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Seth Kantner: Wonderful memories of the amazingly accurate black gun
Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Seth Kantner

Posted on 01/13/2013 10:08:22 AM PST by thackney

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about guns. AR-15's have been getting attention again.

Back when I was a kid, it seemed like most of my dad's guns were old and brown, hand-me-downs from various acquaintances.

My brother Kole and I bought our first center-fire rifle when I was 16. We didn't exactly plan to. We ran our dog team to Ambler just to sell wolverine skins -- and came home with an assault rifle.

I sure wanted my own hunting rifle back then. We'd had plenty of run-ins with moose, and climbed a few trees when bears were around and watched wolverines run out of range. I wasn't happy rarely getting to borrow my dad's old Springfield 30-06 with the steel butt plate and baggy iron sights...

Kole and I had my .22 rifle in our sealskin scabbard on our sled, but I wanted something a little larger. At that time Mark Cleveland had a store down by the river in Ambler. Mark would order you a gun -- if you pointed one out in his big catalog, gave him the money and waited.

My dad suggested a Remington .243, but of course he needed to be the one to order it and he believed "waiting" to be a smart policy. "Let's just wait and see," he said. In other words, some year in the future we might order a gun. At that point Mark would have to get around to mailing in the order and then we'd wait more months for it to arrive -- sort of the great-grandfather to the background check.

Around that time, many local hunters switched to .223 caliber rifles. People liked the small bullets and the semi-autos for chasing caribou and wolves. The wooden-stocked Ruger Mini-14 became popular...

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KEYWORDS: ar15; banglist; hunting
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To: FreedomPoster

From your description I assume they could fire in automatic mode.


41 posted on 01/14/2013 6:39:02 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn

>>From your description I assume they could fire in automatic mode.

Not and be U.S. legal, unless acquired before the 1986 Firearm Owner Protection Act and registered with the tax stamp.

Don’t you just love how Orwellianly-named most of our legislation is, especially regarding firearms?


42 posted on 01/14/2013 7:14:11 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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