What & Why?

What & Why?

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    What & Why?

    As with everything in life, there is a learning curve, a progression, and as obvious as that seems in retrospect, it's never that clear in the present. I think I need to patent that line, how insightful.

    I thought it might be cool to start a thread that explained the categories (ie purpose) of guns you have &why, a categorical list of what item and it's need/purpose.
    Example
    Home Defense Shotgun - Mossbeg 500
    Home Defense Pistol - Kahr K40
    Carry Pistol - Kahr PM9, LWS32, Glock 30
    Target/Plinking Fun - Ruger target rifle
    etc, etc, etc,

    Obvioulsy, since it's your collection all reasons/categories are valid but I think it might help others and myself to re-evaluate what's in their collection and why. Recently, it started to become clear to me that the items in my collection needed to have a purpose to justify their existence. As I gained more knowledge and insight, I started to re-evalaute what I have & Why. Hindsight is sooo 20/20, ins'nt it?? I realized that in many ways I was contradicting myself and that forced me down a path where I had to think of things differently. The best way I can describe it is - I categorized their purposes. This process helped me identify areas that I have overlap and also other areas that I am lacking.

    Example - I had a few pistols for carry but no HD weapon, ie shotgun/rifle/pistol. why is it that I just perceived the threat to appear while I was out and about? In the spirit of preparedness, why would'nt I be prepared while at home as well and is what I carry what I would want to defend my home with??

    I thought it would be coole to creat a categorical list of what you have and why. I thought it would be cool to keep a format of category ---> Specific Item(s) like above. let's have at it!!

    PS - If this is stupid then please delete, I'm a couple beers deep!


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    Home Defense shotgun: None at the moment but will soon change to a Benelli Super Nova Tactical

    Home Defense pistol: Glock19

    Carry: Glock 19 or S&W 642

    Target/Plinking gun: Ruger 10/22 and Romanian GP WASR10 AK-47

    I have three other handguns that are more safe queens than anything else.

    Springfield XD45
    Ruger SR9
    Glock 26

    I do occasionally carry the XD in a Galco Miami Classic shoulder rig when I plan to do alot of driving, and the G26 almost never gets carried surprisingly. The Ruger SR9 I haven't fired it yet to determine whether I can trust my life with it or not.
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    Home defense - S&W M29 .357 magnum or Makarov 9x18 depending on where I am when the bad guy comes calling

    Carry - Makarov 9x18

    Hunting - Winchester Model 70 Feather weight NRA limited edition30.06

    Plinking - Winchester Model 9422 Magnum

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    Many folks these days are now substituting their AR platform rifles as their primary Home Defense firearm rather than opting for the more traditional Shotgun. Just FYI.

    My choices are:

    Home Defense #1. Ithaca Model 37 Pump in Riot/Police Configuration.

    HD Handgun. Colt 1911

    Carry. Colt Combat Commander

    Favorite Plinker. S&W Model 41 semi-auto .22 Rimfire

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    HD = 'reworked'...Stoeger 'Nickle' Coach Gun Supreme in 12 ga...backed up by my Kiimber CDP II Compact.

    Carry = Kimber CDP II Ultra
    Carry/Harley = Glock-36

    Wifey has the Glock-26 and a Keltec .32

    A 'plinker'? Ruger Single Six...
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    Home shotgun: Charles Daly 12 Ga. semi

    Home Defense pistol: 1911, back-up 22 mag revolver. (Last resort)

    Carry pistol: Glock 27

    Plinker: Beretta 21A (Bobcat)
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    HD shotty Mossberg 9200 Semi-auto 18.5" barrel
    Carry M&P 45c,or Keltec P-11,Or RIA 1911 compact
    Home SA 1911-A1 45,Grizzly 44 magnum Semi Auto
    Plinkin= several 10/22 configurations,GSG5 22,AR15's in several configurations,Henry AR7 22,Henry Lever Action 22,Eagle Arms AR10 .308
    Waiting on a Sig 522 22LR purchased waiting on manufacturer receiving them
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    HD-None at the moment but planning on a Mossberg 590 with ghost ring, for now it is a SA XD40 with insights m3 illuminator

    Carry-Sig P225

    Plinking-All of em

    rest of the collection-HK P7M8, Kimber Pro Carry II, Dan Wesson 357 Mag

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    Disclaimer: Some of these are guns I do not own but wish to own

    Home shotgun: Remington 870 pump

    Home Defense pistol: Kimber 1911 Compact

    Carry pistol: Kimber 1911 Compact

    Plinker: 10/22 Ruger
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    O.K. Walther P22 lr For plinking and fun shooting that won't break the piggy bank.

