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Hi, my name is Kevin and my concern for what is going on in the country has led me to this site seeking info and advise so I can be better prepared to protect my family when TSHTF.

I am a total newb when it comes to specific guns, but I am trying to do my reaserch before I buy my first one. I have been looking at AR/M-4 style rifles for the purpose of home defense as well as the fact that those type of rifles seem less expensive than an AK.

I would really appreciate any advise board members good give me on buying my first rifle. I want something dependable but I am limited to a budget of under $1000 to start.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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I am a total newb when it comes to specific guns, but I am trying to do my reaserch before I buy my first one. I have been looking at AR/M-4 style rifles for the purpose of home defense as well as the fact that those type of rifles seem less expensive than an AK...
Are you sure about those prices? Nomally an AR runs in the $700+ range and the AK type rifles in the $500+ range. If I were you, just starting out, I'd opt for an SKS (<$500), a Ruger 10/22 ($250) and a 9mm handgun. You could definitely get the first 2 and probably the 9mm too for your $1K investment.

Allan
 

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I like the way your thinking. the m-4 m16 ar 15 where very wonderful weapons. with the new metals they are comung up with makes the civilian ar 15s better then the military style. I owned a ak and sks but was not pleased with the constant jamming of rounds. i am also hopin to purchase a ar 15 soon hopefully with some rails to add on lights or scopes. Just be careful if you purcahse a ak or sks with a fixed mag. usally they are 5-10 rounds. you can purachase mags or clips. that can be added in but is a hassle and i dont see someone easly changing them in a life or death situation. also dont know the state laws regarding C-drums or 100 round clips. but might be something to invest in.
 

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Are you sure about those prices? Nomally an AR runs in the $700+ range and the AK type rifles in the $500+ range. If I were you, just starting out, I'd opt for an SKS (<$500), a Ruger 10/22 ($250) and a 9mm handgun. You could definitely get the first 2 and probably the 9mm too for your $1K investment.

Allan
Thanks Allan, I am totally new to this so I appreciate the help with prices. I am not familiar with the SKS so I will have to read up on that one. It does seem like a lot of people swear by the AK for reliability as seen in the thread about what rifle would people own if they could only have one. Would an AK in the $500ish range have that type of reliability or is that just for the highend modles?
 

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AKs should be substantially less expensive than the AR. Just saw some COlts at Bachman Pawn and they were over a $1000 each. Shawn N of Bachman bought up 1000 guns from COlt. He has the money. Plan is to sell 500 now and 500 later after election. The Ak should run you right around $500+. Figure in to buy at least 1000 rounds of ammo and you could be within you budget with the AK. Very good gun. Easy to work on. Whatever you choose, stay with us. Look forward to seeing your posts.

Hi, my name is Kevin and my concern for what is going on in the country has led me to this site seeking info and advise so I can be better prepared to protect my family when TSHTF.

I am a total newb when it comes to specific guns, but I am trying to do my reaserch before I buy my first one. I have been looking at AR/M-4 style rifles for the purpose of home defense as well as the fact that those type of rifles seem less expensive than an AK.

I would really appreciate any advise board members good give me on buying my first rifle. I want something dependable but I am limited to a budget of under $1000 to start.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Welcome! I like a Ruger Mini-14 for it's ability to use .223 ammo high capacity mags and it is realitively inexpensive. Also, it can be broke down to clean with no tool on the main mechanisms. Operated one! Home defense is Remington 870 pump and buckshot or slug.
 

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My .02

A nice variety for under $1000

CZ52- can be had for under $200

Stevens shotguns are a really good way to go, but not a majority first pick, under $250

SKS rifle, should be able to get Very good one for under $250

So if you pay max for each you will have spent only $700, leaving you $300 to but ammo and in a good place to start.

This is my advice, but hay my first car was in 1993 a 1980 Buick Skylark, and it wasn't till last year that I was able to but a 67 Mustang. Get what gets you started and working, you can get fancy later.
 

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Thanks for all the advise everyone, it is much appreciated.

Last night I went to my regular reptile shop to pick up snake food and was talking with one of the dudes that works there about gun choice since he has been shootin' and collecting for awhile. I mentioned some of the assualt rifles that I was thinking about getting and he said I would be better off getting a semi-auto .45 pistol because in a close quarters situation I would be able to more accuratley engage multiple targets. What do you all think about that recomendation?

If I do go with the .45 I would still want to get a rifle soon after. What rifle would be good for both defense and basic hunting?
 

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... I mentioned some of the assualt rifles that I was thinking about getting and he said I would be better off getting a semi-auto .45 pistol because in a close quarters situation I would be able to more accuratley engage multiple targets. What do you all think about that recomendation?...QUOTE]

Personally I'd opt for the rifle first, although a handgun is handier in close quarters as your buddy said, the rifle can be used for home defense, hunting and longer distance work whereas the handgun is nearly useless beyond 75 yds...

Also if you've never shot before I wouldn't suggest you start with a .45. The best "first" gun is a .22 (rifle or handgun), but a 9mm or .38spl is okay too as their recoil is milder than the big bore handguns.

Allan

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