Top 5 Most Fun Guns


– [Voiceover] Hey guys,
it’s Alex C with TFBTV. Last week I did a video
about five firearms I’m glad I bought, that consisted of guns that introduced me to new
sub-sections of marksmanship or helped me develop a deeper appreciation for firearm history, intentionally leaving out my favorite firearms or guns I enjoy shooting the most. While this list isn’t necessarily a list of my favorite firearms,
it goes without saying that a gun I enjoy shooting the most generally gets some points
in that department as well. First off, the Remington Rolling Block. I love single-shot breech-loaders. They represent a crucial period in the development of small arms where soldiers who were
previously relegated to two or three shots per minute could now quadruple their rate of fire by using a revolutionary invention, the metallic cartridge. Today we take for
granted that our primers, powder, and projectile
come conveniently packaged in a small bit of drawn brass, but it took a huge
advancement in chemistry, metallurgy, and material science to arrive at what today seems like
an obvious solution. While metallic cartridges today all have uniform composition, early examples used pinfire systems or rimfire ignition for large calibers. The logical development was drawn brass, centerfire cartridges using black powder with big bore projectiles, like the American 45-70. But eventually, the oh-so-crafty French developed smokeless powder. That’s another thing modern shooters take for granted, that
is to say on battlefields prior to smokeless, which was introduced to the world with the Lebel rifle in 1886. When hundreds of men at a
time all fired their rifles alongside cannons and artillery, the amount of smoke made seeing a few feet in front of you impossible. It also gave away the position of anyone trying to be stealthy. That said, the metallic
cartridge brought us a smorgasbord of interesting
rifles like the Snider, Trapdoor, Martini-Henry,
Sharps, and to me, the king of them all, the
Remington Rolling Block. Remington was not in a
great financial position after the American Civil War. There was a huge amount of surplus rifles left over from the conflict
involving 3 million soldiers, which many historians argue
was the first modern war. Because of this, the
market for new rifles, especially in a military
application, was small. Arms makers went from 60 to 0 as soon as Appomattox happened,
and the need for new, advanced rifles was small. The U.S. went the way
of the Trapdoor rifle instead of the superior Rolling Block because existing Springfield rifles could be converted to breech-loaders, but Remington found
over 40 customers abroad who wanted a piece of
this new, fantastic rifle. This was unheard of back then, a company in the 1860s
and 70s selling rifles to so many nations abroad in 20 calibers, a feat that would not be matched until the Mauser company’s
dominance set in, largely in 1889 and
lasting until the 1940s. History aside, the Rolling
Block’s incredibly fun to shoot. The mechanism is elegantly
simple and smooth to operate, and I get a tremendous amount of enjoyment pulling the hammer back and letting the breech
block fly to the rear, letting the spent shell casing
shoot out of the chamber. The fact that Number Fives can use powerful smokeless cartridges like seven-millimeter Mauser, eight-millimeter Lebel, or 303 British, means also that you can reap the benefits of nitrocellulose and
eschew the corrosiveness of black powder. Rolling Blocks are accurate as hell, fun to operate, interesting to shoot, and their nature as a single-shot means that it is up to the marksman to make every shot count, and that is why the Rolling
Block makes the list. Next ups a pretty modern offering, the H and K MP5. The MP5 is the greatest
submachine gun of all time and that becomes immediately apparent when you get some trigger time on one. The roller delay blowback action that HK made famous with their G3 rifle was scaled down to work with
nine-millimeter Parabellum. Who knew that this would
be a perfect pairing? The harsh snap of a simple blowback gun is eliminated with the MP5s
roller delay blowback action, and is a closed-bolt
weapon, it curb stomped the competition in the
accuracy department. Overnight, competing designs like the Uzi, the MPL, the Sterling, and so on, that all fired from an open bolt, were suddenly outclassed
by an order of magnitude. But this is a list about
my five favorite guns to shoot and why, not a history lesson. Sorry, I can’t help but
geek out a little bit in these videos. Anyways, the MP5 and
semi-automatic is brilliant. Recoil is much lower and smoother than other nine-millimeter SMGs and the only one I’ve ever shot with lower recoil is the German MP-40 with its pneumatic delay
and telescoping firing pin. The MP5 has a decent trigger for an SMG-2, and can accept a
multitude of trigger pegs. The sights are wonderful,
and gun is quite modular. You can attach all sorts
of tactical do-dads on a railed forend if you want, stocks come in different configurations, and you can get a rail for the top if you’d like to put an optic on there. For me though, the HK
diopter sights are wonderful, and with an MP5, I can
shoot outstanding groups. It got a perfect 30 out of 30 on the Run and Gun course, and it just feels natural in my arms. Full-auto is also extremely controllable. The layout and action of the MP5 help eliminate muzzle rise. In fact, many people say
that the gun swaying left to right under fire is more of a problem than any elevation change. For a little nine-millimeter blaster, you can’t get better than an MP5. Recoil is low, accuracy is there, reliability is unparalleled, and a day at the range with an MP5 or a Clone will certainly bring a
huge smile to your face. Third we have a somewhat
unpredictable offering. As most viewers know,
we primarily showcase historical and modern
military-style rifles and pistols on this channel, but I’m an avid hunter and I absolutely love shotgun sports, so I chose a pretty broad category for this one, any sporting shotgun. I say sporting because a shotgun with an 18 and 20 inch barrel
reduces effective range and opens up your pattern quite a lot, and a shotgun with a big magazine tube adds unnecessary weight and bulk for hunting and shotgun sports. It is worth noting that
the law prohibits more than two rounds in a shotgun’s magazine for hunting where I live as well, and if you get caught
