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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. Agsalaska

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    That would completely suck.


    But I will go with a good 357 revolver. It could be concealed, used for most defense situations, and could be used for hunting. I could have killed 2 or 3 doe last weekend with a pistol.


    But man that would suck.
     
  2. Warp

    Warp Member

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    When the clock strikes midnight tonight, you are down to one gun, and you cannot have another. Nothing else changes from the 'real world'

    Pick a gun.
     
  3. Hunter125

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    Fixed.
    In all seriousness, my post about the Serbu was a bit facetious.
     
  4. CZguy

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    If you have the power to take away everyone's guns, then couldn't I have more hair? It's not much to ask for, and it's close to Christmas.
     
  5. Warp

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    Even though handgun is the clear winner, it was still <50%.

    This continues to surprise me. I seem to have been over estimating the % of gun forum regulars who carry.
     
  6. Catshooter

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    Warp,

    I promise you you've been over estimating gun owners who actually carry. Boggles my tiny little mind too. In my very rough estimation, I would guess it's about five, maybe ten percent actually carry all the time.


    Cat
     
  7. leadaddict

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    I do carry a handgun whenever I can, but in the scenario we are entertaining here I want a rifle. More of the things I enjoy doing with guns rely on a rifle than a pistol.
     
  8. mberoose

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    In a perfect world, probably a relatively short barreled AK47 with a folding stock.

    Unfortunately CT is not a perfect world.
     
  9. Catshooter

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    Greg,

    When I look at the shooting I do for enjoyment, I agree, the rifle plays the major role.

    Imagine though, a home invasion. If one took place right now in my house, I'm armed and have the oppertunities that that provides me with. My wife, my dogs and myself all maybe get to keep living, and living without torture. If I had only my rifle, well that's a game changer for sure.

    Keeping a rifle loaded and to hand is a pain in the neck and not going to happen except in the most extreme occaisions. And in Warp's scenario it's just tomorrow, nothing weird has happened.

    So while I enjoy my monthly lever action silhouette matches greatly, I 'enjoy' life more with less chances of bad things occuring that if I'm unarmed I can only be the victim of. I'd rather avoid being a victim. :)


    Cat
     
  10. DAP90

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    The fact is, for me and apparently others, carry isn’t the end all be all of gun ownership. Yes, it’s important. Yes, bad things can happen, but I think gun forums blow its importance out of proportion.

    I, like most people, live most every day of my life unarmed. I can’t carry at work and don’t want to leave a gun in my car all day just for the commute home. It’s not worth the risk of theft. That pretty much leaves weekends.

    There a million things more likely to cause me harm on any given day that a gun won’t prevent or solve. All of my near death experiences involved machines yet I continue to operate and work around them.

    I have a carry license. I glad to have to right to do so, but the fact is, if I somehow lost that ability I’d be upset – and then go right on living my life.

    I chose shotgun by the way. I enjoy my shotgun; hunting, clays – those are my main hobbies. That enjoyment/downtime is important to me. It helps keep me sane. Heck, that stress relief is probably more likely to save my life than a carried handgun.

    I suppose I could find similar enjoyment in handguns and have the best of both worlds but given this hypothetical, why give up something I love just because of some very low probability events I can only solve when not at work?

    Just my thoughts and ramblings on the matter.

    If I truly thought it through I'd choose rifle because that would better prepare me for the intended purpose of the 2nd Amendment.
     
  11. Oceanbob

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    One gun......it would have to be a Rifle. Handguns are good inside 50 yards; not so good hunting or fending off zombies beyond 100 yards. A good rifle will do the job close and far.
     
  12. Warp

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    I realize most people are always unarmed.

    But I incorrectly estimated the % of gun forum regulars who live their lives unarmed.

    This poll is obviously not anywhere CLOSE to being an accurate cross section or representation of the country. If it was "I do not own nor want to own a gun" and "I don't think anybody should be able to own a gun" would have been poll options.
     
  13. leadaddict

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    While a handgun is often the best tool to have for self-defense in a public place it is far from the only one. Lots of us see other reasons to have a rifle that outweigh carrying a firearm everywhere if this ghastly choice ever had to be made.

    It's not really that surprising. America has always been a nation of riflemen. And that doesn't just refer to our military. The second amendment references a militia, which is by definition made of civilians. I'm happy to see that in this ridiculously unlikely scenario that there would be plenty of us with rifles! :)
     
  14. Warp

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    Well, based on this poll, 2 out of every 3 gun owners would not have a rifle.

    The answer is a LOT easier, IMO, if you get to have 2 guns. The 2 guns question was posed on another forum, and almost every response seemed to be a handgun and a rifle.

    Of course, something as simple as using a different gun forum, or even a different sub forum, will alter the results.
     
  15. leadaddict

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    A third is plenty. :)
     
  16. Warp

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    Unfortunately I suspect that <10% of them would qualify to be called Rifleman. Having a rifle does not make you a Rifleman, as I am sure you are aware.

    That's what we need to work on.
     
  17. leadaddict

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    For sure!

    Great poll by the way. An interesting insight into how people think about their guns and how they use them.
     
  18. Mr. T

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    I have a concealed carry permit and I would still pick a shotgun...it can do everything! The handgun is handy, but it's meant to buy you time to get to a long gun.
     
  19. OilyPablo

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    I'll carry my 6.8 AR all day long and you'll learn to like it. I can sling it on my back like nothing in front. Handguns are good and concealable, but I like true stand off weapons. Like you stand way off over there until I know your intentions. 25 rounds in 100 yard and beyond deadly weapon, hmmmm....my ONLY choice.

    Yes I would like a pistol too, but in this world I get one choice.
     
  20. Warp

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    Not everything. ;)

    Handguns and rifles both do things that your shotgun cannot.

    No one firearm can do everything.


    I would love to see a picture of you carrying your 6.8 AR to the grocery store.
     
  21. OilyPablo

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    I set trap. YOU fall in!!! :neener::D
     
  22. Warp

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    Translation: You don't carry, and if you could only have one gun, you wouldn't carry?
     
  23. OilyPablo

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    I'm just having some fun with you.

    You said one gun. I make a choice and you come up with a reason why it's not a good choice. It's a bit intellectually lazy. Rather than stating your thesis and persuading us as to why a handgun would be superior in your limited artificial world, you have people make choices and you take pot shots.

    So I'm 150+ yards away concealed and covered, one shot you are down. You weren't even popping away at me (and missing) with your hand gun. I win. :eek::rolleyes::D

    That's just one ludicrous made up world. Another might be when/where people have semi-auto rifles in the grocery store. This thread is so silly.
     
  24. Oceanbob

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    Of course this thread is silly..but it's fun and fun overtakes silly all day long. :)

    We're having a winter conversation on a friendly gun forum. I love it.

    I have a carry permit and would still have a rifle in this one gun situation.
     
  25. Warp

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    You are more than welcome to browse other threads instead.
     
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