i'm making this thread so that the firearms enthusiasts of the site can have a place to discuss, compare and generally appreciate firearms of all kinds that they own, wish to own in the future or just goggle over. this thread is NOT intended to be a place to discuss fictional guns from anime and movies, although off-handed comparisons and references are acceptable.
after i buy a car i intend to own a varitable arsenal, including plinking and hunting rifles, small and large caliber pistols/revolvers and shotguns. i currently own a Remington 870 Express 12 guage sporting shotgun with nice looking wood furniture, and two interchangeable barrels: birdshot and slug. the slug barrel is equipped with front and rear iron sights, which i adore - the bird barrel has fiber optics in front. this gun has taken a deer at 50 yards with the slug barrel using 3" mag buckshot.
that's the gun i own. these are the guns i'm going to own (this will be an ever-growing list):
this is the Advanced Armament Corps Micro-7 bolt action in .300 blackout. i like this gun because i have a small frame and the short length and light weight of this weapon would be ideal. the .300 cartidge is also only marginally larger than a .223, which is about as small as you'd want to get for hunting big game (.223/5.56 is actually the preffered NATO round because of its light recoil and damage potential).
this is the Kimber Warrior SOC (special operations capable) M1911. the M1911 is arguably the most popular handgun in America right now, and practically every firearms manufacturer has an M1911 variant in production. Kimber is one of the more reputable ones, and the have a lot of variants to choose from. i selected the Warrior SOC because i like the design of the grip furniture and the finish on the slide, but more importantly because of the included Desert Tan laser sighting system. i've always been hot on laser sights because they allow very rapid target aquisition at close range and in low light - in other words, your generic self-defense scenario. besides that, the 7 .45 ACP rounds (+1 in the chamber) a 1911 affords you is more than enough to stop multiple attackers, if you keyhole each one. (keyholing is rapidly putting two rounds of ammunition into a target in roughly the same place - the cavity this creates is devestating.) the Warrior SOC also has comparably light recoil - 16 pounds.
i chose a .45 caliber pistol over the more common (in self defense) 9mm because of one simple fact - one .45 slug is enough to incapacitate an attacker because of the wicked cavity it creates and the immense, slow moving energy they provide. 9mm is the preffered caliber for rapid-fire and rapid target reaquisition, but in self defense situations, you might only get a chance to fire one shot before the attacker is on you. i don't trust a 9mm to stop an attacker in one hit.
what do you guys think? which would you prefer in a close range self defense scenario?