A conversation I had over dinner earlier this week and Mad Ogre’s recent post about his gun wants got me thinking: what guns do I want, I mean really want? Granted, I want pretty much every single gun ever made that I can legally own (and a few I probably can’t, the Glock 18 being at the top of that list). Unfortunately, I probably won’t ever be rich enough to live that dream, so I’m gonna have to prioritize.
Currently, I have no guns, but I intend to change that ASAP. But what takes priority? What should I buy first, and what can wait? Unfortunately, try as I might, I can’t come up with a definitive, I-will-buy-these-guns-in-this-order list. I have, however, managed to come up with several “priority levels,” i.e. I’ll probably buy a gun in this category before I buy one in this category.
So, anyway, that’s enough of me blabbing: here’s my list:
Priority One (“Need.”)
Only one gun in this category: a Browning Buck Mark pistol (.22LR). This will be the pistol I learn to shoot on. Inexpensive (base model lists for about $400 around me), well-built and reliable, negligible recoil and muzzle blast, and ammo’s dirt cheap)
NOTE: Guns in other Priority Levels not listed in any particular order.
Priority Two (“Must-Have”)
- SIG-Sauer P239 (9mm)
- SIG-Sauer P228 (9mm)
- A full-size 1911A1 in .45 ACP (presently leaning towards a stanless Springfield Mil-Spec)
- An AR-15 in .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO (would like one custom-built by Crusader Weaponry)
- Remington 870
Priority Three (Want)
- Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk1* (only reason this is here and not in “Must-Have” is because of ammo cost and scarcity)
- DSA-made FAL
- Crusader Broadsword in .308 Winchester
- Some sort of .357 magnum revolver
- SIG -Sauer P220 (.45 ACP)
- A snub-nosed .38 Special revolver
- S&W Model 26/629 (.44 Magnum)
- Steyr Scout
- FN PS-90
- FN FNP-45 Tactical
- An Officer’s-size 1911 (3.5″ barrel, I’m thinking Springfield Ultra Compact)
- Colt Delta Elite (10mm)
- Aluminum-framed 1911 Commander in .38 Super
Priority Four (Would Like)
- STI Perfect Ten (10mm, preferably customized like Larry Correia’s)
- A Sharps Model 1874 replica from Shilo Rifles (either the Quigley or the Long Range Express)
- Uberti-made S&W No.3 Schofield (.44 WCF)
- Colt Peacemaker (or replica), any caliber.
- Winchester 1873/1892 (or replica), any caliber
- A full-size or long-slide 1911 chambered in 9x23mm Winchester.
- Pretty much everything I haven’t already mentioned.
Really, the only thing I don’t want, and this is probably going to come as a surprise, is a .50 BMG rifle. Now don’t get me wrong, those things are freakin’ awesome, but once again it comes down to cost. The price of .50 BMG rifles has come down significantly in the last few years, to the point where a “baseline” single-shot .50 BMG bolt-action rifle costs around $3,000 (before you buy the optic, of course). The problem is the ammo: basic mil-surp ammo costs between $4.00-$5.00 a round, while precision-loaded match rounds cost anywhere from $7.00 to $10.00 a round. No matter how hard I try, or how rich I might be, I just can’t justify spending that much money on a single round of ammunition.