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Old 02-25-2013, 15:27   #1
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Help with next purchase!

So between my bonus, tax return, and a possible small raise, i'm going to have some money coming in next month..

I am all over the map with what I want to buy! and the lack of supply for ammo and actual firearms makes it tough too as my options aren't unlimited

Glock 26: complement my G17, have G17 mags to back it up, will fit my hybrid holster, but I have been enjoying carrying the 17 lately... and I have an LCR as a small carry gun already....

.22 Pistol: (one of the options below)

-single six with .22LR and mag cylinders? I like that it will never have feeding or ejection issues, ability to shoot long, short, mag so it's versatile
-Ruger rimfire - I love rugers and I know their rimfires are probably the best performing but they look so lame! magazine availability is another concern
-Sig 1911-22 - very cool looking, expensive mags, reliability issues? get a real 1911 instead?!

1911: SR1911? Springfield Range Officer? Expensive but would be sweet .... I'm a lefty, would have to think about getting an ambi safety... lack of 45 availability?

Garand: Feel like I NEED to own one at some point, just too cool. Expensive ammo though (reloading isnt an option at this point). Should I go for a Service or the CMP Special grade? CMP only has H&R service grades... how are these compared to springfields? Worth investing in a really nice one considering the value probably wont ever go down?

AR - expensive, lack of mags and ammo availability, but of course I need an AR at some point....

357 Mag Lever action - Used Marlin? New Rossi? These are just cool and would offer some form of caliber consolidation - use 38 special which i already stock for plinking

Just wait til things cool down? (lame.. )

Throw up any thoughts!!!

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Old 02-25-2013, 15:29   #2
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I would a 1911, or a Glock in .45 acp., or even a .357 magnum revolver are all good choices in calibers where ammo is actually available.

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Old 02-25-2013, 15:37   #3
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Figure out what you really need gun to DO that your present battery doesn't. Prioritize.

If that doesn't answer your question then go to "plan 2".

What makes your grin the biggest?

For instance, if I didn't have a good .22 rifle and a .22 pistol I would go that way first, but if that was covered I would be torn between the lever .357 and a Garand for grin factor myself. Knowing there are probably fewer M-1s available as time goes by......
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Old 02-25-2013, 15:52   #4
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If you don't already have a .22LR, that would be a good way to go. In normal times, the cost savings that you realize in shooting .22LR and using up less center fire ammo pays for a pistol or revolver in a short time. Personally, I think a .22LR should be the second handgun anyone buys, after buying a decent defensive handgun.

If you already have a .22LR and your defensive needs are met, the above grin-factor advice cannot be excelled.
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Old 02-25-2013, 15:55   #5
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I do have a 10/22! Just not a .22 pistol
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Old 02-25-2013, 16:07   #6
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I like the single six idea or .357 rifle and you can't go wrong with a 1911.

I just bought a SAA 45 and love it. I just don't like the price of factory ammo for it. So I ordered a reloading press to go with it and I just ordered a Holster rig for it today. Each one of them cost about what the revolver did.
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Old 02-25-2013, 16:13   #7
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I agree with Countrygun, first narrow your needs down to carry,home defense, or range/target.

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Old 02-25-2013, 16:17   #8
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I luckily have just about eveverything on your list and I would go with the Glock 26!! I carry mine all day every day. Its such a small gun to hold 11 rounds, and its a real tackdriver. I put it in my CB Supertuck and forget its there. When I cant carry it in my Supertuck it is a very viable ankle carry gun. A Garand would be my 2nd place finisher!

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Old 02-25-2013, 16:46   #9
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I would suggest to figure out what you want and what you want to $pend. Then, be patient for the right one to come along - don't be an impulse buyer, please.

Now is not a good time for buying. I think waiting is the best bet.

H&R Garands are post war, IIRC 1953- 56, and made in far fewer numbers than the springfields. Are they collectable, I think so, but they may not have the history of a war time springfield. I don't think you'll get hurt either way, if you choose the CMP Garand.
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Old 02-25-2013, 17:03   #10
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I'd vote for the Ruger Super Single Six Convertible.
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Old 02-25-2013, 18:07   #11
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A .22 handgun. Nothing wrong with the Single-Six or MKIII. You'll get more mileage out of either of those right now. If not the .22 then the .357 lever gun. A .357 lever-action is next on my "to get" list.
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