After his gun safety class Porter worked on his marksmanship and I tried out my new Ruger SR22.
I need to rip it apart and deep clean it.
I also need to start going to the range and getting some trigger time in.
I’ve never really cared too much about guns. They’ve always been my boyfriend’s thing. He’s suggested I get my own several times before, and while I thought it would be a good time, I never really thought to myself, “I really want that gun.” But this little pistol, I find myself desiring more than anything else. It’s really, really strange and I don’t know why I’m writing this, But that SR22 will be mine.
Today I got my crate (880 rounds) of silver tip 7.62x54r in the mail. I’m currently repainting my ammo crate and reorganizing my safe so I figured I would take a quick photo while everything is out. A majority of my magazines and clips are still in boxes from the move so they aren’t pictured. Hope you enjoy!
Pictured from left to right descending: Mosin Nagant 91/30 w/bayonet, SKS, WASR-10, Benelli Supernova, Mosin Nagant 91/30 w/bayonet, Remington 700 SPS Varmint, Custom Built AR-15 By Me, Custom Built AR-15 By Me, Ruger 10/22, Mosin Nagant M44, Springfield Armory 9mm XD Subcompact w/Viridian C5L, Springfield Armory 9mm XD Subcompact, Ruger SR22.
Buying your first firearm can be a lengthy research project(as it should be!) via YouTube, online websites, magazines, etc.
I was not raised around firearms, nor did I have any intentions of getting into firearms but it has escalated quickly by how enjoyable they are to shoot, the right to defend myself and loved ones, collect, hold their values, and enjoy with others. While it isn’t the cheapest of hobbies anymore, it has its benefits and rewards.
I’m no expert, nor have I claimed to be. I have been around firearms since I was 16 and am now a photographer in the firearms industry, attending SHOT Shows, NRA Conventions, and shooting events.
First time buyers guide explained:
Those of you who are looking to purchase a firearm/s for the first time.
1. Take a gun safety course!
Firearm safety is vital to any purchaser, you have to know how to be safe with it on the range, during transportation, and disassembly/reassembly. Firearms are an inanimate object but can still cause bodily harm or death.
2. Familiarize yourself with the different firearms
There are shotguns, pistols, and rifles(not getting into SBR’s and SBS’s today).
3. What are you going to be using the firearm for?
Pistols can be purchased in a wide array of calibers. Ranging in carry sizes to completion or hunting.
Rifles have several action types, bolt action, semi-auto, lever action, and pumps.
Shotguns as well, bolt action, pump, semi-auto, and lever action.
4. What’s your price range?
Keep in mind everything when it comes to pricing:
Quality and dependability. You want a firearm that’ll last a lifetime. You shouldn’t have to worry about a firearm that might not function at the range, or in a moment your life depends on it.
Don’t forget to include ammunition, carrying case, a safe to lock it in, holster, different accessories, etc. to be included in your budget.
Now for some more specific points:
I always recommend a great .22lr for everyone’s first firearm. Or at least go out with a friend and familiarize yourself with a .22lr. They’re cheap to shoot, very little recoil, and gets you accustom to firearms.
Some recommended .22lr firearms include:
Ruger 10/22. Can be had for around $200, used or new. Can be customized to your liking. Lifetime warranty(transferable).
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22. The best AR style .22lr available. Disassembles just like a AR(bolt design and standard blowback system is different than AR’s).
S&W M&P 22 Compact. One of the best .22lr pistols available. Familiarizes you to standard pistol designs for later purchases.
Ruger SR22 Pistol. Without a doubt, the most reliable, any ammo eating pistol available. Lifetime warranty(transferable).
Glock 42, 43, 26, and 30.
My four pistols of choice.
42: soft shooting .380ACP. Striker fired pistol with a smooth trigger with dozens of holster options available.
43: a bit bigger than the 42, but packs the punch of a 9mm.
26: bigger and thicker, but holds 10+1 or 12+1 with mag plates. 9mm
30: thicker yet, but holds 10+1 in .45 ACP.
Other quality pistol manufacturers:
Springfield Armory, S&W, Beretta, Ruger, and Walther.
Self Defense rifles:
Quality but on a tight budget:
Ruger AR-556. Lifetime warranty, AR carbine that is a huge bang for your buck. Around $600, you get a rifle that is ready to shoot out of the box.
Smith and Wesson M&P15. Different models available but you can find these just about anywhere and are similar to the Ruger.
Do not recommend rifles:
Bushmaster, DPMS, Colt, etc. there’s nothing wrong with them, but you can find better customer service elsewhere, better quality for lesser or equal money. Colt is a company who just filed bankruptcy and may not be around to warranty your rifle. They’ve always been heavy on not supporting the civilian market which is shameful and I don’t feel the need to pay higher prices for colts due to their name brand.
I prefer my Winchester 1300’s because of their smooth action, back trigger guard pump release, and their choke system.
Remington 870’s quality has dramatically weakened over the past 5-10 years.
Other quality shotgun manufacturers:
Benelli, Beretta, Kel-Tec, FNH, & CZ.
I wrote this without structure and I know some of you have wanted a guide. If you have anymore questions, comments, if I missed something, etc. please chime in! Reblog, add your recommendations to the list. I’m not expert, just a person who is passionate about firearms, and the second amendment.
I will more than likely come out with a full firearms guide in relation to different firearms instead of clumping it all into one like this.
For example, a write-up on AR’s, a write-up on Glocks, etc.
Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen. I’m just getting started!!