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Most of my guns are American made. That in itself is not a deciding factor on whether I buy it or not. If I like it and the reviews on the gun are positive, I'll probably buy it. I don't really care who made it.
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- Does it meet my functional requirements? The gun has to have the features I'm looking for including acceptable handling.
- Is the specific model known for good quality? I want it to perform reliably and durably.
- Does the manufacturer stand behind their product by providing good customer service and warranty? If I have a problem with the gun, I want to have a good experience getting it resolved.
- Is the ammo affordable? I'll spend a lot more on ammo than the gun and if the cost/round is reasonable, I'll shoot it a lot more.
- Is the gun affordable? If multiple guns meet the preceding factors, I'll buy the less expensive one if it costs less by a considerable margin.
- Is it American made? If multiple guns meet the preceding factors, I'd rather spend my money in-country where my friends, relatives, and countrymen need jobs.
I have never consciously thought through this, but I think that pretty much describes how I buy things in general except of course #4 would not apply for other kinds of products.
Being American-made will certainly swing a gun into favor if I'm choosing between similar firearms, but it's not a top priority. Lots of junkers are American-made, and lots of quality weapons are made overseas. "American" does not equal "good".
If I'm on the fence of two comparable guns, say the Glock 17 or S&W M&P 9, and all is equal, I shoot both equally well, cost isn't an issue.. I go smith all day every day because of the American made factor
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I try and purchase Made in USA but with todays market conditions its not always possible.
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
I just go for quality over where they are made. I have noticed a trend that I have though and I noticed that I prefer pistols made in Germany and Austria and rifles made in America.
I don't care where its made. I care about the quality.
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1972 Marlin 336 RC .35, 1922 Walther Model 4, 1933 Walther DSM 34, High Standard 1954 22LRI prefer to be judged by 12 then carried by 6
Quality before country...
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When it comes to a buying a tool for defense I don't care where it's made or what it looks like, only that it performs reliably and accurately.
Not at all. I buy quality from wherever its made. Its like cars...make a good American car and I'll buy it. Otherwise, its back to the Honda dealer every 3 years.
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Quality, form, function, and reliability are my first considerations. Made in America is great, but I won't be a slave to that requirement. Presented with two weapons that equally meet those criteria, I would buy the American made product provided I did not have to pay a premium to do so.
Obvioulsy functionality and reliablity as the top factor in my decision. But like most people, cost wieghs heavily when all criteria equal out.
Understanding that it's a global economy, I will try and purchase Made in USA, but it's not always possible.
Intresting enough, as I think about my collection, I own more American made firearms (S&W, Ruger, Ithaca, Remington, Mossberg, and Crown City arms) then I do foreign-made (Glock).
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Last edited by JJBat150; February 17th, 2013 at 12:51 PM.
I won't buy an inferior product simply because it's made in the U.S. but I definitely do my homework prior to purchasing and will buy American made if it meets my criteria. Keeping my money stateside is a win for myself and my countrymen.