Skip to comments.Borepatch: I finally get my own gun
Posted on 12/04/2010 12:28:04 PM PST by smokingfrog
I just got my first gun.
Kim du Toit used to blog about how a .22 was a household commodity, like sugar or flour. However, the People's Republic of Massachusetts made things enough of a PITA that we never jumped through the required hoops. Now we're in Georgia, and breathe free air, so it's a different story.
Because I no longer live in Massachusetts, I don't need special licensing from the State to own a gun. Even without special papers, without fingerprinting and background checks, I can own one - and ammunition (!) -without becoming a felon. What this make me, in a psychologically important way, is a citizen. Not a subject, not someone who has to ask "please" from some Government Functionary, but a free citizen who can be entrusted with the tools of power.
Funny, I haven't had the urge to go shoot up a school. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun **--Ownership--** Violence, this no doubt will overtake me any day now.
The Winchester 190 was a semi-automatic plinking/varmint rifle manufactured in fairly large quantities. It's tube fed, and the tube magazine is probably big enough to make this an "assault rifle" in New Jersey. This one has a 2x scope, and looks like it would be sweet for clearing out small, unwelcome four-footed guests. And since the two-footed ones don't want to get shot (even with a .22), it might have some use there as well.
But the meaning goes beyond the (quite modest) firepower of the rifle. It's a statement of freedom, the mark of a citizen, not a subject. We could use more citizens, not more subjects.
(Excerpt) Read more at borepatch.blogspot.com ...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!
Congratulations on your emancipation...never let a construct of Man usurp it again.
Congratulations. I hope youy will continue to be (as most of us are) a responsible gun owner. Personally, I own several firearms, rifles, handguns, shotguns. I am 70 years of age, and have never shot up a school, church, or other facility.
“The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.” -A. E. van Vogt (The Weapon Shops of Isher).
Welcome to The South,where the SEC rules.
Don’t know where in Georgia you moved to,but it’s likely 8 0f 10 trucks you pass has a rifle,shotgun or pistol in it.Plus you can eat grits.
I’d buy one a month just for the heck of it now ... I own about a dozen rifles (four semi-auto) and two handguns. The biggest problem is keeping them all fed.
7.62 X 39 FMJ Warsaw rounds used to be about $54.00 per THOUSAND. I wonder what they are now...
Once you get used to having that .22, go out and get yourself some REAL fun in an AR15. You WILL NOT be sorry. They have to be one of the most fun guns to own and shoot there is. Ammo is ‘fairly’ inexpensive too.
For defense, think of different types of guns for various purposes and ranges. Buy accordingly.....And get yourself a good gun safe.(weighing at least 1,000lbs and fire rated)
My small collection:
AR15 - 5.56/.223REM
PTR91 - 7.62x51/.308 (HK91/G3 Clone)
Saiga12 - 12 Gauge mag/drum fed semi auto
Mossberg 500 - 12 Gauge pump
Beretta 92FS - 9MM semi auto
HK USP45 Tactical - .45ACP
Springfield Armory XD40 - .40 Caliber semi auto
I still have a little work to do, but right now I can defend the castle from zombies, take it outside, short, medium, and longer ranges.
When I bought my mini-14, I bought a case of .223 for $80. Now that case sells for $450.
For some of those drivers there's very little wiggle room up front.
But it's not just the Souf'` ~ we were going up I65 from Seymour Indiana to Indy and lo and behold some guys in a pickup behind us passed on that causeway/levee at FlatRock about 85 MPH only to pull over as soon as they got all the way across. They jumped out, shotguns (slugs) in hand and started running through the muck towards what looked like a HERD of deer ~ Oh, my goodness ~ and a couple of 18 wheelers saw them and they pulled over, jumped out with shotguns in hand (slugs) and they also began mucking across the muck.
In some parts of this country there's no excuse for not having handy the right device to hunt ~ or whatever else you might want to do.
Yes, but what if one of your guns finds its way into an SUV, the two conspire, go rogue together, and shoot up a whole kindergarten???
