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Baer45 01-25-2009 02:36 AM

Help a Newcomer!
I am ready to take the jump and buy my first full auto and really do not know where to begin. We have Class 3 dealers in Richmond but other then reading up on my own how do I go about finding a reputable dealer, have gun checked out before purchase, etc.? One Dealer told me prices are beginning to fall on Class III guns due to the economy. Is this true? Everything else is going through the roof...

Any advice on where to start would be most appreciate. Without a large knowledge base I want an M-16 like I shot in the Corp years ago but am being advised to get an Uzi because the ammo and barrels are cheaper...It looks like to me that like a big car, if I have to ask about the milage I shouldn't be looking at it...

Anyhow, anything to point me in the right direction would be appreciated...

canebrake 01-25-2009 02:43 AM

Welcome to the forum, I'll let the others answer your Class III questions.

I can't afford ammo when I shoot it one at a time! :o

matt g 01-25-2009 02:50 AM

If I were to jump into Class III right now, I'd probably pick up an MP5SD. I'd really like an M60, but the MP5 wins in the practicality/cost of feeding department.

Baer45 01-25-2009 03:49 AM

good start
Thanks- Now I have one good gun to think about! Keep the advice coming as it sure is helpful to the blind!!! What direction do I look in to find reputable Dealers and price info?

Baer45 01-25-2009 05:09 PM

Matt- What are MP5s running for right now?

matt g 01-25-2009 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by Baer45 (Post 65386)
Matt- What are MP5s running for right now?

If you have to ask...

c3shooter 01-25-2009 06:57 PM

Well, here is the sticker shock- a LEGAL, PAPERED, TRANSFERABLE M-16 will run you somewhere between $16,000 and $20,000. Plus the $200 transfer tax. IF you can find one. In Richmond area I would talk to the folks at the firing range across from State Police HQ, and the folks at Chesterfield Armory. Economy my foot- everybody and his brother is snapping up guns and ammo (sales across the board are up 49% over last year.) Panic buying. Semi-auto AR-15 style rifles are flying off the rack, and prices on those are up as well. Cheapest legal full autos I have seen are the MAC-10/ MAC-11s, and they are a few thousand.

canebrake 01-25-2009 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by Baer45 (Post 65386)
Matt- What are MP5s running for right now?

HK H K MP5SD MP5 civilian legal : Machine Guns at

Buy it Now for $23,900.00 :eek:

matt g 01-25-2009 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 65423)

Anyone want to buy a baby? I'm having a 2 for 1 deal today. If you buy the first kid for $25k, I'll throw in the second free of charge.

anm2_man 01-26-2009 10:45 PM

Well Baer45

MP5's are cheap to shoot but the up front bucks will kill you (unless your independently wealthy). If this is your first FA weapon, get a "Powder Springs 9mm M-10". Cheap to shoot and pretty cheap to buy. Most of them go for less that $4k and there are a lot of parts if you break it. My Son got into Class III this way (Infact He still has 3 of these).

So Hope your can get into it - its a great sport.

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