Top 5 Guns I’m Glad I Bought

Everyone has a few purchases that have resulted in no buyer’s remorse whatsoever, and in this list I breaks down five of mine. The firearms on this list can meet a pretty broad set of criteria, ranging from how fun said gun is to how useful it has been over the years.

What are the top 5 guns you are glad you purchased a long time ago and still enjoy using?

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Alex C.

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


  • Rick O’Shay

    My Mossberg 500, my M&P 9c, and the old Winchester Model 67 that got passed down to me when my son was born: never regretted buying them (or receiving, in the instance of the 67), they’ve all done a superb job for the role I got them for. The Mosin I bought on a whim for a little over $100 a few years back, I had buyer’s remorse for a few months afterwards, while but I’ve grown to love it for what it is. I I have some ARs I’ll never let go, but there’ve been parts on them I didn’t like and swapped out.

  • Scott Tuttle

    the longest list is going to be the guns I’ve sold and regretted it.

    • Joseph Goins

      A great topic indeed.

    • Vhyrus

      Ooh, you mean like the saiga 12 I sold a week before the ban? Or the XD compact I traded at a gun show for $350, right before a guy offered me $400 for it? How about the two guns I got a combined offer on that I declined only to sell them both for less than the original offer?

      I could do this all day.

      • Billy Jack

        A life without regrets is a life not lived.

      • J

        I also sold my Saiga a couple weeks before the sanctions

    • M

      Missed opportunity guns/buys are also a fun topic.
      Saigas, Tigrs, Polytechs, Norincos, Valmets, Finnish M28-76, $20 surplus bolt guns (enfields, mosins, mausers, etc), etc

      • ElderAmbassador

        Like the opportunity I had to buy a LNIB Colt Match Target for $90 and I had more like $9 in my pocket! Yeah! Several others over the years but that one Still hurts.

      • Brocus

        passed on a reasonably priced P7 once 🙁

      • My biggest miss was an $800 sporterized Gewehr 43. It only needed some new wood, but I didn’t want to pay for restoration then. Le sad face.

      • Evan

        I remember how my wife wouldn’t let me buy a Mosin for $78 one time. She’s my ex-wife now…

        • frankspeak

          wasn’t too long ago I picked- up one of those at Dunham’s for $89…came with all kinds of stuff… including the bayonet…good deals are still out there…

      • frankspeak

        how about buying a semi-auto norinco for $289…when I could have a bought a full-auto version for $389…now THAT was as dumb as you can get!…most of this was before your time..I know…..and definitely pre-clinton!

  • thedonn007

    Wow, #5 was a surprise. It is not considered a SBR due to the age of the firearm, right?

    • Correct, a few firearms are exempt from the national firearms act. Notably Inglis hi powers and C96s (but some more as well).

      • Richard

        What price can be expected for a shooter grade Mauser c96 with a stock? I’ve always wanted one ever since I saw it in the movie joe Kidd when I was younger

        • frankspeak

          try gun broker….but that stock on a pistol bit is kinda’ dicey…

          • Richard

            Ok thanks

          • frankspeak

            by the way,..denix makes a nice replica of that gun ..if you’re willing to settle for a wall-hanger…

          • Richard

            I have a metal airsoft one from when I was a kid as well as a reproduction holster stock that cost more than the gun

  • Joel

    Very nice vid. Thanks.

    Different guns leave different thoughts in peoples’ memories. Your five are pretty interesting. Frankly, I find the C96 enigmatic. Churchill praised it unreservedly and from direct, first hand experience. Today’s thoughts are that a 30 caliber FMJ pistol round would be fairly ineffective.

    • Tassiebush

      Fairbairn and Sykes in shooting to live said that it was feared by Shanghai police. They refered to a case of a shattered arm that needed amputation. Sounds like the high velocity projectiles compared to other handgun rounds were a bit more destructive.

