What are your "gun priorities?" What should they be?


May 5, 2004, 11:59 PM
Everyone has their favorite firearm niche. Mine is pistols, but many of my friends are almost exclusively shotgunners or waterfowl hunters.

1) What is your focus?

Now, the REAL question -- 2) what should our focus be? Even though many of us have a favorite, a lot of us have "balance" to our collections... some of us don't.

To be more specific, I have 2 spots that are unfulfilled: Battle Rifle and Rimfire.

I've got the shotgun base covered, and my sidearm base is well covered. Which should I be going for next? Which is more necessary in your eyes -- a battle rifle, or a rimfire?

Anyone else having any prioritization struggles?


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May 6, 2004, 12:05 AM
What IS my focus? Paramilitary rifles. Especially ARs and AKs.

What should our focus be? See above.

May 6, 2004, 12:07 AM
Actually I am. I bought a Taurus 455 Tracker last year and it is great but now I'm thinking I want a 357 lever action and a revolver to match. I'm tossing around trading the 455 for a 357 wheelgun. I haven't decided yet though. I could keep the 455 but then I'd have to wait longer because the wife doesn't let me buy too many guns. :fire: . I'm not a patient man. I want my rifle/handgun combo RIGHT NOW!!!!!.

May 6, 2004, 12:27 AM
After spending many years and dollars on a well rounded collection, now I can focus on my favorite, autoloading pistols. :D

May 6, 2004, 02:35 AM
some of everything. :)
and enough SHTF ammo for each.

May 6, 2004, 02:40 AM
Uhmm.. well that sorta depends on what you own firearms for.

For me, and it sounds like you, it's self defense. In that case pistols are #1 -- far far more likely that you'll have one on you and need it than anything else.

Number 2, IMHO, is the intermedate rifle cartridge category. Your AR or AK variant type weapons. Lightweight, high capacity rifle weapons good out to 200-300 meters. Think looting. It happens.

Number 3 would be your long range bolt action rifles. In an SD mindset that's total SHTF crap. You dont' have a home anymore really and all law is gone.

Shotguns skills aren't huge as you only need to be able to hit a bi-podal hairless ape at the ranges inside your house. It shouldn't take a huge amount of practice for this to happen.

Now, if you're a hunter not worried about SD and worried about feeding your family it's all backwards. Shotgun for small game, bolt rifle for large game, AR and AK for -- well -- nothing really. Pistols for showing off while tagging squirrels with .22LR is it.

I dunno why rimfire is it's own category here. Good training tool I guess is how I look at it and if you're looking to take small game -- it'll do.

May 6, 2004, 02:44 AM
Right now I'm leaning hards towards hunting rifles even if I have no need: .458.

Want to have 1 good SHTF rifle, pistol, and shotgun.

May pick up another shotgun or 2 for fun been looking at coaches.

Also want to get my C&R and get in on these military deals.

I'm buying heavily while single so I don't have that pesky wife family issue.

Black Majik
May 6, 2004, 04:07 AM
My current main focus is pistols. For some reason I'm 10x more excited about getting a new pistol versus getting a new long gun. Now sure why.

Next focus is getting a Bolt Action Rifle. I have my money saved up, just too lazy to go out and purchase it :o
I even have my scope purchased before the rifle.

I have my clay shotgun covered. I'm tossing around the idea of a SD shotgun. Either a Remington Marine Magnum or a Benelli M1S90.

After the centerfire bolt gun, I want a rimfire bolt gun to match :D

May 6, 2004, 05:25 AM
I would say my focus is semi-auto handguns. This includes .22s and larger self-defense calibers, up to .45. My preference for handguns is because most of my shooting is at targets for fun, and my main reason for owning firearms is for self-defense. In our present world, I think handguns are the most vital firearm for self-defense.

I do have a secondary focus of C&R military weapons. I really admire their craftsmanship and history.

What should our focus be? I think mine is proper, because of my particular uses for firearms. I really have no interest, in say, duck hunting, which I why I own no shotguns. The "proper" focus can vary.

May 6, 2004, 06:04 AM
My focus has changed from IDPA and defensive handgunning to for the last 5 months smallbore compitition shooting which was my first love. I love to build and custimize my UBER plinkers and see just how far the limits of accuracy can be taken. I am at the point now though with my current gun that it will outshoot anyone behind it. It is just a matter of living up to the performance on my end because as they say, "Compitition shooting takes place 90% between your ears."

May 6, 2004, 06:14 AM
I have one each for 3-gun: an AK, a wondernine and a pump scattergun. Right now I'm getting well familiar with the shotgun (local IPSC natl's coming up) but other than that I go 60/40 on the AK and the pistol. Guess it'll be 50/30/20 then. Works for me and the conscript reserve militia thing we got here.

