I was afraid this might happen

Although I have never really owned many firearms I have always enjoyed shooting and target practice. When I was in the Army I got to shoot the M-14 and M-16 rifles and those memories are still strong. The only firearms I have ever owned were a 22 revolver and a Ruger Mini-14 22 rifle. I gave both of those to my brother Jon when I was going through my 2nd divorce and have not owned any firearms until I recently bought my Mossberg 590 12 ga. shotgun. Needless to say I have really enjoyed owning and shooting my Mossberg.

But now I want another firearm. I have no real need for one but the desire to own a pistol has become very compelling. You can get a concealed carry permit in Virginia and I must admit that there have been times where it would have been nice to have had a weapon to protect myself. As a result of this compulsion I have been looking at different pistols and ammunition and I have decided on a Glock pistol firing .40 S&W ammunition. There are three basic models of Glock firing .40 S&W, standard, compact and subcompact. I think I want the standard because I don’t think I will carry it concealed often, if at all. I recently fired a Glock in .40 S&W that my brother Jon owned and I really liked it. It was lighter than a 45 caliber that my brother also had and it seemed to be more accurate.

Glock 22
Glock 22

Fortunately, with Christmas fast approaching, I cannot justify spending the money to buy a Glock. So that will give me some time to consider whether I need or desire a new pistol. But I have a sneaking feeling that before too long I will be compelled by forces beyond my control to add a Glock to my burgeoning firearms collection.

Busy, Busy, Busy

I seem to have found a source of energy that I have not previously tapped into. For the last few days I have been busy with a number of things. I went shooting with my brother Jon at a friend of his house in NC. I brought my shotgun and Jon brought two pistols and an 8mm German Mauser rifle. We shot up some pumpkins and made a target out of some plywood and paint. We had a great time despite a NC sheriff stopping by to make sure we were legal. I started back with building a new model rocket to launch. It has been a while since my last launch and I am looking forward to getting the new rocket into the air. I have also ordered a skill level 2 rocket which will provide me with a little more challenge to build.

I also bought a Roku Netflix player which I am enjoying immensely. With the Roku hooked to my HDTV and my wireless network I can instantly stream a huge selection of movies and TV shows directly to the HDTV. I no longer have to wait for the movies to come in the mail. Between watching movies I am also finding the time to continue with my Teaching Company DVD’s. I am currently watching a series on modern economics. Previously I watched lectures on philosophy and mathematics. I love to learn new things and hopefully keeping my mind active will thwart any dementia in my fast approaching old age.

Tomorrow I am going to get my flu shot and later in the month I need to get my drivers license renewed and my truck inspected. Today I attended a lecture by Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather at Old Dominion University. The lecture was titled – ‘From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and on to James Webb Space Telescope and the Discovery of Alien Life.’ The lecture was very interesting and I look forward to attending others. It sure is great being retired and having the time to do things like this.

Lastly, I spent some money and bought a professionally done WordPress theme for my blog. I installed it today and have been busy modifying and editing it. It looks a lot better than my old theme and I am hoping that it will bring more visitors to my site. I wonder what next week will bring. I look forward to finding out.

Downrange with my new shotgun.

I found a range to shoot my new Mossberg shotgun with. Yesterday I went to the A&P Arms range in Lynnhaven and shot my new shotgun. The trip was more expensive than I had anticipated as for some strange reason you have to buy and use their ammunition, which was ridiculously expensive. Anyway, after reading all the rules and signing my life away, I was assigned to shoot in bay 3 lane 15. I had 15 rounds of 00 buck and 5 targets to shoot at. Loading the shotgun proved to be very easy but I was a little surprised when I fired the first round. I had forgotten how loud a 12 gauge was and how big a kick it delivered. If you don’t hold the shotgun very firmly against your shoulder it will hurt you. Shooting the Mossberg reminded me of just how powerful and deadly it really is. I would hate to be on the receiving end of a load of 9 00 buckshot fired from it.

The pump action was very smooth and I had no misfires or jams. I did very well with accuracy, placing all my shots squarely in the center of the targets. It really helps that the Mossberg has a very useful sight. I fired all 15 of my rounds in about a half hour. I would fire about 3 rounds per target and then analyse my shot patterns. I can safely say that at 25 yards anyone I shot at would be a dead person, although I pray that will never come to pass. So now I feel confidant that I can safely defend our house if the need ever arises. And I managed to have quite a lot of fun in familiarizing myself with my new shotgun.

Just bought a new shotgun.

For some inexplicable reason I have recently become obsessed with buying a home defense weapon. Don’t ask me for a definitive reason why I want a weapon for home defense because I don’t have one. I have owned guns before and I have always enjoyed them. Maybe it is the subconscious worry that the economy may worsen and result in civil unrest. Maybe it is because I am worried that if Obama is elected President I may not be able to legally own a firearm in the future. But mostly I wanted a gun for the security it can provide and the sheer fun of going to a range and blasting away at a target.

So after doing some research on the Internet and asking some police friends for their input I settled on a Mossberg 590 12 ga. pump action shotgun.  Bob’s Gun and Tackle in Norfolk had a good deal on one so yesterday I went down there and filled out the state and federal background check forms. Today I received a call from Bob’s telling me the checks were cleared and I could pick up my shotgun anytime. So now I have a new shotgun, 3 boxes of ammo, and a cleaning kit. The ammo is 00 buckshot with low recoil, escpecially designed for home defense. I have read all the safety literature and the owners manual and now I can’t wait to take it down to the outdoor range in Pungo first chance I get.

I have plenty of experience with firearms as I was trained in the Army to operate and maintain an M14 and an M16. I have previously owned a Ruger mini 14 and a 22 pistol, so I am not a novice when it comes to firearms. I just pray that the only times I fire the Mossberg will be at a range and for fun. I have never shot anyone before and don’t want to. Future post will regale you with my first experience with actually firing the Mossberg. Stay tuned.