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If I Could Only Have 5 Calibers …..

First Time Pistol Buyers Guide

For the first time buyer choosing a pistol can be quite a chore. You might spend hours online researching certain models on forums and blogs, or you may just be talking to friends with firearms experience in the hopes that they’ll lead you in the right direction.

Whatever way you decide to go, I’d like to throw out a few guidelines for choosing a pistol that might help you out along the way.

1) Purpose – you need to decide what you plan on using this pistol for. Will it be for home defense, concealed carry, fun at the range, a vehicle gun or hunting. Figuring this out will help you to figure out what will and won’t work for you. A good example is if your looking for a good concealed carry pistol you might want to stay away from larger full sized pistols.

2) Type – This refers to choosing between a semi-auto pistol or a revolver. Both have their pros and cons but both will work for just about whatever you may be looking for. A semi auto has the advantage of having a larger capacity (usually) and will be quicker to reload while a revolver is much simpler and easy to operate and generally speaking is a more consistently reliable handgun because of its simplicity.

3) Caliber – This is important for a couple of reasons. First you want to make sure you choose a caliber that you can comfortably handle otherwise you might not practice with the gun as much as you should and become proficient with it. Second you don’t want to choose a caliber that may be expensive to stock up on and may cost too much to really shoot.

4) Personal Preference – This may be your first gun but you may be already familiar with certain firearms and already be comfortable with certain brands or calibers. This definitely should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to purchase a pistol that you’ll later regret.

5) Feel in the hand/Shoot it – Many first time gun buyers tend to underestimate the usefullness of just holding a pistol in the hand when it comes to making a decision about buying, and getting a chance to shoot that gun is an even better option.

So thats it, those are the basics of buying your first, or even tenth pistol. Remember that a little time and effort before hand can save you alot of time spent trading off or selling the gun down the road.

Mosin Nagant Review for First Time Buyers

No doubt many of you out there are very familiar with the Mosin Nagant rifle, but for those of you out there who are thinking about purchasing your first Mosin Nagant or maybe have never given it a thought at all and simply just ignored the old milsurp rifle, this review may help you to make a decision.

First off this is a .30 caliber bolt action rifle with a straight bolt action and a 5 round box magazine. It has crude but usable sights similar to the AK47. It comes in at about 48.5″ inches with a 28.75″ inch barrel and weighs in at about 8.5 lbs.

Needless to say it’s a fairly long and heavy weapon by today’s standards although there are some variants like the M44 that come in a carbine length.

So while at first glace it may seem like just a big heavy rifle that can’t possibly compare to anything currently on the market there are a couple of things to take into consideration.

First off is the price, at somewhere around $100 bucks this is by far the best deal on a full caliber rifle your going to run across.

Second is the ammo, while not always widely available at your local dealers or sporting goods stores it is widely available online in bulk for extremely affordable prices, somewhere around $75 to $85 for a 440 round “spam can”.

Also as far as the ammo goes, this is a full .30 caliber round with more than enough stopping power for just about anything you might need to put down. Ballistically speaking the 7.62x54r round is almost identical to the .308 cartridge.

The rifle and cartridge together give you a package that offers good accuracy out to about 300 yards.

The Mosin also has quite a number of aftermarket accessories with everything from bent bolt kits and synthetic stocks to scout scope mounts.

Now one downside to the Mosin is that because its a milsurp rifle you’ll need to be prepared to spend a good amount of time cleaning off the cosmoline that was used to protect these rifles while in storage.

So bottom line we’re talking about being able to get a .30 caliber rifle with a 300 yard range and in a caliber thats extremely affordable for somewhere around $100 bucks ……. and at that price its a no brainer, get one and then wonder why you didn’t buy one years ago.