Starting a gun collection should i buy expensive guns first or vice versa?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Hdq, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Hdq

    Hdq New Member

    I am gonna be 18 i have been shooting hunting and using firearms ever since i can remember. I have a job and 3000$ in the bank i already have a list of guns i want to purchase during my life time i want an ak47, mossberg 500, ruger 1022, remington 700, ar 15, mosin nagant, sks, glock 19, springfield xdm, 357 revolver, and a henry us survival 22 and a lever action 357 these are all guns id like to have in my collection so far. i will have a lifetime to get these any advice from an old timer to a youngster? Is it better to buy all the most expensive guns now and the least expensive later? Should i start off my collection with a 2000$ ar 15 and work my way down or should i start off with a 400$ sks and work my way up? If you can start over on your gun collection how would you do it?
  2. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

    you should pick a theme for your collection and collect accordingly

    us milsurp
    antique guns
    hunting guns
    guns that make me look bad a**

  3. carbon15man

    carbon15man New Member

    Jus turned 19 bought 6 gun while I was 18 I didn't really have a theme started out with an ar went to mossberg 535 tactical mosin nagant mossberg ar look alike and a marlin 30-30 10/22
  4. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Well-Known Member

    OK, so you're obviously not a cheapskate. Good. My personal opinion? Get what you enjoy. Be it a $2000+ AR-15 or a $350 Ruger pistol. It isn't about how much you spend, it's about enjoying yourself. My collection is nothing special compared to some, but it consists of guns that cover the cost spectrum.
    FWIW, I suggest you start with .22s of varying types. You can't beat them for fun per round. I enjoy my $280 Ruger MK3 as much as any of my pricier 1911s.
    Then move along to your other options.
    I will also add, don't settle. If your really like the $1100 pistol more than the $700 alternative, spring for what you really want the first time. You will be happier in the long run. Coulda woulda shoulda wastes time and money.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012
  5. vincent

    vincent New Member

  6. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

    30-30 and 10-22 good practical, multi-use weapons
    mosin, absolutely practically worthless (yet cheap deadly weapon)
    all others probaboy "make me look bad a** weapons"
  7. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

    Is get your AK, mossberg, glock, sks, an mosin, could probably find em all for 2500, not totally break the bank. I feel the best collection are the ones you like to shoot. There's no right or wrong for the most part.
  8. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

    IMO there is a difference between a collector and a accumulator. A true collector will have a focus, like maybe Peacmakers or 1911's or WWII milsurps. These guys will seek out the very rare, usually high dollar firearms and it may take a lifetime to get their collection where they want it and may or may not shoot most of the collection. I am a accumulator and there is nothing wrong with it. I buy what I like and what I want to shoot. I buy everything from black powder to milsurps, whatever I find interesting. If I were in your shoes I would start out with what I call the must haves. A .22 semi auto rifle, a 12ga pump and a good pistol. At your age you will have many years to get the other firearms. Plus you never know what time will bring, I had to sell of a great deal of my firearms so I could pay some college bills and move across the country, life happens. I am now 37 and have rebuilt my "collection". Get what you like to shoot and leave some money for ammo.
  9. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

    i collect 20th century us military individual issued weapons (non-full auto) i have them all with the exception of the johnson, and the 1903a4, the m40 m24, m107 and the m110 sws's

    some are exact replicas.....i.e. ar15/m16, m1a1/m14/m21, khar arms 1928 thompson/m1 thompson, etc.

    30 years of collecting.
  10. aandabooks

    aandabooks Active Member

    JD gives some good advice. Personally, I would make sure something in .22 is near the top of the list. Affordable to shoot and you can keep buying more guns because you aren't sinking your whole budget into ammo. A couple hours at the range with an AR in .223 and you could buy most of the Ruger 10/22 you had on your list.
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    In order of importance! This is my opinion about importance, but if you are not open to/able to/willing to/allowed to carry concealed, skip the ones with a star:

    1) Shotgun

    *1.5) Start process for getting CCW permit in your state

    2) Full-size 9mm or 45acp
    3) .22lr pistol or rifle
    *4) Carry sized pistol of same caliber as #2 (9mm or 45acp)
    5) AR-15 carbine or midlength (I don't believe you need to spend any more than $1000 PLUS an optic)
    *6) Second carry gun of a different size (and caliber?) to give you options
    7) 30-30 lever-action rifle
    8) .22lr rifle or pistol (whichever you didn't get before)

    After that, you can go any direction you want. This isn't the exact route that I took, but I didn't feel comfortable until I got to this level. Then, once you get here, you'll want to keep going, trust me.
  12. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

    Best advice I can give from someone who's collected for over 50 years is to buy what you like and what you can afford at the time. A gun collection is something personal and there are no bad choices if you like it.
  13. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 Active Member

    i say a .22, a shotgun, and an AR would be my top choices. after that just buy what you like to shoot. or like to look at. buy the first three.. load up on ammo.. and have some fun. then get others as you see fit... with the ar you never know when a ban may or may not take place. thus its one of my top choices
  14. moneymaker17

    moneymaker17 New Member

    go for the good deals, and getem fast before obama takes em all away!!!!;)
  15. fmj

    fmj Active Member

    Great advice here!!!

    Buy what you like to shoot!

    A good reliable .22 is the first "must have" IMHO.

    if you spend $1000 on an AR you prolly got robbed, IMHO, but i would get one of those on the heels of the .22. Why? One never knows when they will be "scarce" thanks to Govt. meddling.

    A quality scatter gun is needed.

    A good quality wheel gun and pistol are needed as well.

    Basically, you know what you want, you know what you like. Get 'em as you see fit. sittin' on $3000 thats a 10/22, pistol and AR +some ammo. Depending of course upon local.

    Either way, enjoy 'em as you get 'em!
  16. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

    First and fore most don't be in a hurry. You've got money in the bank and this is a buyers market for many guns so take your time and find a good deal on whatever you want.

    Now as for whether to start with a couple of more expensive ones or several of the least expensive? Well that's a good question.

    Personally I would go ahead and get the AR and AK out of the way. You'll be able to pickup more basic guns anytime and the money for them will be easier to come by because they are less expensive. With the AR and AK there's really no telling if they will be available in a few more years, or what they'll look like if they are. Also, I would expect the price on both to go up if Obama gets reelected, and I'm guessing he will. I started to pick up a couple of AK's myself just as an investment. I'm guessing Obama's speech drove the price of them up by 5%?
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

    I'm a firearms "enjoyer", not a firearms "collector". I buy what i will enjoy shooting when i can afford to buy it, and then wait until i can afford something else i've been eyeing.

    I would advise you not to get in a hurry.
  18. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Well-Known Member

    I'd def consider a SKS as well cheap ammo good food rifle for med size game and they have a decent barrel length for 100yard shots
  19. woody63m

    woody63m New Member

    Only advice ill give you is think really hard before you get rid of any of your guns you do get. i have some regrets on the guns that ive gotten rid of In my life
  20. fmj

    fmj Active Member

    +100 to this!!!