Help figuring out purchases


November 6, 2008, 05:31 AM
Ok, now before I begin, let me just say that I -hate- participating in the kind of panic buying that most of us are participating in right now, but at this point it really does seem like a "get while the getting's good" situation.

That being said, here's my issue: I live on a fixed income and don't have a whole lot of disposable income to drop on goodies. BUT - I do want to pick up a few key things before I'm either completely priced out of the market or outright disallowed from buying 'em in the first place due to legislation.

Currently, my fiancee and I own one revolver, a Ruger MK III .22, a Ruger 10/22, and a Hi-Point 995 carbine. I'm planning on selling both the 10/22 and the 995 Carbine shortly to get some money up, but I expect to get less than $300 total for both. (probably closer to $200, but you never know - someone might be generous)

Currently I have $300 left over after bills and groceries this month. If I'm super, super thrifty next month, I'll have another $200-$300 to add to that, plus whatever I get for the sale of my rifles. Ideally, I'd like to pick up a stripped lower, a hi-cap centerfire pistol (probably 9mm) and a pump shotgun while I still can. I just don't know the best way to go about it.

I don't shoot rifles much, and when I do I'm horrbile at it. This leads me to wonder if I might be better served by forgoing the stripped lower altogether and focusing on picking up the pistol, shotgun, and as much ammo as I can afford.

Does that seem like a reasonable idea? I mean, I -want- to get an AR, and I want to learn how to shoot one - I just don't know how I'm going to afford the lower, pistol, and shotgun, plus mags for the future AR build.

Arrgh. Too much to consider. Help me out, folks.

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November 6, 2008, 06:02 AM
One word 'Layaway!'....followed closely by a second word 'Pawnshop'. Lots of folks in trouble these days and lots of interesting weapons emerging from closets or under the bed, many of them with very few rounds through them. Keep hunting for what you want, put it on layaway, pay it off as you can---and it's yours!

November 6, 2008, 06:05 AM
That is an idea. There's not that many pawn shops near me, but there is at least one shop that allows layaways. I'll have to go check 'em out again soon. Thanks.

November 6, 2008, 06:16 AM
I would forget about the AR now and keep the carbine. Depending on the caliber of the revolver I would forget about the pistol also. That just leaves you with getting a shotgun and you already have enough money for one of them.

November 6, 2008, 06:21 AM
Well, I'm not really attached to the carbine. I can't shoot it without getting a face full of smoke from the ejection port every time I touch off a round thanks to being left-handed.

The pistol is a .38, but it's technically my fiancee's. I don't have a centerfire pistol of my own, and no centerfire rifle worth mentioning.

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