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Yesterday my uncle stopped by to work on his car. While we were working, I noticed my grandpa's old .22 in his trunk. I commented on it and picked it up and he was like "oh yeah, you can have that, I don't really do anything with it anyway and I can't take care of it". I was pretty happy, I wanted it but I didn't want to bring it up. My uncle had sanded the stock down ages ago but never refinished it, so my buddy grabbed some stain and polyeurethene and refinished it. I got the metal cleaned up as best I could, looks a lot better. Now all it needs is a magazine.
It is a Mossberg 350KA, made in the late 1950s until the middle of the 1980s. It's pretty over-engineered for a .22, built way tougher than it'd ever need to be.
My AR-15 upper receiver arrived today, it is a Del-Ton A3 with M4 feed ramps, 16" chrome-lined barrel, mid-length gas system. Pinned and welded (fucking NY) Yankee Hill Machine muzzle brake with "agressive end". The carrying handle is from DPMS. The lower receiver is Aero Precision, the lower receiver parts kit I used was from DPMS and the A2 stock assembly (stock, tube, buffer) is from Model 1 Sales. It seems like it will be a really fun gun.
And it continues to grow ;-P
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Anyway, especially in the case of the USA vs the UK, gun ownership has a classist background to it: in typical British classist and imperial style, gun ownership was the privilege of the nobles, the royalty and of course their state-appointed henchmen. Hell, it was even punishable by death to hunt some game to feed your family, if you were not a Duke owning your own fucking game reserves!
Actually Robin Hood is not a documentary, it was illegal to poach animals on other people's property but anything "in the wild" was fair game (though no doubt there was wierd exceptions hundreds of years ago, not to mention a flexible definition of "the wild").
Also Britain's gun laws were extremely lax until the Hungerford Massacre (all the weapons used, including assault rifles, had been bought legally. Plus the perpetrator was hardly a duke). People didn't have guns simply because they didn't want them. Which is possibly a difficult idea to fathom for people who beleive that they either need to "protect urselves frum th' dang gubbmint" or that "the revolution shall soon be upon us, comrades!".
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