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

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

    I was just posting to another thread and made the observation that of all the handguns I've ever owned, only one has come from an "American" company, although more may have been assembled here. I don't take it into consideration when making my choices. However, it may be that I avoid guns and some makers with bad quality or durability reputations, and that seems to fall more heavily onto the American firms, which may or may not be backed up by the data.
    Would enjoy hearing your take on it.
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    All of my guns are American made.

    However, I could swear by the looks of it that my Kel Tec PF9 was made in a dimly lit Chinese garage.
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    Still looking for a "made in Japan" 9mm or 45...Made in Japan used to be a joke....now they make the finest products on the planet.....they should make guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    All of my guns are American made.

    However, I could swear by the looks of it that my Kel Tec PF9 was made in a dimly lit Chinese garage.
    Is there a reason you only have American-made guns?
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    I buy quality over location of manufacture. I want it to go bang when I need it, regardless of where it comes from. I own several USA made firearms ( 2 rugers, a smith and wesson, a marlin, mossbergs) and several that are not ( glock, CVA, )
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    Re: How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

    Quote Originally Posted by dben002 View Post
    Still looking for a "made in Japan" 9mm or 45...Made in Japan used to be a joke....now they make the finest products on the planet.....they should make guns
    They've made Brownings and Howas for years.

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    The majority of my handguns/rifles are American made, others are imported by large well known American companies such as Springfield. If there is an equivalent American gun produced in America by Americans I will purchase it over a like foreign produced gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dben002 View Post
    Still looking for a "made in Japan" 9mm or 45...Made in Japan used to be a joke....now they make the finest products on the planet.....they should make guns
    They do. Winchester, Browning and Weatherby rifles are currently made in Japan. My S&W shotgun (c. 1982) was made in Japan. All are high quality guns, nicely finished.

    But to the OP's question, "made in America" does not consciously enter my firearm purchasing decisions. I just looked at my list and other than my milsurp guns (Russian, Swiss and Yugoslavian), only three guns are of non-US manufacture, the aforementioned S&W shotgun, a Beretta shotgun, and a CZ-75. In general, I look for rugged, quality guns, regardless of where they're made. The Browning Hi-Power and a couple more CZs are on my wish list.
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    Just for me and the rest can do what they please but from now on I will only purchase firearms from manufactures that have taken a stand for 2a in some fashion like Smith Ruger on their websites and Larue Olympic Magpul and York.
    The ones that dont I dont need.
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    Smitty, I think all the Weatherby rifles are made in Paso Robles, California now.
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    Three of the four firearms I own are US made. That's not by deliberate choice, just that three of the four I wanted to own happened to be US made.
    I'm more than happy to "Buy American," but I have no pangs of conscience when I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dben002 View Post
    Still looking for a "made in Japan" 9mm or 45...Made in Japan used to be a joke....now they make the finest products on the planet.....they should make guns
    Miroku Corporation (Browning, Winchester, branded as Miroku in the european markets) and the Howa Machinery Company make some of the finest firearms you can buy.
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    How does "Buy American" factor into your weapons preference?

    The main consideration in purchasing a firearm should be reliability, not geography. I own S&W, Ruger, SA, Beretta, Bersa, and Uberti firearms - all of them very reliable. By the way, some of my "American" guns, Ruger SR22 and S&W M&P .22 are designed and manufactured by Walther, a German company.
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    I have many american made firearms as well as imported ones. All imports consist of Beretta, Benelli, and Sako's.

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    I buy whichever i think will most likely keep me an alive American... Oh, and it has to look cool.

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