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When it comes to guns, do you buy American?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by albanian, Jan 17, 2006.

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  1. albanian

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    If not why not?
     
  2. Ala Dan

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    No Particular Reason

    Just depends, in some cases I do; and in other's I don't~!:uhoh: :D
     
  3. Highland Ranger

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    As often as I can.

    Although I do have a few HK's and Brownings . . . .

    HK's - because they were what I wanted at the time for the intended purpose and ditto for the Brownings (shotgun and 22 tke down)
     
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    i just buy what i like 90% of my guns are american though
     
  5. Rembrandt

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    American?....not very often. I buy for quality, not for price. 60% of my collection has it's origins in Europe. European mentality is focused more on quality and life of their products. Unfortunately American consumers focus on short term product life and cheap price, "use it and throw it away". American manufacturers have been more than happy to cater to the disposable mentality.

    There are a few high end U.S. companies that make the best, but it's not the norm in the firearm industry.
     
  6. IndianaDean

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    All of my 1911s are American. Then two Browning HPs, one S&W revolver, and 4 Taurus revolvers.
    I'd argue the Tauruses are American. Just South.
     
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    I buy whatever gun meets my current wants, regardless of where it is manufactured. Most are American made, but not all.
     
  8. Herself

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    I tend to buy Spanish (I collect Stars), Argentine (love that Ballester-Molina!) and Italian (Tangfolio's all-metal compacts).

    There are excellent U.S.-made 1911s. A bit outside my budget at present.

    --Herself
     
  9. Tom Servo

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    60/20/20 German/American/Eastern Bloc.

    My 1911s are American; that gun just has a distinctly American character. I trained on Sigs, though, so they make up a large part of my collection.
     
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    I like to get best value for my money and I'm not afraid to pay more for good value . If I can't find it here I'll go elsewhere....
     
  11. rangerruck

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    hard to buy all american now, guns are like cars, parts form all over the place , then assembled with some finish products over here, slap a tag on them that says american made. Are they really?
     
  12. McCall911

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    Well...no, but so far I've only bought 'em in America.

    And why not American? Generally, it's price and quality that attract me.
     
  13. TexasRifleman

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    What exactly does "Buy American" mean?

    Brownings are made in Japan but SIGs are made in New Hampshire....
     
  14. kjeff50cal

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    Of late my meager collection has a pronounced Eastern European accent because of the dirt cheap prices on fairly well made firearms.:eek:

    BTW because of the "globalization" industry a gun you think was made in the U. S. of A. was probally made in any number of countries enabling the "American Dream" (ie Japan, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, etc).

    FN (Belgium) owned USRA(Winchester). The Mossberg ATR/Weatherby Vanguard(sic)/Howa is made in Japan. The only way to half way guarantee that you are buying a firearm made in the U.S.A. is to purchase pre-1970 American arms.

    I am reminded of a couple of friends and fellow pro-photographers talking about future purchases. One mentions that he is about to buy a Yashica to add to his battery of equiptment.

    The older photog looks in disgust and says "why you want to buy that Japanese c&^*p, buy something American, buy Nikon."

    kjeff50cal
     
  15. R.W.Dale

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    I don't even bother to look where a gun is made. Besides it's pratically Impossible to buy products that are completely domestic. Heck even Harley Davison motorcycles are made from the world wide parts. American Iron my foot.
    That being said I DO go out of my way to buy firearms made in Japan and The Czech Republic.
     
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    I collect militaria, primarily WW2 and mostly Finnish. I wouldn't mind a few American firearms but I can't afford them. Out of 50 military rifles only 3 are American - a M1 Garand, Eddystone M1917, and a New England Westinghouse Mosin (that ended up in Russian and was captured by the Finns). I love the history of these rifles and in the case of the Finns, the accuracy is consistently very good. Modern American firearms (exception being M1911 clones) seem sterile, boring firearms. Also, I can shoot these old firearms with 5-9 cent per round ammo.
     
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    I consider being made in the USA like a feature- I may or may not pay more for it (if I will, not much), but it gets weighed against price, quality, and other features.

    My 1911 is a hybrid Brazilian/American (SA loaded). My .22LR autoloader is a Ruger. My new pocket gun is a Smith & Wesson. They were all purchased with an eye towards value and customer service.
     
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    i won't buy guns made in japan.
    i tend to buy what i like at the time, and today was the first time it wasn't american (sako).
     
  19. CrazyIrishman

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    A few years back I bought American (Remington,Ruger,Marlin)and then I became interested in C&R stuff . A Springfield Garand and a Smith-Corona 03-A3 were acquired in the mid 1990's.

    Now its a mix of American, German, Chinese, and Argentine (Sistema Colt 1911).

    Ya think the Argentine 1911 qualifies as being Argentine-American?? LOL!
     
  20. Lupinus

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    I prefer buying everything I buy American. If not that then European.
     
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    Let's see:

    Savage 110 - American
    Hi Point Comp 9 - American
    Smith & Wesson Model 64 - American
    Mech Tech Carbine Conversion Unit - American
    RIA 1911 - Phillipino (but, an American design)
    Star BM - Spanish

    I think I buy American quite often.
     
  22. albanian

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    I didn't mean to sound like I was judging or preaching to anyone. What I really meant was, if there are two equal choices and prices, would you even consider the place it was made?

    It seems like many gun owners now do not care in the least where there money goes. I see people buying Daewoo pistols, Chinese guns, and guns made other parts of the world. I have bought a lot of guns and I can say from experience that most of your needs can be met with American guns. We make the best revolvers, best repeater shotguns, many of the best rifles and many of the best semi-auto pistols.

    I consider a Beretta made in the USA as an American gun. I consider a Browning or Winchester made in Japan as a Japanese gun. I guess it has more to do with American jobs to me than anything. I think as a group gun owners should at least consider the jobs of fellow Americans.

    I am not saying you are a bad guy to buy a gun made in another country. I have many guns from many countries but given an even choice, I will buy American. For example, I will buy an American made Beretta before I buy an Italian made Beretta. Some people think the Italian ones are better but I can't see any difference. That to me is a no brainer. You pay a premium for the Italian Beretta and there really is no quality difference. It makes sense to just buy the cheaper one of the same quality that also happens to be made in America.
     
  23. GoBrush

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    Just depends what you are looking for
    Just about 50-50 here
     
  24. Crosshair

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    Lets see the non C&R guns that I have.

    Hi-Point 995 carbine - USA
    Savage 12 - USA
    Savage 99 (On layaway) - USA
    Ruger 10/22 - USA
    Astra .357 3" - Spain
    Ruger Vaquero (On layaway) - USA
    Saiga 7.62x39 20" - Russia
    Ithaca 37 12 gauge - USA

    So 3/4 of my guns where made in the USA. Not a bad ratio IMHO. You can also see I owe my local gun shops some money as well.:D
     
  25. Rembrandt

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    albanian, I respectfully disagree......don't feel I owe American workers anything. Two things have driven American firearm makers out of business, overseas, and cheapened the products....(1) Lawyers, (2) Labor Unions. If the gun makers want my dollars then provide a high quality product...to expect product loyalty (and my hard earned $) because we share the same flag is contrary to the freedoms granted by the constitution.
     
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