I moved from the UK (West Sussex) to America (Atlanta, Georgia) just over the year ago. It look me a while to get the paper work sorted to import my guns that I had in the UK. However, around 6 months ago I was able to fly back to the UK, collect firearms from RFD (1 x Howa 1500 308w, 3 x Aya Sxs, 1 x 12b Lanber, 1 x 12b Remington 1100) and fly back to the US. Actually managed to do it all in less than 24 hours (helps when you work for an Airline)! It would have been easier for me to sell them and buy cheaper in the US, however, like many, I had certain attachments to my firearms (eg. first gun, inherited gun etc). Anyways, definitely worth the effort!
I have been meaning to post a thread on hunting and how things have changed (some good points some bad points). I will get to that over the holidays. However, for now I wanted to share with you what happens to your firearms collection when you move to the US. I have tried (a little bit) to show a little bit of control (although my wife would disagree). First purchase was a muzzleloader. We hunt deer in Ohio and there is not a rifle season in Ohio, but there is a muzzleloading season. By the way, I also bow hunt (but this is for another thread). Ended up with a second hand CVA Wolf 50cal. Surprisingly accurate and fun to shoot. Will be up in Ohio first week in January with it.
Second purchase was a pistol. After lots of deliberation ended up with a S&W M&P 9mm (full size). Not wanting to go into the wrongs/rights of handguns, but I love going to the range with the pistol! A lot of fun!! This was quickly followed by the purchase of S&W 642-1 (no lock model) in 38sp. Can't beat the ease of use and simplicity of a revolver.
I had always wanted a 22lr in the UK but never got around to putting in the paperwork. However, ended up walking out of a gunshop with a Marlin 25n 22lr (Ducks Unlimited version). And finally (as a birthday present to myself) joined the AR15 bunch with a purchase of a FN15 Carbine 5.56x45mm. It has a 1:7 twist rate so should be good as a hunting rifle (although again is a blast at the range!). And that reminds me, my ammo stock pile has significantly increased!
Purpose of this thread was not really to show off my purchases (but pictures attached), but actually to ask the question, if you moved to the US what whould be the first firearms purchase you would make?