      • iksnilol

        Hits a bone and it becomes a “bring your own shrapnel” kind of party.

      • ostiariusalpha

        9mm round ball can easily shatter bone also, but that Mauser cartridge is much softer shooting for how effective it is. On a gun with a lower bore axis, like a TT-33, follow up shots are very quick.

        • Tassiebush

          I guess when and from where they were writing of, it was probably in a context of many older style cartridges like .455webley .38special, .32acp and probably a bunch of others of even milder characteristics.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Especially in the context of big bore, “man-stopper” pistol cartridges like the .455 Webley, .45 Colt, or .45 ACP which commonly use unjacketed lead bullets that can cause relatively serious soft tissue damage, but tend to fragment apart when striking bone.

          • Kivaari

            Not much issue .45 ACP uses plain lead bullets. Wadcutter match is about it.

          • Kivaari

            They issued a lot of .380 (38 S&W -176 IIRC). I had a bunch of it with SMP stamped into the exposed lead in the base of the bullet.

          • Tassiebush

            How fascinating to have Shanghai Municipal Police ammo!

        • Kivaari

          AND the 7.62x25mm is about 20% more powerful than the 7.63mm. The Soviet round is a real screamer. Mausers are interesting, but horrible designs. Those TT33s are superior pistols.

          • marathag

            But only 1/3 as cool looking

      • Joel

        At the same time, the 30 Carbine, which is similar in diameter, heavier in weight, and much higher in velocity, has been roundly ridiculed as inadequate. Soldiers reported said that they thought that North Korean or Chinese winter clothing was stopping it (probably an incorrect conclusion by the soldiers).

        • Big Daddy

          Ah the 30 carbine. I did some reading on it and my thinking was that 2 things happened, they missed because they were poor shots and/or the ammo was made for hotter climates in the south. Using them in cold climates might have taken enough out of them to make their effectiveness at distance poor. I’ve seen testing done and at 100 yards, good ammo goes right through heavy clothing. I’m thinking they flat out missed or did not hit center mass passing through on an angle.

          • DrewN

            I’m old enough to have seen plenty of carbines used in anger and they work just fine. I’d worry more about reliable magazines than stopping power myself.

          • Kivaari

            M1/2 carbines are one of the best weapons in its class. It is superior to the WW2 era SMGs. Being a replacement for a pistol made it a great choice. I’d want both the M1911A1 and the carbine.

          • frankspeak

            got an “enforcer” with double banana clips I keep around the house..not very accurate..but that “bugger” is nasty in a hallway!

          • Kivaari

            That would clean out a hallway.

        • AD

          OK, but you’re comparing a pistol cartridge fired from a pistol at pistol-shooting distances to a pistol cartridge fired from a rifle at rifle-shooting distances.

          • frankspeak

            from what i’ve heard the chinese liked to pick them up and use them when they could…especially the m-2’s…used to use that “shoot it sideways” the way,..winchester hollow points will take it up to .357 specs…

  • codfilet

    I never bought a gun I didn’t want.

    • Kivaari

      How many did you regret buying a few weeks later?

  • gusto

    My Browning BLR
    all other guns are easily replaceable and have been, I know all of them if I get anew one of the same make/model will do the job.

    We have a fixed number of rilfels we get to keep due to stupid laws so every rifle has been replaced at least once, but not the BLR it is a keeper

    probably the BLR to but i shot my first game with it, it is so light and carryable, and over here across the pond they are quite rare, it is just a hunters rifle

    from my limited testing it is easily a sub-moa rifle to even thou the forend is tight with the pencil barrel and just craftmanship, marlin both old and remlins are nowhere near it quality wise

  • Blake

    Marlin 39D
    Colt Woodsman
    Ruger 10/22
    Izhmash SKS
    CZ 527
    Ruger Red Label

    (& my Uncle’s Marshall-plan-bringback Walther P38, but of course we didn’t buy it)

    “Make 22LR cheap again!”

