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1st rule of gun safety, a gun is always loaded

2nd rule, don't point it at anything your not willing to destory

3rd rule, make sure of your target and whats behind it

4th rule, keep your finger off the trigger until your sites are on the target...


a nice battery of firearms is:

a rifle in 223 or 308

a deer rifle like a 30-30

a 22 rifle for small game and varmits

a pistol in your choice of caliber

and a 12 gauge shotgun...

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basically as Wally stated. I go with NATO standard calibers 9MM,  223/ 5.56 308/ 7.62X51 12 ga. able to fire 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells two different 22 rifles one like a 10/22 semiauto the other one able to fire all 22 short long long rifle CB's etc  others are area predicated where there is dangerous large game larger pistol calibers are better here 357mag as it fires 38 specials as well.

no matter caliber one carry arm needs to be semiauto with good capacity as fast reloading is optimal and ability to lay down cover fire if needed its hard to lay down good cover with a single shot IMHO.

Ask 100 people hat gun and you will get 100 different answers first they should be durable next what your familiar with or can operate / shoot with confidence experience builds preferences or biases.

What I choose or can do with certain arms is not what others can because of nomenclature bias or ergonomics fit feel grip angle weight recoil loading unloading field striping cleaning there is some factor that will effect your chioce of pistol rifle or shotgun.

I like pump shotguns because they are less prone to fail and have capacity more than double barrels single shot or bolt shotguns and are mechanically less complicated than a semi auto IMO.

I like Mauser actions or their variants as they are strong accurate if made to be so as it is all about accessories value versus cost and again durability. A 10,000 dollar rifle with a cheap scope rings and aluminum bases may as well have a stick.

Ammo decent brand know accuracy in that arm same brand bullet weight bullet type or else your accuracy will be crap, some brands no matter how expensive may not shoot well in your arm PERIOD. or you can lead a horse to water but you can;t make him drink.

If you want a name brand Ruger their semi auto rifles are not target rifles but get the job done research before you buy the internweb is a fair source some people will not like X just because just like new cars most run fine for weeks some months  years some are lemons from the day you get one.

some people cannot rack a slide age disability or strength there is a technique but it still may not be enough so your left with revolvers or a few semi autos that are not so hard to rack the slide on also some pistol magazines need a loading tool and hand loading is difficult without a tool.

If your not mechanically minded and need to take a arm to a gunsmith to have it cleaned research carefully it may not be complicated but some are tough and take some finesse to take down.

Ruger MK I, II, II, IV are hell to reassemble   IF you decide that you want one call Dr. frankenruger and get his kit have it put in and your nightmare is over.

Whatever you buy buy enough ammo the ammo shortage a few years back took a long time to filter out and it could just as well happen again IMO.


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