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If you could only have one gun, what would it be?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Warp, Nov 16, 2012.


If you could only have one gun, it would be a:

Poll closed Dec 16, 2012.
  1. Handgun

  2. Rifle (can legally carry a handgun)

  3. Rifle (cannot legally carry a handgun)

  4. Shotgun (can legally carry a handgun)

  5. Shotgun (cannot legally carry a handgun)

  1. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    One gun. Only one gun. That's all you get.

    See poll, above.

    Some responses are split based on whether you can or cannot legally carry a handgun. By this I am referring to your ability to legally carry a handgun on or about your person, open or concealed, in public (not in your home, business, or car). If you are able to legally carry in some states but not others (example...IL resident with non res permit from Utah), go by your home state.

    Edited to clarify:

    This is not a SHTF thread, topic, or question.

    This is a "At the stroke of midnight tonight, you will only have the one gun that you select, with no opportunity to acquire another gun in the foreseeable future" question.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  2. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Handgun suits my needs much better. More specifically, a G30 or G29. Lot of caliber options just by swapping uppers or even just barrels, and covers all the bases that a "one" gun should cover.
  3. RBid

    RBid Well-Known Member

    If I could only have one firearm, I would have a cut-down duty weapon that accepts full size mags. Ruger SR9c, S&W M&P 9c, Glock 26, SA XD9sc, SA XDm 3.8" 9mm compact, etc.

    My Ruger SR9c is concealable in hot weather clothing, and throwing a 17 round mag into it turns it into a duty weapon or nightstand gun.
  4. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I love my 30-30 lever action too much.
  5. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    870 will do anything I need.
  6. panhead58ak

    panhead58ak Active Member

    Well 1st it will not happen becuase I for one will not give up the guns I have ,but for the sake of your questionmy 1911 with a 22 upper ,the 45 acp and a clark 460 rowland kit would cover quite a bit
  7. clocker

    clocker Well-Known Member

    The obvious answer for me would be to carefully research the laws and rulings to decide between an AR pistol or TC Contender for the platform. Choices are good, lots of choices could be even better :D

    Now if you asked for two guns then the second would have to be a DTA SRS or upcoming FN Ballista.
  8. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    I voted handgun my g29, already have 40s&w, 357sig , 9x25dillon, barrels and a 22 conversion kit so pretty much covers all I need,,, although I would really like to keep my mossberg 500 too.
  9. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    I'm a little confused by the handgun legal/not legal choices on the long guns. If you only have one rifle or one shotgun, what difference would the handgun regulation make as you couldn't have one anyway ? (that would make 2)
    Or am I reading something wrong ?

    Anyhow - shotgun is the do it all single gun.
  10. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Well-Known Member

    Protecting my life takes precedence over hunting, recreation, etc. And a handgun fits the self-defense role better as it can be concealed and carried most places. A long gun can't do much to protect you if you have to leave it at home or in the car.
  11. holdencm9

    holdencm9 Well-Known Member

    I voted handgun because if I had to get rid of all my guns except one, I would keep my Beretta. It satisfies self-defense, and range fun, and if it needed to, could fill in for home-defense. Right now I have an AR or Mossberg 500 for HD, but then, I can't bring either of those with me when I go shopping.
  12. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    What always confuses the hell out of me is people who select a rifle or a shotgun for their only gun when one of the reasons (if not the main reason) they own guns is for defense.

    I really, really don't understand how, generally when this question comes about, so many people pick a rifle and quote stuff about how handguns are weak and ineffective...but in my mind, defensively speaking, a gun left at home doesn't do jack crap for you.

    So I am wondering what % of people that pick a rifle or shotgun cannot legally carry a handgun anyway, as it would THEN make a lot more sense to pick a long gun, IMO

    In the end it seems that a lot fewer people own guns primarily for defense than I previously thought. Or a lot fewer people actually carry than I suspected.

  13. Axel Larson

    Axel Larson Well-Known Member

    I picked a rifle, can be used for hunting most game if in the right caliber and home defense.
  14. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Agree 100%.

    I'm a handgun kind if guy. It does the job of defensive duty anywhere. At home? Check. Out and about? Check. There is a little compromise with handgun calibers, but carrying around a rifle would be a real pain.
  15. Halal Pork

    Halal Pork Well-Known Member

    I like rifles. One gun? A Blaser with about 10 different barrels.
  16. srtolly

    srtolly Well-Known Member

    I think rifles and shotguns have there place. If I could only have 1 gun to fill all of those rolls it would have to be a revolver like a Super Redhawk in a .44 magnum. Might be a little big as a ccw but can be managed. Also can take some pretty big game with it.
  17. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Absolutely rifles and shotguns have their place.

    If I could only have one gun it would be a handgun. If I could only have two, the second one would be a rifle.

    (Glock 26, Colt 6920)
  18. hogcowboy

    hogcowboy Well-Known Member

    You forget about when the stuff it's the fan. All our laws go out the window. All the food is off the shelves. Life as you know it comes to a complete halt. So you want to put food on the table AND protect your loved ones you need to choose wisely which firearm you want. And don't say it will never happen. Hitler is just a fading memory isn't he or are you too young for that.
  19. mio

    mio Well-Known Member

    i chose handgun. preferably my dan wesson .357 it has 4,6, and 8n barrels the 4in would make it concealable although its not really designed for that. and the 8in can be used for hunting any game even small game with .38spl and possibly grouse or woodcock with shotshells although that would probably be an act of desperation.

    anyway it fits self defense home defense and hunting and really could do any of them with just the 6in barrel if i needed to.
  20. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    I did not.

    If your first priority is to prepare for extremely unlikely scenarios, at the direct expensive of far more common scenarios, you are doing it wrong. IMHO. But you are of course free to prioritize as you see fit.

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