How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

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    Re: How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

    My Weatherby vanguard s2 is a Japanese made gun, but I bought it a couple of years ago when the s2 line first came out, so they may or may not have changed. If they are still howa barreled actions, then at least that portion of the rifles are Japanese... Excellent shooting rifle either way. My 300 win mag shooting 210gr berger vld hand loads is a 3/4 moa rifle if shooting smaller groups of 3 rounds or so. It does string some if it heats up too much.

    As far as made in America or not, I don't get too hung up on that with firearms. I just try to buy the highest quality I can afford for the task at hand / budget available. On bolt guns it isn't uncommon for me to spend more on the optics than the rifle itself.

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    I avoid buying junk. If the quality isn't up to speed, I pass on it, regardless of where it comes from. For those who tout "American made," it needs to be "American Better" to survive in today's market.
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    Re: How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

    "Made in America" doesn't factor into any of my purchases, including guns. If two items were basically the same (similar price, similar features, etc), I'd maybe go for the American one but otherwise I don't pay attention to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombthrower77 View Post
    Is there a reason you only have American-made guns?
    I'm not against imported guns. But in the last few years I have been drawn more and more towards revolvers so my collection has increased in Ruger revolvers.

    Glocks don't fit my hand well but I acknowledge their quality. H&Ks are out of my price range. I don't like how Springfield masquerades itself as an old American armory when they are really from Croatia or somewhere thereabouts. Sigs are good guns but not up my alley, same with Beretta. I've read/heard that Bersa and CZ are good quality but I have no experience with them. Taurus are just plain junk. I know I'm missing some of the other major imported brands but I've covered the main ones I know of.

    Guns are one of the few remaining well made products produced in America. On another subject I would not even consider buying a modern American made car. The Japs, Germans and Koreans produce far better products. My family had a run of bad luck with Fords and has soured us all on American cars.
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    How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?
    It doesn't. I seek what meets my criteria. Have typically purchased firearms that have been made in the U.S., but several have been European made.
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    I'm not a "made in America" kind of guy, in general, so it doesn't factor into my gun purchases.
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    I like to buy excellence, or at least what I want. This is really an issue for us in MI where there can be a lot of peer pressure to buy American cars. Seems odd to me in a country that values freedom that people would scorn you for exercising it, but I acknowledge their right to their opinion.

    That being said, my next vehicle purchase is likely to be a Ford and my next gun will probably be a Colt 1911 (hope they're still an American company).

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    I buy made in America firearms only. I have made a conscious effort to do so. Sure, I'd like to own some SA or G Lock's but I don't. Maybe someday when the money is flowing like honey, but as for now all of my guns are purpose guns. I don't have a "fully round" collection yet. For example: HD Shotty is something I lack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunsAndViolince View Post
    I like to buy excellence, or at least what I want. This is really an issue for us in MI where there can be a lot of peer pressure to buy American cars. Seems odd to me in a country that values freedom that people would scorn you for exercising it, but I acknowledge their right to their opinion.
    I agree, wholeheartedly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DandLfam View Post
    I buy made in America firearms only. I have made a conscious effort to do so. Sure, I'd like to own some SA or G Lock's but I don't. Maybe someday when the money is flowing like honey, but as for now all of my guns are purpose guns. I don't have a "fully round" collection yet. For example: HD Shotty is something I lack.
    Why have you made a conscious effort?
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    we live in Global economy. I buy what is best suited for the job at an affordable price. I will not support inferior American Union made products just because
    they were made here....and I acutally avoid anything that I can that is made by a Union. My mommy didn't promise me a $50 hour job with a high school education,
    and I don't think Unions are "entitled" to it either. If Unions can produce a product and still be competitive in the marketplace, then kudo's to them.
    If not, they should be eliminated.

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    How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

    I buy the best (according to me) firearm within my budget I can find.

    I'm in the market for a full size, high cap, striker fired, polymer framed, 45acp, without an external safety, without a mag disconnect, and without an internal lock. I'll look for guns that meet that criteria and try them out. All things being equal, I'll buy American. all things are seldom equal though. I'll not compromise on my requirements or on quality in the name of consumer patriotism.

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    I don't care where it comes from just as long as it works and functions like it should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarMachine View Post
    I don't care where it comes from just as long as it works and functions like it should.
    My thoughts exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonker1986 View Post
    we live in Global economy. I buy what is best suited for the job at an affordable price. I will not support inferior American Union made products just because
    they were made here....and I acutally avoid anything that I can that is made by a Union. My mommy didn't promise me a $50 hour job with a high school education,
    and I don't think Unions are "entitled" to it either. If Unions can produce a product and still be competitive in the marketplace, then kudo's to them.
    If not, they should be eliminated.

    ...buy Austrian.
    Or a country that shares a border with them.
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