First time gun buyer..?

I posted a question before asking about buying a pistol for the first time, and most of my responses were to buy a 1911 or a revolver, but honestly i hate revolvers. (They make me gag) No not literally; i can stand them, but i would prefer anything but a revolver. But as i am working to become a gunsmith, i want to buy a gun to work with. Handgun or Rifle. But I'm not sure which one would be a better choice for a beginner and then which pistol or rifle to buy. so I'm looking for suggestions... A bit of basic background info for my responders... - I'm 19, and i can buy a handgun if i buy it from a private individual because i live in Texas. - I have no experience in working with gun or buying them - I'm currently enrolled in Penn Foster Gunsmithing course right now, so i am learning to work with guns. For any more info... P.S. sorry for the long description..

Asked By: Andrew Cadena - 5/20/2012
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Answered By: Glacierwolf - 5/20/2012
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Hi-point makes very cheap carbine rifles that can be modified and messed with without worrying. Also have lifetime warranty but I don't know if messing with it would void the warranty
Answered By: Chris Tennant - 5/20/2012
if you got the budget I'd go with an AR 15, or maybe a mini 14. lots of people have these so it would be good to be familiar with. if you don't have much money like a grand, I say go with a 10/22 very popular and once you trick it out or fine tune it it would be very cheap to shoot. Last I'd look at getting a hunting... More
Answered By: FMFdoc - 5/20/2012
honestly buy a used glock or police trade in glock. you can pick one up for about three hundred dollars. That is what i did and the glock is a very simple little pistol. and it it hasnt quit on me yet and if i cant break it i doubt you could. lee
Answered By: lee h - 5/20/2012
No real Texan hates revolvers
Answered By: Barry - 5/20/2012
Building 1911s is something every gunsmith does, I'd start with that if I were you.
Answered By: Joe - 5/20/2012
if you want to become a gunsmith, you can't hate any firearms. a gunsmith must be able to repair all popular firearms. so you should start from one of the very popular inexpensive firearms eg. 10/22, and slowly building up your tools (which could be quite expensive).
Answered By: Blue Heeler - 5/20/2012
if your going to be a well rounded gunsmith it wont matter which gun, all gun types have their special requirements .. a 1911 though is going to have many parts and optional upgrades available to give you plenty to work with fitting and such .. probably a great gun to start with as well as shoot ..
Answered By: Isaïe - 5/20/2012
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