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Old 08-22-2012, 09:40 PM   #11
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In order of importance! This is my opinion about importance, but if you are not open to/able to/willing to/allowed to carry concealed, skip the ones with a star:

1) Shotgun

*1.5) Start process for getting CCW permit in your state

2) Full-size 9mm or 45acp
3) .22lr pistol or rifle
*4) Carry sized pistol of same caliber as #2 (9mm or 45acp)
5) AR-15 carbine or midlength (I don't believe you need to spend any more than $1000 PLUS an optic)
*6) Second carry gun of a different size (and caliber?) to give you options
7) 30-30 lever-action rifle
8) .22lr rifle or pistol (whichever you didn't get before)

After that, you can go any direction you want. This isn't the exact route that I took, but I didn't feel comfortable until I got to this level. Then, once you get here, you'll want to keep going, trust me.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #12
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Best advice I can give from someone who's collected for over 50 years is to buy what you like and what you can afford at the time. A gun collection is something personal and there are no bad choices if you like it.
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i say a .22, a shotgun, and an AR would be my top choices. after that just buy what you like to shoot. or like to look at. buy the first three.. load up on ammo.. and have some fun. then get others as you see fit... with the ar you never know when a ban may or may not take place. thus its one of my top choices
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go for the good deals, and getem fast before obama takes em all away!!!!
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:14 PM   #15
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Great advice here!!!

Buy what you like to shoot!

A good reliable .22 is the first "must have" IMHO.

if you spend $1000 on an AR you prolly got robbed, IMHO, but i would get one of those on the heels of the .22. Why? One never knows when they will be "scarce" thanks to Govt. meddling.

A quality scatter gun is needed.

A good quality wheel gun and pistol are needed as well.

Basically, you know what you want, you know what you like. Get 'em as you see fit. sittin' on $3000 thats a 10/22, pistol and AR +some ammo. Depending of course upon local.

Either way, enjoy 'em as you get 'em!
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First and fore most don't be in a hurry. You've got money in the bank and this is a buyers market for many guns so take your time and find a good deal on whatever you want.

Now as for whether to start with a couple of more expensive ones or several of the least expensive? Well that's a good question.

Personally I would go ahead and get the AR and AK out of the way. You'll be able to pickup more basic guns anytime and the money for them will be easier to come by because they are less expensive. With the AR and AK there's really no telling if they will be available in a few more years, or what they'll look like if they are. Also, I would expect the price on both to go up if Obama gets reelected, and I'm guessing he will. I started to pick up a couple of AK's myself just as an investment. I'm guessing Obama's speech drove the price of them up by 5%?
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I'm a firearms "enjoyer", not a firearms "collector". I buy what i will enjoy shooting when i can afford to buy it, and then wait until i can afford something else i've been eyeing.

I would advise you not to get in a hurry.
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I'd def consider a SKS as well cheap ammo good food rifle for med size game and they have a decent barrel length for 100yard shots
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I am gonna be 18 i have been shooting hunting and using firearms ever since i can remember. I have a job and 3000$ in the bank i already have a list of guns i want to purchase during my life time i want an ak47, mossberg 500, ruger 1022, remington 700, ar 15, mosin nagant, sks, glock 19, springfield xdm, 357 revolver, and a henry us survival 22 and a lever action 357 these are all guns id like to have in my collection so far. i will have a lifetime to get these any advice from an old timer to a youngster? Is it better to buy all the most expensive guns now and the least expensive later? Should i start off my collection with a 2000$ ar 15 and work my way down or should i start off with a 400$ sks and work my way up? If you can start over on your gun collection how would you do it?
Only advice ill give you is think really hard before you get rid of any of your guns you do get. i have some regrets on the guns that ive gotten rid of In my life
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Only advice ill give you is think really hard before you get rid of any of your guns you do get. i have some regrets on the guns that ive gotten rid of In my life
+100 to this!!!
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