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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. Inebriated

    Inebriated Member

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    I don't even...

    What?
     
  2. Ignition Override

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    Warp: I always find your perspectives well-informed.

    Even though your original question does not include ammo prices as a factor, or whether the scenario includes our present stable society or an unlikely mid-term, but possible WROL after a very gradual decline, my choice is a concealeable Sig 232/PPK (.380), or much cheaper Makarov/P-64/Hung. FEG (9x18).

    Just to clarify that I've never owned a handgun, but soon will own a .380 or 9x18.
    I don't want to be retired in a few years with no handgun skills or no CCW.
     
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  3. Certaindeaf

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    Is that why cops and every professional lawman has one on his person at all times? Every animal on the planet has been taken cleanly and efficiently with a handgun also.
    I guess you just don't understand the definition of "useless" or you're a troll.
     
  4. David E

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    So the answers distill down to these:

    My choice would be a handgun, because...

    My choice would be a rifle because...

    My choice would be a shotgun because...


    Who could've possibly predicted these responses?? :rolleyes:
     
  5. 3twelves

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    Ok not completely useless but if you could only have one you could get a lot more use out of a rifle. Out of the 14 years of carrying, I only almost needed it one time.


    When stuff gets real you will be glad to have a rifle.
     
  6. Warp

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    One time is all it takes.

    Maybe. Maybe not. Depends.
     
  7. sidheshooter

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    Back to the top, because I want to play.

    6" Ruger GP100, customized by Grant Cuningham with the works (action, chamfered, radius trigger, Robar NP3 plus finish, etc.), but with the SA notch left intact. Cut/crowned to 5 1/4" with pinned in tritium front sight, several extra heights. Accessorized with numerous holsters, and several grips to change out-from stock RB compact to herrett- including a custom polymer shoulder stock kit. Full loading block set of 5 star loaders-plus spares, dillon square deal b with .357 die.

    That'll do.
     
  8. tobenheim

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    Now that's an intelligent answer to the question. Well thought through! I'm with you--I would go with some form of Ruger revolver. Maybe SP101 in .357?
     
  9. Manny

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    Though a handgun may not have the capabilities of a shotgun or rifle it does have the indispensible qualites of portability and concealability. Self defense is the use I'm looking for in whatever my single weapon is, any other use is secondary. Out of what I have right now, a Glock G34 or G17L would be my choice. High capacity, the longer slide helps me shoot them more accurately, very robust & reliable, easily repaired by even an unskilled operator and it's 9mm chambering it is adequately powerful for most needs I would have for a gun, falling short only for legally harvesting deer size game.

    Any single weapon will have a shortcoming in some areas. The thing is to realistically prioritize what your needs are and select your weapon accordinly recognizing what tradeoffs you've made.
     
  10. Warp

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    You got it
     
  11. Isaac-1

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    I think a lot of this decision depends on where a person lives, a city dweller in a state with strick laws on vehicle carry might be more prone to picking a hand gun, vs. someone that lives on a farm in a state where gun racks are still somewhat common to find in the back windows of pick up trucks.
     
  12. justice06rr

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    I legally conceal carry in my state, so my answer to the poll would be a rifle. Either a Short-barreled AR in 5.56/300BLK or an AK47 with a folding stock.

    Handguns are great, but if SHTF (and I don't mean end of the world), I would like the added capacity, range, and power of a rifle over a pistol.

    Technically you can conceal a short-barreled rifle, or an AR/AK pistol inside a long jacket or trenchcoat using a sling. This would be my ultimate option
     
  13. Analogkid

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    My SP101 .357
     
  14. Catshooter

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    "Technically you can conceal a short-barreled rifle, or an AR/AK pistol inside a long jacket or trenchcoat using a sling. This would be my ultimate option."

    In Florida? Oh sure. That'll work. At least for all three days of winter. But what about the other 362?

    If things go sudden ugly where you are, sure we'd all like the range & power of a rifle/shotgun. But how's that work out in reality? It doesn't. The only thing that can take the place of a gun is luck. And that's a pretty risky thing to count on.

    What you're really saying, and you're not alone in this by any means, is that you have little confidence in your abilities to prevail with a pistol in a fight. This is very common, most people can't hit squat with a short gun and they know it.


    Cat
     
  15. David E

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    Yes, but it depends on the reason.

    If I lost all my guns in a fire, the first one I'd buy would be a handgun, but it would be one gun of several different types I'd be buying to bring my wants and capabilities to where I'd want them to be.

    If there were a law passed restricting me to only owning one gun, then it'd be a rifle.

    The OP doesn't state a reason, only that come midnight, you can only have one gun. :rolleyes:
     
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