Monday, January 15, 2007

Romney's Unusual Target-Shooter

Although it makes little difference to me if Mitt Romney is "good on guns," he's trying to become happy-happy with the NRA.

So he gives an interview about his bona fides as a "gun-guy."

Asked by reporters at the gun show Friday whether he personally owned the gun, Romney said he did not. He said one of his sons, Josh, keeps two guns at the family vacation home in Utah, and he uses them "from time to time." The guns are a Winchester hunting rifle and a Glock 9mm handgun, which Romney uses for target shooting . Romney also described himself as a sportsman who learned to shoot as a boy rabbit hunting in Idaho with a .22 rifle. He fondly recalled shooting quail last year at a Republican Governors Association event in Georgia.

"I . . . had a good time and actually knocked down a couple of birds," he said.

A Glock 9 for target shooting?

Counter-intuitive choice. Most folks who have 9mm's shoot at targets only to make certain that the weapon is useful for self-defense--not for the purpose of putting rounds in the "x" ring.

HT: Ankle-Biting Pundits


Anonymous said...

A glock 9 for target shooting?!

This guy can never be president. Great point.

Billiam said...

While a Glock is a nice weapon, I wouldn't own one as it damages the casings upon ejection. This is bad if you like to make your own loads. As to target shooting with a 9mm, what's the problem? You want it to be second nature to draw and shoot the target quickly and accurately. I used to put about 300 rounds a month through my Taurus and my Smith.

Dad29 said...

Well, reloading or not...

It's just an unusual way to phrase the response "...use it for target-shooting."

A target-shooter uses .22 rifle, or .22 pistol, or even a .22 revolver.

9mms are not "target-shooting" weapons, usually grouping around 2-3" on a 25-yard target (Hollywood aside...)

2"-3" groups are NOT "target" shooting desirables.

Yes, one practices with a 9mm for the purpose you describe. But using a silhouette target at 7, or 25 yards, is not really "target" shooting.

Point is, he doesn't know the language. THAT is significant.