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The 50 Best Guns Ever Made

The 50 Best Guns Ever Made

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from noonrock wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Looking for nylon 66 information I came across this entry in google. Now I appreciate that it is based on someone's opinion; I didn't discover much objectivity in the choices. One automatic pistol? Granted the Ruger Mark I deserved to be mentioned but to ignore the Colt Woodsman, the Hi-Standard Sportmatic, and on and on. A cheap single shot shotgun without the Winchester 37 being mentioned, now it's getting to irritate me. I know, the author comes from the eastern half of the US, hunts turkey and whitetail and thinks he is an expert on the best of all 50. What a tragedy.

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from catfishclark10 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Remington 870 is the only gun i own so far, also my first gun, I plan on keeping it till the die I die, awesome gun.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Too bad Bill Ruger is not still with us. We could count on more great guns! It seems to me Ruger is being morphed slowly away from what Bill stood for...

The Ruger #1 is truly one of the greats!

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from srlarson wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

UUUGH!! Not sure about this list.....

How can you have a list of the best guns ever made and not have Colt mentioned anywhere in the list...

c'mon

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from horseman308 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I second BeeKeeper's feelings on the Ruger #1. A real joy to look at, carry, and shoot.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I agree it is an excellent gun but, for the life of me, I cannot see the beauty in the Ruger 1. I've held them and tried to like them, but to me, they are just plain ugly. For a single shot I much prefer the looks of the Winchester 1885/Browning B78. Mine were super accurate, well made, and gorgeous.

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from JMRank5 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have hunted with this gun my whole life, and have absolutely loved it. I used it when I was 10 and still use it now as an adult. It's accurate, lightweight, and great looking gun, and perfect for any hunter. AMAZING GUN.

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from Andrew Ferraro wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I must read this article 5 times a year and I enjoy it every time.

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from thuroy wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

You have to be grateful for the invention of the bolt action rifle. Maybe one of the greatest inventions when it comes to hunting. However, my personal favorite is my Browning A-bolt medallion. It shoots great an has never let me down. It is like hot girlfriend that is great in the sac too.

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from smitty1266 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

the savage 99 has got to be one of the greatest most uniquely made guns of all time. I think there are more 99,s functioning & hunting today as well as the 94,s. ONE AWESOME RIFLE IS THE 99,s

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The 870 is by far the best all-around shotgun ever made. It is the first gun I bought and is still going strong. Sure an Ithaca is a nicer gun, but it's not affordable to everyone. The 870 earned its popularity by being reliable and affordable.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I found thaat the best one is the one in my hand at the time I needed it.

But the list is ok, some I wouldn't consider the best, but then again I am a fan of the lever guns, and love my Winchester 1887 12GA. Heavy and reliable, with a steel buttplate, none of this rubber recoil stuff. The other one is a good ol Winchester 94 in 30-30, accurate and reliable also, taken several deer, rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks, and even a pheasant on the fly.

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from ericstein09 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The writer of this article didn't do his homework when it comes to the S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum. Sure they said it was a .44 Magnum in the movie, but the actual gun carried by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry was a .41 Remington Magnum. A real gun aficianado wouldn't even mention Dirty Harry in his article.

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from gipperdog wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Since the article is titled The Best Guns Ever Made should have a subtitle for what purpose. Hunting? Or just Best Guns Ever? Some VERY significant ones were left off this list - Colts 1911, The Peacemaker, Brownings Hi-Power, the M Garand, the M1A1, the AR-15. What about Holland & Holland? Nothing of theirs made the list.

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from score-your-hunting wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Great fun to view and read. I don't take these kinds of articles too seriously.
As one who has been a gun fan for a while (old), the ears perk up when I hear the numbers: 70, 12, 52, 21, 94, (he left out the little 12, the 42).

I like many of the other numbers too. I have owned, or used about half the guns in the list, each had personality, and was special in its own way. I've lusted after some of the others.

Each generation adds new numbers, our list will will seldom match exactly, but we can all appreciate, and respect each, and more important the man making the list.
Buck@score-your-hunting.com

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from jmeerpohl wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

My 1949 Pre 64 Winchester in 270 is wearing a Accurate Innovations stock these days to take advantage of their full stock metal bedding system and laminate like stok make up. The rifle looks and shoots great, it is the rifle I took the Mulie in the accompanying picture. I do not think in my taste or opion I can find a better bolt action rifle. It is hefty, but helps reduce felt recoil and increases accuracy IMHO. I like the back up iron sights. The bolt movement is smooth, the extractor has never failed and the trigger is crisp with no creep or over travel. It is my favorite hunting rifle and I own several others,i,e, Weatherby, Browning, Kimber ,Remington, Ruger, Savage, Sako, Stevens and Steyer.They are fine shooters but the pre 64 Winchester Model 70 Bolt action is special to my shooting preferences.

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from justin hobbs wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I agree with most of the list, although the order could be changed for the sake of personal preference. The 50 guns listed are all excellent choices, but I'm surprised that the Ruger Mark I .22 pistol rated so high and I saw no mention of the Smith & Wesson Mo.41 anywhere in the top 50. I own 3 of these guns and they are the equivalent of a swiss made watch. Flawless to shoot, accurate, and much easier to break down than the Mark I. Would have been nice to see it on the list somewhere.

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from HistoryAndGuns wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I will step out and say I disagree with a lot of the guns listed here. Several lever actions listed... the Marlin and Winchester? Why? I know they are different designs, with the top vs. side ejection, but the Winchester is an American icon. I would have gone with a commemorative saddle ring Model 94 and left it at that. And why the Mauser 98 and the 1903? The 1903, along with the .30-06 cartridge, were both blatant rip-offs of the Mauser and 8mm design; so much so that the U.S. got sued (and lost) on patent infringement. Either go original, and pick something nice like a Czech (Brno) made 98K copy (all the fine machining, no NAZI marks) or go with a 1903 (the copy, but made in America). No sense in listing both, it would be like listing a Ruger Mk I and Mk II- only minor differences between the two (such as capacity).

I think the Ruger .22 does have a spot here, but that is in my own humble opinion. It is a very fine, albeit heavy, .22 pistol with sights and accuracy that go well together. I own a P22, and I will be the first to say its sights stink.

Another question- why no autoloading centerfire pistols? The Sig 226, a perfect example of fine machining meets reliability meets modern manufacturing. And why no AR-15? The original 5.56 semi-auto (when the .222 Remington was modified to become the .223 Remington and adopted for wider mass production standards, in the form of 5.56 NATO) that was adopted by the military in select-fire forms, has been used by the U.S. for over 45 years, and has been used in some form by dozens of other countries (Canada for instance).

And why so many over and under shotguns? The Remington Model 32, really? Good guns are examples of pulling through the times with quality and reliability, and hopefully, guns that make a historical impact. The Model 32 was too expensive for its time without offering any benefits, and a complete failure because of that.

I will come out and admit, I own 18 guns on this list, and to be honest I do not see why some of them are on here. The triple lock? Again... a very nice pistol, but not a success. If we are going to mention high end guns with a high price tag and fine machining, why is no Anschuetz listed?

And why, why is "The finest battle implement ever devised" (M-1 Garand) not listed, either? No 1911, one of the biggest successes of John Browning, copied by the Russians (TT-33), Spain (Star), and in use for almost 100 years in different configurations? Popularity and historical impact both seem to have been largely forgotten in this list... in fact, what was it even based on?

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from Bass Boy wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I own two 8mm Mausers and the only issue I have ever had with them is ammo price, so thier not much of a range guns for me, but my 30-30s do just fine for that.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Very informative piece, I learned alot. I do agree that there were some huge omissions, and some that made me wonder how they made it, but still very interesting. I own a pre-64 Model 70 .270, and I can honestly say, it's the best bolt action I've ever shot. To surpass it requires much more money than I have to spend. I agree w/the M1 and 1911 outrage. I'll throw another in for good measure, and possible hostilities, the AK-47. Many rifles on this list were attributed w/function and reliability. Foreign or not, like it or not, the AK is the pinnacle of both. I'll further stir the hornet's nest by saying it deserves to be on this list waaay before any AR. Enjoyed the list non the less.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

As usual your list always includes your favorite custom guns that no one can afford and you leave out the guns everyone truly loves. The 1911, the M1 Garand,Remington 740/7400 and 760/7600, Marlin 1895 Guide gun, The M14,the AR15, the Dragonov and the AK47- possibly the most reliable action ever made.

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

good list overall but i got a gripe or two.
i am lucky enough to own 6 of the guns on this list
Springfield 03
S&W 500
remington 870
mossberg 500
t/c encore
ruger 10/22

all great guns all prized

but 2 that should be on the list
Glock u pick ( i have 10mm and 40S&W)
clt

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

the marlin model 336 is a great deer hunting gun. especialy in .30-30

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from 007 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Where's the Super Blackhawk?

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I have a marlin 35. lever and it's been in my family since my papaw. My papaw, my dad, and me all have killed many deer with it.

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from 3030forlife wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Where is the 1911 I know they they are mainly talking about hunting guns but the 1911 was revolutionary.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Why are they grouping together all 870's? The Wingmaster lasts longer and looks better then that over rated model 12. The Wingmaster is top of the line (#2 in older F&S). All guns in here are good though.

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from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

My father has a Ithaca model 37. It is a great gun and it kicks like a mule, I was twelve The first time I shot it and it nearly knocked me on my can!!!!!!!!! You are garuanteed not to miss this is a super accurate gun.If the bead is on the mark whatever it is, is down.

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from ramseysc wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I have had the pleasure of shooting a few of the lower end weapons in this article...I love the Ruger single six, it is an absolute blast to shoot and doesn't feel as clunky as several other .22 rimfire revolvers I have fired. The Marlin 336 is another that I will never grow tired of. It is curious to wonder why the 1911 was left of, which was mentioned in an earlier comment, especially considering the horde of spin-offs that have been manufactured. Great list overall though

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The Model 870 Shotguns is the most popular Shotgun in Firearms History and i own one!!!!!!
Yet this remarkable shotgun has been around for almost half a century, and has become the best-selling shotgun of any type in history, with over nine million made.

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from remchuck wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

ok,ok i didn't read all the descriptions of "the 50 best guns ever made."i'm very familiar with most of them.but not to include defensive type handguns of the semi-automatic sort leads me to one important question:"are you on dope?"while i'm ranting let me say that to exclude the 1911 from any discussion of the greatest firearms ever built borders on high treason here in Tennessee.

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from buddyboy564 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i like the win. model 70 but i think the model 94 should be first on the list, i mean thats just the classic rifle plus its really a good gun

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from Charles Higgins wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

SKB also makes a fine over and under,

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from Gunslinger wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

We all have our favorits and the Rem 700 is my choice. I do not like teh Claw extactor formany reasons, which Iwill not get into. I just bought a MarlinXL7 ad its simular to the 70 in many ways,but my overll choice is the Remington 700's.I love teh feel and the accuracy I;m able to obtain. If had to sell off all myfierms, the 70 would be teh last to go. The new 700 assembled in SC is just that assembled.Parts come from all over the world then assembled in S>C.I liked teh looks and feel of the Weatherby till i saw stamped on the bbl made in Japan.Marlin has alwaysmade a quality fiearm , just not as fancy as some,but very accurate in my hands. S for shotgun, I take the 1100 and in handgun,the S&W and Uberti. For a 30-30, will stick with my 336 MArlin for woods hunting here at home.If the gun fits you and comes up as if part of your off arm, then that's the gun you need,Me a 30-06 is all any hunter needs unless hunting teh 2 big old bears, and if I were, i suel would want a back up shooter equipted with a 375 or 416. Never wanted all teh guns, just the one's i wanted. Some are not fit to be called firearms, a rock would do better.One last item, I never drop a shell into thechamber ( Winchester will not do that). I want the shell to come from the magazine then you know if all othr shells fit proper. I just like teh round push feed better than the CLAW extracto.Seen to many ruined in the Rockies and decided they were not for me. But again, to each his own. PS;I would like to Volunteer to work for 4-6 weeks a fewhrs daily and stay in one of their Cabins, then hunt NM fo Elk. Snyone got info on this subject/ if so guide me thru, Thanks. Shoot-um-straight and often.

