10 Handguns to Own Before You Die
A “bucket list” refers to a list of things one wants to accomplish before “kicking the bucket.” The phrase was popularized in the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” but there are references that predate the film.
If a bucket list can be things to do and places to go—why not guns to own? I’ve compiled a list of those I believe a handgun enthusiast should have at some time in his or her life.
Colt Single Action Army
The Single Action Army of 1873 is as much a part of our nation’s history as the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. Along with several Winchester lever-actions, the Colt Peacemaker really won the West. Except for a period from 1940 to 1956, and about a year in the mid 1970s, the SAA has been around for almost 140 years. How many products of any kind can that be said about? A couple of writers whom I respect (and who know a lot more about single-actions than I do), say the current model is as good as any Colt has ever made. The early models are highly collectible and frightfully expensive, but current examples are affordable to most, along with 2nd and 3rd generation models from the last 50 years. The simplicity of the design and operation make it a versatile gun for hunting, informal target shooting and, of course, cowboy action shooting. And even self-defense, with its five sure shots. It’s a piece of history you can hold in your hand and I believe it’s the most handsome and graceful handgun ever made. Pick one up, slowly cock the hammer and listen to those four clicks (some say, spelling out C-O-L-T), and you will either get what I mean, or you won’t. There are many clones, some of them very well made, but I’d go with the original maker.