Thursday, February 12, 2015

Favorite Gun

Outdoor Life, the magazine you probably remember from the barber shop you dad took you to when you were a kid, has a new column called "My Favorite Gun".

Here is one man's choice. When you read it, you'll see that it is not the particular gun, model, or caliber. It's who owned it before him, the memories it evokes, and what it all means to him.


abnormalist said...

I always liked the idea of a favorite gun... I have two myself. My 44 mag lever action because I can do no wrong with it. Purchased new as a toy for deer and other game in stainless steel so I dont have to care a lot for it. The other is my 16 gauge side by side stevens shotgun because it was my fathers, and his fathers before. Its also my first firearm, and if you shoot one shot gun for 20+ years, you get awfully good with that shotgun.

Tony Tsquared said...

About 3/4 of all my guns are ones that I inherited. Most of which will never see a shell or bullet in them again.

I agree with abnormalist on shooting the same gun 20+ years, try 35+ years. I have a Model 700 30-06 and a Stevens DB 12 gauge that I been hunting with since I was in high school in the late 70's. I sold an high end AR10 last year because I could not get it to shoot distances as well as the 30-06.

Kansas Scout said...

I always admired the looks of the Savage 99 and wanted one someday but when I finally had one in my hands found the action stiff and hard to rack smoothly. I forgot about getting one for years but would kind of want one again but I quit hunting.

Goober said...

I have to pick ONE?

Goober said...

What I mean is this:

Favorite gun for what?

Plinking? Ruger 10/22.

Moose hunting? Maybe that 10/22 isn't the best choice then.

For sentimental value, my old winchester m70 in 30-06, because it belonged to my uncle before he passed, but it's a post 64 pretty 68 which means it's an awful rifle for anything but sentiment. Jams up every 5th round.

For reliability and lethality, my Ruger m77 in 300 win has killed for me out to 600 yards. Great rifle.

Sucks for bird hunting though. I like my Remington 1100 in 20 gauge for that.

Long story short... it's a flawed premise. You should never have to pick just one

housefitter said...

My favorite gun used to be the one I was shooting at any given moment... that was in the good 'ol days before pulling that trigger was akin to throwing a handful of dimes out into the field every time (and I don't even shoot factory ammo).