TFBTV: Top 10 Guns To Shoot Before You Die

Been a while since we thought about this list, but I thought I might make a video about it for the YouTube audience:

We have been fortunate enough to shoot many, many different firearms over the course of our lives and while we have enjoyed most, a precious few have made their way into our hearts as towering giants that provide an unparalleled shooting experience that is meant to be savored and appreciated. In this video, we lay out our choices for the 10 guns to shoot before your time is up!

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I want to fire an RPG.

    • manBEar

      Good choice – I want to fire my boss

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I love a good quitting story.
        I hope to have one myself one day.

        • John Yossarian

          I quoted “Scarface” once, on my way out, from that scene when he leaves the restaurant. Said it to my boss with quite a few people watching – “You need people like me so you can point your little fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.” So what does that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. So say good night to the bad guy! The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you.”

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Wow you must have been on a lot of cocaine!

      • Major Tom

        Out of an RPG?

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    • I want to fire a Browning .50

    • Mikial

      I’ve shot them. Very cool, as are LAWs.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sweet, too bad I never served. I guess not getting shot is a plus.

  • Travis

    While this is not a specific firearm, one of my dreams will soon come true. I know this is a cheap and easy one, but I’ve always wanted to shoot some tracers.

    • Blake

      Looks like Freedom Munitions is making low-priced reman tracers now. Rock & roll. Gonna have to get a box next time…

      • Travis

        Sweet! I’ll have to check it out. I ordered some federal that was on sale at Midway about 55¢ a round so I was pretty excited to get some

        • Blake

          We’ve also shot up a bunch of Piney Mountain 22LR tracers, which while pricey are way cool because:

          – shoot them from a pistol & they come out slow so you can really see them. – the tracer effect enabled me to hit a man-sized target @ 200yds with a 22LR pistol after a couple shots &ltgrin&gt
          – they burn GREEN!

          • Travis

            I’ve looked at those 22s also, they are on my list too 😀

            those dragon’s breath look wild!

    • Lt_Scrounge

      You should’ve been in the last battalion I was in. I showed up to run the night fire range for the M16s and found the armorer at the ammo table loading magazines with straight tracer instead of the standard four ball to one tracer mix. I asked him how many of the rounds were tracer and he told me that all that the Battalion Operations officer had ordered for the range was tracer. So we shot night familiarization training with nothing but tracers. When we got down to the end, we had four magazines of tracers left and since we had no desire to count over 4000 pieces of brass to account for the rounds fired, we borrowed a pair of M16s and two of us had the NCOIC pop up two targets on the end and we put the rifles into full auto and emptied the magazines. If had turned in ANY live rounds, we would’ve had to count the expended brass. If we turned in nothing but brass, we could simply sweep it into a garbage can and they would accept it like that.

      • Travis

        Wow! That would have been very cool to experience! The rules and regulations can be very interesting… I wonder how they come up with it all…

  • I hope to fire something FA that wasn’t at least 35 years old and mad expensive.

    • Blake
    • Evan

      Join the military. You get to shoot new(er) automatic weapons and they pay you.

      • SirOliverHumperdink

        My dad told me that about 1000 times. I said ‘shave my head and live with guys’? No thank you.

        • Yeah, considering I have enough hair to carpet a studio apartment in the 60’s, and I’m damned proud of it, I think I’ll cut it off on my own terms.

          • Evan

            At least your excuse is original.

          • Suppressed

            “Excuse” just sounds real condescending, as if you feel those of us who enlisted are better people. “Reason” seems like a better choice. That is, unless you intended to display a condescending attitude.

          • Evan

            Absolutely intended to sound condescending. I really do feel that those of us who enlisted are better people, and I completely fail to see how any able bodied man can not enlist and continue to have any self respect.

      • iksnilol

        Crap pay for a crap job, at least here in Norway. That and they didn’t want me.

    • Goody

      Go to a machine gun range, duh.

  • FrenchKiss

    An original S&W Schofield

  • plingr2

    You should try ZKM 456. It is predecessor of CZ 452 Varmint .

  • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

    “The trend this days…” XD

  • schizuki


  • Evan

    I’ve shot everything but an MP5 and a suppressed bolt action .22.

  • USMC03Vet


    Thud, thud, thud,………boom,boom,boom

    • Bill

      Yep-that thing is FUN! For those of you who don’t know, it’s a 40mm grenade machine gun!

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    You left out the mosin


  • Michigunner

    No shotgun love? I’m surprised. No one with an interest in the shooting sports should be kept from spending some time with a good 12ga.

    • Kyle

      I was surprised at that absence myself. There is just something fun about shooting a shotgun.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        Take a case of bargain DIET soda, set it out in the sun for a few hours and then take turns tossing the cans into the air while shooting at them with a shotgun. If you only catch it with a pellet or two, the thing goes spinning off through the air like it has a rocket on the side from the internal pressure blowing soda out the pellet holds. If you hit it solidly it explodes from all of the internal pressure being released at once. I say to use diet because the aspartame seems to cause the liquid to release the carbonation faster than sugar so it makes the cans more explosive when hit.

