It all started, as so many of these things do, with a letter from Mr. Free Market which contained this pic:
Now I’ve owned the top two (CETME 7.62x51mm NATO and H&K P7 9mmP). I didn’t like the P7 at all — that squeeze grip chamber loading thingie made my hand shake from the effort of actuating it — and as Dean Wormer famously said:
So I sold it after only a couple of months.
The CETME was a different story altogether. I loved shooting it — preferred it to the G36 and FN-FAL, for that matter — but it was the lightweight C model which, although it could handle the 7.62mm NATO cartridge, really preferred the .308 Win with lighter bullets. (From memory, I only ever used the 120gr.) So it was spendy to shoot, and in any event I’d just picked up my first AK, so I sold the CETME too a short while afterwards.
As for the bottom two guns… well, that’s a different story. Amazingly, considering my handgun preferences, I’ve never owned a Walther P-38 (although I’ve owned a couple of Luger P-08s), but as it shoots the 9mm Europellet anyway, it’s not a serious object of desire other than as a WWII-era gun. (That’s not to say I’d turn one down as a gift, of course; but I’m pretty much out of collecting WWI and WWII-era guns nowadays.)
What about the rifle?
Let’s just say I’d get a StG-44 in a very rapid heartbeat, IF I could afford both it and the ammo it shoots (7.92x33mm or 8mm MP). And that one in Mr. FM’s picture, with the Haenel 4x scope? Oh be still, my twitchy trigger finger.
And for that matter, that scoped CETME also makes parts of my body tingle.
Which got me to thinking (always a dangerous thing when it comes to guns), and I came up with this question:
If money were no object, the gun was available, and ammo was both cheap and plentiful, O My Readers: what rifle would you choose to get?
I asked the question of both Doc Russia and Combat Controller, and I’ll tell you their (and my) choices tomorrow.
Here are the rules: you get to pick one gun, and one gun only; no “top 3” or “1a” or any of that jive, and no crew-served weapons like the Browning Quad 4. One rifle, of any era, and yes, full-auto is permitted.
See y’all tomorrow.