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Old 03-27-2015, 17:53   #51
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Hard question.

If it was five guns for hunting and five for defense, it would be a little less hard to pick. This took some time but here is my pick and it is not far off from most others.

ruger 10/22
ar 15
338 wm
870 12ga
1911 (Ruger buy the way. I have tried many high, low end and between. I love this pistol.)
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Old 03-27-2015, 21:02   #52
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That is a good selection.

If I had to limit myself to 5 they would probably be:

Ruger 10/22
Mossberg 500 or Remington 870
AR-15
Remington 700 in 308 or 270 winchester
Beretta 92f
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I'm curious as to why you'd choose the Remington 700. I have a 40x, which uses the same style of bolt - more particularly the extractor - and the extractor has already been replaced twice (less than 5000 rds through it.) That's okay for a range rifle, and a military shooter has an armorer who will most likely replace the extractor every 1000 rds or so as preventive maintenance.

A rifle that might have to last a lifetime (hopefully a long one) with minimal access to repair parts needs to be a bit more robust than a 700. I'd recommend a controlled-feed Winchester m70, or a Ruger Hawkeye, or something with a Mauser-style extractor. I believe CZ centerfire rifles are such. If you already have a 700 in your battery, I'd highly recommend that you buy a couple of spare extractors and keep them with the rifle. Last time I looked, Brownell's carried them.
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Kevin,

I'm curious as to why you'd choose the Remington 700. I have a 40x, which uses the same style of bolt - more particularly the extractor - and the extractor has already been replaced twice (less than 5000 rds through it.) That's okay for a range rifle, and a military shooter has an armorer who will most likely replace the extractor every 1000 rds or so as preventive maintenance.

A rifle that might have to last a lifetime (hopefully a long one) with minimal access to repair parts needs to be a bit more robust than a 700. I'd recommend a controlled-feed Winchester m70, or a Ruger Hawkeye, or something with a Mauser-style extractor. I believe CZ centerfire rifles are such. If you already have a 700 in your battery, I'd highly recommend that you buy a couple of spare extractors and keep them with the rifle. Last time I looked, Brownell's carried them.
While I prefer a true Mauser action with controlled feed myself, I have a 700 and do indeed keep a little baggie of spare extractors with the rifle, along with a spare firing pin. Keep all those goodies in the stock bag along with a cleaning and lube kit.

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Old 04-03-2015, 07:10   #54
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10/22
USGI configuration 1911A1
M1A
Mossberg 590A1
Glock 19
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I can see the merit to something like this. I’ve done some long term school/training where I would travel by my vehicle and be separated from my home and the rest of the arsenal. If that was the case, I would try to find balance depending on the area. Down here in the SE, an AR15 in 5.56 is really more than adequate, but I’ve been to some locations where there is more open terrain and sometimes more dense terrain. If limiting my selection, I would have to err on the side of more power. I still see the value of an AR15 from a defensive standpoint, but it’s not the best choice for all engagements. When paired with a decent .308 bolt gun, they’re a great combo, but if I can do both with one choice, I would most likely opt for that.

I still like the value of a shotgun. I have two that I would pick from for my top five. For a more “tactical” situation, I have a Mossberg 930 with the 18” bbl and magazine extension (bumps it up to 7 in the tube) along with a longer 26” turkey barrel. The second is a more traditional Mossberg 500 (fixed 5 rd. tube) with both an 18” cylinder bore barrel and a variable choke 28” barrel; less capacity, but very versatile. Both off a lot of capability if you are operating from your vehicle or residence. A shotgun would factor into my selection if I was planning on being more mobile on foot.

A .22LR rifle is without a doubt, a definite in the group. The only challenge is to consider a more compact one or something larger. I have a several to choose from and between my very compact 10/22 Youth model with a folding stock or my Marlin Papoose…either one of those would be great from a weight and size perspective. However, my first choice would most likely be my Marlin Model 981. A simple bolt action with lengthy tube magazine that will reliably fire just about every .22LR round. With a quality scope, it’s as reliable of a game-getter as anything else.


As for pistols, I see only two viable options which could be separate of combined. Concealed Carry and 24/7 self-defense should be the primary purpose if you have long guns for hunting or if you’re really expecting trouble. Tons of options, but if I needed to have both a service pistol AND concealed carry pistol, I would strongly consider many of the compact offerings like the Glock19, Sig P228/229, 1911-Commander-sized, or any other similar sized pistol. They are okay for more concealed carry requirements, but stout enough to serve as a sustained service handgun. Caliber is really less important to me for this choice but if I was to have two different pistols, I could see arguments for the same caliber or for two separate calibers if you were looking for better diversity; both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Considering a limiting factor of firearms, I would most likely opt for a full size pistol and a smaller, compact pistol for CCW. I like the idea of a Glock 17 and a Glock 26 for compatibility, but I’ve really been liking my Kahr CM9 for a much better “deeper” concealment option. The larger pistol is just better suited for the range and gives you a lot more suppressive fire if you need to fight your way back to your rifle. Common sense tells me my G17 and G26 are the best choice, but for this situation, I would probably choose the G17 and my Kahr CM9; both 9mm. Another consideration is a caliber conversion to increase versatility. A Glock 22 with a 9mm barrel/magazines and a .22 LR conversion kit gives you three very common calibers. The only conversion kit I don’t own right now is for my Glock 17, but if that was my choice which it is for this scenario, I would pick up a conversion kit for .22LR and a few magazines.

