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you have to ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?!

March 13th, 2009 (06:23 pm)

I am totally blaming liviapenn for this one: she had her first range trip recently, and waxed about how much fun she had shooting, among other things, a Smith & Wesson revolver. Now, I like Smith & Wesson firearms, and my #2 carry piece is a J-frame, the 638, but that was the only Smith & Wesson revolver I owned. Most of the firearms I've bought recently are semi-automatics, particularly the long guns, but handguns, too. My first gun was a revolver, so Livia's post got me thinking that maybe my next acquisition should be a wheelgun. And there have been two big holes in my handgun caliber collection for a while: the .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers. (I have a .357 Magnum handgun, the COP, which stands optimistically for "Concealed Off-Duty Police," but as a target gun... hell, as anything other than a safe queen, it leaves something to be desired.)

So today we had the pre-assessment portion of the rifle instructor class. This basically means that the NRA's Training Counselor takes you to the range and hands you a rifle to see if you know what the hell you're doing. It's not hard -- my work schedule has played havoc with my range time of late, but I did well enough to get a high-five from the TC. Afterwards, one of my classmates mentioned that he was looking for a gun shop willing to do some wheeling and dealing; he needed to sell off some guns he had to get other guns he wanted. Naturally, we asked what he was getting rid of, and one of the items was a Smith & Wesson Model 29. Nickel-plated. Basically new in box.

I have a weakness for nickel-plating. It's *pretty.* And he named a great price, and I said, "Sold."

So, yeah, *another* gun. Yay! Gratuitous gun pics will be forthcoming.


Posted by: HIH Thomas,Son of Richard, KA, DMH, LMMO, CES, etc (forvrin)
Posted at: March 13th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

I R teh Jealous. I'm really interested in picking up a 686 in the 6" range as a general carry weapon.

Posted by: Doqz (doqz)
Posted at: March 13th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)

I've been meaning to ask - is it just me or is Sig's popularity rising lately? Especially the .40 model. I keep running across favorable reviews in the randomest places.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)

Dunno. Their 556 rifle got a lot of press in the last couple years, so folks bought 'em like crazy. Maybe that's getting more people to try Sigs in general?

Posted by: Roga (roga)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

Congratulations on the new addition :-) If you don't mind a random question from a stranger -- where do you keep your guns? I'm just curious, because collecting guns isn't very common (or at all, really) in these parts. Are they in a safe, or displayed somewhere in your house, or... how does it work?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)

Varies from person to person, depending on circumstances. I actually have an unusual set-up: I currently rent, and I travel on business a lot, so I have a gun safe, but I installed it at a friend's house. When I buy (I'm looking now), I'll move the safe over to my own place. Basically, if it's not in a holster I'm wearing, or kept ready to go as a defensive firearm, it's in the safe.

Posted by: Roga (roga)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)

Ah, cool :-) What about ammo? Do you keep it in the same safe, or stored separately?

(It is utterly bizarre to me that hearing about unlocked guns in a house freaks me out, when when I carried a gun, I didn't lock it up myself. I did separate the ammo, which is a little ridiculous; as if the random hypothetical whoever broke in and stole my gun wouldn't already have enough ammo as it is..)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)

Belated answer: separately, just for safety's sake -- that way the guns are less likely to get loaded accidentally or absent-mindedly.

Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)

Did you ever turn the toirtoise over, Leon?

Btw, for a carry .357 look for a S&W Model 65 with a 3" barrel. Fantastic carry gun.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)

Thanks for the rec. I keep thinking about a Ruger SP101 as a tackle box gun, but the Smith has a siren song...

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