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Pistol (personal defense): H&K USPc in .40 S&W or .45 ACP. Especially with the LEM trigger option, but Var 1 and 2 are great, also (imagine, a handgun for lefties...what a concept).
(duty / military) H&K USPf in .40 S&W or .45 ACP; S&W 1006, S&W 4006.

Revolver: S&W Mod. 19 or 66. If you have big hands or just like a bigger gun, the Mod. 27 or 28.

Rifle (bolt action): I'm so impressed with the Weatherby Vanguard (Howa 1500) that I'm going to purchase at least one more in another caliber. Just need to put a Timney trigger on it and it's dang near perfect for my purposes.
(Semi-auto non-military) Ruger Mini-14
(Semi-auto, military) Bushmaster AR-15, Springfield M1-A, The Garand (Hmmm...kneel and genuflect).

Fun Gun / Kid's Gun: Ruger 10/22

Shotgun: Remington 870 in any of it's iterations. Period.

Most underrated caliber (revolver): .41 Rem Mag. Simply put, it does everything the .44 Rem Mag is supposed to do...better. I was ahead of the curve on this one, but you have to be a reloader to appreciate this caliber.
Most underrated caliber (pistol): 10mm. That took me about 10 years to figure out.

Most overrated caliber (pistol): 9mm Parabellum. Yes, it's deadly. So's a .22LR. Hell, I don't stand in front of a Daisy, either. There's a reason it's popular in Europe... it's NOT American (and they can handle it with their tiny little hands).
 
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gunrnr said:
Pistol (personal defense): H&K USPc in .40 S&W or .45 ACP. Especially with the LEM trigger option, but Var 1 and 2 are great, also (imagine, a handgun for lefties...what a concept).
(duty / military) H&K USPf in .40 S&W or .45 ACP; S&W 1006, S&W 4006.

Revolver: S&W Mod. 19 or 66. If you have big hands or just like a bigger gun, the Mod. 27 or 28.

Rifle (bolt action): I'm so impressed with the Weatherby Vanguard (Howa 1500) that I'm going to purchase at least one more in another caliber. Just need to put a Timney trigger on it and it's dang near perfect for my purposes.
(Semi-auto non-military) Ruger Mini-14
(Semi-auto, military) Bushmaster AR-15, Springfield M1-A, The Garand (Hmmm...kneel and genuflect).

Fun Gun / Kid's Gun: Ruger 10/22

Shotgun: Remington 870 in any of it's iterations. Period.

Most underrated caliber (revolver): .41 Rem Mag. Simply put, it does everything the .44 Rem Mag is supposed to do...better. I was ahead of the curve on this one, but you have to be a reloader to appreciate this caliber.
Most underrated caliber (pistol): 10mm. That took me about 10 years to figure out.

Most overrated caliber (pistol): 9mm Parabellum. Yes, it's deadly. So's a .22LR. Hell, I don't stand in front of a Daisy, either. There's a reason it's popular in Europe... it's NOT American (and they can handle it with their tiny little hands).
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40 Smith as a caliber -- ICK. I keep picking up this brass, thinking it's 45 ACP. 40 Smith is complicated to reload. I like 45 ACP -- no compromises, except maybe "capacity." But if I can't take care of business with 14 rds. of 45 ACP, that second mag is not going to bail my butt out of the bind.

I got a Springer XD, Tactical, 5" bbl. 45 ACP, Glock GTL 21 laser, 13 rd. and 10 rd "compact" mag. I like it. HK makes good stuff, that's for sure. I like the XD.

Couple 1911's -- speaking of genulfect.

Springer "Mil Spec" and "Ultra Compact" loaded, Videcki trigger, Bomar night sights, all beveled and relieved, upswept beavertail, etc. etc. etc. I like the 1911 -- as a classic design. I think maybe sometimes the "race guns" lose track of the original design.

1943 Springfield Garand. All re-worked and accurzied. I have a PAL cut down, 1943 bayo for it. It's more a "safe queen" than a shooter, although I shoot it.

I had a Colt and a Bushmaster AR-15. Both had floated, short HB, Redding 6x scope. I traded for a Rem. 700 PSS, Springfield rangefinder 4 - 14x scope in .223 Ackley.

-- And an AK-47 . . . Romanian, w/ 75 rd. drum mag.

SKS . . . in passing. Nicer receiver than the AK, probably a better shooter, but the AK outstrips it for a "war gun."

Rem. 700 is more accurate. AK puts out more fire power. 7.62 X 39mm is far superior to .223 Rem. at 300 yds, which is what an "assault rifle" is designed for. AK is more reliable, easier to keep running.

Smith revolvers -- ANY . . . I like the J-frame snub, have a K frame and a 629 in 44 mag.