What I'm missing is the more serious calibre long-range thing. I'm covered in case SHTF as my father-in-law has several, but I should get me a Mosin. Or maybe a Tigr. Also another pistol for IPSC Standard Major would be nice, but not at all crucial. Plinking-type practice and pest control I do with a scoped air rifle but a suppressed rimfire wouldn't hurt either.

Anyhow, I really don't wish to own anything just for the sake of having it!

Oleg Volk
May 6, 2004, 06:25 AM

two samples of each: carbine, full-size pistol, backup pistol, rimfire rifle and pistol.

Ammo: lots of it, same type.

Training: lots and varied. Best investment.

May 6, 2004, 06:30 AM
Oleg: I agree %100, except I'd include either a good bolt rifle or a full-power battle rifle. Preferably both. :)

May 6, 2004, 07:28 AM
My focus right now? Military surplus rifles. Because I like history. Because they're cool to shoot (and surplus ammo is pretty damn cheap.) Because those old wood rifles are pretty. And because there's a bunch out there for not much money right now.

I've already got an battle rifle (Fed Ord M-14) and a couple intermediates (SKS) a shotgun, carry gun, plenty of other full size pistols. I'd like to et an AK or two, and an FAL, but that's a ways down the road.

May 6, 2004, 07:43 AM
My focus has been pistols, with just enough practice with my ar and shotgun to stay proficient. ATF just cashed the check for my c and r license, so once that arrives Im going to start acquring some rifles with some history behind them.

May 6, 2004, 07:52 AM
older firearms. Especially older S&W revolvers, Colt semi-autos, and military firearms. I have most of the other relevant (to me) categories such as modern handguns, rimfire pistols/rifles, SD shotguns, and large rifles covered. Certainly not a huge collection, just sufficient. So I look for good examples of early craftsmanship.

Tomorrow? Who knows.

May 6, 2004, 08:35 AM
S&W revolvers, 1911's, and military surplus rifles.

I have a couple of oddballs outside those three categories, but all my "needs" are covered, and now I can just buy my "wants".

May 6, 2004, 09:01 AM
I focus on firearms I enjoy shooting. Handguns mostly. Never worry about SHTF scenario stuff. I figure if true, big-time, SHTF happens an AK ain't gonna make alot of difference. 'Course if I'm wrong that's more left for those better prepared.;)


May 6, 2004, 09:25 AM
My answers are:

1. [arnold voice] All of dem![/arnold voice]

2. Acquiring the $$ to buy the above and ammo and accessories for them, and as Oleg pointed out, the training for them.(Although I had 3 years of that, and got paid for it.http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=943158 ) Current training couldn't hurt, though.;)

El Tejon
May 6, 2004, 09:26 AM
Knowledge and wisdom.

May 6, 2004, 09:30 AM
My focus: Whatever the heck gun I want next.

What my focus ought to be: Whatever the heck gun I want next.

George S.
May 6, 2004, 09:37 AM
Right now, my "focus" is simply on having fun with the guns I have (so far). Over the last 2 years, I bought a 1911, a .22 auto pistol, and a .357 I wanted these simply because the calibers are so different and the fun factor for each. Still to come is a .44 Mag at some point.

I hadn't been too much of a rifle fan but after I bought a 10/22 and added a bunch of mods, I wound up with a .17HMR and a Mini-14. While the calibers are close to the same size, the rounds are so different that I think of them as all unique but still fun to shoot.

I just added a couple of battle rifles, a Mosin 91/30 and a Garand. Again, both are fun to shoot but worlds apart in their design but both have a place in the history of warfare and their nations. Not sure what I may add to this group but there are a lot of choices for military rifles.

May 6, 2004, 01:29 PM
Mostly pistols right now. I will eventually pick up a marlin or winchester lever action rifle for cowboy shooting (45LC all the way).

I think our priority overall for the gun culture should be to buy as many military style weapons as possible just so there are more available on the market if/when the government trys to ban them again or expand the laws blocking purchase. It would also be good as it would up the statistics on "Assault Weapon" ownership without upping the crime rate.

May 6, 2004, 01:33 PM
Liberties to keep them.

Series 70
May 6, 2004, 01:48 PM
My current focus is long guns. I have the sidearms I want, save one. My son just completed his hunter safety course and wants to go afield. I have my .30-30 for me, but nothing for him. So we must find him a suitable rifle, and possibly a couple shotguns, too. One shotgun, with a second, short barrel, could serve as a HD arm.

