Browning Buckmark - Happy with my Sig Mosquito
3. Glock 19 - Won't own a Glock. SIG P2022, FN-Herstal FNP-9 or Beretta PX4 Storm F
4. Colt Python or S&W 686 - Make that a Python or S&W M27
5. AR15/M4 - Agreed
6. AK47/74 - Had a Valmet years ago; not my cup of tea.
7. Quality 1911- Kimber, Colt, Baer, Wilson, Springfield, etc. - Maybe the Colt; I don't consider the M1911 a "must-have." If I am going to get a high-buck pistol, I'd rather have a SIG P226 in .357 SIG.
8. Remington 700 in your caliber of choice - Don't hunt; don't need.
9. Remington 870 28" BBL 12 ga. - Prefer 18 to 20-inch barrel
10. Win 94 or Marlin 336 Edit: Still need the 30-30 - Like the Henry

Add small snub-nose, .38 Special, Colt, S&W J-Frame, Ruger.

cowpoke
December 19, 2011, 07:31 AM
Dont forget a marlin 35 rem . Better than a 30-30

Ghost Tracker
December 19, 2011, 07:39 AM
The original list is pretty close. My personal exception is (#7) the AK47/74. I prefer an FN-FAL.

JustinJ
December 19, 2011, 09:39 AM
I don't think there is any top ten list every gun owner should own. There is a different list for each gun owner. I collect because i enjoy it. Start throwing "supposed to's" in there and the fun starts to wane. But my personal top ten list is:

1. AK74 (Russian is best)
2. Colt AR15 M4
3. HK P2000sk
4. SW MP 4" .40
5. Ruger LC9
6. MSAR 5.56 (although AUG A3 may be replacing)
7. 20" SPR AR Upper
8. Saiga 12 (converted)
9. Ruger 22/45
10. FN SCAR 5.56

Pilot
December 19, 2011, 09:52 AM
Colt 1911 .45 ACP
Browning Hi Power 9MM
Ruger MK series .22LR
P-08 Luger
CZ-75 variant

Rifle with a Mauser action (K98k, M70, etc)
Ruger 10/22 .22LR
Russian SKS
AR-15
M1 Garand

mavracer
December 19, 2011, 09:55 AM
I want to be able to play as many games as I can. I have guns to shoot so here goes.
I want a 22 pistol for target shootin and a 45 for IPSC,IDPA and general target duty. I want a CAS battery. I want a hunting/target sport shotgun and a 22lr and a CF rifles and I'll need a pocket gun for carry.
My List
Smith 41
Les Baer Concept III
Ruger Sheriff's Vaquero 44 special
Lipsey Ruger flat top Blackhawk 44 special
'92 Winchester (or copy) in 44 mag
1897 Winchester (or copy)
Benelli Montefeltro
Garand
ruger 10/22
Smith 442

mdauben
December 19, 2011, 09:57 AM
What are the top 10 firearms, in your opinion, that every gun owner should have in their collection?
Certainly a highly subjective question, but I'll give it a shot. I went a bit more generic, as I think in most cases there are more than one reasonable choice for each catagory. Here's what I would consider a fairly well balanced "Ten Gun" collection:

Rimfire rifle (semiauto or bolt)
Rimfire handgun (semiauto or revolver)
Polymer Semiauto (9mm, Glock would be the original choice, but these days there are any number of others)
1911-style Semiauto (.45 ACP, what can I say?)
SA Revolver (.45 LC, another classic)
Centerfire Magnum Revolver (.357 or .44)
Assault Rifle/Carbine (5.5645mm or 7.6239mm, I don't really see the need for both)
Centerfire "Deer" Rifle (my choice woutl be .270 or .30-06 but anything from 25.06 though .300 magnum would work)
Lever Action Rifle (.30-30 WCF, there are other good selections but the "thuty-thuty" is the classic lever action cartridge)
Pump Action Shotgun (12 guage with changes in choke and/or barrel it will do anything a shotgun will do)

beeenbag
December 19, 2011, 10:05 AM
ill play...

1. Any reliable .22 rifle
2. A reliable .22 handgun
3. A small reliable summer carry gun in 9mm or larger
4. A reliable 45 acp winter carry gun.
5. A .380 mouse gun (for when you cant carry a gun)
6. A bolt action rifle in .243 or larger.
7. A 12 g repeating shotgun
8. A muzzleloading rifle
9. A nice .357 revolver
10. A fun gun... be it a AR or AK or Garand... you get the picture

I can't be company specific. If I was, I would be able to come back here in 6 months and change 6 of the 10 atleast. My mind changes like the wind when it comes to favorite manufacturers.

