Yesterday's post on "Gunnie 'comfort foods'" - and some of the comments - got me to thinking about "go-to" guns. Now, I don't mean what gun you would go to in the event of a home invasion, or to carry, etc. I mean the one(s) that manage to find their way into your range bag on a regular basis, even if they don't build muscle memory on your carry gun or train your shooting for bullseye.
These are the guns that are just plain fun to shoot.
For me, they're mostly .22LR - part of the fun is not spending a ton of money and still shooting for a good chunk of time. Ruger 10/22, Remington 572 pump-action for rifles; Colt Official Police and Smith & Wesson model 17 for pistols. Lately, the SIGSAUER P226 has been working its way into the rotation as well - there's something really sweet about swapping between the centerfire 9mm slide and barrel and the .22LR set-up.
With the P226, I'll toss in one of the numerous .357 Magnum revolvers - K-frame model 19 or 13, N-frame model 27; sometimes the Ruger Security Six for nostalgia's sake. The beauty of the .357 Magnum revolver is that you can shoot bone-rattling 110 grain 1300 FPS .357 Magnum screamers, 158 grain .38 Special +P FBI loads, and powder-puff 148 grain .38 Special rounds. In a big gun like the Security Six or the N-frame, even the hottest rounds have essentially zero recoil; in smaller guns like the 19, the light loads are barely equal to .22LR out of a polymer-framed autoloader.
And when there's shotguns, there's the Mossberg 590, because a shotgun without a bayonet is like a day without sunshine.
That is all.