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Old October 10, 2008, 11:59 AM   #1
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Which guns are essentials?

Some people own just one gun. Often times, this one gun is a high quality
firearm, such as a Wilson Combat all steel 1911. I can respect that.

For those of us with more than one gun, what are the essentials of a gun
collection? For example, in your DVD collection, Godfather is an essential.
If you don't have Godfather I and II, your collection is sorely lacking. And
by the same token, Star Wars is an essential.

So, what are the essential, basic elements of a gun collection?

Let me start a list.

1) 1911 in 45 ACP
2) 22lr pistol
3) Browning HiPower in 9mm
4) 22lr rifle
5) Bolt action rifle
6) Glock
7) 12 gauge Shotgun

The above are what I would consider the essential elements of a gun
collection. What else belongs on this list?

Cheers,

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Old October 10, 2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Everyone must own a compact revolver such as a J-frame snub nose .38 spcl for those times when carrying a full size 1911 doesn't work.
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Old October 10, 2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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a must have

Kreyzhorse, even before I started to like one, I bought an AR-15 to round out my collection (XM15-E2S Bushmaster). This comes from a person who used to denigrate AR-15's.

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Old October 10, 2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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Everyone must own a compact revolver such as a J-frame snub nose .38 spcl for those times when carrying a full size 1911 doesn't work.
I meant to list a revolver as one of the essentials. I just plain forgot.
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Old October 10, 2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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i agree.. except for the glock. :barf:
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Old October 10, 2008, 02:18 PM   #6
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I don't see a need for brand to enter into it, therefore drop Glock and HP.

Here's my list:

1. .45 ACP handgun
2. .22 handgun
3. 9mm handgun
4. .38/.357 wheelgun
5. .22 rifle
6. 12g shotgun
7. AR/AK of your choice
8. MBR of your choice
9. Milsurp bolt rifle of your choice

7 and 8 could be combined if that's not your thing and substitute a lever gun instead
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Old October 10, 2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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I agree with chipperman its not about brands but more about calibers.
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Old October 10, 2008, 02:52 PM   #8
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I would suggest the following:

1. A centerfire rifle. It should be a general purpose rifle for the most part. Capable of taking reasonable sized game and being useful for defense. Your situation will determine the type of rifle and caliber.

2. A centerfire handgun for defense. As powerful as you can use in a size and weight you can carry. Your situation will determine type and caliber. The guy in northern Idaho probably won't need the same type and caliber as the guy in Miami.

3. A .22LR. Can be a handgun or a rifle, depending on circumstances. Great for practice and small game.

4. A shotgun. Great for small game and birds, and keeping critters away from your chickens and out of your garden. Can be used for defense and big game. Your circumstances will dictate the gauge and type. The guy that lives where there are ducks but no quail probably won't pick the same gun as the guy that lives where there are quail but no ducks.

If I were adding a fifth choice I would be torn between the smaller defense handgun mentioned above and having 2 rifles with one aimed towards defense and the other aimed towards hunting (pun intended) or maybe having two that were identical or at least similar in operation.
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:12 PM   #9
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1. 12 gauge pump
2. combat hi cap polymer. (glock, xd, M&P, etc.)
3. 1911 .45 acp
4. rifle capable of taking medium to large game, or BG's
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:22 PM   #10
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Depends on how you look at.

This is more of a collector/shooter type of list. Call it, "The American Essentials"

M1 Garand
M1903 or A3 Springfield
M1 Carbine
AR15
M1911A1
Single Action Army Revolver

Additionally...
Something 12 Gauge
A revolver in .357 or at least .38


There are some types of firearms that are simply "iconic". Things a lover of guns simply must own an example of to be "complete".

Like an example of the classic American lever-action.