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from Gunslinger wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The prevous comment should state the 700 in 06 would be the last to go, NOT the 70. Sorry. I do like the new T/C/Ventuer, if had not just boughtand shot the MArlinXL7 I would try the T/C/. Other than the syn stock, looks like the classic con.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've been lucky enough to have owned 19 of this list (I still have 14). I have some problems with the list but overall it's American Sporting Gun History 101. There are some names like L.C. Smith that they left out but overall it's good stuff. I was glad to see the Ruger #1 on the list. That was the first new gun I ever bought. I still have it and love it so.

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from NataSS wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

This is a great list if you are Elmer Fudd. I counted only about 5-6 of the firearms listed that would even make the top 20 list of "best firearms ever made". To be honest with you, i felt like who ever had put this list together has been living in a closet for the last 30 years. Make no mistake there are a few firearms listed that are above reproach by any standard, but some of them on the list really didnt even deserve to be mentioned.

Where are the rifles that changed the world? The M1 garand, the M1A, the....dare i say....M16/AR15 (sorry if any fudd heads implode when they read that). What about the mosin nagant?

This grouping is HEAVILY biased and I wouldnt hold weight to any of it other than a select few that were revolutionary firearms when they come out. Everything else is just another rifle/shotgun that something else could be had for 1/3 the price and do the exact same thing.

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from billy09 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

yeah the list is bullshit. all the rifles that served in the US military and some foreign like the AK-47 for example should on the list. They all changed the course of history for mankind good or bad and not to menttion the break threws that were made. I do like how the Mossberg 500 made it. Its definately tough and will shoot any shell you put threw it. thats why the US Military uses it the 590A1 to be exact. sorry about the spelling im in a hurry. Im in iraq.

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from alaskanhunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

WOW! 50 of the World's best guns! I've owned over 50 guns in my life, and only TWO of them were on the list! I feel very UNDERPRIVELIDGED (not really). I live, hunt, fish, work and play in the harshest climate, that most people will ever hope to visit, and my firearms get the job done every time, that I do my job!
I respect your choices (It was a toough job, that couldn't please everyone), even If I disagree with some of them, and some of them I strongly disagree with!
Remember, just because something/somebody is popular with the masses, doesn't make it good or right

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from Marc McPhail wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have or have had 10 or 12 of the guns on the list at one time or the other.
Some of them are great but a few greater one were left out ! The 1911 is one , if not why are so people makin so many copies ? Brno,s 611 22 Win Mag. one of the bast take down's ever ? The CZ 452 22 LR , some of the best rimfire's ever built at any price ? Remington 40 X ?
I know you cant list them all but some better choices could have been made. As for the custom guns....... they cost to much and the average guy cant have one or even knows what yall are talkin about ! Last, The Nylon "66" I dislike (hate) the fact that we have as you put it accepted plastic guns! To me a fine firearm should have a fine wood stock ! ! ! If all you want to do is own a gun, plastic, I guess is O K . If we are talkin best ever , no plastic for me , thank you !

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from King Ghidora wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I own several of the guns on this list and some that should be. The most glaring omission is the utilitarian classic, the Marlin Model 60. How they can say that the Ruger 10/22 is the most popular gun in the world is amazing to me. Marlin has sold more that twice as many Model 60's as Ruger has sold 10/22's. The Ruger is not nearly as accurate as a Model 60 (trust me I've proven this many times) but it does cost more. Quite a bit more. The Marlin is head and shoulders better than the Ruger in fact. Unless you want to throw away half of that Ruger you bought and replace them with better parts the Ruger is never going to shoot as well as the Marlin. Why not just buy good parts right off the bat and not end up buying two sets of parts and calling your rifle a Ruger when in fact it will only be about 25% Ruger? You can buy great shooting semi-autos for far less than you would spend on that Ruger like a T/C R-55 Classic.

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from efields9 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I agree with mod.70 win. it was the first rifle my Dad gave me and I still have it plus a new super grade 300 win. mag. that handles just as good as my old 30-06 pre 64. Everone is not going to agree with this artical but for the most part I do . I enjoyed it very much I have owned most of them and still have several of them.

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from bassopotamus wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

uhh what about the M1 Garand??? oh wait...that gun didn't help us win any wars...
and holy shit, where's the tommy gun!?
this list = lol!

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from loverme85 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

the Marlin model 60 is garbage. It looks like a table leg with a pipe on it. That's the most glaring reason why its not on the list. It's sales numbers are high because you can buy a new one for 60 dollars,and countries like Uzbekistan probably arm their soldiers with them (sarcasm). I'm not saying the 10/22 is my favorite rifle. I honestly would never own one of those either because I'm not into youth firearms. buy a Kimber, Weatherby, or cooper if your looking for a great rimfire.

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from Bucks Owin wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I'm happy to see "The Rifleman's Rifle" at the top of the heap where it belongs! Even the "worst variation" M70 deserves that position IMO....Glad it's back and hope it'll be available as long as we have the right to own one....(The M94 too)

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from Bucks Owin wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Gee, now that I've got a good enough WiFi signal to see more than the top 3 picks, I'm convinced that Field & Dream's editors must've fired up the bong after the first couple of picks! They're about to drop a load in their pants over the M29, but have the Blackhawk way back in 38th place? Heck, the BH gave us an AVAILABLE .44 mag in the most excellent Flattop version long before S&W did. I think once F&S sobers up they should rethink the pecking order here!!!!!!

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from gordeauxj wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Forgive me if I've missed anything, but your "expert(s)" somehow overlooked the following:
Mannlicher-Schoenauer M1903 Carbine; Colt M1911; Walther PP; S&W .357 Magnum; Thompson SMG: Parabellum M1900; & Mauser C96 --to name but a few. If you lack in-house talent for this sort of project, I urge you to avoid humiliation by engaging a competent consultant next time.

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from Glockfan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

This is a complete disgrace to a lot of firearms. A bit heavy on the rifle and shotguns huh?? Could you maybe include a few...oh i don't know others like a SAA, 1911, or Glock. How do a few manufactures i never heard of get on there and none of the ones i mentioned. A Sako makes it but not a Glock!! Please

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from kj4xx wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Didn't see who the author is. Evidently another gun writer/ editor in the pockets of private gunsmiths like Knight or small companies like Dakota Arms... There is no flow to his logic and he has way to many shotguns. There are to many "rare and expensive" selections. Where is the Browning High power if inovation was important? How much did he get for throwing the S&W 50 cal revolver in there? Where is the Colf 45 1911? I get he might be a sissy, nothing wrong with that, but to leave out ALL military weapons. Reason being is what he wrote for the Ruger 1o/22 he could repeat for the AR15, Legos for American men. Where is the 30 Carbine if inovation was so important? I learned little than not to waste my time with Field & Stream. I remember when a good magazine, before it split up into 3,4,5 or 6 other magazines had an article by many of their contributors: "Your list of top ten guns"; then there was another article in the now divested "Shooting Times", so thin and weak from spinning off it's not worth buying. The article: what one gun would you have and why if you could only have one. Not one weapon from their top ten, or from their only gun articles was mentioned in this one. What an ignorant jerk to be so out of touch with the middle class hunter/shooter in America. I'm sure he believes in global warming, drank the coolaid for government run healthcare, and so on.

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from rustygray wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

1911................ Seriously. The 1911 i9s the most common and one of the best firearms ever produced. The M1Garand.

I guess maybe the editors only wanted sporting or field guns. John Moses Browning was a genius and all of his designs are still in production today.

I agree with the Nylon66, Remington700, Marlin336, RugerMkI and Mossberg500, as I have each of them or 2.

I just had to say 1911. Yes people do hunt with them.

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from rustygray wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I also wonder where the S&W .357 model 686 was.

It seems to me that liberalism the disease has infected the writers at Field & Stream. The AR15? Come on..... The single most purchased rifle in the USA.

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from emwon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

You forgot US RIFLE CAL 30 M1 the Garand and the Colt 1911. The 1911 is the one of the most copied guns of all time.

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from buckblastads wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

model 94

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from Llid_Llid wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

This article should be called: "Top 50 American Long Barrel Guns." There are barely ANY pistols in this list and no sub machine guns or machine guns. Furthermore, there is no factual data used to compose this list of firearms; it's all subjective. Overall, very disappointing.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with the Weatherby Mark V.

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from Goldcoast59 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Being as it was a Field & Stream list I maybe wouldn't expect to see a 1911 on it but the door was opened in my opinion with a couple of other handguns on the list that I wouldn't really consider hunting firearms. So if the door is opened for the 1911 I have to put Glock 17 on the list as well.

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from whcc90069 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

the title of this article certainly stirs up the pot. just to add my two cents.......

the old cz-50 (7.65mm) was a heck of a weapon, at least mine was. it was built more rugged and shot more smoother and more accurate than any other pistol i've tried in the same caliber.

i'm glad there's mention of several rugers in this article. ruger's aren't the most accurate firearms, but, they certainly attract a lot of loyal customers and they're (usually) built to last at (usually) affordable prices. the 10/22 is a good example as it certainly achieved cult status with all the aftermarket accessories and books available on it.

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from swjslj wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I went through every entry on this list and did not see the Colt 1911. I'm hoping I just missed it. If the 1911 didn't make the list, then the whole list is suspect.

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from buckfynn wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I agree Colt should have been on the list some place. The Colt Woodsman Match Target .22 cal. with the heavy barrel is one of my favorites.

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from mrobmc wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Is this list in any particular order? If it is, I could take issue with some choices. If not, I agree whole heartedly with the list. I have both a Model 37 Ithaca 16 gauge, which is the BEST shotgun I have ever shot, and a Savage Model 110 .270. I have not had a lot of opportunities to use my Savage, but now that I am in north/central Kentucky I hope to use it much more. Thanks for the great story!!!

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from CHAZMAN19 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

hows come it takes forever and a day to look at these galleries why can't they post a small pic of the entire gallery and then you could read about the one you wantit take me about 2 minutes to get each pic and i have cable high speed internet service

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from Bluezman wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Some of these guns labeled as "the 50 best" seems to be reaching a little. Okay, I can see that the author wanted to leave out military flavored weapons, that'd fine. But....

.what about the Colt Python, Colt Anaconda, Ruger Super Blackhawk, Remington 760,7600, etc., Remington 11 or 14?

The XP100 made the list? Seriously? Come on.

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from Xgunslinger wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Did you get the guys back to the home who put together the "Top 50" list. Top guns: no 1911, no Woodsman, no Registered Magnum, no Hi-Power, no M/AR-16, no Model 73, no SAA, and so on. Plenty of shotguns, though--most of which were copies of each other. Oh, and a $69,000 W-R double gun. Make sure they get their meds from now on, will you?

