Question of the Day: If You Had to Have One Gun . . . ?

“Numerous people have asked me, ‘If you could only own one gun, which would that be?’ I say, ‘Well, first of all, I’d shoot the guy that told me I could only have one. Then, I’d continue to have the hundreds I own.'” Ladies and gentlemen, TED NUGENT! So let’s put that assassination thing to one side (for my own safety’s sake). And qualify the circumstances. Your current life. No SHTF or TEOTWAWKI stuff. No ammo restrictions. For me, it’d be my Glock 30. You?


  1. avatar Tim says:

    Really, a subcompact .45? hmmm…

    Tough question, without the qualifiers of WROL, etc… I find it harder to decide. Those qualifiers help make the decision – 9mm due to availability, 12g shotgun due to versatility, etc… A Glock seems reasonable due to its reliability and a .45 due to its higher probability of stopping power, and a subcompact due to its carry-ability.

    I would go with a G19 just because it carries more ammo and would be less expensive to practice with… And I am not a Glock fan…

  2. avatar Joe Grine says:

    Ar-15 due to ammo and parts availability.

  3. avatar WW Paul says:

    HiPower .40. I enjoy shooting it and have pride of ownership.

  4. avatar Enbloc says:

    Man… I don’t even want to begin figuring this question. So many choices and variances.

  5. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    If I could only own one gun it would have to be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ and since you can’t CCW a shotgun or rifle, it would be a handgun. I still think a .357 Magnum is the most versatile handgun you can have, so that would be my choice. It’s not the *best* choice for any particular role (CCW, wilderness survival, plinking, home protection, hunting) but it can do everything reasonably well and it’s an extremely effective cartridge.

    1. avatar Rebecca says:


      It’d have to be my Springfield XD(m) 9mm, for the same reasons you give.

  6. avatar Mark says:

    Ruger No.1 International in .30-06

  7. avatar pro.0s says:

    A pump shotgun. All others have rifling and therefore not a gun. 🙂

    1. avatar pro.0s says:

      In all seriousness, my USP in 9 mil.

  8. avatar Dryw says:

    Severely tempted to claim my FNP-45 as sole firearm based purely on sentiment. But if I can only own one, it will have to be my FN Tactical Police Shotgun due in no small part to versatility.

    Be hard to give up 300gr hollwpoints or 12x9mm each shot.

    The iPhone of ammunition… “there’ a 12ga shell for that”

    1. avatar Terry4strokes says:

      Absolutely – 870 Wingmaster. Can I have 3 barrels?

  9. avatar I_Like_Pie says:

    12 ga shotgun….that one is easy. I am not a city slicker like most of you saps.

    1. avatar karlb. says:

      Great answer: one can use this gun to hunt upland game, waterfowl, and deer, then it can be used as a home defense weapon. True, it can’t be used as a ccw tool, but its versatility is un-surpassed compared to most every other gun.

  10. avatar pastubbs says:

    Glock 30 and as far as capacity I have a vector mag. If I could only have one it would have to be a handgun. Only having a long gun removes the option of concealed carry. So no to the shotguns and rifles.

  11. avatar Pauley says:

    1911 in 45 acp

  12. avatar Roger says:

    My S&W 41 (.22lr pistol for bullseye and ISSF shooting). I shoot it every day. In contrast a self defense weapon is almost certainly not going to be used for the intended purpose, and even with lead reloads it’s too spendy to shoot nearly as often as the .22.

  13. avatar Adam says:

    I would like to say a handgun but I would probably go with some sort of SBR’d .223 variant. Light, compact, and deadly at a wide variety of ranges. Oh and full auto of course with a couple of C-mags for those ruff and tuff times.

  14. avatar Dave says:

    My jack of all trades, the Mossberg 500. It may not do anything as well as my more specialist guns, but with a variety of stocks, barrels, and ammo it can do anything. Yes, even CCW, just add on a short barrel and a short stock with a very short loop sling on the end for a Clyde Barrow style ‘whippet’ that’ll disappear under a jacket and still be more accurate than anything that’s pistol grip only.

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      Awesome! I likes that kind of improvisation. Change it to an Ithaca Stakeout 12 ga pump and we have a partnership!