Grits, both a food and a spackle...
just kidding - sort of - ;-p
LOL , reckon we’re everywhere.
Not sure - I do go to our local gun show once a month ...I see pallets of 7.62 stuff in sealed cans but since I don’t own a gun that uses that round .... but to me, any ammo from the East is pretty dirty esp. Wolf ... several rounds went up the barrel of my Marlin .45 Campgun, jammed (without me realizing it) - changed mags. and blew up the barrel with a US made round ...cracked the furniture too ... Marlin did the non-warranty repair for just $75 ...
Add more cheese for spackle.
Now that you own a firearm, please remember to do two things:
1) Practice with it. Truly this is an act of “being and becoming”, as you get used to using your firearm, then become comfortable with it.
2) Clean it, and clean it some more. Your firearm will be a happy firearm.
Excellent!! Put lots of rounds through it and keep plenty of ammo on hand. The way things are going here, you’ll need that rifle to take the local wildlife for food. I just hope we can stop short of taking the local cats and dogs. Although Col. Benjamin Martin did observe that “Dog makes a fine meal.”
Maybe two years ago when everyone was running scared of 0bama. Right now, you can buy cases of .223 'range ammo' all day long for around $250-$300 per 1,000rnds. Now's the time to stock up!
Related: National Anthem's Second Verse
for later read
Hey now - how many foods with just a wee bit of accessorizing can be used as breakfast, dessert or dinner? HMMMMM?
$219.00. Postage paid from Ammoman.com
Congrats! Now go get a pistol and a carry license. Its easy and another statement to our want to be rules! Georgia has pretty good gun laws. A few still need to be changed but overall not bad.
I LOVE it here!
Thanks. I’ll check again.
Congrats on finally experiencing a relatively FREE part of the country. I would not do well in peoples’ republic states like Mass or Kalifornia. And the thugocracy which runs those states would not have much fun trying to take my guns from me.
I’m not “Borepatch” - I just posted from his blog.
How could anyone ruin a Ruger 10/22? I have one that’s 35 years old (no plastic parts) and it still works great. Thinking about getting a target barrel for it though.
Welcome to Georgia. Guns n grits forever.
Call your local PD and see who or where the next gun “buy-back” is happening.
I haven't heard that in ages! Who was your coach?
Maybe you can make a trade at your gun show or through private parties to get one quality firearm. Maybe not a kimber or Colt, but something like a newer 10-22 or Rossi?
One that you can trust to fire beats several that you can’t.
And if you’re re building your collection, consider consolodating calibers, too.
I decided that I didn’t really need 9mm or .40 cal so I traded/sold them off so I had fewer calibers to keep stocked.
That was, of course, before the tragic incident where I lost all my equipment in a boating accident.
Thanks, sounds like a good idea. Especially consolidating calibers.
His name was U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Potter. Audie Murphy’s CO himself.
I have the ranch rifle. I wanted a mini-14 but the seller talked me into the mini-30, I think they call it. Ammo is pretty cheap if you get the Russian made stuff. Someone posted it's $240 a case.
If the ammo is good enough for the red army, I suppose it's mostly ok...
Yeah, for a while I thought it cool to have something in every caliber but when ammo went short I thought it best to just keep a few standard calibers. Not saying I don’t still have ammo in the off calibers ‘just in case’, but .38/357 and .45 are about it.
And of course, .22LR. IMO .22LR is the rodney dangerfield of calibers. Half of what I have is .22. Aint nobody wanting to get hit with .22.
Oops. That was before the boating accident.
Mini 30 will heat up quickly if you rapid fire.
Nothing helps a shy teenager's confidence like having the coolest t shirts in class.
Cheaperthandirt has surplus cans of 640 rounds for $127.89. Not nearly as cheap as $54 for 1000, but certainly not as expensive as feeding some of the fancier models.
You can eat grits?
I bought a Mossberg 4 US from CMP for $165
I bought a Mossberg 44 US from CMP for $165
Geez, you’ve had a bad stretch of luck with those piss poor “firearms”.
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