I went to the store today to pick up my new .22 rifle after the 3-day waiting period (see, it worked, I cooled down... or something...) Anyway, when I got up the the counter, they brought the wrong rifle out (which also meant the wrong info was on my 4473.) Turns out, they accidentally got out a Mossberg 702, which is identical to the 802, except it is semi-auto, and has better rear sights. But the price was the same, and I was kinda thinking about the semi-auto anyway, so I told them not to change the 4473 (I know what a hassle it is to do that correctly anyway) and I just brought the 702 home. And a brick of Remington .22s for good measure. Muahah, stockpile! Actually, my stash is running kinda low... It might be time to replenish some other calibers as well.
As I mentioned before, I got it because:
A) I didn't own a .22 rifle (strange, huh?)
B) They are fun for plinking, semi-auto even more so
C) They are great for teaching newbies (although I prefer the bolt-action for that... I'll probably get one of them too.)
D) It was free... well, I mean, I used Christmas gift cards, so it was free for me.
E) Who needs five reasons to buy a new gun anyway?
The cable lock, which they were so kind to provide, went straight into my box of un-used trigger locking devices (once I save up enough, I hope to melt them all down and make a new anchor for my boat.)
I actually did read the NSSF brochure that came with it. That is one of the better gun safety brochures I've seen. Instead of the 300 rules the NRA would like you to remember, they stick with the main four, and emphasize safe storage, including how to deal with keeping a self defense firearm. I'm gonna keep it around in case someone asks me about buying a gun... it'll make a nice handout.
Anyway, I hope to get it out to the range sometime this week, and find out if it is capable of expelling itsy bits of lead at a relatively high velocity into a somewhat consistent location on a paper target.
Just a reminder, if you live in the Tampa Bay area, and you have never shot a gun before, drop me a line, and I'll take you to the range, after the mandatory safety briefing of course. I can now teach newbies with something a little less powerful (the 7.62x54 just isn't a newbie rifle...)