Reader asks – gun recommendations February 3, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, Society, technology, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
A reader sent me the following request concerning what kind of firearm I would recommend for someone starting out. I hope he doesn’t mind, but since my own experience is fairly limited I thought I would open the query up to the readers who can make their own recommendations. Here ’tis:
I am finally getting serious about arming myself, in no small part due to your recent post and some others by Father Z. Can you recommend a good dealer for both a handgun and a long gun in the Richardson/Plano area? What about shotgun vs rifle? My brother (a police chief in a small town in Illinois) suggests the former for home defense, but if the crap hits the fan I think it’s wise to have both. Any favorites you’d suggest?
As far as where to buy a gun in the area requested, I suggest Gunmaster on Ave. K in Plano, just south of Spring Creek, near the old Wells Bros farm store. They usually have a good selection of new and used guns but may be a bit light on handguns. For a lot of new handguns, Cabela’s or some other big box might be the best alternative I know of.
But what kind of gun to get? That’s a difficult question. There are so many out there. My initial inclination is to go semi-auto in a long gun and hand gun. Don’t mess around with a revolver. You know I like Russian-style guns. I think they’re great for beginners because they take abuse and will function even if you don’t clean them so well. But price range is a really important consideration. And not just the price of a gun, the price of ammo, too. That’s another reason I like SKS and AKs, the guns are equal to or less than many competitors and the ammo is generally substantially cheaper. So maybe start with a used SKS and see how that goes. Those don’t require magazines, you feed 10 rounds in through the top with stripper clips and you’re ready to go. A good quality used SKS can be had for $300 range today.
Other options in semi-auto (again, knowing your price range would be very helpful, prices below new):
AR – a billion varieties, all kinds of calibers prices from generally $600-up
PTR91 – US-made semi-auto version of the HK91/G3. Generally $900-up.
Ruger Mini-14/Ranch Rifle – .223 (same as AR), lots of people swear by them, not always as customizable as an AR, a bit more expensive ($700 – up)
M1A – I’d love one. 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Winchester). Very rugged. Based on M14 design. But expensive. $1000-up
One benefit of an AR for new gun owners is the low recoil. An AR-15 clone in .223 kicks waaay less than an AR in 7.62×39, and that can really help new shooters stay on target. I just happen to prefer a larger round with greater penetration, so I put up with the extra recoil.
Military surplus – If you’re willing to go with a used guns, aside from the Russian types and derivatives you can get excellent former military rifles. M1 Garand would be high on my list, but ammo is expensive and sometimes hard to find (you cannot use regular .30-06, have to get Garand-compatible ammo), and for bolt-action, Mosin Nagant is a great gun and can often be had for less than $300 (and ammo is incredibly cheap), also Lee-Enfield, Mauser K98 (these two can be found cheap but ammo may be high due to rarity)……
As far as handguns, again, price is a big factor. I originally thought I wanted a .40 or .45, until I looked at the ammo prices. While 9 mm may not have as much stopping power if you’re dealing with someone all cranked out or, inexplicably, wearing armor, the ammo is waaaay cheaper. And there are a million good handguns in 9 mm. I chose an EAA Witness in 9 mm for myself. That was about $350. I know people who have Springfield 😄 or XDM 9 mm and really like them, but I didn’t like their feel in my hand that much. I do have one beef with the Witness, after quite a few rounds the hand grips can start to come loose.
My wife got a Bersa Thunder .380. .380 is another fairly inexpensive handgun ammo, though its stopping power is even less than 9 mm, for the most part.
Shotguns are great for home defense, and again, there are tons. You can go pump action or semi-auto. Prices vary widely as does quality. I’m not much of a shotgun guy. But I would tend to agree that while a shotgun is great for home defense in a normal, relatively peaceful law/order type scenario, if things go to crap a rifle would probably be better. Shotguns are terribly limited in range.
If it were me, I’d probably get a lower-priced AK/SKS/AR clone and a 9 mm pistol. If you want high quality like Glock or Kimber you’re going to pay for it. A 9 mm “automatic” can go from under $300 to well over $1000. Glock’s are good (I’m not high on the safety) quality and are in the $500 range. If you have some experience with firearms or want more power then an AK instead of the AR.
Maybe the requester could give us some more details, like price range and level of experience. Readers are welcome to respond.