When Congress was debating the Brady law a few years ago, I decided that it was time to buy a gun.  I'd been around guns as a kid, but never really felt the need to have one, until it began to look to me like the government didn't want me to have one.

After Brady was signed, I bought my first gun, a Smith & Wesson 5906, a double-action high-capacity 9MM semi-automatic pistol.  Within a few months, I bought a Glock 22, a high-capacity 40S&W semi-auto pistol to accompany it.

When Congress was debating the "It's a Crime, Bill", I decided that more needed to be done.  I bought one or two Russian SKS rifles (they're inexpensive, and now thanks to BC, impossible to import), a Chinese MAK-90, and a Mossberg 590 12 guage pump shotgun.

Target shooting turned out to be a lot more fun than I had imagined, so soon I was going to both pistol and rifle ranges for a few hours of paper-punching almost weekly.  I got involved with the San Jose Zouaves, a local DCM rifle club, and through the club I bought from Uncle Sam a M1 Garand rifle, genuine WWII surplus.  With this gun added to my collection, I became more interested in US military small arms.  Soon I added a 1917 Enfield rifle to my collection.  The Enfield was significantly modified from military configuration, with a sporterized stock, and a non-GI peep sight, so I later added a stock 1917 Enfield to the list.

At this point, I didn't have even one revolver, though I had rented them at the pistol range from time to time.  I discovered during one of these rental sessions, that I was a much better shot with a revolver than a semi-auto pistol, so I bought a Taurus 607, .357 Magnum 7-shot revolver, in the 6inch barrel, stainless finish configuration.

A few .22 rimfires later (Marlin 60SS rifle, Browning Buckmark Varmint pistol), I bought my current favorite gun, a Kimber 1911 45ACP, in the Stainless Gold Match configuration.

Most recently, I bought a Bushmaster Competition Rifle, an AR-15 variant.  I still haven't been to the range to shoot it.

Now, some 19 guns later, I credit James Brady and Bill Clinton for my exposure to this hobby.  Thanks Bill, you've made at least one more ardent 2nd Amendment supporter!  I should mention that along the way I became an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association, as well as a Life Member of the California Rifle and Pistol Association.


Last updated 12/10/98
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