You can't just recommend a gun to someone at random..
What's your height, build, eyesight? Are you familiar with shooting already? Sorry for being the negative captain obvious, but some people can't handle some guns.. And if you're looking to own one, start with something you can master, gain muscle memory and skill with it, and then look into something a little bigger. Unless you're under rigorous training, it's very hard to master heavier weapons when you don't have the general aptitude for firing a gun to begin with.
I'll be able to handle a .22. But just for lolz, I'm 6'4'', athletic and wear corrective glasses. Also, in case you did not see: "Location:Fort Bliss, TX " "Active Army Military Service Member" I'll be ok handling a weapon, rofl.
Anyhow, time for a rant session after going around shopping.
First comes the PX, or Personal Exchange on post. I go there and they have the Carbine model which is what I was, for $225, and obviously the PX charges no tax on their sales. However, they tell me on the spot before handing me the rifle that I have to be 21 before purchasing. I obviously brought up that Texas law is 18 years old for a rifle, and even Federal law states the same thing. They then tell me that the post command for Fort Bliss put it at 21, though I'm pretty sure that is violating my right to purchase a rifle as a 20 year old? A military installation can go against Federal law? Anyhow, I then asked, since my wife is going to be 21 in a few months if she could buy it for me and gift it to me for a special occasion, which is legal in Texas and not considered a straw purchase if given as a gift and payment is not repaid back. The man at the PX stated that it would be frowned upon and not allowed, which again, I'm pretty sure is illegal to deny my wife the right to do such a thing.
Then I go to Walmart and find the same rifle for $25 bucks more (The price listed in my other post). I try to buy it, and get told the guy that can sell rifles does not come in till 5PM, which is crazy since it was noon when I was told this and also called before going there. So, I then ask what the process will be for purchasing, and he stated that since I don't have a Texas ID, I need to bring in my ID, PCS orders, and a 30-60-90, 30 days prior bill for a utility, 60 days prior for a utility, and 90 days prior for a utility. Not ever hearing of this, I ask to speak to a manager who ventures over in just under 30 minutes. He states that I MUST have a Texas ID to purchase, which we then argued about since in all reality with Texas law, YOU DO NOT. He then stated that all I need is ID and PCS orders, which I had on hand, though the worker that can sell guns won't be there till 5PM.
So, back at my home now, waiting till later to see if this purchase can even work. I cannot believe the runaround by business down here when I am of legal age and have the documents on hand with money to purchase the rifle. So idiotic.
Edited by gebraset, 10 March 2012 - 01:11 PM.