ForumSurfer
December 19, 2011, 10:22 AM
With the exception of my rimfires...my top ten always seems to be 10 that I don't own. Everything I currently own was on that top 10 list prior to me purchasing them. :)

My current wish list is pretty much just more mags and rounds. Christmas is right around the corner, so pm me if you need a shipping address and caliber wish list. :neener:



A quality semi-auto rimfire pistol.
A quality bolt action or semi-auto rimfire rifle.
A quality centerfire double-stack striker-fired handgun.
A quality semi-auto striker-fired carry pistol.
A quality-built AR-15 pattern rifle in .223.
A quality pump-action or semi-auto shotgun.
A well-made bolt-action hunting rifle that is chambered for a .30 cartridge of some sort.



I do like that list, though. I currently need number 7.

valnar
December 19, 2011, 10:48 AM
I fail to see why a Glock is a must have.

grant1265
December 19, 2011, 10:51 AM
valnar, the glock is a must have in my opinion, but you could substitute it for any 9mm pistol.

Legionnaire
December 19, 2011, 11:52 AM
I like Justin's list. I've reordered it (and edited it slightly) by my own sense of priority. Disclaimer: There are more than 10 guns in my safe, but those beyond these seven are gravy.

A quality pump-action or semi-auto shotgun.
A quality centerfire double-stack striker-fired handgun revolver, .357 mag or larger.
A well-made bolt-action hunting rifle that is chambered for an intermediate (.243 to .30) cartridge of some sort.
A quality semi-auto striker-fired carry pistol, 9mm to .45ACP.
A quality bolt action or semi-auto rimfire rifle.
A quality semi-auto rimfire pistol.
A quality-built semi-auto "combat" (or 2A) rifle, such as an AR-15 pattern rifle in .223, an M1A, Garand, AK, FAL or even an SKS.

And for fun, here are my selections:

Mossberg 500 12 gauge with vent-rib, rifled-slug, and 18-inch cylinder barrels.
Ruger GP100 .357 mag.
Remington 700 BDL (blue/walnut) in .30-06.
Glock 23 .40S&W.
Remington 541T.
Browning Buckmark.
Colt AR15.

mgregg85
December 19, 2011, 12:41 PM
1. .22lr rifle
2. 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, preferably pump or semi
3. .22lr pistol or revolver
4. .30 caliber rifle of some kind, bolt or semi
5. AR-15 variant
6. .45/.40/9mm pistol
7. .357 mag or better revolver
8. Muzzleloader, preferably a flintlock
9. Cool old mil surp rifle of your choice
10. Cool old mil surp pistol of your choice

For me this list goes like this
1. Marlin 60
2. 870 12ga
3. Ruger mk1 & Single Six
4. Savage 111 .30-06
5. Cav-15 lower & BCM m4 upper
6. XD45 Compact
7. Ruger Bisley Blackhawk Hunter .41 mag
8. TC Scout .54
9. Mosin 91/30 & M44
10. CZ52

Carter
December 19, 2011, 12:59 PM
1. The old faithful .22
2. A gun with some history-a milsurp or police trade in
3. The inherited gun
4. A .45 (mostly 1911s)
5. A wonder 9
6. carry gun
7. That gun you bought that you thought would be the best thing ever...and then it wasn't
8. A 12 gauge
9. Hunting rifle...any caliber, but probably something in the .30 variety
10. Precision rifle. From .22 to .50, its that rifle that you shoot best.

wlewisiii
December 19, 2011, 03:36 PM
Pretty much as is listed by others:
Category: Have: Desire:
1) .22 rifle Marlin 60
2) .22 pistol Colt Woodsman
3) centerfire revolver Various S&W 4" 686
4) centerfire semi-auto Glock 19
5) bolt action rifle Various Mausers Various Mausers
6) lever action rifle Win 94 in .30-30 Win 94 in .38-55
7) semi-auto rifle None FAL
8) shotgun Stoeger Uplander Supreme Parker DH 20 gauge
9) black powder T/C Firestorm Percussion double
10) Fun toy that serves no useful purpose
Iver-Johnson top-break S&W Perfected

That's my list. Thanks for reading.

Sigh. It looks better in the edit window...

Hunter125
December 19, 2011, 04:29 PM
A quality semi-auto rimfire pistol.
A quality bolt action or semi-auto rimfire rifle.
A quality centerfire double-stack striker-fired handgun.
A quality semi-auto striker-fired carry pistol.
A quality-built AR-15 pattern rifle in .223.
A quality pump-action or semi-auto shotgun.
A well-made bolt-action hunting rifle that is chambered for a .30 cartridge of some sort.


I'm with Justin as far as being an agnostic on brand. I like his list, but would change a couple things. First, add a quality revolver, preferably large caliber like .357 Mag or higher.
I would not limit the smallbore rifle to an AR or to a 223. I would say one bolt action one semi-auto rifle. One of them should be smallbore, and one .30 or larger.

kimberkid
December 19, 2011, 05:33 PM
I did a picture of them a while back ... I'm too lazy to list them.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/kimberkid/Toys/my_spartan10.jpg

kenken
December 19, 2011, 06:00 PM
There is always the 'must haves' to any collection in my opinion.

