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Wedding Gift Help

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Smitty619, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Smitty619

    Smitty619 Portland, OR Member

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    Hey,

    Best friend is getting married in May... He and another friend paid for my honeymoon. Plus he is a former Marine. So there is no question that I'm doing something nice for him.

    I've teamed up with another friend to go half on a gift. $1,000 budget.

    Ideas:
    1. Nice 1911 for him (not sure of brand.. needs to be American made.)
    2. Matching Henry .22 rilfes for him and her.
    3. Same caliber Rilfe and handgun combo... (.44 mag or 357)

    Is this even doable?

    Your help would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Great friend! It really depends on the kind of 1911 that he wants... GI, Go Colt; upgraded, a Ruger SR1911 is hard to beat, best semi custom, Dan Wesson Valor, but that's a little above your price range.

    The Ruger was $680 at NW Armory
    The Valor is closer to $1400, I think, Buds shows it at $1500, but you can usually find it a little cheaper at Keith's or NW Armory.
     
  3. BVB

    BVB PDX Active Member

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    #1 very possible, Ruger might be a good choice.
    #2 very possible again, matching Henry golden boys.
    #3 possible, maybe not american made. Rossi lever and Ruger, S&W,.. handgun. might find a great deal on a Winchester lever action. as for bolt action rifle, going to be a little more difficult to find the combo for the price point.
    #4 THANK YOU AND YOUR FELLOW MARINES FOR YOU SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Can you even give guns away these days?
    The Ruger is a darn nice firearm.. don't forget some ammo etc.
     
  5. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Send them through Dave Ramseys financial peace university then get a nice gun or two with the remainder.
     
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  6. Smitty619

    Smitty619 Portland, OR Member

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    Thanks. This is great. I'm going to look up the ruger.

    BVB- My friend was a Marine. Not me. I will pass along your Thank you to him.
     
  7. LogicBomb

    LogicBomb Grants Pass Active Member

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    matching shotguns...you know it IS a wedding
     
  8. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    My Commander SR1911 has a tighter fit than my Colt Series 80. The trigger was better on the Colt, and little lighter, but the Ruger was hands down more accurate.
     
  9. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Oooooh, Beretta O/U!
     
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    Audrey Willamette Valley Active Member

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    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    This gives new meaning of a shotgun wedding.....

    :rofl1:
     
  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Five thousand hacksaw blades. tsk
     
  13. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Awesome to hear that you guys are great friends and are willing to do stuff like that for each other.

    I know this might put a kabash on your gift idea, but you may want to be careful about the "straw deal" issue.

    Awesome idea. A great gesture. I would only suggest, for your own sake, be careful how you proceed.
     
  14. Smitty619

    Smitty619 Portland, OR Member

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    I just stopped in at The Gun Broker on my lunch. I told the guy some of the ideas. He offered a few of his own.

    Remington R1 1911 for him
    Remington R51 (9mm) for her
    Or
    Ruger SR1911 for him
    Ruger LC-9 or SR22 for her.

    Not a bad idea right? Keeps us under budget and leaves some money for ammo, holsters or something.
     
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The Rugers are made in the US and the Remingtons may well be made in the Philippines or such.. not real sure though.
     
  16. Smitty619

    Smitty619 Portland, OR Member

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    "straw deal"

    If it comes down to it. We'll take him to the store and let fill the paper work out. Just give him the money.

    Thanks for the heads up tho. Never heard of that before.
     
  17. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just my two cents...

    A commemorative type pistol, engraved with USMC and his service dates with a Marine Corps flag in a case would be pretty special.
     
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  18. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Definitely matching pistols.

    Or do as a buddy of mine did. He named his son Henry. Called into Henry arms and got his son a 22 with a personalized serial for his birthdate.

    An inexpensive route would be get matching AR lowers with custom serials. You may have to call around, I know there's some manufacturers out there that do custom serials.
     
  19. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Pffft. A gift is a gift. Given the special occasion, there can be little doubt as to your intentions.
     
  20. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Pay no mind to the Straw purchase thing. That is buying a firearm for someone who can't legally buy it on there own.
     
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