First off, welcome. Second, the only stupid question is one you don't ask.So some background:
USA, 27, male
I've never owned a gun. I only shot a bb gun in cub scouts when very young. I love history. Father owns quite a few guns but never shoots them. I understand some might see my history and personality as a "city slicker", but I grew up and live in an area which is bordering farms, woods, yet close to town with housing projects advancing quickly. I sadly in youth spent little time outdoors.
One friend just bought a modern rifle and another acquaintance hunts often with modern rifle. Seeing them having fun, I started looking into guns, because I have little for hobbies. But modern guns like theirs I just don't find interesting.
I've seen videos of long rifles, I know the history and admire the mythology. I am just smitten by them and feel I would love to own one, historically correct.
Problem is, I know nothing about actually using guns, how to aquire them, or anything. I like the idea of hunting with one, even if never succeeded, but I also know nothing about hunting.
So my question is. If I have $1300 available to spend, with no experience with guns (but a willingness to learn) is it unwise to go into the flintlock route as a first gun?
Any thoughts or replies will be appreciated
The best first advice I would give you is do alot of reading. Find out if you're interested in target shooting, hunting, or reenacting. Then find the gun that best suits your needs. There are alot of guns out there in various qualities and price. Buy the best gun you can afford (including your acoutrements) find a gun club local to you and just go and watch a time or two. Ask questions. Maybe enlist the help of a friend who knows something about what you want to shoot. Then go to a good range and really get to know the gun. Last, have fun! I have a $650 Pedersoli Kentucky long rifle in .45 caliber. Puts a smile on my face every time I fire it. If I had a couple grand,but would probably be a Kibler custom.