Okay, now watch where you’re pointing that thing while you answer.
Some guys learn all about weapons in the military. My hat’s off to them. But if you’re just starting out with weapons, I would recommend you start with something a bit more basic and work your way up. Perhaps a handgun. You can still do some serious damage with one of those, too.
For assault rifles, I would recommend you get one for which ammunition is plentiful and for which spare parts are easy to get. Two perennial favorites are the AK-47 and the AR 15. If you’re looking for an AR 15 sale, 5.56 and 7.62 rounds are the most available.
You need to keep a few things in mind with calibers. The 7.62 can dish out more punishment, but these rounds are mostly full metal jacket because of the Geneva conventions. Why is this important? The jacket keeps the round from fragmenting upon entry—doing less damage, everything else being equal. If you’re aiming to disarm an intruder, I would want it to do more damage, not less. Also, recoil is a factor. The 7.62x51mm is going to kick like a mule. Personally, I prefer the 5.56, but if you decide to go with a higher caliber, be sure to try a few rounds, first.
Buy before there is a ban on assault rifles or even a threat of one. Such legislative threats come and go, and they could affect prices. In the current environment, you’ll likely shell out anywhere from $500 to $2,500 for a rifle. Of course, this depends on the features you want, how many magazines you get and how much ammo.
I would go for a gun with a suggested retail price toward the high end. You save yourself more potential aggravation because the better companies spend more time quality checking their product. And make sure they warranty their product. If you get a higher-priced rifle at a substantial markdown, so much the better.
Remember, a gun without ammo is no more than an expensive club and not a very effective one at that. Set aside for 500 rounds of ammo and store it in a cool, dry location. Of course, as a beginner, you’re likely not yet a good shot. I’d set aside enough for 3,000 rounds, plus budget for some serious range time to practice.
With dozens of manufacturers, configurations, types and variants, you could go crazy trying to decide which one to start with. But like I said in the caliber section, either an AK-47 or an AR 15 are good places to start. They have stood the test of time.
One Last Point
Is the safety on?