Basic Gun Battery advice for my son

Basic Gun Battery advice for my son

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    Basic Gun Battery advice for my son

    My son is heading for active duty in the Army and he and I were talking about the "must-have" firearm platforms. Here's my advice: I'm thinking a good .22LR rifle, a 12 gauge pump. For handguns: a 9mm(Glock 19 or 26),a 1911 in 45ACP and a snubnose revolver(38/357). Any thoughts guys??
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    A 30-06 centerfire rifle, maybe an AR? That's all I can come up with.
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    I'd add a .30 caliber bolt action of some sort in there
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    Actually, I have a Model 70 Winchester(purchased new in '79)in 30-06.....best all-around caliber IMHO. Thanks for the reminder!
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    Possibly a pocket pistol/BUG in .380
    A combat rifle of some sort an AR or AK

    Other than that looks like a good list
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    +1 on the .22 and the 12GA. I am not a fan of AR's anymore. Get a nice bolt gun in a practical claiber and a Glock 19 or 26. 1911's are always nice to have too. I don't have one yet because I want to buy it in the configuration I desire right out of the box and that is going to cost $1500ish. Get what you like just make sure you buy good stuff. A good revolver never goes out of style either.

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    If he's heading for the Army, he'll want to get good with what they issue him. The Army isn't big on carrying other guns around.

    If he isn't going into a shooting type job - and the Army has plenty where shooting isn't a big part of one's duties - then it depends on his interests. If he hunts, then a centerfire rifle & a good shotgun are good answers. And no one can go wrong with .22 - rifle and handgun.

    Remember, the Army tends to be a pain about private weapons on base. And if he deploys a lot or goes overseas, it gets tougher. I spent 8 of 25 years in the USAF in foreign countries where I couldn't bring any gun. And for much of my career, I spent 5-6 months/year deployed. Even when in the USA, some of my time was spent in states with restrictive laws or poor access to ranges or land good for shooting.

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    Carried an M16 and then an M-4...like them for their intended purposes, but like a Harley(and an older 1911)you can't stop throwing money at them.Want to give practical advice to the kid. He's going in as an 11B, so he'll get plenty of M4 time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsms View Post
    If he's heading for the Army, he'll want to get good with what they issue him. The Army isn't big on carrying other guns around.

    If he isn't going into a shooting type job - and the Army has plenty where shooting isn't a big part of one's duties - then it depends on his interests. If he hunts, then a centerfire rifle & a good shotgun are good answers. And no one can go wrong with .22 - rifle and handgun.

    Remember, the Army tends to be a pain about private weapons on base. And if he deploys a lot or goes overseas, it gets tougher. I spent 8 of 25 years in the USAF in foreign countries where I couldn't bring any gun. And for much of my career, I spent 5-6 months/year deployed. Even when in the USA, some of my time was spent in states with restrictive laws or poor access to ranges or land good for shooting.
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    Whatever he buys,with the exception of a shotgun maybe(he'll only be 18 this fall)will be here at home. Great advice..thanks!
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    I would second the deep conceal gun which could be the 38/357 depending upon type and a good semi auto rifle. the only other thing I'd add is a 22 pistol. For me you pretty much listed a gun for every situation...

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    Are you getting his opinion on weapons or is he gonna buy all these? I got out of Army (11C) in 2002 and he won't be able to keep them in barracks as far as I know. We we're allowed to keep 1 personal firearm in our Company Arms room, but its a pain to deal with.
    As a Grunt myself, I spent enough time on the range to NOT want to go shoot a personally owned rifle on the weekend. My leisure time was spent on River St. or Tybee Island!
    As for your discussed platform, Gotta have a .22 pistol too!
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    Sorry, overlooked he's keeping them at home.
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    I would say an older/police trade-in/refurbished P220 (.45)....
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    +1 on a good bolt-action rifle. The Mosin Nagants are great values in mil-surp, and ammo is cheap. Super easy to customize, and cheap enough to own several. Also can't go wrong with the Lee Enfields either in .303 British, or the 2A/2A1 versions updated to .308. Silky-smooth bolt action, easy to add scopes or composite stocks and a caliber that can hunt almost anything smaller than an elephant...no rifle collection is complete without at least one of each!

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    Please don't leave out a quality .22 Long Rifle handgun, which ought to be near the top of everyone's list.
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