Next gun, soon as I turn.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Mr. Bluesky, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Ruger GP100

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  2. Ruger Blackhawk

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  3. Kimber Target II

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  4. Other

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  1. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    I've got a 21st coming up this year, and I plan on doing two things with it. First, get utterly, legally smashed. Second, sober up and buy a new gun. Only question is, what should I buy?

    As for what I'm looking for, this is going to be a strictly range gun. I'm going to be in school for a while, undergrad and (hopefully) grad, so I won't have the need or the ability to carry for a while. Quality and durability are very important. I want a gun I'm going to be able to shoot for the rest of my life, if possible. However, I can't see myself being able to spend much more than $1000, so keep "other" suggestions reasonable. I'm leaning towards stainless, as I'm told it's more durable and easier to clean than most blued finishes.

    I currently own a Ruger Mark III (.22 LR, 7 inch bull barrel, stainless), and I love it. I generally shoot Federal Spitfire 31-gr JHP, because it's readily available and shoots as well as CCI for me, at under half the price.

    A list of guns I'm currently looking at:

    Ruger GP100 - DA Revolver, .357 Magnum, 6 inch barrel, stainless, $680
    Ruger GP100 Double-Action Revolver Model 1707
    I like the idea of being able to shoot both 38 special and .375 magnum, kinda like getting two guns in one.

    Ruger Blackhawk - SA Revolver, .45 Colt, 7.5 inch barrel, stainless, $661
    Ruger New Model Blackhawk Stainless Single-Action Revolver Model 0460
    The family friend who introduced me to shooting says he really likes the .45 Colt as a round. Plus, he's got the equipment to reload, so I can get ammo relatively cheaply. SA should be fine for a range gun.

    Kimber Stainless Target II - 1911, .45 ACP, 5 inch barrel, stainless, $1068
    Kimber > 1911 Pistols > Custom II > Stainless Target II™
    Pretty much the most expensive I can go. I'm going to get a 1911 at some point, and this one comes very highly recommended. Is it worth getting a 1911 in 9mm?

    If none of these strike you, I'd love to hear your suggestions.
     
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  2. deathkricket

    deathkricket New Member

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    If you like semi auto i would suggest something like a Glock 23 as they can be fun range guns that pack a punch but not enough to hurt your hand after a long day of shooting or you could get the full size.If you prefer a revolver i suggest the GP100 as it is the smoothest revolver iv ever had the plesure of shooting and they are very durible to. both new should run you 5 to 700 depending on your state(at lest where i live) If you wana go cheaper i would look at getting a taurus semi or revolver as the public defender is fun to blast away with but you could still use it for any other needs as it shoots both .410 gauge and 45LC
     
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  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm going to go with the GP. You can't beat a 357 for versatility and the GP is a TANK! You can move up from the 22 with 38s and then to 357s. I personally think every pistol owner should have at least one 357....I have two and I often molest others with my eyes.
     
  4. markerdown

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    Personally, I think everyone needs to own a blackhawk at least once during his/her lifetime. You can't go wrong with one.

    As far as the "legally smashed" part of your post. Read the post in the clubhouse.. you'll be starting your list :D... Just be safe, don't do nuthin stupid and have a DD . It's a right of passage..... enjoy yourself.........................markerdown
     
  5. CA357

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    The GP100 will serve you until you take the dirtnap and then be used by your kids and grandkids and great grandkids and so on. You get the idea. ;)

    The Blackhawk is a great choice, but being single action, it loses if you ever want to carry.

    The Kimber is a great pistol and you won't go wrong with it either.

    It just depends on what you ultimately want to spend and if you prefer a pistol over a revolver. However, the Kimber will be easier to carry than the GP100.

    You have a nice decision to make. :cool:
     
  6. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    As I said, I don't plan on carrying this. Eventually, when I'm in a position to carry (i.e. not on a college campus where I'll get arrested), I'll get something specifically for the purpose, maybe a Glock or XD.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    In that case, go with the GP100. You can shoot .38's or .357's and .357 is a great round.

    I've gone through a number of 1911's, but I still have my first GP100. ;)
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    No brainer, 357/38 GP100. [​IMG]
     
  9. LotzORemmies

    LotzORemmies New Member

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    its your first gun, get something cheap and easy to clean and reliable.... cough... glock. I've put easily 10,000 rounds (probably a hell of a lot more) though my 17 9mm without a single jam to date! clean it six times a year. bought for 400 as a factory refurb police issue 89 model. Just my two cents :) Just stay away from that Kimber.... selling a kidney to buy ammo is no fun imo.
     
  10. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    If you are looking for a semi-auto stainless in 9mm check out the Beretta 92 Inox.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jess

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    I live right by your campus, in Mason. You can carry on campus in your vehicle and you can leave your weapon secured in a vehicle...more tomorrow when i'm awake...
     
  12. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Well, the GP100, IMHO should be all you will need at this point for versatility, practicality and longevity. ;)

    Jack
     
  13. NGIB

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    I'll be different, if you get a 1911 early on you'll save lots of money in the long run. Many of us bought and sold lots of guns before we found out just how sweet a good 1911 is. The Kimber you list is a fine gun but there are others just as good and some are cheaper...
     
  14. Mark F

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    You speak as though you are allowed only one gun... When I turned 18 (a very long time ago) I bought a Ruger 22, a Colt .357 Trooper, and a Smith & Wesson 686 44 Magnum before I turned 19. By 21, I had a good collection of pistols & rifles. A half-century later... I still have most of them!

    Just look for those extremely good deals and jump on them, regardless of caliber.
     
  15. Mr. Bluesky

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    No vehicle, and I'm living in the dorms at least for this semester and next, which are a strictly gun-free zone. There's a bill in the state legislature right now that would allow CCW on college campuses, but I don't see myself having any reason to carry on campus UNLESS the bill passes and all the whackos start carrying.

    Now, if I were going into downtown Lansing, I'd definitely want something on me. =P

    Jpyle, I looked at the 92 Inox. My only thought was that if I were going to go for a 9mm-ish bullet, I'd get the GP100 and shoot .38. I do plan on getting one eventually, though.

    Mark, I wish I could afford more than one, and I'll probably have everything on this list and more eventually, but as a starving college student, I can only get one gun this year, most likely.
     
  16. Jess

    Jess New Member

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    ugh the dorms, you're a brave man LOL I could never live that close to anyone. When my dad went to MSU forever ago they had somewhere on campus you could lock up and store your guns. Pretty sure the liberals screwed that up. There are some good places to go shoot around here (we shoot in the backyard mostly).
     
  17. Clem

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    How about all of the above. Just prioritize the list and get what you want first.

    I have a 4” stainless GP-100. Great gun. I also got a 7 ½” stainless NMBH. I sent it back to Ruger and had the barrel changed out to 5 ½” and a .45 ACP cylinder added. Now that is a combination! I also have a nice 1911. Everyone needs a nice 1911. Just prioritize and go for it.
     
  18. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Aye, note that the topic of the poll is "Which gun should I get first?" Any opinion?
     
  19. Clem

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    As I listed them: GP-100, Ruger .45 NMBH then the 1911.

    The GP-100 first due to the simplicity of the double action revolver and relative ease in getting .38 and .357 ammo and cost of feeding it. .45 Colt is a little more scarce and certainly more expensive. .45 ACP is typically more expensive, don't know about general availability.
     
  20. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    That's cool. Saw your comments on the Kimber stainless in 9mm and threw out a lower cost alternative.