I harvested my first deer at age 10 with my dad’s Winchester Model 1894. Michael speaks wisdom in defense of lever guns. Check his blog out at Straight Forward in a Crooked World.
Sometimes in the American gun culture there is this all or nothing idea when it comes to being prepared for bad situations; often ignoring the reality of the middle ground in the realm of day to day preparedness.
On one end there is the OCD end-of-the-world-zombie-apocalypse idea that if you haven’t squandered your families earnings on MREs, multiple military grade rifles and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo you are, as Chris Rock says, “gonna die”.
The flip side of the coin is this weird obsession by the gun market and manufacturers to build uber light weight .380s and 9mms that can only be held onto with two fingers, has a light rail, and no sights (don’t want to weigh the gun down you know…’cause there’s a light rail).
One could suppose, justly, that my cynicism is leaking through.
Earlier this week I had to escort a client on a protection detail that on a threat assessment chart was medium edging towards high. The information in his care was literally worth millions but, he was basically an unknown player in the world. The problem was further exacerbated by the fact the opposing side knew 60% of the intelligence he was running, coupled with the two hour drive through both urban and rural areas to get there and back.
That morning as I was getting ready to leave The Wife walked past the dining room table were I had laid out all my gear the night before and jokingly said “think you have enough firepower?”
“I will, unless I run out. Then I won’t.”