  15. avatar tdiinva says:

    I would have to go with a Remington 700 chambered in 243. I could use it for any thing from varmit to medium sized deer.

  16. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

    A Hi Point .45. Ha! Really-Cujo The Dog Of War with only one firearm? I have 6 handguns just in the headboard cabinet in my bed! Ok, H&K MP 5 PDW. And a dufflebag full of hand grenades and claymores. And my Fred Perrin Military Street Bowie. And my Cold Steel San Mai Tai Pan dagger. And a jelly doughnut and a bottle of anything…to go.

    1. avatar Nemesis says:

      Cujo, that sounds more like a check list of what you need to carry at night in Louisville…(My city.) :-0 My weapon? A SOFLAM with appropriate air standing by. Best way to kill the zombies is to “paint” them…

      1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

        Ha! Killer idea! I forgot to add my Phill Hartsfield long tanto knife with the concealable shoulder harness.

        1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          Phill Hartsfield, deceased, put the Godd***it in to sharp. His blades are not cheap, but tough and well thought out with carry designs and sheaths. Mine cost $1500 and could easily go completely through a person or animal, or lop off a limb, but stays innocuous underneath either arm with its shoulder harness.

  17. avatar Scott says:

    Glock 30. Just like the one on my hip right now. And a 4-ship of F-16s sporting a mix of laser and GPS guided bombs. 500 and 2,000 pounders ought’a do it. Close air support is a must in any battle.

    1. avatar zak b says:

      will the laser designator be mounted or stand alone? 😀

      1. avatar Scott says:

        Mounted but concealing it may present a problem.

  18. avatar Sean says:

    Prolly a compact Glock.

    It would have to be carry-able, therefore a handgun. Would prefer one handgun and one long gun though…

    1. avatar pastubbs says:

      Same one handgun and one long gun is more to my liking. As stated above a Glock 30 for my hand gun and throw in a 12 gauge for my long gun.

  19. avatar Tyler Kee says:

    Ruger 10/22 or some flavor of 12 ga shotgun

  20. avatar Nicholas Dixon says:

    A fully automatic MG42, for concealed carry of course.

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      Wicked, Brother, wicked!

  21. avatar clamp says:

    My Glock 17. I can conceal it and can also jam 33 round mags in it to keep whatever away from me I need to keep away from me.

  22. avatar Ryan Finn says:

    Gonna have to go with a handgun due to my current location. It would be my G19; concealable, accurate and lightweight.

  23. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Ruger Mini-14.

    Not very good an anything. Pretty damn good ay everything.

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      If you like surviving on possum and coon.

      1. avatar Gunnutmegger says:

        Same cartridge that the military uses to shoot jihadists.

        Not that I would advocate eating one of those filthy animals…

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          I stand corrected, 223 if you like eating possum, coon or Jihadists

        2. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          Jihad Jerky!

  24. avatar Leo says:

    It would have to be my Kel-Tec PLR-16. Its semi concealable, capable of long range performance, light weight rifle caliber pistol, with all kinds of stopping power.

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      Cool, my man! I love mine. It has a Brownell’s harmonic muzzle brake for short barrel 5.56mm weapons, a Beamshot green laser on bottom, a Blackhawk Gladius tactical light on top ( you can clearly see the sights underneath the tall mount ), and a back up red laser running off and to the side of the Gladius. It all fits easily and concealed inside a 5.11 Select Carry Sling Pack. The 5.11 pack is specially designed to look “civilian” and carry H & K MP 5 style submachineguns, with quick access. The sling has the optional small pack designed to go across your chest and conceals a handgun for quick access. It is available at LA POLICE for $129.95.

  25. avatar Van says:

    Glock 17

  26. avatar EricW says:

    My Ruger Blackhawk convertible in .357 / 9mm. Accurate, and plenty of loads to choose from.

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      I’ve been looking at that combination for a while. How’s the accuracy and handling with the 9mm rounds?

      1. avatar EricW says:

        Accuracy isn’t bad, 4 5/8″ barrel. 9 mm recoil isn’t bad either.

        1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          Cool. Thanks my man.

