1. A Shotgun
The number one gun everyone should own is a shotgun. Shotguns are incredibly versatile tools and the availability of different ammo types enables them to serve all sorts of different roles. You can use birdshot for hunting birds, small game, and pest control. Buckshot can be used for hunting larger game and home defense. And you can use slugs to hunt even larger game.
I would personally recommend a 12 gauge, pump action for most people. Smaller framed folks or guys who want something their wife can handle may want to consider a 20 gauge. Semi-autos tend to cost more and the cheaper ones tend to jam. A good shotgun should last you a lifetime and you can get a quality one from Mossberg or Remington for under $500.
2. A .22 Rifle
The number two gun everyone should own is a .22 rimfire rifle. Why a .22? A few reasons:
- Cost-effectiveness – .22 ammo is cheap and takes up little space. This means you can stock up on it and store it easily. It also means you can practice with it more and for less money.
- Portability – .22 rifles are smaller and therefore more portable should you need to take them with you on a trip. Additionally, their low-recoil means that anyone in the family can use one and it’s a great starter gun to teach gun safety.
- Versatility – While you’re not going to be able to take down large game with one, they can be used for small game, pest control, and even self-defense in a pinch.
Henry and Ruger both make quality rifles at an affordable price. Personally I would go for the Ruger 10/22 Breakdown for extra portability and a fantastic after-market support system.
3. A 9mm Handgun
The third gun everyone should own is a 9mm handgun. There are a ton of options to choose from here and you really can’t go wrong with anything from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig, or any of the other big manufacturers. 9mm is the most widely used ammo in the world. That means you can get it for cheap and stores will always have it in stock. More importantly, 9mm is an extremely effective round. It’s low recoil and hollow points will stop any two-legged threat you come across. Additionally, guns in this caliber are not too big and you can easily find something that you can conceal and still holds 15+ rounds. Simply put, if you can only own one handgun it should be a 9mm.
That’s all for today. Please share your thoughts below!