1. Winchester model 70
2. Winchester model 94 30-30
3. Colt or reputable SAA 45lc revolver
4. 1911 45
5. Ruger 10/22
6. S&W revolver 357
7. Ruger mkII pistol .22
8. 870 Remington
9. Remington 700 any caliber. 30-06 for me.
10. 45-70 Marlin Guide Gun

There could be more that I consider a must have but this would get a person headed in the right direction.

kenken

12131
December 19, 2011, 06:06 PM
What are the top 10 firearms, in your opinion, that every gun owner should have in their collection? Try to be realistic and make sure they are obtainable relatively easily.(No NFA please).

Not gonna say what every gun owner should, or must, have, but personally, these are what I would have in my collection, if I were to have only 10:

Sig P225
Sig P228
G19 RTF2
G21 RTF2
Ruger P90
A high quality Commander size 1911
A 6 inch Colt Anaconda
A Noveske N4
A LMT 308 MWS
A FN FAL

Skribs
December 19, 2011, 06:14 PM
1. A reliable carry handgun, which serves as your easy-access firearm in an HD situation.
2. A reliable long gun, which serves as your primary weapon in an HD situation.

That covers the necessities to protect you inside and outside your home, which makes them "must-have" guns. Anything else, whether it be for collection, hunting, targets, or just a variety of SD weapons, is great, but not necessary.

That said, I will never own any rimfire weapons, and I would like to keep my weapons pretty similar in MOA. Therefore, I will never have a 1911 or an AK-based rifle, because I use XDM/Glock and AR. It keeps it simpler if they all function almost the same in an HD situation.

EddieNFL
December 19, 2011, 07:17 PM
1. Ruger 10/22 or Marlin 60

Maybe

2. Ruger Mk. Series or Browning Buckmark

Ruger

3. Glock 19

Never (any model)

4. Colt Python or S&W 686

And a 625

5. AR15/M4

Yep

6. AK47/74

Nope

7. Quality 1911- Kimber, Colt, Baer, Wilson, Springfield, etc.

Other than Kimber

8. Remington 700 in your caliber of choice

Yep

9. Remington 870 28" BBL 12 ga. Edit: Thanks Elkins, I completely forgot about shotguns. Doh!

Yep

10. Win 94 or Marlin 336 Edit: Still need the 30-30

Yawn

T.R.
December 19, 2011, 07:47 PM
1. Savage 99 in 243, 250, 300, 308, or 358
2. Colt double action revolver in 357 MAG
3. Marlin 336 in 35 Remington
4. Winchester 94 Legacy AE in 30-30
5. Taurus double action revolver in 22LR
6. Marlin bolt action 22 MAG
7. Remington 7600 in 35 Whelen
8. Savage heavy barreled .223
9. Henry levergun in 22LR
10. Savage Fox side by side in 16 gauge

TR

ShawnC
December 19, 2011, 10:35 PM
10?

1. 38 or better revolver- reliable, fun, and...uh...reliable
2. 12 gauge pump or semi- easy to use, heavy hitter, intimidating
3. 9mm or better semi auto pistol- easy to learn, use, shoot
4. long range high powered rifle-just fun to have to shoot deer that get to close to the azaleas
5. decent .22 rifle- good for learning fundamentals, cheap to shoot, fun, keeps the foxes out of the chickens
6. Semi auto Carbine in .223 or X39-short easy to handle, light, medium to long range, fast

That's just for self defense. Assuming some of those for double duty:
7. Magnum 6" or 8" revolver- self defense against bears, quick easy carrying hunting gun
8. over under shotgun (if your pump or semi auto won't do)-fun for skeet or small game hunting

Those last two only if you hunt. How do you define must have? The top six is probably more than you need for any home defense situation, and if you don't hunt, the bottom 2 aren't must haves.

Skribs
December 20, 2011, 11:01 AM
Shawn, I don't think you need both a revolver and an auto pistol, or both a shotgun and a carbine for defense. Having both isn't a bad thing, but you only need 1 of each. And while some like a .22 for target practice, I prefer practicing with what I'll be using in SD (and it wont be a .22).

If someone breaks in, are you going to grab both your carbine and your shotgun, or just one?

ForumSurfer
December 20, 2011, 11:29 AM
And while some like a .22 for target practice

22 is more than target practice. I like to set the sights up just like my carry gun. Lots and lots and lots of cheap practice that you just can't afford otherwise. I mean really...myself and many others can't afford to run 2000 rounds every weekend or so through our carry pistols and defense rifles. Whether it is a 22 or a bigger caliber, more trigger time improves anyone's skills...plain and simple. :)

Plus, a 22 is almost a necessity if you have small children. It gets them involved early on.

It is great to hand over to a new comer to try...and easy on your wallet to let them have at it with some of your ammo.

