New and i need help with firearms purchasing.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by dsal, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. dsal

    dsal New Member

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    I plan on buying several firearms when i turn 21 to take to the range and for home protection.

    Currently a few firearms i would like to purchase are:

    (i am on a big budget since i am a college student)

    I am looking at a few handguns but havent narrowed it down. I am looking to spend no more than 550 dollars if possible on a 4inch or 4.5 inch barrel.

    A Stag Arms model 2

    A .22 rifle if i can find an outdoor range by me

    And a home defense shotgun...probably mossy because i have read some good things about them and they would be the best price for me.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Ruger 10/22's, Marlin Model 60's, Remington 597's and several other .22 rifles can be had from around $150. to $250.

    You didn't say if you're interested in revolvers or semiautos, so there's some differences there. $550. is a decent amount, but be flexible.

    If you go for a revolver, my suggestion is a .357 Magnum, because you can also shoot cheaper.38 Specials in it for practice. $550. is about right for a Smith & Wesson or a Ruger. Both are most excellent.

    For a semiauto, my suggestion is to not go smaller than a 9mm. Semi's aren't cheap and at $550. your choices will be somewhat limited. However, with judicious research and by shopping around, you will find some excellent pistols at or around that price.

    If you have someone you know with the knowledge, then used firearms can be a great way to save some cash. Don't forget that you have to feed these things and you have to clean & maintain them.

    The internet is your friend, do lots of research. Then if you can find a range that rents guns, rent several and get an idea of what you really like. If you have friends that shoot, see if you can try theirs.

    First thing to do is take a firearms safety class, then you can start out safe.

    Good luck and keep us informed.
     

  3. dsal

    dsal New Member

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    Ok thanks. I was looking at some Rugers and S&W and for a .22 i was looking at the the remington you pointed out.

    ANd of course i will take a safety class and i am very careful with my things.

    Any feedback on the Stag model 2?
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I can't help you on that one. Sorry.
     
  5. dsal

    dsal New Member

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    No need to apologize. I should ask that i nthe rifle section but i dont want a mod getting upset because i asked the same thing in 2 different posts
     
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    Gojubrian New Member

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  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I"ll echo goju on the XD if you're looking for a semi auto. I also believe everyone should have a good wheel gun and like CA, I think a good 4" 357 would give you years and years of quality service. Take a look at a GP100, they're built like tanks.

    For a 22, the ones goju mentioned are solid but dont overlook Marlins 795. It's a cheap, no frills rifle but it shoots and shoots well. I have one that is very accurate. They can be had for $120ish new.

    You'll have a hard time beating a Mossberg 500 for an inexpensive shotgun. Parts are available everywhere and they are very reliable.
     
  9. NGIB

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    As far as handguns go, find a range near you that rents them and give any you're interested in a tryout. There is no "one size fits all" so any recommendations we provide are based on our own likes and dislikes.

    I will recommend a 9mm though as the ammo is reasonably priced, there are tons of different loads available in defensive ammo, and it's a good caliber for learning to shoot well...
     
  10. Jusselin

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    XD's are awesome like said, i have shot them and other carbon pistols and IMO i liked them the best, however picking out a gun i must say that NGIB here has given out some solid advice, he knows what he is talking about, take it from a newb who just went through the same thing, i wish i would have applied advice like this before jumping into the first thing the gun shop recomended, then i would not have been out a couple of hundred dollars trying to sell that pistol and upgrade to something else
     
  11. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Get a .357 no matter what. If you don't get one now you'll just end up regretting it, it will be gnawing at your insides for years and you'll just end up getting one later. That's if there's still decent ones available, because myself and many others will be consistently, impulsively buying up all the quality, classic pieces we come across for years to come.

    As for the .22 any of the above mentioned rifles are fun to plink around with and since your a college student you will no doubt be broke and you can shoot a .22 for pretty much free.

    For the shotgun, I would just keep popping in to all my local gun shops and see what comes up on the shelves. The Mossberg will serve you well, but you might find an old pump with a bit more character and craftsmanship that will work just as good or even better, especially if you might possibly ever decide to get into skeet, trap, sporting clays, etc.
     
  12. Missouribound

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    What guns do you own now?
     
  13. cpttango30

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    For hand guns get a 1911 there is only one gun and it is a 1911. No need for that plastic junk.

    Rimfire rifle get you a Ruger 10/22 if you want to be like everyone else. If you want to make a statement then get a Browning t-bolt. Smoothest bolt gun you will ever shoot and fast you can shoot it almost as fast as a 10/22.

    For a shotgun you can go wrong with either a mossy 500 or a remmy 870. remington has pissed me off the last few years so I say go for the mossy.

    "Not gonna argue"
     
  14. lonyaeger

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    I had a Browning T-Bolt when I was a kid. Came with the stock unfinished and I finished it myself. They're expensive now. God I wish I still had that one.