When I test a new gun, I assume the firearm will work as intended. Generally they do. Thanks to advances in design, metallurgy and production, not to mention the enormous expansion of the firearms industry (competition improves the breed), the days of dubious reliability are, in the main, over. (Yes, even Hi-Points.) By the same token, I’ve lived to see self-defense training evolve and gun rights expand. As far as I can tell, more and more minorities and women are exercising their right to keep and bear arms. What’s the biggest technological and/or cultural change you’ve seen in the gun world since you started shooting?

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85 Responses to DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What’s the Biggest Change in the Gun World You’ve Seen?

  1. Moving from So. California to Wyoming in 2006. After that, the elimination of the CC “permit” here in Wyoming, and then in a lot of other places. Since then, California has just gotten worse and worse, on far more than RKBA issues. I’m so glad I escaped in time!

    • You can run but California will chase after you and try impose its laws on you….. Just ask your neighbor Colorado. They’ll tell you all about it.

      The biggest sea change ive seen in the fireaems world is the polorization. Guns are seen less as tools and more as political symbols for both sides….. More guns than ever in the hands of a fewer percentage of the population. And instead of homogeneous ownership across the USA people are moving to enclaves of like the minded on both sides of the opinion spectrum. These factors have been driving everything in the firearms world in the past 30 years..

      Dont run from California. Stay and fight.

      • What makes you think that more guns are in the hands of fewer people? I’ve seen no evidence for that at all. Do you have documentation of that? Actually, more and more people – especially women and minorities, are buying guns and learning how to use them. That right there is what will make the difference in the years to come. Let’s do what we can to encourage and promote that.

        • At one point household gun ownership in America was close to 100%. That may have been 120 years ago but it was nearly 100% for generations… These days, depending on who’se citing the stats, household gun ownership is anywhere between 30%-60%….. I dont care which end of those stats you lean towards but a 40%-70% dip in household gun ownership is a big bite. I think it should be 100%.

        • I think the urbanization and accompanying Liberalization of so many Americans does actually mean that fewer and fewer people (proportionately speaking) are growing up with guns as part of their everyday life and so didn’t own them. And this was a trend for a couple of decades, but it has begun to reverse in recent years. In fact, the number of women who owned guns spiked to 23% in 2011, compared to 13% in a 2005 Gallup poll. And since then, it’s changed even more. Crime, terrorism and the heavy handed tactics of our government since 2008 have all combined to bring an ever rising rate of first time gun owners to the sport.

          And that’s a very good thing. You can depend that gun ownership among the bad guys hasn’t gone down any, so all these stats are for law abiding citizens,

      • I see you’ve bought into their “more guns in the hands of fewer people.” Gun ownership has skyrocketed in the last decade.

        • I agree that gun ownership rates have skyrocketed recently but thats only because gun ownership rates plummeted over the years….. I view it more as a rebound to natural rates….. Which in my estimation should be 100% in America.

        • “I view it more as a rebound to natural rates….. Which in my estimation should be 100% in America.”

          Put a gun in the hands of some mentally-unbalanced folks (like Progressives) is a recipe for disaster.

          Every American (for now, anyways) has the *opportunity* (if not legally disqualified) to keep and bear arms.

          An awful lot of folks have, due to their mentally unbalanced state, no business possessing firearms…

      • There is no evidence that the number of gun owners in the U.S. is declining. In fact, it seems to be rising significantly. In Illinois, one of few states that requires a permit to own a firearm, the number of FOID cardholders continues to rise and is now over 2,000,000 (over 22% of the adult population).

        However, the increase in gun ownership is largely tied to the proliferation of right-to-carry laws (whether permitted or permitless). My gut feeling is that gun ownership is stagnant in those states where lawfully carrying a firearm is not a practical reality for most people.

        • I agree, but that turn around has only happened in the past few years. Long time anti-gun liberal types I’ve argued with for decades have only recently woken up to the utility of gun ownership and are stepping in to the light… so to speak. I think we’re on the front edge of a cultural firearms renaissance.
          It remains to be seen where this is all going. Over the years gun ownership rates dipped so low in California with pro-gunners moving out and gun haters moving in…. With recent court decisions and gun ownership rates rebounding The State is doing what all oppressors do when they feel power start to slip away. California is doubling down on tyrany with the laws coming down the pike.

