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You Might Be Gun-Nuts If…

Posted by Bill Nance on June 22, 2009

  1. If your Valentine’s Day present to your wife is a Sig Sauer P220 and you get serious lovin’ for the gift… You might be gun-nuts
  2. If your birthday present from your wife is a Cowboy Assault Rifle (level action rifle)… You might be gun-nuts
  3. If your idea of a good father’s Day Present for your wife’s Dad is a box of hand-made 45 Long-Colt Cowboy Action Shooting loads… You might be gun nuts
  4. If you go to the in-laws’ for dinner and bring your new shotgun to show off… You might be gun-nuts
  5. If your “date-night” consists of a candlelit dinner where you and your wife discuss the best grain-weights for the .45 ACP… You might be gun-nuts
  6. If you and your wife remark to friends that shooting is: “The most fun you can have with your clothes on…” You might be gun-nuts
  7. If you look at the 12 firearms in your safe and think to yourself:  “That’s a good start…” You might be gun-nuts

-That is all


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Posted by Bill Nance on June 20, 2009

In support of the brave people of Iran fighting for Democracy, we are going GREEN in a small token of support.

I’ve been following Andrew Sullivan on this as well as The Lede from the NY Times and Tehran Bureau.  they are doing a better job than I could ever hope to do in following this crisis.

But let it never be said again that the people of Iran are worthy only of bombing.

Let everyone who is of the praying bent say their prayers for the success of these brave people.

For the rest of us:

People of Iran: Your time has come. Rise up. Take your country back. We stand in awe of your courage.

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Gun Pr0n: Marlin 336W

Posted by Bill Nance on June 3, 2009

Marlin 336W

Marlin 336W

I picked this bad boy up a little over a week ago, just in time for my birthday. It’s meant for killing Bambi’s mother hunting deer in Maine.

The 336 derives from the Marlin 1893 and Model 36, which are similar to the Winchester Model 94, but have a side, rather than a rear ejection port.

It’s chambered for the venerable 30-30 cartridge, the most popular caliber among hunters in the U.S.

When I started looking into hunting rifles I considered a lot of different possibilities. Obviously the 7mm, 30 ’06 and other calibers available would have been fine choices as well, but I selected the 30-30 because I don’t forsee myself taking any long-distance shots in the dense foliage of central/northern Maine.

The 30-30 is considered an ideal caliber for shots up to about 200 yards or so, and is accurate and deadly at 250.

I originally looked at several Winchester Model 94s but was frankly very disappointed in them. The action felt overly loose and down-right rickety in some cases. Compared with the Uberti for instance, well, there is no comparison at all.

Marlin is an old name and a company with a fine reputation so I started looking at these and was not disappointed. The action is solid, firm and consistent and the stock sights are quite good. I will probably replace the stock sights with something a little larger or add a scope/optics of some kind to this gun. The top of the receiver is pre-drilled to accept scope mounts or a weaver rail.

Range Report:

I’ve only had this gun out once so far and I put 12 rounds down range, just enough to satisfy me as to its accuracy. At 100 yards it shoots better than I do (Which isn’t saying a great deal perhaps, but what the heck).

All in all I’m very pleased with the new acquisition, and what’s better yet, (Aside from ammo costs) it fits my wife perfectly as it has a fairly short stock.  For a shooter with short arms, women in particular, this is a very big deal.

Of course now we’re looking at another $150 to set up our Dillon for reloading 30-30, but I forsee this gun getting some decent use over the years to come. Like all the firearms we’ve acquired so far, this one is never going to be sold.

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