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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by possom813, Jul 8, 2009.

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  1. possom813

    possom813 Member

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    Everyone on this board is a gunowner, in theory. It's a relatively simple statement. There are those here that own collector's grade pieces, full-auto, on down to the fellas that are just getting into firearms and were never taught proper(no offense intended). I believe the majority of the forum would fall into the category that I'm in. Several firearms, maybe one or two that are bona fide hard to find and then a couple that are rarely fired. Also thrown into the mix are the favorites that always find their way into the range bag/soft case to make the trip with you.

    I find myself, like many others, have a few rifles and handguns. I never really thought about why I have what I have. I have my .30-30 because it's an excellent 100 yard rifle for knocking down hogs with. That same rifle is good for deer as well as just about any other critter that I feel the need to hunt. I have my .22's because they're fun to shoot, and good for rabbits and squirrels. I also plan on utilizing the .22's to teach my daughters how to shoot/handle/clean firearms. My wife loves her 10/22, but I may have finally gotten her off the semi-auto's and over to the bolt actions with my little Savage Mark 2 or 3 from walmart. The pistols I have because I like them. The first pistol I ever owned was a Security Six with a 6" barrel in stainless. I believe that started my love affair with revolvers. The first semi-auto pistol I ever bought was a Ruger P89.

    This may be an overly ridiculous post, but keep with me, somewhere in here, and somehow, I have a point that I plan on making.

    I believe everyone should have at least 4 firearms, a easily concealable pistol, a shotgun, a .22 rifle, and a hunting caliber rifle, say .243 or bigger.

    Everything else in the safe is because it's something that you wanted. You didn't necessarily need it, you didn't have to have it, you wanted it.

    For the past couple of weeks we've been moving into a new house. Long story short, I bought a house from my dad, he moved in a few months back and was driving me crazy so I gave him the house and bought another one.

    Anyways, because of the circumstances, I can take my time moving, no rush really. I haven't had a chance to move the safe yet due to friends' work schedules and it's too damn heavy to move by myself.

    So I figured we've pretty much moved in and stayed at the new house for the first time last night. Me being me, and not knowing my neighbors yet, I opened the safe to bring at least one gun with us until I move the safe.

    As it was, I peeked in and saw the super blackhawk, the mountain gun, the 1911, the ak47, the .30-30's, and various others that would have been fine. But I guess the point is somewhere in here, I left the house with my Ruger P89, my Charter Arms .38, and my J.C. Higgins 12 gauge.

    I guess there's a logic in there somewhere about using what you're comfortable with. In the end, I had a good selection of firearms to choose from, and took the 3 that I've owned for quite sometime and have put countless rounds through.

    I'm not exactly sure what brought this post on, other than surprising myself with what I picked out of the safe today. Granted, it's not an emergency situation or anything, but I figured when the time came the first gun I would grab would be the 1911 and the AK, but time makes fools of us all I reckon.

    -John
     
  2. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    good post, you made the right choice in the end. a 12 gauge and a .38 are great.
     
  3. AStone

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    Interesting that you took three.

    Curious about the logic of that.
    (Or the gut-level non-logic, if you wish.)

    My go to?

    Most likely the .38 spl snub on my belt.

    If I'm in "the room", the 65 in .357m (loaded with .38 spl +p).

    For serious invasions, the .30-30 would get the call.
     
  4. bensdad

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    My go-to would be my carry gun. The make and model don't matter. The fact that I shoot it a lot (thousands of rounds in the last year) does. My go-to shotty would be the one I'm most familiar with also. Both the 870 and the 500 are natural in my hands. Their mechanics are in my rote memory. Go-to rifle would be the Saiga. Same reason. I know these guns to be reliable. I know these guns manuals. They're so far inside my head that I don't have to "think" to use them.
     
  5. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

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    .357 magnum DA revolver, any one of my L-frames, or the GP100. Whichever one is within easiest reach.
     
  6. possom813

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    I work nights, the wife isn't exceptionally proficient with the P89, yet. The .38 stays in a pocket, either mine or hers. The logic being that although she isn't a great shot with a pistol, the .38 should be able to get her to the P89(more ammo) or to the shotgun. She's very proficient with the shotgun:)

    I figure that makes about as much sense as I can at 4am.
     
  7. m_kirk2001

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    My personal choice in go to and why...

    My go to gun is my S&W M&P .40 compact. I have it with me most of the time. I am familiar with it. I can conceal it. It is utterly reliable. I can hit what I want to hit with it. It can get most jobs done that I would need it to.
     
  8. chuckusaret

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    My wife and I have three go to weapons a LCP(her CC), XD40(My CC) and a 12ga.(HD)
     
  9. Kwanger

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    Go to in an unforeseen emergency would be my Glock 17.
     
  10. hso

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    Good post.
     
  11. TheFallGuy

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    I have said it before and I will say it again, if I only had one gun, it would be my AR15. She's pretty. She's tough. She's reliable. She ain't picky (russian steel case is as good as american brass any day). She's mean. She's a hoot to shoot.

    I don't need to worry about over penetration. I live by myself in the middle of no where.

    Otherwise I will add my Beretta 96FS. It's my first hand gun. It has 1000 rounds through it from me. 100 of which were fired after it spent a night at the bottom of a pool (angry ex girlfriend) but before I cleaned it. Now it has a spec of rust on the magazine, but no big deal. It just fits my hand perfect. IMHO, it is also one of the prettiest pistols ever made (you see lots of them in movies, well the 92's but they're basically the same).

