Starting the New Year with a Bang!
I must have been a very good girl last year :-) My Christmas stocking truly runneth over. Since we spent Christmas weekend in Florida with Mom & Dad, we had a second Christmas on New Year's Eve with Mark's family. That's when my even-more-wonderful-than-usual husband trotted out the Big Surprise Gift:
Needless to say, New Year's Day was spent at the range, getting acquainted with Chester.
Ever since I fired Kim's M1 in September, I've been raving about this gun. Until then, I hadn't "got" the rifle thing. I was perfectly satisfied with Maggie (my shotgun) and then delighted with Ivan (my revolver) and didn't think a rifle was at all necessary or even interesting. Well, a combination of sentimentality and exhilaration changed that. I'll assume that the exhilaration part is obvious ;-) and just post this picture and this link of my grandfather to explain the sentimentality:
Of course Chester is not the folding-stock paratrooper version that my grandfather carried, but it is a 1944 M1 .30 carbine and I am now officially a member of the Nation of Riflemen. Thank you, Kim, and extra-special thank you with-sugar-on-top, Mark. I am a happy woman.