Help me spend $600-800: Which gun?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by CHLChris, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Another 12-gauge shotgun?

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  2. A carry-size 9mm pistol?

    7 vote(s)
    29.2%
  3. A full-size .45acp pistol?

    7 vote(s)
    29.2%
  4. A bare-bones 5.56mm AR-15?

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    33.3%
  1. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I have on my list four firearms that I feel I really need. All 4 are back-up versions of another firearm I already own. Which of the four do you think would be the most important to buy with the money I've got in my pocket right now! All four of these firearms will be mine within 18 months, but I need to know what to do with my money NOW. I have way too much ammo to be limited by only one firearm in each caliber/gauge. HELP!!!!

    Shotgun: Mossberg 590a1 ($600 with some extras to go with it). I already own a 590a1 so this would be a back-up for a different gun safe.

    9mm Carry Pistol: A single-stack subcompact pistol (Ruger LC9, Kahr CW9, etc. $600 after holsters and such). I own a XDM 4.5" 9mm so this would be a second 9mm, but my only 9mm for carry purposes. I already have three other great carry handguns in my rotation.

    .45acp Full-size Pistol: Springfield Armory XD45 Tactical 5" ($650 after some extras). I regularly carry a Kahr PM45, but that is my only .45 and really want a double-stack full-size pistol. I'm over the 1911 platform unless I could find a low-priced Para P-14.

    Bare-bones AR-15: 5.56mm 16" Lightweight (Palmetto State or Del-Ton parts that I'd build/assemble myself $750). I already have a very effective AR-15 20" barrel with all of the features I need. But with a few thousand rounds on hand, I think I should have a second AR.
     
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  2. TinCan

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    Well, I'd pick up an old fashioned 1911 from RIA, can't beat the price and with the savings you could even pick up another used Mossberg from a pawn shop or even get a RIA 9mm. That would give you an extra $800.00 later on to get a 7.62/.308 upper to go with your 2 ARs or some nice optics. I know you profess to be over the 1911 platform but if you're prepping for SHTF it's hard to beat.
     

  3. CHLChris

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    I want to keep it to an XD45 so the same holster can be used for my XDM9 4.5" and the XD45 5". Plus I'm usually into buying one nicer firearm than two cheaper ones. I don't think I could ever bring myself to buy a RIA when I've owned Kimbers, Colts, and Springers.
     
  4. TinCan

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    Well then, I'd see how many long guns I have vs pistolas and once you narrowed that down then it's just a matter of flipping a coin as you have 2 of each types on your list. Lesson your stress and keep it "KISS." :)
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I don't do polls but one can NOT have too many 9mm or 45acp's :cool:
     
  6. ahole

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    A good used sig p22* alwas a wise by.
     
  7. kryptar19

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    If you care to throw a bit more $ on there you can get a Satg Arms modle 3. Its a bare bones flat top with a 16" 1/9 twist barrel. Read some reviews on here and see what you think.

    Mini 14 or mini 30 is also in your budget. Very tough reliable guns, and accurate too.
     
  8. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    Which ever you deside go to gun buyingclub.com and you get whole sale price. I just ordered a colt xse and paid $900 after taxes and shipping for a $1 more I couldve got the gold cup. Check it out and tell em Dennis sent ya.
     
  9. CHLChris

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    This is true, but a) the Mini-30 is a new ammo, which defeats the point of a backup, and b) the Mini-14 doesn't have parts compatibility with my AR like another AR would have. Two AR's can mooch off each other. (what a picture...)

    I am definitely considering getting a 1:7 twist rate, however, when I build the next AR. My 1:9 sets an upper size limit to the rounds I can fire. A new 1:7 could better shoot all the 69-grain and 75-grain stuff I bought before I understood twist.
     
  10. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    That makes me wonder, can a mini14 be modified to use standard AR .223/5.56 mags?
     
  11. sweeper22

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    I think I'd look at:

    A semi-auto 12ga. Maybe a CZ 712, which can be had for $500 or less.

    A big-boy 357mag...long enough barrel to get everything the caliber offers. Ruger GP100?

    Also can't go wrong with a metal hi-cap 9mm (Sig P226, CZ 75, BHP), XDm45, or almost any 5.56 or ultra-common .30-cal rifle (AK, 308, 30/06) in whatever configuration suits your preferences.
     
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  12. CHLChris

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    Well, that narrowed it down, Sweeper, thanks! :p

    I must admit that a well-rounded collection should eventually contain a semi-auto 12-gauge, a Browning High Power, and a 6" .357mag. I will definitely get there someday.
     
  13. Ultimate_sig

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    Go with a saiga 12, on that website you can get them for under $600 and thats a deal.
     
  14. CHLChris

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    Conclusion

    Hello, all!

    I just got back from the gun shop with a brand new Kahr CM9, the smallest 9mm Kahr they've got. I chose to go with this choice over the other three because I felt a greater NEED for a small, thin 9mm in my carry rotation. The shotgun, 45acp, and AR-15 aren't quite as useful. I'll buy those next year. This year was the year of *AMMO*AMMO*AMMO*!!

    My second reason was that it was the 9mm that my wife liked the most. She only has a S&W 642, which is still pretty big and I'm trying to get her to carry more often. She isn't as deeply interested in guns as I am so she just doesn't think about carrying. I wanted her to have another option.

    I'll be buying Pearce magazine extensions for her dangling pinkie. It doesn't bother me, but she likes the extra grip length.

    Thanks everyone for your help and opinions!!
     
  15. Ultimate_sig

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    Next time buy from gunbuyingclub.com you can get wholesale dealer price instead of retail
     
  16. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I don't know about that for me. Three reasons:

    1) $389 + $10 OR state fee = $399 That's hard to beat!!

    2) After shipping and FFL transfer fee, I can't see the net price beating ^^^

    3) I ALWAYS prefer to support the local gun shops.
     
  17. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    For high end guns its worth it