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Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by TopekanSurvivalist, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. TopekanSurvivalist

    TopekanSurvivalist New Member

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    Hello everyone. I am not exactly new to the firearms game, but I'm rather new to purchases and owning fire arms. I would like for someone to either give a few pointers, give a link, or just a page long lesson on what to look for on weapons.

    The second amendment was not written to look pretty on paper.
     
  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    This should get moved to Introductions in a bit, so Welcome to the FTF!

    Here's one Impact Guns Home Plenty to look at here, but you have to decide what purpose you intend to apply the weapon to, then which one you want to buy based upon that purpose.
     

  3. TopekanSurvivalist

    TopekanSurvivalist New Member

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    I've already posted in the intro page.

    The second amendment was not written to look pretty on paper.
     
  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Well there are all sorts of things to look for when purchasing a firearm. Some of the more important things to look for are how it feels when you hold it or shoulder it, does the action work without problems, how the trigger pull is, does the action lock up solidly, do all the features work properly, and ect.

    One big thing is to make sure the firearm has a serial number.

    You want to make sure you examine every aspect of the firearm you can. I've so far run into a few firearms that either a feauture didn't work or the action didn't work properly.
     
  5. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    By God, You're right!! Guess the thread title set my noob neuron on Welcome.

    Why don't you tell us what firearms you have interest in or what you intend to do with the weapon before we venture on into defining every firearm made since the blunderbust.
     
  6. TopekanSurvivalist

    TopekanSurvivalist New Member

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    SHTF/WROL/Home defense.

    The second amendment was not written to look pretty on paper.
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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  8. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Dammit you guys dont you get it, the second amendment wasn't written to look pretty on paper......come on get with the program.
     
  9. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Have you ever looked at the handwriting? They had awesome penmanship. Looks darn pretty to me.
     
  10. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Agreed fine sir.
     
  11. gregs887

    gregs887 New Member

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    Ahhh, but was the pretty amendment written to look on the 2nd paper?
     
  12. jca1

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    Look for a firearm that has the following: A stock, a barrel, sights, hammer/striker, firing pin, magazine, cylinder or chamber, trigger guard, proper springs, safety system if applicable, and that fires a caliber you like and is new or in good working condition, and legal to own/purchase.
     
  13. TopekanSurvivalist

    TopekanSurvivalist New Member

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    Is this appropriate for the matter, or are we going to continue making fun of my signature?
     
  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Let me see if I get this correct...
    You are a survivalist. What is the main purpose of the firearm? Hunting? Protection? Target practice?

    Your original post does not help to clarify that. SHTF? Well, again, how do you plan to use the firearm?

    IMO, one cannot go wrong with a .357Magnum revolver, a .22LR Rifle, a centerfire rifle, and a pump shotgun (20ga or 12).
     
  15. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    Sorry, you may also want sling points.
     
  16. fireguy

    fireguy New Member

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    What's going on in the forum lately? Seems like a lot of folks have been in the heat too much and are getting testy. Give the kid a break and let him learn something, constructively. I haven't see anything from him that looks like the trolls who appeared recently.
     
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I'm not sure exactly what you are looking for, but this list is a solid one for most any purpose, SHTF-wise, imo.

    SHTF-wise, I have a Ruger GP100 in .357/.38special, with a 6" barrel; it would be good for defense and a bit of limited deer hunting (close brush). I have a couple of .22's, my Marlin60 would be my go-to for SHTF squirrel/rabbit hunting & ammo is VERY cheap. My Mossy pump 12 is my primary :eek: weapon; it has a 18.5" barrel for home defense and a 28" modified choke barrel for bird/squirrel/rabbit etc. If i recall correctly, the cylinder bore short barrel should be fine for slugs, making it a serviceable deer gun or bear defense. Centerfire rifle-wise, i am limiting it to a SKS that uses a mediumish rifle round that would be fine for defensive use or hunting out to maybe 150 yards with a scope, if you can figure out how to mount one on the dang thing.

    The ammunition for these weapons is WIDELY available and common and not horribly expensive. They all have multiple purposes and some drawbacks.
     
  18. c3shooter

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    Welcome to the forum- ignore the grouchy ones. Label fell off their red crayon, and now they don't know what color it is.

    Yours is an EXTREMELY broad question, so I am going to give you a broad answer. You need a "Minimum Battery"- with battery used in the sense of a grouping of firearms.

    A friend who is a professor of Veterninary Medicine at Virginia Tech publishes a blog about hunting, fishing, and guns- and does a pretty good job of writing. This is a link to his blog- click HERE: THE NEW RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORSMAN

    On the left side of the blog, scroll WAY down until you come to "Minium Battery". If you are new to owning or buying guns, that would be a good place to start.

    When shopping for a gun, either know the gun, or know the seller. Find a local gunshop in your home state- better yet, find a few, and find the ones that have helpful staff that know what they are talking about. May not be the biggest. THOSE are the people you will want to do business with.

    Check with the shop, and check with your State Rifle Association to find where you can shoot, and where you can get some instruction in shooting WELL. Learning rifle, shotgun and pistol are all different. Be willing to look at USED guns that are in good condition. Well made guns from quality makers are durable, and will last longer than you.

    When you refine your questions, come on back around. In the meantime, a good .22 rifle is a great starting point- inexpensive to buy and to shoot, and a good learning tool.

    As far as the Second Amendment- it was from a gent from my home state- George Mason- largely overlooked by history. His first draft of what BECAME the Bill of Rights included this:

    "17. That the People have a Right to keep and to bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, composed of the Body of the People, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free State; that Standing Armies in Time of Peace are dangerous to Liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided as far as the Circumstances and Protection of the Community will admit; and that in all Cases, the military should be under strict Subordination to, and governed by the Civil Power."
     
  19. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Chill man. We have had some unusual new members lately; some seemed to have a hidden agenda or something.


    If you are a youngster, i STRONGLY suggest a .22 rifle to start with. They are sooooo cheap to feed and usually less expensive to buy. A ruger 10-22 or a Marlin model 60 or something along those lines would provide much plinkin fun & some useful small game killin ability.

    I also would NOT want to get shot by a .22.
     
  20. TopekanSurvivalist

    TopekanSurvivalist New Member

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    I apologise for the obscenity. However that Still does not mean that I will allow trolls to do that.