There comes a time in every man’s life when he feels the need to add to his collection of home/personal protection and sport firearms. As for me, I’ve narrowed it down to the following lists.
Let’s start with something simple for home protection, the Smith & Wesson model 686.
Chambered for a .357 it can also handle a .38 special +P, meaning that if I’m out of town and someone breaks in, the wife can still blast him.
Some of you might ask, why not go with a Colt Python? Cost, for one thing. Another being family. I’ve always felt that my family has relied more on Smith & Wesson. I’m well aware that my grandfather had a full collection of Colt .45 Semi-Autos, but that’s an entirely different subject.
I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to getting my conceal carry license. One question that goes around and around in the gun world is, “what to carry, a revolver, or a semi-auto?” My counter question is “how many rounds do you think you’ll need?” Mostly, I’m not sold on needing a semi-automatic pistol as your carry weapon. I’ve got family that is convinced that having a compact .45 is the way to go. But with a 3″ barrel and a shortened handle, how much control and accuracy are you going to have? But here’s what it really comes down to, get what you are comfortable with. The gun is only as good as the person pulling the trigger, and that person is only as good the practice that they’ve put in.
The reason that I say either the 640 or the 642 is that, I haven’t made up my mind. What’s the difference, you ask? Well, the 640 is constructed to handle the .357 Magnum (meaning it can also handle the .38 Special +P) while the 642 is constructed to handle only the .38 Special +P. Now, a .38 Special +P is plenty of bullet to take anybody down, especially in a self defense situation where feet, not yards, count, but the attraction of having a pocket-sized pistol throwing out .357 Magnums is tempting.
Of course, everyone needs a truck gun. Any one of the pistols mentioned in this post, or anywhere else in this site, would suffice. But let me mention this. Now, I can’t take credit for this idea, because it all belongs to Kim. The M1 .30 carbine.
Now that is a good looking SHTF (see Kim for details) gun. Like I said, it’s a truck gun to be used only in extreme situations.
I’ve got just one rifle to put here, for now – the Marlin 336C, chambered in 30/30 Winchester.
The truth is, everyone needs a lever action rifle. I won’t be purchasing any of these items any time soon. But that’s why this is called the “Dream” extravaganza.