  • Blake

    This was a really great vid, thanks.

  • Big Daddy

    5 guns I’m glad I bought.

    1 – Glock
    2 – AR15
    3 – Glock
    4 – AR15
    5 – Glock

    • Kivaari

      Reverse the order and it’s perfect.

      • Big Daddy

        I just bought a G20 Gen 4 today like I need a 10mm, sure for those nasty black bears in Texas…LOL!!!!!!!! Actually if I ever go Hog hunting it will be by my side. It shoots like a dream, although I haven’t tried REAL 10mm in it yet.

        I have all Glocks and Ar15s except for a mossy 500 and a Ruger Gunsite.

        Next year I hope to get a SCAR 17….why? I have no idea, just to piss off the Liberals I guess.

        Man I sure love shooting. I have enough Glocks and ARs to outfit a infantry squad.

        • Kivaari

          The only justification for buying a new gun is we don’t have one, or we need two.

          • Big Daddy

            For me #1 is that it’s a sport. A test of me the gun and the target.

            Having one is a right of man and I use them for self and home defense. But it is a sport and the only way an older disabled person can get low impact exercise. Going to the range is exercise and also a way to interact with others into the experience.

            I have learned so much about myself, self discipline and the mechanical aspect to firearms. Being armed is a lifestyle and you must act accordingly. It has helped me deal with rude and ignorant people better. I no longer get mad or even frustrated I have become more passive and tolerant.

            Anti-gun people as well as some people who support firearms rights do not understand the responsibility of being armed. You need self-restraint and discipline or there would be total lawlessness. Exactly like places like Chicago, LA, DC where the people that are illegally armed have none of the needed skills to be armed. Including the training to hit what you are aiming at.

          • Kivaari

            The disability part hit me a few months back. I went to the range to zero a rifle and had a minor heart attack. Now days packing a lightweight AR is getting to be work. Shifting to a 10-20 is a pleasure. Cheaper shooting as well.
            Defense of self and family is the most important part of the hobby. My adult life has revolved around professional gun use in military, police or retail. It’s a field full of great people.

          • Big Daddy

            Sorry to hear about the attack. I’m lucky that the guys at the range help me a lot. Great young men who respect older people. I have met some of the best human beings through guns, I cannot say that about other endeavors.

          • KestrelBike

            Yikes, sorry to hear about your med issues. Good to hear you’re back at it!

          • frankspeak

            at a certain age…you start to think more about selling…than buying!

          • Billy Jack

            I just made sure everybody knows what they get if I croak.

          • Billy Jack

            And now that you mention disability, it is a means for the disabled person to defend themselves against those who would otherwise prey upon them. Multiple Sclerosis may have destroyed my agility and endurance but my M4 DR (Defense Rifle) has given me the ability to defend myself if the need arises.

          • Billy Jack

            Or these three here are lonely.

      • frankspeak

        need to expand your horizons…LOL!…

  • M.M.D.C.

    ” AKA Garbage Rod”

    Thank you for that, I laughed out loud.

  • Joseph Goins

    1. BCM Recce KMR 14-ELWF
    2. Cheytac M300 Lightweight Aluminum (.408 Cheytac)
    3. HK MR762
    4. BCM Recce KMR 11-ELWF (pistol)
    5. Glock 19

    Honorable mention: Ruger 10/22 Takedown for its practicality.

  • DanGoodShot

    Outstanding vidio. Outstanding ending. Very well thought out and executed. I couldn’t agree more about the Beretta 92. I too was a Rifleman. Never really enjoyed pistols. Until I went for my pistol quals. I still remember the first time I squeezed the trigger on that beat up old 92 on the Groton Naval base. A hot, humid mess of a day, the day I fell in love with a hand gun. Today, my VP9 brings me close to that same feeling. Still, everything you said about the 92 is spot on.

