Budget Semi auto defense rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by KHickam, May 29, 2014.

  1. KHickam

    KHickam Member

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    I am a Vet with a couple disabilities - and I am looking for recommendations on a Budget semi auto defense rifle - somewhere in the $500 range - I have a Mosin Nagant - but it is long and a bolt action - currently my home defense rifle is a 10/22 with a BX 25 magazine shooting CCI Stingers

    Any thoughts on guns - I had thought a M1 Carbine would be nice but wow have they gone WAY up in price - :confused:
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    You can build an AR for close to that price. Have you looked around at some of the kits?
     

  3. seancslaughter

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  4. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Buy the set; auction the shotgun; and you'll probably come real close to $500.
     
  5. Mercator

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    For self defense I'd go with a large pistol caliber. If you don't mind a 45 ACP, the Beretta Storm carbine is as good as they get. Reliable, easy to shoot accurately, and simple inside. It used to be $900, in this market $500. If I didn't have it already, I'd grab one today.
     
  6. eatmydust

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    I've seen S&W M&P 15 Sport (AR based 5.56x45) in my area for $569.00. They were being sold at the Great Eastern Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, back in Feb. for $549.00.

    I just checked www.atlantictactical.com and they have the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport listed for $555.00
     
  7. Shoobee

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    I've seen the older Ruger Mini's go for under $500.

    If that's all you can afford then go for one.

    Very similar to the M-1 Carbine.
     
  8. wknight40

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    I'd say AR based with 5.56 capability also. Many options in the .223 and a few specialized ones for self defense. Low recoil and get a laser mounted and sighted in and you won't even have to aim. Just point and pull the trigger where the dot is.
     
  9. John_Deer

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    I would just keep the 10/22 before I bought another 22. You might want to save for a few more months for a vepr or something bigger than a 22. Right now, you can get a vepr for $880. By the time you save $880 the vepr will be $500 the way prices are dropping on guns. If you can stand a 223 the S&W 15 sport is a bargain. It is better than bits and pieces from different suppliers. You have to add $100 to the price of all the kits because none of them have sights. The gun is optics ready.

    Here is a handy tool for finding bargain guns. http://gunwatcher.com/
    Just enter the model of gun that you want in the text box and click search it will find the best deal;

    http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/firearms/rifles/dpms-sportical.html

    Here is a good deal. It only takes 10 round magazines but you get 12 magazines with the rifle.
    http://www.classicfirearms.com/paprifle-2

    Planet of the apes ugly. cheap ammo and a lifetime warranty

    http://www.gilbertsguns.com/Rifles/Hi+Point/Hi+Point+4095TS+40+S+W+Carbine
     
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  10. bbertram

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    Why not an SKS ? Cheap ammo, and hits hard and accurate.
    Brent
     
  11. targa

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    Good suggestion. I have never shot one but I would certainly like the opportunity to put a few rounds through one and there kind of cool looking as well.
     
  12. hawkguy

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    keltec is in the price range, people say AR....but there are only a few budget AR's near that price, and not many have a great rep overall.
     

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  13. hawkguy

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    i have one! they are great!

    but i've never seen them below $600 at a retail store though, and they are normally closer to 650-700.....seen some online at the prices you advertise, but once you add FFL and ship and you are well into 600 again.
     
  14. hawkguy

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    i also second this....the keltec sub 2000 w/ 30 rounds of 40 wouldn't be a joy for a BG to face.....:eek:

    well within price range. or a pistol caliber lever.
     
  15. ams556

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    I'll be that guy that says it and gets lambasted...

    Hi point carbines - 9mm, 40 or 45 all less than $350 out the door. If you already have a pistol pick the matching caliber if you don't you might be able to pick up a Hipoint pistol and share mags and still be around $500.

    I will be the first to admit there are prettier guns out there but my experience says they are just as reliable.
     
  16. hawkguy

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    but last i tme i saw....the keltec sub 2000 was going for 299....have they gone up? damn cool little gun that accepts glock mags, got a decent rep.....unlike hi-point....lol! :p
     
  17. John_Deer

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    Right now the sub 2000 are all over $400, that is the best price I have seen on them. After my experiences with kel tec I will rake a hi point for $275 any day. When did kel tec get a good reputation?
     
  18. kiabe1

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    you could go sks and keep some stripper clips loaded or theres always the wasr 10 in that price range
     
  19. CaseyChadwell

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    I know its not a semi auto, but look into the leverguns. My 357 lever holds 10 rounds, cycles fast and can have a red dot mounted on it...my Rossi is very accurate and very reliable. Plus, a 357 traveling close to 1800 fps would be hell for any two legged critter. Next to that, my vote goes to hi point.
     
  20. Mercator

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    I can believe it, because the root cause of spotty KT reliability is the inconsistent locked breech operation in a small handgun. Their pistol carbines are straight blowback and don't have that problem (so are the HiPoint carbines).