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Old 08-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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This isn't specifically a long gun question, but there's no 'general questions' forum, and it does deal with long guns some, so I'll ask here.

My wife and I have been shooting now for about six months. So far, we own a Browning Buckmark, a Springfield XDM 9mm, and a lever action .22LR Henry Golden Boy. We mostly shoot for fun, though we both appreciate the personal protection aspects of owning firearms.

So given our situation, what sort of gun would you buy next? Budget is not a huge issue. We can afford maybe $1000 every 3-4 months. I'm thinking about maybe getting something like an AR-15 eventually, and possibly a shotgun at some point (though at the moment I have nowhere I know of that I could shoot one). We've debated about whether we are getting concealed carry permits, but that's out of the question for close to a year, since we're moving in 3-4 months to another state, and you must be a resident for 6 months before you apply.

So what would be next on your list?

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I was going to say a 12g shotgun, but since you can't train with at the moment I´d get the AR. A good bolt action can be a lot of fun too, but the AR will fill the HD role much better

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What would you suggest would be a good AR. Looking around here it seems like a lot of people build their own, but I'm not sure I want to try something quite that ambitious yet.

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Ever get the extra money...a Shiloh Sharps chambered in 50-90 has been on my list for a long time.

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What would you suggest would be a good AR. Looking around here it seems like a lot of people build their own, but I'm not sure I want to try something quite that ambitious yet.
The AR-15 rifles are more or less all the same, with the exception of a few makers. Nearly all are owned by freedom arms. (So I've been told) Bushmaster, Remington, DPMS. That being said, Armalite/Colt, Smith and Wesson and Ruger are not related. Personally, I am partial to Bushmaster, only because my dad bought one when I was a kid.

From what I hear, the DPMS sportical is a good budget starter AR-15.

Also, you can't go wrong with an M1 Garand. A piece of history and a blast to shoot.
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I'd recommend a decent bolt-action.

Mosin Nagants are a fraction of what you can afford,

and ammo's dirt cheap. VERY fun to shoot.

A good used Remington 700, used, you could get 2 or 3, with scopes,

for 1000$, with an almost unlimited number of calibers from which to choose.

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I'd vote for an AR type rifle too. For your price range, you could get a Spike's or BCM and still have a little left over for ammo or accessories.

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My belief is that every household should have two quality handguns, a shotgun, a hunting rifle of some sort, and an auto loader defense rifle.

The Springfield XD is an excellent handgun IMO.

If I had your current stock the following would be on my To Buy list:

- a handgun, in .38, .357, 9mm, .40 or .45 cal (I favor Ruger and Kahr)

- a decent 12 ga. with a 5 or 7 round magazine (Mossberg is quite adequate)

- a bolt action 30-06 with scope (Remington, Ruger, or Savage Arms are good buys)

- AR-15 in 7.62x39 (Since parts are numerous the make isn't asimportant as the configuration conforming to local laws)

That's my 2% of a dollar.

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A Glock 27 to backup my Glock 23. Same caliber,can use the 23's mags and can disappear even better than the 23.

Would have said an AR but it's a loooooooooooooong time before that kind of money comes around.

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On the next thing on my list is a M1 Carbine... maybe a M1 Garand

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