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MY Black Rifle came home.

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by leVieux, May 9, 2018.

  1. leVieux

    leVieux Old Guy "Have Gun; Won't Travel !"

    Mar 28, 2013
    Saint Martinville, LA

    Being an "Old Guy", I hadn't fired an AR since hey were known as "Stoners", and were being introduced into the US Army long ago. I was a Captain back then.

    Living @ Brownsville in September 2001; I had the triple bad experiences of "9/11", of employing a muslim doctor who had recently left Northern Michigan; THEN the SPI Bridge was knocked down around midnight 48 hours later.

    At first, the bridge disaster, which killed nine, was thought to be another terrorist attack. A local (Rancho Viejo, TX) P.D. called everyone around 2:00 AM, telling us to get armed and be alert. Some 90 minutes later we learned that the bridge had been a towboat accident.

    This was sufficient to alert me that the only rifle I had left was my Model 7, .243 Win bolt action.

    Down at "Chuck's Guns" the next morning, I learned that there had been a "run" on AR's the previous day, and only three were left. I selected a neat Bushmaster Carbine, a bunch of 20 round mags, & several hundred rounds. Feeling better, I loaded my mags and tried to recall what I once knew of the "Black Rifle".

    I have two adult sons and a college age grandson; who are all shooters of various interests. I am used to learning that I have "lent" one of them a gun.

    A couple weeks later, our Norm came to visit, fresh from 3 years in the USMC as an M-P.

    The brand new unfired Bushmaster went home with Norm. Every couple years, I'd ask for it back, but he was using it in his police work.

    I bought a Mini 14. More mags & cartridges.

    Then, a month or so ago, I learned that Norm had completed a couple "builds", and he needed a revolver for an advanced police tactics course he was to attend at Nacogdoches. Could he use my old Python?

    At last, I had a bargaining chip. Err, don't you have THREE AR's; could I have mine back?

    So last night, the Bushmaster was delivered to our hotel room. Barely, recognizable, as it now has new stock, new barrell, new sights, new sling, new handguard, etc.

    I even got a USMC style re-introduction, beginning with "We don't call them Stoners any more!"

    Better, my old 75 years aged eyes can actually see the "red dot"!

    Life is good. All my kids have turned out very well, and I have some great grandkids; three are well on their way to becoming Physicians, and another is about to depart on an International Business career.

    Guess this is a bit more than a "rifle story".


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  2. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Congrats on your family and getting your rifle back.
  3. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Admin

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
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  4. Charlie

    Charlie "I can't think of one thing that I don't know." TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    Like, also! Glad to know I'm not the oldest around here.
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  5. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

    Jun 10, 2015
    Odessa, Tx
    Cool! Any pictures?
  6. BRD@66

    BRD@66 TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2014
    Liberty Hill
    Wait! You let the kid "borrow" your Python?
  7. Moonpie

    Moonpie TGT Addict Lifetime Member

    You should fall in when we have a TGT range day.

    You south Texas guys ever get together?
  8. leVieux

    leVieux Old Guy "Have Gun; Won't Travel !"

    Mar 28, 2013
    Saint Martinville, LA
    He is a 43 year-old police detective & ATF "Liaison Officer".

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  9. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    This is what I was wondering.
    Traded his Python, for his Bushmaster.

    ETA: Why would an advanced police course need a revolver?
  10. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

    Feb 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    What happened to the python?

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