Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by elano, Jun 15, 2011.
I think everyone needs a flintlock, too. Load with real black and you'll see what shooting is really all about.
Garand certainly fall within the category, IMO. They're great rifles with a great history, and they're fun as hell to shoot.
Never had my hands one one newer than 1950, can't make an honest declaration on the new ones.
* Ruger 10/22
* Ruger M77 Hawkeye
* CZ 453
* CZ 550
* FN Winchester 70 Feather Weight
* FN Winchester 1886 Extra Light
* Browning 22A
* Browning BLR Lightweight 81
* Marlin 336 Deluxe & XLR
* Browning Silver Hunter
* Franchi 48AL
* Benneli M2
* CZ 75 / 85
* Beretta 83
* Sig 232
* Ruger GP100
* S&W 629
Some of those I own and some I don't, but I feel they are all excellent examples of their respective fields. I would have gladly included the Browning A-bolt, but it appears they have removed all cartridges but the WSM line from their Hunter, Micro, and Field models?
So, for self defense / concealed carry, a pistol chambered for at least .45 cal and capable of 3" groups at 25 feet. Personnaly, I'm short and fat so I settle for a 9mm compact semi-auto - bigger guns holstered are too uncomfortable for me to carry, concealed or open carry.
Must have for home defense, a revolver in good condition near the bed which you use until you can get to your trusty 12 gauge shotgun.
Must have any gun you are willing to take to a range and practice with - whatever is fun to shoot, but most folks I think are right to say a 22 rimfire just because the ammo is cheaper.
But a 9mm is not "at least .45 cal"...
If your revolver is just to get to your shotgun, why isn't the shotgun your must have? And why can't that role be filled with your semi auto from above? Better yet, why not cut out the middleman and just keep the shotgun by your bed?
22 rifle - Rem 597
22 handgun - Ruger Single Six
shotgun - Rossi Single shot 12
centerfire auto - M&P40
centerfire revolver - waiting to afford one with 4in barrel
centerfire rifle, bolt - wishlist
centerfire rifle, autoloader - wishlist
carry piece - S&W 438
but if you're talking just certain guns that everyone should own at least once in their lifetime, I would go for the classic pieces that changed history/made firearms what they are today: SAA, Winchester Repeater, M1 Garand, Colt Python, 1911, Luger P-08, Ruger 22Mk1,Glock, Desert Eagle
Iconic guns or types of guns, guess it depends on the perspective.
If an intruder in your home hears the pump action from your shotgun they are more likely to leave. But if I have to clear invaders out of my home room to room, I'd rather use a handgun. If you'd agree that a revolver is not as prone to mis-fires, jamming, etc., that is my reasoning for the most reliable, simpler to use weapon in a near panic situation. Semi-autos for concealed carry because they are typically slimmer in profile.
all rifle types from WW2.
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"But a 9mm is not "at least .45 cal"...
Yes, I know and my next acquisition will definitely be a .45 handgun! When I bought my CZ75 compact I also bought a Kel Tec Sub2000, 9mm folding carbine. The salesman asked me why did I not get a Glock so the Glock and Sub2000 cold both use the same magazine? I just prefer the weight and the feel of the all metal CZ. But both of my guns shoot 9mm so together they make two "must have" guns for a Bug Out Bag.
Attached is photo of all the guns I convinced my wife we have to have!
Speaking for myself...
One .22LR rifle. Mine's a Glenfield M60.
One .357 mag revolver. Mine's an S&W M-66.
One shotgun. Mine's an 870.
To take it a bit farther...
One centerfire rifle. Mine's a Remington 700 in 30-06.
One .22LR handgun. Mine is a Ruger MkII.
One centerfire pistol. Mine is a 1911.
One perfect CCW firearm. I have several
I have others, but view these as the real must-haves.
Must Have Gun
I agree with the SD pistol crowd for MUST HAVE. I can no longer hunt so my desires have changed over the last ten years. Although I can hunt anything on the continent with the guns I own. If I were rich my must have gunS for my library would be a high end Parker sxs, a classic full stock Sako or Mannlicher, and fifty other really high end guns because I consider them a work of art and something I can enjoy as a work of art. In the meantime I am pretty sure that what I have purchased and still own were must haves.
Decide what YOU need, and get it and practice with it.
For a list, I'd go with a .22 of some kind, revolver, auto pistol, lever rifle, or auto rifle. Then a 12 gauge pump, 870, Benelli Nova, or Winchester. .30 cal rifle in an American caliber, 30-06 or .308 or 30-30. Centerfire auto pistol in 9mm, 40 or 45.
.22 rifle choice
.22 handgun your choice (SAA be cool)
CCW handgun x2 your choice
a hunting rifle in any caliber you pick
AK 47 or M4
Ah you said "MUST HAVE" like for your own collection? I just threw out any gun.
"Must have guns" for who me or you? lol..
Okay well a must have for me is a 92fs or M9 and a 1911, also S&W M19 looks nice.
for rifles it would be a PSL
1) .22 rf rifle
2) 12 ga. - Pump is preferable, but dbl works.
3) defensive handgun
4) CF rifle (anything from a M-N on up)
If you can afford it
1) mil clone .223 autoloader
2) mil clone .30 - auto preferred, bolt better than nothing
3) concealed carry handgun
4) scoped CF rifle - .30 or better
Good: If Walmart has it - .22rf, 38 Spl, 9X19mm, .45 ACP, 12 Ga, .223/5.56, .308/7.62X51, .30-06, .30-30.
Not so good: limited availability - .22 Savage High power, 8X56 Hungarian, 14 Ga, 7X61 S&H, etc. May be ballistically dandy, but without ammo an elegant club.
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