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  • First budget purchase!

     Charles updated 10 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Charles

    December 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Hi, I made a post here a few days ago asking for some extra safety tips for my first range visit and you all were very helpful! So I’m in California, which, in my currently “becoming informed” state translates to “seems like there’s too many rules”, near LA.

    I plan to invest in some nice guns in the future for different purposes, but working on the logic of “a gun at home is better than one on layaway”, I’ll be purchasing my first gun budget, less than 200. I was thinking of a Hi-Point 9mm (say whatcha want, it seems like these are durable and low rate of failure, but please correct me if the gun community hates them for a different reason other than ugliness) if I were to go with a new gun, I just heard that there are a lot of single-shot shotguns that are simple and reliable going for not too much over a hundred. (I don’t know a lot about brands take it easy on me) I’ve even heard of pump action Maverick “Mossberg 88″s going for a hundred flat. I want something that I can use as a nice backup once I have my main one, something reliable, that I’ll always be able to put shots through.

    Now, home defense is my primary reason for looking to get a gun, after a house fire, I moved to a much worse, sketchier neighborhood, and I live in a “manufactured home”, a trailer without the look of a trailer. I see people walking by my windows, tweaked out. I have a strong suspicion the house next door is a stash house. I honestly don’t mind them keeping their actions and choices to themselves, but I just don’t like the fuckers creeping by my window.

    I don’t like to speak on the subject due to panic, but I also subtly intend to prepare for shtf and eventually intend to buy some guns that would be good for hunting should the need arise, as I’m not into sport hunting. Perhaps when visiting my friends in the military, I’d do one for practice and eat it/use all the parts. Basically I’d like to avoid it, but I want to know how to do it.

    This is a bit all over the place, haha, but are there any tips that you all might have on what factors to consider during my purchase, what a good/bad used gun would be like, etc. Thank you!

  • hankheals

    December 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Save up a little more and skip the hi point. Mich better quality guns can be had for not much more. The Maverick 88 is a solid shotgun. Other than that, check the buying guide on this subreddit. You’re asking questions that get answered here twice a week and three times on Sunday. Do a little homework and come back when you have more specific questions.

  • ardesofmiche

    December 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I’m not here to shit on hi points, but you can get more gun if you pony up just a bit more money.

    1. Smith and Wesson MP shield 9mm
    2. Ruger EC9s
    3. Ruger 9e
    4. Ruger Security 9

    Not sure which one of these are on the California roster though, you will have to check.

    If you like a shotgun, the Maverick 88 is a good entry level pump action that you would be fine with. Also, if $125 is your absolute max budget, hi point is better than nothing.

  • Raleigh28

    December 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Get the maverick 88. Excellent firearm for those on a budget. There is no reason to ever buy a hi point. The taurus g2c is a fantastically better gun for like $50 more.

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