I want to touch on a few subjects in order to answer the many emails I get. This will be much easier to digest my opinions which are strictly based on past experience.
As for rifles and calibers, When I was 15 years old my father bought me a new Winchester model 88 in 308 win. caliber and I liked the caliber at the time although it was not super popular. The lever action of the 88 caused me jamming problems. I also have very fond memories of a pre 64 Winchester model 70 in 30-06 caliber which was considered top of the line in those days.
As for current rifles I only am familiar with the Remington 700 series and its well made. I still like the safety of the win. Model 70 better and the takedown disassembly of the bolt was much easier than the Remington. As for an assault rifle the one I am most familiar with is the AR 15 and I like the over all rifle but I think the caliber should have been a little larger, its still a very good weapon if kept clean.
As far as 22 rimfire rifles the one that always stands out is the Ruger 10/22 and its super reliable if kept clean. All rimfires are a problem when the wax on most every bullet mixes with burned and unburned powder. Unless you keep any 22 semi auto clean it will jam usually after 100 rounds. I always like to polish the chamber and this helps cut down problems, but most people do not know how to properly clean a weapon.
I have always liked the Marlin semi auto and I do think another rifle to consider would be the Remington 597. I have also owned in the past many Ruger mini 14 rifles but I never liked the poor accuracy and you would think that by now Ruger would offer a match grade barrel. Buying extra critical parts for your Mini 14 is very difficult as Ruger wants you to send them your rifle.
I like Tactical knives and no one makes a sharper knife than Cold Steel. Their new premium folders are not yet available but they are as good as it gets with their San Mai steel blades. Another few names of good quality knives are CRKT, Spyderco, SOG, Benchmade. As a rule I do not like liner locks and their are better choices but two brands of liner locks that will hold up are Cold Steel and CRKT. I have seen poorly made liner locks close on peoples fingers.
As for Tactical Flashlights, most all lights are judged by the Rolls Royce of flashlights, which is Surefire, these are well made and top of the line. I do not ever buy anything that is a cheap product. I like INOVA flash lights and PENTAGON flash lights, they are very well made. I think its time for most of you to consider buying LED lights because the bulbs have such a long life expectancy. I never would put a light on any pistol or rifle making me a super bright target. Look at the new BLACKHAWK Gladius strobe flash light, its very disorienting to your attacker.
Of course I know more about handguns than anything else. I do not have to tell those that know me, how opinionated I am, but its from experience. Current revolvers made are best rated in my opinion as the Ruger SP101 and the Ruger GP100. there are no other brands I can recommend. They can get mad at me all they want "IT IS WHAT IT IS"
As for self defense weapons in regard to high capacity pistols, I have narrowed it down to Glock 17's and the Beretta 92f's. IF You do not like my choice, buy what you want, I do not care. I have no doubt that I am telling you the truth.
Carry handguns are as follows, there is no better 9mm on the planet than the HK P7 M8. Its that simple. There are other choices that I like such as the Glock 19 and the SW 3913 and maybe the Sig 239. I also like the mini Glocks and the HK USP compact but this last one is very thick for me to consider carrying.
I think that the Ruger Mk II in 22 long rifle is about the best semi auto Pistol made for reliability and accuracy. I have worked on most of the other models but I do not care for them and I certainly would never own one.
I want to also touch a hot subject that will anger many people but who said life was fair. The very best 1911 pistol in 45 acp is the Springfield Armory Mil-Spec that retails for about $450.00... You will not need a helper to rack the slide and it can be upgraded with a minimum amount of money. THERE IS NO REASON TO CHANGE THE BARREL. If you have spent $2500.00 for your 1911 pistol, I regret its is in my opinion no better than this Mil-Spec.
As for lubrication, I only use MILITEC metal conditioner and you can call them at 877 222 5512 and ask questions. I have used most products, and I find that Militec is the best that there is, period...
I think that I have pissed off enough people for today. If I can help you please call me on my land line 281 565 6977 after 10 am central time. I am semi retired due to declining health but I will still try and help you because I care.
DISCLAIMER: All opinions expressed are my own...
Teddy Photo shows my stippling on a PPK/S. Click on photo.