thank you for the advice Malgus.
It seems like you and I both speak the same language on terms of firearms so ill skip right to those three questions.
number one: Mostly hunting and unfortunately ’round here there are alot of two-bit punks who want nothing more than to get into a gunfight, so if need be I will defend my loved ones (as a last resort, I’m a fairly good shot but I’m no commando)
number two: I have been shooting guns my whole life and I’m no stranger to stripping and cleaning.
number three: I live in a town next to a med-sized city so far as non-urban environments go whatever isnt a arid shurb-land is a mountain pine forest (they are some what thick) that gets alot of rain in the spring and alot of snow in the winter.