There is a trend among some gun folk to demand functionality from any firearm in question.
They look at guns like the Taurus Judge with open disgust. The Mossberg 464 SPX tactical lever action gives them the screaming meemies.
To an extent, I agree. Your FIRST guns should be brutally and uncompromisingly functional. When it's your only gun, it had better work and work well.
This extends to the first gun for every role you need. In my case I need a functional handgun for summer and winter when how I can dress to hide it changes. That's two handguns. What about my third?
This extends to SHTF rifles and shotguns.
Once you have the needs taken care of, now you can indulge the wants.
You can get a .410/.45 Colt revolver with a 2" barrel. You can get fifteen .25ACP pocket pistols. You can get a Buntline clone.
You can talk about guns based on film and cartoon characters.
Not every single gun you own has to have a function or even work well. They can be dreck if they amuse you. Just don't depend on your dreck if your life is at stake!
Rule one should be, buy the best gun you can afford. Rule two would be upgrade that gun as your income increases. Rule three is buy as many guns as you can afford.
This is why I have an AR with an 11.5" barrel with a 4.5" long flash-hider on it. It's not any shorter than a 16" gun, it's not any lighter, it loses velocity and accuracy because of the shorter barrel. It. Is. A. Toy.
This is why I have a Garand. While eminently functional in its own way, the magazine capacity and mass are impediments. Still. A. Toy.
The 6.8 with Magpul furniture, Aimpoint, light and rails? Tool.
My 1911 I carry while it's cool enough? Tool.
The 642 for too hot? Tool.
The Colt 1908 Hammerless? Toy that could fill the tool role if not supplanted.
That's not comprehensive.
So when I talk about wanting a Vash the Stampede break-open I am not speaking as someone who thinks such a gun is a good idea. I am indulging my whimsical nature and expressing that something like that would delight and amuse me. It should amuse you too!
It's not like we're humorless teutonic gnomes here.
PS: I want a S&W Governor. I want a Mossberg 464 SPX (assuming it's comfortable). I want a .38 Super 1911. I love toys!
PPS: Yes, the title of the post is a lot more confrontational than the content. That's deliberate.
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