This post is a riff on the BBC’s program “Desert Island Discs”, whereby the guest is asked to list the five pieces of music they would take if exiled to or marooned alone on a desert island (such as this one, screw that grass hut nonsense).
So here’s my list of five guns I’d take under similar circumstances. (Assume a healthy supply of ammo, targets, cleaning gear etc. Also, assume you’re never going to be attacked by pirates or zombies, FFS.)
Colt Python (.357 Mag/.38 Special)
Every time I pull the trigger on a Python, I fall in love with shooting all over again. It is quite possibly the perfect handgun. I’d choose it with a 6″ barrel.
Ruger Single-Ten (.22 LR)
I could take the Single-Six but as any fule kno, ten is better than six. And plinking is gonna be pretty much an everyday affair, yes?
Winchester Mod 62 gallery gun (.22 LR)
Plinking with one of these (or the Taurus knock-off) would be almost continuous, with a series of metal spinner targets set at various ranges.
Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) XXXV (20ga)
Of course there’d be a multi-station shotgun range on the island. I would probably need weekly shipments of clays, by the container. (And if I could cheat ever so slightly and take two of these to save on the barrels wearing out after only six months, I’d be very grateful.) That’s also why I’d pick 20-gauge over the 12: to spare my shoulder.
Finally, to the surprise of precisely nobody, my rifle choice:
Mauser M12 (6.5x55mm)
It is the finest bolt-action rifle I’ve ever fired, period.
Of course, it would be my M12, as accessorized below:
Needless to say, compiling this list took lots of time because choices. In the end, I went with guns I’ve fired before and enjoyed shooting more than all the others — and I have fired a lot of guns in my time. It’s all very well to think about AK-47s and such, but who actually enjoys shooting them (other than South African criminals and Muslim/Marxist terrorists)?
And speaking of AK-47s, note the complete absence of semi-automatics in the above. That was a coincidence, not by design. I just like working the actions of my guns.
Anyway, those are my five Desert Island Guns. Feel free to pick your own in Comments, and no cheating with stuff like T/C multi-caliber rifles, either. Five (5) guns, one chambering per gun. Have at it.
Update: “Also, assume you’re never going to be attacked by pirates or zombies, FFS.”
Clearly, I need to emphasize the rules and conditions for some people… FFS.