Okay, I'm bored today, and you guys here aren't helping much. There hasn't been a good, spirited discussion here in a while, so let's see where this goes: What are the five handguns you feel are necessary, and that everyone should own. More importantly, say WHY. Base your answers on any scenario or standard that you want to, but of course, other poster have the opportunity to . . . ah . . . discuss the merits of the standards you make your choices from. Okay, I'll start: 1. 4" .357 magnum revolver. For reasons I have stated in other threads, I believe a 4" barrel .357 is the most useful all around handgun there is. To paraphrase a comment another member made, the .357 may not place first in a particular category, but it comes in at least second in just about all of them. It would be a hard choice for me to choose between a Smith N frame and a K frame; I think the N frame would edge out the K frame by a hair. 2. A .22 revolver or automatic. Everyone should have a good .22 pistol; for inexpensive practice; for plinking; for fun; for small game; and, yes, it could even be used for self defense. Once again, a difficult choice to choose from, but I think the Ruger Single Six Convertible would narrowly win first choice here. 3. A 1911 in .45 caliber. Everyone should have a 1911. Classic design, classic caliber, and, to my mind, the best combat pistol ever made. My first choice would be the 20 year old Springfield Armory that is my first and only project gun, and I have it just as I like it. If I had to buy a new one -- Colt Gold Cup. 4. 9mm automatic. Those who follow my posts know that I normally wouldn't spit on a 9mm -- I am both rationally and irrationally prejudiced against this caliber, partly because so many misguidedly worship this caliber. But . . . it is the caliber of many of the world's military handguns, and ammo is common. My choice, hands down, would be a Browning Hi Power. 5. .44 magnum revolver. Everyone should own one, in case they need to put down a charging cape buffalo. Sure, you may not ever have an occasion to do so, but when the need arises, it's better to be prepared. My choice would be between a Ruger Super Blackhawk and a Smith Model 29. The Smith is more elegant, the Blackhawk arguably more rugged. I think I would give the Ruger the benefit of the doubt. Looking over this list, I realize that I lack the 9mm and the .44, both of which I've owned in the past, but am currently without. Maybe I need to do a little gun tradin'. So, what's your choice?