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from holymoly wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

it is obvious that the writer believes that only bolt action rifles and just about any shotgun ever made should be considered on this list. allthough i agree with many of his choices, the list leans way to heavy on his personal likes and opinion. where are the pistols and revolvers? where are the military weapons that changed history. as mentioned by just about everybody no 1911? no garand? not one single colt is mentioned anywhere in this article, you got to be kidding me. how about revolvers? no python or its little brother the diamondback? imo two of the finest revolvers ever built. how about pistols? no browning or even a luger. no walthers? how about the countless s&w and colt police models carried by law enforcement for decades. maybe the writer should do a follow up on this article. do alittle more reserch and add another 50 to the list. or maybe retitle the article as my favorite 50 firearms of all time.

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from J.E.Chappell wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I too differ in opinion from the author but if all of you who have posted would have read the article instead of just looking at the pictures you would have picked out that he did state that the list was his opinion and that it is going to differ from others, also he stated that his criteria was predominately hunting oriented. So before you all try to roast a fella for his opinions you may want to read the words and not just thumb over the pictures and criticize.

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from Xgunslinger wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Then call it the 50 best "Hunting" guns ever made. 50 Best Guns implies 50 best guns, not 43 shotguns and one each Marlin, Winchester and Remington.

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from wildbilljones wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

you are comparing apples to oranges and to peaches each gun should be comparied in it's own class

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from Furrbrain wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

No 1911's? Browning Hipower?

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from BC3660 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

50 Best guns ever made?
But no 1911, M-1, M-14?
I think not.

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from tvcurry wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

If you wrote this article in the 1970s you'd be right on with the Winchester Model 70. I've been hunting for 55+ years and I can tell you the BEST rifle I've ever owned as far as accuracy concerned is a COOPER. You don't even mention this Montana arms maker and therefore I have NO IDEA what you were smoking/drinking when you wrote this article. YOU NEED TO REWRITE IT AFTER YOU'VE TRIED A COOPER!!!

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from kodor wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Agree on serious omissions.

Where is the 1911, a classic handgun? And how about the Smith and Wesson Model 10, equivalent in revolvers of the Remington 870 in shotguns.

Maybe the Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker?

And if you're going to include the 1903 Springfield rifle, a Mauser 98 derivative, why not the M1 Garand, a truly original military design?

The list really ought to have been called the 50 best shotguns with a few other guns thrown in for good measure.

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from Alpine 77 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

The Remington 1100 seems to be a popular shotgun but those in the know will be really interested in the Mossburg 1000 or the Super 1000 Camo. As the remington will jamb with a shell in the carrier, the Mossburg will not. Having owned the Mossburg Super 1000 and having fired it repeatedly over many years, I can tell you the gas system is one of the cleanest ever. On one particular day 6 of us went to the local gunshop [Sunday](it is nice when the owner is along and can open up for only us ;-)),and loaded up on shells for about 15 different weapons. I had an old cardboard box that had held oranges, but was now full of 12 ga. shells I reloaded. In it were literally hundreds of shells for my Super 1000. All kinds; shot, slugs, etc. fired with just a kleenex cleanup.

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from raygun wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I guess when I saw the title of the article, " THE 50 BEST GUNS EVER MADE", my expectations were different from the authors intentions. There were many guns on the list that I expected to see, but I was really shocked not to see the Colt 1911 or peacemaker on the list, or the M1, M14,AK-47 and the AR-15, not to mention any guns from Glock, H&K, Sig and Walther. I guess the list should have been 100 guns, but even at that the ones that I have listed above should have certainly been in the top 50 of 100.

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from andrewminton wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i cant believe that the belgium made browning shotguns were not in there my dad said that my grandfather swore on them he had i think 6 including the golden trigger series

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from morg4furn wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Interesting reading and fun stuff. I agree with most of the list as I have 7 of the top ten. But where is the model 88 Winchester?, surely that could take the place of the horrible model 500 Mossberg?
It looks like you were listing sporting guns so I guess I can understand no 1911 colt? or Python?
You have the savage 110 and no BAR? Rugers are functional but "Clunky" guns and the only ones that should make the list are the 10/22 and single-six. no single action colt 45? :(
And, if we are going to include pistols and revolvers then where the heck is the finest auto firearm ever designed.....the Beretta 92FS?
F&S is a sporting publication and as such this list should probably include only sporting or hunting firearms. This being the case, I think the most notable gun left off would be the model 88 Winchester which, by the way, was the gun used to take the World Record Whitetail in Canada a few years back (Milo Hanson's)

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from lcrupp wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

As soon as I saw the list I hit the "delete" key. What a waste of time!
Not a Colt on the list!

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from danfred77 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

There should be a printable list someplace on here without having to print the photos and all the commentary - just a list from 1-50 I could print!

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from Scotty2244 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well I agree with some of the guns but I have a question. How in the world can you "NOT" include the 1911 .45 auto. This is the most copied handgun design of all time and you guys left it out of the top 50; instead you have some crazy plastic hybrid pistol models thrown in. The .45 auto has to be in any list of "greatest guns ever"!

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from Scotty2244 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well I agree with some of the guns but I have a question. How in the world can you "NOT" include the 1911 .45 auto. This is the most copied handgun design of all time and you guys left it out of the top 50; instead you have some crazy plastic hybrid pistol models thrown in. The .45 auto has to be in any list of "greatest guns ever"!

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from Tigerbeetle wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

There are, and have been, just to many wonderful firearms brought into the light of day over the past 150 years or so. The list could be doubled and still many firearms would be left out that could easily be justified as deserving to be on the list. I was amazed to find that in my meager collection, I have 8 of the 50 in hand now. Nine if I were able to count my first deer rifle, the 336 Marlin 30-30. I think I sold that to help pay expenses for college a couple years after I got it in 1958. I can think of no other reason I would have done so. I really liked that gun and still do.

Keep up the good work. Start working on another list of Best Guns Ever Made. It won't take long to think of another 50.

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from WingNut73 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Whomever assembled this list is seriously out of touch with reality. How can you have a top 50 guns list and not have John Moses Browning's venerable Model 1911. The 1911 has the longest run time of any firearm on the market and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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from jance2010 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Having owned the Mossburg Super 1000 and having fired it repeatedly over many years, I can tell you the gas system is one of the cleanest ever ffxiv gil.

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from websmithq wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

If my Ithaca could only tell about the bayous, rivers, and lakes that it has been recovered from. If it could tell about the time it was hosed out and then covered and filled with Pennzoil 30WT because there was no other choice. If it could mention that, through all of the abuse, it has never misfired or jammed once let alone have to have a part replaced for 50 years. The greatest gun ever made?

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from Skipidar wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I recognize that any gun list is going to be a matter of opinion and experience, but how can you have a list that is mainly about shotguns and leave out a classic like the Browning Sweet Sixteen? And how can you leave out such innovative, reliable, and—in the right hands—accurate military guns as the 1911 government model .45 semiautomatic, the M-1 Garand rifle, the M-14, and the AR-15/M-16 (not to mention the AK-47, the Russian Nagant SVD Dragonov, and the H&K MP5)?

How about getting someone with experience and know-how in the field to list the best military weapons?

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from John Vaught wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I personally think the Savage model 24 should be on this list! Pick your gage and caliber(although some combonations were better than others) but what a survival gun!

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from retdet02 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I own more than a few guns on this list but not including the 1911,the M-1 garand,the AR-15,lets not forget the S&W model 10 is long gun snobbery.Nearly all of these guns are sportsman oriented,but the guns that that truly achieve greatness status are guns that change the game.I suppose the AK-47 should also be included because like the S&W model 10;the production numbers are in the MILLIONS.

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from retdet02 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Sorry,what was I thinking.I forgot to mention the Glock mod.17 and just about any other model you care to mention.Combat tupperware.The most reliable hand gun I have ever fired.Zero jams,thousands of rounds.That choice will no doubt rattle some traditional cages.

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from lea001a wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I agree, mostly, with these selections by the editors of Field and Stream, understanding the editorial slant toward hunting and shotgunning. I wonder, however, why the Colt Single Action Army 1873 and the Colt Python are missing? These are ici\onic firearms, albeit handguns.

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from coydogger wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

How in the world could you include the Remington 700 as one of the 50 best guns ever made? And attribute it to it's "wonderful trigger". This gun could be the demise of our sport when the anti-gunners are done tearing it apart. Granted, it's accuracy is legendary, and it's trigger is the reason. It also is the reason for a long history of the gun firing without the trigger being pulled. I am confident that the editors are well aware of what I am referring to, and that most of your readers are not. Have you no morals? I would suggest anyone who owns a 700 to not pass it off to anyone who may unknowingly kill or wound themselves, or an innocent bystander, as has happened so many times with the unsafe 700. Instead, they should destroy it so there will be no further caualties due to it's notoriously unsafe trigger mechanism, documented by the man who actually designed it, and hundreds of other incidents that Remington has tried to keep secret.

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from dasmith wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Seems to be the .357 Magnum was forgotten, Smith & Wesson model 27 that started it all or the good looking Colt Python. One of them, should have been included.

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from Norseman wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

The Ak-47 and the M1 and M14 come to mind along with the Tompson and BAR. This list is lacking and is miss named it should have been called the best hunting guns ever.

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from Norseman wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

The Rimington 700 is a extremely accurate, safe, and reasonably priced rifle, especially with the new trigger design. I plan on buying one this year. Granted they shuld have addressed the trigger prob. back in the day; but that's water under the bridge. You don't cut your nose off to spite your face.

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from The Shot wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

My best wishes to the Savage Arms company and it's Model 110, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. The bolt configuation and safety is about the ugliest set-up I've ever seen on any bolt action rifle. However, that's just me and 10's of thousands of faithful shooters are testament to the value and durability of this Savage hunting rifle. Carry on...!

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from deadeyedick wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Perhaps you should havs said the best 50 MODERN GUNSEVER MADE. because you did not include any pennsylvania or kentucky rifles or maybe the St Louis Hawken. I guess it just boils down to who is doing the picking.

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from dubyadd wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Greatest lists are always fun and make for lot a of interesting discussions. And like any list of the greatest anything lists, no 2 are ever the same. I am just glad this was done, and I had the opportunity to read it, as I have not owned or even shot 50 different guns in my lifetime and doubt that I ever will. I found it interesting and worthwhile of my time. I wonder how many other contributors have? If every gun they suggest be on this list it would be called the greatest 1000 guns of all time. It might make them all happy but who would read it?

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from gemeinschaft wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have to agree with many others on the board here, where is the AK-47, Glock, 1911, M1 Garand, BAR and the others that should be listed? This list was compiled by someone who, in my opinion, has a very limited knowledge of firearms.
I would invite the author to disassemble a Government Model 1911 and then think about how long that gun has been around. It was truly revolutionary in its time and is still a faithful design that many rely on. It is without doubt that the AK-47, AR-15, M1 Garand and BAR have changed the world; when have you heard of the Reminton Nylon 66 or anything from Ultra Light Arms changing the world as we know it?
Just my $.02

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from scottwgun wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I have just left the US Navy, and am buying my first hunting shotgun as an adult. My dad has hunted with his 870 wingmaster since the 80's and I plan on carrying on that tradition!

