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  •  No problem! It is a VERY complex.. (3+ / 0-)
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    ....situation. Each country has their own - peculiar - set of problems, with their own solution. What works in Australia doesn't work in the U.K., what works in the U.K. doesn't work in the U.S.A.

    It is strange how much is determined by geography and biology - not politics (wide open spaces, predators in the food chain, etc)

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:40:22 PM PST

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    •  I grew up with guns in the house (3+ / 0-)

      My father had several, including an M1 Carbine, a .45 Model 1911, a Luger and a P38 that he'd gotten in WWII. (I have these now) He was an infantry  officer, ultimately a company commander, in europe, coming in right after the Bttle of the Bulge.
      A Texan, guns just caame naturally to him. We never were allowed o go into his gun cabinet. he showd us basic gun safety and taught us how. Later, when I Was in the Boy Scouts, we learned more about gun safety nd got more prcctice.
      I would say this was not untypical for a boy of my generation---almost everybody I knew's dad was in the service.  I always knew I'd be a soldier, it was Rites of PAssage in America when I was growing up.
      While in the Army for 3 years, 1 year in Vietnam I was exposed to w whole variety of guns. Later in the lrrps, I was exposed to a variety of exotic guns---you'll know what it is and I believe this is historic:  may be the only photo of a Vietnam GI you'll ever see holding one.
      I'm not going to tell you what we used it for, but we did use it.
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      I'm sure you can tell there's a wide variety of opinion on guns and the military here.  American go the whole spectrum from Guns are Great to Absolutely not.
      I personally am quite cynical about the 2d Amendment---think its an anachronism and probably not the best thing for America. But it is there and while its there, I take advantage of it.  No sense letteing the conservatives be theones with all the gunss, say I.
      I'm collecting WWI bolt action rifles, just got an SMLE in great condition.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:04:42 PM PST

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      •  Know exactly what it is...you'll never need .. (0+ / 0-)

        ...eardefenders on the range, just MASSES of 9mm. I've shot its twin...not saying where.....Kosmail coming!

        Hope you got either a British or Australian SMLE, although likely you picked up a Savage-built. More details in the Kosmail

        Cheers!

        SF

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:03:01 PM PST

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