Never owned a gun...looking to pick up a shotgun,pistol, and rifle. Im in the military so ive shot the M16 & m-4.. any suggestions
For your rifle you could pick up an AR-15 so you have the same platform you are used to. But I guess it depends on if you want something new or not.
Shotgun I think the best entry level guns are either a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870 (assuming you want a pump action).
And for Pistol, well, there are plenty of opinions here but I love my Springfield XD.
Mattitude kinda read my mind down to a tee.The only thing I might do different is go with the AR10 platform so you can use it for hunting, and the only reason I say this is most states the legal bullet size has to be .243 or higher.
Good point on the hunting caliber HB!
I definitely agree with getting an AR platform since you're already trained on it. I have a Bushmaster M4 with Aimpoint Comp M3 (Civilian name for the M68 CCO). I'm an MP and the wife was until she got out this past September, so we bought her a Beretta 92F, which is the civilian version of the M9. As I'm sure you're aware, the army doesn't spend nearly enough time on the range training, so I would take soldiers out to public lands and give them additional training using my weapons and ammo. I have a small but varied collection, so I'll give you a few reasons behind some of my purchases and maybe help give you some ideas.
Bushmaster M4- Same controls and ammo as issued, allows me to sustain my skills without relying on the army to do it
Beretta 92F- Same reason
Glock 34- I just started getting into competition and the Glock 34 is the best Production Division gun I could ever ask for. It also has a light rail and high-capacity mag, so it does double duty as my primary home defense pistol.
Mossberg 590 SP- Got it as part of a two-gun steal, but it's also good because it uses the same controls and functions as the army-issue M500 shotgun, just with beefier internals, better sights, and higher capacity.
Glock 19- My primary carry pistol. Accurate, reliable, goes bang every time I need it to, and doesn't have a shitload of extra knobs, levers, switches, and pullcords on the sides
Glock 26- Same as the 19, I got it for the Arizona summers where shorts and t-shirts are the uniform of the day. Come to find out, though, the G19 concealed just fine in an inside the waistband holster.
Saiga 12 shotgun- My fun gun, traded it for a Stag Arms left-hand M4. Lots of fun, but it has a couple issues that would keep me from using it as a primary combat shotgun. I did, however, use this gun to shoot five rounds of 12 gauge 00 Buck in .73 seconds. Definitely fun.
Springfield XD9 Subcompact- My wife's gun. By far the most comfortable auto I have ever fired, I was ringing steel rapid fire at 18 big paces with this little 3" barreled 9mm. If I wasn't already the owner of three Glocks, I'd definitely be the owner of a few XDs. The only downsides to this gun, in my opinion, are the grip safety and the height. My Glock 19 is the same height as the XD subcompact, but holds five more rounds when using flush-fitting magazines. I think Springfield has increased the flush-fit mag capacity to 13, so there's only a two-round difference now. I've fired her XD with all kinds of fucked up holds and have never failed to disengage the grip safety, so I see it as nothing more than a useless extra couple moving parts to break.
Sorry if this is a bit long, but I'm full of myself and don't have anybody to talk to except myself, and I've gotten tired of hearing myself talk.
Okay, that's a lie. I love hearing myself talk. In fact, I was talking out loud as I was typing. I sound really dumb when I talk so slow.