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February 24, 2006

House Guns

There's a meme running around the Gun Blogs that's interesting.

House Guns, started by Say Uncle, who further elaborates here.

The house gun is merely the gun you keep accessible at your home in case something goes bump in the night. I think there are generally three schools of thought on the house gun: handgun, carbine and shotgun.

The recent escape of a murderer from the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas (the little town south of us that butts up against Leavenworth), brought about a relook at the issue here at the Castle. Nothing changed in my choices, but it's always good to revisit key things like that.. The prison is only about 4 miles away from us - though, in truth, the last place escaping inmates want to be is here, hiding in an area that has 6 incarceration facilities...

Here at the Castle, we do two out of the three choices Uncle lays out. Pistols and shotgun. And we do both major varieties of pistol, auto and revolver.

The Castle's

The shotgun is a Winchester Model 97 full-choke 12 gauge, loaded with 00 buckshot. It's the "Fort Up" weapon you'd face if you were to come through the door or windows of the bedroom at SWWBO. The Polish Tokarev, seen here with a magazine of Soviet service ammo in it, is the primary 'roaming gun'.

Polish copy of the Soviet Tokarev T-33

Here is where I will get snarked by the Home Defenders. The revolver. The load for the revolver is... shot.

Smith and Wesson

Why? I understand *all* the arguments about "In the house and advancing, dead on the floor". Got it. I'll carry the revolver loaded with one round of shot for *two* reasons. 1. It's a critter that has gotten inside. 2. It's a kid. Yes, I know that the feral little savages may be packing and may happily shoot me for a thrill. They could also just be stupid punks. If they're being stupid, they get a "whiff of grape" so to speak, and the chance to leave, and live. If they don't surrender, or run, but come forward after that, or reach for anything, then the Tokarev will speak. And in any situation, if the Tokarev jams, the Smith will bark at least twice in quick succession, and six times if yer stubborn.

That's how I plan to defend the Castle. And with classicly Armorer-style armament, tried, true and proven. None of that new-fangled stuff here. Heck, I was reluctant to put up the flintlock saddle pistols... 8^D. And as our targets show, We can do it. SWWBO - she's just going to turn you into hamburger. Life's tough when yer stupid. Better hope you run into me.

Others blogging their thoughts on house guns are Jeff at Alphecca, Tamara at View From The Porch, Jay, at Toys in the Attic, and South Park Pundit. I'm sure there are more, I'll add 'em if I find 'em.

And with that, and the discussion developing in the comments - it's time to Re-run the Notices (in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry).

Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.

Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own.