One gun for pure fun?


January 27, 2013, 07:09 PM
Hi folks. I'm in the happy position of having all of my gun "needs" fulfilled, but I have the means right now to buy something for the sake of pure fun at the range. I guess I'm just looking for something different that would be a fun diversion from all my other task-oriented firearms. I'm open to all calibers and action types. What would you suggest adding to the following collection?

Glock 17 (main HD gun)
Glock 19 (wife's gun)
S&W MP340 (main carry gun)
S&W 637 (backup carry gun)
Ruger GP-100
Dan Wesson 6" 357
Browning Hi-Power
Springfield Milspec 1911
Two Makarovs
Ruger Mk II
Ruger Bearcat (kid's favorite!)

Ruger bolt action 7.62x39 (main deer rifle)
Romanian AK-47
Winchester lever action 357
Savage 17 HMR
Rem 870 (12 ga.)
Rem 870 (20 ga.)
Mosin M44
Rossi single shot 22 (kid's)

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January 27, 2013, 07:20 PM
For pure fun, short of NFA title 2 arms, it's hard to beat a Saiga 12. Most are way overpriced right now, though.

January 27, 2013, 07:20 PM
Desert Eagle in 50ae. Mines a blast to shoot and gets tons of love at the range.

January 27, 2013, 07:26 PM
Impossiable for me to narrow it down to only one.

Centerfire Rifle, U.S. Carbine, Winchester 30/30 cast light loads
Rimfire Rifle, Henry .22 Lever action

Centerfire Handgun, Kimber 45
Rimfire Handgun, Browning or Walther Target.

And all the rest are frosting on the cake.

January 27, 2013, 07:29 PM
Pure fun? Hard to beat a USPSA Open blaster race gun. :D

January 27, 2013, 07:31 PM
How about something in black powder for a change of pace?
Maybe a cap n ball revolver?

January 27, 2013, 07:34 PM
How about something in black powder for a change of pace?
Maybe a cap n ball revolver?

January 27, 2013, 07:37 PM
H&R Buffalo Classic .45-70. Throw a tang sight on it and start practicing those 1000yd shots where you have about 100ft of drop to compensate for. You can shoot loads from mild to wild and if you feel froggy you can have it reamed to .45-120 or similar and do some black powder shenanigans. There's just something about shooting on a big piece of property and using Kentucky windage to walk your shots in like artillery.

January 27, 2013, 07:39 PM
Tough for me to say since everyone has a different idea of fun.

If I were you...I'd go down to the biggest gun store around...something with a huge inventory...and I'd just walk around until something jumped out at me.

January 27, 2013, 07:42 PM
Your missing Sig P226 9mm:what:

January 27, 2013, 07:44 PM
My Ruger Vaquero in .45LC is definitely my idea of a pure fun gun. It's just a great way to spend an afternoon plinking away at a bunch of empty cans and bottles.

January 27, 2013, 07:46 PM
How about a Ruger Charger? Not sure if that counts as a pistol, but having one of those with a bull barrel would be real fun at the range...not to mention it's cheep to shoot.

OR what about a Rossi Ranchhand in 45 LC? There classified as a pistol.

January 27, 2013, 07:49 PM
I have some black powder arms for fun. My favorite is a double barreled coach gun by Pedersoli.

I got my 1894 Marlin .44 mag cowby ltd 'for fun' mostly, though I 'd be comforatble to take it hunting or keep it handy for defense.

January 27, 2013, 07:50 PM
Sig Trailsider in .22. Made by Hammerli it is the most fun plinking pistol I've ever shot.

January 27, 2013, 07:55 PM
.44MAG revolver, especially a Ruger Redhawk. If you handload you can use it as a big-bore plinker or a hand cannon, and anything in between.

January 27, 2013, 07:58 PM
You're missing a big bore handgun, a big bore long gun, you don't have any hi-power above 7.62 x 54.

2nd 41
January 27, 2013, 08:00 PM
Model 41 S&W in 5 or 7" or with a Clarks barrel. And definitely scope it.

January 27, 2013, 08:01 PM
I see someone already beat me to the .45-70...:evil:

January 27, 2013, 08:02 PM
Ruger 10/22. Mine is a blast to shoot with the true-shot sights I put on it.

highlander 5
January 27, 2013, 08:06 PM
1874 Shiloh Sharps Long Range Express in 45/70 with 500 grain bullets.

January 27, 2013, 08:07 PM
Thanks for the interesting suggestions! I was already thinking of some kind of big bore single action revolver, but I like the blackpowder idea too. In terms of cost, how does blackpowder shooting stack up against centerfire 38/357 factory ammo?

I guess I could always use the extra funds to get into reloading!

January 27, 2013, 08:12 PM
How about a new AR-15, an NFA item, or a Marlin model 60? I was blasting at 100 yards today with my Marlin model 60, and it was a blast.

January 27, 2013, 08:15 PM
I think the bulk of .50 BMG owners will tell you that it's pure fun.

January 27, 2013, 08:25 PM
9mm AR.

