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Old 07-08-2013, 05:47 PM   #101
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It's good that you're thinking lessons and safety. If I ever got into owning I would go that route also. Now that I'm older I've learned some things the hard way.

Age 17 - got shot in the face with a BB gun. Damn thing hit me right between the eyes and went lodged just on the side of my nose. That was back in the day. I was a military kid so I went to the base in Colorado Springs and they actually tore it lose with a pair of pliers. I never knew it had lodged in there. After I got shot there was swelling and we all thought it just hit me and riccocheted off somewhere. A few weeks later I was playing around with a magnet and I could feel the pull when I put it close to my nose.

I've shot a 44 Redhawk before. MF'er that was one powerful gun. No headset, just off in the desert with 2 friends. We also shot a few shot guns one handed because we wanted to be like Rambo. I don't recommend that. It hurts your hand like a b****. And then to make matters worse, friend got a flat, so we're hitch hiking back from the desert in Phoenix with shotguns in our pant legs to conceal them and revolvers in our pockets. We never got a ride. I'm actually glad we didn't. I can only imagine what could have happened if somebody stopped and saw those things. lol
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #102
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If you want to shoot a lot of shells get a ruger markIII .22 caliber

It all depends on what you want to do. Some guys have made good suggestions about a .357 because you can shoot .38 shells as well, but keep in mind that will be a single fire revolver.

The .22 semi is a blast because you can shoot a lot of shells and it has little to no recoil.

Another thing to consider is the price of shells. .22 shells are the cheapest shells you're
going to find. You can get a new markIII for about $600. They are also as accurate as just about any other handgun you will buy in the near vicinity of that price range.

It's a great gun to have, especially if you're going to use it for varmit hunting, target practice, or teaching kids.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:56 PM   #103
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Wanting a gun proves you are amoral and xenophobic.

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:01 PM   #104
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damn right!

zombie apocalypse happens and I am busting domes open with an M16.

My M-14 will destroy a zombies face
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:03 PM   #105
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Machetes and knives. They dont need to be reloaded. Save the ammo for other people who try to raid your reserves.

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #106
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If you're going to get a permit and be walking around with a pistol for self-defense, I'd suggest either a Glock or similarly hammerless revolver like your basic .38 or .40 S&W. One is incredibly well engineered and the other is very basic. Both of them are reliable. There's a lot of debate on the "stopping power" of rounds; that's something you'll probably have to decide for yourself.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #107
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Can't go wrong with a Remington 870 HILIFE. They come in everything from 18 inch to 28 inch barrels, finishes, and have a model that hold 8, not sure about 8 plus 1. Also not sure about a bayonet but that isn't even really needed.
Not to crazy about the reloading elevator spring on the Remington. Feel like it just gets in the way. Other then that it's a good gun. If I go pistol grip, then I would defiantly take the Remington 870 over the Mossberg 500. Don't like safety placement for Mossberg 500, when using a pistol grip.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #108
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Machetes and knives. They dont need to be reloaded. Save the ammo for other people who try to raid your reserves.

Better yet, get a sword. Works pretty well for her.


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Old 07-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #109
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Better yet, get a sword. Works pretty well for her.


Hell yeah it does. Broadswords would be too heavy. You would need something light and manageable, especially if its a mini hoard in front of you.


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Hell yeah it does. Broadswords would be too heavy. You would need something light and manageable, especially if its a mini hoard in front of you.


lol, you quote me before I could change the pic.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:11 PM   #111
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might be grabbing a pistol at some point in the near future, leaning towards a S&W M&P 9mm at the moment but i imagine i'll have to put in some shooting range time with a few models before making a final decision

leaning towards 9mm though, mostly for the cheaper ammo as this will mostly be for recreational purposes i imagine, but the stopping power should be sufficient for any defensive needs

edit: i'd also say a .357 revolver or something similar could be in the mix, i really need to go to the range to see what i prefer

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #112
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I decided the gun you need within ten seconds.
It's the same gun I bought.

history buff? likes pistols?

1911. this is really a no-brainer.
This^

A reliable man-stopper since it's origin.....awesome weapon.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:25 PM   #113
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And of course if you're looking to purchase a gun for home defense, who can forget the wisdom of our very own VP -

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:31 PM   #114
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A 1911 .45 is too much gun for some people.
Yeah but it can stop almost anything....including a tank (just ask Capt. Miller)


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Nice try.


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Not to crazy about the reloading elevator spring on the Remington. Feel like it just gets in the way. Other then that it's a good gun. If I go pistol grip, then I would defiantly take the Remington 870 over the Mossberg 500. Don't like safety placement for Mossberg 500, when using a pistol grip.
For the money though the Remington a pretty good deal and a reliable weapon.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:13 PM   #117
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Awesome! Biden is an idiot!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #118
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I vote for a Ruger M77 in .308 caliber. There is plenty of ammo and fairly inexpensive. Not quite the distance of a 30.06 but still deadly at 500 yards. The magazine holds 10....better than most rifles. A very good used one can be found for about$800 on Gunbroker.

For small game and target shooting go with a Ruger Mini-14. Shoots .223/5.56 and fits your price range. Accuracy beyond 200 yards is suspect.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #119
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I vote for a Ruger M77 in .308 caliber. There is plenty of ammo and fairly inexpensive. Not quite the distance of a 30.06 but still deadly at 500 yards. The magazine holds 10....better than most rifles. A very good used one can be found for about$800 on Gunbroker.

For small game and target shooting go with a Ruger Mini-14. Shoots .223/5.56 and fits your price range. Accuracy beyond 200 yards is suspect.
Should be able to get a brand new M77 with a decent 40x3-9 ballistic dot scope for $800-850 at any decent retailer. I bought one chambered for 300WM recently for that at one of the more highly priced retailers in my town.

Has a very nice safety for hunting in brush with gloves on, heh
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Machetes and knives. They dont need to be reloaded. Save the ammo for other people who try to raid your reserves.

Guns are too loud. Will bring the living and the dead right to you. Your best bet is one of these:

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Old 07-08-2013, 09:06 PM   #121
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Sister, according to your OP, you were going to buy a gun by Jan. '13. So, what did you get? Didn't read all 5 pages, so I don't know if you have answered it yet.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #122
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Glocks are ugly but about the most durable pistol you can buy. I have a CZ75 BD, great gun made in the Czech Republic. Looks a lot like a Beretta.
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Bullets? Who needs bullets?


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Old 07-08-2013, 10:13 PM   #124
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Was out shooting with my brother today.. His new AR15 was a treat to fire. Load in 15 shells, take a peek through the scope and hitting the gallon milk jug from 300 yards was quite easy to do. Hardly any recoil and no sore shoulder from it.

Now on the other hand, the shot guns caused all sorts of pain and bruises on my shoulder Damn green casing shells lol

The 53 caliber black powder was a blast to load and shoot.
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Not quite the distance of a 30.06 but still deadly at 500 yards. The magazine holds 10....better than most rifles. .
What kind of M77 do you have that holds 10 rounds?
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