Friends don’t let friends buy Hi Points – or Lorcins or Cobras or whatevers.
He has a point. Guns are expensive, All guns, even the cheap ones. My buddy who has the hi-point I think paid $100 for his used. That’s a super-duper low-price for a working firearm, its also an amount of money I wouldn’t throw away. Yeah I spent like $1.25 on a bag of Pork Rinds Just because I was hungry, and I knew it would kinda G33k Jay out. Plus I was South of the Mason Dixon, I needed something fried, and something made of pig, and something spicy, and that met all three challenges right out of the bag! But spending $1.25 on some pig product or $10 on a knife (BTW they’re worth twice that in quality if you ask me. Great knives!) is money you might not be too concerned about if the product goes bust. Hell when I was shopping for a Cell phone battery for my cell, I found the AT&T store rate was like $30+ But a little searching I found one for a lot less When I saw the price difference I kinda freaked out. But then I realized, what if I was wrong? What if this super-cheap battery was totally junk? If it was junk, fuck it, I’d toss it in the trash and buy the more expensive battery, and I’d have answered that “what if” question.
But now fast-forward to a $90 Hi-point, or a $150 Cobra. Or you can even go up to a $300 Filipino 1911 clone. What will you do if you’re wrong and the gun is totally junk? Even more, if this is a defensive arm, what will you do if your gun proves to be junk when your life is on the line?
As I mentioned here and others pointed out in the comments, there are SCADS of good deals for adequate and quality carry guns for relatively short money. No you won’t be able to buy a working Glock, or Sig, or even a CZ-82 for $100, but if you’re going to use the gun to defend your life, can’t you find some extra money lying around?
Do you have a cellphone? We should all have a cellphone for safety reasons, and I never leave home without mine, but why don’t you buy a pre-paid cell, and just keep it for emergencies, and wait to get home, or bum friend’s phones to make personal calls.
Do you have Cable? Dump it for a year and pocket the proceeds.
Do you eat out? Buy a damn cook book, and make some simple meals for considerably less money.
Hell I used Caleb’s quote in the beginning of the post, but I have to razz him. He has Racked up some impressive competition scores using various competition guns….but for a good while he was carrying .25 Beretta Hardly a “Junk Gun”, but all the money on guns and ammo, he couldn’t pick up something of similar size and weight in a better-performing caliber?
So if you are making the step into carrying a personal defense arm, don’t go cheap. You don’t have to break the bank, but if all you can afford are the cheapest guns and the cheapest holsters, maybe you should do some budgeting to save up a little and get something that will not only last, but serve you better.
Now comes the 2nd part. All those nifty inexpensive, but reputable guns I was talking about? I Can’t buy most of them! No used Glocks, no Police Trade-in Sigs, no Rock Island 1911s, Nothing from Kel-Tec. Hell I can’t even buy the Cobra guns I reviewed, nor a Raven, a Lorcin, or a Hi-point. This state wants to ban ALL GUNS and will take whatever it can to get closer to that goal.
I own a Jennings pistol
Yep thats it between a very nice Colt 1908 .25, and a Very nice S&W1911Sc. Both guns are probably worth 3x the value of the Jennings. Why do I have it? Big #1, because Massachusetts says I shouldn’t have something like that, and its too “Dangerous”. How do I have it? Well it happened to be in this state before the “Junk Gun” laws took effect, so its grandfathered in.
Also Its similar in size and weight to the .25, but eats CONSIDERABLY cheaper .22 ammo, and actually its kinda fun to shoot.
So here I’ll toss in a saving grace for gun rights and the gun industry. If you see a cheap gun and it amuses you, BUY IT. If you have a Dremel and some metal files and think it might be fun to figure out gunsmiths, a Cobra Patriot might be a good “Project Gun”, buy one, take it apart and see if you can un-fuck the trigger. If you screw up, and ruin the gun you just learned a lesson a lot cheaper than if you’d fucked up a Colt 1911. And maybe you can get your money back on the ruined gun!
If you just want to collect cheap guns because they’re cheap and collecting things is fun, Go ahead! There are all sorts of reasons to love cheap guns.
Just don’t trust your life with one, PLEASE!