Hi all, I am beginning to educate myself as to what all is out there and it is becoming very overwhelming. I hope people can give me some pointers on how to begin and what to look for. Right now my collection only consists of a .45 and I want to expand upon this. Maybe if I give my thought process in what I am looking for, it will help in what I am doing. If I am missing the point or off base in any of my thinking, please let me know so that I do not go down the wrong path. I have a budget and the last thing I want to do is buy something I do not like. First off, I am the type of person that likes to keep things simple, basic and realistic. I also believe in having the right tool to do a job, I don't use a flat head screwdriver to take out a phillips head screw. That said, ultimately I think I want a few pistols, which I think I have that area covered and can handle what I want with respect to handguns. Eventually, I think I would like a shot gun, a tactical weapon and a mid to long range rifle. I feel as if that would give me the diversity to handle anything I could come across or need. The tactical firearms are what is throwing me for a loop. There are just so many options. In my thought process, I think I want a tactical weapon to kind of be the one weapon that could be used just about for anything, you know, the "all around" type of weapon. I naturally see a ton of info about the AR-15's but I am not sure if this would be the right choice for me. I dont have my mind set on anything at this point. I do know that I do not want all these "cool" gadgets attached to my weapon. I am of the opinion that if there is a chance of failure, I do not want it. Especially, anything electronic. I work with computers and I know there is a failure rate when electronics are involved so I shy away from that, even if the failure rate is one in a million. There are of course some exceptions to this rule. Basically said, I do not want some electronic device to "help me shoot better". Just the basics is all I want. However, I do recognize the difference between guns made 40 years ago versus today, I understand the technology advances in the machine work involved in making a reliable weapon. As an example, although I see a lot of good things said about the AK-47s, I don't think I would like something that old, knowing that advances in machining will have made todays guns better than the AKs to some extents. What would be some things I should look at to make my decision for this? What are some weapons I should consider? I do not mind attachments and upgrades, as long as there is a realistic reason to have it and there are some upgrades that I would get. I dont want "cool" or get something just because everyone else has one. I want functionality and what works for me. Remember, for this weapon, I just want an all around weapon. One that could be used indoors, outdoors, short range, long range(loosely stated of course), hard target, soft target, etc etc. I guess you could say I want a "utility" weapon. If there is something I am missing the point with please educate me.