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Old 03-19-2017, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your minimalist battery of guns?

Let me preface this by saying I hope my wife never reads this . I currently have 18 guns and would like a few more, but as I've been purging a lot of my other shit and getting back to having "just one of things", it's quite liberating.

A lot of my guns were gifts from my dad or handed down to me by him, so I don't really plan on getting rid of them, I was just thinking about what would "get the job done" for me without any major compromises.

This isn't a "if you could only have 3 guns", "what's the first gun you should buy", or "budget guns" discussion. The beauty of having less stuff is that you can have WAY nicer stuff.

1. An AR-15 in .223 with a 16" match grade barrel and Leupold Mark 6 1-6 scope. Used at the range for fun, varmints, small-medium game hunting, and home defense/Katrina type situations.

2. A custom .280AI with a 22" medium contour barrel, McMillan stock, and Leupold VX-6 2-12 scope. 7.5-8 lbs, used for longer range shooting and medium game on up to elk and moose.

3. My Weatherby SA-08 Deluxe 28 gauge. I love this shotgun, it is perfect for clay sports as well as small game and bird hunting. I realized I haven't shot my 12 gauge in an entire year when I pulled it out to prep for turkey season and my turkey choke was already installed.

4. My Sig P938 single stack 9mm pistol. Extremely well made gun, light and small enough for daily CCW or backpacking, but just large and heavy enough to shoot accurately and be fun at the range. I really have no need or use for my other pistols since I got this.

I could probably get by with very little trouble having just those 4 guns. No .22, no pump 12 gauge, and no full size combat pistol which are all commonly recommended as "first guns". I've got all of these but rarely use them.

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Old 03-19-2017, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ruger scout stainless 308 with Burris fulfield 2 illuminated reticle
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10/22 takedown
SW 629 trail boss
G19
Browning BPS stalker with paradox cantilever barrel and 26 inch invector 2 barrel
Ruger MK2 stainless bull barrel

I could trim down to just these and sell the other 40 or so guns. But I don't know if I want to.
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1. STG-58 or M-1A
2. 1911
3. 1187 Special Purpose

Or, A Lever gun and a revolver in the same cal, like .357 and a good pump 12 gauge.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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garand and ak
iron sights
fuck the rest of it.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a bunch a of sentimental and inherited guns. So they aren't going anywhere.

Everything else fills a need in a major caliber. Except I have a bunch of .22s but they aren't going anywhere.

God forbid something happens and I have to sell anything out of the safe. It will be tough.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Minimalist? Hell I have three different carry guns. I feel like the 10 I have that aren't inherited are each serving a dedicated function.
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I have a .30-06, it was my high school graduation present. I chose it because it was a "do all" cartridge. Unfortunately, it is overkill for the deer around here, too heavy to carry out west, not enough scope to shoot at long range, and too pretty to take on a moose hunt where it would be destroyed. I love the gun and hunt with it regularly but I've since added a .223 and a 6.5, and want a "beater" lightweight, short .308 by the fall.

I also have 3 carry guns, but honestly the Sig P938 is so perfect I don't see carrying the other 2 very often.

I can't see spending $2k on a rifle and then another $2k on a scope with my current arsenal, but I'd be dollars ahead if I had gone with a pair of those in the first place.

Part of me is drawn to having a garbage can full of 9mm and .223 ammo, and leaving my press set up for a long-range hunting rifle. Instead, I have boxes of .22, .38, 9mm, .40, .44, .223, 6.5, .7.62x39, .30-06, .410, 28 and 12 gauge, and a shelf full of different primers, powders, dies, and bullets.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sbr AR lower.
4" 22 upper, suppressed, vortex sparc AR
10.5" upper, suppressed, vortex spark AR
20" upper, 0-4x scope in flavor choice.

OK that's one gun
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The minimum is a shotgun with good sights, everything else has optional considerations. The next item is a hand gun of your choice and caliber
the third choice is a carbine/rifle in your choice of caliber.
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OK I'll take my Robinson XCR with a 18" barrel and a suppressed 11" barrel, and the 4x ACOG. Barrel swaps are stupid easy in an XCR, and it has a folding stock and an adjustable gas piston system to accommodate various loads.

A G19 with a threaded barrel and suppressor. Anyone can operate it, it will run in virtually any conditions, and accurate enough to get the job done. Fiber/tritium sights, and a light.