  27. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    Wow, this is really tough. I’m going to have to agree with good ole Uncle Ted and shoot the fool who only wants me to have ONE gun. All my other guns would be pissed if I chose one over the other so I’ll be keeping them all. You guys gave in to quick chosing just one, because this is how the gun control fools think. They start to limit what and how many you can own, and then they take them all.

  28. avatar Brad Kozak says:

    My Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II, with some soon-to-be-added tritium/fibre optic sights. That way, I’m good to go, day OR night.

    1. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

      Brad, I have the Truglo TFO’s on my Kimbers and they rule. You get a great sight picture during the day and they light up at night, best sights I’ve ever owned.

  29. avatar jay says:

    For SHTF situation.. it would have to be a Kalashnikov

  30. avatar Dave says:

    Vang Comp Mossberg 590

  31. avatar ExurbanKevin says:

    One gun? A medium-sized double action .357 magnum revolver, like a 686 or similar, with a 4″ barrel. Accurate and powerful enough for handgun hunting, flexible enough to shoot lightweight .38 loads to .357 giant killers, small enough to reasonably carry, reliable and good supply of available ammo.

  32. avatar zak b says:

    I’ll go with the Beretta M1934 that’s been in the family for over 60 years. Sentimental value outweighs its disadvantages as a CCW.

  33. avatar Dominick says:

    Shotgun. Semi-auto. Probably a benelli(M2) with 2 barrels. Birdshot, buckshot, and slugs.

  34. avatar Sean says:

    One gun for what purpose? Just one for…everything? Sport? Hunting? Defense? Then it more or less has to be a 12ga shotgun. Probably an 870, or Moss 500. With a few extra barrels.

    But from a non-logical point of view…I would say my 4in S&W Model 19. Or one of my 1911s.

  35. avatar HD76 says:

    Well, since the article says my current life, and not a SHTF situation, I would say an XDm compact 9mm. Easier for carrying concealed, but I can still use the larger magazines too.

    I need to stick with 9mm because I’m too poor to shoot anything else (except for .22).

  36. avatar A. Lee says:

    Full-size 9mm. Currently have a P226, but if I could only have one, it might be a lighter-polymer frame.

  37. avatar RAN says:

    Since you qualified it as everyday and not a teotwawki or shtf scenario, then my Kimber Ultra Carry II. I live in a small city in the midwest. I practice enough that I can hit what I’m shooting at. I have 4 magazines. And just about all my friends carry conceal, so I’m hardly ever without backup where ever I go. Even half the people at the church I attend carry concealed (to include the elderly).

  38. avatar cmd says:

    Springfield Operator TRP. A 1911 works just fine.

  39. avatar DamDoc says:

    what ever i am set up to reload, and what ever i have the most powder, brass, primers and bullets for.

  40. avatar CrabbyDaddy says:

    Merkel Drilling in 12x12x30-06 or 20x20x308.

  41. avatar Blake says:

    If I could have just one gun, it would be my 1911.

  42. avatar Andrew Wiggins says:

    With no ammunition restrictions it’d be the glorious Glock 20.

    1. avatar Sean says:

      GREAT gun!

  43. avatar 101abn says:

    Assuming we are talking about the complete break down of “Law and Order”. It would be a 12 gauge pump, max cap, twin rail, no bells or whistles.

  44. avatar bigdan says:

    If my Aunt had balls she’d be my Uncle.

    1. avatar 101abn says:

      Bury you face down with your ass out of the ground, and you would be a bike rack.

  45. avatar RobinGoodfellow says:

    Phased plasma rifle in a 40 Watt range …

    1. avatar ExurbanKevin says:

      Callahan full-bore auto-lock with customized trigger and double cartridge thorough gauge.

      1. avatar Gossven says:

        “It is my very favorite gun…”

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Hey, just what you see, pal!

      1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

        How about one of those killer BB guns? Still too soon?

  46. avatar Jeff O. says:

    An 1876 Gatling gun in .45-70. I figure if I can only own one gun, I could afford it, because I wouldn’t be buying a lot of other guns.

    I think some people missed the, normal, everyday life, part of the question.

  47. avatar JohnP says:

    AR-15 type carbine

  48. avatar Ralph says:

    One gun? Are you insane? You might as well ask me which is my favorite testicle.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      BTW, I’m concerned that there may be something wrong with me since my right one is larger than my other two.

