A few guidelines.
1.) No pictures of artillery, tanks, APCs, or any of that nonsense with an "I want". If you really want to deal with that shit go here
. If you want to discuss weapons platforms (Paladin/Crusader, Stryker/Bradley), by all means.
2.) Please don't run in here screaming about how guns are terrible and if we banned all the guns everything would be sunshine and peaches. Ask what a "glasgow kiss" is, and then tell me that solves problems. Corrolary
: Don't start up with IF WE BAN GUNS ONLY CRIMINALS WILL HAVE GUNS. If you'd like to debate gun laws, I reckon that's fine, as long it dosen't descend into platitudes.
3.) No one liners about "omg 9mm is for ladies get a real caliber" or anything like that. You want to debate the stopping power between a 9mm and a .45, that's fine.
That being said, I'll start us off. I own a Para Ordnace .45 and a Benelli M2 Nova. Personally, I find the .45 a bit more fun shoot than a .9mm or a .38. Seems to have more bang, and generally leave an impressive sized hole in whatever you're shooting at.
I bought my Benelli when I was living in Alaska, for bear. When me and my friend were hiking Denali, we surprised a mother bear w/ cubs. His .45 wasn't enough to back her off, but I fired a "bear stopper" slug near her, and the combination of a tree chunk whizzing by her head with a gout of fire from the barrel disuaded her from charging us.
I find Benelli to be a bit more steady and well made than Mossberg, and you get more for the buck. I think my Nova easily stacks with any high priced Remington, even if it is Italian made.
Personally I'm trying to think if I should invest in a good assualt rifle (civilian model), or go for a rifle with a scope. I always enjoyed firing my M4, especially when deployed (because all the usual bullshit went out the window), but I'd like to work on some long distance shooting as well, and that's sort of a pain in the arse.