In late October 2008, things were looking a little bleak for my political party. It seemed that there was a darkening cloud on the horizon that ultimately spurred me into action. I ran right out and bought an AR-15.
I found a great deal on a new Rock River Arms LAR-15. It was less than $900.00, out the door. I was issued a RRA LAR-15 at work and I had been happy with that gun for the previous five years of service. I co-witnessed an old EOTech Holosight with a new Yankee Hill Machine flip-up rear sight on the top rail of my new rifle. A sling was affixed and the gun was all set. Some extra Teflon-coated magazines came a little later.
Though I had an AR-15 and an MP-5 during duty hours, I needed to own a tactical rifle. Another Assault Weapons Ban? Oh hell no. I shot SWAT qualification with that new AR and have put quite a few rounds through it since. Buyer’s remorse? Never!
Well, here we are again. The 2012 election is teetering. The President’s statements about a return of the AWB have again surfaced. Scare tactics? Foreboding reality? Doesn’t matter. I checked out the gun locker. Hmmm. Any last minute requirements?
Not having unlimited funds, I try to strike a balance between what I want and what I actually need. I spied a serious equipment gap. With Speed, Aggression, and Surprise, I approached the laptop and fired off an order.
My house gun, a Glock 23, was lacking a few 22 round magazines. An order went out to MidwayUSA for two more extended bullet holders. They arrived yesterday and I am quite happy. If a redux of the AWB comes to fruition, I am satisfied that I have all the hi-cap mags I can afford for my pistols.
In 2008, the firearms industry hailed the President as the Top Gun Salesman of the Year. Four years later, I think he has become the Top Gun Salesman of his Term. With the possibility of future curtailments to our Second Amendment rights, I recommend making inventory adjustments of your own…on your way to the polls.