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Old November 15, 2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Top 10 "must have" guns/gun types?

What are the top 10 guns or gun types that you should find in every gun owner's safe?

I'll start the list with these:

1) .22 semiauto rifle (Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22, Rem 597, etc.)
2) Pump Shotgun (Rem 870, Mossy 500/835/535/590, Win 1300)
3) Single shot shotgun (H&R, NEF, Savage/Stevens, etc.)
4) .22 auto pistol or revolver (Ruger, SW, Browning, etc)
5) Bolt action rifle, modern (Win 70, Rem 700, Browning, Savage 110, etc.)
6) Bolt action or semi auto milsurp (you name it)
7) Semi auto handgun in a service caliber, 9mm or above (pick a brand)
8) Medium to large revolver in .38SPL/.357 or above (pick a brand)
9) Compact Semi or Revolver for deep carry (pick a brand/platform)
10) Modern semi auto battle or "assault" rifle. (again pick your poison)

I really didn't think I would get to 10 on my list. Any I left out? Any categories I have that should be revised to either separate out specific types or include others?

In my safe now there are at least one and usually multiple examples of all these types save numbers 6, 8, and 10.

What's on your list?
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Old November 15, 2007, 04:43 PM   #2
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This list is by no means inclusive, buy all you can. (Models in parentheses is what I would choose for that purpose)

1. A .22 pistol for practice, can be either a semiautomatic or a revolver depending on your preference (Ruger 22/45)
2. A .22 rifle for practice, semi, bolt, lever, whatever gets you putting lead downrange to better your skills with a longarm, can also be used for light hunting duties (CZ 452 American)
3. A medium-caliber bolt-action rifle for hunting duties (Remington 700 in .308)
4. A battle rifle, semiautomatic, .30 caliber, jack of all trades (M1A Loaded)
5. A 12 gauge shotgun, pump or semi, 20-24 inch barrel for defense and hunting (Mossberg 590A1)
6. A hunting revolver, .357 or .44 Magnum (S&W M&P R8)
7. An assault rifle in 5.56mm or 6.8mm, for civil unrest and varmint hunting (Colt 6920)
8. A concealable pistol, either semi or revolver depending on your preference (Colt Gunsite CCO)
9. A full-size semiauto pistol for home defense (Beretta 96G-SD)
10. A 1911, because everyone should know the joy of owning one. (Colt Gunsite Pistol)
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Old November 15, 2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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I like the original list, except switch out a semi-auto shotgun for a single shot shotgun.
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Old November 15, 2007, 09:17 PM   #4
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1. 22 rifle
2. 22 handgun
3. 12 gauge shotgun
4. 1911
5. Double action revolver (.38/.357)
6. Single action revolver (.41, .44, .45)
7. Small/concealable handgun
8. Bolt action centerfire rifle
9. Semi-auto centerfire rifle
10. 1911

I know it's listed twice.
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Old November 15, 2007, 09:38 PM   #5
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10 Single-shot bolt action .22 with iron sights... best to learn on
9 bolt action .270 with a 3-9X and bipod, for smacking deer
8 semi-automatic .243 with 2-7X for gunning down yotes
7 lever action .30-30 with irons for bush hunting deer
6 semi-automatic .22 with 3-9X for plinking and small game
5 SKS well... you know fun
4 Pump action shotgun bangin around and small game hunting
3 over under/ side by side shotgun for upland game
2 Semi automatic shotgun for geese and ducks
1 pellet gun for kicks and giggles

These are not in any kind of order because everyone should have all of them and they are equally important haha.
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Old November 15, 2007, 09:41 PM   #6
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Looking at the original list
1) Why a semi-auto? Why not a bolt or leveraction?
2) and 3) Should combine for a side by side.
5) and 6) Why both a modern and milsurp rifle?
9) Why a "deep carry" handgun?
10) Why a semi-auto battle rifle?

Why must there be 10 guns since we are talking about everyone's gunsafe? A good .22 rifle of the owners choice of action, a good multi-shot shotgun, and a good rifle of the owner's choice of action should do it for longuns. The handgun should be of medium barrel length with the action and caliber being the owners choice. 4 guns should do without getting into any specialty catergories.
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Old November 16, 2007, 07:10 PM   #7
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This Is My List And Are Not In Any Specific Order:

Pistol In Any Common Centerfire Caliber (9mm,40,45)
Pistol And Rifle In .22
Revolver In .38/.357
Pocket Gun
Shotgun .12
Military Assault Rifle (AR,AK-I Like Both )
Military Rifle (SKS,Mosin-Nagant,Mauser-The Same )
Bolt Action Rifle In 308,30-06.