The missing sidearm in my collection is a .44 magnum of some type. Deer country is also bear country for much of MN and I think a .44 would be a good way to round-out the hunting wardrobe.

BTW, I've never hunted before. My son has had the itch for a year or two and is going to drag his old man along, it seems. I'll probably have to spend enough on blaze orange that acquiring the shotties may have to wait another year.

R.H. Lee
May 6, 2004, 01:56 PM
After I discovered the perfection that is the 1911, and already owning a Ruger MKII SS Target, I decided pistols were covered. On to long guns.

1).308 Savage 10fp bolt with 10x mildot scope- check

2) Yugo SKS -check

3) Marlin 336 "W" 30-30 -check

4) Winchester Defender 12 ga -check

Followed up with the obligitory herd of 10/22's, some other odd shotguns in 16 & 20 ga, a safe-queen Garand, a bubbaized 1903A3, etc.

Lately, I've discovered the joys of "milsurp" by way of a P-17, and have been eyeing either an M44 or a 91/30, but I really don't want to get into more calibers.

May 6, 2004, 02:22 PM
My focus? Between September 1 and Feb 29th (Dove & Quail Season) it is to kill and eat as many of the little suckers as I can. (within the confines of the law of course)

After that time frame, my focus changes somewhat. I continue to try to refine my skills and equipment in pursuit of those fast grey birdies. As well as to improve my skills with all of the current crop of guns I own.

And to seek training when possible, teach when applicable, practice as often as commitments allow, and have as much fun doing it as possible.


May 6, 2004, 02:32 PM
Witih the new ability to CCW I am ramping up in that area.

I want a compact auto for concealed carry.

I am experimenting with holsters, but not trying to buy too many.

I want a home defense shotgun, 8 rounder, maybe a pistol grip. I am floundering between 12 and 20 ga.

I would like to move my wife into centerfire. She does real well with her Taurus 9-shot .22lr. Time to get her moving up.

Maybe not related, but I want more handgun defensive training too.

Settling in with my new AK. Having a little trouble with the scope mount but haven't had to time to work on it. With this weekend being Mother's day it will have to wait a little longer. Love shooting it though.

Practice with my 92FS and Taurus 650 is going well, but I will have to choose and holster to stick with so the training can be specific.

As long as the college I work for keeps giving me extra classes to teach I'll have play money! :D

May 6, 2004, 05:02 PM
IMHO, our focus should be to own the nastiest, most scary-looking guns possible, and to fight for all of our gun rights by proving that we're responsible with them.

The next priority would be defending yourself and your family.

Anyone that is typing on a computer and reading this doesn't need to hunt for food.

I try to have my bases covered.

I've got:
Remington 788 (bolt action) in 6mm Remington w/3-9 scope) for deer, targets, and varmints. (if I ever have the opportunity)
Ruger P90 (45 ACP auto pistol) for home defense
Ruger Mk. II Target w/red dot (for target shooting and plinking)
Ruger 77/22 in 22LR w/3-9x40 (for target shooting, plinking and small game hunting)
a very old (1930s vintage, I think) Stevens 12 gauge pump for clays, possible home defense, and possible future bird/rabbit hunting
S&W Model 29 (44 Magnum) for targets and possible hunting
Yugoslavian SKS for targets/plinking/deer

I have a few others, heirlooms and a collector's piece, but I try to be diverse.

The next gun will probably be a 357 revolver to get the women of the family into shooting major calibers after I show them the ropes with a 22.

May 6, 2004, 05:20 PM
No priorities here. i simply buy what ones I want/like. I used to like "small and fast". Then rimfire rifles. The whole time I've always liked single action revolvers - specifically Rugers. Since last November, there's been 3 of them arrive at my house. The next new one may likely be another.
What should my priority be? Whatever, I decide it to be at the time I begin saving $ for a new gun. Currently it's a toss up between another Ruger SA or one of a couple older smi-auto handguns. or another Ruger single shot.

2nd Amendment
May 6, 2004, 05:30 PM
I'd never really given this any thought. Hmmm. While my inventory is at an all time low I've at one time or another had about everything and specialized in nothing. Kinda like my adult life, in which I've done a bit of everything and settled on nothing. I'm not certain if this is good or bad but it HAS been interesting. :)

May 6, 2004, 05:44 PM
I have my bases covered as far as carry guns and rifles, so my priority lately has been title II. The prices on machineguns have been crazy for awhile, and are getting more ridiculous. If I don't buy what I want now I won't be able to afford it later. I just bought a FA sear for my FNC, and while it does seem silly to spend low 4 figures for what should really be a $.50 piece of metal, I can sell it later at a profit I decide I don't want it. But I doubt I'll get bored with it.

