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Discussion: List of Basic First Guns, Frugal Way to Shop for Ammo
Home Defense is the reason.
Shotguns are cheap and reliable.
Used vs New
Pellets Spread and if you are using #4 Shot, it is a great home defense round
Chances of hitting target is higher
chances of shooting into another room is lower
Home defense rounds
12 Ga pump is my favorite for hunting
youth model is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and can be modified with different stocks, like a collapsible one.
I don’t do it, but most can have tactical rails placed on them as well
If I had to choose, I would choose 20 Ga
.45 Cal, .40 Cal, 9mm, .357
These are the most common police rounds
Look for .357 Magnum, because they shoot .38 Special which is commonly available, but not really saught after during shortages.
.44 Mag is generally available as well
Souther “Big Game”
Awesome round, and is the base for many other rounds
Was overly expensive during the shortage, but still available.
The go-to-round before the 30-06
Was available, is generally cheap
I recommend looking at a Marlin lever-action
7mm and 8mm
Norther “Big Game”, the real stuff
Go with a 300 Win-Mag or 300 Weatherby
Expensive Rounds, but usually available, and you won’t shoot many
Ruger Mini-14 (5.56 mm) or Mini-30 (7.62×39)
Winchester 94 Trapper (.357), Puma 92 (.357/.38 or .44 Mag), Marlin 1894
Go with the Puma 92, it seems to be cheaper than the others, and is known as a very reliable gun.
M1 Carbine (.30) – Civilian Version
Hi-Point (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP)
The obvious AR Platforms
12 Ga, 20 Ga
.357 with .38 Special Backup