    • frankspeak

      supposed to be an issue with cracked slides on the “92…in any event,..the military is gearing-up for another change…

  • Kivaari

    After decades of buying, selling and trading guns ending up with ARs and Glocks has proven to be the best choices. Add a S&W M19 and a M642 and the world is all good.

    • retfed

      I concur with your choices. You have good taste, for an old fart. I’d throw in a good .22 revolver (Smith Model 17 or 18, if you can find one) and call it a day.

  • Bob

    M1A Springfield (pre ban w/ E-2 pistol grip stock and hardware)
    SAR 48 (FN/FAL imported from Brazil by Springfield)
    1911 Kimber Polymer Target, my CCW, holds 14 +1 of glorious 45 ACP
    Bulgarian Makarov, cheap and shoots like their is NO tomorrow. (accurate)
    5th Choice is my “service rifle” (for NRA highpower) AR-15 by DPMS
    and 6th place….for nostalgia and “getting looks” in an AKS (or is it AKM) type 56 which is a Polytech AK-47 type that is pre-ban. Some folks call it the “legend”. It works.

  • The_Champ

    Swedish mauser is a beauty!

    Since you brought up the strength of the action, it got me thinking. Many people like to talk about how certain guns have stronger actions, especially in the milsurp world. But when you fire an old rifle in working condition with the proper ammo, is really more likely to blow up just because its an Enfield and not a Maurer?

    I think most of these designs were well thought out, and certainly none had razor thin tolerances that would lead to the gun turning into a hand grenade. And calling one action superior to another because it was “stronger” seems kind of silly unless, like Alex mentions, you are talking about re-chambering or using out of spec ammo.

    Or maybe I’m wrong and there are dozens of Enfield and Krags exploding every day and I don’t hear about it ?

  • DaveP.

    Colt Detective Special, from back when bell bottoms and big sideburns were ‘in’.
    S&W Trail Boss (3″ 629 with unfluted cylinder). WHAM.
    Ruger GP100. Traded a POS safe queen for it over twenty years ago, had a half-crazed gunsmith work the action over… smooth double action, target-quality single action. I’ve carried it as a CCW, put more ammo through it than I can easily count, taught a half dozen new shooters on it, still runs just fine.
    Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper. As cute as a bug’s ear.
    Kimber TLE 2, from back when Kimber still had a good rep. Big heavy chunk of steel but boy can it shoot.
    Glock Model 20. Embrace the Tupperware.

  • Jack Morris

    1. Daniele Defense M4V5
    2. Springfield Loaded 1911 with .460 Rowland kit
    3. Walther PPQ Navy
    4. Browning Buckmark
    5. Ruger LCP

    All of them have their purpose and all of them fit the bill perfectly.

    • Big Daddy

      Yes my favorite AR is the M4V5 I have.

  • Evan

    Every gun I’ve bought, I’ve been glad I bought, except one: A Smith & Wesson Sigma .40. That thing was junk. I bought it because it was cheap, not because it was something I specifically wanted. As for the guns that I’m exceptionally glad I bought:
    Mauser Kar98K
    Marlin 1894 in .44 magnum, which I bought having never shot a lever action before, and I still find more fun than it has any right to be
    Mossberg 500
    And my absolute favorite rifle, my M1A. First gun I ever bought, and still by far my favorite. I have never gone shooting and not taken my M1A.

  • Bill

    Next: Guns I didn’t buy when they were readily available and now you have to hunt high and low for and can never find in reasonable condition at a reasonable price:
    Police Positive Special
    2.5 inch M19/M66
    Model 10/Model 13 M&P: any & all

    • retfed

      You didn’t miss anything by not getting Colt DA revolvers. The Python is pretty, but it has a stacky trigger that’s really too narrow for its pull weight (at least my two did).
      The factory grips are tapered the wrong way and make the gun push itself down in your hand in recoil. The Diamondback is just a D-frame (Detective Special) dolled up to look like a baby (7/8 size) Python. I never fired a PP, so I have no opinion there.
      The K-frame Smiths, on the other hand, have triggers that are the industry standard, and the round-butt K-frames have the most comfortable grips for almost any hand size. They’re also easy to carry concealed. I consider the Glock 19 to be the K-frame of the Wondernine age (or maybe the K-frames are the Glock 19 of the old days).

