Bucket List: 9 Guns You Need To Shoot Before You Die

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August 4, 2019 / Comments (8)

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This is a bucket list of guns you need to shoot before you kick it. Everyone has a list of things they must do before they die and this is one of them!

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In this article:

  1. Love for Guns
    1. MK 19 Grenade Launcher
    2. M2 Machine Gun
    3. Colt Python
    4. Garand
    5. Coonan Classic
    6. Uber Long Distance Rifle
    7. MP5
    8. Anything Flintlock
    9. IWI Tavor X95

Bucket List of Guns to Fire Before You Croak

Love for Guns

What's on your bucket list? Some people want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramids, while the more adventurous types want to jump out of a perfectly stable airplane or ride a bull.

I'm all for sightseeing and taking risks, but what it's all about for me are the small things in life…small things like .308 and 6.5 CM. Ah, guns.

Well, the first “gun” on my list below ain't exactly small. Here are bucket list ideas for men who love to pull the trigger.

1. MK 19 Grenade Launcher


Fully automatic anything is fantastic. But, when you have the ability to lob grenades downrange at the rate of super-freakin' fast, it's sure to bring a smile to your face. What makes it even better is you can actually watch each round travel downrange and explode when it hits the target.

This is my absolute favorite machine gun from my time in the Marines. It's easy to see why.

Though, finding one for you to shoot would be a hard task. Still, if anyone ever asks if you want to shoot an MK19, jump through whatever hoops you need to in order to make it happen.

Talk about some dangerous things to do for fun.

2. M2 Machine Gun


Of course, this list wouldn't be complete without the legendary Ma Deuce.

You'll have an easier time finding one of these to shoot than you will with the grenade launcher. But, you'll likely only see one at a machine-gun shoot.

From my experience, having shot one on multiple occasions from the ground and mounted atop an HMMWVA2 (Humvee), I can say there is no greater power than being behind the trigger of such a devastating weapon. Take my word for it.

3. Colt Python


Say what? A revolver made your bucket list?

Well, yeah. Isn't it on yours?

I'm not just talking about it because it is the sidearm of choice of the star of everyone's favorite zombie apocalypse show. The price of a Python alone causes them to be a highly sought after piece of machinery nobody shoots anymore.

Who wants to pay that much money for a gun and then wreck it by doing something stupid? Well, I do!

For one (not the “wrecking it” part, just shooting it), I'd shoot mine…a lot. Plus, they are absolutely beautiful!

4. Garand


The way things were done back in the day was flawless. Granted that technology has allowed us to come as far as we have, I'm sure you've heard the saying:

“They just don't make things like they used to.” Well, the saying is true.

This is THE rifle that helped win a war with a ton of history behind it. This rifle effectively took bolt-action guns out of circulation and is an absolute gem at the range.

5. Coonan Classic

I just finished testing one of these out, and the review for it can be found here. If you don't love the 1911 platform, you at least have respect for it.

And, I've never met anyone who didn't think the .357 magnum is the ultimate in self-defense. When the two are married, it's a match made in heaven.

I can say from my time of a few months with one, they are so much fun to shoot. Literally, each time you press the trigger button, the cannon shoots a two-foot ball of flame from the barrel.

Each time I brought it to the range, it helped me start a conversation because everyone had to know what it was.

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6. Uber Long Distance Rifle


I'm talking about something chambered in a big round when you just need to reach out and touch your target…like a mile (or longer) away. You'll need a rifle chambered .338 Lapua (minimum), or better yet a .50BMG with a scope that costs just as much as, if not more than, the gun it sits on.

What's the point? Well, when you need to take the rotation of the earth, wind, rain, and drop into the calculation in order to hit your target, it's exhilarating.

Of course, each steady squeeze of the trigger blasts a $5 bill out of the barrel. But whoever said fun times would be inexpensive?

7. MP5


The ones you can buy are licensed clones and they're also great, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about a selective-fire MP5 that goes both semi-auto and full out cray-cray.