        • Here’s why it’s so hard to get real numbers of gun owners in the US

          “Hi, I’m a stranger who has your number. I am possibly an agent of your government or a thief looking to see if you have something of value for me to steal. Do you have any firearms in your home?”

        • “…Here’s why it’s so hard to get real numbers of gun owners in the US

          “Hi, I’m a stranger who has your number……… Do you have any firearms in your home?”…”

          ^^^^
          THIS

      • Don’t forget Oregon and Washington. Its like a plague on the west coast. Fortunately there’s not too many on the east side of Washington, but the wet side practically controls the vote.

        • And since we got a democrat gov and mayor running out biggest city, im worried for alaska. it feels like liberalism is creeping north and very few notice it

  2. I am fairly new to pistols within the last year so maybe this might give some perspective of a different sort.
    Let me start off by saying I shoot regularly and research a lot about about both pistols, ammunition, shooting styles, etc. but know that though my shooting skills are above adequate I am no expert.
    Now to the point(s):
    1. I was and still am surprised at how much snobbery there is regarding gun ownership. I have seen this with all makes I have looked at and strongly directed at Hi Points of which I own a 380 and 9 but again no manufacturer is left out. I have also seen in direct contrast some extremely intelligent conversation of which this site is the best I’ve seen so far.
    (2) From my perspective again…I am wondering why there seems to be few real world shooting exercises being shown. Most appear to be about target shooting or military style tactics.
    (3) From $200.00 guns to $1200.00 guns there has been no discussions on what makes an expensive gun expensive vs. a less expensive (take your pick and price point) gun when they all shoot though differently, accurately and all I have seen and used are safe in all but the most extreme circumstances ( see the destructive you tube videos ).
    Just a few thoughts and thanks.

  3. More firearms per household, acceptance of pistols as viable hunting firearms, more semiautomatic firearms, and better ammunition. Also more wemon using guns

  4. That freeze frame of the video looks like “another day of quality control at the dildo factory”.

    Well done.

  5. First change I think of is the internet. 25/ 30 years ago I had to rely on word of mouth dead tree magazines or local gun stores for reviews or new product information.
    Second, is prices, 1985 a sub M.O.A. rifle was several thousand dollars, new handguns are about half of what the comparables were. In 1990 ish I paid around 1 grand for a S&W 1006 and Galco shoulder rig, today a Glock 20 is what 500.?

  6. Customization and the ease of home gunsmithing. I credit the ar for most of it, but most pistols are easy to customize too.

  7. Change from wood/steel to polymer/steel. As a subset of that, the flip from revolvers to semi-autos, especially in LE. I started out in 1977 being issued a 6 shot S&W and ended in ’09 with a Sig 226 although my agency went to Glock in ’11.

  8. Watching the price of some of my favorite warhorses (and in some cases their ammo) skyrocket over the past five years : (. Hearing stories from old timers at my lgs about the palletes of milsurp goodies available in the 50’s and 60’s has me lime-green with envy every time.

    • No kidding. I remember just 10 years ago at a gun show not wanting to spend $8.99 on 50 round of German surplus 8mm Mauser…

  9. The biggest change I have seen in the past few years is the growing gap between gun owners who truly understand the second amendment and those who do not. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a (usually older, but not always) person who is a big hunter, nra supporter or former military talking about how “nobody needs ____” or “why would anyone take that ____ class” or even “____ shouldnt be available to civillians”. It is absolutely disgusting and frightens off new gun owners who want the best gear and training to protect their family.

  10. Having an AR/AK or taking it to a range without someone freaking out and saying something like “Jesus what do you NEED that for?” Or “What are you gonna shoot the place up with that thing?” Or “What the hell is that thing!?”. Even among gun owners, semi auto rifles with scary looking banana clipazines were once frowned upon and feared. I remember going to the range with an AK shortly after the ban ended, and getting dirty looks from everyone. Now you can’t go to a range without it being awash in AR/AK and everything in between. It’s beautiful.

    • I don’t remember any dirty looks or comments – not that I would’ve cared. But, I do remember everyone always trashing the “Commie guns” (AK and SKS.)

      Now there’s more love for them, it seems to me. And I am good with that.

    • I’m too young to remember that kind of thing at the range + I lived in New York or Germany until last year, so I can only relate my positive current experience. My wife and I have a family membership to a very big and well-appointed range abot 15 minutes from our house. A lot of the older members are pretty Fudd-looking, and some are Fudds in truth. But so far none have bothered us about our home-built scary black rifles, and I’ve seen a bunch more ARs in the hands of members of all ages. I’ve even seen one dude with a suppressor on his.

