"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." --- Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
I just got it a few days ago. I saw one at a gun show recently and was impressed with the fact that it would qualify for home protection and would be quite effective at close range.
The "sweet little thing" qualifies for the world's smallest double barrel shotgun. Its barrels are 3 3/4 inches long. It is chambered for a 45 long Colt cartridge and has rifling in the barrels. BUT it also will shoot 410 gage shotgun shells from 2 1/2 to 3 inches long! I will not tell the name of the manufacturer nor the location where these "sweet little things" are made. I did learn on the Internet that from time to time the BATF harasses the maker -- seems they don't like these weapons, but there isn't anything they can do to keep them from being made -- they are legal according to the book!
What you see in the picture with the "sweet little thing" are 410 gage shotgun cartridges measuring 2 3/4 inches long. They contain about 5 hunks of lead. I was told by the dealer who sold it to me that he had fired it at a steel drum and the drum was literally torn apart!
Why did I get one, since I already have some guns around? It's a matter of added security in an area where the drug problem has escalated and where break-ins are increasing even in rural locations. The break-ins do not just happen when people are away from their homes, but they have been happening while people are at home -- not so long ago an elderly couple was robbed and beaten badly by some young punks! And this happened not too many miles from where we live.
I also have a sheriff's permit to carry a handgun of any size concealed and loaded if I so desire. I rarely carry one, but I can when I want to. And they range in size from a little itty-bitty thing that lays nicely in the palm of my hand to a .357 magnum with an 8 3/8 inch barrel! There are some properties where I cannot carry it -- government property such as a Post Office and schools, of course. The latter are supposed to be "gun free" zones, but as we know, they are not always "gun free" as we learned just recently in another campus rampage resulting in the tragedy of multiple deaths.
There are those who are dedicated to confiscation of all firearms from private citizens and when a shooting rampage takes place, then it's like throwing gasoline on a fire -- a scramble to pass some kind of legislation to take away the guns and also sue the gun makers when someone kills someone with a gun. Our governor in Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, was at the forefront in wanting to do this when he was mayor of Philadelphia. Fortunately, he wasn't successful in his quest in this venture.
But they don't give up -- some reps in our Pennsylvania General Assembly wanted to put a tax on each gun owned by an individual and some other stuff to put the pressure on the law abiding citizen who happened to be a gun owner. These reps had roots in Philadelphia also -- is there something in the water in that place or in the air that reduces the IQ to the level of idiot or less?
More on the gun issue in later posts -- look for one which deals with the fact that hypocrisy is very much alive and very well in the United States and this issue of the desire to sue gun manufacturers for crimes of murder when guns are used!
And a PS -- that Luger you see here? A few years ago I got one -- built in Germany in 1918 and then apparently redone in 1920 -- both dates stamped on the barrel. It is a 9 mm and is a beauty to shoot -- much better balanced than other pistols which have a slide action such as a Colt 45 pistol or a Browning or others -- the Lugar toggle action is very different.
This whole posting is mainly for the benefit of those who are on an anti-gun crusade as well as for those who own guns -- to you who have a couple or so around your house, don't apologize for having them and don't let the anti-gun crusaders intimidate you anywhere or at any time!
A bumper sticker years ago mentioned the name of one prominent politician who would like to see the guns taken away from us private citizens -- it read like this:
"Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun!"
And now a PPS! This is being written at 8:23 PM on Sunday March 2, 2008 -- we just learned from a family member that last night a young man living about 7 miles from us had his apartment broken into and was beaten by at least 2 persons in a robbery attempt -- fortunately, the young man survived this attack -- sometimes people don't! If he would have had that "sweet little thing" mentioned above, it would have had a much different outcome!