Despite my intentions I am still awake. Figured instead of tossing and turning in bed I would get up and write for a couple minutes then try again.
Today in between shooting we had a rather rambling conversation. Somehow (I think we were talking rifle calibers) I ended up mentioning owning a 30-30. Stephen said something that kind of stuck with me. He said "everyone should own one of those". That got me to thinking. What other guns should everyone own? This could easily become a 5K gun shop laundry list or get bogged down in caliber or platform debate but that is not my intention. I came up with a couple more guns that fall into the "everyone should own list".
1. The aforementioned 30-30 lever action. I like Winchesters better but they don't make then anymore. Marlins are a fine substitute.
2. 12 gauge pump shotgun. This could get sucked into the platform/ model argument but lets not go there. Stick with a common model from a major manufacturer and you should be fine.
3. Snub nosed .38/.357 revolver. Love em or hate em these guns pack a good wallop in a readily concealable and affordable platform. The combination of these three things IMHO puts them as a pistol everyone should have. If just to throw into your waistband when headed to the store for a quart of milk and the 1911 (because that is the only gun a 'real man' would ever choose) is too much trouble. Love em or hate em I guarantee if you purchase one of these it will find a good nitche in your collection.
I am not advocating this collection as the three best guns in the world or anything like that but I kind of think they are guns everyone should own. Can you think of any others?
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