Essential Firearms

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  1. .22guy

    .22guy G&G Enthusiast

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    So, been thinking about where I need to fill in holes in my collection and I'm wondering what you guys think the essential firearms are? So far I'm thinking everyone needs a .22, a shotgun, a semi-auto handgun, a revolver, and a mil-surp bolt rifle. (that's just my opinion).

    Anyone else have any other thoughts?:feedback:
  2. Despoiler

    Despoiler G&G Newbie

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    Yeah how about an assault rifle, oh dam you live in Ca like me. So you will have to go with one of those safer rifles like the Garand or the M1A. Or if your budget conscious the mini 14 or 30.
  3. jerry

    jerry G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    That about covers it. I like calibers that are easily accesable regardless of the gun. .22, .38/.357, 9mm, .308, .223., .45, 7.62x39 etc.

    A lot of these are not the hottest new thing on the market, but you can always find them.
  4. Gio

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    I'd say a .22 a deer rifle (30-30 30-06) a 12 gauge and a semi auto rifle.



    As for hand guns. I'd say a .357 wheel gun and a .45 auto.
  5. burd1959

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    hmmmm id say 22 or 223 then 12ga and whatever is popular so whatever ammo would be easy to find it would suck to have say a 416 1 box of ammo and shtf every thing close and defend yourself aginst the hoards
  6. bigandrich44

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    Well, with a 416, it would just go through 1 guy then hit the next, etc. Kinda like knocking a row of domanoes over.
  7. Pred

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    I say at least two of the most major calibers. Being 9mm, .40, .45, .22, .223, .30-06, .308, 7.62x39, 7.62x54R, 8mm, and 12 gauge. Once you get that taken care of, then maybe .357 and .30-30. Of course this IMO. To me, the major calibers are current issue handguns and rifles of LEO and the military(being the 9mm, .40, .45, .223, and .308.) Then you have your major surplus rifles(.30-06, 7.62x54R, 8mm), and of course the AK.
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  8. Full MeTal Jack

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    An AK or SKS with 40 round mag.
    An M1 Garand of course! (30-06).
    Now you need a bugout cart instead of a bugout bag.
  9. Pred

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    Golf cart with a .30 cal on top?
  10. toolman

    toolman Resident Sasquatch Forum Contributor

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    Who wants a weenie little .30cal? I say if it's gonna be mounted, why not twin .50's? Even better a quad mount!
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    Because the .50 would cause the golf cart to tip over :)
  12. bigandrich44

    bigandrich44 G&G Newbie

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    True, so put your family in the seats to stabilize it. :)
  13. woodster

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    Very simple solution. Just buy one of each firearm that has been mentioned on this thread. Wasn't that simple!
  14. Pred

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    Yeah, but what if one breaks. Two is better then one :)
  15. Brando Comando

    Brando Comando G&G Newbie

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    Now what about giving two of them M-4's, one with the undermounted grenade attatchment...each with a side arm...one support gunner, probably the 5.56mm M-249 SAW...and your mil-surplus bolt action...M-24 Marine Sharpshooter's rifle for the farther away stuff...that one you may need to wait for
  16. Beer Forever

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    I think you want to cover all your potential distances. First, a good 12ga and sidearm for close encoutners. Then, an assualt rifle for medium ranges, whatever your flavor is. Last would be a bolty for those long shots that count, for me there is none other than the Remington 700 with a veriable power optic. I have Shaun to thank for that, he got me on the 700 kick and that is one bolt rifle that never misses its target.:)
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    If that Remington 700 never misses its target, it's only because it has never met me...
  18. woodster

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    No question regarding the quality of the Remington Barrel and action.
    The only problem I have is with the Remington Quality Control at the factory level. My 700 VLS (.243) is at the gunsmith's for warranty work, with a trigger guard assembly bedding problem. This is a problem I have experienced in mil-surps, but never with a new out-of -the-box American made good quality rifle.

    I'm totally satisified with Savage and their quality control and offering a good quality shooter for the buck. I have the Savage Varmint (heavy barrel) in .223 and 25-06.

    By all means consider the availability of mil-surps in 30 caliber. Such as .303 Enfield, 30-06 Springfield and 8mm mauser. Your best buy as of now would probably be the Enfield. And there all fun to tinker with!
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  19. wolverine

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    We ironed this out over on gunsnet a while back the consensus is as follows:
    Long guns
    Ruger 10/22 w or w/o scope
    small caliber bolt action with scope (.223, 22 hornet, .243 etc)
    Mid caliber bolt action with scope and backup irons (7mm to 30 cal)
    Large caliber bolt action with long range optic (.338, .375 .416)
    AK or clone with hi cap mags in 7.62x39mm
    Bushmaster or Colt AR-15 in 5.56mm
    remington 870 12ga with short and long barrels
    Handguns
    hi cap, full size 9mm (glock, BHP, ruger etc)
    full size 1911 or clone in .45
    .22 of shooters choice for training and practice
    .357 magnum revolver of shooters choice
    small frame .357 revolver for CCW
    small frame, small caliber auto for deep CCW (.22, .25, .32 .380)
    This list pretty much covers all the bases. Oblviously your choices will vary. My collection sticks to military auto long guns and 9mm handguns, but i do have a soft spot for mouseguns as well.
  20. Deersniper

    Deersniper G&G Newbie

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    The basic four

    The basic four in my opinion are. 12 ga mav 88, a CZ452 lr, a M4 A3, and a SA .45.
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