  11. The price of ammunition skyrocketing in tandem with booms in ownership. .22 LR’s used to cost a penny.

    The increased use of polymers in pistols. That has been the biggest change in handgun variability I’ve noticed. Lighter, smaller, higher-capacity, cheaper, more reliable, etc. That led to the revolver being a less ubiquitous sidearm for personal defense and law enforcement.

    Law enforcement with military firearms and supplies. There was a tangible shift in the environment of firearm ownership when the police suddenly needed the 10mm/40 S&W cartridge and surplus assault/sniper rifles.

  12. In my youth guns were primarily for hunting and if you lived in farm country, as I did, pest control. Most handguns I saw were revolvers and most of those were .22 or .38. WW2 bring backs were not uncommon.

    I believe gun ownership and usage was in decline then. Machine guns were legal and available in just about every state but people didn’t buy them. This was way before the registry and no new mg’s.

    The NRA was involved in hunters safety programs and marksmanship training.

    And then the 68 gca. That’s when we started to get active about protecting our rights. Couple this with viet nam and a growing distrust in .gov and gun ownership began to radically change.

    A new group of gun owners began to emerge. Folks that did not live in the boonies and were not hunters. Simple defense of self and family could be achieved with a revolver or two but these new gunnies were stocking up on AK’s and AR’s and the like.

    Where is all this leading? I haven’t a clue. But it certainly is an exciting time to be a gun person.

    More states allowing constitutional carry and permitted carry. More court decisions going pro gun. A growing feeling that gun rights are just an extention of the civil rights movement.

    I think the good old days of gun rights are just ahead of us.

    Off topic. But has anyone got eyes on Ralph?

    • “Off topic. But has anyone got eyes on Ralph?”

      Haven’t seen him, if he were *interviewing* the next Mrs. Ralph he should have come up for air by now.

      I hope his absence is not health related, there is still much I need to learn from the master of wisecracks…

        • @Geoff and jwm, it has been health related. Mine and my pets. One cat is dead from lymphoma, the other is sick and I’m working on my problems.

          Getting old is not for the faint of heart.

        • First, Ralph, I’ll keep a thought for you.

          Second. Trust me when I say I know that getting old is tough. It ain’t for the weak.

        • “Getting old is not for the faint of heart.”

          Hang in there, the best you can.

          Condolences on your fur-balls, mine’s 18 years old now and slowing down a bit.

          The good news is meat left out on the kitchen counters is safe, her leaping days are ending…

        • Wishing you all the best, Ralph! Sorry to hear about your cats. My two are 12 years in May. Had a health issue last Fall myself, don’t “bounce back” like I used to, so will keep a good thought for your recovery.

      • Sorry to hear that, Ralph! I know how upsetting is the loss of a beloved pet! I think we are all rooting for your return to regular smart-assery whenever you’re ready.

    • I would agree with your post.
      Simple defense of self and family could be achieved with a revolver or two but these new gunnies were stocking up on AK’s and AR’s and the like.
      I think the ARs and AKs are more or less range toys.
      Revolvers used to be a home defense choice, but pistols seem to have largely been the norm as of late.
      Guns used to be used for hunting and pest control which in the 1950s and 1960s meant most people had shotguns and .22s. Deer hunting in a lot of states was sort of restricted to slug guns.
      Overall, it seems society is much more uptight about knives and guns. When I was in school, a lot of guns were in cars and trucks, in shop class, rifle club, etc.

    • I agree. The opinion of the general public, i.e. the vast majority of fence sitters, is swinging towards permissiveness in laws regarding the purchase and legal defensive use of firearms for the ordinary citizen. This in spite of the relentless and vitriolic propagandizing of any gun related story that doesn’t involve a government sanctioned actor. The sleeping giant is waking up and realizing that what’s on the evening news is pure BS, and is none too happy about it. Witness the newer, smaller players like MSNBC already circling the drain, and more established networks like CNN are seeing their viewership and revenues decline precipitously.