    • frankspeak

      Model 10’s and 13’s used to be pretty common..especially used…got a couple of them stashed around here someplace…

  • VF 1777

    Funny, my experience has been somewhat similar in that my first AR was an RRA and is what opened the ‘book of knowledge’ for me in that genre (although my gas key didn’t come loose thankfully, ouch). Far beyond that now of course. A Winchester 1892 started my curiosity in historical firearms. I’d say my G19 was the first pistol that I could really master (had to get through my HK and .40 phases prior to that). It’s probably easier to state what I do regret buying, rather than not. It’s all been an educational experience along the way, getting me to where I am now… and not without my share of wasted $’s along the way.

  • livingonenergydrinks

    I am 100% with you on the Beretta 92fs. Fits my hand perfectly, and I am hitting bulls eyes from 25 yards away. It changes your entire perception of shooting. Just wish they made a subcompact version of it for conceal carry, as the PX4 don’t have the same feel.

  • Sinbad 1

    I like your shirt 22LR is a gateway drug

  • smartacus

    Diamondback Firearms 380 is on NOBODY’S glad-i-bought-it list

  • Bob Grundman

    Great video, with some cool choices. It’s rare to see a C96!

    I’m glad I bought:
    Taurus M85CH – It’s a basic handgun, but it’s what I had close to hand when some bad guys decided to try a home invasion against us. I had that Taurus in one hand and a cordless phone (it was the 1990s) in the other as I waited in ambush. Our door held, but hearing my voice on the other side of the door as I spoke to the cops may have helped convince them to give up their attempt. Without the gun, I would have been hiding with my wife in a bedroom, with a machete. Maybe they would have kept kicking until the door broke. I now have other guns, but I still have that revolver, and it’s never failed in any way in 25 years of use.

  • Nashvone

    Alex, your incessant bashing of Mosins reminds me of a politician that is always railing against alternative lifestyles before being caught in bed with either a dead woman or a live boy. Come out of the closet and admit that you like the damn things!

    • frankspeak

      change the bolt…slap a scope on it…and resist the urge to go looking for germans!

  • Wetcoaster

    The Beretta 92 reminds me of the original XBox controller in that when you find someone who loves the design, odds are good they also have large hands.

    With my stubby fingers, trying to find a comfortable grip on the double stack Berettas is an exercise in frustration

    • Kivaari

      Yup! As nice looking and well functioning a M92 is, it is always too largefor me to use well.

  • Slim934

    What is the size of the ammo can with all the ar-15 magazines in it?

    • KestrelBike

      I think it’s a .50 cal “fat”/wide can.

  • smartacus

    i guess i’m glad i bought the Hungarian SA-85 (the MAK 90 looking one)
    J-Frame size 327 Fed
    Keltec P3AT
    Spike’s Tactical poly lower (my first AR build)

    *but i love my 41Mag, 454Casul, and 500Mag revo’s

  • Fruitbat44

    Cool little video. Has he says it is a purely personal take on things, but never-the-less an interesting one.

  • Marmot

    Really well presented and interesting

  • I was fortunate to buy some quality guns that I hang on to for dear life.
    Walther PPK/s (Authentic German made)
    Colt Python (1985 model)
    H&K USP Expert (.40S&W)
    None of these I would trade for gold.

