I won't say you can only own 5 guns, because I hope that never happens. And yes, I know this has been done before, but I like these. So, if you had a "new" friend that wanted to hunt, have capable self-defense firearms and wanted to spend less than a small fortune, what would you recomend and why? Cosider this as a "minimum collection" to hunt the lower 48 and defend one's self and loved ones. 1. .22 LR rifle. The Marlin 7000 would be my choice, but any of the autloading rifles would be okay. Plinking and small game. 2. 12 guage Shotgun. I'd go with the Remington 11-87 lightweight hunter. 23" barrel, shoots 3" mags and is gas compensated. Birds or all varieties, load with slugs or buck for home defense long gun. 3. .30-06. Remington 700 synthetic. Big game. Utterly reliable and effective for all big gmae in the lower 48 from coyotes to Moose. 4. 10mm 5" 1911. Wrestled with this one. A full sized pistol is part of any good collection. But .357 Mag, .44 mag, .45...? I feel the 10mm 1911 gives a potent enough package for medium game hunting is accurate enough and can do doulbe duty as a good home defense weapon. 5. .40 S&W sub-compact. A G27 (or a Kahr or a...) for concealled carry. That should about cover anything you need to do with a firearm in the US.