with an unplugged shotgun, then you are in for some trouble. So seen here is a Beretta
Silver Pigeon in 20 gauge. This over-under is a great scatter gun from the world’s oldest gun manufacturer, and I have used it for skeet, traps, sporting clays, and lots and lots of dove. Shotgun sports to me
are the most fun thing you can do with a firearm. You can get together with some buddies and cut up while turning clay into dust and honing a practical skill that puts food on your
table a couple times a year. By the way, I seriously feel bad for anyone that has
not enjoyed dove breast wrapped in jalapenos, cheese, and bacon. Hunting dove is my favorite
type of hunting as well. It’s fast-paced, and you can do it with a large group of friends without worrying about being quiet. And there’s always enough birds for everyone to limit out. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that after everyone limits out, you put the guns away, get the fire going, cook up the bounty,
while enjoying some booze of your choice. Again, just remember
to tuck those guns away before you start getting into the sauce. So I like sporting shotguns because of the joy they bring me while using them. Again, I absolutely love hunting fowl and the challenge that comes along with busting clays is easy to learn, but impossible to master, and that makes for a great experience. Fourth, we have my CZ-452. This little bolt-action
has taken more small gain than any other rifle I own and coincidentally I bought it on a whim. I had owned a 22 suppressor for a while, but never had a bolt gun to put it on. I wanted a bolt action to get the most out of my suppressors
so I went to a gun shop with a coworker on lunch break, in, I believe 2011. He wanted a 10/22 and
ended up with one that day while I was talked into
the CZ by a salesperson who was really singing the praises of their Rimfire rifles. And I thought that 350
dollars was a good price for a factory threaded barrel 22 from a very reputable company. The trigger on the 452 is wonderful. The action is great. The accuracy is right there from the factory as well. I flip-flop on which of my
22 rifles I like the best, my hotrodded Ruger 10/22 or my CZ, and really it often comes down to which gun I’m in the
mood to shoot that day. While my Ruger is lighter, the CZ is a bit more accurate, and certainly quieter and easier to clean. Again, a lot of this
comes back to hunting. Shooting targets and trying to tighten up your groups on paper is a tremendous amount of fun, and I love doing it, but
hunting to me is more fun. Bagging some rabbits with your handy 22 is great fun and also
yields you some good food. I’m a redneck in Texas,
so cut me some slack here. You can also use your 22 to bag squirrels and we have a year-round season with no bag limit on
them in most counties. Same goes for rabbits and hares as well. So the ability to hone my shooting skills for cheap with no punishment
imparted on my shoulder, or damage to my hearing, are
all plusses for this list. And the ability to bag
plenty of edible game makes my CZ-452 a favorite to shoot. Lastly, we have a predictable entry, a Mauser 98. There’s just something charming about a well-constructed bolt-action that really does it for me and the Mauser 98 action is the quintessential bolt-action. Nearly every bolt gun produced after the 98 is either an outright copy or borrows many of its elements. Guns in production today
like the Ruger M 77 or Kimber 8400s are
essentially just versions of a gun adopted in 1898 so the design has certainly
stood the test of time. It really is incredible to think about. Imagine a car designed in the 1890s that was still in production today and regarded as the best
option by many consumers. But still, many people
prefer other actions. The old saying is that the Germans came to war with a hunting rifle, the Americans with a target rifle, the British came with a battle rifle, and the
Russians brought a rifle. I find this old adage pretty funny, and with so many rifles built off 98 actions, it certainly
has some truth to it. But I prefer a rifle that cocks on open for a number of reasons, one being that it makes sense to accomplish primary
extraction and cocking in a single motion,
getting all the resistance out of the way in a single movement. And two being on a cock-on-close design when you pull forward,
the resistance throws the rifle off-target much more due to the shooter
fighting spring pressure. This is personal preference though. I am sure I’ll bear the brunt of in-field fanboys here
telling me I’m an idiot, however true that may be. But 98s are sturdy, reliable, and cheap. You can buy surplus Mausers for cheaper than most people think and in an online retailer right now, as of the posting of this video, is selling M48s for 30 dollars more than Mosin-Nagants. While eight-millimeter is no longer priced at five cents per round anymore, guys with MG 42s and 34s
gobbled all of it up, it is widely available and very popular. Of course, you can also
find large-ring Mausers chambered in all sorts of calibers if the original eight-millimeter cartridge is not your cup of tea. Learning to accurately
shoot a big bore rifle with consistency and without flinching is difficult to master, but it is a skill that is most pertinent
to hunting large game and a surplus iron-sighted
rifle is perfect for accomplishing this. You all have probably
seen many of my videos with me shooting old bolt guns at 300 meters, and really
that’s a tough thing to do with military iron-sights. However, if you can do
this, then you will be more than able to accomplish it with an optic or small-bore cartridge. It’s kind of like how if you
can master skeet shooting with a 4-10, you would certainly dominate with a 12-gauge. So an old Mauser with
irons is a barrel of fun. Taking your time, lining up the sights, mastering your breathing,
and ringing a small target from hundreds of yards away
is very, very satisfying, and I love when I get to do it. So that’s my list. I know a bunch of folks
are probably wondering where the pistols are, but to be honest, I don’t get nearly as much enjoyment out of handguns as I do long guns. Long guns are more versatile, and simply provide me with more amusement. So out of curiosity, I’d like to hear from you guys. What are your favorite firearms to shoot? Put yours in the comments below and I’d love to hear what you have to say. Special thanks to Ventura Munitions for providing ammo for
our shooting videos, and we hope to see you all next time.

