GUN Buying used beginner guns?

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  1. Bausk

    Bausk New Member

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    I'm thinking of going to the pawn shop to look for a 10/22 and a 12 gauge shotgun for my first 2 guns. Will I be able to find a decent deal? And will it be worth buying used? I figure if I am going to upgrade the 22 it would be better to buy used and save a few bucks, and I've heard of people buying shotguns at pawn shops. I'm pretty ignorant to firearms in general, I try to read the forums here but alot of it goes over my head.
     
  2. Laurel

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    A 10/22 is so cheap I'd be more comfortable buying something that I know I've maintained and some hillbilly white trash hasn't made "internal modifications" to.
     
  3. Ford4Life

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    Depending on what kind of shotgun you want, you could get both brand new for under $500 pretty easily.
     
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    If you're totally new to guns and want to buy used, you are best off having someone with you who can help you look things over. I read too many stories of people who had a problem gun and sold it rather than mess with fixing it. Not saying that you can spot every problem by a quick inspection but there are some things that will jump out at you if you know what to look for. Always ask permission to handle a gun in a shop. If the guy behind the counter seems annoyed that you want to check out the bore or do a function check, walk away.

    I'd go new on the 10/22. A good .22 rifle is one of those guns that you will probably never sell even after you add more rifles to your collection. Plenty of guys out there with a safe full of rifles that still enjoy taking out that .22 for some cheap practice. It's also good to have around to take to the range with a friend who is new to shooting.

    Good shotguns can be found used, especially hunting or police trade-in guns which may have some handling wear but not been fired that much. However, a brand new Remington 870 Express or Mossberg 500 12 gauge pump shotgun is very affordable for a basic shotgun setup. Personally, unless it was a really great price used I would prefer a new gun with a warranty.
     
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    That's what I've been seeing. Even if I went to WalMart I could get both for right around $500.







    For a "home defense" shotgun, should I be looking for a shorter barrel (18")?
     
  6. Ford4Life

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    If that is what your primary use will be, then I'd vote yes. You can get a Remington 870, 18" barrel, and the +2 factory mag extension for about $300 new in box.
     
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    Rem 870 Marine!!! :run:
     
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