I sit on the front porch of my cabin and watch an big tom turkey strut his stuff. He and his wanna be harem are scattered just on the near side of my 300 yard steel target and even in the eagle eyes of the old hens, I pose no threat. Several disinterested hens pluck new threads of wheat or gaze openly at his foolishness while he toils away to gain their affection. I've got him figured out. He has no porch.
Porch sittin' has become one of my favorite past times. Like this big tom, I've strutted a bit in my day but leave that to younger men who have no porch. Ya see, here on the porch, many problems of the world are contemplated and solved and solutions seem simple. I can share the porch with a friend or my always friendly chocolate lab and we can exchange many ideas upon subjects far reaching in depth and scope. Or, when the worlds problems seem small or less important, this porch can be used for napping.
Sometimes, however, this porch is the stage for a discussion about other useful items a man might need and one of my favorite is the handgun. Yes a handgun, be it new or old, is often cussed or discussed, here on this very porch. A recent such dissertation was about what could be considered a dream gun.....what's the best 1911, what would I buy IF money grew in trees or some such nonsense. My pick through it all was the Dan Wesson Valor. My counter part held stead fast to the exotic and expensive trinket of the week but I opt for function and reliability with stop and go pedals that fit and nothing flashy. Pure function. From it's Heine ledge straight eight tritiums to the perfectly crisp 3.5# trigger. Maybe I cling to the roots of my humble beginnings and can see no reason to spend $4000 when $1900 will buy a pistol that will always work and always out shoot me. You see, I own a couple of DW's as well as a couple Les Baer guns and a custom Bill Wilson IDPA pistol. The latter three costing lots more than a new DW and I have to say offer no more reliability and only the LB wadcutter gun more accurate.
Another porch discussion of late has been about Glock, or more specifically Glock owners. Not all owners but what I call Glock cool aid drinkers. Such purest are these folks that they cannot see reason to modify or change any part of their beloved Glock pistols. Presumably not even its cheap cheesy plastic sights with the abysmal white framed rear. Further claiming any changes will only degrade both accuracy and reliability and aftermarket parts break sooner. And, of course, all these purest Glock-a-holics have Glock pistol that have more than a hundred thousand rounds thru them and still function perfectly with no parts replaced, broken or worn out and haven't been cleaned.....ever. Fortunately the porch comes with a built in bull **** filter and is raised off the ground just enough. There is adequate straining of both gnat and camel here on the porch.