The ladies and I spent most of this past weekend in Maryland for Jay and Ash's wedding. I'd wish them the best, but seeing their faces, it seems completely unnecessary. In any case, good luck anyway, guys; welcome to the married club. Now when do I get grandchildren?!
It was a lovely ceremony, I had just enough too much local beer, and through all the hippy vegan food, I discovered that seared asparagus is freakin' delicious.
But obviously, I'm not here to talk about all that. I'm here to talk about the guns.
For Jay's bachelor party on Saturday, we shot sporting clays.
Y'know, I'd never gotten the whole shotgun thing before. They're short ranged, imprecise, heavy... Why would you want to inelegantly lob a handful of shot at a close target when you could be standing tall, clearing your mind, and punching holes in something a quarter mile away?
I was so very, very wrong. Acting on instinct, swinging the gun like it's part of your body and making a fast-moving target freakin' explode in front of you is an absolute blast. The shoulder bruises are just gravy. The three of us are soundly in love with scatterguns now, and will start saving up for our own as soon as we're done with the wedding. I get it now.
Danielle and I are reasonably good natural shots. Genevieve won the informal competition (and so didn't have to pay for dinner). G&D are both infatuated with Beretta semiautos (AL391s, I think), while I've already started feeling like an over/under double barrel is part of my body. It makes me feel a bit dirty, contemplating owning one of the most PC firearms on the planet, but I'll manage somehow. The little single shot .410 was wonderfully light in the hand, but frankly too light to swing naturally (another "I get it now" moment). It kind of makes me want a .410/.22 combo gun, though.
So. Gunnies. Any input on modern Beretta semis? Are they worth the money? We have no problem saving up longer for "use it your whole life and give it to your grandkids" guns, but would hate to pay a hefty designer premium on an okay gun (G loves black plastic and D won't accept anything but wood; is there a difference, qualitywise?). And any suggestions on an over/under grandkids gun whose price isn't quadrupled due to being engraved by blind monks and quenched in the blood of Italian virgins?