      Insofar as what’s next after the preference cascade of free states going Constitutional carry, I’d say we focus on nullifying procedural legislation by the three letter agencies, so we don’t lose the ground we’ve fought so hard for to bureaucratic whimsy. Change BATFEs charter from interpreting what the law is to an advisory role, and rescind all their edicts. Same with EPA, Education, etc. They’ve already proven numerous times that they can’t play nice with their toys, so they need to be taken away. If the regulatory agencies have compelling evidence, than they can take it to Congress and Senate to get it made into law.

      My wish list:
      1: Repeal the Hughes Amendment to FOPA86.
      2: Repeal NFA, or barring that, simplify it greatly, make 1 form for all NFA items, that fills out like a 4473, and checks against the NICS database.
      3: Repeal/amend GCA68 to remove all “sporting purposes” language to “lawful uses”. Or redefine sporting purposes as any activity where you’re shooting a gun for a score or under timed conditions.
      4: Rescind all the Obama/Clinton/Bush bans on importation of Chinese, Russian, Korean and other foreign made firearms, including NFA items. Want to buy a Negev-7? Great, that’s a $5 NFA stamp.

      I know, I know, I also want a pony.

  13. Firearms are such antiquated tools.
    When was the last time you saw a Star Trek Phasor or Klingon Disruptor run out of ammunition?

  14. The Renaissance of carry rights beginning in the late 80’s, Florida was one of the first ‘shall issue’ states…

  15. For myself over the previous twenty years it has been the willingness of gun owners to acknowledge that they own firearms. When I first got into the shooting sports now one talked about their collection outside of the the local gun shop or range. There were few people wearing shirts or hats advertising their interest and almost now stickers in car windows.

    Oh sure, we all knew the one guy who had the ‘Keep Honking I’m Reloading’ but he was the exception. Today there are more people willing to talk about the hobby around the water cooler, more stickers or hats, more people at work who Are wearing an empty holster as opposed to removing it when they tuck the pistol in the glove box. That is the biggest change I’ve seen over the years.

    Additionally, we’re more willing to acknowledge each other. I was standing in a Starbucks shop a before Christmas wearing a BCM hat when another customer stated that he was also a fan of Bravo Company as well.

    Another example happened about a month ago in a Crest grocery store. An older gentleman was walking down an aisle wearing a S&W shirt that said ‘Bullets Make Me Happy’ and I can tell you twenty years ago very few would have worn that shirt.

  16. The switch from “muh bolt action hunting gun” to “muh ARs”.

    The other is static shooting to having tactical bays where you can actually practice and train. Rather than one shot every 5 seconds nonsense.

  17. Me buying a gun 5 years ago. And caring about guns/rights. Around here having CC in Illinois…

  18. I’ve noticed that cheaper guns are getting better, expensive guns are getting fancier, and innovation has been disincentivized because of the above.

  19. The biggest cultural difference is that crazy people used to be institutionalized. Now they are either elected to high political office or left free to shoot up movie theaters.

  20. Fifteen of the big changes I’ve seen:

    Incorporation of CNC machining permitting production firearms better fitted and more accurate than the full customized guns of yesteryear.

    Explosion in concealed carriers and all 50 states now with concealed carry, Never thought Illinois would allow it.

    More realistic firearms training/qualifications for military and police

    Lights in more general use on or with firearms

    Many times more ARs and AKs in widespread use and now seen as mainstream and widely used for hunting.

    Explosion in AR manufacturers and accessory makers.

    ARs in a couple of dozen calibers.

    Perfection of the budget priced MOA accurate bolt action rifle, almost every manufacturer has one.

    Gunbroker.com

    Endless varieties of firearms training easily available.

    3 Gun and Cowboy Action Shooting.

    Species specific hunting rifles as opposed to Varmint, Deer, Elk/Moose and Safari.

    Amazing proliferation of options in optics for handgun, rifle and shotgun.

    Specialization in hunting ammo.

    Wide acceptance and use of suppressors.

    • That’s a good list. I’d also add the proliferation of tacticool accessories and firearms targeted towards the the CCW market. 15 years ago, it was mostly j frames, ppks, and saturday night specials.

  21. “What’s the biggest technological and/or cultural change you’ve seen in the gun world since you started shooting?”

    Beginning to understand the political fight they / we are in, and to sometimes respond effectively. Finally.

  22. Since I’m only 18, I have not seen decades of change. But, I noticed that the we seem to be winning right now. In just the last few years we have gotten more constitutional carry, some court wins, and more people are getting into shooting. I hope and pray that we get a good leader in office this coming November and that the momentum continues.

