The guys and I have been kicking this one around in a low intensity way for awhile. As I have done a couple times in the past I am going to avoid discussing specific weapons (as much as possible) because it just degenerates into the same old arguments. For better or worse by a combination of personality and experience I am the closest thing to a leader our 'group' is going to have in the foreseeable future. I have a tiny bit of experience with leadership and this whole thing leaves me with two thoughts. First of all anyway you cut it peer leadership is hard. Second of all leading libertarians is like herding cats, it doesn't work very well.
In our discussions we have gained some consensus but for the most part are still bogged down. I will get back to that later.
I got to thinking about what the positive characteristics of good group weapons would be:
First a common caliber, duh.
Second a common platform: browning, glock, sig, beretta, hk, ar, ak, fnfal, hk91, m1a, etc.
Third is economy. Since a group of people are going to be purchasing this stuff, some of them not entirely thrilled by it the sell is easier if a pistol costs $600 instead of $1200. Also consider the cost to fully equip the firearm with ammo and mags. Also depending on financial situations of you and your mates cost can be a real issue.
Fourth is modularity. Since multiple people are going to be spending their hard earned dollars on a weapon they might not even like it will help a lot for them to be able to adapt it to their tastes. You can do just about anything with an AR and a whole lot with a Rem 870 or a Moss 500 but (I imagine) can do little to change a Valumet or an Ithica Model 37.
We may or may not be able to get through this impasse with back and forth phone conversations. My idea on how to get the breakthrough we need is as follows: We all get together and agree to do two things 1) abide by the group decision and purchase the weapons and 2) not leave until it is eventually settled with a simple majority vote. Unless I really miss my guess we will probably cook a bunch of brawts and drink plenty of beer during this process because that is what we like to do.
As a note this would have been a whole lot easier if we had sat down and figured this out a few years ago before we all made a bunch of purchases. Of course back then we were just gun enthusiasts and none of that stuff mattered. The morale of is with your friends if you are even considering forming a group start having this conversation now because it will just get harder down the road.
Thoughts or experiences?