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Five Guns and Only Five Guns, Forever

The conversation was about internet marketing and it was with my friend Jon Gibbon of Then out of the blue Jon asked me “If you could only have one gun the rest of your life what would it be?” “Hmmm…I guess it would be my Remington 870.” I figured I could hunt big and small game, defend the home patch and nothing stops like a 12 gauge slug. You can stop a charging dump truck with a 12 gauge slug.

Then the conversation moved to: What would you take if you could only have five guns the rest of your life? Yes, I know this is America, and we have the luxury of owning as many guns as we would like. I’m a person that gets a Christmas card from Ruger. I have four 30-06’s and was disappointed that in 2006 there wasn’t a parade in honor of its 100th anniversary. I’m still a little bitter that there has been no national celebration for the Model 1911 last year. I digress, but you get my point. Guns mean a lot to me. But, what if you could only have five?

My thought process immediately went to what I would have to exclude. How could I leave out the 1943 Walther P-38 that my father left to me when he died? He first showed me that pistol when I was four years old. The first real big gun I shot was a 1940 Springfield 1903 at the ripe old age of nine. It belonged to my friend’s dad, and he gave it to me when I graduated from college. These aren’t just mere guns; they are a part of my blue steel family. I’d rather eat a stink bug everyday for the rest of my life than part with them.



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  1. PamelaD

    September 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My Five would be my WIn Model 94 in 30-30 inherited from my Grandfather, My Ruger Single Six 9.5 in. barrel 22lr/22mag with scope, my Ruger SR9, my Ruger Single Six with a 6.5 Barrel and a 12 gauge shotgun not yet owned.

    • hawkhager

      September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      My Five would be my soon to be F&N 5.7×28, my Ruger 357mag single action 6.5 barrel, my Winchester 1400 12ga shotgun, my Ruger 7mm mag and my DPMS oracle 308

  2. Sivispace

    September 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    One gun, the AK-47. Five guns, AK-47. FAL, Benelli M4, Smith & Wesson 629 and a Glock 19.

  3. AmericanWarrior

    September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Five weapons: Mini-14; AK-47; Chi-Com SKS; Glock 19; S&W 44 Mag and my 1911 US Gov. Yes I know that there are six, but it’s my post.

  4. mathis1689

    September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    #1 my Ruger Security 6 w/6″ barrel. # 2 Remington 1100 12 gauge w/28″ barrel. # 3 Ruger Mark 1 22 LR W/5.5″ bull barell. #4 Remington Model 700 Mountain Rifle in 280 Rem. # 5 Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle. If It’s on 2 or 4 feet in the lower 48 then I’m not too worried about it-as long as it’s not Grizz of course!

  5. CaptTurbo

    September 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Ruger Mini-14 Ranch in stainless with folder, Colt AR-15 HBAR, Norinco AK-47, Mossberg Mariner in 12 ga., Baretta 92FS with laserMax.
    Now beyond my list, the guns I actually shoot the most are the RWS Model 48/52 and the RWS LP8 Magnum, both in .177 cal for quality target practice with long guns and hand guns for pennies.

  6. 2War Abn Vet

    September 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Five with love over many years –
    1) M 1 Garand
    2) M 1911A1
    3) Winchester M 1897
    4) Lee Enfield No1 MkIII
    5) Mauser M 1896
    It’s hard to stop with five; If I had seven choices I’d add a Navy Luger and an FAL.

  7. manfromthemountain

    September 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I want to keep all my guns. But for the sake of conversation, my model 70 Winchester in 30.06; my model 94 Winchester in 44 mag; my mini-14 with goodies; my p-90 Ruger; and probally my Stevens double-barrel 12 gauge that my dad left me.

  8. Jim

    September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Barrett .50 Cal, Colt 1911 .45 Cal, B-17 Bomber with .50 Cal, P-51 Mustang with .50 Cal and an M1A1 Abrams….that should do it!!!!!

  9. Edg1

    September 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    My Gum dream sheet would be: A Derringer in .38, Winchester model 70 in 30.06, 1911 .45, Thompson Sub-Machine gun, M-1 Carbine in 30.06. I might swap out the M-1 for a Savage Fox Model D dbl bbl .20 ga.

  10. Bandit

    September 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    If I had to take just five then coming in at no. 1 would have to be the Remington 870, no 2 on the hit parade would be the Ruger mini 14 with laser. no 3 on the list would be the SKS with bayonet that would be chambered for the 7.62x 39 no 4 on the list would have to be the Mosin Nagant chambered in the 7.62 x 54r last on the list wouls be the S & W model 411 chambered for the .40 cal. I sorry I just happen to like the .40 cal it has a good feel in the hand and it won’t bother the wrist that much.

  11. Preacherwithagun

    September 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    12 Ga. is a all around good weapon to have. It is big enough to handle many things. Just the sound of you cycling it makes men fear God. Then a 44 Mag and a 38 S&W Special. Just like them. I always liked my old 30 30 and my 30 06 for big game. Good scope for night vision and maybe an AK 47 just to keep the rift raft at bay. But I am felxable!

    • Peter Propwash

      September 20, 2012 at 1:33 am

      The 44 mag no doubt has its place but can you imagin Dirty Harry fireing it in downtown LA. It would go through 3 hotels and kill 15 innocent pepole before it stoped.

  12. KimoALQUDS

    September 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    My Mossburg slug gun with rifled barrel, my Browning 30.06, My Marlin 444 and 30-30, my Savage win mag , my Browning win mag, my Rugar 270. If u can pry them from my dead hands u may have them but if Im alive NAH aint happening. For the home glock 40, makorav 9 short for the wife

  13. David Asche

    September 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Ruger M77 30-06, Colt .45ACP Combat Commander, Uhhh…….Marlin .22 bolt rifle. Ruger .22 Target pistol, Compound Bow and lots of arrows.

  14. mike mongillo

    September 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Totally agree with the shotgun. I feel the same… With the entgiven power behind each shell, and it’s large selection of loads, you can’t go wrong with deciding to keep just a 12ga. Even having a couple of different barrels is a good idea too.

  15. mike mongillo

    September 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

    That was supposed to read ” with the given power behind each shell…”

  16. smammy

    September 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Ruger single six 22/22mag; Savage 300 Model 99; Any 1911; S&W original Model 29; Winchester Model 12; Marlin Model 39

  17. Peter Propwash

    September 20, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I am the oddball that likes revolvers but has no objection to simi auto. For cheap ammo, H and R 22 revolver and 1906 Winchester pump. For more power Colt 1911 simi auto and Marlin 30-30 lever, and Winchester 12 shotgun. I did not mention the Lewis 30 CAL mechine gun becouse then I would need a 1916 SE5A biplane to mount it on.

  18. Chuck jr

    September 20, 2012 at 2:02 am

    mini 14(defense) ,model 70 30.06 (hunting), mossburg 12 gauge (hunting/defense), Ruger 44 blackhawk (defense) Ruger .380 compact (backup defense)

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