[This is a response to recent post Guns, guns, and more guns…. – Rourke]
Both the US Rifle, Caliber .30 M1 (Garand) in .30-’06 and M14 (M1A) have killed a lot of people. Their lethality is proven. However, my one firearm choice would be the Ruger Gunsite in .308WIN. I would top it with a Leupold MK4 LR/T on a modified mount over the bolt but would retain the iron sights. I chose Leupold because of their good optics with second focal plane reticule, innovative aluminum flip up lens covers and reticular objective lens obscurator and this telescopic sight specifically because of its variable power and parallax compensator. I believe the Gunsite to be a better one gun choice than the M1 or M1A because of the inherent greater reliability of a bolt action, less chance for malfunction, and easier maintenance.
My next firearms to acquire in order would be:
Ruger MK III Hunter in stainless, .22 caliber;
Ruger 10/22 tactical rifle with the same Leupold MK4 LR/T, .22 caliber;
SIG P220 in .45acp;
and then either the H&K M21 or British L1/A1 (FN/FAL), both in 7.62 NATO.
I believe both the H&K and British battle rifles to be superior to the M1/M14 primarily due to the more enclosed and smaller ejection ports that should better keep out debris. Of these I might mention, the L1/A1 has an integral bipod, a slight advantage. Of course the Germans make an excellent removable bipod for the H&K.
Regarding revolvers, I believe the Smith and Wesson L frame in .357 magnum to be the best in class. The Python is a fine weapon but in the latter decades of revolver use, the FBI preferred S&W which might have been a slightly more rugged and reliable design.
PS Late last year, I stopped drinking diet Coke. The first month was hard and I really craved one. Three months later and I didn’t like the taste of diet Coke. Water is my preferred drink now. Going off Pepsi will get easier. Hang in there.