This meme came from Cheaper than Dirt over the weekend. If you could only have three guns and 300 rounds of ammo for each one, which ones would they be? Their staff roundly chose a Glock 19 in 9mm, an AR-15 and then the pattern got a little spread going. Of course, my reaction was to ask what the scenario is: is this for urban survival, an African hunting trip, or just what? Is that 300 rounds for each forever? No such information was given. So here's my take on it. None of these are grail guns; they're pretty ordinary.
- Handgun: a Springfield XD Subcompact in 9mm. Figure in the wide availability of 9 mm and it's a natural. This is Springfield Armory's equivalent of the G19, but it fits my hands better. For me, it's a natural shooter. Conceptually, it's a "ho-hum". Same as most of their staff.
- All purpose: Mossberg 500 and a couple of barrels. A longer barrel for hunting and a shorter one for self-defense or "social work". My 300 shells would need to include some rifled slugs as well as buckshot and birdshot, say 50 slugs, 100 buckshot, and 150 assorted bird shot. Again, a ho-hum. Several staff chose 12 ga. pump guns, but they all went with Remingtons.
- Rifle: Remington 700 in .30-06 or .308. This was tough one for me. AR or bolt action? I like my ARs, but I went with the bolt action thinking of the Scout Rifle concept, a rifle equally adept at hunting and as a battle rifle, capable of taking down pretty much any North American predator, four or two legged.