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Best three guns (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) to have.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by lanternlad1, Mar 29, 2010.

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  1. lanternlad1

    lanternlad1 Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    If you could only have one of each, what do you believe the best three guns to own are? Money is no object, but I would like some reasons why if you feel like it. 1 rifle, 1 pistol (or revolver) and 1 shotgun only.

    My choices are:

    Rifle - Saiga in 7.62x39. Kalashnikov action is reliable and accurate enough for close ranges. Ammo can be found anywhere in the world. Saigas are inexpensive and very well made. 7.62x39 can be used for hunting in a pinch as ballistics are similar to 30/30.

    Pistol - Glock 19 in 9mm (what else :)). Accurate, reliable can be carried easily if necessary, ammo is available anywhere. Parts and aftermarket accessories are available anywhere.

    Shotgun - Saiga 12. 12 gauge ammo is an almost perfect man stopper and is great for hunting as well. Saiga semis are reliable, have interchangeable mags, and can be customized to fit the shooter.

    Those are my picks. What's yours?
  2. Wildyams

    Wildyams Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Spokane, WA
    Rifle - I'm going to stretch the rules and take an AR with all the uppers from 22 lr to 50 Beowulf ;)

    Pistol - SP 101. Because the rifle and shotgun can cover all the hunting and defensive needs for home, I'd like something that I could conceal.

    Shotgun - I'd stick with my Super Nova in 12 gauge. Its simple, pleasant to shoot and I put the tube extension on it so I can hold 7 shells. However I'd probably get an 18" barrel for it for defensive purposes.
  3. scchokedaddy

    scchokedaddy Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    rifle=308 decent round for protection opr hunting ammo fairly to find shotgun= 12 gauge a5 browning fairly easy to find ammo and trouble free pistol= gotta go with 45 acp 1911 style for stopping power
  4. Bovice

    Bovice Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    figures that someone would mention glock and AK in the same post.

    Here's what I'd pick.

    AR-10 style rifle-308 has good range and power. Don't bother whining to me about how much it might weigh, I wouldn't be carrying it any measurable distance.

    Pistol-Sig P-series. Any centerfire caliber is fine.

    Shotgun-12 ga Remington 870
  5. Mainsail

    Mainsail Member

    Dec 16, 2005

    Rifle: The one you shoot the best
    Pistol: The one you shoot the best
    Shotgun: The one you shoot the best

    Since everybody is different, their opinion of 'best' will likewise be different.
  6. lanternlad1

    lanternlad1 Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    If you don't want to play, Mainsail, then why bother to post? Go away and let the rest of us have fun.
  7. SMMAssociates

    SMMAssociates Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Youngstown, OH
    Gotta agree with Mainsail....

    I don't have a rifle preference, but the current AR-style guns (the M4, I believe) would suit me. The .223 is an easy round to shoot, and the whole "system" is good....

    Pistols: I'm a 1911 guy. Kimber pre-Series II, most Colts, Paras after some break in (or older ones) would suit me fine. I don't see the need to spend $2000 for a handgun.... JHP's, of course.... Stay off of "+P" stuff unless you're into killing cars, or people across the street....

    Shotguns? My el-cheapo Mossberg 500 is pretty good, but a semi-auto would have been a better choice. Everybody's got a decent one in the $500 range, give or take. 12ga, of course. I prefer birdshot "indoors" - not quite as good an instant kill, but it will do less damage to adjacent rooms/people, and the BG won't enjoy it. In the "field", "00" is probably a good choice.

    I'm a semi-retired rent-a-cop, among other things, and worked some seriously bad areas with a couple of .38's and no radio. The above list would have been heaven....

    And finally my stock advice: For handguns, or even long guns, avoid the "gun of the month" issue. EVERYTHING you carry should work more or less the same way. Safety lever goes "down" or "up" to fire, etc. If your BUG lacks a safety lever, going for it and missing will probably be less of a problem than remembering to flip it the other way.... Long guns should be on the tang, or crossbolt, consistently, too.

  8. JoeSlomo

    JoeSlomo Member

    Mar 25, 2008

    M4, 1911, Rem 870.
  9. content

    content Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    South Carolina, born in Valley Forge Pa.
    Hello friends and neighbors // Of the firearms I own.

    If I'm staying home:
    Rifle--Remington 760, .30-06, Scoped with dropdown see through rings and night glow iron sights.

