Got a new gun today...

MacAztec

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Well, its not really new. My Dad gave me his old .22 Calibre Remington MatchMaster Rifle. It was made in 1947, well built rifle. I think its the most accurate .22 I have ever shot, and it has a solid weight to it.

Today we went shooting up near the mountains where I live (Me, my Dad, my Brother, and a friend). We brought 3 shotguns, an "M-14 Mini", a SigSour (.40 Calibre pistol), the Remington MatchMaster, and a Colt 45.

It was awesome because my Dad is a real gun collector, and he thought over the years that he was missing his favorite shotgun. So, we open up one of gun cases, and there he has his Browning Automatic Shotgun, the one he thought was missing. Very very cool gun, holds 6 shotgun shells, is semi-automatic (no pumping needed).

The story on the .22 I got is, when my Dad was 12 years old, he traded his Guitar and a 70cc Motorcycle for this Rifle. He kept it over the years, and now it is mine :)

Even better story is the German Broomhandle Mauser that he has. We didn't shoot it, but I guess my Dad's Grandpa's Uncle took it off of a dead German officer in WWI, smuggled it back to the U.S. My Dad's Dad ended up with it, and my Dad took if from him when my Dad's Dad moved out (my dad was 12 at the time). He kept it hidden in his closet, took it with him to college, and now it is here.

Anyways, thought I would post this, I am pretty excited. I took the gun over to an old guy I know, he took it apart, cleaned it all up for me, polished the wood, re-lubed it, etc. I will post pictures...

Any other gun fanatics here?
 

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says....not into firearms myself but your post made me think of that great line from Dale Gribble - "...guns don't kill people...the government does!"....oh yeah!
 

Peyote

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My mother just bought 10 acres of Texas Hill country land to eventually retire on, so I went with her to pick out a shotgun. She's got a small frame, so we ended up with a Baretta Bantam 20 ga pump. It will make a fine "critter gun"...she's got hogs, turkey, and rattlesnakes, not to mention the usual pests such as raccoon, possum, bobcat, etc. Interestingly, there is also whitetail and axis deer in the area, probably coyote, maybe even mountain lion...which would be very strange for the area, but I know someone that saw a mountain lion on their property, and they only live about 30 miles away from there.

Anyway, she flew in here to Dallas to have me go with her to buy the shotgun, and couldn't fly back with it, so now I'm stuck here with a pump shotgun....woohoo!!! I don't have any shells for it, but it sure is fun to listen to that sound. lol

I'm pretty nervous about firing it...the most I've shot is a .22, and I had to assemble the shotgun...maybe I'll use a string to pull the trigger for that first shot, in case I didn't put it together right...hehehe
 

killuminati

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I don't really understand what you guys do with your guns. I know its a very american thing to own guns and do stuff with them, but what exactly do you do? Go around shooting people (I know some of you do), shoot animals? shoot targets?
 

MacAztec

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Mostly for Target/Critter shooting. Where I live, there are a lot of farms, and rabbits. You can go out at night with a truck and a spotlight, and if you shine the light on a rabbit, it will freeze. Then, you cap it!

My Dad has the SigSauer (pistol) for home/self defense. He bought that pistol because of its ability to be 100% completely safe while being loaded (with a bullet in the chamber). So, he keeps it loaded all the time, just incase.
 

Platform

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Congratulations........but what will you use it for.. :confused:

Edit: a tiny bit to late :eek:
 

Bibulous

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MacAztec said:
You can go out at night with a truck and a spotlight, and if you shine the light on a rabbit, it will freeze. Then, you cap it!
Then what do you do with the rabbit?
 

Peyote

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killuminati said:
I don't really understand what you guys do with your guns. I know its a very american thing to own guns and do stuff with them, but what exactly do you do? Go around shooting people (I know some of you do), shoot animals? shoot targets?

