GUN If you were in my position, what would you get first? (shotgun vs handgun)

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Which should I get?

  1. Shotgun

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  2. Handgun

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    57.6%
  1. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    I'm on a super tight budget but I want to start saving now, so obviously price is a big consideration. I want an 870 express or a Glock 26. I already have an AK in 5.45 and a 10/22. Part of me wants to just go ahead and get the shotgun first since that would be the most fun and versatile. Shooting paper gets old after about an hour or so, and shooting skeet would be a nice change of pace. Plus in lower Michigan you can't hunt with rifles, only shotguns and bows so a shotgun would open me up for hunting. Also I can no longer use my rifle for home defense because the previously vacant apartment next to me now has a family living in it. A shotgun would be much more suitable than a rifle or handgun for HD.

    On the other hand with the changing political climate, pistols might become illegal and/or might have to jump through more hoops to get one where a pump shotgun will probably be legal forever. I'd also like to carry the pistol, but I wouldn't be able to on most days because of school and I work at a hospital. :dunno:

    What does WMD think?
     
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    Soybomb New Member

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    If you can't carry, a shotgun.
     
  3. sprite

    sprite Active Member

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    Glock 19 then go shoot USPSA at Capital City Rifle Club.
     
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    itchiban New Member

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    Handgun.
     
  5. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Oh snap, I didn't even know there was a range in Williamston. :eek3: That's a stone's throw away from me, like maybe 10 minutes.
     
  6. If you can't carry it, and you're concerned about home defense, I'd get the shotgun.
     
  7. sprite

    sprite Active Member

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    They're a really active club too. They're hosting the Michigan Sectional this year.
     
  8. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    I never really thought about shooting USPSA but the idea intrigues me. I've only maybe shot 100 rounds through any type of pistol before. How long does it take until you're good enough to compete?
     
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    sprite Active Member

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    If you can handle your gun safely and know how it functions then you are good enough to compete. How long until your "competitive" is a whole nother story. If the club is that close then go just go watch a match. It will give you a good idea of how everything works and you'll see the types of equipment people are using.

    I can't search but you can... AB13 started a good thread along the lines of "USPSA & IDPA 101" that has a pretty good overview of getting into competitive handgun shooting.
     
  10. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Yeah I just read that thread, thanks for the heads up. :coold:
     
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    sprite Active Member

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    This coming weekend are the Area 5 Championships at South Kent Sportsmans Club over in Dorr... just south of Grand Rapids.

    I'll be working that match as an RO. Nearly 300 shooters are squadded, including a bunch of Grand Masters and several guys who will be representing the US in Bali at the World Shoot this year.
     
  12. springy101

    springy101 When god comes and calls me to his kingdom, I'll t

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    For the same price as that Glock you could get an 870 express and add on a pistol grip, side saddle, extended magazine tube, etc.
     
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    Also, any suitable ammo for self-defense will go through walls...no two ways about it. That includes self-defense shotgun ammo...
     
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    hunting > handguns
     
  15. Initial E

    Initial E New Member

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    G26 son

    You'll love it once you get it.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    In the end, you'll own both. My first gun, however, was a Remington 870... and I still think it was a fine choice.
     
  17. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Post pics of your glocks :big grin:
     
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    Initial E New Member

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    The day I brought her home. No new pics due to lack of decent camera. :( A new MTAC made a recent addition to the family though. :)

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  19. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    The poll is tied but I'm leaning towards the pistol just so I can compete. :hs:
     
  20. If you're interested in competing with the pistol, then take my vote away from the shotgun and move it to the pisol. Not tied anymore. :)
     
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    870 >>>>>> *
     
  22. Wave

    Wave Carlos Spicy Weiner

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    Hold off on the 26 and get a 19. Not that there is anything wrong with a G26, but it is pretty small. A 19 is easy to conceal but still big enough to enjoy shooting in just about every situation.
     
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    I agree. However my situation was sorta the opposite. I went into the gun store looking to buy the G19. I thought I was pretty much dead set on it. Fondled both of them and figured the G26 would be a tad more comfortable to carry.

    That's not saying that I wont ever get a G19. But I agree, it's a more of a combat pistol. Which in turn is a good thing.
     

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