Tax season is upon us. For those lucky enough to receive a refund, I’ve gathered the top five guns on my wish list. This is not a selection of apocalyptic survival guns. These are guns I would buy because they’re cool!

Brownells Vietnam Era Retro AR-15 Proto Rifle

The BRN-Proto rifle features the traditional 20-inch 1×12-twist Vietnam “pencil” rifle barrel, delivering a full 3,200 feet per second of muzzle velocity from a 55-grain .223/5.56mm bullet. The 1×12 twist causes 55-grain bullets to remain stable in flight but yaw when they strike soft tissue, delivering major damage. The furniture is durable polymer in Stoner’s original brown color. The forend is round and trim (much like modern forends). The ambidextrous trigger-style charging ring is located inside the carry handle. This Proto rifle is the slickest-handling AR rifle I’ve ever seen and my top choice. It is currently on sale for $1,099 and should draw plenty of attention at the range.

BRN-Proto Specifications:

Cartridge: 5.56mm Nato
Capacity: 25+1
Barrel length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 40 inches

2020 Colt Python

There are a lot of guns I’ve never owned. One of those is the Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver. By the time I could afford one, the Python had been discontinued. You couldn’t touch one for less than $2,000.

All that has changed with the introduction of the new 2020 Colt Python. The 2020 Python is manufactured using modern methods. It is indistinguishable from the original except by the expert eye and priced at $1,499. It is designed to be a remarkably accurate shooter that can withstand a steady diet of .357 Magnum ammo. It is suitable for hunting, self-defense, competition and informal target shooting. It is available with a 4.25- or 6-inch barrel.

Colt Python Specifications:

Height: 5.5 inches
Overall length: 9.75 inches (4.25-inch barrel); 11.5 inches (6-inch barrel)
Weight: 42 ounces (4.25-inch barrel); 46 ounces (6-inch barrel)
Capacity: 6

Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW

The .300 BLK Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW I just tested is outstanding and currently my favorite. Since ATF policy now allows shoulder-mounted fire of pistols equipped with a pistol stabilizing brace, there is no need to purchase an SBR and deal with the federal tax stamp issue. The 7-inch barrel makes maneuvering, storage and transport a snap. The choice of .300 BLK as the only available caliber for the DDM4 PDW is a good one. MSRP is $1,865.

DDM4 PDW Specifications:

Barrel length: 7 inches
Caliber: .300 BLK
Weight: 5.7 pounds
Overall length: 21 – 25.5 inches

Henry Classic .22 Lever Action

The current shortage of .22 LR ammo puts the Henry Classic .22 Lever-Action rifle at the top of the list for a must-have .22. The tubular magazine feed can handle .22 LR, .22 Short, ultra-quiet .22 CB and .22 Long rounds interchangeably, making it extremely versatile.

The Henry Classic .22 is accurate, trim and has slick handling. It can be easily carried for a day in the woods or on a vacation trip. Its walnut stock and nicely blued finish impart pride of ownership. And no lever-action .22 on the planet operates as smoothly as a Henry. Price is $378.

Wilson Combat Custom 1911

Every shooter should own at least one 1911 centerfire pistol. There is nothing like them. If your refund check was particularly good, you owe it to yourself to purchase a Wilson Combat 1911.

Wilson Combat produces a wide variety of custom 1911s of the highest quality and utility. They are designed to be carried and used. If you want a superb shooting experience that will leave you smiling, select one in the marvelous .38 Super caliber. Wilson Combat can provide you with five different .38 Super loads to feed your purchase. Oh, and for concealed carry, the Wilson Combat Sentinel in .38 Super is impossible to beat.


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About Scott W. Wagner

After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.