This from the person with Tupac as their avatar...LOL...just found that a little ironic :D
 

killuminati

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Peyote said:
This from the person with Tupac as their avatar...LOL...just found that a little ironic :D
Yea but that is very different, those guns are for self defense and for killing people. I know that MacAztek doesn't use his guns for that. So I was curious what they were for.
 

LethalWolfe

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Man, been too long sense I've got out w/the family into the middle of nowhere and had some fun. Shooting at an indoor range just ain't the same.


Lethal
 

asqy

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Yehawww

Guns are pretty much illegal in Australia.

Farmers are allowed bolt action rifles for farming purposes.

Semi automatic handguns and rifles cannot be owned by your average person in the burbs.

Also extremely tough laws for recreational shooters.

Extremely popular reform in 1996.

Black market guns of course. Police in NSW use 9mm 15 round Glock.
 

russed

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says....not into firearms myself but your post made me think of that great line from Dale Gribble - "...guns don't kill people...the government does!"....oh yeah!
or as goldie lookin chain sang - guns dont kill people, rappers do!
 

pseudobrit

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killuminati said:
I don't really understand what you guys do with your guns. I know its a very american thing to own guns and do stuff with them, but what exactly do you do? Go around shooting people (I know some of you do), shoot animals? shoot targets?
It's very American to blow & shoot stuff up.

Hell, you should see the fireworks they sell down south!

Don't ask me how I know, but 'gators aren't very intimidated even when a pyrotechnic mortar round (thrown, not launched) goes off right next to them.
 

mcadam

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MacAztec said:
Mostly for Target/Critter shooting. Where I live, there are a lot of farms, and rabbits. You can go out at night with a truck and a spotlight, and if you shine the light on a rabbit, it will freeze. Then, you cap it!
What a great hunter you are - sure must take a lot of skill to hit a rabbit standing still. Great sport.

MacAztec said:
My Dad has the SigSauer (pistol) for home/self defense. He bought that pistol because of its ability to be 100% completely safe while being loaded (with a bullet in the chamber). So, he keeps it loaded all the time, just incase.
Wow - a completely safe gun. Lets hope you don't wake him up when you come home one late night. Perhaps you'd better to call in advance - just in case.

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mcadam

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says....not into firearms myself but your post made me think of that great line from Dale Gribble - "...guns don't kill people...the government does!"....oh yeah!
No, guns don't kill people - people with guns do.

A
 

nospleen

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killuminati said:
I don't really understand what you guys do with your guns. I know its a very american thing to own guns and do stuff with them, but what exactly do you do? Go around shooting people (I know some of you do), shoot animals? shoot targets?
Ask the guy in your avatar.
 

Lyle

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mcadam said:
What a great hunter you are - sure must take a lot of skill to hit a rabbit standing still. Great sport.
I'm not an animal rights activist by any stretch of the imagination, but I have a problem with killing animals for "sport". I just have to bite my tongue sometimes when I hear a brave hunter talking about how he climbed up into a tree stand and used a high-power scope to shoot unsuspecting deer from hundreds of feet away.

If you want to impress me, go up against a buck with your bare hands and let me know how it goes. ;)
 

MacAztec

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Sorry PETA folks, farmers here want the rabbits dead. It isn't a sport of who can kill the most rabbits, but rather a way of saving crops. Sorry, but animals don't come first when it comes to food.
 

MongoTheGeek

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Lyle said:
If you want to impress me, go up against a buck with your bare hands and let me know how it goes. ;)
Its been done. Its illegal in most of the US though as its unnecessarily cruel to the deer.

I know people who switched to bow-hunting because there is an actual challenge in it.

There are people who hunt for meat to supplement what they grow. I know farmers who hunt to keep the deer out of their crops. A few counties over there was an elk reintroduction program that had about half the elk killed by one farmer (with permits) because they kept raiding his corn.

As for the fireworks they sell down south, I got to shoot off a 3" mortar about a week ago. Seriously cool