January 27, 2013, 08:25 PM
All my guns are fun :-D

January 27, 2013, 08:26 PM
How about something in black powder for a change of pace?
Maybe a cap n ball revolver?

My thoughts also.

A whole new world to learn about. You can get set up for cheap. Cabelas will mail a gun to your door. Big bore shooting on the cheap.

I certainly don't shoot my cartridge guns as much a I did before I got my bp revolvers.

January 27, 2013, 08:45 PM
Another vote to join the dark side and buy something black powder!

My personal favorites are the c&b revolvers and flintlock rifles. The Colt 1860 especially is quite a gem to hold.

January 27, 2013, 09:21 PM
Desert Eagle was my fun gun purchase years ago. It doesn't do anything my Redhawk can't but big bore semi auto pistols are attention getters and fun to shoot. Wildey would be nice too.

January 27, 2013, 09:36 PM
I think a Calico .22 pistol with the 100 round mag would provide a chuckle. I'd love to try one.

Jim Mac
January 27, 2013, 10:33 PM
I dont know, if your talking fun.....

Ignition Override
January 27, 2013, 11:48 PM
M-1 Garand from the CMP.

January 28, 2013, 12:00 AM
MP40, Beretta 12S, Sten, MAT 49, all the classics....

In fact, most SMGs are pure fun. Wish I still owned one...

January 28, 2013, 12:50 AM
One gun I bought for pure fun was a MPA Defender in 9mm. They'll probably try to ban them now.

January 28, 2013, 01:06 AM
Beretta 391 for Clays

January 28, 2013, 01:37 AM
Anything in 50bmg sounds like fun!

Maybe go for a S&W Xframe in 460 or 500....:evil:

January 28, 2013, 01:52 AM
Once you go 50 BMG... everything else just seems, so... small.

Seriously. Get one.

One drawback: It'll ruin you on all those little "pop guns" you have, permanently.

January 28, 2013, 02:01 AM
I had the pleasure of shooting a break action 45-70 this weekend, along with a couple of break action 12 gauges and a pump action 30-06. Those were all extremely fun to use. I still can't believe just how far the shells in those break actions eject. Took my brain a little while to get around the concept of pumping that rifle as well. :)

January 28, 2013, 02:03 AM
Leave the Bearcat to the kids - get a single-action revolver and be a cowboy!

January 28, 2013, 02:20 AM
A 10/22 or CZ-452. Both are great .22 rifles!

January 28, 2013, 02:30 AM
Springfield Armory XD-S .45acp. Perfect carry with extra mags.

Small stick, big boom. Love to look through holes it leaves and see Russia from my house.


January 28, 2013, 08:20 AM
When I have mixed friends over and we shoot out back I can put out all of my guns.

Hands down the guys like the 870 at close range fired at a 55 gallon drum and the gals fall in love with my scoped 10/22. You did mention fun but did not mention cost of shooting. After the thrill of big hand guns and bang, bang is gone the 10/22 gets down to some serious tack driving and becomes the star of the show every time. A metal spinner target at 50 yards makes for easy play time and the gals with very little shooting experience do very well and usually want one.

Shanghai McCoy
January 28, 2013, 10:01 AM
They are all "fun"...:)
But put me down for a flintlock fowler in 62 caliber. Lots of smoke and big balls that, in the right light, you can see hit the target.:D

January 28, 2013, 11:09 AM
Model 41 S&W in 5 or 7"

or a Conn. Hi Std. i like open sights--you get alot of rounds for for few dollars and the practice does transfer over to center fire pistols.

January 28, 2013, 11:24 AM
And now, for something completely different - a 12 gauge target O/U and a membership to a shotgun club - go shoot sporting clays - about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.....but be forewarned, it is VERY addictive and the ammo and targets will cost WAY more than any gun you could buy....... ;)

January 28, 2013, 12:49 PM
+1 on shooting sporting clays. Recently bought a Remington VersaMax semi auto 12 ga. and it's been a blast to shoot trap, SC and take to the field hunting. Not had a single issue in first 400 rounds fired and it's easy shooting as the kick is noticibly less than some other semi auto shotguns. Luckily our local private range has both skeet and trap courses. If the pistol and/rifle range is busy, I just go shoot trap since there's never anyone there unless it's close to the opening of duck season.

Also might consider a pre WWII slide action (pump) .22 like the Remington Model 12 or the Winchester Model 61 or 62. Fun to shoot and will do nothing but increase in value if bought right. I have one of both and the Remington Gallery gun is a hoot to shoot.

An older pistol, I have a S&W top break 3rd model in .32 caliber that was made ~1887 that's fun to shoot from 20 feet in. Several of the older S&W models can be bought in good condition for under $300. A true pocket pistol that if shot from over 30 feet will likely hit an innocent bystander instead of the bad guy.

Another fun gun is the KelTec Sub2000. I have the 40S&W version. With a 32rd Glock magazine it's fun and very accurate from 25 yds. The 9mm version has considerably less bite to it.

