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Posted: 2/4/2006 9:30:36 PM EDT
I am setting aside $500 from my tax refund to buy a gun but I can't really decide what to get. I have a few ideas, but I am open to suggestions.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 9:38:59 PM EDT
xd45acp is next on the list for me....and a ton of accessories.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 9:56:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By yekimak:
xd45acp is next on the list for me....and a ton of accessories.



+1 or SA milspec
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:06:59 PM EDT
I almost said the .45 XD, but then I saw one in my local gunshop. After feeling it in my hot sweaty hand, I reluctantly decided to take a pass. The main reason is that it is still too big. It is smaller than a Glock, but it is bigger than my para, and since I have short fingers, that is a no-go. Also it sported a $600+ pricetag. If you have big hands, ignore my opinion, because other than the size, it seemed top notch. I would have liked to see a longer barrel, but that's only really important if you are trying to make MAJOR

With 5300+ posts on here, I am betting you already have an AR, probably other guns too. With that in mind, here are some suggestions:

Depending on your caliber of choice:
9mm or .40S&W - Glock or Springfield XD + extra magazines
.45 ACP - several 1911 variations can be had, I like Para's myself.
.357 or .44 Everybody at least one S&W revolver [buy used if you are still pissed at them]

Shotguns - hell 90% of shotguns are sub $500, I personally would go Mossberg 590.

What about a bigbore upper for your AR?

Do you have a bolt rifle? For me at least, shooting a bolt gun is just more "serious" despite the fact that 2 of my AR's are every bit as accurate as my bolt gun, it's just a perception thing.

Lastly, if you don't have a "fun gun", I recommend 2, a ruger 10/22 and a S&W 22a. Both are phenominal shooters out of the box, and for your $500 budget, you could buy both, a gob of mags for each, a scope for at least one of them, and more ammo than you could carry. That would be the definition of more bang for your buck.

My final suggestion isn't a gun, it's a reloading press. If you don't have a DILLON you should seriously consider one. I am able to afford to shoot 10x as much as I ever could otherwise. $500 sent to Mike Dillon possibly could be the best gun related money you have ever spent. Seriously.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:11:24 PM EDT
EASY...........If you don't own a CMP Garand, then get one for, $500.00!

Great shooter, great rifle, a real piece of history.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:11:43 PM EDT
If I had $500, I would probably buy the Ruger GP-100. I have been wanting one for some time... That's just me!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:14:25 PM EDT
I'm thinking an AK47 for myself.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:11:35 AM EDT
I'd buy a shotgun or a Ruger GP100. Reloading press or ammo if I didn't buy a gun.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:19:47 AM EDT
almost any milspec AR lower ( DPMS, RRA, ETC) and a h-bar or carbine kit from double star and you've got an AR for $450-$500, which is my homeland security!
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:24:33 AM EDT
Glock...model of your choice.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:40:18 AM EDT
AK47, AK74, CPO Sig, 1911.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:11:01 AM EDT
CZ-75 SP-01
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 5:44:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 7:21:54 AM EDT by triburst1]
OK, let me go over what I do have to make it a little easier. The GLOCK is the only I carry as a primary CCW. The only handguns I would be interested in would possibly be a G26, a Witness 10mm, S&W 642 or a smaller 9mm such as a Kahr PM9 to replace the P-32 as my BUG.

700PSS in .308
FAL
AK
SKS
3-ARs
M1A1 .30 carbine
2-870s
Sub2000
10/22

Taurus PT-92(for use with suppressor)
GLOCK 19
Kel-Tec P-32
Ruger MkII
Ruger MkII Competition/Target
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 5:52:20 AM EDT
Garand from CMP to go with the M1 Carbine.

Max
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 6:14:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 6:14:49 AM EDT by advntrjnky]
it looks like you have all the "fun covered". Not sure if you hunt, but a CZ 550 safari in .458 lott or .416 rigby would be a nice addition for when you get that last minute offer to go hunting in Africa.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:47:54 AM EDT
I would save the $500 and save more money to add to it. $500 does not buy much of a gun.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:19:06 PM EDT
Is one of those 870s a Police model? How about a matching 11-87? You'd have to save beyond $500 but it's an idea. Or how about an FN Herstal Police shotgun? Another idea, past $500, is a really nice non-combat style shotgun and take up Trap shooting or something. Shotguns are on my mind because I've been hunting for a suitable model for my GF to use. On the high cost end, the Beretta AL391 models caught our eye. We went with a far less costly Win 1300.

GL
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:35:23 PM EDT
I have roughly $500, and I'm buying a XD 45ACP.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:49:42 PM EDT
go with a build yourself AR15, accurate , easy to get ammo for, plenty of room to customize to your standards or comfort , easy to mess with , parts are readily available , large aftermarket resources, dependable, looks cool,and did I mention it's the same thing our troops carry, oh, and if you want lite weight how about 4.5 lbs for a 16" pencil barrel AR15 carbine! also it's the #1 homeland security/SHTF gun!
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:55:33 PM EDT
I found an Almost Brand new Glock 22. .40 S&W
for $399 at a local shop in Lincoln, NE.

Thank god for layaway.

I will be picking it up as soon as that Refund Gets here..

