These days, burglars seem to be less concerned about breaking into an occupied dwelling than they did in the past. Doesn’t sound very smart, does it? With the rise of the new “gun culture,” things are changing. Whereas people used to buy a gun, fire a few rounds, clean it and throw it in the sock drawer — there to remain until the estate is inventoried 30 years later — people now buy guns, carry them and shoot them too!
One great thing about guns is they don’t wear out nearly as quickly as pickup trucks. My oldest is a “trapdoor” Springfield .45-70 made in the 1880’s. All the mechanical parts still work, and it consistently hits an 8″ gong at 200 yards with the issue iron sights. My wife Eileen and I also own several shotguns around a century old, and they all work just as well as when they were made
In what became the most exciting college chemistry class ever, an Idaho State University professor demonstrated a really bad experiment. During his lecture he managed to shoot himself in the foot with a small caliber handgun he was carrying in his pocket. Specifics are sketchy, but we do know the gun was in his pocket and it never left his pocket, even after perforating pants pocket, shoe leather and foot.