Dear Santa: Any of these 10 guns will make me happy

Dear Santa,

Well, I wasn’t sure whether you were still mad at me for the ‘words’ we had last year after Christmas. I know I over-reacted, but I was pretty disappointed about not getting the AR upper I asked for.

But hey, you said you forgave me, and would try to do better this Christmas. So I spent some time considering what I might like from all the different reviews I’ve written over the last year. Here are my top-ten candidates – excluding the guns I already got for myself that is…

1. Alexander Arms AR15 in .50 Beowulf

I don’t really have a rifle for big game and I don’t have anything in an AR platform. This Alexander AR15 would certainly solve both of those, and would suit my likely hunting needs (out to 200 yards or so). And Alexander Arms makes a very nice rifle. Tempting.

Alexander Arms AR15 in .50 Beowulf

Alexander Arms AR15, Caliber: .50 Beowulf; Length: 31.25 – 35 inches; Barrel: 16.375 inches; Twist: 1 in 20; Capacity: 4 – 10 rounds; MSRP: $1,200 – $2,000. (Photo credit: Alexander Arms)

2. Beretta CX4 Storm

I do like pistol caliber carbines – a lot – but I don’t have one in .45. And the Beretta CX4 Storm was a hell of a lot of fun, in addition to being a nicely designed and well-made production gun. It’s also cool as can be with plenty of ways you can make it tacticool to your heart’s content. Wouldn’t mind having one of these. Not at all.

Beretta CX4 Storm

Beretta CX4 Storm; Caliber: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP; Length: 29.7 inches; Barrel: 16.6 inches; Weight: 5.75 pounds; MSRP: $915. (Photo credit: MFI).

 3. Boberg XR9-S Shorty

One of the most innovative self-defense handguns I’ve tried. I liked the Shorty so much that I was more than happy to revisit my initial review when I had a chance to shoot a couple of these guns extensively – something which is rare with a very small, very lightweight handgun that uses a significant cartridge. Yeah, these are excellent guns and they’re small enough to be stocking-stuffers!

Boberg Arms

Boberg Arms XR9 Shorty; Caliber: 9mm; Length: 5.1 inches; Barrel length: 3.35 inches; Height: 4.2 inches; Weight: 1.1 pounds; Capacity: 7 rounds; MSRP: $949. (Photo credit: Boberg Arms)

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