The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

An old hobby, rediscovered

Posted By on November 16, 2004

After hitting the range on Thursday, I decided to take up shooting again. It looks like the best indoor range around is American Firearms School. I've been there before, some years ago. It was a good facility.

I've paid for and am currently in the waiting period for a Ruger 10/22, though mine came with an aftermarket heavy target barrel and a scope.

I've also applied for my handgun permit (just to buy, not to carry), and so I'm going to pick up a Kimber Ten II (nothing like a Colt pattern .45 ACP brought into the modern age with a polymer frame and double-stack magazine) and a Walther P22. The P22 is good for beginning shooters, but I happen to like small bore pistols. They're cheap to feed with ammo and lots of fun to shoot.

I'm also looking into Cowboy Action Shooting. I think it would be fun.

Oh, and I joined the NRA. I can't say that I agree with all their politics; but most of them. To be honest, I find them to be a little soft, of all things. But, then again, I feel that all firearm permitting and waiting periods (at least, waiting periods in excess of what it would take to run a criminal background check) is unconsitutional (look for various discussions of position and opinion on the social ramifications of firarms ownership).

Also, please note that supporting firearms ownership and joining the NRA does NOT make me a conservative. I am a libertarian, and I am supporting a responsible citizen's the right to keep personal weapons. Indeed, despite my pro-weapon stance, I really, really, dislike radical Christian organizations (KKK and various Nazi groups), and feel that the best way to protect oneself against their everpresent threat of violence is to arm oneself.

That and guns are fun to shoot. 🙂

And I need to start playing paintball again next spring.

It's Liz's birthday tomorrow. I'm taking her out to Seven Moons and am making her peanut butter chessecake. (It's not a surprise, but hopefully it will be special, nonetheless).


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