I forget exactly how it came up, but the question was raised recently about building an armory from scratch. It may have been a returning shooter; it may have been a new shooter; it may have been the proverbial friend-of-a-friend. Anyhoo, it got me to thinking: How would I rebuild my armory should the need arise? (Assume a natural disaster or something of that nature). The exercise is conducted thusly - as opposed to a new shooter - to presume that the armory-builder in question is an experienced gunnie and knows their way around firearms.
That said, here's how I would rebuild my armory. I'll start with the first firearm I would acquire and add on to the list; assume I'm simply adding as I go along. In the interest of having a list that's little more than "Buy one of each of everything made by S&W, Ruger, Colt, Kimber, Springfield Armory, etc.", we'll limit this exercise to the first ten firearms I would purchase.
In that vein, here's the Top Ten:
1. 4" barreled .357 Magnum revolver. S&W model 686 or Ruger GP100.
2. 12 gauge pump-action shotgun. Mossberg 590 or Remington 870.
3. Semi-automatic rimfire rifle. Ruger 10/22 or Marlin model 60.
4. Concealable handgun. S&W J-frame or Kel-Tec P3AT.
5. Semi-automatic centerfire rifle. AR-15 or AK-47 clone.
6. Rimfire revolver. S&W model 617 or Ruger Single Six.
7. Semi-automatic centerfire handgun. Glock 17/19 or Sig P226.
8. Bolt-action centerfire rifle. Remington 700.
9. Semi-automatic rimfire handgun. Ruger Mark III or Browning Buckmark.
10. Semi-automatic battle rifle. M1 Garand or M1A.
What's on your Top Ten list of "must have" firearms?
That is all.