    For a shotgun, that's tough. If I have access to my dad's guns-he has an old High Standard Riot gun I recently (yesterday) found out about. Apparently he bought it at the prison auction where he bought his old S&W .38. Buttery smooth slide (he is a prison guard and every once in while gets these things). If it has to come from my collection-I will take my 590A1. I carried one in combat. I have put food on the table with a few 500's before and trust it with my life.
     
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    65 in .357m.....65in.....OMGGGGGGGGGGG lololol
    i bet you're pretty accurate with that.....set up on a bipod?
     
  13. OregonJohnny

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    If I could only grab 1 of my firearms to take with me in the scenario the OP described (self-defense while staying 1 night in a new house) I think I'd bring along my Springfield XD40 Subcompact. It's not my favorite gun, the most powerful, the most accurate, or the best looking. But without knowing what kind of threats I might face for 1 night in a new house in an unknown neighborhood, it does a few things really well. It has a rail to attach a light in case the power company hasn't hooked up the electricity, or you have to go outside in the dark. It's small enough to conceal if you need to leave the house to go to your car, go to the store, answer the door to new neighbors, etc. It's a relatively powerful and proven caliber. It has decent capacity (9+1). And most importantly, it's very reliable and I trust it. My 870 shotgun wouldn't be very discreet going back and forth from the car or opening the door. Same with a rifle. My j-frame could slip into a pocket but only holds 5 rounds of .38. So, of all my glorious guns, I'd take along my trusty little XD.
     
  14. cratti

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    Whoa there, Turbo. People occasionally mistype things. It happens. No need to go overboard.


    Back on topic - Since I only have TWO of my guns with me right now, I'd have to settle for the Fabarm FP6 12ga and Taurus 24/7 in .40S&W.
    Can't say that's an issue in short to medium range situations.
     
  15. cyclopsshooter

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    #1 Colt pre-70 45 AUTO
    #2 Mossy 500A
    #3 S&W M65 357
    #4 Stainless Colt Gov .380
    #5 Marlin 30-30

    The rest is for fun

    well, so are the first 5
    :)

    great post!
     
  16. Ed Ames

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    A few years ago I moved about 1500 miles taking only what I could load into my car. Of course I spent some time pondering exactly what was worth cramming into the limited space available.

    Odd as it sounds, not one of the "essentials" of that move is on my "go to" list today. It isn't all upgrades or churn either.
     
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    The guns we are most familiar with are often the one's we started with, some of us from a young age. Imho like all things for alot of us, shooting wears off it's newness after a little while. Which makes your first one probably most practiced with. I love to shoot but a busy schedule, tight budget for a large family, and the fact that I can't find ammo means I can't practice with any as often as i'd like but I know certain guns I own from times gone by when all I had was free time and bullets, like the back of my hand.

    As far as the 65 inch revolver, although I assume it's 6.5 the vision of a 65" handgun is funny.
     
  18. Ed Ames

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    Huh. I figured the poster was talking about a Taurus 65 in .357m. As in a Model 65 chambered in .357 magnum.
     
  19. Sharpie1

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    I have a collection of pistols, rifles and shotguns - but if I had to take one and go, it would be my Glock 17. I would reluctantly leave my 1911 behind - but I would do so for one reason: more ammo capacity with the G17. A lot more.
     
  20. trickyasafox

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    I am sitting here thinking about this thread and have no idea what I would choose.

    For a centerfire rifle, it would either be the 700 in 270win or my high-power rifle, a frankengun AR I built up a few years ago. I have shot the AR more than any other centerfire rifle I own by a factor of at least 2 or 3, with the 270 coming in second place.

    Centerfire pistol- Either the ruger security six or the glock 23. 2 of the first handguns I ever bought and have seen a lot of rounds through them.

    But the guns I have the most fun with and shoot the most often, are my Ruger Mk II and my Ruger 10/22. Couldn't even guess combined round count.tens and tens of thousands to be sure.

    Having never been in your situation, I'm not sure what I would pick. However, your choices and reasoning sound good to me.
     
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    Sometimes I think (especially in the scenario given) that it would be so much easier to say, "Grab THE gun" instead of racking my brain over "which gun should I grab?"
     
  22. Kentucky Windage

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    What? You could only carry three?

    ;)
     
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    Marlin 30-30
    SW .38spl
     
  24. JohnnyOrygun

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    I like your choices and more importantly, they make perfect sense for you and your situation. Of my small arsenal, if I were in the same situation, I would take my Winchester 1300 Defender 12ga, S&W Mod 60 38 Spcl, and Stoeger Cougar. The shotgun is obvious, its the best for home defense, the mod 60, because it can go in my pocket if need be, now the Cougar, well it has the most capacity of any of my handguns and when loaded with proper ammo I consider 9mm to be perfectly fine for self defense. Another choice in lieu of the Winchester might be my SKS, but I think the shotgun would be more useful with either slugs or buckshot I have just about any situation covered.

    My .02 and IMHO always apply.
    JohnnyOrygun
     
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    Shotgun - Tromix converted Saiga 12 GA

    Rifles - Arsenal, Inc. SAM-7 (milled-receiver AK-type, 7.62x39)
    Remington Model 600 .308 (light, handy, common caliber)

    Handguns - 6" S&W Model 686 .357
    Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP
     
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