Feeling a desperate need for something upbeat in this column in light of recent news, and bearing in mind that this is a firearms column at a website that celebrates traditional American values, it seems time to ask…
What’s for Christmas?
Under the tree for my significant other are a couple of Glocks. One is a G37 in .45 GAP (yes, there’ll be a case of ammo with it) for the large-bore Heavy Metal division she wants to try at the Glock shoots which seem to be her favorite shooting sport right now. She has frequently come in high female (and recently, high non-Master) in the similar Major Sub division, shooting a .45 ACP Glock 30SF that’s a bit big for her smaller hands. Since stock format guns have to be used, she’ll benefit from the 37’s smaller grip girth. The other is a .40 caliber G23 RTF2, the variation with gill-shaped slide grooves and very Rough Textured Finish on the grip area. She fell in love with the RTF2 treatment on a full-size 9mm Glock 17 and wanted the same format, one size down, for carry. The 9mm Glock 19 in that format is unbelievably scarce, and while a distributor has brought out a limited run with the RTF2 grip treatment, inspired by the great Larry Vickers, it lacks the gilled slide that she’s become fond of. Thanks to the good offices of my gun dealer buddy Ernie Traugh at Cedar Valley Outfitters in Marion, Iowa, I was able to score a 23 RTF2, and given how well she handles a .45, I expect her to wield the .40 with aplomb.
And she, bless her, got me a canopy for the shooting bench at my often rain-swept shooting range.
What guns (or gun-related stuff) are you hoping to receive? What gifts in that vein will you be giving to others? And why did you make those particular choices?
Please share here. Your comments may inspire another reader who has one of those hard-to-buy-for shooters (or potential shooters) on their Christmas list.