    Revolver--Ruger Secutity Six, 4", 357/38

    Shotgun--Remington 870 Wingmaster, 28" ventilated rib, 7+1 with extension.

    If I'm leaving home:
    Rifle--Marlin 795.22lr // I have a pouch attached to stock with four exta mags. and a film canister holding 70 mixed rounds--- 120 rounds of varying types on /in rifle.

    Revolver--S&W 586 6" 357/38 /// Good for hunting/SD wide variety of ammo options.

    Shotgun-- I'd have to cheat here if on the move, a shotgun with enough shells to matter is too heavy, I'd prefer: Interarms 357/38 Model 92 /// Using shot shells
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2010
  10. wyohome

    wyohome Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Deaver, Wyoming
    Of the guns I own, I would choose the 760 in .308, the 870 12 gauge 3", and my S&W K-22 Masterpiece.
  11. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Member

    May 24, 2007
    Brandon, Florida
    In my case...

    Rifle--Converted Saiga in 7.62x39. AK reliability is no joke, a Saiga is as accurate as the less expensive AR's, and this will take any game in my area. Moving north a little may warrant something in .308.

    Pistol--my CZ 75D PCR. CZ's are just awesome guns that neither 1911 or Glock shooters can find any worthwhile fault with. And this one has refused to stop working, aside from my own reloading mistakes. Plus mine has really nice night sights.

    Shotgun--a Mossberg, with a Limbsaver. Mine's a Maverick 88, but a 500 of 590 would be even better. 20", 7+1 12-gauge. Nothing wrong with a Remington 870 or Winchester 1200, though. I wouldn't mine a 1200; my friend's are like glass. Mmmmm. I just like the layout of the 500's controls best.
  12. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    I think you're going to be surprised by the answers you get here. Here's a spoiler. I'd bet that the number of people who pick a glock, while they will be many, will still be less than half. Not that there's anything wrong with Glock. It's just that Glock is only one of many good choices.

    For me:

    Good quality AK47. Maker is irrelevent as they are all pretty much the same once you get to a very good quality level. But think something like Krebs.

    Shotgun- Rem. 870.

    Pistol- Ruger SP101 3"bbl.
  13. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    South-Western North Carolina
    any good .22LR repeater semi-auto with hi-cap mag preferred (for me) due to more ammo store/carry capable.
    any good center-fire pistol .32 up for concealed weapon
    any good 20 or 12ga shotty sxs, pump or semi with a variety of ammo types for game and defense.
    this is based on a 'hold the fort' scenario in suburbia or rural area.
    mercenary types doubtless will opt for larger rifle & pistol my list is what I figure could be available to a home owner that is given a reasonable amount of time warning of a 'collapse'.
    I own a semi-auto .22LR clip fed that's a tack-driver (scoped) and one of my nephews with much younger eyes has a Marlin with the under-barrel ammo tube he did a clean and tighten up to and mounted a 4X Burris. practices on walnuts at 50 yds standing offhand. never misses. any man sized target at 100yds is in deep kim-shoiee.
  14. CZ223

    CZ223 Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    I'll play, again

    Glock 23 -40 S&W

    Remington 870 or Mossberg 590

    Ar-15 probably m4 Bushmaster

    Rifle was the hardest choice, there is something to be said for the AK/Saiga.
    I own at least one of all of my choices. Some guns are hard to leave out. I chose the G23 for carry because I like the added punch of the 40 over the 9mm so even though the 9mm is a military round and sometimes easier to obtain, I have to stick with the 40. Flip a coin on the two shotguns I picked though I do like the 870 a little better. The 590 is heavier and not as smooth. Even though I have 4 1911's and only two Glocks I would still choose the glock as an all around gun.
  15. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Tough choice.

    Rifle: .308 or 30-06 bolt

    Pistol G17, XD9, a nice revolver, I don't know, not much of a pistol person

    Shotgun: Rem. 870 or Moss. 500 or 590
  16. CWL

    CWL Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    I agree with Mainsail,

    What's good for you isn't what may work for anyone else.

    Also, what you currently own may not even be what's best for you.
  17. Robert

    Robert Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Texan by birth, in Colorado cause I hate humidity
    Money is no object and you still pick an AK style rifle. Well ok if that is all you want.
    Mainsail is right. Pick what you shoot and know best. Playing make believe is fine but it does me no good to say I want a 45 Luger, a 1903 with the Pedersen Device and a Howdah Pistol if I can not afford them and will not take the time to train with them. I would much rather take my FAL, 1911 and 590 to the range or a competition and get real world experience and as soon as the weather gets warm enough and I have the time I intend to do just that. I don't know about the rest of you but I need all the practice I can get.
  18. David E

    David E Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    Those of you that have answered this thread: Do you currently OWN the 3 guns you listed?

