Originally Posted by PADPM
On a serious note, I personally don't understand the gun obsession. Do you own them for the technology, self defense, shooting at a range, etc. I understand someone in law enforcement, I understand the idea of owning a weapon as security in your home, I understand owning rifles used for hunting, shooting clay "pigeons", etc., but don't know what you guys do with these high tech and costly hand guns.
This is not a critical or sarcastic post, it's really a sincere question.
Not speaking for everyone else, but mine is more of a collection. I appreciate firearms as finely machined, precisely manufactured, mechanical devices capable of great precision. My Mosin Nagant was made in the USSR in 1944. It could have been carried in the march to Berlin!! (thought the condition of it suggests it was never used, lol). My 9mm was bought for target practice and self defense. My shotgun and .22 were bought for hunting and recreation. My Vz 2008 was bought because it looks so damn cool and is a very neat relic of the Cold War.
The .357 was bought when I was spending a lot of time in bear and cougar country in my undergrad program out west (lots of field expeditions and experiences, very cool). Was it necessary, well I never saw a bear or cougar but now I have a really cool wheelgun that is a blast to shoot!!
I've gone through some paranoid, survivalist times, worried the fed and the UN were out to get the good folks of America, now I just think they are more incompetent than evil, though incompetency on that level is far more sinister than perhaps I give it credit. *I believe in the 2nd amendment as well, but right now, my guns are more for fun than anything else.
I want than Glock 19 because its a very neat concept, the laser reticle allows for very rapid and accurate target acquisition. This one is for the zombies.... The silencer threads will be for when I've got $200 bucks for the ATF tax stamp and then a lot more money for the can (silencer), that way I can lobotomize Zeeks without sending out a beacon to all of them in the surrounding area... thats a rational explanation right?
PS I'm in Ohio, if you ever want to meet up and punch holes in papers or water bottles, send me a PM, I'll even cover the ammo!!