Plus, reactive targets with a 22 are just plain fun. Spinners, rolling balls, dancing top hats...just hours of fun for the whole family.

Then there are rimfire matches on THR... :)

LensWork
December 20, 2011, 11:57 AM
Browning Hi-Power 9mm
Colt 1911 45ACP
S&W M29 44Mag
S&W M60 38SPL
Colt SAA 45Colt
Colt AR-15 5.56MM
Remington 700 30-06
Ruger 10/22 22LR
Winchester Model 94 30-30
Remington 870 12GA

With this collection I would have covered most classic calibers of the 125+ years, most every action type (semi-auto handgun, revolver, semi-auto rifle, bolt action rifle, pump shotgun, lever action rifle), several different genres (military, cowboy, carry, hunting, plinking).

mavracer
December 20, 2011, 12:04 PM
If someone breaks in, are you going to grab both your carbine and your shotgun, or just one?
Both and hand one to the wife;)

svtruth
December 20, 2011, 01:24 PM
I think the lesson here is that there is a near infinite range of guns and shooters, thank goodness.
I wouldn't say you have to own it, but I doubt anyone ever regretted getting a model-19.

Skribs
December 20, 2011, 01:28 PM
ForumSurfer, I started with a BB gun, which is something that's legal to set up a BB range in the back yard where I lived (a .22 wouldn't have worked for that). I have more fun shooting BB guns or airsoft than I do a .22, and if I'm really practicing for my HD gun, I'd rather use my HD gun.

Mavracer, good wit. However, if you had two shotguns and no carbines, would you take one shotgun and tell your wife "sorry, but we have to have a shotgun and a carbine, so you don't get one." I think you'd hand the second shotgun to the wife.

Svtruth, that's why I didn't say "A glock for carry and a Saiga for HD." The reliable handgun could be anything .38 or .380 and up, and the reliable long gun could be a .223, X39, .308, or a shotgun. Heck, even if you got a non-lemon Taurus I'd count that!

click clack
December 20, 2011, 01:37 PM
1. Ruger 10/22
2. A .22 Revolver (maybe the new sp101 or any of the smiths)
3. Glock 19
4. Smith and Wesson 686+
5. Sig 1911
6. Sig P238
7. Remington 700 (any caliber but i have one in .308)
8. Colt M4
9. Benelli SBE II
10. Marlin .44 mag lever gun

Bobson
December 20, 2011, 04:05 PM
I can't say everyone should have these in his collection, but these are the firearms I personally want, before I could ever call my collection "complete." So far, the only item on the list I'm able to check off is #5. Had a 22LR, but sold it. Parents still have my last airgun, which they'll keep until they pass.

1. A quality pump airgun. Many people overlook these for family backyard use :)
2. Quality rimfire rifle (either a Model 60 or 10/22)
3. Dedicated carry handgun (either a Glock 27, or Sig P239 in .40S&W)
4. Dedicated HD handgun (either a Glock 23, or Sig P229 in .40S&W)
5. Pump shotgun, with both a 28" vent ribbed barrel, and a 20" HD barrel.
6. AR15
7. Hunting sidearm (.44 Mag revolver)
8. Hunting rifle, likely in .30-06

If I had to come up with two more "must haves," one would definitely be a quality 1911. The other would probably be an AK47, or a finely crafted O/U shotgun to pass onto a son :)

Baba Louie
December 20, 2011, 04:54 PM
Rimfire hunting rifle
Rimfire handgun
Centerfire hunting rifle
Centerfire handgun
Shotgun for hunting & defense (2 interchangeable barrel lengths makes sense)

IMO, anything beyond that is a "want" not a "need" or must have. YMMV

Note: Milsurps to accomodate the above whenever possible would always be my preference.

We have become so spoiled or accustomed to owning this n that and two of those others, that we tend to forget our fathers generation (OK maybe grandfathers in some cases) might own 2 or 3 guns total their entire lives and not have many issues in this regards. I personally like being spoiled in regard to this matter.

Ragnar Danneskjold
December 20, 2011, 05:06 PM
I agree with Justin. His list fits what I have to the T.

Though these threads are always a bit off-putting because opinions are always going to vary wildly. Guys who like revolvers are going to say everyone should own one. Guys who like 1911s are going to say everyone should own one. Except there are people who neither like or need either of those, who's gun needs are filled quite adequately by something else entirely.
It gets ever worse when you throw brand into the mix.

How about:

1: a handgun.
2: a long gun.

One for carry outside the home, where concealment and ease of access are big factors, and one for home defense, hunting, or recreation where accuracy and power are big factors. Revolvers or Glocks, a wood furniture 870 or an AR-15. Whatever you like and shoot best. Some like blued steel and wood, some like tennifer and polymer. Some like used guns for their history, some like new for their up-to-date features and reliability. Revolvers for their simplicity or semi-autos for their capacity. Your likes and priorities are not mine, and mine are not yours.

mavracer
December 20, 2011, 07:02 PM
However, if you had two shotguns and no carbines, would you take one shotgun and tell your wife "sorry, but we have to have a shotgun and a carbine, so you don't get one." I think you'd hand the second shotgun to the wife.

