View Full Version : 365 Guns You Must Shoot

02-16-2016, 04:50 PM
My wife works in a library and occasionally brings home books she thinks will be of interest to me. Recently she brought back a book called 365 Guns You Must Shoot, which I spent an enjoyable half hour flipping through - though I was somewhat dismayed to discover that I've only shot 20 odd of the guns listed there. Still, it's a fairly quirky list - I mean, who the heck is ever going to get to use the Pedersen Device for goodness sake. So I thought it would be fun to get a WT 'must shoot' list going, to serve as a bucket list of sorts. We're talking shooting guns just for the sheer enjoyment of shooting something interesting, there are no requirements for practicality or tactical utility. That said, let's try to limit the list to guns that are at least significant variants of platforms, not just versions by different manufacturers. Otherwise we could fill an entire list just with 1911's!

I'll get the ball started - here are a few of the guns I've shot that I think are worth adding to a bucket list:

1. CAR-15 Commando
2. TT-30 Tokerev (the one I shot was taken off a dead terr in Rhodesia)
3. Kriss Vector 45ACP
4. H&K MP-5A2
5. Star Model B 9mm

Over to you!

02-16-2016, 05:42 PM
I'll play:

German MP-40
Thompson smg
Glock 18
M3 grease gun
M2 machine gun

Jake Salyards
02-16-2016, 06:22 PM
Sig P210
Browning M2 .50
Colt SAA
Mauser Broom Handle
SxS express rifle
10 gauge SxS shotgun
Barrett .50
SW 29
SI tier 1 RMR glock

02-16-2016, 06:24 PM
Ferguson rifle

02-16-2016, 06:28 PM
Spandau Maxim MG08/15
Brown Bess flintlock musket (the assault rifle of it's day)
CZ-75 SP01
Micro Uzi
S&W 340SC (full magnum loads)

02-16-2016, 06:31 PM
Walther PPK/S .380
Henry Lever action 45-70
CZ-Skorpion 9 MM
Benelli 12 Gauge Super Eagle
S & W EMP 9 MM
Russian Vepr Sniper 762 x 54
Mosin Nagant 762 X 54
Henry Golden boy Lever action 22 LR
H & K P-2000 9 MM

M1A's r Best
02-16-2016, 06:52 PM
PPsh (Army days)
M60 (Army days)
M14 (Army days) I mean, how many people get to shoot real M14's and M60's these days.
.50 cal. machine gun (Again, Army days. Always thought it was funny how it slow the fire rate sounded vs. how many empties were in the pile when you let up on the butterfly)
90 MM recoilless rifle (Army days) with a 7.62X51 NATO sub caliber device in it. For some reason that day sticks with me. Turning the lever, opening the breech, inserting the round, closing the breach, turning the lever and tapping the gunner on the top of the helmet to let him know it was ready to go.)

Browning BDM (lot's of, at the time, new/different characteristics - some still not repeated anywhere else).
Got a 4" M29 S&W, volleyball sized fireballs and sinus over pressure even in the daylight
Got a 10" vent heavy Dan Wesson, not as much fun as the M29
1911 made in 1917 and stamped Property of the US Government
Win. M52B (used to shoot flies off the targets at 25 yds. with this one - and the thumbtacks out of my buddies targets, till he wised up.)
03A4 (these can be more accurate than you think with the right ammo)
I've got more, but not as cool as some.

02-16-2016, 06:53 PM
You asked for it.....

Matchlock rifle - Japanese, if possible. Rope-burners are a challenge. You learn why the Three Musketeers wore swords.
Flintlock duelling pistol (original, preferably British). You'll get a post-graduate education in shooting mastering it, but very rewarding.
Pennsylvania longrifle. Artwork you can shoot.
Colt 1851 Navy revolver (original). Fun.
Remington 1863 revolver (original). Fun, and I think the most accurate sidearm ever issued.
Percussion duelling/target pistol (original). Delightful shooting, deadly accurate. The French fought duels at 50 meters to keep losses down.
Springfield or Enfield rifle-musket. Historically very important.
Walther PPK in .32 ACP. It's a much more pleasant gun in this caliber.
Hammerli 208s. The best trigger ever put on a repeating firearm.
S&W Model 19. Classic DA revolver, you just can't top it.
Toz-35m (or other free pistol). Exquisite, humbling accuracy.
AWC Amphibian. Probably the best integrally suppressed pistol ever made.
Seecamp LWS-32. Arguably the ultimate micro-gun.
S&W ASP. The progenitor of all the 9mm compacts.