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from stcfs wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Dude, if ur ex-Navy, may I recommend the short-barrel hi-cap mag nickel-plated Marine 870. With a teeny Speedfeed stock, it's about a 1/2-inch over the legal minimum length and fits in a backpack (unlike my 26-inch, black-painted Express stocked with the discarded black synth stock from the Marine version).

Your friends will freak and be afraid to be on the same range as you, much less shoot it themselves. Just tell 'em to shoot from the hip for starters, then see their attitudes change.

Funny how some folks do carry on about recoil.

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from John Bradford wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I own two 1100 Remmington's in a 20 and 12 guage magnum models, I have had them for 41 years. I keep them properly cleaned and oiled and have never have a jam. I fire from 1,200 to 2,500 shells a year. The models are the standard weight guns. They are light and swing very well with light straight back recoil.

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from John Bradford wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I own both a 20 guage and a 12 guage model 1100 Remmington magnum shotguns, model year 1967. I place approximately 1,200 to 1,500 shells throgh them a year. I do keep them clean and oiled and they have never jamed except for one time in which the gun did not get properly oiled and sat for a while. They are the standard weight guns. They are light and swing well with a light straight backward recoil. Great Guns !!!

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from ko1ia wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I had to sign up and comment on this miscarriage of justice. A lousy Remington 66 as the 17th best gun of all time?? Come on, give me a break. I would place it closer to the top of the "worst guns ever made" list than this.

The gun was pitiful, I had two of them as a kid in the early 60s. The barrels were not made of a good enough steel to stand up to much heavy repeated shooting, say a 500 round brick in three hours. I did that many times huntin' prairie dogs back then. And I subsequently shot the bore out of both guns down to being a smoothbore. Plus, on the first one, I found out the plastic handle wouldn't stand up in cold weather when I tripped over o down fence in sub-10 degree weather in 8 inches of snow hunting rabbits. Broke the plastic to pieces. And then I was dumb enough to buy another..... As Mark Twain said, "Youth is wasted on the young" and I stand proof to that.
I think that the author of this needs to learn a little more about real guns and not nickel-dime junk like a Nylon 66.

ko1ia

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from mlinkrpt wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

People you're misinformed: Knight in 1985 did not invent the first inline muzzleloaders. H&R Huntsman in .58 caliber used the basic single shot shotgun receiver and sealed the end(breech) of a barrel with a #11 nipple for #11 percussion caps. I know that gun came out in 60's or 70's because I would look at and desire the Huntsman when I was a kid. I'm 51 now and I remember the 70's...and I own one to this day!!! :)

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from morg4furn wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Just a few follow up comments....700 remington should now be taken off the list because of the terrible unsafe trigger/safety mech. I guess the thing to do is take all pistols off this list. The pistol list should probably start and end with the 1911. BAR should be on the list and take off the nylon 66. Someone suggested a Glock? Really? Just run some reloads through that thing and watch it blow up in your face! And I am going to say it again.....where is the model 88 Winchester? Built like a bolt action,works like a bolt and shoots like a bolt! (Read Jack O'Connor)

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from iron giant wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

There are a lot on guns that should have been on this list and aren't. People have mentioned a bunch of them already so I will only add the Ruger 77. I have a mark II. For the average hunter it is just as good as a 70, 700, or 110.

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Those are all awesome guns. My favorites are the Win. Model 60, Model 70, and Rem. 700.

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from matt_man wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

i have not had a chance to shoot many of these guns but i have shot an 870 and i have to agree that it is an amazing gun, it shoots nice, and it doesn't break the bank i love it

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from OutdoorsDave wrote 3 years 6 days ago

Nice!

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from glstexas wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Ok. I can understand some of the frustration with the selection. HR Topper? Why not the Savage 24?

You forgot the Winchester 101 too. I'm glad to see the Browning A5 in the leader area of the list. For the life of me I will never understand why they stopped making it! I love my humpback! For me, the M14 is perhaps the best military rifle ever (having qualified Rifle Expert in 1970, USMC, with one). Try a vertical butstroke with an M16 and you'll create a pistol with it! Others left off the list are regretable to me anyway - the top one is the venerable 1911! How in the HELL could that gun not made the list? There are people who hunt with the pistol. Another gun I owned long ago - the Browning T-Bolt - 89.00 in deluxe grade - one of the most accurate 22's I've ever shot or owned. The Colt SSA? Where did you grow up with no television? I agree with the inclusion of the REM 32 - fastest lock time ever for a production shotgun. I too own a cooper in .204 - it's a single shot and I rarely need to reload another shell when shooting at something (one shot - one kill metality - that's me). Oh well, next time try the top 500 list - you'll be sure to be a hit then! Great article!

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from glstexas wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Just another thought. When will F&S return to their roots? As a kid, I always picked up the "big three" and the "little one" every month (Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Sports Afield - which comprise the "big three" - and the "little one" - Fur Fish Game - which has become my favorite mag of all times). Used to read them under the covers at night with a flashlight to save trouble with the parents! Like Eddie Bauer of old - the Big Three have become the yuppy crowds best source of how to drees, drive and behave when afield. It's disgusting! I don't buy F&S any more - haven't for years; nor Sports Afield and certainly not Outdoor Life. Like my kara koram sleeping bag - they are sadly gone and have been replaced with trendy sweaters, trousers, and other items more likely to be found at a save the owl meeting than in a rugged outdoor environment. Sad. Very SAD!

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from parkeplace wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

The Mark V Action by Weatherby is the smoothest I've used other than the Springfield Model 1898 30-40 Krag my father owns. I used my German manufactured 300 WBY to take my first elk 2 yrs ago. Made in 1966 it still shoots 1 moa at 100 yards with a 165 grain bullet with it's 12:1 twist barrel. I have 98 & 96 mausers, 1917 enfield customs, rem 700 stock and custom, howa 1500 (wby vanguard) and the WBY Mark V is still my favorite. Smooth and fast, never jams. Would have thought it would be higher on this list but with a the WBY haters out their not surprised although I do admit some of the custom packages are over the top, maybe a little too Hollywood. Bottom line this is one man's opinion so who am I to argue. Fun read, thanks F&S.

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from parkeplace wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

there not their...and i get on my kids about their grades :-)

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from Michael G. Bender wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

Call me strange, but the only time I cared about what a gun looked like was when I bought a Henry with the brass receiver to teach my grandson gun safety.

What I want in a firearm is balance and functionality. I want it to feel right and work every time. If it will do that, I'm happy.

My Mossberg 12 gauge is flat black with plastic stock

My Savage 17 HMR is black with plastic.

My old Mossberg 30-30 has scratches and gouges from going through brush and thorns. But she works, every time. I love that old gun. And now with the new, longer range ammo from Hornady, she has a new lease on life.

My pistol of choice? Springfield 1911 .45. It fits my hand like a perfect glove.

Maybe my attitude comes from my first gun. It was a J.C. Higgins 410 single. It had a few scratches in the wood. My dad bought it used at an old tackle and bait shop in 1958. That little gun taught me to aim straight or there would be no supper. It brought home rabbits, squirrels, and the occasional pheasant. I parted company with it in favor of a 410/22 over under single shot. That one did look prettier then the first one but it worked good and that was what mattered most to me.

My opinion of what a firearm should be was further reinforced in 1966 when Uncle Sam put an M-14 in my hands. It was a fine weapon. It wasn't beautiful, but man could that baby smack the targets clear out to 300 yards. That was the first I had even thought of hitting something that far away. It was impressive.

I must admit when I hold up that Henry Golden Boy it gives me a feeling of pride, so looks do mean something to me, but functionality will win out every time. I have to say that little Henry has both looks and functionality. The action is silky smooth.

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from nprotos wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

what about the Colt Python?

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from Rob Alderman wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great article, but someone has to have lost their mind for the Colt Python and Colt 1911 not to have made this list. I love Ruger and Winchester guns guys, but seriously...

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from Rob Alderman wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Great article, but someone has to have lost their mind for the Colt Python and Colt 1911 not to have made this list. I love Ruger and Winchester guns guys, but seriously...

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from fortknox02 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Remington 870 Express Super Mag, Marlin Model 336 .35 remington, Marlin Model 60 .22 rifle, and one im working on buying is the Remington Model 700 .270. Just a list of my favorites and one i will have soon. Love my guns.

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from hfedder40 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

my uncle has one in 270

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from hfedder40 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

best production bolt action in world handsdown

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from 357 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

good to see the 870 and the model 99 get some love. those are my two hunting companions of choice.

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from CrowDriver wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

The Ithaca 37 should be rated higher:

Many people, but not most, who have used both think the Winchester 12 compares to the Ithaca 12 like this:
37 balances better
37 is stronger, more rugged
37 is simpler in design
37 has no stamped parts, period (but neither does the 12, it's a tie).
37 is lighter
37 is more accurate

The Win 12 is very very close to the 37 in all these categories, but not quite the equal.

There is only one reason competition shooters have used the 12 over the 37: The shooter, the other contestants, and the officials cannot see the 37 chamber is unloaded because the ejection port is pointed down. O/U and SxS have the barrel broken, the 12 has the bolt locked back and the open port plainly visible. This is the only flaw (indeed a fatal one) that makes the 37 not the best pump gun ever made for busting clays.

Everyone is invited to the shotgunworld forum, Ithaca section, to read the many threads comparing the W 12 to the I 37.

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from CrowDriver wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

One more thing about the 37: It's design is such that it still is in production today (almost everyone agrees the modern made guns being made today are the best).

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from Jason Farmer wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Any list of the best guns ever made that fails to mention: 1.) The M1 Garand, 2.) a 1911, and 3.) any mention of any Colt firearm... just doesn't seem like a very good list. I mean really... Samuel Colt redefined firearms. I could name several Colt revolvers that should be on this list. The 1911 is a classic that has been around seemingly forever. And the M1 Garand was the single most important tool used by our boys to win WWII.

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from King Ghidora wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Wow some people have a real problem with guns that don't cost 5 times as much as they need to. The person who suggested that people buy a Cooper or a Weatherby instead of a Marlin or a Ruger sounds more like a gun snob than a gun owner. I happen to own some very expensive guns too. And I still think the Marlin 60 should have been on this list. Slamming it as a "kid's gun" doesn't change the fact that more people own them than any other rimfire by far. And I wouldn't buy a Kimber or a Cooper if I wanted to spend a bunch of money on a rimfire. I'd buy an Anschutz or a Sako. They are far better guns than those Kimbers and Coopers. It's not even close. Or I'd look for a Remington 40X still in good condition. I actually almost bought one of those not so long ago but I waited too long and it was gone. But I don't discount any gun because of it's looks or because it doesn't cost enough. And calling it a kid's gun is not a slam against the gun, it's a slam against those of us who own the gun in question. I'd be glad to demonstrate what this 56 year old kid can do with a Marlin 60 and a target. I've shot 90 yard groups under .4" with a 60 and that's with every shot in the bullseye. I've done it more than once too. Yeah they're a kid's gun if that kid is Billy The Kid.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

They need to improve this site for mobile users. Can't scroll thru 50 pics on a phone! Gallery would be nice.

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from hfedder40 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

remington 870 is the best pump

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from olruff wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

What kind of an idiot decided to exclude the Citori from this list?

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from Warren A. Dennis wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

I agree the Winchester Model 70 pre 64 was the standard but I would suggest the new Winchester model 70 high grade made here in the United States as better rifle. Looks better, feels better and in my opinion a better made rifle.

