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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Eschaton, Sep 10, 2009.

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  1. Eschaton

    Eschaton Member

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    I pose a question for the wonderful people here.

    How do you decide which gun you want to buy next?

    I've had my pistol for barely two months and I love it to bits because it's exactly what I wanted. But I still find myself online everyday looking at more pistols trying to decide what I want.

    Do you go by caliber, maker, looks, etc...?

    How do you decide?
     
  2. General Geoff

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    I buy a lot of guns because I think they're cool. I just try to buy the ones that are both cool and reliable, durable, and accurate.
     
  3. cyclopsshooter

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    i cruise for good deals on smith wheel guns and colt 1911s... as long as they are not nickel :)
     
  4. jeepmor

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    I spend too much time on THR reading threads of guns, then go find what it is I want.

    I still don't have a 1911, but if I get one, it's probably gonna have to be a 10mm.

    Since my son was born and I took the new job, now I really just want the time to go shoot any of my guns. I don't really want to buy more without getting rid of a couple. I like the ones I have now, don't get me wrong, but there's a couple I'm not in love with that I could easily part with so I could go "find" my new love, or at least search for it.

    I'm now to the point that I want a heavy hitter like a 454 casull or similar. I just like that stout recoil for some reason, makes me all giddy and such. Although, I do have a 10mm fetish. A 610 revolver would be real nice since I wouldn't have to go hunting for the brass.

    Oh brother, I've seen so many professional writers foul this one up it makes me sick.
     
  5. mustang_steve

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    I look for something that interests me. I already have a 9mm pistol, and will soon have a T/C Contender...then next up is either a 22 pistol or revolver (that will cut down on range costs drastically, shoot a 9mm mag every session to keep in practice, but work on trigger technique on the 22).

    My next medium caliber firearm will probably be a Walther PPK. I've always wanted a James Bond Gun. :) I'd love to get a Tokarev T33 though, they seem to BE the ugly stick, but they feel so nice in the hand.
     
  6. Deus Machina

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    All of the above.

    My first gun was "I want something to carry", decided I wanted 9mm (cheap to practice with), and went to the gun shop. Looked through all the reputable guns until I found something that just seemed like it belonged.

    Decided I wanted a .22 rifle, kept an eye out, and one day at Dick's I just thought "Hey, a lever-action looks fun!" So now I've got a Henry.

    Call them informed impulse buys. Save the money, do the research one what you want a gun to do, and try everything in that category until your brain just goes "That's it!"
     
  7. Fish_Scientist

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    I generally buy for function rather than as a collector. For example, I had been saving for a high-power rifle for elk hunting for some time and bought a beautiful used (first year production; older than I am!) Remington 700 .30-06 today. Next up will likely be a back up to my Glock 22. After that, I'd like to add a semi-auto rifle (i.e., SKS) to my "collection". If, by then, I have a real job and am not just a graduate student, I may start buying for funzies (.45 1911, probably) rather than just purchase functional (for me) weapons.

    Steven
     
  8. PT1911

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    OH COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED IT...


    that is about the gist of it.
     
  9. content

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    Hello friends and neighbors // Tool for job or safe Queen

    All my firearms are shooters. My holy grail is Ferguson breech loading rifle.
     
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  10. Ltp0wer

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    I keep a gun wishlist text document.
    The guns are ordered from most to least wanted, and anytime I hear about a gun I think I'd like, I add it to the list.
     
  11. Avenger29

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    I buy guns to fill roles. I pretty much have my roles filled, so I probably won't be buying anything new for a long while, except a pocketable .357 revolver. When buying to fill that particular role, I do serious research and buy the most suitable firearm to fill that role. No gun in my safe is the result of a mistake or impulse purchase.

    .22 handgun? Check. S&W Model 34-1 Kitgun
    Full size handgun? Check. Ruger Security Six
    Fighting rifle? Check. AR-15.
    Fighting shotgun? Check. Remington 870
    Hunting rifle? Check. Marlin 336.
    Sporting shotgun? Check and check (and I don't even use 'em to sport with!). Moss. Maverick 88 and Winchester 1300.
    .22 rifles? Bolt CZ-452 and 10/22, both check. I put the most mileage on these and the S&W .22.
     
  12. Eightball

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    Yes. Mixed in with some of Avenger's wisdom, and you pretty much have it. I figure out what holes in my collection need filling, then research to find out exactly what I want/need to fill that spot (on a mechanical basis), and then I find the one that fits me the best or looks the most awesome, because let's face it: If all other things are equal, you're probably going to decide to go for the one that looks cooler/more fun/whatnot.
     
  13. Tim the student

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    Depends if I have a void that needs to be filled.

    Other than that, it depends on what catches my eye I guess. Cost to shoot and how much I will actually use it play a role too.

    A .416 may be cool, but I would shoot it very seldom, while another Garand will get shot lots for much less.
     
  14. X-Rap

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    I keep a list of guns that I have no use or wish for. The others are all fair game when found.
     
  15. paintballdude902

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    ummmm when i see a gun that looks cool i do soem research and learn about it then if i can i buy it if i cant i buy somethin cheaper like if i wanted an ar it wont happen on a college kid budget so id buy maybe an sks thats how i do it but right now my heart is set on a galil so im saving all my change for one
     
  16. KarenTOC

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    I have a wish-list that I sorta-kinda follow.

