But I need your help.
Like a lot of gun nuts, I'm a little nervous about what happens after November. The Supreme Court's recent ruling, in which all the justices -- even the dissenters(!) -- recognized the Second Amendment as an individual right, is nice, but it's not like I can go out and marry a Browning Automatic Rifle; there has to be a legal framework for this stuff, and lawmakers and the courts will be hashing it out for a while. The Court gave lawmakers a bit of latitude, so there's still room for some forms of anti-gun legislation. Most of which, alas, doesn't inconvenience criminals, but is a pain in the tuchis for law-abiding gun nuts like yours truly. That means planning ahead for the fall, which looks good for the Democrats. The good news, if you're a gun geek, is that many lawmakers on the Dem side these days are pro-gun or just don't think gun bans are a winner; the bad news for us is that some folks, in office and out of it, are laying groundwork for future anti-gun legislation. Which means, unfortunately for my wallet, BUY NOW.
I'm focusing on weapons likely to be affected by future legislation. That means rifles. Specifically 1) the .50 BMG and 2) scary-looking semi-automatic rifles that take big-ass magazines. I think I've got it pretty much whittled down to the following two items.
While I'd love a Barrett, I am not in a financial position to blithely drop close to nine grand on a gun. So I'm thinking about going with a good Florida company: Serbu. The BFG-50 is not all that pretty, but it is a dependable single-shot .50 BMG bolt-action rifle, and they make it in a carbine length, and I'm leaning in that direction for this choice, because it does seem handy and fun to shoot. Also, they will engrave your choice of text on the muzzle. Some people do this with their carry guns, but I have not yet had a firearm come equipped with its own bad-ass one-liner.
(The default Serbu engraving, FWIW, is "Have a Nice Day." Unfortunately, I do not think there is room enough on the muzzle of even a .50 BMG rifle to engrave, "Trust me -- I know what I'm doing.")
Downside: cost = ouch! ...but still about half the price of the comparable single-shot Barrett.
The other option: the Sig 556, from the good folks at Sig-Sauer.
The Sig is a scary-looking semi-automatic black rifle with more greeblies than the Millennium Falcon; it's probably a bitch and a half to dust, but it does have some good points in its favor: it's liked by most everybody who shoots it, it takes AR-15 magazines, and I've wanted one for a while. I already have an AR-15, and a bunch of magazines for it, and I plan on getting a whole lot more before any congressional legislation becomes inconvenient. It has integral rails, so I can put all manner of nifty stuff on it, like an EoTech sight and a forehand grip and a flashlight and probably a can opener because there are some dumbasses out there who'll put *anything* on their guns that'll fit.
Then there's also the Saiga semi-auto 12 gauge, and -- look, I'd just better stop now. This is where y'all come in. I need advice! Vote away!
What should David's next gun be?