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from srlarson wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

UUUGH!! Not sure about this list.....

How can you have a list of the best guns ever made and not have Colt mentioned anywhere in the list...

c'mon

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from gipperdog wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Since the article is titled The Best Guns Ever Made should have a subtitle for what purpose. Hunting? Or just Best Guns Ever? Some VERY significant ones were left off this list - Colts 1911, The Peacemaker, Brownings Hi-Power, the M Garand, the M1A1, the AR-15. What about Holland & Holland? Nothing of theirs made the list.

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from noonrock wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Looking for nylon 66 information I came across this entry in google. Now I appreciate that it is based on someone's opinion; I didn't discover much objectivity in the choices. One automatic pistol? Granted the Ruger Mark I deserved to be mentioned but to ignore the Colt Woodsman, the Hi-Standard Sportmatic, and on and on. A cheap single shot shotgun without the Winchester 37 being mentioned, now it's getting to irritate me. I know, the author comes from the eastern half of the US, hunts turkey and whitetail and thinks he is an expert on the best of all 50. What a tragedy.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

As usual your list always includes your favorite custom guns that no one can afford and you leave out the guns everyone truly loves. The 1911, the M1 Garand,Remington 740/7400 and 760/7600, Marlin 1895 Guide gun, The M14,the AR15, the Dragonov and the AK47- possibly the most reliable action ever made.

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from catfishclark10 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Remington 870 is the only gun i own so far, also my first gun, I plan on keeping it till the die I die, awesome gun.

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from HistoryAndGuns wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I will step out and say I disagree with a lot of the guns listed here. Several lever actions listed... the Marlin and Winchester? Why? I know they are different designs, with the top vs. side ejection, but the Winchester is an American icon. I would have gone with a commemorative saddle ring Model 94 and left it at that. And why the Mauser 98 and the 1903? The 1903, along with the .30-06 cartridge, were both blatant rip-offs of the Mauser and 8mm design; so much so that the U.S. got sued (and lost) on patent infringement. Either go original, and pick something nice like a Czech (Brno) made 98K copy (all the fine machining, no NAZI marks) or go with a 1903 (the copy, but made in America). No sense in listing both, it would be like listing a Ruger Mk I and Mk II- only minor differences between the two (such as capacity).

I think the Ruger .22 does have a spot here, but that is in my own humble opinion. It is a very fine, albeit heavy, .22 pistol with sights and accuracy that go well together. I own a P22, and I will be the first to say its sights stink.

Another question- why no autoloading centerfire pistols? The Sig 226, a perfect example of fine machining meets reliability meets modern manufacturing. And why no AR-15? The original 5.56 semi-auto (when the .222 Remington was modified to become the .223 Remington and adopted for wider mass production standards, in the form of 5.56 NATO) that was adopted by the military in select-fire forms, has been used by the U.S. for over 45 years, and has been used in some form by dozens of other countries (Canada for instance).

And why so many over and under shotguns? The Remington Model 32, really? Good guns are examples of pulling through the times with quality and reliability, and hopefully, guns that make a historical impact. The Model 32 was too expensive for its time without offering any benefits, and a complete failure because of that.

I will come out and admit, I own 18 guns on this list, and to be honest I do not see why some of them are on here. The triple lock? Again... a very nice pistol, but not a success. If we are going to mention high end guns with a high price tag and fine machining, why is no Anschuetz listed?

And why, why is "The finest battle implement ever devised" (M-1 Garand) not listed, either? No 1911, one of the biggest successes of John Browning, copied by the Russians (TT-33), Spain (Star), and in use for almost 100 years in different configurations? Popularity and historical impact both seem to have been largely forgotten in this list... in fact, what was it even based on?

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Too bad Bill Ruger is not still with us. We could count on more great guns! It seems to me Ruger is being morphed slowly away from what Bill stood for...

The Ruger #1 is truly one of the greats!

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from smitty1266 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

the savage 99 has got to be one of the greatest most uniquely made guns of all time. I think there are more 99,s functioning & hunting today as well as the 94,s. ONE AWESOME RIFLE IS THE 99,s

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from NataSS wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

This is a great list if you are Elmer Fudd. I counted only about 5-6 of the firearms listed that would even make the top 20 list of "best firearms ever made". To be honest with you, i felt like who ever had put this list together has been living in a closet for the last 30 years. Make no mistake there are a few firearms listed that are above reproach by any standard, but some of them on the list really didnt even deserve to be mentioned.

Where are the rifles that changed the world? The M1 garand, the M1A, the....dare i say....M16/AR15 (sorry if any fudd heads implode when they read that). What about the mosin nagant?

This grouping is HEAVILY biased and I wouldnt hold weight to any of it other than a select few that were revolutionary firearms when they come out. Everything else is just another rifle/shotgun that something else could be had for 1/3 the price and do the exact same thing.

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The 870 is by far the best all-around shotgun ever made. It is the first gun I bought and is still going strong. Sure an Ithaca is a nicer gun, but it's not affordable to everyone. The 870 earned its popularity by being reliable and affordable.

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from score-your-hunting wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Great fun to view and read. I don't take these kinds of articles too seriously.
As one who has been a gun fan for a while (old), the ears perk up when I hear the numbers: 70, 12, 52, 21, 94, (he left out the little 12, the 42).

I like many of the other numbers too. I have owned, or used about half the guns in the list, each had personality, and was special in its own way. I've lusted after some of the others.

Each generation adds new numbers, our list will will seldom match exactly, but we can all appreciate, and respect each, and more important the man making the list.
Buck@score-your-hunting.com

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from jbird wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Very informative piece, I learned alot. I do agree that there were some huge omissions, and some that made me wonder how they made it, but still very interesting. I own a pre-64 Model 70 .270, and I can honestly say, it's the best bolt action I've ever shot. To surpass it requires much more money than I have to spend. I agree w/the M1 and 1911 outrage. I'll throw another in for good measure, and possible hostilities, the AK-47. Many rifles on this list were attributed w/function and reliability. Foreign or not, like it or not, the AK is the pinnacle of both. I'll further stir the hornet's nest by saying it deserves to be on this list waaay before any AR. Enjoyed the list non the less.

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from horseman308 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I second BeeKeeper's feelings on the Ruger #1. A real joy to look at, carry, and shoot.

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from remchuck wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

ok,ok i didn't read all the descriptions of "the 50 best guns ever made."i'm very familiar with most of them.but not to include defensive type handguns of the semi-automatic sort leads me to one important question:"are you on dope?"while i'm ranting let me say that to exclude the 1911 from any discussion of the greatest firearms ever built borders on high treason here in Tennessee.

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from Andrew Ferraro wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I must read this article 5 times a year and I enjoy it every time.

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from Sportsman Matt wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I found thaat the best one is the one in my hand at the time I needed it.

But the list is ok, some I wouldn't consider the best, but then again I am a fan of the lever guns, and love my Winchester 1887 12GA. Heavy and reliable, with a steel buttplate, none of this rubber recoil stuff. The other one is a good ol Winchester 94 in 30-30, accurate and reliable also, taken several deer, rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks, and even a pheasant on the fly.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

My 1949 Pre 64 Winchester in 270 is wearing a Accurate Innovations stock these days to take advantage of their full stock metal bedding system and laminate like stok make up. The rifle looks and shoots great, it is the rifle I took the Mulie in the accompanying picture. I do not think in my taste or opion I can find a better bolt action rifle. It is hefty, but helps reduce felt recoil and increases accuracy IMHO. I like the back up iron sights. The bolt movement is smooth, the extractor has never failed and the trigger is crisp with no creep or over travel. It is my favorite hunting rifle and I own several others,i,e, Weatherby, Browning, Kimber ,Remington, Ruger, Savage, Sako, Stevens and Steyer.They are fine shooters but the pre 64 Winchester Model 70 Bolt action is special to my shooting preferences.

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from justin hobbs wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I agree with most of the list, although the order could be changed for the sake of personal preference. The 50 guns listed are all excellent choices, but I'm surprised that the Ruger Mark I .22 pistol rated so high and I saw no mention of the Smith & Wesson Mo.41 anywhere in the top 50. I own 3 of these guns and they are the equivalent of a swiss made watch. Flawless to shoot, accurate, and much easier to break down than the Mark I. Would have been nice to see it on the list somewhere.

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from 3030forlife wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Where is the 1911 I know they they are mainly talking about hunting guns but the 1911 was revolutionary.

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from billy09 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

yeah the list is bullshit. all the rifles that served in the US military and some foreign like the AK-47 for example should on the list. They all changed the course of history for mankind good or bad and not to menttion the break threws that were made. I do like how the Mossberg 500 made it. Its definately tough and will shoot any shell you put threw it. thats why the US Military uses it the 590A1 to be exact. sorry about the spelling im in a hurry. Im in iraq.

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from alaskanhunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

WOW! 50 of the World's best guns! I've owned over 50 guns in my life, and only TWO of them were on the list! I feel very UNDERPRIVELIDGED (not really). I live, hunt, fish, work and play in the harshest climate, that most people will ever hope to visit, and my firearms get the job done every time, that I do my job!
I respect your choices (It was a toough job, that couldn't please everyone), even If I disagree with some of them, and some of them I strongly disagree with!
Remember, just because something/somebody is popular with the masses, doesn't make it good or right

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from MLH wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I agree it is an excellent gun but, for the life of me, I cannot see the beauty in the Ruger 1. I've held them and tried to like them, but to me, they are just plain ugly. For a single shot I much prefer the looks of the Winchester 1885/Browning B78. Mine were super accurate, well made, and gorgeous.

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from JMRank5 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have hunted with this gun my whole life, and have absolutely loved it. I used it when I was 10 and still use it now as an adult. It's accurate, lightweight, and great looking gun, and perfect for any hunter. AMAZING GUN.

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from thuroy wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

You have to be grateful for the invention of the bolt action rifle. Maybe one of the greatest inventions when it comes to hunting. However, my personal favorite is my Browning A-bolt medallion. It shoots great an has never let me down. It is like hot girlfriend that is great in the sac too.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Where's the Super Blackhawk?

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I have a marlin 35. lever and it's been in my family since my papaw. My papaw, my dad, and me all have killed many deer with it.

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from Marc McPhail wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have or have had 10 or 12 of the guns on the list at one time or the other.
Some of them are great but a few greater one were left out ! The 1911 is one , if not why are so people makin so many copies ? Brno,s 611 22 Win Mag. one of the bast take down's ever ? The CZ 452 22 LR , some of the best rimfire's ever built at any price ? Remington 40 X ?
I know you cant list them all but some better choices could have been made. As for the custom guns....... they cost to much and the average guy cant have one or even knows what yall are talkin about ! Last, The Nylon "66" I dislike (hate) the fact that we have as you put it accepted plastic guns! To me a fine firearm should have a fine wood stock ! ! ! If all you want to do is own a gun, plastic, I guess is O K . If we are talkin best ever , no plastic for me , thank you !

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from Bass Boy wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I own two 8mm Mausers and the only issue I have ever had with them is ammo price, so thier not much of a range guns for me, but my 30-30s do just fine for that.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Why are they grouping together all 870's? The Wingmaster lasts longer and looks better then that over rated model 12. The Wingmaster is top of the line (#2 in older F&S). All guns in here are good though.

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from bassopotamus wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

uhh what about the M1 Garand??? oh wait...that gun didn't help us win any wars...
and holy shit, where's the tommy gun!?
this list = lol!

