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Old 10-01-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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new to guns. need advice/help

I'm looking to buy a gun sometimes in the near future for self protection and home protection.
i basically need a rundown for a noob. i haven't grown up around guns and don't really know anything about them. i know the laws in my area and i've shot rifles. that's about where my knowledge ends.
so what do i need to know and practice to stay safe? do i buy a gun with no knowledge and just wing it at a range? should i rent some guns before i buy one?
i don't know how comfortable i feel owning a gun without some practice before hand.
also what are my options? i don't know the difference between one gun and another. i would prefer an AR but price wise, i can't justify owning one at this point.
i'd like to do some target shooting often and will use this gun for recreation (shooting at a range) as well as for protection.

i don't know if i want to carry or not. my state allows open and concealed carry but once again, i don't know how comfortable i am with either at this point

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Get a 12GA Benelli M1014....
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OP, get yourself a good cheap 12 guage pump action shotgun like a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. Shotguns are ideal for home defense because they're super simple to use, easy to clean, reliable, cheap, intimidating and there are a lot of home safe ammunitions on the market for them. You don't want a rifle for home protection, you'll shoot straight through the bad guy and into a neighbors house.

If you don't have any friends with guns, find a range near you and take a basic gun safety course. You'll learn how to operate the gun safely and really get a feel for how it works and develop better respect for it.

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Lots of posts already like this. Take some time to read through some of the stickies and other threads, then ask specifics.
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Find a local gun forum and ask to try some guns out.

A .22 is cheapest to shoot but carry wise its not ideal, 9mm is where it's at when you compair cost and stopping power although I really like .38 snub nosed revolvers for newbies.

Your going to want something simple, not to many safeties to fumble with and reliable.

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Go to range and rent guns.

Come back with a list of the 5 you liked the most.

You will get opinions on those.

Look at...


Glock
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9mm
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For starters.

If you want a simple answer... Glock 17 unless you hate it when it you shoot it.
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Why would u put your life and your families life in danger by buying a cheap shotgun that might malfunction..

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The likely hood of a 500 or 870 having a malfunction under normal situations is slim to none. Clean em once a year and your good to go for decades.
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is bass pro shops a good place to test out some guns? they have a really wide range to choose from as far as i can remember.
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Do they even have ranges????

IMHO its best to just find some shooters and go with them to the range. Just renting a hand full of pistols and shooting a mag or two threw each will not give you the feedback that talking to a owner will.

Go buy a cheap $60 used bolt action .22 and some various ammo and just hang out at the local free (national forest or the such) range and chat for a day. Most will be glad to awnser questions and let people shoot there toys.
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Why would u put your life and your families life in danger by buying a cheap shotgun that might malfunction..

good luck!!
Who the heck are you? Definitely a troll. Are you 12? Does your knowledge of firearms exist entirely from Call of Duty?

A). OP said he couldn't afford an AR right now. A Benelli M1014 (the military designation for the M4) is expensive. Really expensive. An M4 is somewhere between $1400 and $1800 normally. A M1014 is even more so, because they're fairly rare to find one marked as such.

B). I would take a Remington 870 over a Benelli M4 any day. And I own both. Both are outstanding weapon systems, but when shit hits the fan, the 870 will cycle ANYTHING. They are bulletproof. A Glock, an 870, and an AK would be a person's dream when facing any and all elements; they're ultra reliable.



OP: Do a search and read around at some of the other similar topics that have been posted in this sub forum before. Take advice with a grain of salt. The people who you should rely on are a short list: Reedo302, GlockMan, JonJon, Serbonze, Adam@Euro-Spec, Tailo, and maybe myself. There are a few others who know their stuff as well, but there are also trolls like this fool who I quoted who are grossly misinformed and really will hand you poor advice.

The search will open your eyes a bit, but I will make a few points.

1). Do not buy a shotgun. For one, it has a questionable reputation as the gun of choice for home defense. The reality is that it over-penetrates, has limited capacity, and is the most complex weapons system. Another thing is that if you want to learn to shoot, this is not the gun for you. I think you'll find it difficult to find a range that will let you shoot the thing consistently (other than a skeet/trap range) and it's not going to help much with basic marksmanship.

2) That leaves a handgun, an AR, or some other long gun/rifle. Now, you said that the AR is cost prohibitive at the moment. I get that, but you can start off cheap. There are quality AR platforms available for less than $700 (S&W M&P 15 Sport). And you might be surprised to know that many consider the AR platform to be ideal for home defense, as it doesnt really over-penetrate and its a simpler system to learn and implement.

Handguns are great; they're the standard for personal defense. However, there are many pitfalls, including buying a cheap weapon or buying the wrong weapon for you based off some preconceived notion of what is good or cool. A quality weapon will cost you anywhere for $400-$1000 and up. Depending on where you fit on that scale, you may find that an AR is not out of reach.

Lastly, you could go with a simple long gun to start. It would most likely be chambered in .22LR. The ammo is super cheap and recoil is almost non-existent. A rifle like this would really hone your marksmanship skills and give you a solid foundation from which to grow. The other great thing is that this is the cheapest option. You could pick up a solid bolt action for between $75 and $150 and a semi-auto like a Ruger 10-22 or a M&P 15-22 for between $250 and $400. You could shoot it ALOT; 500 rounds of .22 is something like $20.


