fm2176 Posted September 28, 2021 Report Share Posted September 28, 2021 Before I begin this post, let me state that I'm not trying to start any sort of political debate. Please keep things civil, while I suspect that many people who visit these forums are gun owners (I know quite a few are current or former military and law enforcement), I understand why some people feel differently. I'm posting here because, frankly, firearms are tools and responsible gun owners seem to inundate the trades and blue collar society in general. Anyway, last month I bought a revolver I'd been wanting for years. I posted about it in the following thread but decided to create this thread so as not to further hijack the below one. Today I bought another revolver: https://www.taurususa.com/revolvers/taurus-856. It was admittedly an impulse buy, but having owned a Model 85 in the '90s and a Model 617 in the early 2000's, I knew that Taurus makes good revolver that offer substantial bang for the buck (pun intended). The 856 is essentially a slightly larger, six-shot version of the five-shot 85, and my next purchases will, as always, be a few boxes of ammo, good holsters, speed loaders, and speed strips. I'm nearing 20 years of service as an Army Infantryman. Like many of my peers I'm a "gun guy", but unlike quite a few, I'm not the "tacticool" sort. My Beretta 92F was made in 1988 and lacks any sort of rail system or optic, the only semi-auto military-style rifle I have is a Yugoslavian M48/56 SKS, and the most tactical firearm I have is probably the custom Mossberg 590 I bought while Clinton was still in office. My AR15, FN-FAL, HK91, and MAK-90 are all long gone and I've never owned a short-barreled rifle or suppressor. Now, I won't list every firearm I still own as most will succumb to floodwaters in the near future, but I've grown to appreciate the simple and time-proven types. Revolvers, slide-action shotguns, and military bolt-action rifles are simply more fun to me these days. I'll still carry semi-auto pistols, but usually prefer having a .32 as a backup to a .38 or .357. Glocks have never appealed to me (a bias I'll probably have to get over if I pursue a career in law enforcement), and my mantra has always been to carry with a round chambered and at least two reloads, whether it's 46 rounds of 9mm for my Beretta, 22 rounds of .32 for the Kel-Tec, or 18 rounds of .44 SPL for the Model 29. I spent years foregoing the purchase of new guns, spending a lot of money over the past 5+ years on tools instead, but my final months in the Army will be spent rebuilding my collection. I'll update this thread as I buy from licensed dealers, since the Form 4473s will be kept on file regardless. There's something about knowing that you have the equipment to defend yourself and loved ones, but equipment is just part of self-defense. Training, vigilance, and having the social awareness to avoid risky situations are equally important. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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