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A gun for a highschool graduate

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lightsped, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Lightsped

    Lightsped Well-Known Member

    Help me decide on what type of gun to buy for a highschool graduate. I will keep the gun in my safe until the graduate is 21. Once he turns 21 (assuming he stays off the drugs and keeps his pants on) he gets the gun. In the meantime, he is free to use it as much as he wants on our weekly range trips.

    I'd like the gun to be pretty affordable to shoot. Somewhere around $200-$400 bucks. Perhaps a type of gun that has appeared in videogames and action movies would be good.
  2. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    With the 21 rule I assume you are thinking "handgun"? There should be some good condition trade in Glocks out there in that price range; those are in plenty of games/movies. Used S&W autos; maybe if you are lucky, used Sigs might be near that price range also.

    Any particular reason for not getting a long gun that he can have now? Just curious...
  3. Lightsped

    Lightsped Well-Known Member

    Long guns are fine as well. I am "keeping" the gun until 21 so that he is motivated to do well in life and stay away from the women and drugs. A pistol or rifle is fine.
  4. KarenTOC

    KarenTOC Well-Known Member

    If you're taking him to the range weekly, I assume he's shooting your guns and/or rentals? Which is his favorite to shoot? Maybe get him his own of whatever he currently enjoys most.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    You don't think that a gun in the safe is going to keep him away from women? How he's raised may have more to do with that.

    As to what to use for incentive, if you're thinking games/video/movie guns within your price range you're pretty much limited to AK types or lucky milsurp finds.
  6. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    10/22 or ruger MKII pistol....millions (estimate only) of man hours of fun have stemmed from the barrels of these timeless firearms
  7. Wildyams

    Wildyams Well-Known Member

    Well.. you could go with a decent used shotgun $200 , a mosin nagant $100, then maybe a .22 handgun of some sort with that last $100. just make the grad buy all the ammo ;)
  8. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    In that price range, I hafta say a 10/22 or a Remmie or Mossy pump shottie.

    I gotta agree.........I know for dam sure it woulda taken more than a $400 gun to keep my hands off women when I graduated high school.:evil: Besides a good woman can be the best positive influence a boy can have, other than his parents. Most parental morals/ethics are engraved by the time a person is 12 years old, OTOH, whats to stop him from going out and buying his own guns once he turns 18?
  9. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    How about asking HIM what he wants?
  10. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    Asking would be good, but perhaps not feasible if it's a surprise.

    What kinds of games does he like? Modern ones, I believe you can find a .22 AR clone in those ranges, or maybe one of the GSG MP5 lookalikes.

    WWII games, for that you can go out and get him a year-specific Mosin Nagant rifle and a Tokarev of Makarov to match. Those two aren't really WW2 era, but at least they'd match the rifle.

    If you're not trying to tie into a game, I'd suggest a Ruger Mk2/mk3 or Browning Buckmark .22 pistol, or a Ruger 10/22 or Marlin rifle.

    My dad gave me a Ruger Mk3 22/45 for my 23rd birthday, and I couldn't be happier with it. And since I picked up my baseline Marlin Model 60, I've been lusting over the 60SS (stainless, black-and-grey laminate stock) or a stainless 795, if I could find one with that laminate or a carbon fiber stock.

    In my case, if I had been into guns as much then as I am now, a 60SS in my name and an offer to go squirrel hunting would have a grin on my face for weeks.
  11. hmphargh

    hmphargh Well-Known Member

    I don't have any specific suggestions, but most people in that age range don't have a whole lot of money so something in .22 or 9mm would be a good choice so that he can afford to feed his gun.
  12. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Lots of really good trade-in revolvers in that price range. A good 4" .38 or .357 revolver is something that would be useful for his whole life as well as being economical to shoot.

  13. Big Boy

    Big Boy Well-Known Member

    In that price range I think the two things I would be most satisfied with are either a Glock/XD or semi pistol of some sort, or a lever 30-30. Both affordable, and neither really need accessories.

    In all honesty, if it's one of my first guns, I'm getting in when I'm 18, and finally owning it when I'm 21, a .22 wouldn't really be that exciting to me.
  14. wishin

    wishin Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Ruger 10-22. It's a fun rifle that is relatively inexpensive to shoot, and in your price range.
  15. lesgeaux

    lesgeaux Well-Known Member

    A Henry H001 lever action 22 is a nice choice, or a S&W MP15-22 if a AR Type is desired.
  16. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    Swiss straight pull.

    Can't think of a better gun at that price range so long as you don't have a problem with 7.5x55.

    He can target shoot, hunt, or defend himself with it. A good, cheap, all purpose gun.

    I guess it hasn't appeared in any video games or action movies but I would never base a gun gift on something related to that sort of thing anyways. It was the best suggestion I could think of.
  17. Officers'Wife

    Officers'Wife Well-Known Member

    OK, this is probably a guy thing I won't understand but isn't that sort of thing a rite of passage for guys? Buying your first rifle at 18, handgun at 21? Aren't you kind of robbing him of that?
  18. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    I don't think that you can miss with a Ruger 10/22. It's a rifle that's great to start with, and it's also one that will provide its owner with a lifetime of quality service as well. If t's a handgun that you are after, you might want to consider a used Ruger Bearcat -- another can't-miss offering that will provide a lifetime of quality fun.
  19. mole

    mole Well-Known Member

    My folks got me a Mossberg 500. Good for fun, hunting and home/self defense. When I moved out I grabbed the 500 and my 9mm pistol and left the others in the safe. Nothing beats a good pump 12 gauge.

    Just my two cents.
  20. miamiboy

    miamiboy Well-Known Member

    I agree with the rifle suggestion, even the shotgun. If you're looking for a handgun, though, I would probably recommend a Taurus in 9mm.

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