How Many Guns Should You Own?

How many guns should you own?

If you’re one of winners of last week’s $640 million jackpot, then the answer to how many guns you should own is obviously as many as you can get your hands on. However, if you’re like me, and you don’t have unlimited financial resources then you must pick and choose which guns you should own.

To start, I recommend everyone have at least one handgun. After all, it’s rather difficult to carry concealed a rifle or a shotgun. And if you can truly only afford one handgun make sure that you buy quality so you only have to buy once. My handgun choices would be a Glock, Smith and Wesson M&P, or Springfield XD. I’d be willing to bet my life on any of those guns.

Next, I think it’s important to own at least one shotgun.

My shotgun of choice is the trusty Remington 870. This shotgun is built like a tank and will last you forever. If you can afford it, I recommend putting a flashlight, side saddle, sling, and magazine tube extension on your gun. Also, have plenty of birdshot, buckshot and slugs for your gun… but especially 00 buckshot.

Once you’ve filled your handgun and shotgun requirements it’s obviously critical for you to have a rifle or two. Why? Well, in my opinion, the rifle is the ultimate “end of the world” firearm. You need handguns for concealed carry. Shotguns work great for home defense. But the rifle is what you need when the stuff really hits the fan. And with the way this country is looking you never know when your life will depend on your rifle.

If I were you, I would start with a .22 such as the Ruger 10/22 and then get an AR-15.

However, before you throw 10 million bells and whistles on any of your rifles make sure that you first know how to properly manipulate and shoot them. In other words, all the scopes, slings and doodads in the world won’t help a bit if you can’t execute the fundamentals.

Once you have all of the guns above, then of course add to your collection. But I would make sure to have a handgun, shotgun and rifle, before I bought a ton of other guns. I do know plenty of folks that own a dozen or more handguns yet don’t own a single rifle or shotgun.

I also know plenty of folks that own a bunch of guns but don’t know how to use them. So instead of buying 10 handguns, maybe buy 1 or 2 and invest the rest of your money in training. After all, a handgun, shotgun, or rifle is pretty useless if you don’t know how to use it.

So I guess it all comes back to the fact that you should buy as many guns as you can afford, or as many as your wife will let you.


Jason R. Hanson is a former CIA officer. He’s also an NRA Certified Instructor and the author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. Jason believes there are few things in life as important as being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s why he’s giving away a free report titled, “Insider Secrets of Buying Your First Concealed Carry Firearm” at

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One Response to How Many Guns Should You Own?

  1. I always think in terms of how many guns I could buy for the cost of something. My wife hates it.

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