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Buy American or foreign?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mitchell Gard, Jan 2, 2012.

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  1. Mitchell Gard

    Mitchell Gard Member

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    Earlier today on another thread the topic of buying American made products came up. Now I'm not one to sacrifice quality for origin and unfortunately some countries bring more to the table on some firearms and other misc. products than America does. I Do my best to buy American as much as possible but when push comes to shove I'm goingto look at quality and price(to a certain extent) over origin. How do y'all feel about buying or not buying American made weapons?
     
  2. Hossfly68

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    My first pistol was made in Italy, sold for half of anything I could find American made and has never had so much as a burp. If it works for you, it works for you and the heck with what anybody thinks about it. It's not that I'm not patriotic, but that I believe form (and price) follows function.

    Of course, you can look at it another way. You're gonna buy it in America, right? Then an American somewhere is making a profit off of selling it.
     
  3. Skribs

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    That depends on how far into it you want to go. My Springfield Armory, USA handgun was "Made in Croatia". Do you want all of the parts to be made in America, or just have the gun assembled here? Is it considered buying American if the company is in America but the plant is in China or South America?

    Personally, I buy products from quality manufacturers, no matter where they are from. This is what capitalism is all about. I think people who say you should only buy "Made in America" have their heart in the right place, but are setting a dangerous example to the rest of the world to only buy from their home country.
     
  4. beeenbag

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    I started out not buying based on origin, but have found my self weeding out the imports and replacing with domestic made firearms.

    I know some foreign made guns are great products (Glock was the one that I didn't like getting rid of) but there was just something about looking at the foreign ones, then at the "Made in the U.S.A". I am almost completely Red, White, and Blue!!
     
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    Where's everyone's computer they're using to post here made?

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  6. 1894

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    I buy quality. I buy it here.

    What Hossfly said.
     
  7. hso

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    You'll find a few folks that only buy American, some that prefer to buy American, but will buy quality if if comes from a foreign manufacturer, and most that don't care.

    Would You pass up a CZ 75 or a Sako rifle or a Benelli shotgun just because they weren't made in America? Of course not.
     
  8. splithoof

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    No Jap guns?....The Winchester lever-action copies I have seen & used that are built in Japan rival, if not exceed the stuff built by the original company. I have copies of both new and old, and while the nostalgia of the old ones with worn finish, saddle dings, and stories of hunts from long ago make for fine conversation pieces, the newer Japan models have much more precise tolerances with finishes just as good.
     
  9. Buck Kramer

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    I have a 3 AK's I built on American receivers, where do they fit? Otherwise I have a BG 380 (America) and a XD 9mm (Cromerica?)
     
  10. Mitchell Gard

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    I agree hso, I definitely fall into the prefer but won't turn down quality. Especially a SAKO. I do know that it seems like for every imported fine rifle there of course is an absurdly expensive custom made in America rifle that could compete with quality. Seems you usually get what you pay for on the firearms market
     
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    I will buy what best fits my needs/ wants and budget. If it is American made than that is a bonus.
     
  12. Mitchell Gard

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    Absolutely Gus, and that's actually the situation I'm in now with looking for a new rifle.
     
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    I always buy American made if its available, even at a much higher price. That said, where guns are concerned, there are many with no domestically produced option.

    I will not own China made weapons, though. No exceptions.
     
  14. Robert

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    What are you looking for and what is your budget?
     
  15. Mitchell Gard

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    Unless it was a gift I would never own a chinese made weapon either.
     
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    All of my guns, except for maybe part of my SIG 226, are:

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    Generally speaking, I want quality first. I prefer that quality be American, but that doesn't mean I'll buy a gun made elsewhere if it is what I want.

    I try to avoid buying Chinese, but it is unavoidable for some products that I want.
     
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    I buy by what suits me, not country of manufacture. I've owned quality weapons from the US, Spain, Romania, China, etc...I don't let blind loyalties guide my purchasing decisions
     
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    I am wearing a shirt that was made in Bangladesh; jeans made in Nicaragua, shorts made in Costa Rica and shoes and belt made in China. Don't know where my socks are from but it's a good bet it's not here. At the moment, a German pistol in an Israeli holster is on my hip. The pistol is loaded with American-made ammunition.

    Incidentally, with the exception of the Walther pistol and Fobus holster, everything I am wearing has an American brand name. These were all companies that used to employ Americans to make their products.

    I am writing on a computer made in China while sitting in a chair made in Canada. I drive a car that was built in Germany (my previous two "American" vehicles were assembled in Mexico).

    Looking through the guns I have bought in recent years, I find three American rifles, one Italian carbine, two American revolvers, a pistol manufactured in the U.S. by a Belgian company, an American-branded pistol made in Italy, two Italian pistols and four German pistols.

    I would love to buy more American products. But that means somebody needs to make more products I want to buy in America.
     
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    I try to get the best buy for my money, no matter where it`s made.
    I do draw the line on ......made in China though.
     
  21. BeerSleeper

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    Mine was made right here in my basement, but sadly, home built computers is rapidly becoming a lost art.

    As for guns, 75% of mine are made in USA, but that is a matter of coincidence. I make no effort to buy "domestic" over all else. I prefer to buy US made products, but I am not willing to settle for inferior product quality, or exorbitant pricing. I think guns are the last product area remaining where I am usually able to buy American, and not have to sacrifice quality or value to do so.
     
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    I have many American made guns, I have many foreign made guns. I like to support American companies, that employ American workers, but as others have said, that isn't always possible. I buy guns that suit my needs, and don't restrict myself as to country of origin.

    I think the foreign products have forced U.S. gunmakers to step it up in quality and new offerings to compete in the market.
     
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    ALL my guns & leather are made in U.S.A
     
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    I currently only buy American guns. If my collection ever gets so big that I need to go foreign then that's a good problem to have. I just feel more comfortable in the quality and service of an American firm ... that's me though. There would be a few foreign guns I wouldn't mine having but I'm satisfied (at the moment) with USA.
     
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    When it come to guns it doesn't really matter to me. Now vehicles are another subject.
     
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