I have just finished my firearm safety course for non-restricted and restricted weapons in Canada, and was wondering what would be a good firearm to buy, with the intention of going out as an occasional shooter.
I don't know what would be better for me to get, a rifle or a pistol. Also I don't know too much about weapon brands (outside of the military) or costs, but I would like something that is reasonably reliable and wont put me in debt for the rest of my life.
My interest is more for the fun of it rather than any practical purpose.
MP5s are a tough find plus the ones that are on sale aren't usually HK and have certain features to make them legal (at least in the US). As for an AR-type rifle, they are expensive, but fun to shoot. If you're just plinking every now and then, get something inexpensive (unless you can dish out 900 or so dollars for an AR).
AK-47, or try a CETME. I have always liked my AR-15 and also shooting my pistols. Glocks are easy to care for and fun to shoot. As are Ruger pistols and they are usually reasonably priced too. The Ruger .22 pistols are awesome and cheap to shoot.