A followup on the last post:
Here is my must have list, models are examples, feel free to pick what you prefer.
- 12 ga pump shotgun. (Remington 870)
- .22 rifle (Ruger 10/22. This is one where I specifically recommend this model over others, at least to start the collection with)
- A large frame centerfire handgun (S&W K frame, full size Glock, 1911)
- A small frame centerfire handgun (S&W J Frame, compact Glock, Bersa Thunder)
- An AR-15 or AK-47
- A large caliber rifle (Model 700 in .308 or 30-06, milsurp bolt action)
- A .22 handgun (Ruger MKII/MKIII, Walther P22)
I would recommend that someone starting their collection start with the pump shotgun, one of the handguns, and the 10/22. The rest are in no particular order.
This list is meant to be general purpose guns, and a beginning, not a list after which your collection is “complete,” just free of the most gaping holes. While these will fill most applications adequately, a competition shooter, hunter, or someone who carries a gun professionally is likely to need more specialized guns.
Reasoning behind the choices:
- Shotgun: The most versatile gun available. Loads are available for anything from small game and clay targets to large game and defensive purposes.
- .22 rifle: Great practice gun, and for people that live in an area where they need/can use it, it is great for pest control. I like the 10/22 for the available accessories and aftermarket parts.
- Large frame handgun: For target shooting and things that go bump in the night. Some people also carry a larger frame handgun.
- Small Frame handgun: Carry, and a backup
- AR-15/AK-47: Good for punching holes in paper, medium game/varmint hunting, and cases of civil unrest. And to make Sarah Brady cry.
- Large bore rifle: Punching bigger holes in paper, large game hunting.
- .22 handgun: handgun practice.
- All of the above: Fun.
For where to go from here, John’s list is good.
Being a topic where opinions abound, what do you think?