Since the National Guard has been called out in several States, including mine, and as the Antifa Terrorists have been happy to bash folks and kick them in the head, I’m now going armed around the house. Not 100%. Sometimes it is just next to me…
Just which is My Little Friend on any one night will change / rotate. I’ve also filled Mr. Shotgun with 7 rounds of bird shot. Yes, it holds 7. A nice Winchester Defender 12 gauge. He’s at one end of the house while I’m often at the other. Just in case I’m “in the wrong end” and anything “dynamic” starts to happen.
Why bother? Because the Antifa Terrorists are active about 4 miles from me and could easily be herded my way or just branch out from the Downtown areas.
Is a nice Australian Shiraz. Yellowtail again. I’ve shopped a half dozen grocery stores and that’s the only Australian brand I’ve found. The usual place for getting decent and unusual imports, BevMo, is not open for browsing (yet).
More fruity than a Cabernet. Richer throat feel and a bit more tannic bite than a Merlot. Would go well with Marinara or Lasagna. I’ll be matching it to some Australian Lamb Chops I picked up. Side of baked potatoes, butter. A bit of garlic and salt on the lamb. That ought to stand up to the Shiraz! I find the strong grape is a bit of a surprise on the first sip, a welcome friend by the third. It would be very hard to back off to a Merlot until some decent time had passed, lest it taste watery and empty…
A small house gun or pocket gun. A Beretta 950 in .25 ACP that has a tip-up barrel for loading one in the chamber easily. Single Action, so to “make it go” then you just thumb the hammer back and pull the trigger. I think the magazine holds 8, but I usually only load 6. Yes, the .25 ACP is a wimp. OTOH, all it needs to do is surprise the heck out of someone as it comes from out of nowhere and buy enough time to get to something bigger. Plus, even a .25 ACP is going to give your typical Antifa wimp a brown pants moment.
The ammunition du jour is an old Western Super X from about 30 years ago (last time the gun was fired) or maybe 40 years ago (about when I bought it). 50 gr. Full Metal Case hollow points. Ballistics tests make it more than a low end .22 LR and less than a .32 ACP (which was the Nazi officers gun of W.W.II and used by many European police forces until recently). Noise level is modest (a feature for me if I’ve not had time to put ear plugs in yet) and something like a .357 Magnum inside would leave me permanently deaf, so not really an option.
The wiki gives these specs:
Specifications Mass 280g/9.9oz Length 120 mm (4.7 in) Width 23 mm (0.9 in) Height 87 mm (3.4 in)
And reports last date of manufacture was 2003. Guess it’s a “classic” pocket pistol now ;-)
I first saw these in the gun case at the Old Home Town hardware store when I was about 8. I’d go and lust after them every few days. Everyone knew everyone in that small farm town and so having “Ed’s Kid” hanging around was no big deal. Did get to listen to a lot of chatter at the counter over the years. Finally scratched that itch almost 20 years later.
The .25 ACP has about 65 ft-lbs (88 J) of energy (about the same as a .22 LR in similar guns) but with less noise and more efficient burn (shorter fuel stack height and greater diameter).
All in a package that disappears in a pocket. Easy thing to just have there all day long. Not something you can do with a 9mm Beretta…
As the Riot Days drag on, I’ll do various “change ups” on the carry / house gun. I’ve got 3 or 4 that I like. The .22 LR variation on this design has gone on to the Son for his collection. A nice nickle finish to it too. But I still have a few others ;-)
Oh, and should anyone wish to make Tsk Tsk noises about how under powered a .25 ACP round is: Do remember that comment about 7 rounds of 12 gauge if there’s a chance to get it. This is ONLY for having “not very visible” in a pocket All Day Long… Also consider what a 1/4 inch hole does to attitude when placed well, and I can generally place it well at the max 10 feet range likely in my home for such encounters.
And with that, it looks like my wine glass has run dry. Time to check on the lamb and refill the glass ;-)