Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Back in February of 2006, I had a little adventure. Osteomyelitis, MRSA-origin, of the right clavicle and sternum. Oopsie.

Big chunk of right clavicle and sternum went away, but given the alternatives....not such a bad thing. And I hit pay dirt, and recovered 90% use of my right arm, much to the surprise of all involved - but with various and sundry wee warnings.

By December of 2006, I'd moved to Seattle...and before terribly long, I'd taken action on my realization that .45-70 was *not* a good thing for a right-side dominant shooter with a fragile right shoulder, and the Marlin got sold and I was resigned to pistols as the only practical option.

November of 2008, some lovely people in a wee town in the SouthWest invited myself and a number of others to a tiny gathering...where, surrounded by decades of firearms, emergency medicine, and training experience...I was persuaded to play with a series of AR-15's.

A tad nervous, I lit off the first round of .223...and rapidly realized there WAS a centerfire cartridge I could get away with. And fell quietly in lust.

Various realities being in play, I put an AR variant well down on the want list...until August of 2009, when a friend offered a free upper if I'd do the rest of the build. My excuses to KEEP the AR-15 on the want list, rather than the reality list, kind of evaporated.

By November, a lower appeared ...and the last parts arrived on Saturday. I am *most* pleased and grateful.

Now...to find a range, some ammunition, and start stocking up on magazines. YAY!


LawDog said...

Heh. Outstanding!

Zdogk9 said...

You get to Long Beach, I'll be more than happy to take you to our range.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where you are besides Colorado (blame AD for that one). If in the big city, and you want an indoor place to play I would suggest Green Mountain Family Training center. Long name, 100 yd range indoors. For outside Cherry Creek can work.

Also outside go for Dragon Man outside of CS, bring a staple gun and interesting targets.

Personally I like going to hills outside of Bailey to just goof off. And there are private ranges all over.


Old NFO said...

Bout damn time... :-)

Captain Tightpants said...

Welcome to the club sir, well-done!

Zdogk9 said...

This link will point you to a bunch of ranges.

On a Wing and a Whim said...


Congrats on the new gun - hope you have a ton of fun with it!

Jennifer said...


Julie said...

Woo Hoo :)