The New Year’s Resolutions are an American tradition.
I’ve tried the resolution, “I’m not going to buy any more guns this year.” Just about every time, that resolve has melted in the face of a new acquisition I thought might work better in shooting competition, or fill a hole in the collection. I’m at a time in my life where I have all the firearms I need, and all the firearms I want…
At the moment, there’s a gap in my Smith & Wesson collection: the Model 12 Airweight .38 Special revolver with four-inch barrel. This unappreciated model was light and easy to carry, but shot like a full-size target-grade revolver. I never bought one when they were in production and readily available. I appreciated the Model 12’s balance of attributes only after it was discontinued, and eventually accumulated three of them, both square and round butt, but all with two-inch barrels and dammit, I’m still looking for a four-inch. Unfortunately, current collector market has older model S&W revolvers at insane prices, so the hunt continues.
Just a few years ago, the Evil Princess and I did the math and realized we had shot two dozen matches in one January-through-December period. Last year, I can remember only three. RESOLUTION: We’re gonna try to shoot more matches this year.
One reason our match schedule has been so drastically reduced in the last couple of years has been the unavailability, and maddening overpricing, of ammunition. Extended pandemic. Workers at the plants out sick. Component shortages and price increases. Ships full of product sitting on the ocean waiting forever to be unloaded. A President who decides to punish Russia by banning the importation of Russian ammunition into the US. Which leads to:
RESOLUTION: When we find ammo available at (choke) “acceptable” prices, we’re gonna buy it and re-stock.
And my last Resolution is to not make resolutions I know I can’t keep.
What about all y’all?