It’s not always easy around the holidays if you have a spouse who isn’t really gun-oriented. As is the custom at Casa de Zed, I prepared my annual list of suggested gift items I’d like Santa to leave under the tree for me while I sleep with visions of
a scary black rifle sugar plums dancing in my head. So imagine my surprise the other night as I’m listening to Thursday Night Football while lining up fresh, juicy posts for the next morning, and I hear shouted at me from the kitchen . . .
Wife: Why do you want more magazines? You never read the ones you get!
M: I don’t want any magazines.
W: But you have them here on your list!
M: What list?
W: Your Christmas list.
M: No I don’t. Why would I — wait! I want magazines, not magazines.
M: Magazines! You know, the things you use to load a gun?
W: Who’s Chip McCormick?
M: Print’s dead!
After I finished banging my forehead against the door jamb and cleared up any other questions my life-partner had about the items I’d carefully scribbled for her in red crayon, I decided I needed to catch up with Chris and Nick and get together my list for publication.
Oh, and since I think I’m a pretty average gun owner, I’m listing stuff I’d like to have, figuring they’d make any gunny happy to find them in his or her stocking. So here goes:
And by that I mean magazines, not magazines. Like money, sex and good french fries, you never seem to have enough. Doesn’t matter which gun you’re talking about, more is always better. In my case, I’d like some for my 1911. And I want better mags than some of those I have. I hear that guy McCormick knows what he’s doing.
See above. Again, never enough. I’d like more 9mm as that’s what I’m running low on at the moment, but .45. .38 or .22 would be appreciated, too. My CW-9 eats anything, but the Sub-2000 seems partial the piquant, south-of-the-border flavor of Magtech. Dunno why.
Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC
Since I’ve been using a SHTF Gear holster for my P3AT when I want uber-light, tuckable concealability, I’ve really come to like the whole IWB hybrid holster thing. And the idea of being able to buy extra Kydex bodies for other guns instead of plunking down cash for an entirely new holster has a certain je ne sais quoi, too. So after reading Tyler’s and CCW Guy’s positive takes, I’m on board.
Outers Universal Cleaning Kit
I don’t know about you, but I have an agglomeration of various cleaning brushes, jigs rods, oils, fluids and patches, all kept in an old Hoppe’s-scented metal took box. It works just fine, but I kinda like the idea of keeping all that chazerai in an attractive wooden box. One that will look nice enough to be kept out in the dedicated gun room I’m going to build. Someday. No really.
Mossberg 930 SPX Shotgun
When we were down in Austin filming our soon-to-be-released extravaganza, one of the segments featured a kind of 3-gun competition. Actually, it was a 3-gun competition. In any case, I got to shoot Nick’s 930 during the scattergun stage and liked it. A lot. It’s fast. And fun. Now I kinda have a hankerin’ to get into some 3-gun shooting. So I’d need an appropriate shotgun, right? It’d also make a wikkid home defense gun. That’s my story, anyway. Dammit.
Armalite SPR Mod LE Carbine
Well if I’m going to shoot in 3-gun events, I’ll need a proper rifle won’t I? And right now, my only rifle is a 10/22. Who knows, maybe Santa will get things a little mixed up and think he sees my name on the ‘good’ side of the list this year. It could happen.