Skip to comments.The Five Guns Every American Has To Own
Posted on 11/08/2012 3:13:27 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
Every American should have, must have and needs to have these five weapons. With the American right to own and protect themselves with firearms it is important to know which weapons you must have in your collection.
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I am unable to view that due to my slow connection so I have no idea what those guns are.
When I was growing up just about every farm had two guns. A .22 rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun. Some also had a handgun, usually a .38 special.
Daddy had an old Essex single barrel. It was a cheap gun but was surprisingly easy to hit with. He did have a high quality .22. It was a Remington 513 targemaster and it really did shoot with great accuracy.
Daddy brought 3 handguns home from WWII including a Luger but by the time I was old enough to remember them, he had sold them all.
A person can get by just fine with the .22 rifle and a shotgun.
Um, "honestly" means, "I'm telling the truth." I figure you might not be familiar with the word.
Glock 19 9mm
Ruger 10/22 with BX-25 magazines
Mossberg pump 12 gauge with two different barrel lengths
Not only do I agree with their picks, but by a strange coincidence these are all weapons I used to have - before that tragic boating accident, that is.....
(I had a Yugo made SKS instead of the M4.)
Mossberg 500 12 Gauge
Mosin Nagant Rifle.
Mosin cultist ping ;)
Don’t own any of them. Well, an old Ruger 10/22, but overall I disagree with their choices.
Many have found it difficult to argue with a 12 ga.
I was going to say 10/22 Ruger but the video beat me to it.
Yes, but you can do better than a Mossberg 500.
Ruger 10/22 with bull pup barrel
Benelli M4 Super 90
AR-15 WITH AIM POINT MICRO-T
REMMINGTON 700 IN 300 WIN-MAG WITH LEOPOLD GLASS
The other stuff is just for fun...like the Colt Commander and the SW-High Power, bird guns, hog guns, wheel guns and just fun plinkers. Ah, sigh... all lost in a boating accident now only a memory.
The US Marines are using the Mossberg 500.
No, no guns in my house. No way, really, I’m not kidding. I promise.
If I did happen to have some guns 5 would be a lot number. But, of course, I don’t. Really. I swear.
Thanks, not a bad choice but I would change a couple. I definitely would rather have Winchester Classic in 30-06 than the Mosin and I would take a Colt H-Bar and Remington 11-87.
Also a Sig P226 over the Glock but for all practical purposes his list is OK, well except for the Mosin.
Let’s make this more interesting....
Sig 220 in .38 Super
Mossberg 26T “Targo Trap” (The 1942 takedown model)
Winchester Model 12 in 16 gauge, or a cut-down Browning B2000
Stoner 63A1 MK23 Mod 0
Rigby double in .416
The 500 is a fine gun, but you can do better.
The Marines also used the M50 Reising on Guadacanal... ;)
Ruger 10-22. (I actually have the SR-22 with a noise suppessor, along with the 10-22 I’ve had since I was 8.)
Various 12 guages, but I prefer the Benelli Supernova tactical pump because of the big trigger guard.
AR-15. I own several and have made several, including 80% receivers that have no numbers, at al.
FNAR .308 with night scope
.357 that I would use to fight my way to my rifle. (Can also use .38 obv.)
Have lots more but those are my essentials.
I lost mine in a poker game.. DAMN THE LUCK.!! :)
I don’t own any of those.........
I really have no idea why people have this fetish with a rifle designed to be carried, used and serviced by illiterate peasants (the Mosin).
I’ve heard people rave and bluster about them... and I remain completely unimpressed.
For a bolt gun, people could do far worse than to pick up an old Springfield 03A3.
As for the Mossberg 500... it works OK, I guess, but it’s a really cheap piece of crap. The plastic trigger guard and the balanced springs in the trigger group (a real potential for failure there after detail stripping & reassembling it), plus the fact that they’re covered in burrs on all the machining... makes it one of the least impressive shotgun offerings, IMO.
In a pump gun, I’d much rather have a Winchester model 12, or a 97, or a Browning A5 (or clone).
Don’t feel bad, it’s hardly the “bucket list” of firearms.
The five guns I have to own are the five that the government doesn’t know about.
Just my thoughts...anyway.
The ‘03A3 is great, and I recently saw a Gibbs Rifle Co. repro of the ‘03A4 WWII Sniper that was very nice (complete with a knockoff of the Weaver scope) for $825.
You’re right on shotguns too. I’m a big fan of the 12 in 16 gauge, the ‘97 is a true workhorse, and the A-5 is a brilliant piece of design. I have one from 1914 that works great.
You got that right... if you can tag the bad guy with it, he’s not going to care what it was.
The thing that people don’t seem to realize is that:
a) most military guns will be 2 MOA and under,
b) most people, when not shooting off the bench, can’t shoot 1 MOA,
c) most modern rifles under $1K are, quite frankly, of poor quality.
When I look at what a 03A3 can do with a two-groove barrel and ball ammo... it’s quite respectable. The rifle is durable as a rock and there are parts galore for the thing... available all over the place.
You and I sir are in agreement.