    If not, why not?

    If these 3 guns make up the most basic 'essential battery,' then why don't you own them now ?
  19. MattTheHat

    MattTheHat Member

    May 22, 2007
    Plano, TX
    I'm with Slomo...


    M4, 1911, Rem 870."

  20. VA27

    VA27 Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    Slovenly Manor, Dungheap-Upon-The-Hill
    Best three all around/do all guns on a budget: 6" Ruger GP100*, H&R HandiRifle in your caliber of choice and have a 12ga barrel fitted to it. All will last a hundred years with minimal maintenance and give good service.

    Best three with a little more to spend: 6" S&W Model 27/28, or a Ruger Redhawk .357 (either barrel will do)*, Benelli Super90, Savage Scout in the caliber of their choice.

    Unlimited budget? Why restrict yourself to three. Buy two of everything and call it good!

    *I suppose, if you're not a revolver person, a (place favorite semiauto brand here) in 10mm could replace the wheelgun.

    I've had a Saiga12, and while it's a fun gun no doubt, the mags are just a pain. If you keep a loaded mag in the gun all the time it will eventually mash the top shell enough that it becomes hard/impossible to chamber. They also haven't seen enough rounds downrange to asses their long-term reliability. The 870 and the Super90 are well proven.

    **I have everything but the Scout. I make do with a SOCOM16. The Scout is much lighter and that's why I listed it.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
  21. ForumSurfer

    ForumSurfer Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Rifle: Bolt action 308 (Remington 700)if we're talking "survival" (nuff said)
    M4 style 223 rifle if it's a zombie apocalypse (parts and ammo availability)

    Shotgun:Remington 870 (reliability,parts and ammo availability)

    Pistol:Glock 17 (reliability,parts and ammo availability)

    I do own all of the ones I listed (except the ar...I have a pile of AR parts waiting to manifest themselves into an evil black rifle). I think most people will not own all the weapons they mention. We're talking "essential," not necessary or preferred. My Glock is a great "essential" tool that I only recently acquired. Various 1911's and 22 target pistols that I own are far more fun to shoot and own, not to mention they can pull double duty as "essential" if need be.
  22. DFW1911

    DFW1911 Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    Hill Country, TX
    Of those I currently own:

    Sig 556: AK-like reliability with AR-like accuracy.
    Sig P250: it's my CCW.
    Rem 870: can be configured any way I need it configured.


    Socom 16: .308 is sure nice to have
    1911: my favorite handgun
    Benelli M1: just to change things up a bit, not to mention wicked fast


    Russian AK: the original
    CZ-75: all around fantastic 9mm
    Mossberg 500: it has to make this post somehow!

  23. OregonJohnny

    OregonJohnny Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Ah yes. We seem to play this game once a week. Here are mine:

    Rifle: Colt 6920 AR-15 with 16" upper, plus a 24" varmint upper

    Handgun: Ruger GP100 4" stainless .357 revolver

    Shotgun: Remington 870 Marine 12 gauge with 18" cylinder, 24" rifled, and 28" choked barrels
  24. The_Pretender

    The_Pretender Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    United States
    There isn't really an issue of what situation is this for, as the OP states if you could only have 3. Therefore, if you only have 3, you need to cover all your bases.

    And if someone picks something, why get offended? No one is insulting your pet rifle/revolver/shotgun/pistol. That is the beauty of individualism. If there was only one type of gun to own, everyone would have it and only it.

    /end rant

    Anyways- my turn:

    Handgun- Smith and Wesson 686 with 4" barrel. Lots of different ammunition options, works great for self defense, and in a pinch could even be used for hunting some game.

    Shotgun- Remington 870 Wingmaster with 28" vent rib barrel, 3 chokes, and a separate rifled slug barrel. Could hunt whatever walks in my state and most others.

    Rifle- FN SCAR H or a great quality AK. Either way, would be a solid, reliable rifle that would be fun to shoot, good for defense and could even be used to hunt.
  25. Nick5182

    Nick5182 Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    I'd go with a 1911, an AR-type rifle either 5.56 or .308, and a remington 870 12ga.
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