Need Help With Upcoming Purchases


August 12, 2008, 03:45 AM
Hello everyone.... Long time reader of THR, but this is my first time posting.

I'm originally from New York but have been working in the Middle East for the past 4 years. I was never into guns until I came out here and opened my eyes to what was going on in the rest of the world.

I go back to the US once a year and pick up one rifle every time. So far I have a Ruger 10/22, Bushmaster AR (New York Version) and two Remington 870. I havn't bought any pistols yet because of the dreaded permit process.

We will most likely be leaving in March and relocate to the Fort Worth area. I have to be honest and tell you that the gun laws in Texas played a big part in us deciding where to plant our flag.

Question # 1: I have a list of firearms that I want to purchase but don't know if I should spread out my purchases between a couple of months or just buy them all at once . My concern isn't really about suspicion because I'm a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide, rather I'm afraid that after I make these purchases that some manufactures will make drastic improvements in the design of these guns that I recently purchased and I'll be stuck with them.

Question # 2: Can anyone make any sugestions to what should be added to this list of purchases? These are basically going to be used for target/training/sh*t hits the fan/CCW. I'm not really a big fan of hunting (not against it just don't know much about it) so I'm not specifically looking for hunting rifles.


Benelli M4
Glock 21
Glock 19
Glock 30
Bushmaster BA50
Stag Arms 15L
Springfield Armory M1A1
Remington 700 .308 (?)
Alexander Arms 6.5 Grendel

Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide

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August 12, 2008, 04:19 AM
First thing - Welcome to THR !

Sort of an interesting group your looking at there, and I'm not going to get into the why's of each that you have chosen. I assume there is reasons for the choices that make them the right ones for you.

I think to answer your first question, I would spread them out just a little. When more than one handgun is purchased at a time I believe there is some additional paperwork sent into the BATF . Not a big deal, but no sense having your name pop up on a list if not necessary.

I don't think any significant changes would come within a couple months, but perhaps you might want to shoot a Glock for a bit , before choosing another one ,although a different model. You might find something that you don't like about them for example ,and then have three of them on your shelf. Perhaps not an issue, but again - if your in no rush take a few days or weeks to decide on the next step after a purchase. As you go along you might find yourself changing your mind a little. If spread out it will give you time to ring out each one and make sure it is what you expected it to be.

As to your second question, I would perhaps consider a handgun in .22 RF as an addition. They always come in handy.

August 12, 2008, 06:29 AM
take a look at budsgunshop - they have really good prices and you can use their credit for 6 months same as cash.

August 12, 2008, 09:17 AM
Just wait until after next years, SHOT SHOW! Then you will now if any models you like are going to be changed, or it the newest to come out is something you want better!!

August 12, 2008, 11:05 AM
Try to shoot a few different types of pistols before you decide to hang your hat on Glock. They are good, reliable pistols for sure, but they are not the be all, end all that the Glock Fans would have us believe. For me, a Glock can be the most reliable pistol in the world, but I can't shoot it worth crap, so I don't care if it goes bang every time, because it goes bang in the wrong direction! I've NEVER had a problem with my XD, and it shoots perfectly for me. I made the mistake of buying my first pistol, a Walther P99, based on looks rather than on fit. I loved how it looked, but found that I couldn't shoot it very well either. I went to the 1911 platform and found my true love. When I wanted a polymer pistol, the XD, with its familiar grip angle, was the way to go for me.

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