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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. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Member

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    I'm enjoying it actually. As you can tell, I do not think there is any right answer.

    Real world, USA 2012, carry handgun concealed and I would not live somewhere I couldn't carry concealed.
     
  2. Catshooter

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    "A handgun is to fight your way back to the long gun you should have never left."

    Very often quoted. Actually, taken as a statement alone, it's quite false. Maybe there is more to what he said. But that is what you hear.

    How many gunfights have you read of that went that way? The good guy using his handgun to fight his way to his long gun? I've been reading gunfight accounts for years now and I don't recall ever reading of such an occurance.

    Chances are extremly high that the gunfight you're in will be resolved, one way or the other with the gun you have. There is almost never time to go get your long gun. Oh, you've no gun? Pity, that.


    And Oily, you have fallen into a trap of your own making. The OP didn't post his thread to try to convice anyone of anything. He sort of wondered how many actually carry in the real world. He can't quite believe his results. You should read what he has written, not what you think he has written.


    Cat
     
  3. OilyPablo

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    I've read his critiques on what others have written. I'm not saying he is wrong in his critiques, just a bit of a trap of a thread. He really didn't write much in the OP. People thought SHTF, and other scenarios - because it was so open ended. If that's what he meant, it would have been better to clearly state that originally. On one hand I enjoy the open ended part, on other I don't like seeing people get criticized for their choices - when they have to guess.

    If he would have clearly stated. Nov/Dec 2012. Exactly today, no cataclysmic event - well just you can only own one gun ...........
     
  4. Warp

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    I didn't say much of anything for awhile, and even then I just responded to others.

    I did that (or didn't do that) because I didn't want to skew the results. I just waned people to think about which ONE gun they would want, and then vote. I am not trying to get anybody to vote any certain way.



    I have posted that this is NOT a SHTF thread multiple times, and I edited it into the OP.

    But here it is again:

    THIS IS NOT A SHTF THREAD OR QUESTION
     
  5. OilyPablo

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    I know you edited the OP awhile back. I get that. We KNOW IT'S NOT A SHTF thread. But that doesn't mean it's still not open ended. All the concealed carry stuff just muddied the water.

    This is the scenario you meant (I think):

    It's Dec 1, 2012. Nothing in your world has changed. Nothing different today, nothing different tomorrow. With one exception, you can only own one gun. No exceptions. What variety of gun would it be? POLL. Exactly which gun? REPLY IN THREAD. GO.
     
  6. Warp

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    "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"

    That's all there is to it.
     
  7. OilyPablo

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    You must still limit further "expansion" on your fantasy world.

    You did it once with your SHTF exclusion. To be truly fair, you should state that nothing else has changed. It's still not socially acceptable to wear an AR on one's back at the library, SBR's are concealable, etc. So to do this, simply state no other changes.
     
  8. Warp

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    People understand the question well enough.

    Please let it go and let's move forward.
     
  9. David E

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    A handgun is meant to regain control of your immediate environment.

    Even if what you say is true, you must survive the initial encounter first in order to get to your long gun.
     
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  10. DM~

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    Which is the reason i couldn't choose one from the poll, and the reason my previous answer listed my prefered gun. It's the ONE GUN that does it all for me...

    DM
     
  11. bobbo

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    I really think a .357 4" revolver would be best. Cheap to feed with .38's, can load down for squirrel and up for deer and will ruin someone's day if needed.
     
  12. forindooruseonly

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    Definitely a Chicago Palm Protector.
     
  13. orionengnr

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    Okay, you currently have threads with "Only one" and "Only two".

    Is this going to become a series, based upon the premise that the .gov will "allow" you one.. or two...or three, or maybe four..and so on, up to "only one hundred?

    In my opinion (which has historically proved true), it will go down one of two ways:

    1. You get to keep what you have, but cannot buy any more, or:
    2. You must turn everything in.

    Now, if you are advocating breaking the law, as in, the .gov says you must turn them all in, but you want to keep "one" or "all"...then you have not read or do not understand THR's rules of the road, and will probably not be here much longer....
     
  14. Jaxondog

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    I figure a shotgun would be the all around weapon. Good for bird's, squirrel's ,deer, bear,Intruder's . Yeah, I pick shotgun cause with birdshot, buckshot and slug's you don't need anything else. JMHO.
     
  15. Inebriated

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    When you see a thread that you know you will not like, you can easily avoid it. You'll be happier, as will everyone else. And instead of assuming Warp is breaking rules, why don't you read the original post and tell me where you see government playing any sort of role in the situation. Oh, that's right... it doesn't! YOU brought it up.
     
  16. ChefJeff1

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    I picked rifle even though I can own a handgun.

    Specifically, my 30-30.

    Hunting......check
    Home defense......check
    Plinking fun........check

    Not the best choice for grouse, but what can ya do.
     
  17. Old judge creek

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    Mine would be a Marlin 1897 Cowboy (aka M39) 22 Rimfire.
     
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    Handgun, because it will cover my SD needs and will effectively do for harvesting game. For this I would choose a revolver, probably a .357 mag or 44 mag..
    GS
     
  19. GLOOB

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    One gun, or one type of gun?
    One gun, I'd take a semi-auto rifle.

    One type of gun, I'd choose handgun. And I'd have some long barreled handguns stocked and scoped in rifle calibers.
     
  20. Warp

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    First line of the first post:

    "One gun. Only one gun. That's all you get. "
     
  21. JAshley73

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    Warp,

    So was the purpose of this thread was to act as a blind study to see if, in a one-gun scenario, if we would choose to pick and carry a handgun, correct?

    No matter, I still choose a shotgun.

    But to be a thorn in your side, ;) my wife would have chosen (and has in real life) a pistol. Not from a carry standpoint, but because it's what she enjoys. So technically she would pick a handgun, but probably wouldn't carry. Would that skew the data you're looking for?
     
  22. Warp

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    Pick and carry a handgun? No, that was not the point.

    I just wanted to know what % of voters would select an only gun that was not able to be carried.
     
  23. David E

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    Which all depends on the scenario, which was left undefined.

    As a result, everyone applied their own scenario(s) to reach their conclusion.

    Seems to me this makes any "data" useless.
     
  24. 3twelves

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    Definitely rifle, pistols are useless.
     
  25. Catshooter

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    "Definitely rifle, pistols are useless."

    That's funny right there. Somehow, I think maybe someone can't hit the broad side of a barn with one, even from the inside?

    You might pause to consider that to some people a pistol has a use. There are sure a lot of them sold for a useless instrument. :)


    Cat
     
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