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from swjslj wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I went through every entry on this list and did not see the Colt 1911. I'm hoping I just missed it. If the 1911 didn't make the list, then the whole list is suspect.

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from holymoly wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

it is obvious that the writer believes that only bolt action rifles and just about any shotgun ever made should be considered on this list. allthough i agree with many of his choices, the list leans way to heavy on his personal likes and opinion. where are the pistols and revolvers? where are the military weapons that changed history. as mentioned by just about everybody no 1911? no garand? not one single colt is mentioned anywhere in this article, you got to be kidding me. how about revolvers? no python or its little brother the diamondback? imo two of the finest revolvers ever built. how about pistols? no browning or even a luger. no walthers? how about the countless s&w and colt police models carried by law enforcement for decades. maybe the writer should do a follow up on this article. do alittle more reserch and add another 50 to the list. or maybe retitle the article as my favorite 50 firearms of all time.

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

good list overall but i got a gripe or two.
i am lucky enough to own 6 of the guns on this list
Springfield 03
S&W 500
remington 870
mossberg 500
t/c encore
ruger 10/22

all great guns all prized

but 2 that should be on the list
Glock u pick ( i have 10mm and 40S&W)
clt

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from GiantWhitetails wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

the marlin model 336 is a great deer hunting gun. especialy in .30-30

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from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

My father has a Ithaca model 37. It is a great gun and it kicks like a mule, I was twelve The first time I shot it and it nearly knocked me on my can!!!!!!!!! You are garuanteed not to miss this is a super accurate gun.If the bead is on the mark whatever it is, is down.

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from ramseysc wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I have had the pleasure of shooting a few of the lower end weapons in this article...I love the Ruger single six, it is an absolute blast to shoot and doesn't feel as clunky as several other .22 rimfire revolvers I have fired. The Marlin 336 is another that I will never grow tired of. It is curious to wonder why the 1911 was left of, which was mentioned in an earlier comment, especially considering the horde of spin-offs that have been manufactured. Great list overall though

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've been lucky enough to have owned 19 of this list (I still have 14). I have some problems with the list but overall it's American Sporting Gun History 101. There are some names like L.C. Smith that they left out but overall it's good stuff. I was glad to see the Ruger #1 on the list. That was the first new gun I ever bought. I still have it and love it so.

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from loverme85 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

the Marlin model 60 is garbage. It looks like a table leg with a pipe on it. That's the most glaring reason why its not on the list. It's sales numbers are high because you can buy a new one for 60 dollars,and countries like Uzbekistan probably arm their soldiers with them (sarcasm). I'm not saying the 10/22 is my favorite rifle. I honestly would never own one of those either because I'm not into youth firearms. buy a Kimber, Weatherby, or cooper if your looking for a great rimfire.

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from Bucks Owin wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I'm happy to see "The Rifleman's Rifle" at the top of the heap where it belongs! Even the "worst variation" M70 deserves that position IMO....Glad it's back and hope it'll be available as long as we have the right to own one....(The M94 too)

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from Bucks Owin wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Gee, now that I've got a good enough WiFi signal to see more than the top 3 picks, I'm convinced that Field & Dream's editors must've fired up the bong after the first couple of picks! They're about to drop a load in their pants over the M29, but have the Blackhawk way back in 38th place? Heck, the BH gave us an AVAILABLE .44 mag in the most excellent Flattop version long before S&W did. I think once F&S sobers up they should rethink the pecking order here!!!!!!

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from gordeauxj wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Forgive me if I've missed anything, but your "expert(s)" somehow overlooked the following:
Mannlicher-Schoenauer M1903 Carbine; Colt M1911; Walther PP; S&W .357 Magnum; Thompson SMG: Parabellum M1900; & Mauser C96 --to name but a few. If you lack in-house talent for this sort of project, I urge you to avoid humiliation by engaging a competent consultant next time.

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from rustygray wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

1911................ Seriously. The 1911 i9s the most common and one of the best firearms ever produced. The M1Garand.

I guess maybe the editors only wanted sporting or field guns. John Moses Browning was a genius and all of his designs are still in production today.

I agree with the Nylon66, Remington700, Marlin336, RugerMkI and Mossberg500, as I have each of them or 2.

I just had to say 1911. Yes people do hunt with them.

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from emwon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

You forgot US RIFLE CAL 30 M1 the Garand and the Colt 1911. The 1911 is the one of the most copied guns of all time.

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from Xgunslinger wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Did you get the guys back to the home who put together the "Top 50" list. Top guns: no 1911, no Woodsman, no Registered Magnum, no Hi-Power, no M/AR-16, no Model 73, no SAA, and so on. Plenty of shotguns, though--most of which were copies of each other. Oh, and a $69,000 W-R double gun. Make sure they get their meds from now on, will you?

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from Xgunslinger wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Then call it the 50 best "Hunting" guns ever made. 50 Best Guns implies 50 best guns, not 43 shotguns and one each Marlin, Winchester and Remington.

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from Furrbrain wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

No 1911's? Browning Hipower?

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from BC3660 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

50 Best guns ever made?
But no 1911, M-1, M-14?
I think not.

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from morg4furn wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Interesting reading and fun stuff. I agree with most of the list as I have 7 of the top ten. But where is the model 88 Winchester?, surely that could take the place of the horrible model 500 Mossberg?
It looks like you were listing sporting guns so I guess I can understand no 1911 colt? or Python?
You have the savage 110 and no BAR? Rugers are functional but "Clunky" guns and the only ones that should make the list are the 10/22 and single-six. no single action colt 45? :(
And, if we are going to include pistols and revolvers then where the heck is the finest auto firearm ever designed.....the Beretta 92FS?
F&S is a sporting publication and as such this list should probably include only sporting or hunting firearms. This being the case, I think the most notable gun left off would be the model 88 Winchester which, by the way, was the gun used to take the World Record Whitetail in Canada a few years back (Milo Hanson's)

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from lcrupp wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

As soon as I saw the list I hit the "delete" key. What a waste of time!
Not a Colt on the list!

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from Scotty2244 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well I agree with some of the guns but I have a question. How in the world can you "NOT" include the 1911 .45 auto. This is the most copied handgun design of all time and you guys left it out of the top 50; instead you have some crazy plastic hybrid pistol models thrown in. The .45 auto has to be in any list of "greatest guns ever"!

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from lea001a wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I agree, mostly, with these selections by the editors of Field and Stream, understanding the editorial slant toward hunting and shotgunning. I wonder, however, why the Colt Single Action Army 1873 and the Colt Python are missing? These are ici\onic firearms, albeit handguns.

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from Norseman wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

The Ak-47 and the M1 and M14 come to mind along with the Tompson and BAR. This list is lacking and is miss named it should have been called the best hunting guns ever.

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from deadeyedick wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Perhaps you should havs said the best 50 MODERN GUNSEVER MADE. because you did not include any pennsylvania or kentucky rifles or maybe the St Louis Hawken. I guess it just boils down to who is doing the picking.

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from matt_man wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

i have not had a chance to shoot many of these guns but i have shot an 870 and i have to agree that it is an amazing gun, it shoots nice, and it doesn't break the bank i love it

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from glstexas wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Ok. I can understand some of the frustration with the selection. HR Topper? Why not the Savage 24?

You forgot the Winchester 101 too. I'm glad to see the Browning A5 in the leader area of the list. For the life of me I will never understand why they stopped making it! I love my humpback! For me, the M14 is perhaps the best military rifle ever (having qualified Rifle Expert in 1970, USMC, with one). Try a vertical butstroke with an M16 and you'll create a pistol with it! Others left off the list are regretable to me anyway - the top one is the venerable 1911! How in the HELL could that gun not made the list? There are people who hunt with the pistol. Another gun I owned long ago - the Browning T-Bolt - 89.00 in deluxe grade - one of the most accurate 22's I've ever shot or owned. The Colt SSA? Where did you grow up with no television? I agree with the inclusion of the REM 32 - fastest lock time ever for a production shotgun. I too own a cooper in .204 - it's a single shot and I rarely need to reload another shell when shooting at something (one shot - one kill metality - that's me). Oh well, next time try the top 500 list - you'll be sure to be a hit then! Great article!

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from hfedder40 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

my uncle has one in 270

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from hfedder40 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

best production bolt action in world handsdown

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The Model 870 Shotguns is the most popular Shotgun in Firearms History and i own one!!!!!!
Yet this remarkable shotgun has been around for almost half a century, and has become the best-selling shotgun of any type in history, with over nine million made.

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from Charles Higgins wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

SKB also makes a fine over and under,

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from Gunslinger wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

We all have our favorits and the Rem 700 is my choice. I do not like teh Claw extactor formany reasons, which Iwill not get into. I just bought a MarlinXL7 ad its simular to the 70 in many ways,but my overll choice is the Remington 700's.I love teh feel and the accuracy I;m able to obtain. If had to sell off all myfierms, the 70 would be teh last to go. The new 700 assembled in SC is just that assembled.Parts come from all over the world then assembled in S>C.I liked teh looks and feel of the Weatherby till i saw stamped on the bbl made in Japan.Marlin has alwaysmade a quality fiearm , just not as fancy as some,but very accurate in my hands. S for shotgun, I take the 1100 and in handgun,the S&W and Uberti. For a 30-30, will stick with my 336 MArlin for woods hunting here at home.If the gun fits you and comes up as if part of your off arm, then that's the gun you need,Me a 30-06 is all any hunter needs unless hunting teh 2 big old bears, and if I were, i suel would want a back up shooter equipted with a 375 or 416. Never wanted all teh guns, just the one's i wanted. Some are not fit to be called firearms, a rock would do better.One last item, I never drop a shell into thechamber ( Winchester will not do that). I want the shell to come from the magazine then you know if all othr shells fit proper. I just like teh round push feed better than the CLAW extracto.Seen to many ruined in the Rockies and decided they were not for me. But again, to each his own. PS;I would like to Volunteer to work for 4-6 weeks a fewhrs daily and stay in one of their Cabins, then hunt NM fo Elk. Snyone got info on this subject/ if so guide me thru, Thanks. Shoot-um-straight and often.

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from Gunslinger wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The prevous comment should state the 700 in 06 would be the last to go, NOT the 70. Sorry. I do like the new T/C/Ventuer, if had not just boughtand shot the MArlinXL7 I would try the T/C/. Other than the syn stock, looks like the classic con.

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from King Ghidora wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I own several of the guns on this list and some that should be. The most glaring omission is the utilitarian classic, the Marlin Model 60. How they can say that the Ruger 10/22 is the most popular gun in the world is amazing to me. Marlin has sold more that twice as many Model 60's as Ruger has sold 10/22's. The Ruger is not nearly as accurate as a Model 60 (trust me I've proven this many times) but it does cost more. Quite a bit more. The Marlin is head and shoulders better than the Ruger in fact. Unless you want to throw away half of that Ruger you bought and replace them with better parts the Ruger is never going to shoot as well as the Marlin. Why not just buy good parts right off the bat and not end up buying two sets of parts and calling your rifle a Ruger when in fact it will only be about 25% Ruger? You can buy great shooting semi-autos for far less than you would spend on that Ruger like a T/C R-55 Classic.

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from efields9 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I agree with mod.70 win. it was the first rifle my Dad gave me and I still have it plus a new super grade 300 win. mag. that handles just as good as my old 30-06 pre 64. Everone is not going to agree with this artical but for the most part I do . I enjoyed it very much I have owned most of them and still have several of them.

