What would you do if you had a fire, and lost EVERYTHING? What would I do? First, it’d be a crying shame in the gun department. But it’d be a crying shame in the EVERYTHING department. I hope is NEVER happens. I don’t think, when all else is settled I’d need to re-get some guns.
Replacing everything, one for one, now that I know what I know… I wouldn’t do that. I’d take the time to simplify the inventory. I’d feel bad about losing heirloom stuff, but that’s the thing with heirlooms: once gone, they are GONE. Nothing will replace THAT particular Springfield ’03, so… There wouldn’t be one in the gun safe after disaster. Grandpa’s shotgun and Great Grandma’s squirrel gun, too.
So, what do I re-acquire immediately, and what do I save for later, and what do I omit entirely?
Well, you start with the 4 gun system. A .22, a shotgun, a major caliber pistol, and a major caliber rifle. Easy. Some .22 and perhaps the pump .22 rifle. A 1911, perhaps with a .22 conversion kit, the Remington 1100 12 gauge or an 870 Pump, and I’d get another M1A.
Now you need a spare. Well, I’d take this opportunity to get a 10/22, and then I’d be set there. I’d get a Moon Clip revolver like the 1917 S&W model 22 or the stainless S&W model 625, just for ammo commonality to cover the spare pistol stuff, a double barrel shotgun in 12 gauge, and maybe I’d finally get a bolt action rifle for the spare major caliber rifle.
Then I’d stop. No, really. Ok, throw in that SIG P229 I like for an odd gun out. But after that, seriously. No more. I’d be pretty bummed about the hobby for a while after losing everything. That’s 8.5 or 9.5. (counting the conversion kit for the 1911 as .5, hell might as well get the conversion for the SIG, too… so tops is 10.) It’s just about the 4-gun system and the spare, and it’s 4 common ammo types.
I sure would miss the Garand. Probably the most. And that would be because I couldn’t justify the replacement. It quickly became a sentimental favorite, even though I have no personal history with it, prior.
So here is the question for YOU gentle readers (all both of you). If you lost everything, what would YOU do different? What is your "get soonest after made insurance check is cashed" list? Or would you just spend a lot of time trying to re-create exactly as before, before you felt better.
Oooo, did I just start a Meme? Yes. Yes I did! Post a comment or post on yer own blog.
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