posted on Sep, 15 2009 @ 01:02 AM
My first gun was a bolt action single shot 22lr with iron sights, name unknown, but it cost 40 bucks at the time. Then a Ruger Single 6 in 22lr from
For the inexperienced shooter, there is nothing better for learning to shoot than 22lr. You can shoot all day and have shot $10. It will help you
learn the basics like squeezing and not pulling the trigger, sight picture, grip, and safety manipulation.
If you're looking for handgun, 9mm is not a bad option, 40 will have a bit more kick, and 45, well you guessed it, a bit more. You can pick up a
Glock for about $400-450 used at almost any pawn shop at any time. Pay an extra hundred at the gun shop for a new one if you wish. You can get the
22lr conversion for $250 which will allow you to learn to shoot for cheap. Just make sure to practice with full loads after you have plinked for a
while, don't expect to shoot 45's exactly the same way as 22's, there is a noticeable difference in recoil, and that would be an awful surprise if
you didn't expect it.
You may also look into what the local LEO have as their issue sidearm. My locals carry the Glock 22 (40s&w) so I carry a G23 in the same caliber. It
will accept the 22 mags as well as the 23 mags. So if TSHTF, at least I know which bodies to check for ammo when I run out.
As far as rifles, the AK74 is a good choice. Reliable, low recoil from the 5.45 round, and the ammo is wwwaaaayyyy cheaper than 223/5.56. like 1/3 of
the price. 308 is cost prohibitive, and I would recommend against any of the S.American FALs as the recoil is likely to be a bit much for a novice
shooter, especially if you are a short and light.
So to sum it up, a Glock in whatever caliber suits you and an AK74.