So, the right to bear arms is a hot topic. I'm a firm believer that
law-abiding citizens should be allowed to own firearms for many reasons, not
the least of them being personal protection, recreation and preservation of
I grew up around firearms. My dad has almost always had a gun in the house,
and we were taught early on that a gun was not a toy, how to properly handle a
gun, etc. Many of my relatives are gun owners and a few of them work for
manufacturers involved in the firearms industry.
Only recently has my interest in firearms kicked in to high gear, and I've
started purchasing firearms I find interesting.
Here's a list (in purchase order) of the firearms I currently own:
- Ruger 10/22, a fun little tack-driver
- Arcus 94, a Bulgarian-made Browning Hi-Power
- AR-15 rifle, a work-in-progress rendition
of the civillian version of the ArmaLite/Colt/FN M16 US (and lots
of other) military troops carry
- Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver, the original "Combat
Magnum," a classic police sidearm
- Walnut-stock Swiss Karabiner 31 (sometimes
called the Schmidt-Rubin K31) rifle, one of the most accurate and
unique bolt-action standard-issue military rifles ever built
- FM M-95 "Detective" Hi-Power
clone, a very close copy of the original Browning Hi-Power...But in a compact
- Izhevsk-built Mosin-Nagant M44, an
immaculate, early-production example of the Soviet Union's infantry
rifle from 1944 to 1948
- Glock 23, a former Cornell University police trade-in that was used for
some things related to Illini On
Target. The pistol is mine and is still used for club activities. This is
my first "modern" pistol and the first firearm I've purchased that was updated
by someone besides me.
- 1918-manufactured Colt 1911, a WWI-issued and carried pistol.
- A flint-lock muzzle-loader built by my friend Pam's dad, Steven Roberts
and given to me as a gift. Walnut stock, Traditions barrel, .54 caliber...It's
an impressive firearm.
- Mauser project rifle. Originally started as an original German Mauser that
had already been butchered, but the receiver was too butchered, so now
I have a Remington 798 receiver and bolt. This will be a "full-custom" rifle
chambered in .308 Win.
- A Romanian fixed-stock AK47-pattern rifle in 7.62x39, built from a
receiver flat. Still working on this one...
- Glock 35, Glock's .40S&W factory-competition pistol. Picked this one
up slightly used with less than 100 rounds through it, with three mags and
case from a local police officer.
- Yugoslavian SKS, type 59/66, an unissued SKS-pattern rifle in immaculate
- Winchester Model 1300 Defender, a nifty little shotgun.
I'm planning to add more military-style rifles and pistols to
my collection. Eventually I'd like to obtain an M1
Garand, an M1A (like an M14), an M1 Carbine, an M1903 (prefer A3
or A4 version), a German K98 and other battle rifles.
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