Up early this morning. Not so much because I planned to be, as because the dogs were raising hell and woke me up. Turned out to be hogs in the meadow. The dogs don't pay any attention to deer, but they don't like wild hogs. Wasn't worth trying to go back to bed after they woke me up. Naturally enough, the hogs broke through my trip wire rig. They used to go through five strands of heavy gauge electric fence wire with no problem, so it doesn't surprise me they tore through a single strand of trip wire cord. The "system" must have worked though, since it brought the dogs off the porch, around behind the shop, and out to the barn.
Here's a One America news article on how Mexico handles illegal immigration. Amazes me that even the Mexicans, who are not known for being sensitive, can complain about us when they have much harsher laws about "immigrants".
Who could be stupid enough to want Sharia law in U.S. courts. And yet, it's happening.
No gun in the house? Here's an inexpensive option.
The Smith and Wesson Model 10 Victory Revolver.
During World War II, there was a shortage of hand guns . The British were producing Webley's and Enfields, the Canadians were making High Powers, and the U.S. was cranking out the Model 1911A1.
But they couldn't produce enough weapons for the fighting troops, let alone people like military police, civilian security guards at defense plants, and other rear echelon types. Smith and Wesson started turning out their Model 10 by the train load. The "Victory" model was a no frills Model 10, without the deep blue finish , using a parkerized finish instead.
There's a little quirk to watch out for. Guns furnished to our allies were often chambered for British .38/200. Guns for our own forces were chambered in .38 special. After the war, many of the revolvers were returned to the U.S. and rechambered for .38 special. BUT, the rechambering process resulted in a larger cylinder, and sometimes that causes problems. Guns that were rechambered from British .38/200 to American .38 Special are usually marked to that effect on the barrel.
You can find these guns in most pawn shops. The last time I went into the pawn shop in our town, he had 8 of them, all priced at just over $200.00. They were in good shape.
.38 Special is adequate for self defense. It was the standard police chambering in the U.S. for decades, and you can buy it with a variety of ammunition. Revolvers are safer for novices, and easier to learn to use than a semi-automatic. It's harder to have an accidental discharge with a revolver than a semi-automatic, though no gun is 100 percent idiot proof. For people with arthritis or with minimal arm strength, it's nice not to have to rack a slide back.
If you go after a collectible gun, like this Australian issued Victory Model that's new in the box, the price can be very high. But a plain vanilla Victory Model , in good shape with no frills, is within reach of most budgets. Beats a baseball bat or a kitchen knife when things go bump in the night.
I don't have anything special going on today. Maybe I should make a trip to some of the gun stores around here and see what's on offer. There are a good many of these within driving range of my place. Every small town has at least two gun shops. Most towns have a combination drug store/ gun store so you can pick up your pills and your ammo in one stop.
Or I could just wait for a gun show to roll around again. I think there's one on the fourth of July in Jasper during their Summer Tour. The shows these guys put on last fall were good.