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Comments

  1. rolling blocks also save money. from there slow rate of fire. rounds per minute should be called dollars per minute lol.

  2. for dove and other small birds prefer a 410 single shot and for clays. not bragging but I'm to good if a shot to use a 12ga. the last time I shot a dove with a 12ga 2.75in 7.5 shot there where parts of it laying around 2 wings a head and a bunch of feathers. kinda counterintuitive if you hunt because you want to eat what you are hunting.

  3. Hands down a fun gun of mine is my ar-15 it's hard to beat a 40 round magazine and a crap ton of cheap glass plates at 200 plus yards

  4. These are in no specific order
    1. My grandads 12 gauge marlin goose gun
    2. Ar-15, cause I'm an American
    3. 444 marlin lever action
    3. Browning 20 gauge semi auto
    4. Ruger precision 22
    5. M1 carbine

  5. Henry Golden Boy in .22 LR is about as fun as you can have on tge range, while also fulfilling that childhood dream of being in the old west.

  6. Nice Rolex ! I like watches I have a collection, I have a citizens eco drive $230, fossil self twist inside body $180, and a Bulova
    Sound alarm watch which is like a antique which is rare now that is like $600 that I got for like $120

  7. Really disappointed with this list. You usually do a VERY good job but I don’t consider many of these “fun”. Fun being a relative term because any gun is fun. I’m AM biased though because I’ve never been a shotgun guy and I think the MP5 is ugly and extremely overrated. I did however like your #1 selection as I have A Karabiner 98 Kerz and I love it.

  8. Although not as old as the K98, people still like 2CVs, Kombis and Bugs all because they are easy to work on and get going.

  9. The Germans brought a hunting rifle.
    The Americans brought a target rifle.
    The British brought a battle rifle.

    The Russians brought a club and shit loads of bodies to throw into the meat grinder until the meat grinder broke down.

  10. Something about a 1911 of any kind is just so fun to shoot for me and i also love the AR-15 with a passion. Another one is my ruger 10/22 i love plinking with it

  11. I love my Rock Island 1911, it shoots great, even with wooden grips, it's more accurate than I am at the moment(didn't shoot as much when I was younger but I'm making up for it every chance I get. I love my dad's Dan Wesson .357, I liken it to a Python but better

  12. My Mosin nagant, 30/40 krag, are my favorite for bolt guns and my sks, ak47, mini 14, browning A5 are my favorite semi auto guns to shoot

  13. Wow I own 3 of the 5 guns you mentioned!
    I have the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 1, the CZ 452 American and the Mauser K98k !