    I was given an old Colt Huntsman .22lr pistol. Shooting? What pure, unadulterated fun! Replacement parts? A different story. So I "needed" to buy a .22lr pistol I could shoot without worrying about parts. Wasn't on my list, but... welcome to the family, Mr Ruger.

    My son gave me a set of crimson trace grips which i put on my S&W 10-5 snubby. Cool... but ugly. I mean, totally unbalanced looking. All back and no front. So I "needed" to buy a K-frame revolver that would look better with my grips. Wasn't on the list, but welcome to the family, Mr 19-3 with the 4" bbl.

    My wish list contained the PPK/s that I [strike]wanted[/strike] "needed." So when I found it, I snatched it up. Welcome Herr Walther to the family. Interarms, stainless steel, .380 auto. Nice. But then I got to thinking... they also come in .32 and .22lr versions. And don't forget the blue version. And the german-made version. And the s&w version... now i "need" a representative from each group just so I have all the variants. They're still listed.

    The .22lr pistol is great... so now I "need" a .22lr revolver. This is #1 on the list.

    Then there was the Colt Cobra that I saw from the corner of my eye at the gun shop that wasn't even on my wish list. Blue, 3" bbl. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Welcome to the family, Mr Colt. I like my new cobra so much, I've decided I "need" a Colt Detective Special. It's now on the list.

    And that's how I pick new guns.

    (To paraphrase Harry Potter: "The owner doesn't choose the gun; the gun chooses the owner.")
     
  17. Sav .250

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    "Want and need." Oh, ya, money. At the moment I`m in remission. :)
     
  18. mcdonl

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    Same here... I am purpose oriented first and I have not filled all of my voids....

    I wanted to have the following categories....

    Carry pistol
    Large Caliber Revolver
    Full Size Semi (Non-1911)
    .22 Revolver
    Hunting Rifle
    AR/AK
    Shot Gun
    .22 Rifle
    C&R Rifle
    1911
    Pistol Caliber Carbine

    Once I have all of them filled... (I need a 1911 still....) it is a matter of what is available in my price range. I have no specific brand, just purposes.

    If you ahve just purched your first pistol you may want to consider a .22 pistol as you can shoot it a lot. But, bottom line is your screwed :) you will find reasons for needing a gun.

    Good luck and happy shooting.
     
  19. snorky18

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    I do the same thing, the problem is the list never gets shorter, only longer :D

    My list is somewhat purpose oriented as well. Although if I find a smoking deal on something further down the list or not even on the list I may jump on it.
     
  20. daskro

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    Make a list every year, update it every six months, buy accordingly.

    Although sometimes the "I want it" factor kicks in. Didn't have a ak-74 on my list, now I have one, a dozen mags and 5000+ rounds of ammo.
     
  21. Madcap_Magician

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    It's usually roles for me. But there's more and more of those as time goes on, and sometimes something just catches my fancy, or there's a feature that's not on the gun I have now that I suddenly decide is important.

    I started out looking for a carry gun and ended up with both a Kel-Tec P32 and a Kahr P9. The Kel-Tec was a pain to shoot, and only fed ball ammo. Plus it was a .32, and after an experience where I had a bullet stopped by a 2 x 4, I knew I needed a bigger pocket gun. The Kahr was easy to conceal, but like Kahr polymer guns occasionally do, it had reliability issues. Admittedly, I was still in the break-in period, but I think a gun should be reliable out of the box. Plus it was only a 9mm, and for a 9mm, it was really snappy. And the capacity was low.

    The "Only a 9mm" thing really irked me, so my next carry gun was a .357 magnum SP101. Which was then TOO bulky, with the CT grips that grabbed my shirt and made it impossible to conceal.

    Next gun was a S&W 642, which I still have and occasionally carry, because of the concealability issue. The 642 disappears, and I had good ammo for it, so I didn't feel as bad about the .38 thing.

    But there was still the capacity thing... so now I have a full-size S&W M&P .40 cal.

    But the M&P is a strict working gun, and gosh darn it, it's not that pretty... so now I want a Sig P229 or P228 user that I can make all pretty with new bluing and pretty grips and new sights...

    You get the idea.
     
  22. madcratebuilder

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    Hell, I buy them all. Three or four guns a year for forty years well fill your safe.
     
  23. LeonCarr

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    Sometimes they just fall into your lap, guy at work has a gun and needs money to pay bills, etc.

    Sometimes you have a buddy that has one, you shoot it, you like it, you go buy one :).

    Sometimes it is just impluse buying. You see it, you like it, you go buy one :).

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  24. CoRoMo

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    Needs come first, and they are listed in order of importance.

    I have to fill the voids in my collection with the right tools for each purpose. For instance, my next gun will be a Beretta Urika 12ga. because I don't have a good bird gun. After that, I'm going to look to outfit my wife's needs. She needs a carbine and a couple handguns. After that, it'll be a .30 caliber hunting rifle, or another carbine, or handgun, etc. I don't plan too far out there with precise specifics, but as I get closer, it comes into focus.

    I don't buy guns that don't fill a purpose, and I don't buy guns on a whim.
     
  25. DHJenkins

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    I have a list in mind of what I want, and basically wait until I find a good deal and buy that one.
     
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