  23. Striker fired + polymer frame.

    Gone from “weird Euro trash” to “new category” to virtual hegemony within the market space.

  24. I love these old Army training vids from the 40’s. And actually, it does a decent job of explaining the absolute basics of gun operation, although it doesn’t really go into modern semi-auto guns.

    As for trends, three things stand out to me.

    First is the trends toward buying modern sporting rifles like AR and AK pattern semi-autos. Lots of people are enjoying these great guns and that’s a great thing.

    Second, is the massive ‘tacticool’ trend. It seems like people are completely enamored with all things tactical. Vests, gun accessories, knives, clothes . . . you can literally get anything in a tactical configuration. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either, but equipment alone does not make the warrior.

    Which brings me to the third item . . . training. Back in 2004 when I started working high risk security, there weren’t that many training facilities and opportunities for the average person. Most catered to LEOs and a select crowd of civvies. But that has also changed. The average gun owner is now provided with a wide range of training opportunities, some better than others but still there is lots of choice. I conduct HEAT courses (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) for people who are going to work in high risk environments (read that Third World countries, now PC called ‘Developing Nations’), and it used to be that there was limited choice of facilities to take clients to. Now, I have a wide range of choices and will be conducting HEAT training next month that includes vehicle ambush response, reaction to fire and IED and active shooter survival, and it isn’t difficult at all to find good places for training.

    Given the current environment, i would recommend training like this to anyone who hasn’t had military training, and even they could benefit.

  25. I’ve been a shooter all of my adult life and I’m on the downhill side of 60 so I’ve seen a lot of changes – I think that most have been positive. Let’s look at technology and politics as separate issues.

    Technology: The big change has been the movement from traditional steel and wood to polymer with steel and/or aluminum construction. When I left Uncle Sam’s employment in 1974, guns were steel with a little aluminum thrown in for lightness. Furniture was birch or walnut. There were still plenty of WW2 era military surplus weapons on the market and you bought a Mauser or Enfield with the idea of cutting the stock down and building a nice deer rifle. Pistols were wheel guns by Smith and Wesson or Colt and only wierdos or real shooters bought automatics. The automatics were 1911’s, Browning Hi Powers or those new Smith and Wesson model 39s. Anything else except a P-38 or Luger (Okay because they were made by Germans who knew how to kill Commies) was “furrin” and indicated that you were a Commie and didn’t love Jesus.

    So the whole polymer vs wood and steel thing has changed. People who carried a Model 19 Smith or Colt 1911 now hang a Glock, M&P or XD on their belt. Do they shoot better? We’ll save that argument for another day but we’ll agree that the tools have changed. Is that a bad thing? After all of our arguments – and as an old timer I’m a believer in the 1911 package – we need to remember that pistols and rifles are tools that put a chunk of lead on the target. Whatever tool you feel comfortable with works.

    Now let’s talk politics. When I was growing up there was a split between city and country people. City people seemed to be afraid of guns (“that will go off”) , didn’t hunt or fish, and were more willing to see big government as the solution to problems. Country people hunted, fished and solved their own problems without intervention from the state capitol or Washington. When I grew up carry permits were rare and restricted to people who were politically connected.

    The biggest change I’ve seen in 30 or 40 years is the acceptance of the firearms culture. Many states now use the “must issue” protocol for carry permits. Its possible to legally carry a weapon in many states based on a permit from another jurisdiction. Is that what the Constitutionalists want? Probably not – but its better than what we had 40 years ago when we hoped that we wouldn’t get stopped or prayed for “professional courtesy” if we were law enforcement. For the record I thank the Jersey trooper who stopped me back in 1994 and said “I’m not going to ask you if you’re carrying a gun, because I would have to do something about it.” I shook his hand, wished him a good day and we went on our way.

  26. Tough choice for me (43 years of ownership).
    The change to two-handed handgun shooting might be it, or the near-disappearance of the revolver as a common self-defense tool. (Round gun guys- relax- I’m one of you.)(But I carry a Commander 95%)(Sorry!)

  27. With the proliferation of synthetic and laminated stocks I think I’ve finally seen the demise of ebony forend caps with white line spacers and in front of the recoil pad too. I may have just dated myself.

  28. First technology shift for me was when my dad brought home a first gen Glock. Cultural shift video Games, sparking a lot of the tactical interest.