I have a Weatherby Vanguard, (Howa) 30-06 Spgfd. Leupold VX II 3 - 9x 40 mm. I like this rifle. Got a deal at a pawn shop, 95% and $350 out the door.

Ruger New Super Blackhawk, 10 1/2" bbl, stainless, 44 Mag. Silhouette gun. There's better stuff out there, but I can buy this one of the self. I don't compete in silouhette. I like 44 mag.

MAUSER -- I didn't see any Mausers! 8mm Mauser is what all the custom bolt guns use to build a rifle. I have a 38/22 and a Yugo M48 or some such. Iron sights off a sand-bag at 700 yds with corrosive Ecudoran 1944 ammo, I'm blasting stumps in the 5 gallon bucke range. Nice steel and walnut stock, perfect bolt action design.

I have the Rem. 870 Wingmaster. 20" bbl. "riot gun" from Denver PD. A classic for all sorts of applications --

I like a side by side coach gun. 12 gauge classic, I just probably lived a former life riding shotgun on a stagecoach. Two triggers, mine is a nickel plated Stoeger.

I owned a 1900 American Eagle Luger. There's a cool gun. Lugers will get you in trouble if you're not up to speed.

Walther P-38. Never owned one. They're fussy too.

Walther PK and PPK . . . whatever. If James Bond had one they must be OK. 380 ACP is for metro-sexuals. *LMAO*

9mm -- "city boy" caliber. It works. The US Dept of Defense screwed up entirely when they went to 9mm. NATO needs to go to the 45 ACP. That said, I have/carry a Kahr MK9. Nice gun.

32 ACP -- Winston Churchill's favorite was a Colt, I think 1903. I think maybe it's WAY too small for whatever, but I have an NAA Guardian in 32 ACP -- because it's small and fits in my pocket.

I've been looking at a 50 BMG, for years. But I don't have a 500 yd. range and anything shorter is a waste of time.
 

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and they can handle it with their tiny little hands
Blah blah blah. We just don't need to compensate for something :mrgreen: 9mm killed plenty of people decades ago and is still doing it's job today. 2,43mm of diameter more don't make the ACP some magical death ray...
 
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I'll use your categories.

Pistol (personal defense): Glock. Not picky about caliber as long as it's on the smaller frame (not .45ACP or 10mm)
(duty / military): See above.

Revolver: For what? For defense, a K-frame S&W .357. For hunting, an N-frame .44 for big game, a K-frame .22 for small game.

Rifle (bolt action): Steyr Scout.

(Semi-auto non-military): Ruger 10/22.
(Semi-auto, military): M1 Garand. "Battle rifles" are just big range toys, anyway, and the Garand is the most fun for me.

Fun Gun / Kid's Gun: Ruger 10/22.

Shotgun: Remington 870.

Most underrated caliber (revolver): .45ACP. People not involved in any kind of speed competitions think the moon clips are a disadvantage, when in fact they are a tremendous advantage.
Most underrated caliber (pistol): 9mm. People (especially on the internet, who often just regurgitate old wives' tales and urban myths) treat it like a popgun, when in fact it performs perfectly adequately for defense with light recoil and lower ammo cost.

Most overrated caliber (pistol): 10mm. Kicks too hard for defense in most people's hands, and is inferior to big-bore magnum revolvers as an outdoorsman's gun.

There's a reason it's (9mm) popular in Europe... it's NOT American (and they can handle it with their tiny little hands).
You do know that the average European is actually physically larger than the average American, right? :roll: Reference: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/0 ... 405fa_fact.
 
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leeindy said:
not a fan of the mini 14. inaccurate and heavy
I'm no fan of the Mini-14, either. It's a light duty rifle, though reasonably reliable if you don't get it very hot. It's not terribly accurate, though it's probably accurate enough for what it's meant to be: a lightweight, knockabout "ranch" or defensive carbine.

But "heavy?" The regular Mini only weighs 6 lbs 6 oz - almost exactly the same as a naked M4, before all the mall ninja accessories are added. It's two pounds less than a standard "sporter" hunting rifle. It's less than a Marlin or Winchester .30-30 that millions of hunters have managed to lug through the woods for a century. This is hardly a heavy rifle for anyone over the age of nine.
 
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leeindy said:
the hardest part is gettting high cap mags that work
Agreed. Apparently Ruger still thinks that "an honest man only needs ten rounds."
 
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i found some all steel mitchels nib in a discount store and they work fairly well
 
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Revolver: S&W 686.
Full size pistol: Kimber 1911's - from their custom shop.
Pocket pistol: Seecamp LWS .32 ACP.
Urban Rifle: Bulgarian AK's.
 

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What's wrong with an AK? I got a Romanian version and yeah, it's VERY pre-ban. You gotta love a gun that always fires when the trigger is pulled.
 
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