I don't know. I may not be articulating this well enough.
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:26 PM   #11
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What is essential is what satisfies your personal tastes. I never did like the Godfather series and why own a Star Wars movie when cable has played the entire series to death. Why must you have a Glock, 1911, or BHP? Why must the centerfire rifle be a bolt action? Why not a semi-auto, leveraction, or even a single shot? Why must the shotgun be a 12 gauge? What is wrong with a 20 gauge?
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:42 PM   #12
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:46 PM   #13
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Some sort of homeland defense weapon. Depending on what your role is in the very worst of scenarios this could be almost any weapon.
In WWII Russian Partisans effectively used bolt action rifle, STEN SMG were used heavily in Icelandic countries, the french used a lot of pistols as resistance was urban and more sabotage than combat. I really think that everyone who feels comfortable owning a weapon for this purpose(and can legally do so) should. Anyone who doesn't feel comfortable or can not should at least know how to use one.
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:52 PM   #14
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I guess i can look at this from a unique persepctive since I am currently building my essential gun collection.

1) .22lr semi auto rifle, my first purcahse, while not an ideal HD weapon it will do if need be. It is also available for small game hunting.
2) 1911-A1 .45 ACP. Been a pistol called on by military, police, and armed citizens for almost 9 decades. Seemed like an obvious choice to me.
3) .22 semi-automatic pistol. Plinker, could take small game if need be. Self defense although not the first choice for that.

Next are future choices:

1) 12 gauge shotgun. Pump, Mossberg Persuader/Cruiser.
2) AR-15. Brand yet to be determined.
3) .308 semi-automatic rifle. Either an AR type such as a DPMS or an M1A.
4) 9 mm high capacity semi-automatic pistol. Would love to have a Browning High Power.

Not essential but dream guns for me:

1) M1 Garand
2) M1 Carbine
3) .50 Caliber Barret Semi-automatic rifle
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Old October 10, 2008, 03:56 PM   #15
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If you are talking about bare minimum essentials:

1) A 9mm pistol (CCW, home defense)
2) 12 gauge shotgun (home defense, hunting)
3) Bolt action rifle .30-06 or .308 (large game hunting)

You can do 90% of all firearms related activities with these 3 weapons.
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Old October 10, 2008, 04:50 PM   #16
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I'm listing calibers first and model/make suggestions after.

1. 12 Gauge Shotgun
2. .45ACP
3. .357 Mag Revolver
4. .22
5. .30-06

1. Rem 870
2. 1911
3. S&W
4. 10/22
5. Rem 700
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Old October 10, 2008, 05:08 PM   #17
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I have the following (I think)

Rem 1100 - 12 Ga
Rem 870 - 16 Ga
A H Fox SxS - 12 Ga
Single Shot - 16 Ga
Win 62A - 22 Lr
Rem 700 - 30.06

H&R 932 - 22 Revolver
FN 1910 - 32 ACP
Kel Tec - P3AT
S&W 340 PD - .357
Taurus PT111 - 9mm

177 single shot CO2 Pellet gun

I know my collections isn't anywhere close to complete for most of you but I can't think of anything else I really need.

I have no use for an AR and don't really want a 1911. Glocks don't fit my short fat fingers so what else do I have to have? I also don't care one thing about watching The Godfather. :barf: I saw it when it first came out and that was enough. I have seen the original Star War several times and the fourth and fifth ones broke me from even wanting to see the last one. :barf::barf: I get 200 channels on the TV and there isn't anything worth watching. I used to like My Name is Earl but the writers got the hots for Joy too much and ruined it. The last movie I went to broke me from that expensive habit.
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Old October 10, 2008, 06:03 PM   #18
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When I owned only one gun it was always a shotgun. Latest was the Mossberg 500 20 gauge 18 inch barrel.
For multi-gun essentials I feel...
Any pistol large cal.
Any decent size centerfire rifle to me a .30-30 min.
One Shotgun of your choosin'
One .22lr rifle fer the little stuff.
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Old October 10, 2008, 06:21 PM   #19
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1911 in 45acp
Bolt action rifle in 30.06
22lr pistol (Ruger)
22lr long gun (Ruger)
357 revolver
12 ga. shotgun (870)
AR-15
Glock G-19
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Old October 10, 2008, 06:29 PM   #20
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Essential Guns?

All of them.
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Old October 10, 2008, 07:33 PM   #21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Majic
I never did like the Godfather series


Are you male? If so, are you heterosexual?
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