Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cool Guns but not the Coolest

Right now I own only guns that I see as cool and filling a void in my shooting life. The most uncool gun I have is a Para Ordinance CCW. This is cool because it comes from the factory idealized for carry purposes. It is a Commander length slide with the officers model grip. There arent many making this combination in a 1911 platform. It is also an LDA trigger mechanism which is distinctly uncool for a 1911. It is however very good for an everyday carry pistol. I was hesitant to ever even try the LDA for awhile but when I did I decided that even though it is not the end all be all of 1911 triggers it does have a place in the shooting world.

I have a somewhat cool Ruger 10/22. Yeah I know the Ruger 10/22 is so common it should be uncool but mine is the International with the full length Mannilicher stock and nice checkering that is not the most popular option on most 10/22s that are bought these days. Especially since Ruger no longer makes the 10/22 International anymore.

Next on the dockett is a Parker Hale Ugartechea Grade 2 20 gauge Game Gun. Straight stock, splinter forend, 26 inch barrels, choked Improved Cyl and Modified, double triggers. This gun has every feature I would want in a double shotgun. I love the feel of it greatly and even though it is not a high dollar English double it is unique in the world of shotgunning in America. Most like the pistol grip stock with beavertail forend and a single trigger. These things make the handling clunky I find and makes it feel more like a cinder block than a shotgun.

My other more uncommon gun is my muzzleloader. It is a Lyman Great Plains Rifle and it is the only left handed gun I will ever own. I am a lefty. Most unfortunately it is a 50 caliber but I have come to see this as adding to its uniqueness. I would prefer the 54 caliber, true, but this rifle is only going to be used on deer and for that it will be just fine. The patched round balls fly true out of the 32 inch barrel. Sighting is done in the more modern but still traditional manner of a Lyman receiver sight. This is only a 75 yard proposition at best anyway but unlike most people I know my own and my rifle's limitations.

That is it. I have only 4 guns. I would like a few more but not many. I would like a 38 Super Commander but have a problem with getting too many different calibers with my handguns. I would also like a 45 ACP Revolver evetually and maybe a 22LR handgun. My next purchase will probably realistically be a 45-70 rifle of some persuasion.

Evolution of a Gun Collector

I have loved guns since before I was ever old enough to touch one. I was held captivated by their power until I was finally entrusted to use them. In that time I amassed more knowledge on the subject than my school teachers and classmates thought acceptable. I developed more than mere curiosity but rather juvenile theories of weapons and tactics that were probably quite advanced for my age.

Over time the implementation of firearms lost its luster and I only wanted to know more about them. Pure facts and knowledge only about a certain firearm and then about all of them in general. One of my first obsessions was the M16 rifle. There are not many firearms enthusiasts or AR platform owners who know that the rifle was designed and developed by Eugene Stoner who at the time worked for a company called Armalite.

When I get around to talking with others about AR rifles I have to force myself to remain quiet while the others around me get their facts misarranged. This I have found is the best method for dealing with the uninformed. I cannot pass off as too much of a know it all because my personality is abrasive enough as it is.

The first gun that was ever entrusted into my possession was a 12 gauge Remington 870 Wingmaster smoothbore slug gun. It was for me to hunt with my first deer season. I continued to get a gun here and there for the next few years. At one time I had 10. This is the most I have ever had. That may not be that many for a collector but it is all I ever cared to have. It was soon there after that I sold a few to buy a new one. It was a 12 gauge Benelli Nova. At the time I liked it because it was cheap and very functional. Later in life physical beauty of guns became more important to me and the Benelli had to go.

I got to the point that I understood what a "cool" gun was. There were too many Mossberg 500s around and too many Remington 870s. There was too much black plastic and matte barrels on guns too. This, in my opinion is "blah" in the gun world. If you go to gun shows these days you will see what I mean. The shows are dominated by "blah". Every table has the same stuff. Mossbergs, Remingtons, synthetic stocks and nasty express finishes. I started to really like Browning guns after that because they have a higher proportion of their products finshed well.

Cool guns to me became guns with obscure options or finishes. The chambering of a guns has not meant too much to me. In handguns I like 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 9mm, and 45 ACP. I wont mess with the 40 because it is not common enough and has not been around as long. It is not chambered in any what I would call cool guns. No short magnums in rifles. I do like classic and somewhat unique calibers in rifles though. Nothing new like the incessantly stupid short magnums. I like the 243, 257 Roberts, 25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, 7mm-08, 30-30, and 45-70. In shotguns I have shunned the 12 gauge altogether. I have found in the used market you can find too many 12 gauges and that make them not too unique or cool. If you buy 20 gauges and 410s and you want to resell them later you will almost never lose money on them. I have taught myself to use the 20 gauge for everything including waterfowl. Sure I wont take as many shots but hunting within the limitations of my equipment I do just fine. Hunting for me is not about the harvesting of game so much as it is about using the tools that I have obsessed over for most of my life.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Random Thoughts, Detailed Knowledge, and Express Opinions

This is going to be the place that I vent mostly. It will not always take the form of rants and raves though. It will be a release and the only thing that I can hope for is that it will be for the benefit of everyone. My opinions are strong but my knowledge is stronger. You can be offended or you can be educated by all of this if, and only if, you take the proper time to let all this settle in.

Here there will be a variety of things that I will attempt to cure my insomnia with. I do not need to elaborate here but you will see specific product reviews as well as book reviews. The subjects of which you will vind out. They will be dominated mostly by one category but there will be others mixed in. There will not be a great deal about my life and problems addressed specifically here. This is not one of those blogs. There will be some fiction mixed in as well so prepare to be entertained by my creativity as well as some subversive political feelings that you may have to read between the lines to understand.