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Hermit Muffin
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12/04/2019 8:02 am  

I don't really want to do an introduction... if it is okay, I will pass on that. I was looking to buy a new rifle and saw some conversations about it on a google search here. I was wanting some advice from Old buck or ant others that know what to look for. I never bought a gun before and don't want to be cheated. I saved for months to be able to buy one.

If this is not okay, just kick me. No worries.


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12/04/2019 8:09 am  

I say kick him down the stairs, kidding, welcome Hermit Muffin.

#Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)


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Uly The Cunning
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12/04/2019 8:10 am  

There is no rule on having to do an introduction. Old Buck and Evil Genius are excellent on knowledge for firearms, and we have a section for it as well. I will move this to the Firearms section, so it will be easier to track for you and any others that will gain from the following advice when it comes. Welcome to The Independent Man, a place to be a man without apologizing for it. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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Hermit Muffin
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12/04/2019 8:19 am  

Thank you so very much!!! Everywhere I gone tries to get me to buy tons I don't need. I just want a rifle to learn shooting in my dad's back yard. He lives in the country in Kentucky and I am going shooting with him this spring break. I don't have any relationship stories to share, thought it get me kicked. I decided not to date while in college. I only see my dad once a year so it's important to me. 


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12/04/2019 2:49 pm  

Hi Hermit Muffin.  Welcome and there are indeed members who have solid knowledge as either gunsmiths (Old Buck & The Evil Genius) and or as ardent shooters (53 Clicks, myself, and others).

If you are just looking at something to 'plink' with and develop positive and safe weapons skills, anything above a .22 would probably work.  While many people have started with a .22 caliber rifle and advanced from there, a .22 has limited hunting applications in many areas within the U.S.  You have to worry about how far, and where the round might travel if it misses it's target.  

If you only want to plink and hunting is not a great desire, .22 ammo is cheaper than others and the weapon is inexpensive as well.

From a former U.S. Army viewpoint, learning to shoot on the weapon platform that you will be using long term is always easier from a skills application and retention stand point.  The down side is most military weapons are large caliber weapons that limit their practical use on a day to day basis.

You might want to contact a local gun shop to see if they have any "demo opportunities" coming up.  While you might be limited in the scale of available weapons, being able to try small, medium and large caliber weapons will help you determine what weapon platform you feel most comfortable with.

 

 

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12/04/2019 7:54 pm  

Don't sweat the intro; when you feel comfortable enough you'll get on with it. So we are here to help out man! Welcome aboard! 


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12/04/2019 9:16 pm  

Welcome aboard!  

My first rifle was a Ruger 10-22, a semi-automatic .22 rifle.  Ammunition is less expensive and you won't have to worry about recoil, so you can practice your trigger control and aiming!

I just picked up a lever action .22 made by Henry Repeating Arms Company.  It was used, but looks brand new!  

There are so many types of firearms to consider, I recommend going to a gunshop and look around.  Let them know you are looking for your first one, take some notes, and you can always get a second opinion here!

Compare buying a gun to buying a car.  There is no ONE firearm that can do everything.  There is always a trade off.  A small compact gets the best fuel mileage, but a truck can carry stuff to the dump.  The SUV is somewhere in the middle, but not the best at anything!

Henry Classic Lever Action .22 Rifle - Coastal

Don't sweat the intro, as we here are focused on being independent men.  Dating these days will just get you in trouble, so we focus on how we can improve ourselves, our own lives, and look towards our futures.  

Do NOT chase tail. Turn yours around and live FREE!


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Uly The Cunning
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13/04/2019 8:02 am  

Rock on. A lot of great advice. Thanks gentlemen. 

They assisted my perusing of rifles recently as well.

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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Hermit Muffin
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13/04/2019 1:28 pm  

Y'all r so cool. I'm going to the gun store Monday. I have 300 dollars for everything and I am so excited. Going to take a picture and put it here when I have the gun and am home again. My mom hates guns but she don't mind as long as it not those guns used in the school shootings. I printed everything here and going to ask to see a Henry with the cool stuff in the side like a cowboy. Thank you guys so much. 


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13/04/2019 3:21 pm  

Some other less expensive choices:  the Marlin model 60.  It is also a semi-auto .22 and they are fun to shoot.  I owned a couple but eventually gave them away to my friends or their kids.  Brand new it should not cost more that $200, unless it is a fancy one or includes a scope.

Also consider a bolt action.  They are typically more accurate, and it takes longer to shoot - meaning you save money on bullets as you go thru the box a little slower!

Brand new prices off Bud's gunshop website:  https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/search.php?q=.22+rifle&type=Longguns

Henry .22 lever action:  $300

Ruger 10-22:  $215

Marlin 60:  $180

STAY AWAY from the Remington 597 and the REALLY cheap .22's.  They have issues with quality.

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13/04/2019 7:08 pm  

Prior to firing the weapon, ensure that you have someone qualified look at the weapon and make sure that it is safe and in good condition.  Do not impulse purchase, take someone with some knowledge with you and look around.  Also, remember to haggle on the price. You can often get a price reduction by doing so.  

Skip the add ons as they will not help you learn to shoot.  Youtube is your friend when it comes to weapons safety.  Good luck

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Uly The Cunning
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14/04/2019 4:01 am  

Very sound advice, GregBo. A firearm is more than something fun to do, it is a great responsibility. You have to know the rules of safety for yourself and those around you. A mistake could cost a lifetime of regret that is unchangeable. With proper safety and care, you can enjoy being an owner of a firearm with all the benefits and none of that regret.

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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