02 Apr 2014

Every Man Should Own a Gun

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Raywolf, at Return of Kings (a blog dispensing cynical un-PC advice to male millenials), offers an opinion I agree with.

At the end of the day if you’re not prepared to kill someone and you don’t have at least some basic skills in using firearms, there may come a time when someone might kill you or someone you care for. Owning a gun and being able to use one ought to be like owning a car.

The failure of gun control is laughably highlighted in both the UK and Australia. In the UK all handguns are illegal with hefty mandatory sentences, so now most criminals are not only armed, seeking the strategic advantage of weapons everyone else are forbidden to own, but are also happy to use their guns, when the sentences for killing are not much worse than the sentences for just having a gun. If I am about to get caught but I can kill you and get away with it, I might as well.

Read the whole thing.

I do not personally agree with his choices of guns. Glocks are ugly and have no real safety. Raywolf contends that the Glock 34’s 17-round magazine makes it “more interesting.” But, speaking frankly, I expect that, if it ever comes down to it, you will only very rarely need to shoot anybody more than once. I like S&W revolvers and 1911-style automatics better than I like Glocks.

Myself, I don’t really see why anyone wants one of those ugly military-style semi-autos. They are expensive, stylistically inappropriate for hunting, and are really just toys useful only for blasting off huge quantities of ammo plinking. If the social order ever breaks down to the point that one needs a gun chambered for the standard military round with lots of firepower, I’d expect to get one off the ground for free after I shot the first few bad guys.

For the beginner, a pump shotgun is a good choice, I agree. But, I’d say go out there and buy an Ithaca Model 37, or some kind of Winchester or Remington, with a wooden stock. Then, if you go out in the field to shoot pheasants, you won’t look like a fantasist who thinks he is Rambo.

For a hunting rifle, you do not want a great big enormous muzzle-brake hanging on the end of your barrel. If you are too delicate & sensitive to accept a little recoil, buy a rifle chambered in low-recoil cartridges like .270, 7×57, .257 Roberts, or even .243. Most connoisseurs prefer Mauser-style controlled-feed bolt actions to the Remington 700 (which is a push feed action). Older rifles are commonly both less expensive and cooler than brand new ones. Possible choices are enormous. If you are young, have good eyes, and are likely to be hunting at Eastern sorts of ranges, I’d recommend getting a light rifle with iron sights.

Roughly 60 years ago, the humorist Corey Ford used to publish a monthly feature in Field & Stream magazine called The Lower Forty, a chronicle of the adventures of a fictional informal club of small-town New England sportsmen formally titled “The Lower Forty Hunting, Shooting and Inside Straight Club.” The club’s leader and role model was Judge Parker (a fictional version of a friend of Ford’s named Parker Merrow).

Around 1960 or 1961, Judge Parker received by telegram the news that his son, at the time serving as an Air Force officer in Japan, had fathered a baby boy. Judge Parker sat right down and wrote a “Letter to a Grandson,” which episode constituted one of the most memorable of the Lower Forty stories. The letter portion of the story is quoted here.

Judge Parker proceeds to identify and set aside for his infant grandson all the favorite items from his own battery of sporting equipment, including some guns. Note the final line.

I am leaving you a few things.First I leave you your Great Grandfather’s weapons. He taught me how to shoot a pistol with his .38 Colt Army. I have not fired it since the day he died. I will give it a real good cleaning, and put the neatsfoot oil to the holster, an leave it with the same loads that he put in the cylinder himself the last time he dropped the hammer. Also you will receive his .30-30 carbine and his 12 gauge Greener. No buck ever went very far that caught one of my Dad’s .30-30’s behind the fore shoulder. No goose kept flying very long that he centered with a load of 4’s.Next I leave you my old Browning five shot 12 bore. I have used that gun so much that it has been reblued and rebuilt twice. Also my house gun, a .357 Magnum Smith and Wesson snub nose. A man who is not ready and able to defend his home does not belong in our family.

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This is a great story. I have some of the same kinds of weapons, being partial to S&W wheel guns and traditional firearms. I have a Mossberg Model 500 with four different barrels for example, one of which is 18 1/2 inches long and is on it now. But along with other stuff I do keep a semiauto “assault” style rifle, an SKS carbine because it’s cheap, reliable and versatile. In a pinch you could use it for anything from deer to defense. I had to chuckle at your statement that you would pick up a military style semiauto after knocking off a few bad guys. In the event it will much more likely be the other way around, especially if the bad guys have been through military basic training. Don’t get me wrong, I would not make out any better. But when it hits the fan people like us will be prey rather than predators unless we are in big groups.


The British Army is re-equipping itself with Glocks. They seem to know a little bit about fighting.


That is the same army which selected the hammerless Enfield revolver chambered in .38 S&W for WWII.

Steve Bodio

You KNOW I agree with your choices!

S&W revolver may be easier for beginners than a 1911– less “drill”. Taurus makes cheaper… OK ones. They are not Smiths, but utilitarian.

I love my old bolt guns, but for those who don’t want to seek out 1903 Mannlichers there are (many) millions of Winchester Model 94 .30- 30’s, and even Colonel Cooper thought they were an excellent carbine.

For a pump shotgun, yes, Ithaca 37 first– and still made in US. Doubles are more than a book.


I bought a Glock in .40 last summer. It’s OK, but I really prefer the S&W .38 snubbie that I inherited from my father-in-law. In regard to old rifles, I recently picked up a surplus Mosin-Nagant for about 140 dollars. Maybe I was just lucky, but that thing is a beauty in regard to metalwork and accuracy. They are very available right now.

Boat Guy

Glocks ARE ugly, but the only “real” safety is connecting your trigger finger to your brain. There are only four rules that NEED be followed – if they are there is little need for mechanical “safety” devices.


Cool blog- found you by way of American Digest.

More good gun stuff for smart Millenials at TTAG, if you are ever interested.


Inherited a Taurus .38, a Winchester Model 70 in .270, and an old hunting shotgun in 12 gauge from my uncle.

Thats plenty to start, and will do most all you need, basic hunting to self-defense.

Starting out, otherwise, especially for someone self-defense vs hunting I’d go like this:

1. Glock 17 for simplicity and durability. Spend your time getting good training and coaching before you even THINK about putting on this that or the other THANG…skilz are perishable, and bullet placement is key. Spend $500 on the gun, $500 on good classes, and $1000 on ammo practicing. You will thank me in a year, and be ready for more, but you can stop there, except for monthly range practice to maintain a solid base of expertise for life for your own and family basic self defense.

2. AR 15 – so many good makers and models now coming into the market, and you can put them together and swap parts like legos, with a bit of reading, and they are easy to shoot, easier to manuever, lighter recoil compared to typical hunting bolt rifles. Your girlfriend or wife can pick it up and use it with a bit of practice, and probably be better at it, than a handgun, at first, for plinking, hunting, and self-defense.

3. Rem 870, with different barrels, like the Mossberg, mentioned above, if you want to learn one shotgun that can do it all. Lots a kick, but so reliable, and VERY effective in trained hands. A manly gun. Getting good is harder than it looks, but a worthy challenge, and you can hunt rabbit, dove, ducks, geese, grouse, turkey and for practice go shoot skeet and trap. Find a good club and you will meet many nice people in that community who will mentor you for free.

This is advanced home defense, and disregard Joe Biden, as his advice will get you killed or arrested. Take a combat shotgun class, to see what I mean. You may be hooked…

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