Friday, December 15, 2006

Ballseye's Boomers: Sig Sauer 229

I have not posted anything about my boomers lately, so I figured such a post was long overdue. Today's post will be a bit different from those I have posted in the past about my firearms in that the pistol pictured is not one that I own. I do want one badly though, in .40 S&W caliber.

I don't own all that many pistols, heck not even all that many rifles, and only one shotgun. I have a fair number, but nothing extraordinary except that my collection may be smaller than many. As for handguns I own one revolver in .22LR, a couple of pistols in the same caliber, one in .32 Auto, and three in 9MM, as far as I can remember right now.

In .40 S&W caliber the Sig 229 will hold 12 rounds in the magazine. Lucky 13 would be in the chamber. This is drop of 3 rounds from my typical 9MM carry weapon, but three rounds is not that bad a tradeoff for the increased bullet size. Besides liking that, I also like the fact that you can swap barrels to go to .357 Auto if the fancy hits you, or at least that is my understanding. It also has the nice touch of the tactical rail for adding lights if you so choose, although I am not likely to do so. I also like the fact it has a steel slide and an alloy frame as opposed to a polymer frame. For some reason I just don't like the so called 'plastic' guns quite as much as those made from metal. I would prefer it in all steel, but the days of all steel guns are passing.

My employer will soon (as soon as soon can be for the gubamint) be switching our issued sidearm to the Sig 229, but in double action only. I prefer the more traditional double/single action type, and hope to get one as a personal sidearm. We are authorized to carry a personally owned sidearm once again, and I plan to fork out for this one before they change their minds. My understanding is that we (those in law enforcement) can get it for quite a bit less than retail. I hope that is correct as I cannot see spending $800 or more for a pistol right now.

I hope I got it right about the 229 being available authorized as a personally owned carry for my job, and that it is not only the 239 they authorized. I'll check again next week, and if I am correct, money will start to go into my super secret bank account in anticipation of a great buy (and no I am not begging, at least not yet, and hopefully never).

All the best,
Glenn B

Friendships can start in the strangest ways...

..and yet they are indeed friendships.

I used to have a lot of friends. Then I got married! Ha ha.

As things would have it I have not seen some of my friends pretty much since a year or so after my marriage some 20 plus years ago. It is not that they are no longer my friends, but some of them got married to and got busy with the real world, with careers, with families, and such just like me. Since we moved away from the old neighborhood, I sometimes go back and visit and see some of my old friends. It is always very nice to see them.

I also have some friends at work. Not many coworkers are folks I truly call friends though, but the few who are my friends know it; and I know they feel likewise toward me. As far as new friends outside of work go, well I have not really made many since we have lived in our house on Long Island over the past 12 or 13 years. Sure I am friendly with my neighbors, but heck I hardly ever see them socially, what with work and family and such. Yet a couple or a few are good friends.

As far as new friends outside of work, and outside of my neighbors go, I have made new friends at the
Long Island Herpetological Society over the years. They are great folks. I see them every now and then, about 12 - 15 times per year. Other than that I have made no new friends, not at the firearms range, not while out fishing, not in a local store, not at sporting events when I was the coach for my childrens' teams, not anywhere really - that is until recently.

Not too long ago, while perusing a web site, I saw that someone needed or wanted to have a pet snake sexed. Strange thing indeed if you do not keep snakes as pets, but par for the course for me. Keeping reptiles and amphibians is a passion of mine. I wrote an email and soon got a reply. Shortly after emailing back and forth a few times, I visited the apartment of two young ladies and a young man, all roomates. One of the young ladies had a corn snake that needed sexing. It was a boy for sure. The other young lady had a snake that was not eating. It has been a few weeks now since we first met. I have been to their place 4 or 5 times (always with a boyfriend of theirs present) to help them out. The little gal, a Dekay's Snake (Northern Brown Snake - I think) finally ate last night, and I got a call today from the happy lady who owned her telling me so.

I am sure I have made a few new friends. It is nice to make friends no matter the circumstances under which you meet; so nice that you should never take friendship for granted. Of course you sometimes may take friends for granted and not treat them as friends should be treated. One set of friendships you should never take for granted is the friendship of your own family. Remember above all they are, or should be, your best friends. But make sure to keep some room for other friends too, even for unexpected new ones.

All the best,
Glenn B
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