So you decided to jump on the black rifle bandwagon, huh? Or you read CTD Mike’s post about one gun to rule them all. Either way, you’ve decided you’re Team AR-15. Well, good for you. You could do much worse than a CMMG carbine. CMMG is a newer company that has just somewhat recently joined the AR-15 market. They make all the components to their rifles in-house, with the exception of custom rifle orders, in Missouri. The CMMG is an accurate and reliable rifle. It has a 16-inch chrome moly vanadium steel HBAR barrel with an A2 flash hider, a forged A3 upper receiver, and holds 30 rounds of 5.56x45mm NATO. Don’t freak out, this ammo is easy to find. It is compatible with .223 Remington, which may sound more familiar to you. The CMMG mid-length carbine includes a Magpul MBUS folding rear sight. All of us here at Cheaper Than Dirt have Magpul MBUS folding sights. We trust ‘em and know they are good. Another bonus of the CMMG rifles is their M4 feed ramps, which don’t always show up on rifles at this price point. They also have a MIL-SPEC fire control group, MIL-SPEC 0.250 diameter take down pins, and a MIL-SPEC ribbed reinforced stock. I promise you, these are all really, really good things. The CMMG AR-15 rifle is a great value.
I’m pretty sure you have heard of Glock. But you may have been scared off by the price. Well, the S&W M&P is a direct competitor for the Glock, at around 100 dollars less. I shot the Glock 19 and I really do like it, but when it comes to brand loyalty, I’m a S&W girl. The 9mm round is completely manageable, especially with the 4.25-inch barrel on the M&P and with three interchangeable palm swell grip sizes, you will find one that is most comfortable for you. These guns are smooth, easy to operate, and comfortable to shoot. The S&W M&P 9mm comes standard with a proven safety features, a polymer frame, a stainless steel slide and barrel, and Novak Lo-Mount carry sights. It comes with a 10-round magazine, but you can buy magazines that will hold more rounds. Those ridges under the gun’s barrel are an accessory rail, which means you can add a flashlight or a laser sight to the M&P. The American-made M&P is a perfect first gun, because it works well for your personal defense gun, your target gun, and is an excellent competition gun if you ever decided to start shooting matches.
The very first gun that I owned was a revolver. So were the next two after that. I love revolvers. They are easy to use in times of stress, function 100 percent of the time, and are just straight up fun. For a first time shooter, the revolver is a wise choice, there aren’t a ton of internal parts to malfunction, it’s easy to clean, it is easy to load and it is easy to shoot. Don’t let the .357 Magnum caliber scare you away either. The .357 Magnum caliber is the second caliber I ever shot. Ever. Surprisingly the S&W Model 686 won’t kick your butt. The 4-inch barrel and large stainless steel frame make this revolver easy to control. It holds six rounds, fires in either single or double-action, and has comfortable black rubber grips. The sights are easy to see, with a red ramp front and a white outline rear that is adjustable. The S&W model 686 revolver is 9-5/8-inches overall and weighs 40 ounces. CTD Mike used to own one and he said it is a very, very fine gun. When I told him I picked this one he had said it was a good choice. The wistful look on his face showed me was a little sad that his is long gone now.
I know we push the Ruger 10/22 a lot, but it is only because we love it so. And I’m seriously shocked that we haven’t yet convinced you to buy one. In fact, it is my number one recommendation for a first time shooter. Instead of listing a bunch of boring specifications and features, I’m going to list some of the wonderful things we have said about the Ruger 10/22 in the past:
- Cheap to shoot
- Lasts forever
- Easy to accessorize. Read our post about it.
- No recoil
- Will be one of your favorites
- One of the best autoloading .22s
- Most-loved, most-popular rifle in the USA
- Arguably the most prolific autoloading .22 rifle on the planet
- For learning basic rifle marksmanship, it’s hard to beat a Ruger 10/22
Seriously. Get one now.
Alexander Sturm and William B. Ruger established the Sturm, Ruger & Co. in 1949 to make .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic pistols, so you know that Ruger knows what they are doing when it comes to rimfire handguns. Introduced in 2004, the Ruger Mark III pistol was the first .22 rimfire pistol to have a visible loaded chamber indicator. Shooting the Ruger Mark III is easy and fun. It has hardly any recoil and is accurate. It will eat most ammo without a glitch and has good-feeling grips. The Ruger Mark III Standard has a 4.75-inch barrel, holds ten rounds, and has plenty of safety features to help you feel secure. The black synthetic checkered grip fit not only in an adult male’s hand, but is also comfortable for women and younger shooters. Ruger makes this gun in the United Sates.