My wife and I are looking to purchase a gun and the recent deal on the Walther P22 struck my interest enough to actually dare to ask the question.
I have not really used any firearm since I was a teenager in Boy Scouts (about 15 years ago), and my wife is less experienced than me. My wife has a concern about our right to bear arms and wants to buy a gun without the government knowledge. (Potentially have a family member buy the gun for us and we buy from them.) Personally I don't think they are that concerned about citizens like us with guns, and if we get a concealed weapons permit (very probable) it's not like it's going to be a secret anyway.
I'm thinking a 22LR pistol and a shotgun. I know the pistol isn't a big one, but I've read for home safety they are the best because you get less recoil with them and more accuracy in a tense situation which makes them better for home defense. Also I'm more concerned about the cost of ammo than I am about the gun and will be able to financially fire more rounds through a 22LR than a 9mm. (Not that you can actually buy ammo right now.)
This website list a couple of players in the competition pistols that interest me. I've found that everyone loves their Mark III's. They are a bit on the pricey side, and it sounds like they are too hard to dissemble. A local gun store has the Buckmark for $300. The Baretta Neos from buds has caught my eye. I've heard the trigger isn't that nice on them, but it might be a great start for me. I live in Oregon. Anyone have an estimate on how much the FFL/Shipping/Background check will add onto buds cost? I've heard that Cabellas sells the Neos for $270 but it's a good 2 hr drive for me.
For shotgun, I'm thinking 20 gauge? It has more than enough power for me, and ammo is cheaper than the 12? WalMart has some decent pump guns for cheap. I definitely want pump for the sound effects if I need it for personal safety. This will eventually be used for hunting.
I am willing to buy used, but live in central Oregon and the next gun show isn't until the end of the year.
Also I have a major concern about my kids. I live in an 850sqft apartment with two toddlers aged 18mo and 3. I will need someway to keep it away from them. I plan on getting a safe before a gun. Getting the right safe is important to me because about 5 years ago my brothers friend broke into my Dads house, grabbed a grinder and eventually got through his safe. Stole the shotgun, ran to his girlfriends house, police came and killed the kid.
Where is the best place to get a good safe? What will I be looking for in a good gun safe? Recommendations? Price range? Any other child/gun advice would be greatly appreciated as it's my biggest concern.
Also please note that our we are not rich folk and cannot afford the beautiful guns that a lot of our peers here at FWF will be able to consider.
Lastly please keep this on topic. This is something that I am sincerely interested in and do not want this thread locked because someone isn't respectful to the topic.
Any advice is appreciated.