I love the mechanical coolness of firearms, but somehow I haven't managed to get one. I'm rather in a survival mode of thinking these days, sensitive as I am to the lies and distortions coming out of Japan as regards the actual status of their reactors, and the to the lies and distortions coming out of Washington as regards the actual status of their deficit reduction plans. The latest news is that somebody in Texas with the last name Bass, has got the temerity to take delivery on 1 billion dollars worth of gold. Not trading futures, taking delivery. This, I gotta see.
Anyway, my experience with guns is mixed. I remember not having one and witnessing an armed robbery, wishing I had one, and then regetting the knowledge that I would have not hesitated to use it. I remember being under fire from the retaliation of somebody who just got robbed and who couldn't shoot straight and I was mad as hell. I remember shooting a couple different pistols at a range and realizing how difficult it actually is to shoot straight, and I remember being bored to tears plinking with a bolt action .22 and wanting a serious sniper rifle.
What kind of gun should I get?
I've answered the question several different ways. For self-defense the answer is none. Pepper spray and eskrima are all I need. For that I'd have to spend a few bucks and then a few years for the second level. There's a blade ops meetup in the area. I'm not really that interested. Pepper spray is plenty.
For traveling and shooting with gun enthusiasts, some match 22 pistol is what I hear. Never followed that up.
For home defense, it's all about Mister Mossberg. Not interested.
For concealed carry, I don't know if I can get that in California, and I almost never go anyplace I feel the need to be strapped. But I figure a snub .38 revolver.
So really I'm most interested in getting something for the cool factor and the mechanical knowledge of how to take it apart, put it back together and gather some competence in firing the weapon. But also for the fraternity of Second Amendment free men. And I've sorta answered that question in two divisions.
In the pistol division, I like the Baretta P92. In the rifle division, I like the AR-15. What do you like? What should I get?