I mentioned last month that Melissa and I took an introductory pistol class at Blue Ridge Arsenal and were considering buying a gun for home/personal protection (and, as a secondary purpose, to actively utilize our Second Amendment rights). Now that those rights have been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court, we figured it was time. We dropped by the aforementioned Blue Ridge Arsenal on Friday, only to learn that they didn’t carry revolvers except when they are traded in used . . . oops. They recommended Virginia Arms in Manassas, which was closed already so we stopped by Saturday morning.

After looking at a few options, we settled on a Smith & Wesson Model 620 revolver (which was actually quite a bit cheaper than the list-price on S&W’s web site). It’s a 7-shot .357 magnum, which is also capable of firing the less-powerful (and less-expensive) .38 special rounds. We also picked up the requisite accessories—ammo, holster, cleaning equipment, speedloader, snap caps (for loading/unloading practice and dry firing), etc. Because we had a friend over yesterday we didn’t make it out to the range to try it out, but we’ll be doing that later this afternoon. Fun stuff!

So, if you were planning to rob or kill me any time soon, you should bear in mind that you will now need to contend with return fire.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.