So, having been in California for nearly 60 years and now being in Wyoming where I can pretty much have anything but a GI machine gun, I find myself musing several topics. I love to hunt and I love to shoot. Bad interests if you live in the peoples republic of socialist undocumented aliens. There are a few firearms that I wanted to acquire because I have a purpose for them or am concerned that they will not be available much longer. The weapons I came to Wyoming with all have hunting uses. Even certain pistols and semi automatic rifles have hunting uses. But here in the wild west there are certain considerations. Wolves and Grizzly Bears are near by. Also, we are in the sticks. There is a police station 15 miles away but anyone that came on my property with the intent to do harm would have plenty of time to do it with no witnesses. So my scoped elk rifle might be a poor choice. I was thinking some thing that was compact, had a lot of stopping power and would be effective out to 50M – maybe 100M in a pinch. Well, hello cowboy country, they have those and they are called lever action 30-30s. A very fun rifle to shoot at targets, short and light with open sights – a great property management item.
Now that is where I decided a few items that I would likely not ever shoot at animals. I have always loved target shooting with 1911 style pistols. Looking for something that was affordable to punch holes in paper, I gravitated to the 9mm and then I have always had a great respect for the Sig Sauer weapons. What a lot of fun. I love the external trigger, the decocking lever and how easy it is to field strip. Up to this point, the pistol would only be moderately scary to my liberal friends. I felt it was time for an AR style weapon. For one thing, they can be completely gunsmithed with out special equipment. I can replace the barrel or trigger or any other part. It uses standard military ammo. In case there was a disaster, I could use the same ammo that would be available universally. Is it a dooms day weapon? only in the minds of the weak minded. It shoots the kind of bullet I would shoot at a prairie dog. It shoots one at a time. And since I do not have any desire to replay a scene from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, I do not care to waste ammo going pew pew pew. To defend against crazies that would do harm to me and my household, it would certainly be a deterrent. Oh, yes, it is fun to punch holes in paper with as well.
But back to the serious things. I love long range shooting and I can really do that here. All these things take practice and I can practice here.