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GUNS Magazine November 2010 - Page 12
PURPOSE-dRiVEN GUNS They’re kept cleaned, loaded—and handy. ike many readers, most of the guns I own are here simply L because I want them here. They have no specific purpose other than recreation. Such are my black-powder cartridge rifles used for target shooting, or mine and Yvonne’s single actions and leverguns used for cowboy competitions. That said, among all the guns in my vault are a few truly purpose driven. They are here for specific reasons, and seldom, if ever, used for recreational purposes. Here’s what I mean. For 30 years I’ve owned a Remington Model 700 .222 Remington Magnum. It was originally bought for recreation in the form of varmint shooting and so was fitted with a Weaver 10X scope. However, brass for that cartridge isn’t all that common anymore. In fact, I only have 275 cases. Also, we have lost much of our ground squirrel shooting areas around here due to home building, so the old Rem Mag hasn’t been used for recreation in many years. often, but I have shot a few coyotes right from the front door when they were skulking around. Another gun that doesn’t get fired much, but is kept handy during warm months, is a Colt SAA “Sheriff’s Model.” That specific version has a 3" barrel and no provision for ejector rod housing. Mine is the dual cylinder .44-40/.44 Special version and it hasn’t been fired with bullets for years. Be sure, though, it has been fired. I use it with shot loads to kill rattlesnakes. As with coyotes, Yvonne and I don’t go rattlesnake hunting. But, upon encountering one around our house or outbuildings we shoot it. Again the purpose is to protect our animals not to mention ourselves. Another handgun that has been fired for protection is Yvonne’s Glock 23 .40 S&W. One morning a few years back, she was down by our horse corrals just after daylight. A skunk came out of the brush, snapping its teeth and coming right at her. She reached back in the pickup for her ever-present Glock and killed it. Because of its odd behavior I called the county animal control people. They came and collected it for testing. It was positively rabid. Yvonne’smainpurpose-drivenhandgunis thisGlock23.40S&W.Shehasuseditto killarabidskunk. Dangerous Pests Instead, it’s been kept out of sight but readily accessible with the magazine loaded, chamber empty. You see, Yvonne and I are animal lovers and keep a variety of dogs and cats (all spayed or neutered) here on our rural Montana property. We take an extremely dim view of coyotes eyeing them as food. It hasn’t happened Duke’spurpose-drivenlonggunisthis facsimileM1A1.30Carbine.Heoftenhas itwithhimonhishomeproperty.Healso carriesaColtSAA.44loadedwithshot loadsinhishippocketduringwarmmonths whilegoingabouthisbusiness. Fired In Anger? Our personal self-defense guns have never been fired in anger. Hopefully they never will, but we still have them. Above I mentioned Yvonne’s favorite. We also have a pair of Smith & Wesson J-frames with 1-7/8" “snubnose” barrels. I prefer the Model 442: a .38 Special with aluminum alloy frame and internal hammer. That handgun has traveled literally hundreds of thousands of miles with me. On her side of our bed, Yvonne keeps a titanium-frame Model 360. DukehaskeptthisRemingtonModel700 .222RemingtonMagnumbyhishome’sdoor foraquartercentury.Itssolepurposeisto keepcoyotesfrommakingmealsofhisand Yvonne’sdogsandcats. 12 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER 2010