Link Posted: 2/6/2006 4:53:22 AM EDT
Another vote for a CMP M1 Garand!!
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 5:00:18 AM EDT
CMP Garand all the way.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 5:45:20 AM EDT
Garand or 1903
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 5:46:07 AM EDT
Roadhawk,

You are wrong about that. With $500 I could buy at least 5 K31's and and have five awesome rifles. All sub MOA and great long range shooters too. Some of the milsurps out there are phenomenal buys.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:20:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 7:26:29 AM EDT by triburst1]
I already have three ARs, two of which, I built.

I don't know about a Garand. I wouldn't mind having one as a piece of history, but I don't think I would shoot it that much. Realistically, there's not much it will do that I can't do with my FAL. I already have a stockpile of 7.62x51, and I'm not sure I need another gun with an expensve appetite.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:50:53 AM EDT
I'd wait until after the SHOT show so see what new goodies are available.


With all this chatter about a SIG 55X being available, I'd sit on $500 and work on doubling it.


- BG
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:20:20 AM EDT
I'd use the $500.00 as a down payment on the taxes I owe
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:22:59 AM EDT
I'd save another $500 and get something really cool.

Everyone has "budget" guns. They get the job done, but they are FAR from anything special or cool.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:29:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nationwide:
I'd save another $500 and get something really cool.

Everyone has "budget" guns. They get the job done, but they are FAR from anything special or cool.



I don't really know of anything.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 9:08:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 9:08:37 AM EDT by CK1]

Originally Posted By triburst1:
I already have three ARs, two of which, I built.

I don't know about a Garand. I wouldn't mind having one as a piece of history, but I don't think I would shoot it that much. Realistically, there's not much it will do that I can't do with my FAL. I already have a stockpile of 7.62x51, and I'm not sure I need another gun with an expensve appetite.



Buy a CMP rack grade and rebarrel for 7.62mm. That should fall around 500 bucks and you've got ammo commonality with your FAL.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 12:00:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 12:01:01 PM EDT by tbone]
Buy the new Kahr .45, I just bought one and they are sweet. It shoots great and has a lot less recoil than I thought it would. Not bad at all even with +P ammo, and it is small and light very easy to carry.
I had never owned a Kahr pistol before but I like this .45 calber hand cannon.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 12:01:33 PM EDT
Downpayment on an M1A
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 12:08:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tbone:
Buy the new Kahr .45, I just bought one and they are sweet. It shoots great and has a lot less recoil than I thought it would. Not bad at all even with +P ammo, and it is small and light very easy to carry.
I had never owned a Kahr pistol before but I like this .45 calber hand cannon.



Glad to hear you like the Kahr .45.

I have considered a Kahr as a BUG, but I'll stick with 9mm if I get one. If I decide to get a larger caliber, I'm going with a 10mm.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 6:11:35 PM EDT
Blackwater.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 6:30:10 PM EDT
Next for me is a 1911 and a garand. Whichever deal comes first.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:05:13 PM EDT
Ammo.

For the guns I already have.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:33:38 PM EDT
If you do not have one.... Glock 19
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:39:03 PM EDT
Yugo underfolder AK. Its about as solid an AK as you'll ever see.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:40:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1IV:
If you do not have one.... Glock 19



The greatest handgun in the world. I have carried my G19 every day for almost seven years.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 7:48:41 PM EDT
A nice AK
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:10:02 AM EDT
CZ 10mm.
Join the Centimeter Cult!!!
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 3:41:21 PM EDT
^ +1 on that craze! G29 or G20 can be found for less than $500

So can almost all Savage rifles. They are probably the best rifle "for the money" the way I see it. Big fan of Savage rifles.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 4:47:49 PM EDT
If I could only have one, it would be a good ak. Can do most any task, and is a rifle, a real fighting gun. Works in SHTF, has a high capacity, cheap mags, and will run in almost any condition. Not the most accurate, but it doesn't need to be. It's not pretty, but why are you buying a gun.

Now, before the pistol backers get mad at me. I love pistols, but if I were only allowed one gun, it would always be a semi-automatic rifle patterned after an ak or ar or sig 556. They are just plain more deadly in a fight, and produce more accurate hits faster and with more powerful rounds.
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 6:25:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By azathoth:
CZ 10mm.
Join the Centimeter Cult!!!



CZ makes a 10mm??? Oh, shit. This could bet ugly.
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 4:37:36 PM EDT
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Sig Sauer.
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 5:40:49 PM EDT
1895G



Link Posted: 2/12/2006 5:46:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2006 5:46:47 PM EDT by JohnTheTexican]
For about $500 (not including thescope):

Link Posted: 2/12/2006 5:52:32 PM EDT
For $500?

Id run out and buy a BB Gun and a couple a hookers hey,
Seriously though, I say save up a little more and buy something really nice.
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 6:04:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 1:21:07 PM EDT by Foxtrot427]
Probably a CX4 or an Oly Arms Plinker or the Special Weapons thing thats about to come out
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 7:25:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JUSTACOP:
Blackwater.



+1, just save yourself a little more and u can go through there pistol/carbine 3 day course. Or buy a SA XD-45acp, I got mine Friday and put 150rounds through it with no problem. I love it.


Scout
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:22:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:

Originally Posted By azathoth:
CZ 10mm.
Join the Centimeter Cult!!!



CZ makes a 10mm??? Oh, shit. This could bet ugly.



They USED to make the 75 in 10mm. I just checked the website and don't see it. I'm sure there are plenty on GB still.

Training is a good idea also.
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