A good suggestion was made on the radio show episode shown below:
Whatever gift you buy, if it will fit, put in into an ammo can rather than a regular box.
Ammo cans and other goodies can be found at military surplus stores.
Gun Nuts: The Next Generation is a pro-gun, political radio show hosted by Caleb from Gun Nuts Media and various guest hosts. Each week, we'll discuss issues important to the shooting community, from politics to new guns and gear.
Gun Nuts Radio: CHRISTMAS
Original Air Date: 12/15/2009 9:00 PM
Man, I love Christmas
(gift ideas start about 35 minutes into the show)
My Letter to Santa
by Randy Plante
How are you and Mrs. Claus? Everything going well at the North Pole? Thanks for the socks and underwear you gave me last year. I have been really good this year. Hopefully you can check that on your list. There have been some politicians that have been bad, will you be giving them chunks of coal?
For Christmas, would you please get me some guns? I bought a new gun cabinet this summer and was hoping to fill it up. Plus, we have had our Constitutional rights threatened by Congress and liberal judges concerning gun ownership here in the U.S. and it is probably best for me to get as many as I can right now. There are so many different kinds of guns to choose from so I will be very specific. I am sure you are getting many requests for guns and the Elves are extra busy.
For a handgun I would like the .45 caliber Colt 1918 WW I replica. Anybody that wants an automatic pistol and appreciates the military culture has to have the legendary model 1911 style in the house. I grew up watching all the military movies and John Wayne is my hero. More recently, a wounded Tom Hanks is seen firing his .45 at an oncoming German tank in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”. While serving in the Air Force, we only had old .38 Smith & Wesson revolvers. The .45 packs a much bigger punch and fires more rounds.
My choice for a rifle is the lever action, .30-30 Winchester Model 94. Western movies were my second favorite to watch. I can’t forget the image of a cowboy riding his horse across the valley with a Winchester rifle holstered to the saddle. There were always awesome outdoor scenes of mountains, rivers and prairies. Of course another influence on my selection is Chuck Connors, the tough actor in the TV show “The Rifleman”. He was not only an expert shot with his rifle, but was also a great role model for his son.
I especially need a new shotgun for Christmas. I have started shooting outdoor trap this year but have to rent one at the range. The rental is an old Browning over/under which has rarely been cleaned and missing a front site. I'm sure it's the rental gun causing me to miss so many clays. The shotgun I want is the 12 gauge Beretta 686 White Onyx with a 28 inch barrel. Having been around guns for years, there really isn’t anything much better than looking cool with an opened over/under shotgun hanging over my shoulder.
Alright Santa, I have one more request from you. How about some stocking stuffers? Ammunition for my guns would be an added treat. .38, .357, .380, .45, .223, heck, boxes of anything would be nice and fit perfectly in a stocking. Having a hard time around here finding ammo — the stores keep selling out.
Thanks in advance for your special gifts this year. I hope you and everyone at the North Pole have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So readers — what gun do you want from Santa and why?
I just bought myself a Hi Point 9mm pistol and 9mm carbine. These less expensive guns will allow me to purchase much less expensive ammunition for training. Becoming too proficient is something you strive for but never achieve — hopefully I will be much better by next Christmas.