  • Evan

    Can’t speak for the other branches, but when I was in the Marine Corps, my rifle (M16A4) was clearly marked FN. I had an old Colt A2 at boot camp. First, I almost got dropped as a safety violator because the trigger was firing three round bursts when I had the selector on semi. Then, I failed on pre-qual day, and the armorer said the barrel was loose and he was surprised I got as close to a passing score as I did. Then, on qual day with my “new” rifle (which had no zero on it), I had to have my front sight replaced as I was attempting to shoot for score. Granted, the rifles that they get at Parris Island have been through the ringer a few times, but that (obscenity redacted) thing gave me nothing but trouble.

  • frankspeak

    all the automatic weapons I bought for a song….and are now worth a fortune…smartest investment I ever made…only wish I had bought more!

    • frankspeak

      …now,..aside from that…hmmm..ok: model 29 S&W…”go ahead…make my day!”…baby browning and browning hi-power (combo)..I know..shoulda’ got the .380,..mossberg 146 with the original scope…used to shoot moths with that tack driver!..,SAKO Finnbear .264 mag..too pretty to take in the woods!…which leads me to my Rem 760 pump in .270..that I took everywhere and shot everything with…as accurate as any bolt-action i’ve ever owned!…….

  • nick

    …regret…. Mk 4 T in box with accescories, 500.00 (I was a poor 2/ Lt. at the time…)

    farmer out west had an “army enfield” in the local paper….I should have sold my car or something to get it….sigh.

    • Kivaari

      Me too. The 20mm Lahti as well. I did get a Finn (Soviet) 50mm mortar and missed the amnesty. It now resides on the floor of Puget Sound.

      • frankspeak

        or at least you want them to think that…LOL!…the Lahti was the weapon used in the real-life version of “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”….

        • Kivaari

          I watched it on the evening news. I had surrendered it to the ATF. When I got back from Vietnam, I took it to the PD where I worked. When an agent came down for another case, I gave him the mortar. His boss wanted to arrest me. When Seattle PD and ATF did a TV news spot my mortar was on top of the pile. It was “impressive” to those thinking the ATF had done a great job getting this weapon of war out of the hands of a terrorists or the like. A real threat since it was sitting in a police evidence room for 3 years. That agent, after transferring to GAO, tried to murder his wife by drowning her in Lake Washington.

          • frankspeak

            funny…and tragic…at the same time!…worked for the feds for awhile…so typical…taking “credit” for what you did!…

  • ragnar_d

    My top 5:
    1.) XD-45: My first handgun that I bought the morning of my 21st birthday. Much like Alex, it was my only gun for a few years and was my competition gun, my concealed carry gun, etc/etc. and has thousands of rounds through it. I tend to joke that it’s made of scrapped out bits of old T-72s, but it’s a stout gun that I’ll always have (even if it mostly sits in the safe nowadays). It’s also the reason I tend to chuckle a bit when people say they can’t conceal anything bigger than a S&W Shield or LCP.
    2) Franken-AR: My first AR was one I pieced together from Spike’s Tactical, RRA, and verious other places. That gun has been “reborn” twice now and is in what should be its final configuration. That was the one that really started be down the road of what everyone called “black rifle disease”. That being said, all of mine are tan because Florida sun + black rifle = OUCH!
    3) HK91 – This was my entry into the “battle rifle” realm. My 308 ARs are more ergonomic, more customizable, and not as cumbersome . . . . but it’s just a fun gun to take out and shoot heavy metal with every now and then.
    4) 1911 – Just for nostalgic reasons. A well put together 1911 is something that I think everyone should experience.
    5) J-Frame – With 148gr wadcutters, it’s a joy to shoot and has started me on a slight revolver kick.

    • frankspeak

      HK-91 on full-auto is damn near uncontrollable…but on semi…with a good’ll match any deer rifle out there!…

  • Cymond

    In truth, the ones I love to shoot most are (in no particular order) my 10/22, Mark 3, and AR-15.
    The others are nice to have. I’m planning to pick up a Ruger American Rimfire to go with my suppressor (in NFA jail), and eventually a 9mm carbine.