I think most people that have been following me for a while share my passion when it comes to fire-power. Most guns enthusiasts know at least a thing or two about handguns,rifles, shotguns etc. But I don’t know how many of us actually got their hands on an actual gun and started shooting, be it for practice or in self-defense. Many of those that haven’t gotten their hands on an actual gun are contemplating this very moment if it’s time to take the personal security matter one step further and get their very own gun for personal protection. And this article is meant to help exactly the newcomers to the fascinating world of fire-power. Getting your own gun is a great idea, especially if we consider the uncertain and tumultuous times we’re living in. But just going online or at your local gun dealer and buying the first thing you set your eyes on won’t do. Set pride aside and accept the fact you’ll have to take things gradually, one gun at a time. I’ll show a list of some of my personal favorite entry-level rifles, which are easier to handle and shoot.
The H&R Handi-Rifle
This is a very good choice for beginners. This compact single shot is widely available and is probably the best choice for those who are buying on a budget, as it should cost around $240 – $320 (depending on the model). So if you’re not planning to spend big bucks for a rifle, look no further. Due to H&R break open design, this tiny rifle is safer in the hands of beginners than a bolt action rifle. The trigger however is nowhere near good, so you might want to have it changed. The overall length of the gun is more compact as well when compared to a bolt action rifle (by about 6 inches), which makes it easier to handle and maneuver, especially in a tight spot. Its reduced size and weight makes it easy to use even by children.
The Marlin XL7
This particular rifle might not be much too look at as far as design goes. But in most cases simplicity translates into efficiency, and the Marlin XL7 makes no exception. This particular model (the XL7) is the direct result of the hard work the Marlin developers have put in their effort of providing and extremely accurate and reliable bolt action rifle; and that they have. The rifle comes with a Pro-Fire adjustable trigger system, which also includes trigger safety. But to make it even safer in the hands of beginners, you also get a standard 2-possition safety that is found behind the bolt handle. The XL7 7 is very maneuverable and bolt movement itself is very smooth. The gun is easily available and the market and it costs somewhere in the range of $300-$400.
The Savage Axis XP
This is a very sturdy and reliable bolt action rifle that has a great advantage over most of its competitors: apart from the fact that you can have the model with a scope, you also can get the stainless steel version. The stainless steel will make it that much sturdier, giving it an improved resistance to scratches and rust. It’s easy to handle and very precise, although it could use some more refinement in the trigger department. The magazine feels a bit cheap as well, but that’s about it. It costs around $300, a price that’s hard to bit, especially if you consider how accurate it is.
The Mossberg 4×4
The 4×4 model released by Mossberg has received great reviews, and rightly so. This is one of the most reliable rifles in its price range, and it comes with an excellent adjustable trigger system; the system factory setting is of 3.5 lbs but it can be adjusted to as low as 2 lbs. It has an easy to reach 2-possiton safety which is located just behind the bolt handle that deactivates the trigger but still allows the bolt to be opened, even if the safety is on. When it comes to diversity, the 4×4 takes the cake, as it comes with a great variety of barrel and stock combos. The barrels can come in Mossberg’s signature Marinecoat stainless satin finish, but if this is not to your liking, you can either have them in a blue matte finish. The rifle is very accurate and fairly easy to use. The price is fairly decent too, as it should cost about $450.
These are some of the best choices you have on the market when it comes to entry-level rifles, but I’m sure there are plenty more out there for you to consider. There is a great variety so finding the one that suits you best is only a matter of time. But don’t rely on reviews only, you should take into consideration the feel of a rifle more than anything: how it feels in your hand and you feel shooting it matters a lot. Make the purchase only if you feel comfortable with the rifle in hand.
By Alec Deacon
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