Four Guns Every Shooter Should Own

By CTD Rob published on in Firearms, General

I know gun owners who have unique pieces. I regularly see rare and beautiful firearms lining gun cabinet walls that would feel more at home at a museum than in a buddy’s gun safe. However, with as much time as I’ve spent collecting firearms, I’ve noticed some common denominators the majority of gun collectors have on hand. While they may not be rare gems, they certainly fill their role as useful tools quite well. A new shooter would do well to purchase one of each.

Mosin Nagant

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

The Mosin Nagant is one of the most common firearms ever produced. It’s great for all types shooting applications. It is reliable, reasonably accurate, and most importantly, they’re cheap. Ammunition for the Mosin Nagant is inexpensive, too. The audible blast these things make at the range makes other shooters stop and stare. When that huge 7.62x54R cartridge ignites and sends that 148-grain projectile downrange, everyone in your direct vicinity knows it. Americans can buy several different models of the Nagant family. Collectors find full length M91s, shorter M44s and Finish M27s at most surplus shops and gun shows around the country. The Chinese Type 53 Mosins are readily available as well. The Soviets mass-produced these rifles for nearly 75 years, resulting in 37 million units floating around the planet. They may not be the prettiest rifle in the gun closet, but with a little care and proper ammunition, a Mosin would make a fine deer rifle or range toy. I personally own two, and something tells me these robust bolt-actions will outlast most of my other firearms.

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10 22

The hugely popular Ruger 10/22 rests in the corner of over five million gun cabinets, closets and safes. Often, it is the first rifle novice shooters fire, and it stands as a unique icon of the shooting world. The 10/22 started production in 1964 becoming a huge success almost overnight. Further, it is one of the most customizable firearms in the market. Owners can add or remove any component on the firearm with simple hand tools, making gunsmithing unnecessary. Firearms enthusiasts often call the 10/22 the Honda Civic of guns. This is due to the low cost of many aftermarket customized parts and add-ons. Currently, Ruger has several different versions of the 10/22 available. This includes their latest takedown model, which is highly successful. Whatever type of shooter you are, you have use for this rifle. Heavy barrel target models, tactical versions with and without bipods—the options are endless!

Mossberg 500

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Ah, our old friend the Mossberg 500. This old warhorse has been in service since 1961 and shows no signs of slowing down. Perfect for any shotgun application, the 500 has changed little since its early days on the drawing board. Police, military, hunters, home defense enthusiasts, and zombie hunters alike have all carried the 500—and with good reason. What makes this little shotgun so great? Price initially comes to my mind. How else can you get a gun with this much firepower for 250 bucks? Another huge advantage to the 500 is the ability to add many extras. There are thousands of ways to customize your shotgun. New stocks with adjustable lengths, pistol grips, rail systems, optics, flashlights, slings, you name it, someone has stuck it on a Mossberg. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, the 500 is a pump-action gun, so you can literally fire any type of 12 gauge ammunition you can get your hands on. I have two barrels for my Mossberg. One is an 18.5-inch barrel for home defense; the other is a 26-inch bird barrel I use for hunting. I have always said that if I could only have one gun, it would be a 12-gauge pump shotgun.

Glock 19

Glock 19 Gen 4

Glock 19 Gen 4

Customers often ask me to recommend a semi-automatic handgun for carry or home defense. When they do, I start by mentioning the Glock 19. The G19 is a medium-sized lightweight polymer framed 9mm. Its standard capacity magazines hold 15 rounds. It features Glock’s Safe Action trigger system with three passive safeties. Glock’s metal Tenifer-branded metal treatment and finish ensure that it is practically impervious to the elements. Additionally, the Gen 4 version features a smaller grip circumference than earlier models, but includes the Multiple Backstrap System allowing the pistol to accommodate those with larger hands. Glock’s sight options are the standard polymer fixed sights, steel fixed sights, adjustable sights and Glock night sights. These things are incredibly reliable and low maintenance. There is a reason why most police officers in the United States carry some version of a Glock—they go bang when it counts.

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Comments (163)

  • Justin


    I would go a slightly different route:

    – Glock 19 w/Trijicon Nightsights
    – AR 15 with 5.56, .22LR and .308 Uppers and Mags, Red Dot+swing-away Magnifier Optics
    – Remmington 870 12ga Tactical Pump with 18″ and 24″ barrels
    – Remmington 700 .308 Rifle with Leopold optics

    Good balance of available ammo types, capabilities, and engagement ranges.


  • Annie


    These would not be on my list of my “must haves” — even though I own 10/22s and a Mossberg 500.

    The 10/22 is ok if I just want to do target practice or shoot small game. However, for my target practice, I much prefer shooting a .410 for skeet and trap. That brings up the subject of shotguns — while I have the Mossberg 500, it’s one I never shoot. A 20-gauge is much more versatile for hunting. I like the Browning Citori, it’s pretty and well-made. Beretta makes some nice semi-automatics as well.

    Here’s the list that works for me, and why I chose these:
    – Hunting Rifles –
    30-06… Browning 30-06 in semi-automatic. All around great hunting rifle. Great for longer shots and kills larger game. Would also use for home defense.
    7mm08 and/or .308 (I have the .308 in a youth model since it fits me better)
    30/30… one of my first hunting rifles was a lever action 30/30 that my grandpa owned. So this one is sentimental for me. It’s great for deer hunting, but I would not take longer shots with it.

    – Handguns –
    My favorites, in order:
    * .45 Kimber Ultra Carry – I can’t say enough good things about this gun. 3.5″ barrel, great CCW, accurate, light trigger, great quality, tritium night sights.
    * Full size .45 – Colt, Kimber, are both good brands, but I’m probably forgetting some others here.
    * .44 magnum revolver – I like shooting the S&W model 629. I took this with me hiking through Alaska.
    * Compact handgun for concealment – I alternate between the Ruger LCP (.380) and the Sig P938 (9mm). Both are really small and have their pros/cons. But these are concealable for smaller people and good for people with smaller hands.
    * Walther PPK/S – I just like having this one, but not necessarily for any practical reason
    * Some others that I think are ‘ok’ – Beretta Nano (9mm), .38 special, .22LR handgun, Glocks (not a fan of the ergonomics and polymer everything, but if they work for you, great), and a derringer is always a nice one to add to the collection.

    – Others just to have –
    * AK-47 (7.62×39) – just because
    * AR-15 – These (for me) are just for target practice and in the chance that they’re banned. Low recoil, ammo prices are going down finally, and you can customize it to suit you. You can hunt with these as well, and most people think they look pretty scary, even though they are less powerful than your typical hunting rifle.
    * An engraved revolver with a nice leather holster – Mine is a .357 revolver with custom engraving, but I have seen some beautiful engraved Walthers.

    Anything you pick should be something *you* want and something you’ll want to have for a long time. Weigh the pros and cons, find what fits your budget, be safe and enjoy!

    Feel free to add to my list… always looking for suggestions!


  • Bill


    I don’t really disagree with the above.
    But would replace some.
    Glock 9×19
    Ruger 10/22
    Remington 870
    Enfield 303

    Just another way to go.


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