123: Firearm List for Beginners

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Build up your arsenal with real fire power, cheaply and effectively:

No Firearm is “one size fits all”.

Every type of gun has a purpose.

Different Purposes of having a Firearm:

  • Home Defense
  • Personal or Self Defense
  • Hunting / Utilitarian
  • Sport

What I look for in a firearm:

  • Reliable
  • Reputable Manufacturer
  • Something that will last
  • Ballistics are good for the purpose
  • It is tactically superior
  • Ammunition costs or availability

Shotguns are a Great First Firearm


Shotguns are cheap and reliable, used ones are even cheaper.

Pellets Spread and if you are using #2-4 Buckshot, it is a great home defense round

Chances of impact damage on your target is higher

Chances of shooting into another room is lower

Home defense rounds are available.

Basic Shotgun types worth purchasing:

  • 410
  • 20 Gauge
  • 12 Gauge
  • 10 Gauge
  • 12 Gauge

12 Gauge Shotgun

Saiga 12 Shotgun

Saiga 12 Shotgun. Credit to Wikimedia.org

12 Ga pump is my favorite for hunting

20 Gauge Shotgun

20 gauge double barrel shotgun

20 gauge double barrel shotgun

20 Ga youth model is

  • Lightweight
  • easy to maneuver
  • can be modified with different stocks, like a collapsible one.

I don’t do it, but most can have tactical rails placed on them as well

If I had to choose, I would choose 20 Ga

Same shot sizes in the firearms, 20 gauge fits fewer pellets





HandGuns can also be a great first firearm


Handguns are easy to carry, easy to store and great for personal defense.

Basic Handgun types worth purchasing

  • .45 Cal
  • .40 Cal
  • 9mm
  • .357 magnum
  • 22LR

The .45, .40, 9mm, and .357 are the most common police rounds

.357 Magnum shoots .38 Special which is commonly available, but not really sought after during ammo shortages.

.44 Mag is generally available as well

Rifles are great for targets


Credit to Wikipedia.org

I personally think that a shotgun and handgun should be considered before a rifle.

Rifle types that are worth purchasing

  • 30-06
  • 30-30
  • 7mm
  • Ruger 10/22
  • AR-15 or AK-47
  • 300 Magnum


Great for White Tail deer

Awesome round, and is the base for many other rounds

Was overly expensive during the shortage, but still available.


Was the go-to-round before the 30-06

Was available, is generally cheap

I recommend looking at a Marlin lever-action


7mm Magnum or 7mm Mauser are both great deer rifles.


“Big Game” rounds… the real stuff

Go with a 300 Win-Mag or 300 Weatherby

Expensive Rounds, but usually available, and you won’t shoot many

Shooting is expensive and taxing on the shoulder




  • Ruger Mini-14 (5.56 mm) or Mini-30 (7.62×39)
  • Winchester 94 Trapper (.357), Puma 92 (.357/.38 or .44 Mag), Marlin 1894
  • Go with the Puma 92, it seems to be cheaper than the others, and is known as a very reliable gun.
  • M1 Carbine (.30) – Civilian Version
  • Hi-Point (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP)
  • The obvious AR Platforms

Stock up on what everyone else is ignoring as far as ammo goes.

  • 12 Ga, 20 Ga
  • 30-30
  • .357 with .38 Special Backup
  • 8mm Mauser

You must choose the firearm that is best for you:

  • It must provide what you need
  • It must fulfill your purpose
  • You must be able to trust it
  • It needs to be comfortable


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