Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Christ-centered home defense

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Yesterday we finally made our handgun selection: the Springfield Armory XD9. We got the "service" model with a 4" barrel. It was not the cheapest weapon by any means but it did come with lots of extras, including two 16 rounds clips. Apparently there is a lot to be said for this gun, but as I am no expert I won't say much except that I am excited and apprehensive at the same time.
Our primary reason for getting a gun is home defense. The above verse has always been of interest to me because Jesus actually instructed his disciples to go about packing heat. There is no wrong in that and it does not indicate a lack of faith in God. Moses' story is a classic one because God chose to use the rod that was already in Moses' hand as an instrument of divine manifestation. There was nothing special about that rod but God chose to use it. While the Almighty certainly can do miracles, His style through scripture and through history is often understated, saving the true theatrics for the really big shows like the Exodus and Armageddon. I don't want to put God in box and limit Him, so I got myself a rod, just in case.

For a long time now, I have clung to Psalms 34:7 in times of fear:

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

And another one sort of related to this:

Psa 20:7 Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Trust in God will still be the core of our home protection plan. Thanks to Neuf (and others) for the guidance along the way!


The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Awww, awww, no...no blaming ME for this! :D

Time to get out and break it in!

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

guns are cool.

guns are scary.

still don't know if I'll ever have one.

The Unabashed Blogger said...

Congrats, very good choice. Can't wait to see it. You know, one is never enough..of course neither is 3...or 4... or 5....

The Angry Coder said...

This one is technically "hers". I'd like to get a matching in .40 cal. But it took us about ten years to finally get this one so we'll see when we get another!

Some people have asked, 'What about the kids?' Well that's a good question and believe me, one of weighty consideration. I think the kids would be best off with 22's and 4-10's until they're at least fifteen or sixteen years old. Thanks for asking!

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

that's hilarious.

no, really, what about the kids? This is a question that I have asked myself. Where would I keep such a thing if I chose to buy it?

The dilemma always seems to be if it's locked away and hard to get to what use is it to me if someone breaks in? But if it's not locked away, in an obscure place, what would stop curious minds?

Just always been a concern.

The Unabashed Blogger said...

I would think about ammo continuity; one type of ammo, different guns. That way you never have to worry about what ammo fits what. At least until you both get your "own".

.22's are great for shooting, I started shooting with my own 22 rifle when I was 10. They were fun and taught me a lot about shooting. I highly recommend it, rifle or pistol, but I was shooting a 12 gauge by the time I was 13-14, of course for you it may depend on the size of the shooter.

But, if you are wanting a 410...check this out!!

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Don't get me started on the Judge. Well, too late, you did, so never mind.

The idea that taking the absolute weakest shotshell (barring the obscure 9mm rimfire shell used in so-called "garden guns") and chambering a gun for it with a barrel of only a couple inches (thus sucking away muzzle velocity) would produce "the ultimate self-defense gun", as has been claimed, is ludicrous. A .410 slug, particularly out of such a short barrel, is going to weigh less than 100 grains and be comparable to .380 Auto and other small pistol rounds. Basically you are combining "the worst of both worlds", taking the weakest available shotshell, optimized for barrels of 20" or longer, and crippling it with a barrel so short that serious velocity will be hard to attain.

That said:

1. It looks like a lot of fun for busting clays, and...
2. I would not volunteer to get shot by one.

My point is not that it is an ineffective weapon, just that it is an inefficient weapon...for something as big and bulky as that you can have a much more powerful and proven caliber, .357Mag, .44Mag, .45LongColt, .41 Mag, .44 Special, etc.

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

Looks like a sweet gun! I have a friend with one and he loves it. I shot it once too and liked it a lot.

By the way, that is probably going to be my new life verse! I can't believe I haven't noticed that before!

Very good post. I didn't know there were many other shooters at MBT. Can anyone say Men's Shooting Trip?

I'm running a Glock 27 and I just love it. We should definitely work on getting a group together to go shoot sometime.

-Andy Bean