The lovely and perfect Mrs. Borepatch told me to pick out a gun for Christmas. The odd thing is that I am starting to talk myself out of a Garand.
[pauses to let shocked gasps of horror die down]
The problem is that it seems I have a great selection of rifle ranges, but only if I drive an hour. I have a great selection of pistol ranges, and they're all 15 minutes away. I just know that I'll get to the range a lot less often if it's an extre 45 minutes each way.
Also, the most interesting range (the one with a thousand yard range, like I could ever hit something that far away) have a $600 initiation fee. So add in $650 for a Garand, $50 for sling and accessories, and $300 for ammo and we're looking at going on a couple grand.
Or I could get a nice Smith backup carry piece for half that.
Bah. Being a responsible grown up sometimes makes me sad.