January 28, 2013, 01:41 PM
For me its my CMMG AR pistol in .22LR that I've made into a Short Barreled Rifle after doing the form 1 thing.

Its great hosing down steel plates or a dueling tree -- cheap to shoot, much more reliable with the cheap Federal bulk pack than any of our 10/22s, easy to clean, but easily goes 1000+ plus rounds without cleaning.

Another plus, the CMMG pistol uses a real AR lower so you can use full power uppers with it after you do the SBR thing.

Ala Dan
January 28, 2013, 01:47 PM
A high end [Baer, Brown, Wilson, etc] .45 ACP; but price tag will be up over
$1K, some over $2K (Christiansen and Nighthawk)~!

January 28, 2013, 01:51 PM
How about assessing your shooting opportunities that are near your location, and plug that into your equation?? What's out there for you to participate in??
Trap/skeet/clays? SASS? IDPA? Black Powder? Long range rifle? Look for clubs within an hour's drive.
Keep an open mind. I am a recovering clay target shooter. Having been there and done that......I turned to black powder shooting, and am having a ball with it.

And now, for something completely different - a 12 gauge target O/U and a membership to a shotgun club - go shoot sporting clays - about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.....but be forewarned, it is VERY addictive and the ammo and targets will cost WAY more than any gun you could buy.......
^^^so true^^

January 28, 2013, 02:17 PM
Automag III 30 carbine. Loud but so much fun! Sounds like a 44 mag and recoils like a 9mm.

January 28, 2013, 02:46 PM
My idea of a fun gun is a SXS .410 or a Winchester M42 if I'm being cheap

January 28, 2013, 03:46 PM
(kid's favorite!)

There you go.

Gives you yet another excuse to enjoy some more range time together. =D

January 28, 2013, 03:56 PM
I've always wanted, but never got around to getting a Calico .22LR in either pistol or rifle form. Would be even better if they made it in full auto as intended...

For reference, was used as a prop in the movie "spaceballs". Could probably rig up a crank like and go nuts on the cheap...

January 28, 2013, 04:33 PM
The Desert Eagle is the pure fun gun. Accurate, powerful and soft shooting. It's the ultimate range toy when it comes to handguns.

January 28, 2013, 09:12 PM
Great suggestions...thank you! I'm more and more intrigued by the world of blackpowder, so I think I'll start reading some on that topic and all the options available.

thorazine - I can't tell you how many thousands of rounds my boys and I put through that little Bearcat. They have gotten pretty good with it, and that gun just goes and goes and goes. It is nothing for us to put a 500 round brick through it in an afternoon. Now that is some quality time with my boys that neither they nor I will ever forget.

True story - I hit an empty snuff can at just about 50 yards with that Bearcat. I must have shot at it two dozen times before I hit it, and it was more luck than anything, but my boys still talk about that shot :rolleyes:

January 28, 2013, 09:18 PM

January 28, 2013, 10:24 PM
If you have any woodchucks there in PA consider a 243 that would be summer fun and then for deer in the fall.

January 28, 2013, 10:28 PM
My fun is my M1 Garand. I love the sound of the clip going "plink" after thatblast 8th round.

January 28, 2013, 11:41 PM
the most fun I have at the range involves my 10/22 and a box of recycled golf balls.
Toss one out and see if you can keep it jumping.

January 28, 2013, 11:56 PM
17 HMR. When I shoot with family members (four of us have them) we always bring them. I've had others shoot my Savage and they usually are competitive with everyone else within a couple 5-shot rounds, plinking at 100 yards at half-inch pasters, full soda cans, you name it. Little recoil, ammo cost not bad for an afternoon of shooting. A great and fun round for beginning shooters to develop confidence in their shooting abilities.

January 29, 2013, 12:14 AM
Pre-Marlington Marlin 39A .22 levergun, plinking doesn't get much better than this, plus it's a piece of American history as well

Nothing like loading up the tube (19 LR, or 26 Shorts!) and making tennis balls and tin cans dance

January 29, 2013, 01:07 AM
M-1 carbine would be a perfect addition. You bet it's fun.

January 29, 2013, 09:17 AM

This whole ordeal kind of turned me off to 17HMR. I'd been kicking it around for a while, until Remington did the recall.

January 29, 2013, 02:59 PM
I recently had the same bug hit me...I got a North American Arms Mini-Master with 4" barrel in .22 Magnum. It's a hoot to shoot!

January 29, 2013, 10:43 PM
You are missing big bores. 454 Casull, 50 beowulf, 45-100 Sharps

January 29, 2013, 10:44 PM
Honestly, I recommend picking up a suppressor. They are tons of fun and everyone should be using them anyway. Ear muffs don't cut it.

ol' scratch
January 30, 2013, 08:54 AM
I personally love my M1 Garand. I have loads of fun with it. I also love my Recce AR 15 build, but there is that whole supply issue with them. That carbine points more naturally for me than almost anything else. I also love my Kimber Model 82 Government .22 target rifle.

January 30, 2013, 09:38 AM
Ruger Mk 2

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