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Old 08-01-2016, 11:02 AM
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Greetings, I'm looking to pick up a few toys to add to my collection, but don't confuse me with a collector. I haven't bought a gun in 30 years, so I'm completely out of touch with makes/models, pricing, etc. As such, I'd like to ask for some advice on buying a few new guns so I don't make a mistake and/or get overcharged.

Based on research and recommendations, I'm looking at the following 3 guns:

1. Ruger Red Hawk, 44 Magnum, Stainless (still deciding on barrel, but likely 5")
2. Ruger AR-556
3. CZ 75 SP-01

I'm open to other options at or below the price points of these guns, though I'm pretty firm on the Red Hawk. There's a gun show coming up this weekend, but I wonder if I could get the same or better pricing from a local dealer without the hassle of going to the show, which has become like Disney World, and I do not like crowds in the least! I'd like to get the best price possible, but know nothing about discounts, mark-up's, etc.

Any advice/guidance would be most appreciated!!

Thanks!
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Check Bud's Gun online. They usually have a very competitive price. That will get you in the ballpark.
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Why the Red Hawk and in 44mag?
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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post
Why the Red Hawk and in 44mag?
Don't know why, but I've wanted one for years...
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lay off the ruger AR. JMHO
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
Don't know why, but I've wanted one for years...
No worries, the other two choices looked like home/personal defense type choices and if you have not shot a 44mag before it can be a handful.
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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post
No worries, the other two choices looked like home/personal defense type choices and if you have not shot a 44mag before it can be a handful.
Yes, I've shot the Reghawk before (7"), and it's indeed a handful!
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Originally Posted by eddie102870 View Post
lay off the ruger AR. JMHO
Any other suggestions? It seems to be universally well received, but as I mentioned, I'm nowhere near intelligent on the matter...
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The Redhawk is a soft shooter with 44 special loaded into it. A good way to practice and enjoy that gun. Price point about $500 used for a 7 inch (or is it 7.5? cant recall). I bought two of them one time with scopes on them for $450 each. Still have one of those. I think they go for close to $750 new last I looked.

Ruger AR556 is a really good choice. A nice twist and some nice features. Very reliable with good ammo. Price point is just about $600 to $620. Like the way the hand guards come off easily. Like the grip. Trigger is just so so but easy to upgrade to a nicer drop in if you want. Mine, I can live with. Mines pretty good. Of the budget ARs entry level I like it the best. But they all close.

CZ I got no idea. Never owned one. Haven't priced them lately.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
Of the budget ARs entry level I like it the best. But they all close.
Thanks....I was also considering the S&W MP-15....
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I have one of S&W's higher models. Tactical I think its called. Fine gun and everyone I know that has bought the Sport and Sport 2 is quite happy with them. A good choice. I just liked a few things Ruger did with theirs just a "pubic hair" better is all.
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Thanks....Is it better to buy local, or buy online?
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Depends. I always like to keep a relationship with my local Gun Stores. It may sometimes be worth a few dollars to cultivate one. That often gets you some discounts and some extra effort getting a problem solved. Like shipping back to the Manufacturer. Or a 30 day we will exchange it if need be. And also the fact you get to inspect the one and chose through a couple if they have stock. Things like that. If you can, buy local as long as its not too expensive. Figure in the cost of shipping (if any) and cost of transfer but don't forget sales taxes. Then see if you local will come close or match.
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CZ top quality, accurate, I have, err may have some.
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Thats one manufacturer on my list Schmalz. Thanks for the recommend.
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http://www.armslist.com/classifieds/tampa
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Post what you think of the CZ if you get it. Love the CZ75 I bought overseas years a go. Was thinking of adding the SP01 this winter. Unless I hold out for the Dan Wesson.
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Armslist is the BEST place to buy.
ONLY buy in person, NEVER send $$$.
Meet in a public place.
Sign a billl of sale but NEVER put your address on it. Just your name, phone # and ccw permit # or drivers license #. Get the sellers license plate #, even without him knowing it and write it on the bill of sale.
Take a 2nd person with you to meet if you like.
Talk on the phoen once before meeting
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OP, what is your intended use? The three guns you listed don't really have anything in common or are you looking at buying all three?

I'm a die hard CZ fan. You can't go wrong with the SP-01 tactical. If you really want a true tack driver, purchase one through https://cajungunworks.com/ They take a fine gun and turn it into a masterpiece.

Here's mine-
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I almost bought the super RedHawk last month. It was on sale at gander for 630 as I remember. As another poster said the 44 special ammo is comfortable to shoot but it's tuff to find by me.

I would stay away from that AR. Do a little research and build your own. Much more fun.

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