April 16, 2005

A Different Kind of Shopping

My folks are coming in town Tuesday night and I’m going with The Great Omnipotent One and we’re going… gun shopping. Yes, it is time. I want a gun and I have the resident expert coming with me.

We’re going to a shooting range that rents guns so I can check them out. I have a recommendation from Peter who guest posts for my great blog father Harvey, and I am going to check it out among others. I’ve been doing research, asking around.

I was so surprised to find out the guys I work with are really into guns. I had NO idea! I was talking to my lead one day, my buddy who called me to hire me (I don’t know about other professions, but in engineering, you may have a supervisor, but you also have a technical lead… he/she is an equal as in grade level, but is the person with the expertise in the area) and made mention I was going to buy a gun and suddenly his cube was filled with men. It cracked me up. All of them were very into my getting a gun.

My husband’s family… they think I’m a lunatic. My brother in law shook his head when he found out and said, “Rat, you scare me sometimes.” (Rat… his nickname for me.)

So, I’m going to test them out. I’m going to take some gun safety classes. I’m going to get a concealed weapons permit. I am starting the process this week.

That’s right, folks. Boudicca will be armed.

Posted by Boudicca at April 16, 2005 09:59 PM

Good for you. I'm glad you're getting into this the smart way. Make sure you get the one that you can handle most comfortably, since you will be the one using it.

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 16, 2005 10:23 PM

This is one of my goals, so it will be interesting hearing about it from you.

Posted by: Amy at April 16, 2005 11:29 PM

You're doing it the right way, and that's what counts. A couple of years ago I bought an air pistol that functions like a real gun (cocking, safety, etc) and taught the girls basic handling. Just in case they ever come across a gun and need to be able to make it safe.

Posted by: Ted at April 17, 2005 06:23 AM

I have tried to take a gun safety class, but each time something came up. Usually work sent me out of town. And since the children, I haven't tried again. Let me know how it goes!

Posted by: vw bug at April 17, 2005 07:51 AM

Good for you. Several women I work with carry guns. They work late at night, sometimes alone in the newspaper's bureaus and going to their cars in dark, deserted parking lots.
I'm curious why you decided to get one. Why now as opposed to, say, 10 years ago? And let us know what type of weapon you buy and why you selected it. Inquring minds want to know....
- George

Posted by: George at April 17, 2005 08:40 AM

A sword AND a gun - watch out world! (Remind me not to piss you off.)

Posted by: TNT at April 17, 2005 11:25 AM

Ok, look for an upcoming post on my family and guns...it's coming today, and with pictures!

Posted by: Sissy at April 17, 2005 01:49 PM

It will make me feel better knowing you have it. Some of your posts from before mentioning the shady parts of town you had to go into made me nervous....

Just remember, if you can tolerate the recoil, nothing stops goblins like a hollowpoint .45 round.

I'm praying that Illinois passes concealed carry but I'm not holding my breath. Contagion says we don't need it, but he's an elitist arsewipe :)

Posted by: Graumagus at April 17, 2005 06:08 PM

I am soooo jealous.

Since hubby said we could get a dog I've been all consummed with that, but since we now have the dog the gun is next on my list.

Posted by: Machelle at April 17, 2005 08:23 PM

good luck shoping
I would suggest going to a range where you can shoot several different guns...see what you like, and what is comfortable. A gun should be comfertable in your hand.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at April 17, 2005 10:17 PM

Sweet! I feel safer already. ;-)

Posted by: Jim at April 18, 2005 05:36 AM

So, no more drawing your sword?

Holster shopping is next!

good luck!

Posted by: Marie at April 18, 2005 10:58 AM

Phased-plasma rifle in the forty watt range.

Hey, just what you see, pal.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 18, 2005 02:52 PM

Sometimes the differences between the US and America are very striking. Most of the stuff you talk about I can relate to, but guns is definitely not one of them. No one I know owns a gun, it just isn't very common here at all. My cousin is a police officer and has a gun at work, but he only has it when he is working.

Just out of interest, what prompted you to look into this?

Posted by: amanda at April 18, 2005 06:32 PM

I am not opposed to gun ownership, but I would probably not own one. I know how to load & fire if needed, but it scares me to death to think about one of my little guys getting ahold of one.

Posted by: Jen H at April 18, 2005 08:02 PM