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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Looking to buy first rifle.

Ok guys I'm thinking about buying my first rifle, mainly for home defense and maybe the occasional target shooting. I'm not much of a gun person never was, I never shot anything more then a pellet gun or paintball gun. I would like something small so my mother could shoot it to being I still live at home. I don't know much about guns as I said, but I'm thinking something like a .22. I want something cheap to shoot, i also don't wanna spend alot to purchase the rifle either. If it turns out this is something I might get into then I'll buy a better one. Also from what I've read i don't need any paper work to buy or own in pa if im wrong someone please correct me. I'm 24 to if that helps.

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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Hmmm well you kind of have contradicting "wants", you want a home defense weapon, andddd a plinker? Those are two different categories!
Edit- Rifles usually dont make very good self defense weapons, shotguns do.
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Well, I want something I can shoot but justify owning it for protection. I dont want a gun just sitting there not being used, Id like to shoot it once and a great while.
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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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Yep, pretty much polar opposites there. Cheap to shoot .22lr is hard to beat. Good SD... pretty much anything but a .22lr. Accurate at the range, rifle. Good for in the home... pretty much anything but a long gun.
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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Don't try to justify the ownership. A good home SD weapon goes to the range long enough to remain proficient and the rest of the time it lives at home.

I've been a hunter/range guy for a good chunk of my life. I was a cop and taught SD for a good chunk of my adult life.

I have a garage full of tools because 1 tool doesn't do every job well. Same reason I own more than 1 firearm.

A .22 pistol would be about the right starting point IMO. What you learn from shooting it and being safe with it, transitions to the larger calibers fairly easy. Starting with a larger caliber for 99% of the population leads to bad habits that transition down a lot faster.
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Unread 06-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #6
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Mossberg 500 AND a Ruger 10/22.
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Don't try to justify the ownership. A good home SD weapon goes to the range long enough to remain proficient and the rest of the time it lives at home.

I've been a hunter/range guy for a good chunk of my life. I was a cop and taught SD for a good chunk of my adult life.

I have a garage full of tools because 1 tool doesn't do every job well. Same reason I own more than 1 firearm.
Isn't there something in the middle, like a vise grip you can use it for alot of different things.
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Mossberg 500 AND a Ruger 10/22.
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See I'd like to start off cheap, then if it turns out I like it move up. Like my jeep I started out stock and built it up to fit my needs.
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A rifle is generally not well-suited for home defense. Too big, too slow, too unwieldly. If you want something for home defense and you don't want a handgun, a shotgun (loaded with slugs) is the way to go. If you don't mind a handgun, a .357 magnum is not a bad choice.
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ruger mini 14. keep a 30 round in the night stand with the gun under the bed and take it to the range on the weekends. I can make cloverleafs at 100 yards off a picnic table. I absolutely love mine and .223 isnt too expensive. Plus its fun to shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger. Goodluck, have fun!
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This is what you want for home defense....


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I would start with shotgun you can get a decent and reliable one pretty cheap. Such as a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, both shotguns are cheap easy to use, great for self defense, and can be used to shoot clays (one of my all time favorite sporting events). Ammunition is cheap and so are clays. Both can be purchased in 12 or 20 gauge, id go with 20 if you want your Mom to enjoy it too.
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Well I'm not allowed to have a hand gun, mom says no not a big deal. I was looking on google and found a marlin .22lr semiautomatic its $150. Maybe after she shoots a rifle she'll warm up to a hand gun down the road. But is that a decent starter gun, the reviews are good.
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