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Posted: 8/29/2004 1:02:44 AM EDT

I am talking about weapons that don't so much 'fill a niche' as are simply terrific examples of everything firearms represent. Weapons with great history, great craftsmanship, terrific accuracy. Perhaps they advanced the science of shooting dramatically. Perhaps they won a war, or won the West. What do you think should be in ANY collection?

I will start: M1 Garand
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:05:35 AM EDT
Quality 1911
Quality .22
Quality 12ga.
Quality bolt gun.

Seeing a pattern?
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:09:42 AM EDT
Quality AR15
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:10:09 AM EDT
Hi-Point Carbine.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:11:09 AM EDT
German or Swiss Luger.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:11:23 AM EDT
Glock 17
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:12:34 AM EDT
Winchester lever action
Remington Bolt action
Thompson Contender
Ruger Single action
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:41:37 AM EDT
S&W K frame
Colt SAA ($$, though)
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:04:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MisterFloppy:
Hi-Point Carbine.

Got one. Probably not on any "must have" list, but a damned fun little rifle.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:14:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 2:15:20 AM EDT by sirbordsalot311]
a 98k mauser and a 10/22
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:29:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 2:29:39 AM EDT by MisterFloppy]

Originally Posted By Hoppy:

Originally Posted By MisterFloppy:
Hi-Point Carbine.

Got one. Probably not on any "must have" list, but a damned fun little rifle.


Oh, I forgot.

a .38 and a 10/22, thats all anyone really needs.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:59:20 AM EDT
1903 Springfield
M1 Carbine
Browning Hi Power
Pump Shottie, 12 g
Double Barrel shottie, 12g
Quality .22, bolt action
Quality lever
Quality revolver (YMMV)

Did I miss anything? I feel like I'm missing something...

- BG
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 3:53:27 AM EDT
I am a milsurp collector, so I will answer from that point of view.

Good examples of these can be had very inexpensively.

Lee-Enfield: either a No.1 Mk 3 or a No. 4 Mk 1 -- arguably the finest military bolt action of all times. $150 or less.

Mosin-Nagant: either a Finn M-39 for great looks and great accuracy or a Russian 91/30 -- extremely tough and sub-zero weather proof. $150 and $75 respectively.

Mauser: Yugo, Turk, Czech -- these can be had for very little money and in great shooting condition. $100 -150.

SKS -- I prefer the Russian, but outstanding Chinese examples are inexpensive. $150.

AK-type -- plenty of good $300 examples out there

.22 -- find a good heavy barrel target version to go along with the 10/22. Mossbergs $175.

air rifle -- No kidding. Fine a good quality example like a GAMO. Expect to pay for it as much as you would pay for a good .22. Sometimes, an air rifle is the best choice. $150.

K-31 -- You can buy a Rolex or you can buy a truckload of these and a good Seiko for much less money. These have the finest trigger out there. They are renowned for their accuracy. Easy to find for less than $100.

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 6:41:06 AM EDT
1911 in 45acp.
Battle rifle of the US.... M1,M14,1903, you get the drift.
AR-15 or quality copy of same....
38 or 357 wheel gun.

In my way of thinking, for me to be a self respecting American, I can only be with out one of these at any given time..........right now I am between main battle rifles....but an AR-10 may have to fill that role.

thats not to say that all of you with high points arent American.....It is just the rule of my household.

In my world.


Link Posted: 8/29/2004 6:51:53 AM EDT
I would put these down as Must Haves

Colt 1911
M-1 Garand
M-1 Carbine
H-K 91
Browning Buckmark rifle
Model 70 Pre-64 Winchester any caliber
Model 12 Winchester 12 guage
Model 94 Winchester ( not the new ones)
Browning BAR (not the model 1918)

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:03:24 AM EDT
1) Nickel-plated Lorcin .25 automatic with white "pearlex" grips...

2) Any Hesse or Vulcan Arms AK.

If you don't have either of these, please don't call yourself a "gun collector"

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:10:10 AM EDT
An 870 pump, a 10-22, and a 1911.

For a rifle, I prefer the M1A.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:11:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 9:38:38 AM EDT by photoman]
Barret 50
MG42(in 8mm or .308 but has to be FA)
Tavor 21 bullpup(com on barret please make these you were going to do it once and damn it I want one!)
M16(RR or RDIAS I'd be happy with either)
a no ban beneli M1014
M60(must be FA)
Mini gun
A krink
An MP5
An MP5k
Hk 53
HK Mk23(with supressor)
A DE in .50AE(just because)
An S&W .500
An STG44(FA only no SAs allowed on that)
M1 Garand
M1/M2 Carbine
A Johnson rifle
M1A Socom(just because)
FAL(preferably a DSA)

Greese gun

Thats all for now I'll add more as I think of them
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:11:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 7:12:24 AM EDT by photoman]
How the hell is it I always manage to double post shit?
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:15:06 AM EDT
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[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 7:46:06 AM EDT by Shadowblade]
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 8:57:39 AM EDT
A cheap beater rifle in 7.62x39, either AK or SKS should be in every house.. The ammo's just too cheap.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 9:03:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 10:39:14 AM EDT
a good 1911A1 & Russian SKS
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 10:45:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Quality 1911
Quality .22
Quality 12ga.
Quality bolt gun.

Seeing a pattern?

Have to agree with this.

And a Quality AR (or two), of course.

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 10:48:49 AM EDT
to me???

high power bolt action (.308, 30.06, .300, etc. - you get the idea)
12 ga. shotgun
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 10:50:47 AM EDT
Full auto or your just collecting crap.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 10:58:32 AM EDT
Well , I would say all of the above and a black powder wheel gun aka: Good,Bad and the Ugly or various spahgetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood type wheel guns. And a 45-70,90,110,120 sharps aka:Quigley Down Under. Then there would be the civil war era muskets. That is just my take. Coondog
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 11:04:20 AM EDT
Quality Bolt action .30 cal [Remington 700, Winchester 70, Savage 110, FNSPR]
Reliable beater repeater [AK, SKS, cetme, 10/22, etc]
Something in .22
Something else in .22
Collection prize [Sig 55x, quality galil build, quality krink build, quality AR build etc]
Reliable defense pistol [combat tupperware, quality 1911, quality high power, sig]
Prize pistol [Quality built 1911, quality built beretta, quality built sig etc]
Something in a rifle cal milsurp [k31, k98, sks, enfield, mauser, nagant etc]
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 11:15:41 AM EDT
Makarov, dependable, accurate and not very expensive. A very under-rated pistol.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 11:41:37 AM EDT
I don't see owning guns as a collection. To me they are tools to use towards an end, not the end in and of themselves.

With that said, I think that evey gun owner should be involved in some sort of shooting competition, and to not do so is borderline irresponsible unless replaced with extensive training (and shooting a pie plate while standing still is not training).

I compete in IDPA and my club also does rifle, shotgun, and 3-gun matches. As such I need a game gun of each type. For me it's a Kimber, a DSA (for now) and an 870.

I also have a carry permit, so I need guns of various levels of concealability. For me that's a NAA .22mag, a Keltec P32, a Glock 26, and a Glock 19.

I also like to take newbies out, and for that I like to use .22s. I have two 10/22s (one scoped one irons) and a Ruger MKII.
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