I love firearms of all shapes and sizes. However, some are rarer than others, and rarity changes how we view a particular gun. Recently, I had the chance to get my hands on some of my favorite unicorn guns. No, I haven’t gone mad, ‘unicorn guns’ is just a clever way of saying that the gun is hard to find. Let’s take a look at some of these uncommon gems.
Pistols: SIG Sauer P226 X5
The SIG Sauer P226 X5 is a pistol that I’ve idolized since I was a kid. It embodies many of the characteristics I’ve come to admire as an adult. This large chunk of steel comes in at 47.2 ounces with an empty mag. This soaks up much of the felt recoil, making the 9mm pistol shoot like an absolute dream.
The trigger action is where this beauty really shines. This single-action trigger was crisp and light at just under 4 pounds. The sights were target style, with a blacked-out, adjustable rear and front post. This makes for little distraction and good accuracy on the range.
Unfortunately, these pistols are just going to keep becoming rarer, as SIG Sauer is no longer importing pistols from its custom shop in Germany. These pistols are hand-fit to the highest standards and are some of the best shooting and most attractive handguns on the planet.
Rifles: Kel-Tec SU16
The Kel-Tec SU16 is a gun I’ve been wanting to check out for a while. Why? Because it’s different. I love the AR-15 and AK-47, but sometimes it’s nice to handle something more unique. This lightweight and portable 5.56 NATO rifle is an accurate and handy little number. What makes the rifle even more interesting, is the underfolding stock on the SU16C variant. This makes for convenient storage and transportation, whether on or off body.
Additionally, the SU16 accepts standard AR-pattern magazines, so you know that quality mags are reliable and easy to locate. The rifle is equipped with a top picatinny rail for mounting optics, and it worked well when mounting a Swampfox 3X prism scope. If you choose to stick with the irons, they worked well and were standard fare. For certain applications, it may make more sense to keep the bulk down and just use the iron sights.
Shotguns: Benelli M3
This next unicorn gun is one that I personally missed out on at one point. Both finally came in stock at the same time and I had to choose between buying the Benelli M3 and a Daniel Defense Mk18. I chose the AR because it was more practical at the time, but I do sometimes wonder ‘what if?’ Although I haven’t gotten to own one, I have shot the Benelli M3 and it was a blast.
The 3-inch 12-gauge chambering provides a lot of power and versatility, and the ability to convert between semi-auto and pump-action modes makes the M3 shotgun stand out even more. That’s right, you can manually switch between semi-auto and pump-action firing modes depending on your needs at the time.
The Benelli M3 is available with a 19.75-inch barrel and holds 5 rounds in the magazine tube. If you want additional rounds onboard, you can always purchase an aftermarket extension. There are different sight and stock options for the M3. However, the main version you’ll find features a pistol grip stock and ghost ring sights. The Benelli M3 is a versatile powerhouse that’s ready to take on whatever challenge presents itself.
Other Rare Firearms:
There are plenty more unicorn guns in all different shapes, sizes, styles, and calibers. The old HK P7 line and Swiss P210s are good examples of classics that became a hit and then skyrocketed in scarcity and value. Dracos and other more controversial firearms come and go depending on the political climate. Of course, there are tons of rarities in the milsurp world, all you have to do is head down the rabbit hole. I’m sure, whatever type of firearm you’re into, there are some unicorn guns that are, or should be, on your radar.
Conclusion: Unicorn Guns
Search high and low, and you’ll still never find them all. Though they’re rare, unicorn guns are still out there. With a lot of searching, some patience, and a little luck, you’re sure to find some that will cross your path, just be ready when they do.