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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by horsemen61, Jan 30, 2016.

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  1. USAF_Vet

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    Congrats on getting this far. It's a long hard road to get out of debt, and I applaud you.

    I'm not going to recommend getting new guns until you've got a reliable vehicle in the driveway.

    Once you're there, I'm not going to recommend any guns until you have a viable savings plan and at least a $1,000 cushion. Ideally it's 3-6 months of expenses, but $1,000 is a milestone of progress and you can treat yourself.

    Then, and only then, will I recommend a gun.

    And then, it's really up to you to prioritize what you want, versus selling what you have, versus buying something new.
     
  2. T.Chaney

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    Forget the AR!Who really needs a vehicle nowdays.Sell 2 of those rifles and buy a fine revolver,and a good semi pistol.Walk proudly with your new handguns,with the new confidence you will get rides left and right.Then again,don't listen to me I'm crazy.
     
  3. JFtheGR8

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    I was in a similar situation a few years back when I got laid off and went back to college to learn a new profession. I'd keep the 308 and sell the other rifles and shotgun. Buy a good pump shotgun. I got a Mossberg 500 with a couple barrels for hunting and home defense. Also pick up a stripped lower for an AR build. You can build it as funds allow. I'd also pick up a 9mm for a CCW. Like others have said, reliable transportation is a priority over the firearms but I wouldn't sell a gun unless it's to buy another one.
     
  4. 460Shooter

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    I guess IMO I'd go for a carry gun. I believe strongly in carrying and taking responsibility for my own safety, so owning a gun I can conceal easily is vital to me.

    I have several handguns, but if it came down to getting rid of all but one, My 686+ would be the last to go as it doubles as a woods and could be a concealed carry gun.
     
  5. Warp

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    Me?

    Glock 26.

    A good AR type in 5.56, either a Colt 6920 or a BCM mid length 16" upper with a lower I put together out of a stripped lower and a LPK/LBK with a decent trigger, even if it's just a single stage like an ALG ACT

    Ammo and magazines
     
  6. BSA1

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    Well I don't see anything wrong with rewarding yourself for your accomplishments by buying a gun. Getting out of debt is no small thing. Just don't go back into debt buying a gun.

    Give yourself a pat on the back and make a gun purchase that fits within your budget. Then get back on track and resolve your transportation issues.
     
  7. RX-178

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    I'm going to break with the crowd slightly, given my opinion is that a carry gun along with a valid CCW (which you've stated that you have) is right up there with a reliable means of transportation. I just feel it's one of life's necessities and it comes right after a car for transportation and a phone for communication.

    I'd get the pistol first and save for the emergency funds afterwards.
     
  8. Monster Zero

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    Good job getting out of the financial woods, you are to be congratulated for that.

    That's all I have to say. :)
     
  9. horsemen61

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    Thanks guys I do have a stripped lower waiting to be built up into an ar I forgot I had it was put away when I moved I just found it :D ok car is first then a good safety net of savings then I am thinking a glock 19, 870 , 10-22 and glass for the 308. Sound ok?
     
  10. Warp

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    Sure.

    Personally I'd work on ammo and mags before a scope buuut that's just me and worrying about political and economic crap that influences those things far more than scopes
     
  11. JFtheGR8

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    That sounds pretty solid. Don't overlook the Marlin model 60 for a good .22lr. They're good rifles and have a little longer stock than the Ruger. Good luck!
     
  12. Ed Ames

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    I'm going to start by saying good work getting out of the financial weeds and back on your feet. I don't have any doubt you'll make the right choice when you prioritize transportation, guns, and everything else you are juggling.

    I don't understand the guns you own today. I'm going to assume the shotgun was just too cheap to pass up, but I don't get the Tikka, Marlin, and Remingtons. I just can't really see myself owning any of those guns unless they had sentimental value or I had a hunting trip planned. Which of them did you pick out for yourself?

    Something that usually doesn't get mentioned around here but I think is important: I would start by looking at my shooting opportunities. Where I'll be, who I'll be with, what we'll do. I'd ask potential shooting buddies what they use, and where. Is hunting on the table and if so what and where? Without that it is very difficult to make good choices.

    What I mean: When my dad was alive we had a huge amount of fun going out to public land with cap and ball revolvers and military surplus. And modern practical guns too, but we could spend hours making big smoke clouds and fiddling with all the rituals needed to keep those filthy old things working. But he's gone, and I now live in a state that doesn't have much public land, I sometimes need to use indoor ranges, and most of the people who go shooting with me think fun means pumping magazines through semi-auto pistols. So where 20 years ago I could honestly say that a Ruger MkII and a reproduction 1860 C&B were all the handguns I needed for a fun day of shooting, today I'm far more likely to pack a plastic 9mm pistol. I haven't really changed that much but my opportunities have.


    Personally, if I was starting out and just had what you have already mentioned, my next steps would be a big bore revolver. My reason has a lot to do with being a reloader, the types of shooting opportunities I have and think I will have, etc. That wouldn't stop me from grabbing a p11 or p3at when the price was right but those two are pretty much only good for self defense where a Redhawk in .45c/.45acp, or similar, has many uses.
     
  13. horsemen61

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    Ed thank you for your thoughts as to rifles I have. 1 the 770 I got for Christmas one year, I called Remington they said they wouldn't work on them nor did they have parts that was last year. So I have it but don't shoot it that 's why it doesn't have a scope.

    2. The Tikka T3 my best friend has one only difference his has a wood stock he was in the gun shop when I bought it for a price I couldn't pass up. On top of that I was going to have to sell the rifle do to the fact I had to get an apartment in under 2 weeks. My better half's grandpa said "son I've been there don't sell the rifle just leave it here I'll give you the money you need" so every time I hold that rifle I think of the things that people did for me to help me.

    3 The Remington 721 my reloading mentor and good friend has one that he restored I bought one cheap in 270 Winchester that I eventually had to sell and every time I see it it reminds me of him and how much he helped me

    4 The Marlin I picked up cheap as well and my dad helped me put the scope on and sight it in so that's why I can't sell it


    So for these reasons I can't sell these rifles
     
  14. Spats McGee

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    Congratulations on getting out of debt!

    I had a pretty good response typed out before I saw this post. Frankly, and IMHO, that's an outstanding plan.
     
  15. Ed Ames

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    I'd be the same way. I have the last C&B revolver my dad and I shot together. It wasn't expensive and isn't exactly what I would buy for myself, but the memories....
     
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