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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2012 Digital Edition - Page 64
Andi Cristi s someone who is fascinated by all-things firearms, I’ve always admired American Handgunner magazine. Alas, I’m also someone who lives in what could only be called a country distinctly not firearms — friendly — Romania. Trust me when I say it’s like seeing a tasty meal put in front of you, but just out of arm’s reach. I am constantly amazed at the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. In most states, you can simply walk into a gun store (something we essentially don’t have here), buy a gun, and walk out with it! That’s unheard of here … only a wild fantasy! Some years ago, I took a chance and wrote a letter to Roy Huntington, the editor at Handgunner. I told him of my admiration of the magazine, and my wish one day to come to America to experience the freedoms you have with firearms — and to actually be able to 64 shoot some of the very guns I see on the pages. I was stunned when I received a package, and in it was a wonderful surprise of magazines and other goodies the staff at FMG had sent to me, along with a very kind note! Because of this kindness, I was able to have new copies of the magazines, to enjoy the wonderful photos and articles, and to make new friends. The fact they took the time to take interest in one, very lonely “RetroGuy” (what I like to call myself after reading Roy’s editorial some years ago about good old-fashioned conduct) in Romania shows me the kind of people Americans really are. Over the years, Roy has continued his friendship with me, and we often exchange letters or phone calls. He’s heard me voice my sadness at the state of my country, and the silliness at the fact it’s virtually impossible to own a firearm here. And in my case, as one who has such a strong interest in everything about guns, it’s particularly frustrating. It’s simply a hobby for me, and I would love to be able to take a .22 to a range and shoot a few rounds. But that will never happen here. A Challenge Recently, Roy challenged me to write an article about what it’s like to be someone who enjoys guns, but is not allowed to actually own any; to tell Handgunner readers about what it takes to own a gun Romania, or if it’s even possible. I said I would, although I had never written an article before. It’s important shooters in the states realize what a gift they enjoy, and to never let it slip out of their grasp. We “gun-guys” as Roy calls us, are almost always upstanding citizens, people who help their neighbors, sup- WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2012