I am not exactly in the market yet for a rifle, but my friends have some cool ones and goto the local shooting range, and i'd like to eventually
purchase my first gun. I'm 24, no felony convictions.. no violent crime convictions, my worst offense has been illegal possession of alcohol by a
minor when I was 19 turning 20! And in Canada that wouldnt have even been considered illegal, pssh. Anyways..
I don't want anything too powerful, too heavy, or has too much recoil. The price and craftmanship matter as well. Here's what ive narrowed it down
to, but my knowledge is small about whats out there.
The M16, domestic version with only semi auto capability. Arent these known as AR-15s? anyways, i know these are light weight, precision shooting
weapons, and that gets alot of plusses in my book. Also, it fires the NATO round so in an apocalyptic scenario where all hell brook loose, ammo would
be easy to get. I've also heard the .223 ammo is cheaper.
Then theres the AK74, or AK101-103 models. I know some of those are in use by the Russian Federation military as standard guns. I bet these are just
as expensive, to get a real Russian made nice black one with composite and plastic materials to lighten the gun. These fire various sized rounds..
The AK-47 knockoff market is immense! And this gun has flavor. It has style.. it is, pardon my term, 'ghetto fabulous'. Known as a symbol of
resistance across the world, the AK-47 is "cool" to own. You are the "cool guy with the AK47" .. but, it fires the 7.62 round, which has its
pro's and it's cons. From what i've read, NATO rounds inflict better wounds than the bigger round because of "yawing" or some weird thing it does
when it goes into the tissue of the body, creating a more grievous wound? Yeah. So the NATO round sounds better for shooting people, and the bigger
classic AK round sounds more for like.. trying to shoot people that are wearing body armor or are taking cover behind steel, brick, or concrete of
various depth. I know the bigger round is ideal for this. If you havent noticed, I'm talking about the merits of the NATO AK47 models and the regular
AK47 big round models. Bulgaria, Romania, Chzech Republic all make these .. with the NATO round.
(let me state I have no intention on ever using a gun on a human being.)
Theres other guns, like that Dutch gun with the top loader? You place the clip, which is weird and kinda like a flat row of bullets in a thin
container that you pop into the literal top of the barrel of the gun, its a short length gun from end to end. I dunno the name, but someone surely
does, it is distinct from the top loader feature.
Price matters alot too, and I'd be purchasing the gun hypotheticly for #1 reason being sport. My second reason would be self-defense if ever
necessary, or the protection of my family/friends. If self defense was my main concern, id get a handgun. I really would like to own and take care of
a rifle, and have fun getting a good aim with it. Probably because I was supposed to get a family heirloom musket from the Civil War, but my Father
sold it when I was only a couple years old. Bastard!
How pimp would that have been? civil war musket? can anyone picture made-up "mujahedeen" pictures with a towel folded around the face and the olive
green fishing accessory vest, you know the one that looks like the crap the terrorists wear on the videos lol. Anyways it wouldve been funny to take
such a picture holding a civl war musket.. *sigh*.
I guess ill have to wrap an American flag around my face in the same style that middle easterners do with their checkered cloth, and tote an AK47 for
a photograph! What a laugh that would be.
Yeah and the fact that I can get an AK .223 round, made in Romania, for like $400-$500 dollars for a decent one. A Russian made one with the larger
rounds tend to go for as much as a nice M16/AR15 so what the point in that?
Anyways, can a gun expert who has fired some of these guns give me some advice?
[edit on 1/28/2007 by runetang]