Much is being debated and discussed today. First we had the news that Barry Obama is planning to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. Then we learned that the California State Supreme Court ruled on their consideration over the constitutionality of last November’s Proposition 8, the one that clarified that marriage is only between one man and one woman, in California.
I’m not interested in debating those issues here. I jumped in the maelstrom this morning, on Facebook, and quickly got sick of it all.
So, I thought I’d change my aim this afternoon, and tell you all about my current dilemma. Which gun should I get next? I have decided on three. Each is very different. My last purchase was made mostly because it was so affordable. But, now it’s time to fulfill a couple of other slots in the necessary arsenal.
I have no shotgun. I have no CQC carbine rifle. I have no full-sized semi-auto handgun.
Yes, yes, I know that most of you will quickly tell me to get some kind of AR-15 next. I’ve heard it before, “Get one because Barry’s gonna ban them again.” Well, I don’t like the .223. Don’t argue with me on this, I just want more punch. That’s it. I actually want a 7.62 caliber carbine of some sort. I also want something that doesn’t scare away all the black-rifle-haters. (FYI, I reject the idea that some firearms are “assault” variants and others are plain. I prefer the term firearm.)
I’ll start with the handgun. I want a 1911. I was considering a compact model, but I already have a compact handgun. There are a gazillion 1911 manufacturers, but not all have a good reputation. I’ve read up, and quizzed many for their opinions. I have selected Kimber, and their basic model, the Custom II. These are easily had for well under $1000, and have a good reputation. I don’t need or want many of the features on their higher end models.
The next on my list is the shotgun. I really like the Remington 870 line. It’s what many law enforcement agencies use, as does mine. They’re comfortable, and reliable. The action is over a half-century old. It simply works. There’s a part of me that wants a side-by-side or an over-under model, but those are mostly valuable for hunting. I’d want my shotgun to be primarily a home-defense weapon. Plus, the racking of a shell is the universal sign of “get out of my house!” These can be had for outrageously low prices on every-other-month sales at Big 5.
Lastly, I’m looking at the Springfield Armory M1A as my CQC carbine. No pistol grip, and a wood stock makes it look less like those big scary black rifles, the cowards in our society are so scared of. Plus, this is the grandchild of the beloved M-1 Garand, that many many great Americans used in several wars of past. This rifle is based on the M-14, which is based on the M-1. Great lineage! It’s completely California legal, with the ditching of the flash suppressor and adding a muzzlebreak. They can come this way from the factory. Sweet!
So, what are your thoughts?