In his write-up of the Thompson submachine gun yesterday, Nick kicked things off by ruthlessly poking the bear. Declaring the Tommy gun truly iconic (no argument there), he included it in a select group of four guns he said were 1) instantly recognizable (even to a lot of non-gun people), 2) have a look and feel all their own and are 3) “ambassadors for their eras.” What were the other three members in the Leghornian icon pantheon? None other than Eugene Stoner’s M16, Mikhail Kalashnikov’s AK-47 and Gaston’s GLOCK 17. As you might imagine . . .
Naming a select group like that with so few members provoked some spirited discussion in the comments section. Figuring there’s no better way to get a bead on the guns that belong in such an august group than tapping the collective wisdom of the Armed Intelligentsia, we’ll put the question to you (and we’ll make it a group of five, just to make it easier). Given Nick’s definition, what guns would you include in a group of the five most iconic firearms of all time?