I'm not a psycho-killer or anything - yet. And for the most part I dont enjoy real-world violence. Of course, some people sure do it them coming. But forget all that - I'm kinda curious. Anyone on hubpages have a gun? And if you do, what type is it? Why do you have it? Mine is a magnum. One of the earlier types. 8 rounds. It makes a hole about 2inches thick. It was a gift from my pops, from back in the day when teen thugs in my street thought they were hard ass. I like to dust the gun up, shine it up a bit, all the while thinking about my favorite mob movies. I get a kick out of that. No friggin' kidding! So Who's got one?
I would have to count my guns to get an accurate answer. I am not fascinated by these tools, not in the way you mean. In this part of the world almost everyone owns at least one gun of some type but most are for hunting. Mine mostly consist of shotguns and rifles but others are antiques or collectible models.
If need be they can be used for protection, but thankfully I have never had to use them for this purpose.
If you've been here long enough, you would find that its an error that happens sometimes in hubpages. Thought you had something better to say. Hey, I'm sure you felt bummed after you realized you spelt 'PANDA' wrong
That is kind of harsh Panda. I do not like guns personally, but fiery is only one of many who have shared they own a gun on the forums. His threads are entertaining, and I would suggest just reading something else if you do not like these.
Ha ha ha ha. Cant stop laughing. Sweetie Pie, to answer your question - its the gun I told you my cousin tried to swipe from me. Its a beauty. I appreciate learnt how to use the gun myself. He just packaged it and sent it over through a friend of a friend. It was like a Mafia movie!
I don't have one but my husband does. A Magnum 45. He used to handle long arms (M16 rifle with grenade launcher) when he was still in the army. I saw that one, it was really nasty-looking . Glad he doesn't carry that anymore.
I don't have one, nor do I know anything about them. I have always said that I would never have a gun in my house. But, since having my daughter, I think my husband should get one. I saw a documentary about how a group of criminals held a family captive in their own house, and the criminals used the family's kitchen knives. I am sure that family wished they had a gun. I have, also, heard that a large majority of gun fatalities happen when the bad guy gets ahold of the good guy's gun. I am, obviously, on the fence about it.
Indeed they are not toys nor pretend. They are only imprecise tools in the hands of those unfamiliar with their use. I live in a hunting area and rarely if ever hear of an accidental shooting by a hunter. Not typical I'm sure but it seems accidental shootings occur largely by those who seldom use them.
I do honor your opinion however, and it is is ideed your choice to have guns or not.
I really meant imprecise even in skilled hands. Bullets just mangle a body no matter where they hit. You can not shoot a leg without the possibility of lethal damage. Hunting is different. Unless you are a vegetarian, hunting is probably a more humane way to eat than using processed meat.
I'm going to begin antoher post - is it possible to survive without killing something?
Here, people have their own sighting ranges complete with the yardage marked off at intervals of 50 yards all the way up to 300 yards. Being able to make a kill shot at over 200 yards using only iron sights is common.
where do you live? sorta sounds a bit like my "neighborhood" to answer the queston, I have a .22 bolt action rifle, for killing vermin and once in a while I have had to put an animal out of its misery. My husband has a 12 guage, and a 30-06 rifle. Both for hunting. Our children do not have a vauge blind fear of guns. They do know they are not toys, can kill, and repsect them. They are not intended for killing people, but can be used in self defense if needed. Thats not likely, here.
I'd just like to elaborate a touch on Wesley's recommendation of a .38 Special for a lady. I absolutely agree with that one. If you need it to be small enough to hide, the Smith & Wesson Ladysmith model is a 5 shot revolver that works really well BUT not with the original stock grips. They are too small and wood-slick. This .38 doesn't "rock up" like some revolvers will do (those provide a somewhat "gentle" experience) when recoiling after being fired.
Instead, the Ladysmith jolts straight back into your palm/wrist. It can be disturbing if you're slight of frame. However, changing out the wooden grips in favor of a set of aftermarket rubberized Pachmayr grips will make it much more user friendly. There's more to hold, so you literally have a "better handle on it", and the larger grip surface also dampens the recoil jolt considerably.
A separate subject: While I totally respect the views of those who will shoot to slow 'em down--such as aiming for a leg or some such--I won't do that. I'm not the Lone Ranger or Roy Rogers, and I don't for one second believe I'm good enough to (for instance) shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand. I aim for the biggest target I can find, right in the middle of the chest.
Yes, that means I'm willing to shoot to kill. But as others have said here, this is not a game. It is life and death and nothing less.
The only time I would pick a different target than the torso would be if it was rather obvious the bad guy was wearing a Kevlar vest. Depending on the exact circumstances, I might shoot for his fat leg or, if he happens to be a fathead, his fat head.
And finally: A lot of concern regarding gun ownership can be alleviated via education--if you know and understand firearms, you'll respect them, but you're less likely to fear them. You've taken a great step in seeking info here on the Forums. If you need to learn more, though, there may well be a class--even a Hunter's Safety Training class--available in your area. You wouldn't need to go sneak up on Bambi if you took that one, but you might feel more comfortable with the concept of a firearm as a means of self defense.
I agree with everything you posted Ghost32. I happen to feel comfortable aiming at small targets as I have used many types of firearms all of my considerable life. Like you though, if the target is moving I have the option for a torso shot. This would be preferable for most people.
The hunters safety courses are great as most young men, and some young ladies, around here have to pass tests before getting their hunting licenses. Familiarity and confidence with firearms makes all the difference in how a person will react under stressful conditions.
Guns are a work of art...like say nuclear bombs...the science ohhhhhhhhhh..sorry people,you dont seriously expect me to like the very same things you like. I like dark stuff...doesnt make me a bad guy, and even if I was...
You need people like me, so that you can point and say - that's the bad guy. Tony Montana - Scarface
I have one gun that was my father's and will keep it always. My husband has several guns though, a couple are for personal protection and the rest he uses for hunting. I don't care to go hunting but have done it a couple of times although I can shoot better than my husband.
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