Going through some paper work got me to thinking about my Father’s legacy.
As many of you know, my father passed away in March of this year. I was able to get to really know him since 2006, something that was greatly appreciated since we were basically estranged for many years.
I learned about his passion for hunting and his generosity and he was able to learn about my committment to keeping my family safe and preserving our right to keep and bear arms.
I know that Dad gave away two rifles before he moved back to Texas. A hunting rifle that he left with a grand-nephew who was his hunting partner for many years in Louisiana. He also gave away a .22 rifle that I remember from my youth. He gave it to a great grand nephew who he taught to shoot on it.
Some of the firearms, I’ve talked about in the past and highlighted part of his legacy here.
(I didn’t realize how bad the pictures of the Ruger were until I looked again. I promise to re-do them.)
Now firearms aren’t the only thing that he left, he left a legacy of service in the U.S. Air Force. That is something that I shared with him. He left a legacy of Scouting experience, something else that I share with him.
But photographs fade away, memories become jumbled and lost in years not to mention generations.
The firearms he left behind though will be around for decades or longer if we care for them.
I have to take today’s firearm in to a gun smith. While shooting it the firing pin retaining plate broke. The replacement I found online doesn’t work correctly. Apparently, as things happen, things changed during the run of the product.
After I get it repaired, I’ll probably retire this pistol although at one point I was going to use it as a carry piece.
This is an Armi Tanfoglio GT380 Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol – .380 ACP Caliber imported by Excam in the 1980s when my father purchased it. It has a 3-3/4″ Barrel overall length just under 7.5″ and 4.75″ hieght. Adjustable rear sight, fixed post front sight. – Thumb Safety and Firing pin Safety. I purchased several other magazines to go with the 2-7 round magazines that Dad had.
This is one of the type of “transfers” gun control advocates want to stop. I think my father was fully capable of deciding if I was the type of person who should own firearms without running a background check.
I want to pass along these firearms, well into the future, to my kids. These are a lasting legacy, a memory that can be kept fresh through generations. Gun Control advocates say they are trying to prevent crime, but this is the reality of many “private transfers”.
Shouldn’t the laws we enact have to be proven to impact the criminals more then the law abiding?
Shouldn’t the laws based on existing state statutes, have to show they impact crime?
I’m a gun owner, like my father before me. I want to preserve our rights for my kids and their kids. Never doubt that I will use all legal, ethical and moral means to do so.
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