Over the last few years I have been evaluating firearms based on a certain strict criteria of usefulness. I have been placing importance on 4 basic
tenets that all firearms I own must conform to in one or all:
1. Dual caliber/multi-caliber capability
This requirement does not exist in too many firearms. So not all of my firearms are multical capable. However, there are a few that fit into that mold
who have multiple uses. My defensive handgun is a Chiappa Rhino 60DS
.357 Magnum/.38 SPL. With decent self defense ammunition this weapon has the power, range, and intimidation factor to stop a threat. It is a six shot
capacity revolver. Compared to most semi-autos this weapon seriously lacks in capacity. But it is a highly accurate weapon with fully adjustable green
fiber optic rear sight, and red front. Firing from a 6 inch barrel and its lower axis barrel position, this weapon is perfect for my self defense
needs. I also train heavily with it, I run speed loading drills, and all of my defensive gun use training is done in DAO.
My next multical weapon is the Rossi Circuit Judge Tuffy:
Firing a powerful .45 Long Colt round and coupled with .410 shotshells this weapon has most than one use, more than one type of ammunition, and the
use of shotshells makes it even more versatile. There's standard buckshot, birdshot, slugs, and specialty shells like buck 'n ball, flachettes, and
dragon's breath. It comes with a 5 shot cylinder and can be used as a hunting weapon or a self defense weapon depending on the loads used.
2. Multi-Use Capability
The Rhino fits my criteria for self defense/home defense and target shooting. It has more than one use for me as a firearms. It is also a very good
backup gun while hunting, especially with heavy .357 Magnum ammunition and a six inch barrel.
The Tuffy fits my criteria for home defense, hunting, and just fun as hell to shoot.
My 1938 Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle, is single caliber, but multi-use.
In the upgraded, modern configuration I decided on it is both a long range scout rifle for far away two legged pests who may pose a threat, and long
range hunting of medium to large game. This weapon is solid, it is accurate, and ammunition for it is cheaper than political promises.
I study firearms. Reliability is something I require of anything I'm going to own. Period. If it doesn't go boom EVERY SINGLE TIME, I don't own it.
The complexity of many modern firearms leaves too much open to failure. This is the reason I sold all of my semi-automatics, to include my upgraded
and accurized AR15. Those firearms were single use, single caliber, high potential failure in a pinch type of weapons. They don't belong in my
arsenal. It is hard to argue with the reliability of cylinder loaded revolvers and bolt action rifles.
All of my firearms have that. I love weird looking, but well functioning firearms. I like having something different at the range that people spend 20
minutes staring at wondering what the hell it is. My Chiappa Rhino 60 is quite possibly the most unique firearm, aesthetically, and functionally, on
the market today. There are simply not a lot of people who own them and I like it that way.
The Rossi Circuit Judge Tuffy, while popular with people who do own them, are not that common of a firearm. Not a lot of people shooting revolver
rifle/shotgun combos out there.
My 76 year old, modernized Mosin Nagant is, by far, not a unique weapon by any stretch of the imagination. This weapon is so common and cheap in its
original configuration that for the cost of my Rhino alone I could have bought 10 Mosin Nagant rifles. But it is how one upgrades and takes care of
this weapon that makes it unique. I've seen many Mosins at the range. But each and every time I bring mine out to tune it, or simply shoot cheap
ammo, no one knows what I am firing. Its just weird...And I like weird.
Thanks for the read and, as always, Happy Shooting.