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from Glockfan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

This is a complete disgrace to a lot of firearms. A bit heavy on the rifle and shotguns huh?? Could you maybe include a few...oh i don't know others like a SAA, 1911, or Glock. How do a few manufactures i never heard of get on there and none of the ones i mentioned. A Sako makes it but not a Glock!! Please

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from kj4xx wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Didn't see who the author is. Evidently another gun writer/ editor in the pockets of private gunsmiths like Knight or small companies like Dakota Arms... There is no flow to his logic and he has way to many shotguns. There are to many "rare and expensive" selections. Where is the Browning High power if inovation was important? How much did he get for throwing the S&W 50 cal revolver in there? Where is the Colf 45 1911? I get he might be a sissy, nothing wrong with that, but to leave out ALL military weapons. Reason being is what he wrote for the Ruger 1o/22 he could repeat for the AR15, Legos for American men. Where is the 30 Carbine if inovation was so important? I learned little than not to waste my time with Field & Stream. I remember when a good magazine, before it split up into 3,4,5 or 6 other magazines had an article by many of their contributors: "Your list of top ten guns"; then there was another article in the now divested "Shooting Times", so thin and weak from spinning off it's not worth buying. The article: what one gun would you have and why if you could only have one. Not one weapon from their top ten, or from their only gun articles was mentioned in this one. What an ignorant jerk to be so out of touch with the middle class hunter/shooter in America. I'm sure he believes in global warming, drank the coolaid for government run healthcare, and so on.

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from rustygray wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I also wonder where the S&W .357 model 686 was.

It seems to me that liberalism the disease has infected the writers at Field & Stream. The AR15? Come on..... The single most purchased rifle in the USA.

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from buckblastads wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

model 94

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from Llid_Llid wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

This article should be called: "Top 50 American Long Barrel Guns." There are barely ANY pistols in this list and no sub machine guns or machine guns. Furthermore, there is no factual data used to compose this list of firearms; it's all subjective. Overall, very disappointing.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with the Weatherby Mark V.

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from Goldcoast59 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Being as it was a Field & Stream list I maybe wouldn't expect to see a 1911 on it but the door was opened in my opinion with a couple of other handguns on the list that I wouldn't really consider hunting firearms. So if the door is opened for the 1911 I have to put Glock 17 on the list as well.

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from whcc90069 wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

the title of this article certainly stirs up the pot. just to add my two cents.......

the old cz-50 (7.65mm) was a heck of a weapon, at least mine was. it was built more rugged and shot more smoother and more accurate than any other pistol i've tried in the same caliber.

i'm glad there's mention of several rugers in this article. ruger's aren't the most accurate firearms, but, they certainly attract a lot of loyal customers and they're (usually) built to last at (usually) affordable prices. the 10/22 is a good example as it certainly achieved cult status with all the aftermarket accessories and books available on it.

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from buckfynn wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I agree Colt should have been on the list some place. The Colt Woodsman Match Target .22 cal. with the heavy barrel is one of my favorites.

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from mrobmc wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Is this list in any particular order? If it is, I could take issue with some choices. If not, I agree whole heartedly with the list. I have both a Model 37 Ithaca 16 gauge, which is the BEST shotgun I have ever shot, and a Savage Model 110 .270. I have not had a lot of opportunities to use my Savage, but now that I am in north/central Kentucky I hope to use it much more. Thanks for the great story!!!

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from CHAZMAN19 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

hows come it takes forever and a day to look at these galleries why can't they post a small pic of the entire gallery and then you could read about the one you wantit take me about 2 minutes to get each pic and i have cable high speed internet service

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from Bluezman wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Some of these guns labeled as "the 50 best" seems to be reaching a little. Okay, I can see that the author wanted to leave out military flavored weapons, that'd fine. But....

.what about the Colt Python, Colt Anaconda, Ruger Super Blackhawk, Remington 760,7600, etc., Remington 11 or 14?

The XP100 made the list? Seriously? Come on.

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from J.E.Chappell wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I too differ in opinion from the author but if all of you who have posted would have read the article instead of just looking at the pictures you would have picked out that he did state that the list was his opinion and that it is going to differ from others, also he stated that his criteria was predominately hunting oriented. So before you all try to roast a fella for his opinions you may want to read the words and not just thumb over the pictures and criticize.

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from wildbilljones wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

you are comparing apples to oranges and to peaches each gun should be comparied in it's own class

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from tvcurry wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

If you wrote this article in the 1970s you'd be right on with the Winchester Model 70. I've been hunting for 55+ years and I can tell you the BEST rifle I've ever owned as far as accuracy concerned is a COOPER. You don't even mention this Montana arms maker and therefore I have NO IDEA what you were smoking/drinking when you wrote this article. YOU NEED TO REWRITE IT AFTER YOU'VE TRIED A COOPER!!!

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from kodor wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

Agree on serious omissions.

Where is the 1911, a classic handgun? And how about the Smith and Wesson Model 10, equivalent in revolvers of the Remington 870 in shotguns.

Maybe the Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker?

And if you're going to include the 1903 Springfield rifle, a Mauser 98 derivative, why not the M1 Garand, a truly original military design?

The list really ought to have been called the 50 best shotguns with a few other guns thrown in for good measure.

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from Alpine 77 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

The Remington 1100 seems to be a popular shotgun but those in the know will be really interested in the Mossburg 1000 or the Super 1000 Camo. As the remington will jamb with a shell in the carrier, the Mossburg will not. Having owned the Mossburg Super 1000 and having fired it repeatedly over many years, I can tell you the gas system is one of the cleanest ever. On one particular day 6 of us went to the local gunshop [Sunday](it is nice when the owner is along and can open up for only us ;-)),and loaded up on shells for about 15 different weapons. I had an old cardboard box that had held oranges, but was now full of 12 ga. shells I reloaded. In it were literally hundreds of shells for my Super 1000. All kinds; shot, slugs, etc. fired with just a kleenex cleanup.

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from raygun wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I guess when I saw the title of the article, " THE 50 BEST GUNS EVER MADE", my expectations were different from the authors intentions. There were many guns on the list that I expected to see, but I was really shocked not to see the Colt 1911 or peacemaker on the list, or the M1, M14,AK-47 and the AR-15, not to mention any guns from Glock, H&K, Sig and Walther. I guess the list should have been 100 guns, but even at that the ones that I have listed above should have certainly been in the top 50 of 100.

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from andrewminton wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

i cant believe that the belgium made browning shotguns were not in there my dad said that my grandfather swore on them he had i think 6 including the golden trigger series

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from danfred77 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

There should be a printable list someplace on here without having to print the photos and all the commentary - just a list from 1-50 I could print!

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from Scotty2244 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well I agree with some of the guns but I have a question. How in the world can you "NOT" include the 1911 .45 auto. This is the most copied handgun design of all time and you guys left it out of the top 50; instead you have some crazy plastic hybrid pistol models thrown in. The .45 auto has to be in any list of "greatest guns ever"!

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from Tigerbeetle wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

There are, and have been, just to many wonderful firearms brought into the light of day over the past 150 years or so. The list could be doubled and still many firearms would be left out that could easily be justified as deserving to be on the list. I was amazed to find that in my meager collection, I have 8 of the 50 in hand now. Nine if I were able to count my first deer rifle, the 336 Marlin 30-30. I think I sold that to help pay expenses for college a couple years after I got it in 1958. I can think of no other reason I would have done so. I really liked that gun and still do.

Keep up the good work. Start working on another list of Best Guns Ever Made. It won't take long to think of another 50.

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from WingNut73 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Whomever assembled this list is seriously out of touch with reality. How can you have a top 50 guns list and not have John Moses Browning's venerable Model 1911. The 1911 has the longest run time of any firearm on the market and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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from jance2010 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Having owned the Mossburg Super 1000 and having fired it repeatedly over many years, I can tell you the gas system is one of the cleanest ever ffxiv gil.

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from websmithq wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

If my Ithaca could only tell about the bayous, rivers, and lakes that it has been recovered from. If it could tell about the time it was hosed out and then covered and filled with Pennzoil 30WT because there was no other choice. If it could mention that, through all of the abuse, it has never misfired or jammed once let alone have to have a part replaced for 50 years. The greatest gun ever made?

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from Skipidar wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I recognize that any gun list is going to be a matter of opinion and experience, but how can you have a list that is mainly about shotguns and leave out a classic like the Browning Sweet Sixteen? And how can you leave out such innovative, reliable, and—in the right hands—accurate military guns as the 1911 government model .45 semiautomatic, the M-1 Garand rifle, the M-14, and the AR-15/M-16 (not to mention the AK-47, the Russian Nagant SVD Dragonov, and the H&K MP5)?

How about getting someone with experience and know-how in the field to list the best military weapons?

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from John Vaught wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I personally think the Savage model 24 should be on this list! Pick your gage and caliber(although some combonations were better than others) but what a survival gun!

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from retdet02 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

I own more than a few guns on this list but not including the 1911,the M-1 garand,the AR-15,lets not forget the S&W model 10 is long gun snobbery.Nearly all of these guns are sportsman oriented,but the guns that that truly achieve greatness status are guns that change the game.I suppose the AK-47 should also be included because like the S&W model 10;the production numbers are in the MILLIONS.

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from retdet02 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Sorry,what was I thinking.I forgot to mention the Glock mod.17 and just about any other model you care to mention.Combat tupperware.The most reliable hand gun I have ever fired.Zero jams,thousands of rounds.That choice will no doubt rattle some traditional cages.

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from dasmith wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

Seems to be the .357 Magnum was forgotten, Smith & Wesson model 27 that started it all or the good looking Colt Python. One of them, should have been included.

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from Norseman wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

The Rimington 700 is a extremely accurate, safe, and reasonably priced rifle, especially with the new trigger design. I plan on buying one this year. Granted they shuld have addressed the trigger prob. back in the day; but that's water under the bridge. You don't cut your nose off to spite your face.

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from The Shot wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

My best wishes to the Savage Arms company and it's Model 110, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. The bolt configuation and safety is about the ugliest set-up I've ever seen on any bolt action rifle. However, that's just me and 10's of thousands of faithful shooters are testament to the value and durability of this Savage hunting rifle. Carry on...!

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from dubyadd wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Greatest lists are always fun and make for lot a of interesting discussions. And like any list of the greatest anything lists, no 2 are ever the same. I am just glad this was done, and I had the opportunity to read it, as I have not owned or even shot 50 different guns in my lifetime and doubt that I ever will. I found it interesting and worthwhile of my time. I wonder how many other contributors have? If every gun they suggest be on this list it would be called the greatest 1000 guns of all time. It might make them all happy but who would read it?

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from gemeinschaft wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have to agree with many others on the board here, where is the AK-47, Glock, 1911, M1 Garand, BAR and the others that should be listed? This list was compiled by someone who, in my opinion, has a very limited knowledge of firearms.
I would invite the author to disassemble a Government Model 1911 and then think about how long that gun has been around. It was truly revolutionary in its time and is still a faithful design that many rely on. It is without doubt that the AK-47, AR-15, M1 Garand and BAR have changed the world; when have you heard of the Reminton Nylon 66 or anything from Ultra Light Arms changing the world as we know it?
Just my $.02

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from scottwgun wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I have just left the US Navy, and am buying my first hunting shotgun as an adult. My dad has hunted with his 870 wingmaster since the 80's and I plan on carrying on that tradition!

