At the bottom is my Savage Axis in .308 win. It was a combo with glass on sale for $300 CDN (may have been $375, can't quite remember). The glass/rings suck, and the zero wanders about 1-2" at 100 yards per shot. I'll upgrade that as we get close to deer season. It's a good rifle, and I hear it's accurate as hell once you upgrade the glass. I've put 40 rounds through it, and I haven't run into any extraction trouble, which I've heard about with the 30-06 version. It's very light, and the recoil is pretty intense. The factory rubber buttpad is great though. Very spongey with good travel distance.
Above that is my Ruger 10/22. I love that gun. I've put maybe 5000 runds through it without any hiccups aside from a couple feeding errors that just required me to open the bolt and let the errant round fall out. The only times it's failed to feed, I was using unjacketed ammo and a non-factory, non-broken-in mag. I have two 25 round butler creek steel lips mags for it, as well as a speed loader. It really cuts down my non-shooting time at the range and is very worth it. I can put 25 rounds in around 15 seconds in a zombie brain sized target from 50 yards with supported elbows.
Next up is a Simonov SKS from around 1954. The inside is still cosmolined and I'm not really interested in firing it. It's a beautiful gun and I'm quite content to have it be a wall-hanger, and if SHTF maybe let it provide spare parts for my next gun up.
Above the Simonov is a Norinco SKS produced in 1968. It is a great rifle that I love taking to the range. I've got an ATI fiberforce folding 6 position stock on it with under rail (which means I had to remove the bayonet) for a foregrip if I decide to get one. I removed the rear leaf sight and replaced it with a very solid scout mount from BC Tactical. On that is a Vortex Sparc which I'm quite happy with. I can hit heads on silhouettes from 50 yards off-hand with that combo, which is pretty good for me. This rifle sparks a lot when fired, which I don't believe is a problem but would give away my position in a SHTF scenario. Oh well, I'll just have to hunt zombies during the day. I really can't emphasize enough how much I like this rifle, and the 7.62x39 cartridge. Way quieter than the .223's at the range. Very soft on the shoulder, and easy to bring back on target. I may take this rifle deer hunting in the bush come fall. The folding stock means I can pack it into my 75 liter backpack, and I more than trust the rifle and more importantly my ability to use it on deer at ranges typical of forest.
Also pictured is my Ka-Bar, which I love. The leather sheath with snap shut retainer strap is fantastic. I take this knife while mountain biking so that if I get lost, I can chop firewood and shelter frames from deadfall. Also just in case I get pounced on by a cougar. We have the biggest cougars in the world in Alberta.
[that's not me: just meant to show you the size these suckers get up here]
We also have a fair bit of black and grizzly bear. I like camping and small game hunting in the backcountry during the summers, which is why I carry a shotgun just in case. The Weatherby PA-459 12 gauge pump.
The Weatherby PA-459 is a great shotgun. It's light and short, which make it a great gun to sling on your back and forget about. The pistol grip and full stock combo are great for taking the hefty recoil this gun dishes out. I sling the gun in the Alaskan style, on the off-hand shoulder with the barrel down, allowing me to quickly get the gun on target if necessary, and maintain sight of the muzzle while slung. The ghost ring sights are great because they allow greater accuracy than a bead, but won't get banged around in the brush like optics. The front sight is high visibility straight from the factory. I'd like a short side x side like the Dominion Arms Outlaw, but given the possibility of running into a grizzly bear, having a tube full of backup slugs is a pretty nice thing. All in all a great defensive shotgun (whether for the home as it's intended or for bears like I use it) and a real ergonomic joy to shoot.
One thing I wonder about is load selection for cougar defense. Is buckshot preferred? Or slugs? I imagine a slug would produce better hydrostatic shock in a big animal. Obviously for bear I pack slugs.