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  •  Don't forget ugly. A scary ugly black gun . (2+ / 0-)
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    Weapons ? I wish people wouldn't refer to their sporting clays , skeet or trap shotguns , deer rifles as "weapons" -my guess is virtually none of us envision the use of any of them  against another human being. I punch holes in paper , in soft drink cans , and occasionally use one to help put an otherwise very unwilling deer in my freezer. 0% cholesterol , very low fat , and a great excuse to sit perfectly still watching birds and napping on ridiculously cold mornings.

    Good friends are a dime per molecule.

    by Abra Crabcakeya on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:12:29 PM PST

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    •  Abra Crabcakeya: I hate to say this but (0+ / 0-)

      the people who first introduced me to shotguns and rifles? Called 'em weapons.

      "Guns" were pistols / handguns.

       The people who taught me to make a living with them called 'em firearms or small arms. I guess linguistically I'm still dancing with the ones that brung me....

       and now, sadly, we have CWD in our West Texas deer. So if you're hunting for the table be careful not to take in any CNS tissue. :7(

      I don't anticipate ever using mine against another human. But I was trained, in my teens, about deadly force, and it's stuck.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:12:49 PM PST

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      •  Ugly being in the eye of the beholder, I will add (0+ / 0-)

        there are uglier things out there than an M-16.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:36:59 PM PST

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      •  Yes - strictly shoulder shots last several years - (1+ / 0-)
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        stay away from the neck altogether. Them what brung me along were every one vets, some were still Reserves or Nat. Guard ; "rifles" , shotguns"  ,& "pistols" , with frowns dispensed for calling a rifle a gun. Some maybe were also of the Conan The Grammarian tribe.They were all stickler pricks for every imaginable safety rule. That link you provided - looked like something Ripley might carry stalking aliens. Ugly , indeed. According to the ethos Faulkner talked about in "The Bear" , you wouldn't never see nuthin' when toting one o' them thangs. Times have changed a great deal - my roommate and I were allowed by our dorm director to keep our shotguns in the closet in our room to save a 4 hour round trip home if we got an invite to shoot or hunt.

        Good friends are a dime per molecule.

        by Abra Crabcakeya on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:50:52 PM PST

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