Well ya if I had two shotguns she gets one. But why the heck would I have two shotguns if I think we should have one shotgun and one carbine?
The carbine and shotgun overlap quite a bit especially with regard to HD. From 5 to 50 yards either can be used with great effect.

KazPGates
December 20, 2011, 07:12 PM
1.CZ 82
2.sar k2 45
3.ruger gp100
4.CZ 75
5.saiga 12
6.saiga 7.62x39
7.mosin nagant
8.luger
9.desert eagle
10.p90

Bobson
December 20, 2011, 07:51 PM
1.CZ 82
2.sar k2 45
3.ruger gp100
4.CZ 75
5.saiga 12
6.saiga 7.62x39
7.mosin nagant
8.luger
9.desert eagle
10.p90
Welcome to The High Road.

That's a somewhat obscure, specific list. :)

Is that strictly from a collection perspective, or do those specific weapons fill certain roles/niches for you?

essayons21
December 20, 2011, 08:25 PM
Well I've got 6/10... would be 8/10 if you were a little more generous with choices of .22lr autoloaders and 12ga shotguns. Mossberg 500 is at least equivalent, and some would argue superior, to the 870.

The two I am missing, the Glock and Ruger Mk.... I will be picking up over the course of the next year.

That will leave me without a 10/22, I can only see myself buying one if I find a great deal. I have plenty of .22lr rifles, and my Mossy Plinkster does everything a 10/22 does.

And your list is missing the M1 Garand. Any self respecting Ammurrican should pick one of these war horses up from the CMP.

Dr.Rob
December 20, 2011, 08:39 PM
<Calls out Justin's heresey for lack of a 1911 or single action revolver.

But hey, he's just a kid ;) Otherwise, his list is dead on.

ShawnC
December 20, 2011, 08:42 PM
Shawn, I don't think you need both a revolver and an auto pistol, or both a shotgun and a carbine for defense. Having both isn't a bad thing, but you only need 1 of each. And while some like a .22 for target practice, I prefer practicing with what I'll be using in SD (and it wont be a .22).

If someone breaks in, are you going to grab both your carbine and your shotgun, or just one?

I carry all six on me in my pajamas when I go to bed at night. :neener:

Even in my post I think I said that was probably more than most people need. But a .22 is a good way to learn your rifle fundamentals. A revolver and a semi? Maybe nobody needs I think I stated the overall best uses of each, but I have to admit, I am not the end all and be all of gun knowledge. I suppose you could pick one. Bbut why, if you can have both? That's what gun ownership is all about. :)

EddieNFL
December 20, 2011, 09:49 PM
but I doubt anyone ever regretted getting a model-19.

S&W? Agreed.

PedalBiker
December 20, 2011, 10:01 PM
In the Midwest generations of my family got along just fine with a bolt 22 and a pump 12 gauge. For "up North" a .30-30 would certainly be nice.

For mobile security I'd recommend something more portable.

conrad427
December 20, 2011, 10:04 PM
impossible. I have a nice collection but have on my top ten list at any given time about 1000 different guns. And just what is this "need" nonsense? Needing has nothing to do with it. We are not talking about going down to the store and buying a new screwdriver here.

beatledog7
December 20, 2011, 10:08 PM
In no particular order:

1) High-capacity 9mm or .40S&W semi-auto pistol
2) Medium-frame .357 magnum revolver
3) 12-ga pump shotgun
4) Long-range bolt action CPX-2/3 rifle in any "household" caliber from 6mm to .30-06 (.243, .25-06, .308, .270, 7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag, etc.)
5) Long-range centerfire (semi or bolt) varmint rifle in a .20 or .22 caliber
6) Rifle in .22LR
7) Subcompact 9mm or .38Spl snubnose revolver
8) Semi-auto pistol in .22LR
9) Big-bore lever-action rifle (.357 magnum to 45-70)
10) Completely self-indulgent gun that moves you, no matter if it's practical

Might wake up tomorrow thinking differently, but probably not much so.

TennJed
December 20, 2011, 10:14 PM
1) any hi point
2) a taurus
3) a zombie slayer gun
4) not a glock
5) something tactical
6-10) repeat

whalerman
December 20, 2011, 10:28 PM
Model 19? Glock?
Absolutely.

Magnuumpwr
December 21, 2011, 12:25 AM
1-9: any guns you want pistols, rifles, or shotguns. Or any combination.
10: a beltfed anything 308 and up. The 50 BMG would be ideal.

Armchair Bronco
December 21, 2011, 12:31 AM
My list is...well...my list.

