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I think I am going to get a new gun this year. I am currently pondering these options:
The real thing, these are decommisioned guns from the U.S. Army sold by the Civillian Marksmanship Program.
Not Going to be available much longer
Should be pretty accurate
Fairly Expensive ($450-500)
Luck of the draw as to what rifle they send you
Uses common .30-06 ammunition, the gas system cannont hand many commercial loads so therefore handloading may be nessecary
Unissued battle rifle. Ten round fixed magazine, some versions come with a bayonet and muzzle mounted NATO spec rifle grenade launcher.
Even unissued will probably need refinishing due to being stored in comsoline
Not terribly accurate
I want to go deer hunting this fall. A new slug shotgun may cost less than buying a slug barrel for one of the guns I already own.
Practical use, will not just be a range gun
I know my shotguns, and how to pick a good one
Kicks like the dickens
Already have two shotguns
Probably will not see much use besides hunting
You need to be 21 to buy a handgun, and in May 2008 I will be. If I saved I could buy something really special, like this: http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=007B&cat_id=051&type_id=003
I would get a really nice gun
Handguns are a totally different form of shooting
Ammo is affordable
Damn that is a fine gun
Have to wait
Keep a Lookout
Sometimes a used gun comes in that is a steal, like a pump 6mm deer/varminting combo rifle I saw this summer for $250.
Could Be Useful
Not a sure thing
I might be able to combine one of these with the pistol if I am lucky. Anyways, vote!
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The .30 Carbine round only is defficient when you are comparing it to the contemporary battle rifle rounds, like the .30-06, .303 British or the 7.62x54r.
The .30 Carbine far surpasses most pistol rounds. The muzzle energy is similar to a .44 Magnum, and at 100 yards it actually has retained more energy than said magnum because it is more ballistically effiecient. There is simply no comparision between the .30 Carbine and auto pistol rounds. Remember, the M1 Carbine was designed to replace many 1911 pistols with a weapon that was more accurate and more effective.
On another note, if you want to get a Garand or a Carbine I'd get my stuff together and order one from the CMP. The Carbines are probably going to last only a couple of months and the higher grade Garands are getting rapidly depleted.
Ordering is pretty easy too. You fill out a form and have it notarized and then provide evidence of participating in a marksmanship activity (a copy of a Hunter's Education card will suffice) and membership in a recognized club (you can join the Garand Collectors Association for something like $20 a year). You send the papers and in a few weeks you get the rifle. Pretty damn cool.