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Which is correct:

I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get it from? I can’t find it anywhere in this maze.

I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get one from? I can’t find one anywhere in this maze.

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    I'd leave off the from altogether: I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get one? I can’t find one anywhere in this maze.
    – J.R.
    Jan 11, 2014 at 19:23

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Easy rule: If you're looking for "a" widget, then, use "one". If you're looking for a specific ("the") widget, then "it" is correct.

I think I need a bazooka. The shopkeeper has one but I can't afford it.

The last "it" is because we're now referring to the shopkeeper's specific bazooka, rather than ones in general.

I think I need the golden bazooka. The shopkeeper has it but I can't afford it.

Here it's a specific bazooka all the way.

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Since you're referring to something non-specific, "one" would be better. If you were referring to a specific object, you would use "it".

I think I need the AK-47. But where can I get it from? I can’t find it anywhere in this maze.

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In the context you provided it would appear that "it" is more correct if there is only 1 gun in the maze. If there is more then one gun "one" might be more correct. There is not a lot in it though, and both are acceptable.

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  • davidgo's answer contradicts two previous answers. So now I don't know really know if "it" is acceptable or not in my sentence.
    – Peter
    Jan 12, 2014 at 5:50

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