BTW, the tube fed Marlin and Winchester rifles are excellent substitutes. The Mossberg plinkster is a copy of the Marlin 60 .22lr action but uses a detachable magazine. The lever action tube fed .357 rifles are excellent home defense weapons. Believe it or not, the High Point 9mm pistol is a very reliable shooter and very inexpensive to own. The Maverick 88 shotgun in 20 or 12 is also very inexpensive and reliable. I think you can still get the Maverick 88 12 gage with two barrels, too. The 18 1/2 is great for home defense and the longer is great for hunting ... and shotgun shells are easy to reload if you have powder and shot or slug. The plastic wadding inserts are cheap and a good item to stock for future use if needed.
Although, with the accutrigger and accustock, some of the sub $1K Savages are capable of producing decent accuracy at practical distances.
I have a .223 Predator Max with a Nikon M-223 3-12x on it that is (with my current eyes) pretty good.
5 most important firearms that r must haves
mossberg 500 12g
ar chambered 5.56 (not .223)
semi auto pistol chambered in either 9mm or .40cal
high power rifle chambered .308
your shotgun is #1, best home defense and great tool for hunting for food from birds to large game.. i like the 24” ported accu choke barrell for everything but large game which i prefer a 24” rifled ported barrel open fiber optic sights. Ammo ranges from birdshot to slugs. If u dont have a rifled barrel choose rifled slugs
For the 22 buy up as many milk carton federals as u can no less than 5000rds
223’s are varmit rds nice for that but 5.56’s mean business. Also a NATO rd , therefore there will always b a supply
I prefer the 40 over the 9 but again ammo supply. 9mm does have light recoil easier to shoot for the women and children
.308 I think its the perfect caliber for hunting unless you are goin real big game. It another common rd so supplies will be there. Best of all the 168 gr Seirra hpbt over 42gr Reloader15 can consistantly put holes in milk jugs at 500yds and is quite effective out to distances of 1000 yds
Sorry about the long post but sittin here recovering from a deviated septum operation this afternoon. Aim Small Miss Small
Mossberg 930 spx tactical. With recoil reducing handgrip stock. If I had a wish.
Now I’m not sure if its winchester or mossberg. I think its winchester.
Sold the .270 for $400 with a nice 3x9-50 scope...yeah it had nicks and such on it...but I hunted with it. Didn't just keep it a case and look at it. : )
The nice thing about the Savage rifle design (with the barrel nut) is that any mechanically adept person with a set of go/no-go gages and a barrel nut wrench can change his barrel. You don’t need to have the kind of equipment I use to change a barrel (lathe, fixtures, gages, reamers, etc).
When he was close to dying...he asked me if I wanted one of his guns...I chose the WingMaster over the more $$$ A-5....but one of his son's had already claimed the WingMaster. Ha!! I ended up with a nice double barreled .410....
As things happen....my wife's step dad gave her a very nice A-5 12ga..with a slug barrel too a couple three years ago. Funny how things work.
I used to have Mel Tappan’s book SURVIVAL GUNS. He had several gun experts tell what they would have back in 1976.
Jeff Cooper, Elmer Keith, and others all had their personal favorites listed. The book fell apart years ago and I no longer have the lists.
I do remember that SHOOTING TIMES handgun editor Skeeter Skelton said that if he had only ONE handgun it would be a model 19 S&W .357 with a 5 inch barrel.
My personal favorites.
.22 Remington nylon 66.
S&W .357, Dan Wesson, or Ruger.
Rifle, what ever shoots well.
Glock 22 .40 cal
Glock 23 .40 cal (common ammo for a primary handgun and backup)
Ruger 10/22......okay. I can live with that.
Wilson Combat 870 Pump action Shotgun with 14 inch barrel. (Load 1 1/2 inch slugs first them 8 pellet 00 Buck.)
Daniels Defense M4 with EOTech sight...FAR superior to the Bushmaster.
M-14 EBR - Enhanced Battle Rifle in 7.62
I’d add a H&K UMP in .40 cal to effectively use my pistol rounds in a 59 round magazine..
I have all but the Ruger....
Trust me...I know what I’m talking about.
That fat finger error should read “50 round magazine”.....long day.
Is it more interesting to think about this in terms of the types of ammo rounds we like/have? We all have a favorite gun. Mine are:
.22 - I think I got one of these before my first diaper change. Very versatile meat getter.
.38spl - hammerless revolver. My carry gun. I really have no other use for this round.
.40 - I have a S+W MP40. Love this round. Cheap and good for home defense.
.44 Magnum - I have a Marlin 1894 w/ peep site and a S+W model 629 revolver. I deer hunt with this pair. Either this or a shotgun for me.
.45ACP - Gotta have this round and a 1911. Never fail home defense.
12ga - Remington 1100 and 870. Foul and small game.
.556 Nato - I have Ruger mini-14 with Holographic site. Home defense weapon and round.
In terms of ammo, my big stock pile is .40, .45ACP and .556 Nato.
I usually buy a firearm of some kind as a consolation purchase when a major election goes the wrong way for us. Maybe a shotgun this time.
Nice list, back to the top.
.22 Rifle, you could do a lot worse than the 10/22.
12ga pump shotgun, the Mossberg (or 870) defines the category. Auto shotguns are great, but you pay to play.
Sport utility rifle, can't beat the AR15 in 5.56. If you only have one gun, this should be it.
The Mosin is the odd choice, better off with a Springfield or Mauser in mil surplus, or a modern Remington 700 in .308.
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