1. Bolt-action .22LR = CZ-452 Scout. Great gun for kids to learn the basics of safe gun handling. Crazy accurate out to 50 yards.

2. Semi-auto .22LR = Citadel M1 Carbine .22LR clone. Still waiting for this thing to become available. Was announced over a year ago, not sure what's up with the delay.

3. Vintage WWII semi-auto = Inland M1 Carbine. Don't have one yet...but eventually I will.

4. Semi-auto .22LR target pistol = Berretta NEOS. The 4.5" barreled version is on my "Must Have" list.

5. O/U shotgun for trap shooting = 1967 Winchester 101 w/ 32" barrels.

6. Shotgun for home defense = Winchester 20 gauge pump with a youth-sized stock and a short, 22" barrel.

7. SHTF Scenario semi-auto = Arsenal AK-74 SGL-31. The next gun I'll be buying. Corrosive ammo is cheap, and this gun should last a couple of lifetimes if it's carefully cleaned after each use.

Manny
December 21, 2011, 01:00 AM
Weapons selection is a personal choice, highly influenced by your interests and particular needs. Many of the OP's list hold no interest for me, but for where I live and for what I like to do I find the following guns "must haves":

-Ruger SP101 .357 for CCW
-Glock 34 9mm for home defense, target etc.....
-FN SLP 12ga for all manner of shotgun chores
-AR15, mines a Rock River national match flattop in 5.56
-Ruger 7.5" SRH .454 for deer hunting
-Some type of .22, I vacilate on which, lately it's been a Ruger Charger topped with an Eotech.
-I'd like a more sporting shotgun for clays & such, just can't yet afford the ones that interest me.

Beyond the above list anything else is gravy and truthfully has limited utility for me, at least at this time.

KazPGates
December 21, 2011, 01:01 AM
Welcome to The High Road.

That's a somewhat obscure, specific list. :)

Is that strictly from a collection perspective, or do those specific weapons fill certain roles/niches for you?
it is a specific list, and it is a bit collector and a bit niche filler, there is a 357 hiking revolver, a 9mm hip/duty gun, a 45 nightstand gun, a 9x18 conceal carry gun, a 7.62x39 assault rifle, a 12 shotgun, a 5.7 PDW, and 7.62x54 sniper rifle, a collectors/antique novelty, and an obscene movie icon overkill doom canon.....what more could you want, these are just my favorite in every category :)

Elkins45
December 24, 2011, 12:49 PM
Rimfire hunting rifle
Rimfire handgun
Centerfire hunting rifle
Centerfire handgun
Shotgun for hunting & defense (2 interchangeable barrel lengths makes sense)

IMO, anything beyond that is a "want" not a "need" or must have. YMMV


I would quibble just a tiny bit. There is a legitimate place for two centerfire handguns, if one is a J-frame S&W or similar and the other is a full-sized gun. As I said in a similar thread (don't remember if it was here or TFL) if I were forced to only own one gun it would have to be a J-frame. My reasoning is that there's one ultimate use for firearms and that's self defense. The J-frame is the only reasonably powerful handgun that can be carried concealed year-round given my dress requirements.

I realize snub guns are a compromise in every way, but I always reflect back to the first rule of gunfighting...

Bojangles7
December 24, 2011, 01:06 PM
I find it pretty funny that people don't like/won't own two of the most reliable firearms on the OP's list. I'll never understand the irrational hate for Glocks and AK's.

Elkins45
December 24, 2011, 01:14 PM
I find it pretty funny that people don't like/won't own two of the most reliable firearms on the OP's list. I'll never understand the irrational hate for Glocks and AK's.
There's nothing irrational about having a personal preference. I hate AK's because of their crappy sights...a very rational reason. I understand they have many positive qualities, but the sighting system negates them all for me.

I've been a gun owner since the late 70's and I've never needed a rifle I can't aim but that will function when filled with mud. Should I ever find myself needing such a weapon I'll run right out and get an AK, but until then I will leave them all for you.

On the other hand, I can think of dozens of reasons to own a Glock. But God bless the guys who hate them because their reasons are just as valid as mine.

Skribs
December 24, 2011, 01:33 PM
Bojangles, I will probably own a Glock, but never an AK. I wouldn't own a Glock if the Springfield XDM had more caliber options. I believe in the KISS principle, and having multiple MOAs does not follow that principle. I have nothing against Glocks or AKs, but since the XDM and AR platform fit what I personally want better, I would rather not have a different system in the mix.

I do not see enough of a difference between an AK and an AR to justify getting one. I do see a reason to carry a Glock 20 with FMJs over my XDM .40 if I am hiking in the woods.

