Guns...Times have changed...

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I was thinking about when I was a kid...now 75, so that was a while ago.

We had a local thrift store, and they had a barrel that was filled with rifles...I remember what me and by buddie bought was a 303 something or other.

Being teenagers of some age, well under age of 18, we just wanted to have some fun I guess. We soon, for reasons unknown to me, cut the barrel off, and fired it a few times and then lost interest. What were we thinking? I don't remember. I do remember a 12 inch flash coming out of the short barrel though...we also could buy ammunition at the local hardware store, no questions asked, since back then no questions were needed to be asked.

Back then nothing evil was ever thought of. Back then I guess times were different, or people were different. Don't know...

My guess is that cut off barrel rifle ended up in the trash. Don't remember...wasn't a big deal back then.

I am not a gun guy, but miss the times when owning a gun was no different than owning a pair of shoes.
 
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It was probably a surplus Lee-Enfield rifle chambered for 303 British.
 
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Things were simpler. Attending a rual high school in the mid 70’s a lot of the guys drove pickup trucks to school. It was perfectly fine to have a gun rack in the rear window and have a riffle hanging in it. During hunting season a lot of the guys went hunting right after school. Now that would get the kids and the parents put in jail…….
 
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Ibtl = I beat the lock, or In before the lock. Had to look it up, but now I know
 
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Things were simpler. Attending a rual high school in the mid 70’s a lot of the guys drove pickup trucks to school. It was perfectly fine to have a gun rack in the rear window and have a riffle hanging in it. During hunting season a lot of the guys went hunting right after school. Now that would get the kids and the parents put in jail…….
I recall doing the same. Driving to HS with my gun rack with hunting rifle and shotgun. But those were hunting guns, not the toy soldier guns with 50 round magazines that are everywhere today.
 
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I am not a gun guy, but miss the times when owning a gun was no different than owning a pair of shoes.

In some states e.g. Montana, that hasn't changed much. I never have to pause before telling someone what I do for a living up here. That's not the same when I fly East to spend a week with the company I work for.
 

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I recall doing the same. Driving to HS with my gun rack with hunting rifle and shotgun. But those were hunting guns, not the toy soldier guns with 50 round magazines that are everywhere today.
"Toy soldier gun" .... really?

I've hunted with an AR308 and stuffed a mule deer in the freezer because of it. For some it's more affordable to buy an AR that for them is a multi-function firearm. They use it for hunting, pest control, personal defense, target shooting and competition.

But even then, it's a free country and as long as you're legally able to purchase a firearm then you're free to purchase an AR and you don't have to justify your choice. There are people who despise you for owning and operating a diesel tractor "that are everywhere today".
 
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"Toy soldier gun" .... really?

I've hunted with an AR308 and stuffed a mule deer in the freezer because of it. For some it's more affordable to buy an AR that for them is a multi-function firearm. They use it for hunting, pest control, personal defense, target shooting and competition.

But even then, it's a free country and as long as you're legally able to purchase a firearm then you're free to purchase an AR and you don't have to justify your choice. There are people who despise you for owning and operating a diesel tractor "that are everywhere today".
Whatever. That’s my opinion of ARs. And I own over 20 guns, so I’m not anti-gun. I go to the range to check sights before hunting season and see the AR guys shooting. While I’m working carefully on the size of my groups, I see those guys rapid firing and excited when they hit the target backstop.
 
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Things were simpler. Attending a rual high school in the mid 70’s a lot of the guys drove pickup trucks to school. It was perfectly fine to have a gun rack in the rear window and have a riffle hanging in it. During hunting season a lot of the guys went hunting right after school. Now that would get the kids and the parents put in jail…….
Sure enough - -

From October 1 (first day of small game) to February 28(?, last day, including waterfowl) I had a shotgun in my vehicle at school every day. Deer season was in the middle - - shotgun only.

Starting 3rd week of March, it started again with a rifle for woodchucks (ground hogs). Stayed until end of school.

Never hid them -- - in the gun rack where they belonged....
 
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Whatever. That’s my opinion of ARs. And I own over 20 guns, so I’m not anti-gun. I go to the range to check sights before hunting season and see the AR guys shooting. While I’m working carefully on the size of my groups, I see those guys rapid firing and excited when they hit the target backstop.
So if you go to the range "to check sights" before hunting season it would seem that you're not practicing all year. There are many that would have a problem with that too since you owe it to the animal to practice. Perhaps don't be so quick to make a judgement based on your limited experience and exposure.

Also, your opinion seems to be more about AR owners than the AR itself. An AR is just an inanimate object, a tool and nothing more.
 
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a. First and foremost. I am NOT anti gun !

I believe the NRA has been subverted from a gun and hunters rights group to a way too political organization. Hunter education seems to be old fashion idea. Self defense and shoot first has taken over.

The 2nd is outdated. It is being used by groups to hide behind. Should be modified but not eliminated.

First person shooter games and paintball games have people thinking there is a reset in life. Seeing your buddy get hit with a paintball on Saturday and back at work on Monday is far cry from reality.

Urban shootings and mass murder are things I do not understand.

b. I am a pacifist (now). If I point the barrel at a human the safety will be off and their will be no warning shot. But only after every other option has been addressed, including running like hell.

My uncle never talked about landing at D-day.
The old man never talked about Korea.

My family taught me to hunt, my government taught me to kill.
 
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a. First and foremost. I am NOT anti gun !

I believe the NRA has been subverted from a gun and hunters rights group to a way too political organization. Hunter education seems to be old fashion idea. Self defense and shoot first has taken over.

The 2nd is outdated. It is being used by groups to hide behind. Should be modified but not eliminated.

First person shooter games and paintball games have people thinking there is a reset in life. Seeing your buddy get hit with a paintball on Saturday and back at work on Monday is far cry from reality.

Urban shootings and mass murder are things I do not understand.

b. I am a pacifist (now). If I point the barrel at a human the safety will be off and their will be no warning shot. But only after every other option has been addressed, including running like hell.

My uncle never talked about landing at D-day.
The old man never talked about Korea.

My family taught me to hunt, my government taught me to kill.
I definitely disagree with much of that especially messing with the Constitution
 
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