Remember,One Of Each Is Not Enough,We Need More Of All.
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Old November 16, 2007, 07:28 PM   #8
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1) Why a semi-auto? Why not a bolt or leveraction?
Don't know. Guess it's just a preference thing. Bolt or lever gun makes sense if that's how you like to shoot .22's.

2) and 3) Should combine for a side by side.
I agree that a side by side or overunder should be considered. I'd rather revise 3) to include a break action shotgun of preferred type (single, SXS or O/U)

5) and 6) Why both a modern and milsurp rifle?
Just makes sense to me. Seems like everyone should have one good quality bolt rifle of modern design for either paperwork or meat gathering. Milsurps just seem so prevalent that everyone should own one. I don't currently but have owned several in the past and traded them away for other things.

9) Why a "deep carry" handgun?
Well where I live I can't always carry my .45's however much I'd like to. A pocket gun or two comes in handy in the hot, humid south.

10) Why a semi-auto battle rifle?
Seemed like a good idea at the time . While AR's have high cool factor there's something about an M-14 or FAL that just says "reach out and touch someone"

I don't own either an AR/AK or Battle rifle at the moment though.
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Old November 16, 2007, 07:46 PM   #9
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good list,i think i would leave out the single shot,and add a lever action,or a muzzle loader.
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Old November 16, 2007, 07:48 PM   #10
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a muzzle loader.
Can't believe I left that one out.

Kinda makes sense to revise the Modern bolt action one to Bolt or lever depending on preference.
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Old November 16, 2007, 08:33 PM   #11
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Of the origanl list I only lack #4, no .22 pistol. Do have a muzzleloader, but no lever action.
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Old November 16, 2007, 08:59 PM   #12
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I have everything on the original list... PLUS a muzzleloader... I even have a 1911 or 2...

this might be blasphemous to some, BUT... my Smitty 4506 is TEN TIMES the gun that my Colt series 80 is! and 5 times the gun that my Kimber is! I get FAR more enjoyment from it than I do ANY 1911...

and what about a large magnum rifle? a 300 H&H Mag? or something... EVERYONE should know the joy of a serious "recoil therapy" session!

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Old November 17, 2007, 03:47 PM   #13
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1) 73' Winchester or clone preferably in 38-40
2) 2 single action revolvers in 45 Colt, 38-40, or 44-40 (one foreach hand)
3) Mule eared double barrel shotgun -Waay Cool Must shoot BP in it44
4) 97' Winchester or repro pump shotgun again, way cool
5) Lever action 22, Mines a Marlin 97' with octagon barrel
6) Ruger MarkII or III the longer barrel the better great plinker very accurate
7) A Glock in a popular caliber for when the SHTF
8) an AR-15
9) An accurate bolt action Rifle Make mine a Savage BVSS in 223 (if I could only have one) fortunately I have 7
10) A 6" Smith and wesson 686 in 357 Mag or 629 in 44 mag or 625 in 45 Colt or all of the above.
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Old November 17, 2007, 08:01 PM   #14
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1) AR .223 varmint specialized (fluted 28" barrel, weaver scope mount)
2) AR .308 deer or larger varmint rifle, same as above
3) Bolt .30-06
4) Lever .30-30 or .45-70 gov
5) Pump 12 ga w/slug barre, preferably cantilever scope mount
6) side by side 12 ga
8) O/U 12 ga
9) Bolt magnum, WSM or regular
10) .22 rifle, any action

These and then pistols. You can never have too many firearms
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Old November 18, 2007, 01:02 AM   #15
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I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all battery. Everyone's needs and interests are different. I can get by fine with:

1. Service pistol (mine's a Glock).
2. Pocket gun (a KelTec).
3. Scoped .22 rifle (a Marlin).
4. Scoped full-power rifle (Steyr Scout).
5. Shotgun (an 870).

I have a Garand, but it's purely for casual fun shooting. I don't "need" it for any practical purpose. I am selling my Buckmark .22 pistol and a pseudo-scout, since I find myself never shooting them and I hate safe queens. I already sold my M4gery, since I no longer had any use for it.

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