Bojangles7
December 24, 2011, 01:40 PM
Fair enough. I probably should have worded that differently. I meant people that won't own one for irrational reasons. I understand people that have legit reasons like Elkins45 with the sights.

click clack
December 24, 2011, 01:59 PM
disregard

click clack
December 24, 2011, 02:02 PM
TennJed, out of ALLL the guns out there, those are the ones you laned on? The Hi-Point and Taurus i had owned were total trash and would have been more useful as a club than anything.. Not to mention you eliminated the only commonality amongst almost all of the #70 replies (Glocks). No offense and I dont know what your experience level is but you need to broaden your horizons my friend ;) There are much better firearms for reasonable prices that would serve you leaps and bounds ahead of what you think those hi point and taurus' currently are.

fireside44
December 24, 2011, 02:07 PM
Fn/Fal Imbel

Fn/Fal Imbel Para

Fn/Fal Israeli

Fn/Fal Israeli Heavy Barrel

Fn/Fal STG-58

Fn/FAL G-1

Fn/FAL DS Arms Para short gas

Fn/Fal Argentine

Fn/Fal 50.63

Fn/Fal Rhodesian/R1

You don't need other guns with these.

HD Fboy
December 24, 2011, 03:43 PM
Here is my top 5 in order of acqusition

1st gun - 12GA Semi Auto Shotgun (5 Shot min cap) - Home Defense, Hunting

2nd gun - Centerfire Pistol or Revolver, 9MM, 357 Mag, or 45ACP - PDW

3rd Gun - Quality 22 rifle - Hunting, training

4th Gun - 30-06 Bolt Hunting Rifle - Most versatile Hunting Round Period

5th Gun - 22LR Pistol - Training

After this it depends on what you want. In centerfire rifles I love my 308 but if you get just one a 30-06 is the choice due to slightly faster ballistics and ammo availability. For the 22's I would choose Ruger but it's your choice. On the Centerfire pistol obviously there are lots of choices here ammo availability, and versitility drive my caliber choices.

9mmforMe
December 24, 2011, 04:09 PM
Some great lists but...

My needs are simple:

Rem 870 12 guage
Marlin Model 336 30-30
Smith J frame model 642 .38 special
Ruger P95 9mm Para
Ruger Security Six .357 Mag
Springfield 1911 A1 Mil Spec .45 ACP
Taurus 94 .22LR

OscarD
December 24, 2011, 04:54 PM
(1) .22LR Handgun - Ruger MKII or Revolver

(2) .22LR Semi-Auto Rifle - Ruger 10/22 or Marlin Model 60

(3) AR-15 - .223 caliber

(4) Scoped Bolt Action Rifle - 30-06 / .308 / .223

(5) Lever Action Rifle - Marlin 30-30 Winchester

(6) Battle Rifle - M1-A or FAL in .308 Winchester

(7) Revolver 4" barrel - .38/.357 - Ruger or S&W

(8) Glock 9mm pistols - Models 17, 19 or 26.

(9) Model of 1911 in .45ACP

(10) 12GA - Pump Action Shotgun - Remington

87jeep
December 24, 2011, 05:13 PM
How many of these threads have been all the gun sites out on the web? answer: lots!

Mine
45 cal pistol high quality, mine a Sig P220ST with frag ammo Why? gets me to my.....

AR-15 M4A1 do not care what brand AR, just make sure the bits are good and working again good ammo me M885 or M193 works.

12ga PUMP ONLY, 95% of thief's run faster when one is racked! mine a Winchester 97, 7 rounds

Now we are done with defense

308 cal. AR-10 platform with VG 24" barrel and great scope. I need!

12 ga. Trap gun mines a Remington 1100 with all the opts.

22 cal need some thing for fun. Mine are semi-Auto

2nd AR-15 to take to range. Mine a flat top with Aimpoint M3 and 3x flip Mag.

The thing is to get the right cal.(for you) and quality gun for what u need, not brand names! You figure out what Cal U want then look for good deals. The bullet has no idea what made it go bang.

As u can tell I live in the drug cartel capital of America. (AZ):what:

Next buys: small wheel gun, more ammo & more ammo:D

So many opinions, so much time!

chas3stix
December 24, 2011, 07:19 PM
Here's my list of ten:
1.Ruger 10/22
2.Ruger 22Cal Mk II OR III
3.Remington Mod.700(338RUM)
4.Pre '64 Mod 70 Winchester (270)
5.S&W 686 or Colt Python
6.T/C Encore pistol (various chamberings)
7.Browning O/U 12 GA.
8.Ruger mini 14 or any AR platform 223 Cal
9.1911 Colt 45 Cal.
10.1ea.44 Magnum handgun (one single action, one double action)

BudW
December 25, 2011, 01:12 PM
1. Mossberg 590a1
2.ruger 10/22
3.ar15
4.rem .270
5.sako 30.06
6. 40 springfield xdm
7. 930 spx
8. 22. Pistol
9.30-30
10.m1a1

Onmilo
December 26, 2011, 03:59 AM
I agree with Justin's #3 post and add,
#8 a full power semi auto battle rifle
#9 a large bore revolver
#10 A varient of the AK/AKM rifle including a sniper rifle version as OK

Manny
December 26, 2011, 11:27 AM
Even with duplicates of a number of guns I'm stretched to get to 10 of what I find to be essential guns. I've no interest in many of the what the OP deems essential, my tastes and needs are different.