Erik Jensen
May 6, 2004, 07:10 PM
my main focus is more or less self defence. to that end, I have a semi-auto pistol to carry (well, more than one, but ya know), a high-cap semi-auto for any SHTF scenario (AK), and I'll be getting a shotgun next month.

secondary focus is C&R weapons. I've always been a history buff, and that goes right along with it. so far I've only got a couple Mosins, but that'll change soon, once I get off my duff and send in my C&R FFL app.

for what I really want, I feel like I should have:
a scoped precision bolt action
a shotgun, with extra barrels. (short for defence, long for skeet(because skeet is fun, and fun is why I got my first gun (my namesake)in the first place))
a battle/assault-type rifle (currently covered by the AK)
a semi-auto handgun (Beretta92F and Springfield GI .45)
a revolver (first priority is a snubby for carry, then perhaps something bigger)

that would cover the bases for me. the rest would be gravy. I don't hunt, and I currently don't compete, though I wish to compete in the future. the only reason I would hunt would be in the case that I couldn't buy food in the store, i.e. a SHTF situation. so my firearms are basically for my own enjoyment and defence.

May 7, 2004, 07:02 AM
I have 2 Glock 19's, 2 SKS's, a Marlin 25N, and a Taurus 605. I feel I need a smaller ccw option (ie: Keltec P32) and a scoped bolt rifle with which to hunt. I would like to have a Fal, a trap/hd shotgun, and more pistols.

Ky Larry
May 7, 2004, 09:03 AM
I have various types and brands of hand guns,rifles, and shotguns. I have a few thousand rounds of ammo. What I really need is time to enjoy them. I guess that should be my #1 priority. I can afford about any gun I want but my time in this world is finite and limited. Food for thought.

May 7, 2004, 09:18 AM
Well my priorities have changed over the years, but the overall philosophy I followed in acquisitions went something like this:

Defense/Food: Shotgun
More Food: .22 Rifle
Bigger Food: Scoped Deer Rifle
Self Defense: High Cap'y Semi-auto Pistol (a BHP, at the time truly high cap'y)
Multitasking: Magnum revolver
Better/More Ammo: Reloader
Home Defense: Mil. Style Rifle
Hobbies: varies from plinkers to precision pieces

W Turner
May 7, 2004, 05:28 PM
My preference is handguns, but I have recently noticed that I have a few gaps in my long gun collection. Namely the absence of a modern bolt action. I have a Mosin Nagant, but that is not exactly what I am looking for. Also need to add a pair of EBR's for me and the wife.

Handgun-wise, I still need a k-frame(have an L-frame, sort of-GP100), and a couple of single-action revos. I guess I also need a dedicated carry gun, of late I have just been carrying the first thing that my hand falls on.


May 7, 2004, 06:19 PM
My actual priorities have been focused on rifles, specifically learning to shoot better standing unsupported. Probably 65-75% of my shooting is with rifles. Lately I've been into ARs because they are very accurate, have low recoil, they are light and enjoyable to shoot standing for lengthy periods. I also enjoy my Garand and shooting in the back yard with my .22LR rifles. I do think that my practice with rifles is paying off and I do see improvement.

On the other hand, I feel that my priorities should be focused more on practicing with handguns. Realistically, if I did need to use a gun, it will much more likely be a handgun than a rifle. Having a CCW, I just feel that I have a responsibility to shoot a handgun as best as I possibly can. I do shoot handguns regularly and know I'm a much better shot with a handgun that I used to be. I just don't seem to shoot handguns as much as rifles

I think part of the problem may be my range. Out of six spots, only two are 7 yards and one is 25 yards, Two of those are also 100 yards and the other is also 50 yards so lots of times rifle shooters will take up one or all the pistol spots.

May 7, 2004, 06:35 PM
My main focus is making sure I retain the right to own a gun.

A close second is having a well rounded collection, as of right now I am adding AR-15's to the mix and am about to go the full auto route.

May 8, 2004, 01:29 AM
My focus is handguns. Dosen't really make any difference what type or caliber. WARNING TO SAPPERLEADER:HAVE A VEEEERY BIG GUN SAFE. My buddy got his C&R last year and you wouldn't belive the deals he gets on those old rifels,mostly out of Shotgun News. At last count he had about sixty. That was before he added three Garands.

May 8, 2004, 07:41 AM
magsnubby - thanks for the warning, and I agree I have to be careful. I have one thing saving me though - Im working full time, going to school fulltime, so im tight on money, and have no free time to be browsing shotgun news :). I do have a list already of the first 10 c and r's I's want so hopefully that will keep me amused for the next 6 months at a minimium.

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