The Favorite Gun Question Comes Up More Than Any, So Here You Go...

30 August 2023   |   by Greg   |   Blog
Gun Collectors Club

Subject to Change at Anytime

In the following entries, I will countdown my 5 favorite handguns and 5 favorite long guns.

When it comes to choosing a favorite gun, choice is as much about who we are as collectors, as it is about the guns. As collectors, we are a group of people for whom every little difference in the guns matter.

#5 Colt Mustang .380

The size of this gun lends itself so well to making it easy to incorporate carrying into daily life. I have carried it almost daily since 2001. I paid $750 plus $25 shipping and $25 transfer fee for a total of $800 in 2001. I wouldn't sell this particular gun for three times what I paid. Because I have carried this gun so often, I've invested a great deal in different holsters for it. In addition to holsters, I've invested in extra magazines and mag carriers.

Colt Mustang
#4 Colt Python .357

The few times I've strapped this gun on to carry, I was persistently aware of its presence. I imagine this 4" Python is the largest and heaviest gun in my collection, with the exception of the Smith & Wesson Model 58. My friends used to always be surprised to learn this gun was fired more than any other in my collection. In the past, it was an opportunity to give a friend a chance to shoot a gun they might never have had again. That changed in 2020 with the Czech owned Colt brought the Python back in 2020.

1962 Colt Python .357 Magnum
#3 Smith & Wesson K-22 .22

This was the first production K-22 Masterpiece completed in 1946 and was used by the factory to showcase their K-22 line of revolvers. In 1950, this revolver was removed from the display case and given to Assistant S&W Sales Manager Fred Miller, who placed this gun in one of the 1947 K-Frame blue fiberboard presentation cases. Mr. Miller then presented this revolver to Gil Hebard of Knoxville, Illinois, an important target shooter and a new S&W Distributor. The gun remained in the personal collection of Gil Hebard from 1950 until 1991 when it was acquired by Roy Jinks.

Smith & Wesson Showcase K22 Masterpiece
#2 Colt Cobra .38

The Colt Cobra from the mid-1970's is one of my favorite revolvers and my all-time favorite revolver to carry. The Colt Cobra from the mid-1970's is one of my favorite revolvers and my all-time favorite revolver to carry.

1976 Colt Cobra .38 Special

Ah, the psychology of choice!

Choice is our ability to make a decision when presented with two or more options. The thing about choosing a favorite is that the distinguishing factors can be so different. What do I mean? There are varying factors between a favorite gun to carry and a favorite gun to collect. Choice Theory is a term coined by William Glasser in which he proposes that all choices are made to satisfy 5 basic needs; survival, love, power, freedom and fun. Rational Choice Theory dictates that I will choose whichever gun will maximize my interest and provide me with the greatest utility or benefit.

Why is choosing a favorite so difficult? Because it also represents sacrifice. Choosing one means neglecting or giving up another.
This Brings Us To My Number One Handgun Choice#1 Favorite Handgun

1993 Colt Presentation Gold Cup This 1993 Presentation Gold Cup MKIV Series 80 National Match .45 ACP has the mirror bright finish, Colt-Elliason adjustable rear sight, target post front sight, jeweled spur hammer, wide target trigger, and barrel hood, lowered and flared ejection port, National Match barrel, beveled top slide, rosewood stocks with gold medallion.

Rifles & Shotguns - Now For The Long Guns ...
#5 Winchester Model 42

Winchester introduced the .410 bore Model 42 in 1933 along with the new 3" shells, as a gun for the whole family. The guns were very popular and the company sold approximately 50,000 of them up until World War II came along. After the war ended, Winchester picked up where it had left off and really kicked things into high gear which resulted in 1946 to 1954 being the highest production years for the Model 42. Then the brakes went on in 1955 and production remained much lower but steady until 1963 when it ceased.

Winchester Model 42 .410 Pump Shotgun
#4 Citori Gran Lightning

All my life, I had considered the Belgian made Browning’s to be superior to the Japanese made shotguns. Why did I hold that opinion? Well, it wasn’t because I had actually compared the two. The Citori is manufactured for Browning by the Miroku Corporation in Nangoku, Japan. Browning was the first firearms company to offer factory back-boring to shotguns for reduced recoil and improved patterns. Back-boring increases the inside bore diameter to its ideal, maximum allowable specification. This reduces friction between the shot cup and the barrel, allowing the energy developed by the powder to propel the shot pellets to a higher velocity.

Browning Citori Gran Lightning 12 gauge Over and Under
#3 Winchester Model 94

One of the things I have difficulty with as I grow older, is the ability to quickly identify with how many years have passed since the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s. I was graduating high school (Class of 1978) when this gun was made. At the time Winchester produced these 1,500 guns, they were commemorating 5 million of the Model 94 guns being sold. Of course since that time, they sold another 2 million of the Model 94, making it the most popular sporting rifle in history.

Winchester Model 94 Limited Edition II
#2 Savage Model 99

Savage 250-3000 model 99 lever action in ultra super high grade, The wood is ultra deluxe grade and the blueing is fantastic. The color case on the lever shows very little use. The year was 1915 and the man was Charles Newton, a lawyer and firearm enthusiast who designed and created the .250-3000 Savage Cartridge to be used in the Savage Model 99 hammerless lever action rifle. Newton wanted to load 100 grain bullets in the cartridge, which would achieve a velocity of 2,800 feet per second, but Savage knew that by reducing the bullet to 87 grains and obtaining the record velocity of 3,000 feet per second would sell rifles.

1949 Savage 99

That brings me to My #1 Favorite Long Gun...

#1 Favorite Long Gun1969 Browning FN High-Power .270 Olympian Grade Bolt Action Rifle

1969 Browning FN High-Power .270 Olympian Grade Bolt Action Rifle Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre (FN) in Liege Belgium manufactured these guns from 1960 to 1974 for Browning Arms Company. The rifles were based on the FN commercial Mauser action. The model was known as the High Power, which is confusing today since everyone thinks of the 9mm Hi-Power pistol by that name.


My MOS when I served in the United States Army was 76Y. For you non-military readers, the Military Occupational Specialty of 76 Yankee means that I was a Unit Armorer. While on REFORGER 85, I trained with German Paratroopers and qualified as "Expert" with the German G-3 rifle, the Israeli Uzi 9mm sub-machinegun and the 9mm handgun.