Preparing for the third gun case

Posted: Apr 07, 2006 8:05 AM

The other night, I made a big mistake. I accidentally scratched one of my Browning gun cases. I could have used some touch-up paint to fix it but I decided that would be too easy. Instead, I just bought another one. It looks great except for the fact that it’s empty. That means it’s time to expand my gun collection.

First and foremost, I want to get a new weapon for personal protection while I’m in my car. For years, I’ve been carrying a Smith and Wesson Model 640 in my center console. I’ve been loading it with 145-grain Winchester silver tips for extra consolation. But, now, I’ve decided to start carrying a Springfield 45 with two 13-round clips in the console. I’m doing it largely because my friend Chris Rowe just bought one. I can’t let Chris collect more guns than I have so I’ll buy that Springfield immediately. If you need more convincing than I did, just check out this link:

I also have some concern that I won’t be prepared for the upcoming turkey season. My sore left shoulder is acting up again so I might not feel comfortable getting caught in the woods armed only with my Benelli Nova 12-gauge pump shotgun. It has a heck of a kick so I’ll probably have to purchase a new Benelli Super Black Eagle II Steady Grip (good for recoil reduction) with a 24-inch barrel and 3 ½-inch chambering. The semi-automatic shotgun can unleash a payload of ammunition faster than Marion Berry can empty a crack pipe. Of course, I could just buy a compensated choke for my Nova but I have a gun safe to fill. If you’re still not convinced, check out this link:

Needless to say, I have plenty of room to get something chambered in 45 Long Colt for an adequate back-up home defense weapon. From now on, my Remington 870 Express Magnum HD (in 12-gauge) will be lying right beside a Taurus Raging Bull. That new Taurus will come in handy when I visit Nantahala, North Carolina where some friends of mine have just purchased a new mountain cabin. When we have our monthly militia meetings (like all good conservative do) we are bound to see an occasional black bear in the vicinity.

The 454 Casull round manufactured by Hornady (see can also be used in my new Taurus for the purpose of making those black bear kills. Although we are opposed to affirmative action, each member of my militia will do all he can to kill an equal proportion of white bear – that is if any should show up in Western North Carolina. Click on the following link to see whether you approve of this new addition to the arsenal:

The ever-expanding gun collection will require a lot of time at the gun range to keep my shooting skills honed. So, I guess that means I have to buy a good skeet gun. And since I don’t yet have a Browning on this list, the new Cynergy Camo in Mossy Oak Break-Up is a rather obvious choice. Naturally, I will get the new 12-gauge version with the capability of taking 3 ½ - inch shells. Some people may think the MSRP of $2282 is a little much but I have connections. Doubters should check out the following link before making any harsh moral judgments:

Every time I substantially update my gun collection, I make sure to add at least one gun that has no specific purpose. The sole criterion for the one useless addition to the collection is that it’s pretty. This year, several contenders have emerged. For instance:

1. The L.C. Smith Double Barrel by Marlin is very pretty. It can be viewed on the following link:

2. The Benelli Legacy 12-gauge shotgun is also very pretty. It can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

3. And, finally, for some odd reason I’m starting to take a liking to the looks of the Benelli R1 rifle chambered in .300 Win Mag. To see whether you think it’s pretty, click on this link:

After you’ve had a chance to review my prospective choices, give me some help deciding which one to purchase by emailing me with either “1”, “2”, or “3” in the subject line. After all the help I’ve given readers looking for firearms, it’s time they did the same for me.