      1. avatar Bob H says:

        I always thought you had a lotta balls…

        1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          Hey, hey ,hey! You only need one now!

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          Trust me, I need ’em all.

    2. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

      I’ve been looking for your post Ralph, cuz I knew you’d have the best reply. If I had given in to this question I’d only have ONE gun and NO balls.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        No way, JOE. You have an abundance of both.

        1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          That does it! I’m starting a movement as a One Ball-American, we will not be left behind in society…

        2. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

          MikeB and Magoo, start inventing some facts to back me up here. I’m starting a “Support Your One-Ball Americans” movement here! It’ll shift into play in no time. We will not be crushed by these two ball fascists!

  49. avatar Bob H says:

    A PS90 with a custom folding stock.

  50. avatar Paul says:

    I’d have a tough time deciding between an AR-15 and a Glock 27.

    The former, because it offers such a wide variety of possible configurations off of one receiver (I mean, with the right upper, you can set it up to shoot anything from .22 rimfire to .50BMG) . The latter because it’s small enough to be easily carried at all times, and can be easily converted to also shoot .22lr, 9mm, and .357 sig; which are all commonly available.

  51. avatar Magoo says:

    Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag, because I never get tired of shooting it.

  52. avatar rbm411 says:

    My Ruger .357 revolver. Never jams and I can hit what I aim at.

    1. avatar GnD says:

      +1, my security-six never fails.

      1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

        The Six line: Ruger’s Police Service Six, Speed Six and the Security Six is my favorite line of revolvers of all time. I wish they would come back out. I own two Police Service Six models, 4” barrels, .357 magnum, one stainless and one blued. Momma Cujo confiscated the blued one for her own use. I regret ever trading the stainless Security Six I had, and wish I had one of the Speed Sixes in 9mm for the collection. The best feature they have was the way they sit so low in the hand-especially with the original small wood grip panels.

    2. avatar Gus says:

      My Ruger GP100, hands downs. I shoot it well and reloading .38/.357 is super easy.

  53. avatar James Pawlak says:

    That gun that is in my hand(s), loaded, and when and where I need it.

  54. avatar Pale Horse says:

    Glock 19

  55. avatar Gunner442 says:

    HK USP in four-tay

  56. avatar Slappy says:

    Don’t even need to give this a second thought…my M1 Garand!

  57. avatar Abunai says:

    Glock 23, Comp-Tac MTAC holster

  58. avatar Pete says:

    No kidding? A Thompson 1928A1. Good for short and medium range. 2 legged and 4 legged predators alike.

  59. avatar Gossven says:

    Probably my m9, I shoot it better than anything else I own and I can conceal it if I really have to.

  60. avatar Matt in AZ says:

    Loaded question. My answer is a triple barrel drilling. SxS 12ga below a 30’06. 25 inch barrels, screw in chokes with 3 inch chambers for the 12ga and with good aperture sights for the rifle barrel. Picatinny rail for optics and another for light/laser. Two triggers and a manual saftey with barrel selector for the rifle barrel and left shotty barrel. If is said Merkel on it that would be even better.

  61. avatar John Fritz says:

    92FS Inox. Not my favorite but it’s the Energizer Bunny of the pistol world.

  62. avatar Boldbidder says:

    LWRC PSD in 6.8 wearing FDE furniture.

  63. avatar GMAN says:

    The 1934 Beretta that my grandfather got off a dead German officer in WW2. If that gun got to my grandfather before my grandfather got to that gun…I wouldn’t be here!

  64. avatar McCaveman says:

    Marlin Model 1895GBL in 45-70.

  65. avatar Don says:

    That’s easy. M14 action on a Troy MCS stock, full size Krieger barrel, birdcage flash hider (with bayonet lug), Harris bipod, Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14×40 scope, backup iron sights (Troy), backup Trijicon Reflex, at least 2x Beta C-Mags and copious amounts of 20 rounders.


  66. avatar Shaun L. says:

    Any high powered semi probably the PSL I already own…. If the S DOES HTF I’ll be able to use it to pick up more along the way…… Or punch holes in any engine block trying to invade my territory.

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