The 2nd Amendment
This is the classic Smith and Wesson Model 15 revolver. It is a fine gun with a very smooth trigger. It is like butter.
Next we fired this CZ 52. It is a lot harder to squeeze the trigger on this semi-automatic pistol than on the Model 15, but I really liked it.
Moving on to the rifles, we started with the WWI era M95 Styer. It is Austrian made but is engraved with "Budapest" across the barrel. That is testament to it's age. The cartridges were as old as the rifle and huge. Oh, what a kick this baby delivered. I scared the hell out of myself every time I fired it, and that is with ear protection.
The M1 Garant was the standard issue rifle for American servicemen in WWII. The simplicity of design is matched only by the Kalishnikov or AK 47.
This Yugoslav SKS is the precursor to the AK 47. Still widely used by militias world wide.
Finally, we got to try out the classic M16 which is what U.S. servicemen are being issued today. The one we fired was actually an A 15 (civilian version) with an M 16 upper. The cartridges were the smallest of all the rifles, but the velocity of the bullet makes up for the lack of size. I was able to hit a bowling pin at 100 yards on my third shot. Not bad for a rookie. This rifle is light, accurate, and rather attractive if you ask me.
What impressed me about all of this was the lengths that my uncle had to go to to keep these guns in compliance with California gun laws. For example, the M 16 had to have a permanent magazine in the receiver and it had to be loaded from the top. How that stops crime, I have no idea. I can see why gun enthusiasts are against gun laws. They accomplish nothing but they sure do make life difficult for those of us who believe in the the 2nd amendment and the exercise thereof.