I'm trying to keep controversy out of this blog, but there are some aspects of my life that simply must be known. If this alienates anyone, or costs me readers, so be it, but I won't deny who I am. Let it be known that I am a gun owner, and I believe in the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms.
In the past, I have written extensively about my love and respect for firearms, and touched on various aspects of their existence. In past columns and letters, I've discussed the rights and responsibilities of gun owners, and I have argued against many restrictions on the individual which have become prevalent in recent years.
Today, I'd like to elaborate on something I mentioned in my last blog: Reloading Supplies."
The price of ammunition has always been a concern for gun owners, particularly those of us who don't have large sums of money. Recently, the cost has gone through the roof, so the only economical way to shoot is to load your own ammo. It's really a very fun process, and it isn't dangerous (unless you're an illiterate half-wit, as John Rage would say).
With me, reloading is a necessity. Many of my guns are chambered in old, obsolete calibers, and it's impossible to get factory ammunition for them. It is equally enjoyable to reload as it is to shoot. From casting the bullets to working out the proper powder charge, it is a time consuming, yet satisfying process.
So, if I ever mention reloading supplies again, everyone will know what I'm talking about, in a general sense. Now that that's out of the way, let's move on...
|An example of Remington's Model 8 Autoloading Rifle,|
of which Martin is particularly enamored.