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Sunday, March 1, 2009


After spending much of sunday morning catching up on much needed sleep, I decided today was the day I would take my Smith and Wesson semi-auto 22 caliber pistol to Scheels and complain about how every time I tried to spend some time zeroing the damn thing in with a few clips of ammo, it ended up jamming.

When I finally got the attention of a sales clerk (you would never know there is a recession going on by the size of the crowds at the mall today!) it was totally disheartening to find out that I wasn't the first guy complaining about this gun's "jamming" - so I decided to trade it in if I could find something with a better reputation and with more punch as I primarily want the gun for home protection.

So I shopped around their gun displays for a bit and found a used Beretta 800D which has a short barrel and packs a lot more whallop with a 9 millimeter cartridge.

So how much would they give me in trade? A hundred bucks. Why? Because the Smith and Wesson is a jammer. Screwed again. But I went ahead with the trade as I will feel more comfortable knowing I have a more reliable pistol bedside.

As you may notice from the photo, the 800D is a hammerless model - which simply means that it can only be fired double action (that's what the "D" stands for - "double action". After ramming the clip home, youpull back on the slide,jacking in the first round and it's good to go. There is also no safety on this gun - which means I will have the clip in place and if I hear the sound of breaking glass and tiptoe feet, I will pull back the slide and let it fly - making much the same metallic noise that a shotgun makes when you pump the action - and I don't know about the average intruder, but if I heard that cold blooded metallic noise in the dark, I would be hauling ass!

Later on, I intend to install a universal mount laser sight on this little bad boy so that I will be certain of acquiring my target.


A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, 'I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front t of you and cussing a blue streak at him.' I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally...
I assumed you had stolen the car.'


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