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I said "ONLY ONE!"

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by dario541, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    Just for the fun of it, I would like to propose the following scenario. I notice that there are many knowledgable members of the site so I value their opinions.
    Let's say that somehow the government had the ability to take our guns but that they would permit us to keep one. But that one could be anything that you wanted. What would you choose and why?
    One person migh opt for a .22 rifle ("it's light and you can carry a lot of ammo.")
    Another might choose a .45 auto handgun ("I want to protect my home").
    Some one else would take a shotgun ("you can get a Mossberg 500 with 2 barrels, a short one for home defense and a long one for hunting. Also there is a large selection of various types of shells available such as slugs, different shot sizes, etc. A good all around gun for defense and hunting".
    One guy might want a hunting rifle "a bolt action for protection and hunting".
    After giving it much thought, I would choose a good military style rifle in .308. You could hunt with it and use it for defense. Military people use this caliber for target shooting at 1000 yards! it will take any game in the lower 48 states. You could use it for home defense (a frangible cartridge is available at $3.00 a pop, but I believe that bullet would disintegrate before passing through your neighbor's house.) I lean toward an M1A or a Fal. H&K makes a good one and there are a couple of others.
    So, what do you think? Only one gun but it can be the ONE YOU WANT?
     
  2. unionguy

    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    I'm with you, it'd be a an M1A or FAL in .308. Best general purpose round there is...go read Boston T. Party's Gun Bible, it sure convinced me.

    .308 turning cover into concealment for decades.
     
  3. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would have to say an AK-47 pistol. As a pistol I can conceal carry it with my CHL and use it for self defense........ well with the hallow points for self defense (a little too much power for self defense, I know) lol and I know it can't be used as a rifle for hunting but I figure if I spray and pray that i'd get something I could eat. AKs are durable and being middle eastern it would be just wrong to not choose an AK hahahahahaha Bottom line, easy to carry and powerful.........
     
  4. bikemaniac1

    bikemaniac1 Portland Oregon Member

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    I'm going to have to go with a 12ga./.223 over under combo gun. That covers ALL the bases for what I need. Obviously not a CHL gun but good for everything else.
     
  5. Parker

    Parker near the range New Member

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    Probably my rifle sighted 870

    It can handle home defense chores
    Can approximate a rifle with Brenneke slugs out to 100yrds
    Reliable and durable enough to last a lifetime
    Versatile for anything
     
  6. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I agree with unionguy about Boston T. party's Gun bible. This book is absolutely essential for gun owners. We ALL should have one
     
  7. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Pump Shot Gun.
     
  8. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    +++4 M1A/M14

    ordered that book on Monday.. agree that everyone should own it!
     
  9. whatzhizname

    whatzhizname Southern Oregon and occasionally PDX Member

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    I'd probably go with a good reliable pump shotgun, like a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, with a 20" slug and buckshot barrel and a 28" hunting barrel. As a single platform, this setup is probably the most flexible available to civilians. The 308 battle rifle would also be a potential option, but wouldn't work very well for small game, which a shotgun can easily do with birdshot. From what I understand, Mas Ayoob still argues for the shotgun for defense even with fully automatic weaponry available to him. Being able to put 9-12 .38 caliber slugs in the air with each pull of the trigger (with OO buckshot) seems like it would be a valuable option, and with some of the new sabot slugs you can take big game out to 150 yards, which is about all you need for our region with our heavy forests.
    By the way... This isn't just an intellectual exercise Dario541, as in Iraq each home is allowed to keep exactly 1 firearm for defense. Any more than that are confiscated and destroyed. Probably due to availability in that part of the world almost everyone keeps a full-auto Kalashnikov variant. They have no NFA-type restrictions, but a "one-gun-only" requirement as the OP suggested.....
    Let's hope it never gets to that point here.
     
  10. gimlet1/21

    gimlet1/21 ellensburg,WA New Member

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    Marlin 336 30-30 this is the rifle that does it all, from buffalo sized game too squirrel the 30-30 does it all. By the way more than a few humans have fallen in front of this rifle also.
     
  11. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yep...it's the gun for me!
     
  12. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Armalite AR-10 in .308. Fairly light, fast handling and quite a shooter, too.
     
  13. chiefchip

    chiefchip Rainier, Oregon Member

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    A tactical 870
     
  14. RVNvet

    RVNvet Beaverton Member

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    M1 .30 cal. carbine, in M1A1 folding paratrooper stock configuration. Similar velocity and power as .357 magnum pistol, but much more accurate, out to 200 yards. 100 or 110 grain round-nose soft point ammo. Mine has barrel cut back to 16 1/4 inches, and can be concealed under jacket in with 3-point sling. 30 round clips give plenty of 'second shots.' Light recoil means fast target reacquisition, and smaller family members are not afraid of it. Aside from my concealed carry pistol, this is the only weapon not in my gun cabinet, and is on the wall, ready for immediate use 'when the ghetto hoards come over the hill.' Flip peep rear sight can easily be drifted out and dovetail scope/tactical sight mount tapped in for survival hunting.

    Max
     
  15. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I see some practical, well thought out replies to the original post but they seem to be lacking a little bit on the, "Fun Factor." I choose blackpowder and white smoke and with a limit of one weapon only I reckon I would settle on a caplock 62 caliber smooth rifle. The 341gr patched roundball is a good killer on large game and you have the option of loading bird or buck shot for your other chores. The fun factor is huge.
     
  16. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I have to go with whatzhizname
    pump 12 gauge with extra barrel's
    although I rather lean toward the over and
    under combo 12 and 223.
     
  17. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    DPMS panther .308 with scopes bipod and lots of ammossssssssssssss.
     
  18. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    AR w/ a masterkey setup and a top railed 1911 attached as a VFG to the pump shotgun attached to the AR.
     
  19. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    i'd go with a mini-14, durable and reliable, it can be used for hunting or home defense and even though the round is a little small, i dont think you'd be running into a lot of people with body armor so the round i think would be effective.
     
  20. hefftuck

    hefftuck the Specific Northwest Member

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    either a 12 gauge or an AK