Mike Heckathorn
02-16-2016, 07:11 PM
Marlin 1895 Guide Gun with full powered ammo



1921 Thompson

Mac11 (at full cyclic rate)

Suarez Glock

Thompson Machine Operative B CZ

02-17-2016, 10:02 PM
1. S&W .500 Magnum... not as impressive as the hype makes it out to be, but still fun.

2. Magnum Research Lone Eagle in 30-06... makes the .500 seem like a powderpuff in comparison.

3. AR in .458 SOCOM... Like shooting a .45-70 out of an AR.

4. Everything in .50 BMG you can get your hands on... No matter how much I shoot a .50, it never gets old.

5. M2 belt fed (semi-auto only, unfortunately).

6. Suppressed Aug... nothing special about it, but notable experience for me.

7. FNP-45 with RMR... my first experience with red dot pistols

8. PKM belt fed.

9. 10 gauge single shot H&R... ouch.

10. 1903 Springfield sniper rifle... A classic.

02-17-2016, 11:00 PM
The M240B is an amazingly smooth shooter, and dead on balls accurate beyond 800m. I've never felt deadlier behind any other weapon. The M2 is sexy as hell, and a game changer in a firefight, but I feel like a surgeon of death with the 240.

02-18-2016, 05:34 AM
Mac11 (at full cyclic rate)

I spent a day at with a suppressed M-11 .380 at a frozen pond. We used ice blocks sliding across the surface as targets. Way cool little gun with no practical purpose outside the proverbial room full of very surprised coronels.

My addition to the list, still on my bucket list...

LeMat Revolver

02-18-2016, 10:13 AM
M134, M60 and M240...from an aerial platform.
PPsh41, and 43 (the 41 was way cooler though)
M2 Browning
An original flintlock Pennsylvania rifle(my favorite of them all)

I've shot a lot of guns, but I had the most fun with those.

02-18-2016, 11:25 AM
Amphibian .22lr pistol

Browning 1919 A1

Barret M92

Prototype .50cal rifle which was a bull pup that could be fired standing.


A former IDF owned Belgian made FAL.

Chinese made M14 copy with happy switch.

Sten MkIII

1927 Thompson

1985 Winchester in .405 Winchester

Desert Eagle .44Mag it made a distinctive sound when fired and got more than a few WTF is that remarks at the public range.

SR-25 but sadly not at distance.

02-18-2016, 02:46 PM
Calico helical magazine submachine gun

Beretta Model 12 submachine gun

02-18-2016, 03:34 PM
Desert Eagle .44Mag it made a distinctive sound when fired and got more than a few WTF is that remarks at the public range.

Lately, I've been wanting one of these in .440 Corbon. That cartridge is like the .44 Magnum on super steroids. 240 grain .429 caliber HP at 1800fps out of a 6" barrel. Bet the 10" bbl would be even faster.

02-18-2016, 03:34 PM
How'bout a set of Dueling Pistols (every man who calls himself a man should have his own set)

a 577 Nitro Express rifle

a Howdah pistol

02-18-2016, 04:59 PM
Home built 458 Mag on a 98 Mauser action. No recoil pad no muzzlebreak.


02-18-2016, 05:26 PM
How'bout a set of Dueling Pistols (every man who calls himself a man should have his own set
I do. :nervous:

02-18-2016, 08:38 PM
Hey I built one of those! Good addition to the list, everyone should shoot some sort of elephant rifle at least once.

The only critter that I killed with mine was a groundhog that had the misfortune of being on my range when I came out. I center punched him and the exit only caused a piece of spine to protrude, I compare this to hits with "Varmint Grenades" that create much mist in 5.56.


02-18-2016, 09:28 PM
Home built 458 Mag on a 98 Mauser action. No recoil pad no muzzlebreak.


Then you may really have enjoyed one of the other .50BMG prototypes I shot sans muzzle break and recoil pad; well save for a couple inches of cardboard stacked as a temporary(read very temporary) recoil pad. I swear the damn thing shoved me back a couple inches across the ground when I shot it. I deemed it the "DR Model" for Detached Retina!

02-18-2016, 11:08 PM
I have an M82 A-1. It has a muzzle brake and a reciprocating barrel. I gives an almost slow push as compared to kick. A shotgun with 3 inch mag loads hurts far worse. I have never fired a 50BMG without a break.


02-19-2016, 09:40 AM
Honestly it's not fun....doing so reminded me of one of those old cartoons in which Elmer Fudd got pushed back off the screen when firing his gun.

02-19-2016, 10:13 AM
timing can be adjusted for faster rate of fire, just in case no one ever told you
poor man's sig, zastava cz99, actually shoots remarkably well for a recovered iraqi guard issue

02-19-2016, 11:33 AM
One that comes to mind is the Swedish K.