  • Nashvone

    I thought he was throwing the .22 in there because it’s the firearm that most people start with.

  • Badwolf

    Alex, I think you already did a video of this topic before. Anyway, my list is 9 out of 10 the same as yours, but in a different order… I would replace the 22 with a pump shotgun. The shotgun is so common that most experienced shooters take it for granted. But I think it deserves to be in the top 10 more than the 22.

  • Don

    Big bore single action revolver… Come on now, the .44 mag is far from being impressive any longer. I love my .44 mag Ruger Super Blackhawk but it’s ordinary compared to my S&W .460 mag. Or one of the many other Magnum Research BFR’s, now those are impressive. I actually got bored shooting my .44 mag. That was until Buffalo Bore came out with their heavy .44 mag +P+ 340 gr. rounds, now it’s fun to shoot again and its more on par with the bigger single actions. I think that everyone should take at least one shot with a .50 BMG bolt action rifle with a HUGE muzzle break on it, the pressure wave from it has no comparison. It’ll put a smile on your face no matter what kind of day you’ve had 🙂

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    no 50 bmg?

  • Nicholas C

    Here is my list in no particular order.

    Glock 18C (compensated for control)
    HK MP7
    Some automatic beltfed machine gun
    Sterling MK4 or MP5 full auto.
    22 suppressed.
    Some AR15 select fire.
    bolt gun out to 1000 yards like a .308 or .338 lapua
    Last one maybe a bullpup.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Not that Alex’s list was bad, but I like your list better. I’d like to shoot a SCAR17S, but I might replace it with an FAL for historical sake.

      • As a general rule, I find anything designed after the 1960s quite boring. FAL all the way.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Hi Point
    Cobray derringer

  • HKmaster

    I’ve been wanting to shoot a P08 Luger for many years. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do so soon.

  • gunsandrockets

    Nothing black-powder?

    A coehorn mortar in beer-can caliber is pretty fun.

  • Normally he does a transcript unless time is short to get it posted.

    • Drunk Possum

      While I can appreciate a deadline, I am slightly perturbed that this is the second video in a row with no transcript from Alex. As mentioned a simple list would have sufficed.

      And I suppose I can keep my potty mouth/fingers a bit more suppressed seeing the edit you’ve made. ?

      • Yes we do have certain words flagged which only delays your comment being posted until I can approve it. We do have some younger people who visit the site so some words are discouraged from use.
        I’ll talk to Alex about the transcript

        • Drunk Possum

          Thanks, Phil. Much obliged and I’ll keep the four letter words to a minimum, I hadn’t considered the younger audience.

  • ltulrich

    OMG you didn’t include (insert favorite firearm here)!

  • MechanizedSwede

    Carl Gustav

  • WFDT

    Great list- but I’m biased, owning a 1911, a Garand, a Colt SP1 (I know, not a M16), a M1903 (the American Mauser), and a suppressed Ruger American Rimfire.

  • TC

    A Winchester or Marlin .30-.30 lever action, because it’s what every ‘Murican’ owns.

  • Sid Collins

    Something black powder. Either a muzzleloader or wheelgun. Anything that requires the shooter to assemble the components.

    • Will P.

      I deff back that 100%. The smoke, fire, and noise all make for a very enjoyable experience. I don’t consider the newer inline “muzzleloaders” real muzzleloaders though. Percussion, flintlock, or if you could ever find someone with one a matchlock or wheel lock.

  • st4

    Avenger 30mm. From the hip.

  • Cal.Bar

    Alex, they already have a way for ALL of us to shoot a .22 cal suppressed rifle – it’s called an air rifle!!! Same exact sound and results – without the NFA headache and cost.

  • Leigh Rich

    You own all those? I saw a rare Johnson in the rack shot. Damn took me 45 years to amass my firearms collection.

  • mb

    You showed a Swiss K31 in the beginning… that is one of my top 10. arguably the most accurate military bolt action ever. To duplicate the quality today it would cost $2,500-$3,000

  • RickOAA .

    50 BMG rifle…especially if you’re on a range where you can destroy stuff and stuff.

  • BigR

    I flunked, I’ve only shot 7 of the recommend guns!

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I agree with the 1911 and will call you inexperienced (because you are young) when you speak well about the M-16. I was the guy given the M16 and I learned the first day that I could not trust it with my life because it and every one I was handed for a month failed multiple times with every magazine. The M16 of then is not the M16 of today and too many service men died because of the failure rate of them. I will agree about the accuracy because I did medal as a marksman with it in boot camp. I was the only one that did. I preferred the M40A1.
    I will also agree about the AK I love mine.
    But the that is my personal experience.

  • Mikial

    Fun list. I’ve shot quite a few of them. Select fire AK, M16, and MP5, Garand, big bore revolver, Mauser, belt feds (M60, M240, M2, M85), 1911s. Haven’t shot a bullpup. Guess I need to find one somewhere.