To Gun or Not to Gun....

While at work today, my partner and I started talking shotguns...

I hunt. My guns (all two of them) are of the O.F. Mossberg variety.

For those of you who are not familiar, Mossberg is what I would call a "utilitarian" brand. They are basic and inexpensive. They get the job done.

My first gun (which I still own) is a "Coast-to-Coast Master-Mag 880". It is a 20 gauge pump-action shotgun made for the Coast to Coast Hardware Stores by Mossberg. They are (for all practical purposes) a re-labeled Mossberg 500. I bought this gun while working at Coast-to-Coast Hardware. I drooled over it for a couple of years (we did not sell that many of them, and this one sat in stock for a long time). I kicked the idea of buying it around for a while, and when I did finally decide, I put it on lay-a-way. I paid it off over the next year getting to peek at "my" gun from time to time. It is my favorite gun. It is relatively lightweight, and has been at my side since my first trip hunting. Currently, it is my grouse, and squirrel gun, but it used to be my duck and deer gun also.

A few years into my career in hunting, I felt the need to upgrade from the 20 gauge to a 12 gauge. Being overall happy with Mossberg (I love the placement of their top mounted safety), I discovered the Mossberg 835. I saved up for this gun, and between the money I saved up, and money I received for my birthday (requested for that purpose) I was able to buy myself an 835.

I do not have the same nostalgic feelings towards the 835 that I do with my 880.

Over years of use, I have found that the 835 is too heavy for my likings. it's more of a "cannon" than I care to use. Ed has upgraded a number of times, and has landed with a truly beautiful gun. He owns a Beretta AL391 (a review). It is so light, and easy to swing... I drool every time I see it.

A couple of years ago, I started kicking the idea around of replacing the 835.
In a very "Charlton Heston" statement, I'd like to say that my old 880 will NEVER be replaced. "They" (whoever that is) will have to pry it from my cold dead hands before I give it up. Even then, it will be passed down to one of the (yet to be determined) five.
Ed has made mention over the past few years that it was time I "splurged" on a new gun. Something a bit more "top shelf", something a bit more "heirloom" quality. He has pointed out that (and now with over 120 hours of overtime in the past month, he again reminded me)...
"You need to reward yourself!!! You have worked very hard and sacrificed so much over the years. You went through hell the last couple weeks, you deserve to get the shotgun you have always wanted."
And...
"You're killin' me!....what are you waiting for? In case you have not noticed, you are not getting any younger (40? according to the life expectancy of a male...you have one foot in the grave already). Why not enjoy it now while you can instead of still thinking about it when you are in a wheel chair. Seriously"
Maybe a Benelli Montifeltro Model 10805 Left handed 12ga with the satin walnut finish or perhaps a Beretta 3901 American "Statesman" ??

While I do not disagree with him, putting a new gun on my "priority list" right now is just not an option. I still have three more kids to finish putting through private school, and that is just the beginning... Yet, I do have to agree with him that hunting is not just a "passing fad" in my life, and that perhaps SOMEDAY I should be allowed to "reward myself" with something a little nicer...

You know.... SOMEDAY, as in "after"....

After the kids finish private school, after the kids finish all their sports (and related costs), after I finish having to pay for mini-vans, after the kids are done with college, after I get caught up with paying for graduations, weddings, etc, after the house is paid for...

You know... "After"

Oh well... It's fun to dream! Back to the reality of life as a father of five!

4 comments:

  1. They let left handed people have guns in Minnesota?

    Crazy Libertarians.

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  2. I don't know if Benelli makes a left handed one or not, but I have 2 Benelli Nova pump shot guns. One is the black synthetic and was about $375 and I believe they are still in that price range. The second is the Super Nova in Max-4 camo for duck hunting and that ran me about $475 here in Red Wing. My dream is to buy a Super Black Eagle II but I do not have the $1400 needed to add that beauty to the collection.

    Benelli makes a great gun and I have never regreted the money I have spent on them.

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  3. I don't know if Benelli makes a left handed one or not, but I have 2 Benelli Nova pump shot guns. One is the black synthetic and was about $375 and I believe they are still in that price range. The second is the Super Nova in Max-4 camo for duck hunting and that ran me about $475 here in Red Wing. My dream is to buy a Super Black Eagle II but I do not have the $1400 needed to add that beauty to the collection.

    Benelli makes a great gun and I have never regreted the money I have spent on them.

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  4. OK, if I'm being honest, the numbers on a gun mean about as much to me as wire gauge. And much like wires, I figure, "the bigger the better right?" That's my philosophy at least.

    But anyway, having grown up in Bama, I did my share of shooting, mostly my dads old shotgun and 22-rifle, which often failed to fire.

    I keep contemplating getting a handgun and I tell myself it's for personal protection here at home, but I know I'm only kidding myself. Truth is, I REALLY like guns!! But considering how CareerMom is cracking down on MLIs watching those awful violent shows like "Superfriends" and "SpiderMan," I'm not sure how she'd react to my getting one.

    And to make it worse, each time I drive to TN to visit my folks, I take the back-roads and I pass a HUGE gun supply store.

    It beckons...

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