My choices;

1) CCW piece, .38/.357 snubbie or small auto
2) Full size service pistol for home defense, target. Glock G34 works for me but any number of guns will serve depending on your preference.
3) AR15, RRA national match flattop lets me shoot CMP, is good for defensive use even if a bit heavy and can mount a scope for target or varmints
4) Good shotgun, FN SLP 12ga with ghost ring sights is the most versitile I've found.
5) .22 of your choice for plinking, practice hunting etc...
6) Hunting piece, for where I live a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 w/ 2x scope works well.

Anything beyond that is gravy.

dirtyjim
December 26, 2011, 11:27 AM
1. Rigby slant box mauser sporting rifle in .303 british
2. Rigby 416 built by Rigby on a standard length mauser action
3. Rigby built .275 rigby sporting rifle
4. Westley Richards .425WR mauser sporting rifle built on a single square bridge magnum action
5. .500 jeffery mauser sporting rifle built by any of the top british gunmakers from the 20's
6. 375 H&H mauser takedown built & cased by H&H
7. Wundhammer springfield 1903
8. Lee Speed sporting rifle in 375 2 1/2
9. winchester 54 in 9mm mauser
10. wincheser imperial takedown 1917 based sporting rifle

RugerNut9
December 27, 2011, 03:20 PM
How about a:
Glock 17,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,29,30,31,32,33,34,36,37,38
haha Ive got 4... on my way to the whole set :p

Rail Driver
December 27, 2011, 03:26 PM
How about a:
Glock 17,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,29,30,31,32,33,34,36,37,38
haha Ive got 4... on my way to the whole set :p
Don't forget the C models, the OD green models, the EXO models, the SF models, the RTF and RTF2 models... Then there's the fabled .380 Glock... I've never seen one, but they're rumored to exist in other countries with different import regulations.

TennJed
December 28, 2011, 12:42 AM
TennJed, out of ALLL the guns out there, those are the ones you laned on? The Hi-Point and Taurus i had owned were total trash and would have been more useful as a club than anything.. Not to mention you eliminated the only commonality amongst almost all of the #70 replies (Glocks). No offense and I dont know what your experience level is but you need to broaden your horizons my friend ;) There are much better firearms for reasonable prices that would serve you leaps and bounds ahead of what you think those hi point and taurus' currently are.
Was being sarcastic

Beak50
December 28, 2011, 02:12 PM
Ar-15,SKS,1911 45,3,1/2in. 12 gauge pump,Model 70 7 rem Mag,Ruger GP-101 357 Revolver,M-44 Mosin-nagant,M1A,8mm Mauser,Swiss K-31

AlexanderA
December 28, 2011, 05:20 PM
1. GI issue 1911
2. AR-15
3. Remington 870
4. M1 Garand
5. Remington 700
6. M1903 Springfield
7. Ruger Mark 1/2/3
8. Colt Peacemaker or clone
9. S&W Victory
10. M1917 Enfield

Honorable mention: Daewoo K2, Mossberg 500, early M1A, Trapdoor Springfield.

ShawnC
December 28, 2011, 07:23 PM
I think there are at least 10 variations of the Colt Python, so my list is pretty quick.

evan price
December 29, 2011, 05:48 AM
My two cents is this is kinda silly, because not everybody likes or shoots the same.

My opinion of a good gun battery:

1. 12-gauge pump shotgun. Home defense, game getting, etc. Nice to have both a long and short barrel for it.
2. Semi-automatic rifle in a military caliber (223, 308, etc.) such as AR, AK, FAL, HK, etc.
3. CCW pistol, subcompact/small, revolver or semi-auto, your choice.
4. Home defense or cold-weather CCW pistol, large framed (357, 45, etc) revolver or semi-auto, your choice.
5. 22 caliber rifle (single shot, bolt action, pump, semi-auto, your choice...get a couple!)
6. 22 caliber pistol (Revolver or semi-auto, to compliment your CCW & home guns)
7. Centerfire rifle, scoped, capable of very good accuracy to 300 yards; Caliber should be OK for deer-sized game, minimum.
8. Pistol caliber carbine (should match ammo to one of your centerfire pistols) Semi auto, lever action, pump, doesn't matter.
9. Large caliber hunting revolver (357 mag or larger, preferably larger)
10. Something you just find cool. Could be a military surplus rifle, a cowboy gun, a pistol in an odd caliber, a C&R firearm, your great-uncle-John's old 32 Iver Johnson, something with history and heritage.

That's my two cents.

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