The Most Versatile Firearms on the Planet

With so many specialized guns, a new breed of multi-purpose firearms is gaining a following.

The Most Versatile Firearms on the Planet
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The wide variety of taste and purpose among gun shoppers automatically necessitates stocking a wide variety of firearms. But multi-functional firearms serving a variety of purposes might present opportunity within your stock.

Sometimes called “truck” guns or “do-it-all” guns, these firearms are getting more and more popular each year. Some are rifles, while others are large-format pistols. Some break down for easy storage, while others fold over or have other compact features. Some are of pistol caliber, with many chambering the reasonably priced, easy-to-find 9mm cartridge.

Fortunately for both gun sellers and shoppers alike, manufacturers are ramping up, constantly introducing brand new models in this burgeoning firearm category that can cover everything from self-defense to hunting to competition or just plinking fun. Let’s take a look at five current models that might just bolster your sales in 2024.

CZ 600 Trail 

Unlike some of our other offerings, the CZ 600 Trail is available in chamberings that can run the gamut from plinking and self-defense all the way up to hunting. The gun is offered in .223 Rem. and 7.62x39, giving customers a couple of good choices depending on their planned use for the rifle.

The 600 trail is a lightweight, compact gun that can be easily stored or toted around for hours without undue labor. Overall length for the gun ranges from 27.1 to 35 inches depending on the stock setting, and the .223 variant weighs in at about 6 pounds. It features a long Picatinny rail integrated on the top of both the aluminum receiver and the forend, along with M-Lok slots on the forend. The AR-15 compatible pistol grip boasts interchangeable backstraps compatible with the company’s P-09 pistol. And the four-position telescopic stock has a cheek piece on the left side.

The gun also varies from our other offerings in that it features a bolt action. The barrel is 16 inches in length, and the double-stage trigger is user adjustable. The .223 model is compatible with all AR magazines, which is super handy for many gun owners. The magazine for the 7.62x39 model is compatible with the original CZ BREN 2/CZ BREN 2 Ms series fiber-reinforced 10-round mags.

With an MSRP of $1,155, the CZ 600 trail isn’t exactly a budget model. But for those customers wanting a versatile rifle it’s certainly worth a look.

Ruger PC Charger 

A blowback-operated semi-auto gun chambered in the ubiquitous 9mm, this little do-it-all piece can fill needs from home protection to self-defense to having a great time at the range. Classified as a pistol because of its short, 6.5-inch barrel, the gun’s overall length makes it super easy to store in a truck console. Easy takedown enables quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action for further ease of transportation and storage.

CNC-machined from an aerospace grade 7075-T6 aluminum billet, the receiver includes an integrated Picatinny-style rail and is Type III hardcoat anodized for maximum durability. The chassis system features a flared magazine well for improved magazine reloading capabilities as well as integrated rear-mounted QD cups for the quick connection of QD cup capable slings. Plus, a threaded barrel with included thread protector allows for use of standard muzzle accessories.

The PC Charger features Interchangeable magazine wells for use of common Ruger and Glock magazines. It ships with an SR-Series/Security-9 pistol magazine well installed, and an additional magazine well accepting Glock magazines is included. A 17-round Ruger magazine comes stock, but it’s also available with a 10-round magazine for states where required. A reversible magazine release and reversible charging handle make it easy to use for left-handers.

With an MSRP of $899, this little beauty will fall into the price range of lots of shoppers looking for a do-it-all gun.


Smith & Wesson’s M&P pistols have been popular with handgun shooters for years. The new semi-auto M&P FPC builds on that heritage in a long-gun format—although not very long, as you’ll see.

Chambered in 9mm and coming with two 23-round and one 17-round magazine, the gun is compatible with all M&P full-size and compact pistol double-stack magazines. And an in-stock magazine storage feature with a quick-release tab system allows the shooter to carry two extra mags at the ready.

But what makes the FPC unique is its folding design. The gun folds just in front of the receiver by a horizontal folding mechanism with locking latch. S&W engineers designed it where the folding design doesn’t interfere with top-mounted optics, and a Picatinny rail yields the perfect place for mounting such an optic. Measuring a little over 30 inches when unfolded, it’s only 16 3/8 inches when folded, making it easy to store in a backpack, truck console or just about anywhere else.

Other features include a flat-faced trigger with crisp break, threaded muzzle with thread protector, reversible magazine catch and M-Lok slots on the handguard. The charging handle/slide doubles as a retainer when the gun is folded, ensuring it will stay that way until the user is ready to unfold it.

The FPC comes complete with a carry bag that features additional storage and Velcro straps to secure the gun in place. MSRP is $699, which is very reasonable considering all this gun has to offer.

Springfield Hellion 

This super-cool gun from Springfield is unique among the offerings discussed here. That’s because it is made in a bullpup configuration, meaning its firing grip is located in front of the breech instead of behind it. This allows it to have a longer barrel (16, 18 or 20 inches) while retaining a shorter overall length (28.25, 30.25 or 32.25 inches).

Chambered in 5.56mm, the Hellion has an uninterrupted Picatinny rail with a set of sturdy flip-up iron sights. It comes standard with the BCM Gunfighter Mod 3 grip, but will accept any standard AR-15 grip. Its spring-loaded, five-position adjustable buttstock ensures maximum adaptability to a wide range of shooters, and M-Lok slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions make mounting a light, laser or other accessory quite simple.

The Hellion houses a hammer-forged barrel with 1:7 twist rate and a Melonite coating for battling the elements. And for left-handers tired of having brass thrown in their faces, the gun’s reversible ejection system requires no additional parts or tools. Additionally, the safety, charging handle, magazine release and bolt release are also reversible to accommodate lefties.

The Hellion even features a two-position adjustable gas block with suppressed and normal modes. This allows the user to quickly adjust the gas level to fit conditions and ammunition being used. Along with a standard black finish, the gun is also available in Desert FDE, OD Green and Gray. MSRP is a stout $1,999, but this gun that will turn a lot of heads in the shop.

Ruger LC Carbine

Featuring a folding stock and the fun 5.7x28 chambering, the Ruger LC Carbine is another gun that can serve many purposes, one of which is plinking, as Ruger calls the gun “the ultimate range companion. In fact, the gun is ideal for the range, backpacking, small-game hunting or any other situation where a versatile, reliable carbine is appropriate.

Weighing in at under 6 pounds, the lightweight, compact carbine accepts the same steel magazines as the Ruger 5.7 pistol and uses the same familiar ergonomic controls. And its unique bolt-over-barrel design with the magazine in the grip allows for excellent balance and ease in acquiring targets. The folding stock and collapsible iron sights make storing the gun easy, and the 16.25-inch fluted steel barrel is nitride treated.

The gun’s CNC-milled aluminum handguard is Type III hardcoat anodized for maximum durability and offers M-Lok slots for mounting accessories. It also features multiple QD sling sockets for versatility.

The LC Carbine features 20-round capacity for more time between reloads, but is also available in a state-compliant version that has a 10-round mag. The barrel is threaded for adding a suppressor or other muzzle device, and a thread protector is included. Other cool features include a Picatinny rail for mounting optics, a 1911-style ambidextrous safety and reversible charging handle. Overall length is 28.7 to 30.6 inches when unfolded.

MSRP for the LC Carbine is $1,009.

Meeting Many Needs

All these guns have their own unique attributes, but each can be used for a large number of different tasks. This makes them attractive to gun shoppers looking for a firearm that can meet many needs with just a single purchase.

With these versatile firearms becoming more popular every year, it’s unlikely that the demand for them will drop anytime soon. Consequently, including them in your inventory might just bolster your bottom line over the coming months.


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