Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Slight change of plan...

As I noted here, I was planning on a semi-auto SHTF rifle for my next gun purchase; however, an opportunity just cropped up that I just cannot pass up. My friend is short of cash and has offered to sell me back my old shotgun, at a very reasonable price.
The shotgun, a Winchester 1300 Defender, was the very first gun I ever purchased. Years ago(during my college years, actually), my friend Steve invited me out to Lytle Creek (back when it was an open shooting area) to try out his new shotgun, a Mossberg 590 with that cool perforated heatshield over the top of the barrel. I had an absolute blast, and was hooked immediately. I set out to purchase a gun of my very own, and settled on a Winchester Defender (it was a bit cheaper than the Mossberg at the time). I remember when I picked it up at the store, there was a couple there checking out handguns... the guy was looking at a little automatic and asked about its stopping power. The clerk pointed to me (I was inspecting my shottie just then) and said "If you want stopping power, you can't beat one of those".
Well, anyway, I owned this gun for a few years and got married. My wife's uncle invited me to go quail hunting, so I looked into buying a sporting shotgun. I picked up a Mossberg 500 combo, which had both the 28" barrel and the 20" and since we were fairly strapped for cash back then I figured I didn't need an extra shotgun. So, I sold my Winchester to my friend.
And I've regretted it ever since.
Over the years, I've offered to buy it back several times, to no avail; so now, even though I feel a little crappy about taking advantage of his financial situation (oh, don't worry; I'll get over it!), I'm going to buy back my very first gun. (He offered it, I didn't ask).
No, I guess I don't need an extra shotgun, but I'm sure y'all can understand the sentimental value that this Defender has for me... it holds more shells than my Mossie, too...
As far as the SHTF rifle goes, I think I've decided upon the FAL. Yeah, its a lot of green, but I've always been partial to battle rifles and I feel as though I'd be settling if I got any of the others on my short list. I was leaning toward the Kel-Tec there for a while, but I know I won't regret getting the FAL. This shotgun purchase will just set my plans back by a month or so, and I'll be real happy to welcome the Defender back home.
Pictures when I get it...

1 comment:

Fathairybastard said...

Man, new guns, or old guns again, are never about "Need". It's pure lust. Obviously you were meant to have it after all.