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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nokiafan88, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. nokiafan88

    nokiafan88 Portland Member

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    Hey this is Richard here, I have been very fascinated by guns for a very long time but just never have been serious about it. I want to take this as a hobby as I like to collect things and its nice to have a gun for self defense in these crazy times. I am still very green when it comes to guns and sorry for being the total noob but hope that this community can tolerate with me haha. I hope to meet new people and importantly learn new things about firearms and safety.
     
  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Welcome.
     
  3. nokiafan88

    nokiafan88 Portland Member

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    Thanks, I just went to my first gun show yesterday at the expo center and had a great time. The community seems very nice and open with first timers like myself. I am looking forward to meeting new folks and still learning about the differences between different calibers and such.
     
  4. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Careful; many people new to the sport/hobby don't realize firearms are capable of breeding. My wife was SHOCKED one day when she saw the reproduction that had taken place in the safe. To be honest, I kind of was too :laugh:
     
  5. nokiafan88

    nokiafan88 Portland Member

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    Haha yeah I know what you mean by that, honestly when it comes to collecting which is a hobby of mine. This kind of thing seems very addicting, especially with the nice variety of firearms available. I had a difficult time convincing the lady at home but as of late, she has been very interested in firearms.
     
  6. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    The nice thing is if you do not overpay it is not likely you will lose much if any money even short-term if you decide to sell in order to try something different. Long-term you will just about always come out ahead since the value will go up if you take care of it. Also, working out trades with other members here is great way to try different firearms without having to buy new ones every time you want to try something different. If the trade value you put on something is fair, and you are not in a hurry, you can usually find someone you can work out a win/win trade with.
     
  7. nokiafan88

    nokiafan88 Portland Member

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    Thanks, ill keep that in mind. I noticed that some of the used firearms that the vendors had were close enough to the same price of a new one. I believe that it is best to either trade with a member here instead of sending money down the drain. It kinda sucks some times, you think that you may like the firearm but once your fire it, you might have a different impression. But anyways, thanks again for the helpful advice. I use to buy, sell and trade cars and seriously lost a lot of money doing that. Just hope that firearms dont depreciate too crazy
     
  8. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum!
     
  9. nokiafan88

    nokiafan88 Portland Member

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    thanks
     
  10. RifleEnthusiast

    RifleEnthusiast Close to Oregon City Active Member

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    Welcome to the forums, am a fairly newbie myself, let me give you a few pieces of advice:
    1. You WILL spend a lot of money on this hobby :) There's no way out..
    2. Spend once and as much as you can afford on the things you want, if you go for the 'cheaper' stuff "for now", you will end up buying the high end stuff in the long run and spending more.
     
  11. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Welcome. shooting can be loads of fun. A good first handgun would be a full size semi auto 22. Like the Ruger 5 inch bull barrel . It is cheap and fun to shoot and most important it will teach you to shoot with out flinching. And then move to a larger caliber self defense pistol. So many good choices out there it is overwhelming. good luck
     
  12. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    If there is a particular firearm you are interested in, there are a few ranges that can rent you that firearm so you can try before you buy.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the addiction, there is a whole universe of knowledge and experiences to absorb
     
  14. SG85

    SG85 503 Member

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    Welcome to your new expensive hobby!