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Beat-Up Cars and Guns

I’m not rich.  Even when I was able to go to a regular 40-hour/week job with benefits.  I was lower-middle class, at best.  Now that I’m on medical disability, I can barely make ends meet.  I lost my home a year and a half ago.

Cars and guns are important to me.  Guns apparently more so.  I currently am driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with over 140K miles on her.  She needs a lot of work I cannot afford.  And I certainly cannot afford a (newer, in-better-shape) different vehicle.  Sigh.

I also own two guns:  a custom 1911 and an electroless nickel Smith .38.  Both have seen better days, but, just like the ol’ clunker, THEY WORK!

Murphy’s Law recently posted a photo of his workhorse pistol, a Beretta 92F.  She looked a little like she had been dragged behind something for a while.  Obviously, this made no difference to Murphy, who said she worked and shot like a champ!

Which brings me to my point.  My car looks and works like crap, but she still works.  My 1911 and revolver both function, albeit they are cosmetically imperfect.

So I’m a bigot.  🙂

I LOVE the look of a nicely appointed vehicle and a fine firearm!  When I first saw Murphy’s photo, my heart sank.  I thought how sad it looks like that, and how much she resembled my well-worn 1911.  And, I see nicely running cars on the street, painted all pretty, and I secretly loathe my beater car.

Okay, I don’t know if it’s bigotry or shallowness…

Thankfully (as of this writing) the car and guns still function, but there’s always tomorrow!

h/t Lagniappe’s Lair


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


14 thoughts on “Beat-Up Cars and Guns

  1. Yeah, I’ve been there, wishing desperately for something better. But a functioning vehicle, however beat up, is better than not having one at all. Although that may occasionally fall under the category of “just barely”.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 23, 2014, 8:02 am
  2. Yup, same here. Beater Jeep, beater handgun, beater carbine.

    The advantage is I’m not afraid to USE them, which sometimes means scratching/bending them up further.

    When I lived in Socal there was a fad for Hummers, which were invariably painted in bright primary colors and immaculately clean. I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to take one off the pavement for fear of that first horrifying scratch. In the Jeep, I can just go ahead and bash along to the next thing.

    A neighbor recently made me a new sheath for my carry knife. He asked me my preference for tooling and finish, and I said, “Don’t get fancy, because I won’t wear anything I’m afraid to scratch.” That’s sort of my philosophy about everything.

    Posted by Joel | April 23, 2014, 8:20 am
  3. The first scratch is damage….all the rest just add character. 😉

    None of my guns are safe queens. They’ve all been in the rain and whatnot but if I ever drop or scratch my Browning O/U, you’ll hear the screamstream of profanity all way across the western United States.

    Posted by KM | April 23, 2014, 8:26 am
  4. I like KM’s comment. Character…something a Glock just can’t develop easily. My 2000 Nissan Maxima is about to roll over 352,000 miles. It’s boring compared to the current generation Maxima, but it works, it’s paid for, it’s let me down seldom and never when I really needed it, and I am loathe to speak ill of it lest it decide to go tango uniform on me in South Dallas at 2 AM.

    Posted by Daddy Hawk | April 23, 2014, 12:12 pm
  5. If it works, that ain’t all bad… Just sayin… Pretty doesn’t keep your ass alive…

    Posted by oldnfo | April 23, 2014, 5:23 pm
  6. My beater carbine is an SKS goes bang 10 times, every time. My beater rifle is an MN M44, with bayonet cut off and stock shortened. Looks like hell. Shoots great and it is absolutely fearless of thorns, rocks and gravel. It goes bang until the ammo runs out. My beater truck, is my only truck. Semi-worn out 96 Nissan. Goes everywhere I can go and if it gets to rough I’ll let it sit idle and walk. It is balky but dependable.

    Posted by Matt | April 24, 2014, 7:43 am
  7. My SUV is reaching beater stage. I love it. Backed into the low rock wall over at Harper’s Ferry? Who cares? Dumped coffee. Again. Who cares? Bag of mulch ripped and dumped in the back? Who cares?

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | April 24, 2014, 11:44 am


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