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Old 03-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default If you could start over, pick your first 5 handguns?

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Knowing everything you know now...pretend you are a newbie who can only save $150/month. (excluding other expenses like ammo, range fee, accs. etc.)

How would you build your initial 3-5 handguns? Note that you can buy anything you want but expensive ones may take forever at $150/mo adding on your firearm fund.

What will you buy 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th?

I will probably start with a 9mm CZ 75 SP01 for $600.00 (4 months)
Followed by my .22LR Buckmark for $300.00 (2 months)
Then a really nice .45ACP 1911 $2,400.00 (15 months)
Later add a .357mag S&W 686 $700.00 (<5 months)
Maybe a 9mm Walther PPS for carry $600.00 (4 months)

It will take 2.5 years but I think I will be very happy with this setup and will be worth the wait.

What would you do?

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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1) CZ 75b, $450-600. Good learning platform, acceptable defensive firearm.
2) Browning/Ruger 22lr $250-500. Still haven't decided which I'll buy.

If you're not carrying concealed, you can get by on those two for quite a while...and I'd probably add some long guns in the mean time...12ga SG, 22lr rifle, AR-15. I don't even enjoy shotguns, but very few options are more versatile for defense, hunting, survival, emergencies than a $300 pump SG.

3) Springfield Milspec or other nicer entry level 1911, $600-900.
4) Ruger GP100, 4-6" barrel 357mag. Basic, sturdy revolver. $400-500, because I'll buy it used.
5) Carry Gun. I'll give the $700 Kimber Solo a try. If not carrying, I'd look into a tacticool polymer 9/40/45.

I have five pistols myself (plus a Kimber Solo on order), but somehow I have yet to own a dedicated 22lr, 1911, or revolver. I'm strongly considering parting with my P226 to land a rimfire pistol and get a start on a 1911 with what's left over. The current liquid gun funds are being directed toward a rifle project (AR-10) I just started.
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Default what i have

I'd likely go with what I have currently:
Remington 700 .223
Remington 597 .22
Winchester Model 70 .270
S&W 642 .38

They are all inexpensive firearms and arguably ugly or ornery or boring. But I've been with them so long that I've gotten attached to them.

Oh...I'd add a shotgun too..not sure which though.
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1) I'd probably start with a .357 Magnum Ruger Security Six (Good balance of home defense and carry).
2) Then I would but a Snubbie 5-shot Smith or Ruger in 357 or 38 for discreet carry.
3) My next choice, with no good concealed weapons wound be to safe for a Colt 1911; probably my Combat Elite (I can't imagine not owning it).
4) An inexpensive (but not cheap) 22 for the range.
5) Then I would probably buy a Colt Defender for my 5th gun.

The only 357 magnum to me is the Ruger Security Six!!

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I'm not far from where I would like to be if I had to start over.

If I did have to start over, it would probably go something like this:

1 Glock 19 - for a reliable all purpose gun
2 Springfield Milspec 1911 - because no gun collection is complete without a 1911
3 Ruger LCP - for pocket carry
4 Ruger Security Six in stainless - because that's my favorite revolver
5 Ruger MKIII - for cheap .22 plinkin' fun
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I'd get the same five all over again...
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3 Colt LightWeight Commander 45 ACP
4 Colt Python 357 Mag
5 S&W N 44 Mag

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1) Used Ruger MkII ~$250 + $50 ammo (2 months)
Get to the range and shoot.

2.6) Used 1911 - I've seen many top names for $5-600 (4 months, 5 w/ ammo)
A defense gun starts in a caliber with a .4 a good one starts with 1911

2.6) Used .357 Revolver -Ruger, S&W something in 4" $3-400 (3 mo W/ammo)
These are the STEAL on the used gun market. Great guns, great prices.

2.6) Used Snub .38/.357 - Many choices, shop around. ~$300 (2 Months)
Shares practice ammo with the 4" .357 and makes a great carry gun.

5) Pocket .380 - LCP, P38T, ect. You'll never leave it at home. $300 (2 mo)
You'll need some practice ammo, but you won't shoot it for fun.

The 2.6 means whichever you get a deal on first. Then the next and so forth....

Call it 15 months with good carry ammo.
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