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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.

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

Poll closed Dec 16, 2012.
  1. Handgun

    42.1%
  2. Rifle (can legally carry a handgun)

    31.7%
  3. Rifle (cannot legally carry a handgun)

    2.7%
  4. Shotgun (can legally carry a handgun)

    20.8%
  5. Shotgun (cannot legally carry a handgun)

    2.7%
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  1. Warp

    Warp Member

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    The issue is that you aren't armed with a long gun when it is sitting at home, and you are not sitting at home. You are unarmed.
     
  2. Hawk Hawken

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    I would pick a handgun, maybe my sig 45 or my sw 9 large cap. mags
     
  3. dataDyne

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    Even though i love shotguns and am quite adept at using slugs i have to answer rifle
    Maybe a good calibre that is easy to find and has good range and power like 9,3

    I have no practical use of a handgun

    As that dude said: ''a handgun is what you use to protect yourself on the way to the rifle you should never have left''
     
  4. Yelovitz_503

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    Handgun (can legally carry rifle/shotgun) :D
     
  5. Certaindeaf

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    Why can't you carry a handgun?
    Can you legally carry a loaded long gun into a given business establishment/conduct your daily affairs carrying one?
     
  6. Warp

    Warp Member

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    I don't know about OR, but carrying a loaded long gun is legal in many states. In my state of GA open long gun carry is legal without a carry license, and open/concealed long gun carry is legal with the carry license.

    Where I grew up, back in Indiana, open/concealed long gun carry was legal without a license.

    However, just because it is legal that doesn't necessarily mean it is practical, for a number of reasons. I have openly carried a handgun (which you can easily conceal most of) tons and TONS of places...but I am pretty sure the police would be called and I would no longer be welcome if I were to openly carry a rifle to any of those places.

    There is also a purely practical problem going for carrying long guns. They are often a real PITA in a vehicle. There is usually nowhere good to put them at the restaurant. They are more difficult to use with one hand. They are more difficult to use up close and personal.

    For a regular person going about their life, while armed, a handgun rules supreme.
     
  7. Pete D.

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    hmmm

    I find it very interesting that many, maybe most of the responses to this "one gun only" poll seem to go immediately to the SD/SHTF/HD scenarios....which are the least likely of the range of possibilities.
    Why is that? The most common civilian use of guns is as sporting goods.
    Pete
     
  8. Warp

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    Importance.

    Self defense is important.

    Edit: Further, for those who actually carry a handgun on a regular basis, I say their most common use is carry. I, for example, carry virtually 100% of the time that it is legal to do so (and then some). That's a hell of a lot of use.
     
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  9. Saakee

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    An accurized 1911 and a mech tech CCU for it. It'd be okay for small-medium game as well.
     
  10. doc2rn

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    If its got to be only one gun, I am gonna take the Weatherby in 30-06. Takes care of everything in N.A. that I can think of, even though I am better with my 30-30 Winchester. That extra range is the deciding factor.
     
  11. JPG19

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    A handgun is foolish IMHO. When society dissolves, I'll gladly carry my AR on my back if I'm heading away from my home. Food will not be found on the shelves, but rather in the woods. Putting food on the table will become the most important thing, self defense means nothing if you and your family and all starving to death. My AR possesses ample self defense capabilities and my home will be defended quite well with it. The original post doesn't state that this is for a SHTF scenario, but that's just how I think I guess.
     
  12. Warp

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    When will "society dissolve"?

    How long will you be unarmed while you wait for the end of civilization?

    Anything BUT a handgun is foolish IMHO. Anything but a handgun and, for 99% of people, that means they will be unarmed for most of your life.
     
  13. Certaindeaf

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    Look back at the Depression.. "I'll go out in the woods and harvest game!". yea right there won't be so much as a sparrow inside a two weeks.
     
  14. LeonCarr

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    If the world has gone to heck and handbasket to the point that I can only one one firearm, it will be a Remington 870 Turkey Model (21 inch vent rib barrel) with Poly-Choke.

    In a one firearm world versatility is king.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  15. JAshley73

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    Warp - I feel like we're getting a lecture here...

    I picked a shotgun. I'm waiting on my carry permit now and plan on carrying, but if I could have only one, at least at this point in my life, I'd pick a shotgun.

    As another poster mentioned, a pistol isn't the only tool in the shed as far as personal protection goes. And truth is, I've made it this far without carrying and have managed to keep myself out of trouble one way or another.

    And if I had to carry, it's legal in my state to open carry hand gun or long gun. And if discretion were required, a "coach" gun, or even an Over-Under with say 26" barrels broken down could fit into a backpack, and carried without suspicion. A handgun would be quicker to employ no doubt, but still either shotgun could be carried anywhere, and be available at just a moments notice.

    And pulling back a little closer to reality, the shotgun is better suited to hunting than a handgun. It's also loads of fun to go clay target shooting (a hobby of mine.) And it sure would handle any home defense situation with aplomb...

    I can definitely understand others choosing a pistol. I think it would be a very wise decision. But if I only got to have one gun, and the choice were mine, I'd pick the shotgun.
     
  16. ontarget

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    I did not read all of the posts but it seems that hand guns have a pretty big following. IMO if the SHTF I would much rather have a rifle for the long range capabilities. Yes a hand gun would be superior for personal defense but I would rather not let them get that close.
     
  17. Warp

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    This is not a SHTF thread, topic, or question
     
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    Then why else would WE be imprisoned in a place with only one gun? Surely that would be hades would it not?
     
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    I'd prefer a cloak of invisibility or a magic eight sided die would some certain specialized situation arise at some unknown time in the future but that's just fanciful thinking.
    I would choose something that provided the most day-to-day utility until that oh so special moment arose however.
     
  20. Warp

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    It's a theoretical exercise that does a pretty good job of showing where you think your priorities lie.

    If you don't like it there are plenty of other threads to keep you busy.
     
  21. OilyPablo

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    I actually like this kind of thread, and have no issues with it. Another retort - I actually don't think made up situations, with essentially zero probability of happening are a very good way to establish priorities. :D
     
  22. huntsman

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    It's something to ponder with the current political climate.

    For me this is a basic question to be answered in the present and not by what could happen
     
  23. deputy tom

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    4" pre lock 686. tom.:cool:
     
  24. brnmw

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    Shotgun it's just too versatile to not make as my one and only choice to have.
     
  25. Purgatory

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    Yeah, I think I'd have to choose handgun, myself, all things considered.

    -But I'd quickly make friends with someone who chose shotty! :D
     
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