If you could only have 1 gun

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  1. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

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    If you could only own 1 firearm in your whole life what would it be? Think about the different ways you might need to use it throughout your life. A show piece, a self defense weapon, a hunting weapon etc. What if there is some type of economic-societal collapse and you need to survive for months or years on your own or with your family.

    I am stuck between a 12 gauge shotgun and the Ruger 10-22. I like the shotgun because it can take down bigger game and birds without issue, It is also good for self defense. With the 10-22 you can carry a lot of ammunition and can hunt a lot of small game as well as stationary birds. For self defense it isn't ideal and for big game it isn't either.
     
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    Sven Teh Viking dood Industry Professional Ret. Military

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    My M21. She's the only gun I own, and the only gun I've ever needed. The .308 is powerful enough to drop anything I'd need to, while she's small enough for home-defense in close quarters. Easy to maintain, with a good sight and a wood stock to bash skulls if all else fails.

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    All she lacks is full-auto capability, being a sniper weapon system (military surplus, I got to keep her when I retired from the USN).

    I live in Virginia on a multi acre property in the middile of nowhere. If something happens, like a socioeconomic collapse, a shotgun would have limited utility - though my house is surrounded by woods. I'd rather have a marksman weapon to keep people on the road at distance and away from me, while using the powerful round and semi auto to prevent anyone or anything from using the woods as a hide.

    I've been looking to get a thermal sight, that would definitely help ensure nothing dangerous Is using the woods near me.

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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    If I lived in an urban area I would have a glock 19 and have one of these:

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    If I lived in the Midwest where the terrain is flat I would have an M1a (M-14).

    If I lived in the heavily wooded east coast in a suburban neighborhood I would have a 12ga shotgun.

    It's hard to say what the best gun would be in all locations and scenarios, I think a .357 would be the best overall. You can use it for self defense and hunting.

    I see the logic behind a .22lr rifle but I think that it isn't good enough at any one thing to be the only gun I own.
     
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    Like Sven, i'm gonna prefer a .308. The HK417 would be my choice.

    It has the feel of an AR, which I love and are familiar with, but with a better punch at longer ranges on a more reliable and accurate platform.



    And it also looks amazing ;)
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    An AK model for me. Rugged, easy to maintain, semi and full auto, accurate enough for my needs with a hard-hitting round that'll penetrate anything you'd come up against.

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    Good for hunting big game like Moose, but it'd obliterate small game:(. Reindeer tastes better then rabbit anyway:0::.

    Might need an outfit to go with it.

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