You could buy a pre-ban MP5, but you'll pay for it. I mean, you could buy a gently used Corvette for that much money. But, hey if you've got the cash, why not?

8. Anything Flintlock


We've come such a long way from the firearms of old. It's good to not let history slip through our fingertips.

In the wonderful world of firearms, flintlock takes us back to the 17-1800s. These were the guns used when America won her freedom from the Brits starting back in 1775.

If you can ever safely fire a Brown Bess or other firearms from the era, do it, because you may never get the opportunity again.

9. IWI Tavor X95

Yeah, I had to include at least one BullPup. I had the pleasure of shooting this bad boy at SHOT Show Media Day at the range in 2016, and it was a blast.

Even more so because I don't have much time behind the trigger of the bullpup design.

Of course, by the time range day was done, I was exhausted, and that video was the very last firearm I shot. If you get the chance, do it!

TFB TV shows a video of his top 10 guns to shoot before you die:

So that's my bucket list of guns and entertainingly crazy dangerous things to do with them. There are quite a number of guns out there so our lists might differ from one another.

But either way, make it a point to shoot these bad boys before you croak. So what are you waiting for?

Come up with your own bucket list now and don't forget to follow through!

What is on your must-shoot bucket list? Sound off, Gun Carriers! Let us know in the comments section below!


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

8 Responses to :
Bucket List: 9 Guns You Need To Shoot Before You Die

  1. Pete in Alaska says:

    Yes, the Barret .50 should be on this list unless you have one collecting dust in you safe, like me, because you now shoot a Barret .416! If you think the .50 is increadable you really need to try a .416.

  2. Bluesfan60 says:

    I got to shoot several weapons in 66-67 in Nam and i own a 6” Python i bought 30+ years ago.

  3. JimB says:

    There is one not listed yet that I’d love to touch off. The AA12 Ga. Fully auto shotgun. Gotta be a rush !

  4. Curt 981 says:

    I agree with the bucket list as all are great weapons. I would add the 90 recoiless or even the 3″ bazooka as they are all shoulder fired. Most certainly my choices of weapons we can buy easily are the M1A/M14, M1 Grand 6.5 Grendel, and/or the 6.5 Creedmoor.

    I just bought an Alexander Arms 6.5 Grendel with a 22″ barrel and love it’s ballistics. Better at long range (600 yards so far) than either my super match M1A, NM M1 Garand, or my NM AR 15 heavy barrel with 75 grain Black Hills Match.

    I can’t wait to get to a range that is capable of shooting at least 1000 yards or more to really test it out all of them. BTW, I only use a spotting scope with iron sights on all my match pieces.

    Looking forward to getting a 308 Mossberg Night Train I won in one of THE Friends if the NRA chapter raffles (I’m looking forward to learning to use a scoped piece.

  5. Pete says:

    There are too many good guns for one list. Any 1911 in any caliber. Any lever action Winchester or Marlin in any caliber. Any snub nose Colt or S&W in any caliber. Any M-1 Carbine. Any drop block design such as a Sharps or an 1885 Winchester in any caliber. A rolling block in any caliber. A Martini action in any caliber. That’s a short list of my ideas.

    1. J. F. Gilliland says:

      I was lucky to hit the side of a barn with the M1. I fired this “war winner” in Navy boot camp in 1959. Heck, I think I even missed the mountain behind the firing range. But I did shoot an awesome rifle.

  6. Bruce Robbins says:

    Let not forget the .50 cal machine gun; the thompson .30 cal browning classics from WW 2

  7. Chris says:

    I agree with that list, but I, personally, would LOVE to shoot a Nam era M14, M16, and an AK47. My father shot these when he was in the Marines back in ’64 – ’68, and ALWAYS spoke highly of the M14 as his favorite. I know that 2 of these are easy to come by today, but I would rather shoot the original versions. My father loved the M14 so much, he was always trying to find one to buy for a decent price, but unfortunately he passed before he was able to.

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