  14. Man you should've seen the size of cardboard box I took out last week! I stalked it for hours then pew he was down.

  15. Savage Mark 2 bolt action 22. Lever action 45 70. Sigle shot H&R 10 gauge. M14. Miny 14.

  16. I want a K98 bad. I got several Ruger M77's. A 77RS 30-06 and a synthetic/blue 308 and a 77/17 that I traded a 10/22 takedown and a NEF 20 gauge for.

  17. Awesome video! Exactly what I was hoping for an introduction into guns I may not have heard of that would be worth exploring. Would love to see more videos like this!

  18. Kudos for going away from the same old guns everybody constantly talks about on YouTube.
    My favorite fun/plinking guns to take on camping trips are..
    1. 1911-22 browning
    2. Savage model 59 bolt action 410
    3. Sks
    4. Henry 22 classic
    5. Traditions flint lock muzzle loader

  19. I have a CZ-452 myself. Only just an older version (licensed as BRNO) and there’s no threaded barrel (because Australia).

  20. To me, there's nothing like tearing the breasts out of a nice bunch of silage field doves after a day of wing shooting.

  21. Because of idiots like you that like 100 year old tech.. we have been held back by companies like block.. with their toy gun sights, unnatural grip angle, and horrible triggers that they have absolutely refused to change for the past 30 years…[which means they hate their customers and professional reviewers, your not a pro ] i say we all would be shooting flint locks if it was up to you or block owners… your types disgust me! And dislike what you have done for the sport.. yet. Push that unamerican company.. block… and keep stifling innovation! I Vomit all over your subs, as they are sheeple! So sad… how many non American companies did u push here? I'm sorry, I missed it.. I was on the toliet.. I bet most were… do u even know about your low iq, or are others idiots telling you that your great? See below if you need to check..

  22. 1. Daisy 853C (.177 pellet)
    2. CZ 457 Training (.22 LR)
    3. M2 Carbine (.30 Carbine)
    4. Israeli Mauser (7.62x51mm)
    5. Remington 870 (12 gauge)

  23. I use a variant of the mauser as my lifelong deer rifle. It was rebarreled as a 308, but the mechanics are the same. All the fancy shit out there today and nothing feels as good as that old rifle. The action feels like it glides on greased ball bearings, the safety is convenient, the bolt has an easy fluid motion to it, it's accurate and reliable. My dad is a gun collector, having hundreds of guns dating back to muskets to trapdoors, to modern stuff. Including carbine variations of many rifles chopped down for cavalry and tankers. To this day he'll tell you that mauser is the best all around bolt action rifle he's ever owned.

  24. My favorites that I like to take to the range are my 1912 Enfield sporter, Browning 270 BAR, Ruger 10/22 with after market stock, Winchester 22 bolt, and my AR15's (16" red dot and 20" scoped)

  25. Dude seems alittle fuddy! I actually think the firearms blog in general is alittle fuddish, their whole "guns not politics" fence seating stance really irritates me. That they have this huge platform, built on firearms, and they dont stand up for the 2nd Amendment, by urging firearms owners to donate to GOA, 2nd Ammendment foundation, or whatever Lobby group of your choice, how they dont let there viewers and readers know when gun grabbing politicians are running for office, or when knew laws are being passed, call me crazy but in this political land scape when our rights are constantly under attack, and you say stuff like "guns not politics" , especially when they are asking for patreon support, it just makes me frustrated your all living your dream you get to play with guns for a living, maybe start getting involved the fight, PUBLICLY! people listen to you.

  26. My favorite gun? Anything that goes BANG. I love guns in general, and the ones I don't personally care for, I can atleast Appreciate. But if I had to pick one I LIKE to shoot, it would be one of my revolvers.

  27. Drop the rolling block and replace with a drop block, also I would add a Kräg and my lever actions. The double barrel shotguns are a blast as well.

  28. i like to get out my ol' Moistan Nagasty garbage rod, duct tape some lit raod flaers to an LP tank, and explode for MOTHERLAND!

  29. Of the guns I own, the one I most enjoy shooting is a Savage Model 99EG chambered in 250 Savage. I managed to find a Stith scope mount, which means that I could add a period Leupold scope without drilling any holes in the rifle. The slow twist (1:14) means that I am limited to bullets in the 85-90 grain weight range, but I have never had to shoot a deer more than once, and none ever moved more than about ten yards after being shot. I credit the light recoil in part to the accuracy of the rifle. I managed to bring down a 400-pound feral boar with it by slipping a shot right behind its ear. It dropped on the spot.

  30. I've been trying to get one of those a millimeters and all I see online is that they're about $1,000 not a few hundred want to help us out here tfb TV?

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