    S&W 99c .40 for HD and sometimes for car carry. Reliable, safe, adequate stopping power, compact.

    Mustang .380 for carry. Reliable, safe, easy to take down and clean, easy to rapid fire and stay on target, small, can easily pocket carry. We can argue forever if the stopping power is O.K., but better one you carry than the one you leave at home.

    No shotgun or rifle. I don't hunt and neither really fills my needs. I'd have a hard time maneuvering in the house with a shotgun, even with an 18 inch barrel, and I'd have to drive a ways to find a place to practice with it. I see a rifle as of limited usefulness within a city, and it has the same maneuvering issues as a shotgun.

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    Shotgun: Remington 1100 12ga. I have four barrles for it and it covers HD, hunting, clays, etc.

    Carry and HD handgun: G23

    Plinking: Rem. nylon 66 and marlin 25, both .22's

    Sold my ruger and am looking for the next addition tomy armory.
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    Home Defense: shotgun-Remington 870 12 ga./ Rifle- Winchester 94 30-30 /pistol-CZ85B 9MM

    Carry CZ 85B or Ruger SP 101 357mag

    Hunting: Rifles Ruger 77 30/06, Tikka T3 Hunter 25/06, Marlin 39a 22, CVA .45 muzzleloader /pistols S&W model 41 22 Ruger Blackhawk 41 mag. / shotgun: Remington 870 12 ga, Remingtom 1148 28 ga. Marlin over&under 20 ga / Bows- Bear Montana long bow plus a few I've made.

    Plinking: all of the above
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    Home defense shotgun -- Remington 870 Police 12ga 14" bbl.

    Home defense pistol -- CZ P-01 9mm pistol.

    Carry Pistol -- CZ P-01 9mm pistol; Kel-Tec PF9 9mm; NAA Guardian .380.

    Target/Plinking -- Various lever-action rifles; 8mm Mauser M48a rifle; exploring a long-range "plinker" such as a Remington 700 .308, .30-06.
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    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
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    Home defense shotgun -- Benelli M1S90

    HD Rifle-- COLT LE6920

    Home defense pistol -- SIG220ST.

    Carry Pistol -- Les Baer Stinger, SIG 230SL

    and for hunting, plinking, matches 36 "others":

    Handguns:
    Colt Python
    Colt SAA .45 Colt 5 ”
    Colt SAA .45 Colt 4 ”
    Colt SAA .45 Colt 7 ”
    SIG P6
    Ruger Single Six
    Les Baer 1911A1 .45 ACP
    Luger 1923 Commercial 7.65
    Spanish .32 Auto

    Rifles:
    Steyr Mannlicher Mod S 8X68S
    Steyr Mannlicher Mod M .270
    Steyr Mannlicher Mod M 30-06
    Remington Mod 700 300Win
    Remington Mod 7 Mannlicher .350 Rem
    Remington MOD 700 XCR Compact Tactical .223
    Ruger 77/22
    DSA SA58 Para FAL
    Shiloh Sharps #1 Sporting 45-100
    Ballard High-Wall Special Sporting 45-90
    Ballard High-Wall Special Sporting 40-70 Win
    Ballard Low-Wall Special Sporting .22Rf
    Marlin Cowboy .45Colt
    Thompson center Hawken .45 ML
    RWS .177
    Thompson M1 .45ACP
    Shuetzen Rifle 8.15x46

    Shotguns:

    Benelli SBE
    Remington 11-87 12GA
    Win Mod 12 Trap
    Win 1897 12GA
    Browning GTI O/U
    Browning 27 Superposed O/U
    Browning 325 O/U
    Browning BPS 10 Ga
    SKB 650 20 GA O/U
    A.H. Fox 20 GA SxS
    Parker 16 GA SxS
    Mossberg .410 Bolt

    Guns are kind of like golf clubs, sure you can get by with a driver, putter, and an iron, but why would you want to?
    Last edited by Chuck R.; March 1st, 2009 at 10:14 AM. Reason: Forgot one...
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    Home defense: mossberg 835 ultra mag

    home defense handgun: Glock 22, Glock 27

    Carry gun: glock 27, keltec p3at

    plinking: ruger 10/22 and marlin 60

    Hunting: ruger all weather 308 great gun 1.5 pnd trigger

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