  29. “…What’s the biggest technological and/or cultural change you’ve seen in the gun world since you started shooting?…”

    I started somewhat recently but from my perspective, two things:

    1> President 0bama – He brought me into this world of RKBA

    2> The internet – As we all know, the MSM did not go out of its way to tell the many stories of DGU’s that happen every day in the US. The internet slowly uncovered the reality of how often this happens (as well as how the outcome may have changed…..had the victim exercised their right). The internet also let it be known that there are many many great folks out there from all walks of life that support the RKBA.

  30. i would say the biggest change to culture i have noticed is the conceal carry market. it has literally exploded over the last 10 years.

  31. Prices plummeted from the beginning of the last century until now (adjusted for inflation) along with how much needed to be done via semi-manual/craftsman manufacturing processes. The new machines that replaced the craftsmen were increasingly precise and parts interchangeability went through the roof. Hand fitting became truly a thing of the past and so did some of the things that we held dear like hand cut checkering, deep rich bluing, lack of tool marks, durability, hand lapping and unnecessary variability in the actual end product in character, quality and capability. New designs have cropped up that are more manufacture friendly and resource efficient while at the same time being hugely more capable than the off-the-shelf equivalent of the past. At the same time as the average rifle’s probability of simply being able to shoot under 1MOA has gone through the roof so has the consistency of quality being reflected in price. There are distinct price bands in the marketplace now which divide the most basic from the bespoke and every level in between.

    This is all supported by big and continuous gains in ammunition manufacture, performance and component consistency and variety. Not only do we have more choice and a hugely broad spectrum of price points for everything from guns to ammunition to accessories but also these things are available to more people than ever before because of the increase in number of price points. Even the very poor can with very little effort afford to be able to defend themselves.

    The biggest area of improvement in actual performance though has to be optics. More choices with more precision in calibration and adjustment and light transmission abilities that previous generations had never dreamed about. From lens coatings to ultra high precision machining, it’s all improved so dramatically it’s sometimes hard to believe we ever made do with the first few generations of optics.

  32. I’d say the biggest change has been the ascendancy of the AR15. When I first got into guns and started learning about guns, the AWB had been dragging on for as long as I could remember, the M16 was the disgrace that’d let us down by jamming in Vietnam and not knocking guys down in Somalia. The AK-47 was the world’s best assault rifle our own troops wished they could carry and did whenever they could get away with it. Civilians didn’t have AR47’s. Then something happened. The AWB ended. The M4 came on the scene and then came the XM8, the SCAR, the ACR, and the HK416, but regular Joes still didn’t own “assault weapons”. Then came the Obama campaign and then presidency. AR’s, AK’s, and everything tactical exploded. Simultaneously, for a period of about 5 years, mostly in Obama’s first term, the consensus came to be that the AR15 and its descendants were unreliable, aging poorly, and needed to be replaced. So replacement after replacement was tested and ultimately forgotten about as hype died down. Then first came the new consensus, that the AR did in fact beat the AK, which had been secretly junk all along. Then the AR15 hit true ascendancy as people first tried to wed the piston alternatives systems to DI but ultimately gave up, deciding that the AR15 as it is with direct impingement is actually the greatest rifle ever and has been the whole time. And now thanks to the Obama years having been a cavalcade of panic after panic and price hike after price hike, AR15 competitors can no longer really compete on price. Couple that with the older brothers of my generation coming out of the military and getting enough capital as civilians to become big time shooters, and the AR15’s popularity exploded just at the same time as optics and accessories began to proliferate like never before. In the space of 10 years, we went from stock layouts and irons, thinking the AR was a moribund clunker, and not accepting black rifles. to having customization and accessories be the norm, have unending praise for the AR, and black rifles being the standard now.

  33. I bought my first gun idk maybe 5 or 6 years ago. It was a handsome if neglected old English double barrel. The chokes had been cut off and the barrel had started to develop a patina. Damascus twist chambered in 10ga×2.625, dating I later found out to 1850-1863. I made new firing pins, custom black powder ammo, and tightened up the breach latch. Not a bad shooter for $180.

    Despite all that I had not become a POTG. That occured 6/15 when I purchased my first handgun. In those short months since I have added another 10 to my collection with at least 3 more specifically on my wishlist.

    I have watched my home state run headlong into tyranny while the rest of the nation seems to be catching on and reversing the tide.

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