3). Go to the range and take a basic safety class to start, maybe something one-on-one with an instructor for an hour. Some might not agree with me on this, but based on what I've read it seems appropriate. You seem uncertain on how firearms function, bordering on nervousness to use one. Your time witn a rifle will benefit you, but there are many different weapon systems and a handgun is more complex than a traditiknal hunting rifle. I think an hour or so with an instructor would really benefit you. He could explain exactly how a handgun or a rifle operates, what all the controls do, and give you a rundown on some basic shooting techniques. You'd have fun and you'd feel much more confident.


4). After taking the course, find a place that rents firearms and have a blast. Try as many as you can or at least the ones that look appealing. Try one in each of the 3 big calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP) to get a feel for what you like and what you don't. when you select a firearm to rent, ask the clerk to go over it's controls with you and ask if there's anything unique or unusual about it; they'll be happy to help. You want to make sure that you know what everything does and feel confident about your ability to handle it when you enter the range.


5). Once you've done that, come back to us here. Make yourself a list of what firearms you like and maybe some you didn't like. Post that list here and we'll be happy to go over it with you and help you make a choice. Combined, the 7 of us I listed earlier have well over 100 years of practical firearms experience with varying backgrounds from Law Enforement to everyday carrying citizens. Get crackin' on reading some more stuff on the board and get to the range to take that 1 hour instruction and rent some guns.
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This really helps thanks.
I do have an air rifle that I shoot sometimes at targets. So I wouldn't say I'm uncomfortable with handling a gun. But I just want to learn to handle every gun with the respect it needs. I want to be safe with what I do. I absolutely do not want to buy a gun to protect myself and not know how to safely handle it.
The purchase age for a handgun is 21 in my state. The owning age is 18. I'm under 21 do you think a range will still let me rent them?
If you don't know I'll just find out when I call them or stop in. I'll have to do some searching though. I don't really know of many ranges around here.
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The purchase age for a handgun is 21 in my state. The owning age is 18. I'm under 21 do you think a range will still let me rent them?
If you don't know I'll just find out when I call them or stop in. I'll have to do some searching though. I don't really know of many ranges around here.
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No, the purchase age of firearms (handguns) in your state is 18. The same for Long Guns.

If you purchase a firearm from an FFL, you need to be 21. Long guns from an FFL is still 18. That is Federal law.

You can purchase a firearm privately from another IN resident with no paperwork. There also is no registration in IN.

happy purchasing and yes a range will let you shoot (unless they have a policy for some reason)

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This really helps thanks.
I do have an air rifle that I shoot sometimes at targets. So I wouldn't say I'm uncomfortable with handling a gun. But I just want to learn to handle every gun with the respect it needs. I want to be safe with what I do. I absolutely do not want to buy a gun to protect myself and not know how to safely handle it.
The purchase age for a handgun is 21 in my state. The owning age is 18. I'm under 21 do you think a range will still let me rent them?
If you don't know I'll just find out when I call them or stop in. I'll have to do some searching though. I don't really know of many ranges around here.
Thanks again!
Understood; that's very smart.

JonJon is correct; private party, you could buy a handgun at 18. If you decide to go that route, let us know so we can tell you how to deal with that.

Now, I can tell you that in my area, you can't rent a handgun unless you're 21. That may or may not be universal and that could potentially create a barrier to you.

However, i still think you could get instruction for using a handgun. And if you're instructor is willing to do it, he could rent to gun to instruct you with it. You could go to the range and have him or her instruct you on each weapon you want to rent.

Otherwise, you could do as Tailo suggested earlier and go your local range and ask to shoot the firearms of fellow shooters.

JonJon, do you know whether he can purchase handgun ammunition under 21 in his state? I'd make the argument that .45 can be shot out of a Kriss Carbine and the 9mm can be shot out of an AR or an MP5/HK94 (?) rifle and that therefore they shouldn't be classified as handgun rounds, but some states might inhibit that.
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(b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver - (1) any firearm or ammunition to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than eighteen years of age, and, if the firearm, or ammunition is other than a shotgun or rifle, or ammunition for a shotgun or rifle, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than twenty-one years of age;
Federal law for ammo mimics firearm laws in regards to FFL sales. Buy it or obtain it privately
If you try and purchase from a dealer in a caliber that could be fired from a long gun. Tell them it's for a long gun if asked

State law only addresses "armor piercing" ammo to my knowledge
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I contacted my local range. They won't rent me a gun unless I've taken a class (can't remember the name) or have my carrying permit.
I guess I'm going to apply for my permit. Unfortunately that takes a few weeks though.
Until then I might go in and hold some guns and talk to them. They said they could talk to me about my needs and find a gun that will fit my hands which are small.
As was stated I cannot buy a handgun from a dealer until I'm 21 but can buy privately when 18. I knew this but is it recommended to buy privately? I don't really know about guns so I wouldn't know what to look for when buying used.
My plan right now is apply for my permit. Talk to my dealer about what would suit me best. When my permit is cleared go rent some guns.

Also I only have one local gun range. So I'm kinds limited there.

forgot to mention, my range does not offer one on one safety classes unfortunately. they will help me get fit for what is right for me though.
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Also just FYI I don't have a problem getting a gun purchased for me by my dad. So the 21 thing doesn't overly restrict me.
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Also just FYI I don't have a problem getting a gun purchased for me by my dad. So the 21 thing doesn't overly restrict me.
True, you also can have it gifted to you
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