Thursday, July 17, 2008

Machine Gun of the Day

In honor of Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Peanut Gallery, I present today's "Washington D.C. Machine Gun of the Day."

Ooh! Scary! Can any of you identify this infernal engine of death, injustice and tooth decay? My grandfather purchased this one for me many years ago--almost thirty now--at a Woolworth's store in Springfield, IL that I can't recall. The medallion in the stock is a Woolworth's Commemorative marking. Grandpa bought it when I was but a babe and put it away to give it to me someday, but life got in the way; he'd bought two others, for two of my cousins of about the same age, and they both had a lot more trouble growing up than I did. He told me years later that he'd wanted to give me "my" rifle several times as I grew up, but he kept waiting for a time when he could give all three away.

Today, my cousins have more or less found their way. Each is successful in his work and has settled down to raise a family. Unfortunately, neither takes much of an interest in firearms, but grandpa decided a couple of years ago that it was time to pass on the rifle. Since it has a built-in smallbore scope rail, I added an inexpensive red-dot sight made for bb guns. My son, Kane, has very poor vision and lining up traditional iron sights is very difficult for him. The single-plane nature of the red-dot sight lets him get hits reliably, so he can have fun plinking. He calls this "his" rifle, but his mom makes sure he doesn't forget that he hasn't earned the right to own a gun yet. When he does, I'll have someone to pass this one along to.

That's right, I dangled that preposition right out there 'cause that's how I roll. You know you don't want none, so don't hate.

9 comments:

One God said...

Could that be a Woolworth Commemorative .22?

Don Gwinn said...

How could you possibly have known?
:D

Mom and I looked up Moyock and your town last night, by the way. Pretty far apart. I don't think I can make the trip, unfortunately.

Brandon said...

Good ol' Marlin 60. I bought mine at a Wal-Mart in Texas (wont' be doing that again). Every household should have a tube-fed .22 autoloader like that.

10% said...

Wow, look at that thing. You can almost see the malevolence radiating off it. Get thee behind me Satan! Evil is lurking in this man's gun safe! The power of Fenty compels thee!

Don Gwinn said...

Brandon, you are correct. I didn't have one in this house until grandpa gave me that one, and it's really a quality-of-life issue when you think about it.

Especially in a house with kids.

Suck on that, Adrian.

One God said...

Blackriver. One of the local celebraties.
"Gravedigger" lives just 1 hour up the coast.

Blackriver got up in the news lately, but last weekend, Rhonda and I was in Houston and drove past the parklike grounds of Haliburton.
And we landed at George Bush Airport.

So, driving out here, huh?

Don Gwinn said...

No, I'm going to swallow my dread and fly out of St. Louis. School will be in session by then, and I don't want to take more days off than I have to.

It looks like an easy drive along 64, but Google says it takes 15 hours. I think I can arrange it so I can work on Thursday and fly out that evening.

Brigid said...

Fine weapons to be passed on. My brothers got the good ones, but I'm slowly getting my own little collection.

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