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from stcfs wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Dude, if ur ex-Navy, may I recommend the short-barrel hi-cap mag nickel-plated Marine 870. With a teeny Speedfeed stock, it's about a 1/2-inch over the legal minimum length and fits in a backpack (unlike my 26-inch, black-painted Express stocked with the discarded black synth stock from the Marine version).

Your friends will freak and be afraid to be on the same range as you, much less shoot it themselves. Just tell 'em to shoot from the hip for starters, then see their attitudes change.

Funny how some folks do carry on about recoil.

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from John Bradford wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I own two 1100 Remmington's in a 20 and 12 guage magnum models, I have had them for 41 years. I keep them properly cleaned and oiled and have never have a jam. I fire from 1,200 to 2,500 shells a year. The models are the standard weight guns. They are light and swing very well with light straight back recoil.

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from John Bradford wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

I own both a 20 guage and a 12 guage model 1100 Remmington magnum shotguns, model year 1967. I place approximately 1,200 to 1,500 shells throgh them a year. I do keep them clean and oiled and they have never jamed except for one time in which the gun did not get properly oiled and sat for a while. They are the standard weight guns. They are light and swing well with a light straight backward recoil. Great Guns !!!

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from ko1ia wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

I had to sign up and comment on this miscarriage of justice. A lousy Remington 66 as the 17th best gun of all time?? Come on, give me a break. I would place it closer to the top of the "worst guns ever made" list than this.

The gun was pitiful, I had two of them as a kid in the early 60s. The barrels were not made of a good enough steel to stand up to much heavy repeated shooting, say a 500 round brick in three hours. I did that many times huntin' prairie dogs back then. And I subsequently shot the bore out of both guns down to being a smoothbore. Plus, on the first one, I found out the plastic handle wouldn't stand up in cold weather when I tripped over o down fence in sub-10 degree weather in 8 inches of snow hunting rabbits. Broke the plastic to pieces. And then I was dumb enough to buy another..... As Mark Twain said, "Youth is wasted on the young" and I stand proof to that.
I think that the author of this needs to learn a little more about real guns and not nickel-dime junk like a Nylon 66.

ko1ia

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from mlinkrpt wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

People you're misinformed: Knight in 1985 did not invent the first inline muzzleloaders. H&R Huntsman in .58 caliber used the basic single shot shotgun receiver and sealed the end(breech) of a barrel with a #11 nipple for #11 percussion caps. I know that gun came out in 60's or 70's because I would look at and desire the Huntsman when I was a kid. I'm 51 now and I remember the 70's...and I own one to this day!!! :)

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from iron giant wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

There are a lot on guns that should have been on this list and aren't. People have mentioned a bunch of them already so I will only add the Ruger 77. I have a mark II. For the average hunter it is just as good as a 70, 700, or 110.

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Those are all awesome guns. My favorites are the Win. Model 60, Model 70, and Rem. 700.

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from OutdoorsDave wrote 3 years 6 days ago

Nice!

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from glstexas wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Just another thought. When will F&S return to their roots? As a kid, I always picked up the "big three" and the "little one" every month (Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Sports Afield - which comprise the "big three" - and the "little one" - Fur Fish Game - which has become my favorite mag of all times). Used to read them under the covers at night with a flashlight to save trouble with the parents! Like Eddie Bauer of old - the Big Three have become the yuppy crowds best source of how to drees, drive and behave when afield. It's disgusting! I don't buy F&S any more - haven't for years; nor Sports Afield and certainly not Outdoor Life. Like my kara koram sleeping bag - they are sadly gone and have been replaced with trendy sweaters, trousers, and other items more likely to be found at a save the owl meeting than in a rugged outdoor environment. Sad. Very SAD!

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from parkeplace wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

The Mark V Action by Weatherby is the smoothest I've used other than the Springfield Model 1898 30-40 Krag my father owns. I used my German manufactured 300 WBY to take my first elk 2 yrs ago. Made in 1966 it still shoots 1 moa at 100 yards with a 165 grain bullet with it's 12:1 twist barrel. I have 98 & 96 mausers, 1917 enfield customs, rem 700 stock and custom, howa 1500 (wby vanguard) and the WBY Mark V is still my favorite. Smooth and fast, never jams. Would have thought it would be higher on this list but with a the WBY haters out their not surprised although I do admit some of the custom packages are over the top, maybe a little too Hollywood. Bottom line this is one man's opinion so who am I to argue. Fun read, thanks F&S.

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from parkeplace wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

there not their...and i get on my kids about their grades :-)

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from Michael G. Bender wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

Call me strange, but the only time I cared about what a gun looked like was when I bought a Henry with the brass receiver to teach my grandson gun safety.

What I want in a firearm is balance and functionality. I want it to feel right and work every time. If it will do that, I'm happy.

My Mossberg 12 gauge is flat black with plastic stock

My Savage 17 HMR is black with plastic.

My old Mossberg 30-30 has scratches and gouges from going through brush and thorns. But she works, every time. I love that old gun. And now with the new, longer range ammo from Hornady, she has a new lease on life.

My pistol of choice? Springfield 1911 .45. It fits my hand like a perfect glove.

Maybe my attitude comes from my first gun. It was a J.C. Higgins 410 single. It had a few scratches in the wood. My dad bought it used at an old tackle and bait shop in 1958. That little gun taught me to aim straight or there would be no supper. It brought home rabbits, squirrels, and the occasional pheasant. I parted company with it in favor of a 410/22 over under single shot. That one did look prettier then the first one but it worked good and that was what mattered most to me.

My opinion of what a firearm should be was further reinforced in 1966 when Uncle Sam put an M-14 in my hands. It was a fine weapon. It wasn't beautiful, but man could that baby smack the targets clear out to 300 yards. That was the first I had even thought of hitting something that far away. It was impressive.

I must admit when I hold up that Henry Golden Boy it gives me a feeling of pride, so looks do mean something to me, but functionality will win out every time. I have to say that little Henry has both looks and functionality. The action is silky smooth.

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from nprotos wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

what about the Colt Python?

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from Rob Alderman wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great article, but someone has to have lost their mind for the Colt Python and Colt 1911 not to have made this list. I love Ruger and Winchester guns guys, but seriously...

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from Rob Alderman wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Great article, but someone has to have lost their mind for the Colt Python and Colt 1911 not to have made this list. I love Ruger and Winchester guns guys, but seriously...

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from fortknox02 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Remington 870 Express Super Mag, Marlin Model 336 .35 remington, Marlin Model 60 .22 rifle, and one im working on buying is the Remington Model 700 .270. Just a list of my favorites and one i will have soon. Love my guns.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

good to see the 870 and the model 99 get some love. those are my two hunting companions of choice.

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from buddyboy564 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i like the win. model 70 but i think the model 94 should be first on the list, i mean thats just the classic rifle plus its really a good gun

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from coydogger wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

How in the world could you include the Remington 700 as one of the 50 best guns ever made? And attribute it to it's "wonderful trigger". This gun could be the demise of our sport when the anti-gunners are done tearing it apart. Granted, it's accuracy is legendary, and it's trigger is the reason. It also is the reason for a long history of the gun firing without the trigger being pulled. I am confident that the editors are well aware of what I am referring to, and that most of your readers are not. Have you no morals? I would suggest anyone who owns a 700 to not pass it off to anyone who may unknowingly kill or wound themselves, or an innocent bystander, as has happened so many times with the unsafe 700. Instead, they should destroy it so there will be no further caualties due to it's notoriously unsafe trigger mechanism, documented by the man who actually designed it, and hundreds of other incidents that Remington has tried to keep secret.

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from morg4furn wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

Just a few follow up comments....700 remington should now be taken off the list because of the terrible unsafe trigger/safety mech. I guess the thing to do is take all pistols off this list. The pistol list should probably start and end with the 1911. BAR should be on the list and take off the nylon 66. Someone suggested a Glock? Really? Just run some reloads through that thing and watch it blow up in your face! And I am going to say it again.....where is the model 88 Winchester? Built like a bolt action,works like a bolt and shoots like a bolt! (Read Jack O'Connor)

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from CrowDriver wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

The Ithaca 37 should be rated higher:

Many people, but not most, who have used both think the Winchester 12 compares to the Ithaca 12 like this:
37 balances better
37 is stronger, more rugged
37 is simpler in design
37 has no stamped parts, period (but neither does the 12, it's a tie).
37 is lighter
37 is more accurate

The Win 12 is very very close to the 37 in all these categories, but not quite the equal.

There is only one reason competition shooters have used the 12 over the 37: The shooter, the other contestants, and the officials cannot see the 37 chamber is unloaded because the ejection port is pointed down. O/U and SxS have the barrel broken, the 12 has the bolt locked back and the open port plainly visible. This is the only flaw (indeed a fatal one) that makes the 37 not the best pump gun ever made for busting clays.

Everyone is invited to the shotgunworld forum, Ithaca section, to read the many threads comparing the W 12 to the I 37.

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from CrowDriver wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

One more thing about the 37: It's design is such that it still is in production today (almost everyone agrees the modern made guns being made today are the best).

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from Jason Farmer wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Any list of the best guns ever made that fails to mention: 1.) The M1 Garand, 2.) a 1911, and 3.) any mention of any Colt firearm... just doesn't seem like a very good list. I mean really... Samuel Colt redefined firearms. I could name several Colt revolvers that should be on this list. The 1911 is a classic that has been around seemingly forever. And the M1 Garand was the single most important tool used by our boys to win WWII.

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from King Ghidora wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

Wow some people have a real problem with guns that don't cost 5 times as much as they need to. The person who suggested that people buy a Cooper or a Weatherby instead of a Marlin or a Ruger sounds more like a gun snob than a gun owner. I happen to own some very expensive guns too. And I still think the Marlin 60 should have been on this list. Slamming it as a "kid's gun" doesn't change the fact that more people own them than any other rimfire by far. And I wouldn't buy a Kimber or a Cooper if I wanted to spend a bunch of money on a rimfire. I'd buy an Anschutz or a Sako. They are far better guns than those Kimbers and Coopers. It's not even close. Or I'd look for a Remington 40X still in good condition. I actually almost bought one of those not so long ago but I waited too long and it was gone. But I don't discount any gun because of it's looks or because it doesn't cost enough. And calling it a kid's gun is not a slam against the gun, it's a slam against those of us who own the gun in question. I'd be glad to demonstrate what this 56 year old kid can do with a Marlin 60 and a target. I've shot 90 yard groups under .4" with a 60 and that's with every shot in the bullseye. I've done it more than once too. Yeah they're a kid's gun if that kid is Billy The Kid.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

They need to improve this site for mobile users. Can't scroll thru 50 pics on a phone! Gallery would be nice.

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from hfedder40 wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

remington 870 is the best pump

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from olruff wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

What kind of an idiot decided to exclude the Citori from this list?

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from Warren A. Dennis wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

I agree the Winchester Model 70 pre 64 was the standard but I would suggest the new Winchester model 70 high grade made here in the United States as better rifle. Looks better, feels better and in my opinion a better made rifle.

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from ericstein09 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The writer of this article didn't do his homework when it comes to the S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum. Sure they said it was a .44 Magnum in the movie, but the actual gun carried by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry was a .41 Remington Magnum. A real gun aficianado wouldn't even mention Dirty Harry in his article.

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