Mossberg Flex 500 with the 18.5" & 26" barrels. Tough, reliable, reasonably light weight and can use it for self defense or to take fowl or other game.
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What I'd consider essentials? Optics and goodies, season to taste.

A simple AR that'll shoot any ammo you throw at it.
A durable 9mm pistol.

A 30.06 rifle would be nice, same with a versatile 12ga, and perhaps a .22lr for good measure.
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- a .22LR pistol (Ruger Mk.II is ideal), & rifle (tube fed)
- 1911's (plural) in .45acp
- AR's (plural) in 5.56
- at least one rifle in .308
- one pump and one semi-auto 12 gauge

Boatload of ammo and mags all around.

That's how I standardized after 9/11.
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Sbr AR lower.
4" 22 upper, suppressed, vortex sparc AR
10.5" upper, suppressed, vortex spark AR
20" upper, 0-4x scope in flavor choice.

OK that's one gun
I agree, I also have a 4" 9 mm upper suppressed with a red dot.
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Ruger 10-22
Ruger GP-100
Ruger Mini-14
H&K USP-45
Benelli M1 Super 90
well, 4 out of 5 aint too bad at all.
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well, 4 out of 5 aint too bad at all.
I saw that too, I haven't heard many nice things about the Ruger Mini-14/Thirty as much as I want a Mini-Thirty.

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- a .22LR pistol (Ruger Mk.II is ideal
What's the Mk.II have going for it? I have one and shot it once or twice and know next to nothing about them.

Pretty happy with what I've got, like most I have some that were inherited.

I like the Ruger LCP in a thin uncle mikes holster. Comfortable and unnoticed.
Love the 92FS but terrible conceal gun. Needs threaded barrel and can
Bought a Rock Island 1911 as a full size carry but haven't had luck with accuracy, need more training before I'd carry.
Built an Uzi just cause, pistol build was dumb, got a 16" barrel and put the stock on, makes an OK carbine to match the 92FS caliber, would be cool with a can
Pair of 7.62 AKs, want a 3rd, but wanting a "ranch rifle" style in 7.62 (like the Mini-Thirty) to not draw attention like an AK does
12 ga. pump with full stock and mares leg, 18" barrel
28" double barrel stevens 12 ga.
Great-great-grandfathers Winchester 1894 saddle ring carbine .32 Win Special. Love it but not the most accurate with this either. Could be ragged out, need to look at it more.
Just picked up a Uberti SAA for shits n giggles
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[QUOTE=posford;40215705]I saw that too, I haven't heard many nice things about the Ruger Mini-14/Thirty as much as I want a Mini-30


The mini 14's have shit barrels on them from the factory. I have heard rumors that they finally got rid of that pencil barrel. That being said I bought a M1A. The hell with .556.


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If I had to narrow my guns down to a minimalist list:
.22-250 bolt action
AR in 5.56
1911 .45
SP101 .357
.410 pump
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Beretta 686 Onyx sporting with Briley tubes for clay target games. Would like to add a sub gauge barrel just for kicks.

12ga semi or pump (870/1100/1187) for hunting.

Remington 700 in .270. Adequate for all the hunting where I live.

SBR AR lower with multiple uppers.

Springfield XD for a carry gun.

Ruger LCP for pocket carry.

.357 revolver (S&W model 66 with a 4" barrel) and lever gun (Marlin).

I have many more to choose from but I could be perfectly content with just these.
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What's the Mk.II have going for it? I have one and shot it once or twice and know next to nothing about them.
Easy to break down (ESPECIALLY compared to a Mk.III, which I own... ), mags are cheap and plentiful, and it's extremely reliable. That, and when you own 1911's , the grip angle is identical, so you can work on muscle memory, even as you train on the cheap with .22's.
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Easy to break down (ESPECIALLY compared to a Mk.III, which I own... ), mags are cheap and plentiful, and it's extremely reliable. That, and when you own 1911's , the grip angle is identical, so you can work on muscle memory, even as you train on the cheap with .22's.
Ruger perfected its Mark series of pistols at the Mark II. all others after have been bastardized for the sake of "improvement", i guess.

the mark IV is intriguing, but i havent looked into them yet.
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Goddamnit! This thread is having the exact opposite effect on me. I keep adding guns to my want list now based on your posts.
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