If I was to choose that “one” pistol, it would probably be my Glock 23 with 9mm barrel (works flawlessly), and the .22LR conversion kit. I also have similar kits for 1911, BHP and CZ, but I do most of my training with Glocks.

Long post to just say that if I had to drive a few hundred miles away for training or school over period of a few months and planned to bring a limited (5) number of firearms to cover SHTF, training and maybe even hunting opportunities, I would pull these out of the safe:

M1A Bush .308 (currently in a “scout” configuration) with a 1.5-6X scope
Mossberg 930 12ga Combo (18/26” barrels and magazine extension)
Marlin 981 bolt action, tube-magazine .22LR 3-9X scope
Glock 17 9mm (would add a .22LR conversion kit)
Kahr CM9, 9mm…deep CCW choice


Of course, if I was wanting to be more mobile and carrying everything (or at least out of my truck), I would probably go with a much lighter AR15, no shotgun and probably my lightweight Ruger 10/22; really only two pistols and no need for the fifth choice.

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Old 09-21-2015, 16:44   #57
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Glock 19 (9mm)
Ruger SP101 (.357 mag)
Glock 30s (.45acp)
VZ2008 folder (7.62 x 39)
Ruger 10/22 Lasermax (.22LR)
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Old 09-22-2015, 17:01   #58
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Five guns? I can play with this and cover my hunting/defensive wants. The two or three gun lists are too restrictive.

Ruger 10/22
Remington 700 .308
Remington 870 12 ga.
Ruger mini-14 .223
S&W 642
Glock 23

I count that as five, right?
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:57   #59
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1. AR15 in 5.56 NATO w/ ACOG and BUIS. (also an extra ATI M4-22 lr upper)
2. AR10
3. Marlin 1895G
4. Glock 26
5. Glock 20
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:02   #60
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Would hate to leave any behind but my 5 takers would be:

Henry Big Boy .357 mag carbine


Ruger Mini 14 Ranch .223/5.56


CZ 455 FS .22LR


CZ 75 P07 Duty 9mm and CZ 2075 D RAMI 9mm
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Old 09-30-2015, 18:23   #61
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10/22
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S&W M&P15/match trigger.
Norinco SKS.
Savage 10TR/.308
NEF 12g single shot.
S&W .38sp.

These are five of the eight guns I have, and are what I'd take.
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Id have to take what i own

M1A long range
AR-15 mid length or Mini 14 tho not as many mags as the AR
Mossberg 500
10/22..... or Stevens/Savage mdl 62
PT111 G2
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My fifth one is not a firearm but I will list it.

1. FAL STG 58 .308 long range and big game hunting.

2. Mossberg 835 Magnum 12 guage pump various bird hunting and night time defense.

3. Colt .45 acp protection.

4. Savage bolt action .22LR For small game hunting.

5. Gamo 1300 fps pellet rifle for quite small game hunting.

And Yes. I do own everything listed above with plenty ammo and accessories.

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If only 5 guns? Well it would have to be four of my favorite wood and steel guns and my Beretta.

1. Fox Model B 12ga.
2. Shilen Mini 14
3. Wingmaster 12ga.
4. J.M. stamped Marlin 336w 30-30 w/new checkered wood.
5. Comped Beretta 92FS Police Special
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Here's my list:
1. M1A with 10 mags and more rounds on strippers.
2. M1 Garand with lots of rounds on en-blocs of multiple types(ball, AP, etc.)
3 .20" AR-15 with copious amount of mags.
4. Some sort of .22 rimfire.
5. Kimber 1911, again with lots of mags/ammo.

My wife carries an 18" AR and a kimber CDP.
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Hmm..5...

remington nylon66

stoeger condor outback

ruger mini 14 stainless

s&w mp15 sport2

beretta 92f / m9
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Ruger Mini 30 rifle
S&W 686-6 .357 Mag.4.2"
Ruger GP 100 357 Mag.4.2"
Mossberg 930 Semi auto. 12ga. shotgun
Lever Action Marlin 1895CB 45-70 rifle.
Yes I own them all now.
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Okay, take out the mini 14 and the Delta Elite

That leaves the
M1A, hunting, zombie apocalypse, cool factor
Browning Citori, practical, Classy
10/22 target, you NEED a 10/22
Sig C3, my daily carry
Sig 238, cause if the 45 wont get it done, I can always fall back on the .380

Well, years later, after my zombie apocalypse, I chose to sell all but three, the last two I sold were the M1A and the citori, I still have the 238, a Glock26 and my S&W 22LR revolver.
If I could add two more they would be longguns. A 10/22 TD with a suppressor for sure, and the fifth would be either the M1A or a mini 14 or even an 870..........a limit of five is harder to do in my mind than in real life.
Two is easy, Sig 238 and a 10/22TD, Iím all about the heavy hitters


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i've had only 4 for a decade now, and dont want any more. AR, alloy Commander sized 1911 in 9mm, Sig P938, Highly modified M21 Beretta. .22lr. If it were not for the wife needing to practice a lot, I wouldn't bother to own the 1911. The pocket 9 gets shot very little and only with wussy loads, 125 gr lrn at 800 fps. It aint iikely to tolerate 10,000 rds of even those weak sisters. I change the recoil spring and mainspring every 1000 rds. If i were to buy the .22lr conversion unit for the Sig, I could get by without the M21, too.
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