Originally posted on aurorawatcherak:
Actually, I own a few because here in Alaska there’s hunting going on. We live on caribou and moose and ptarmagan and you have to have different sized rifles to get the grub. The 22 we use for bird hunting is our only semi-auto. One pull for every bullet expelled. It’s a 10-round magazine and we carry an extra one for reloading because you bird hunt in the late winter (March) when it’s still nice not to expose your fingers to the air. We used to have an extended magazine — I think it held 30 shots — but it broke in the cold and we haven’t replaced it.
Sometimes when you’re out doing innocent activities like berry-picking or wood-cutting, the animals are hunting you. After a close encounter with a grizzly bear a couple of years ago we carry a shotgun and a 357 just in case.
Speaking of the 357, I am prepared to shoot anyone who comes into my home and doesn’t belong there. I’ll give them a chance to leave uninjured without my belongings, but if you don’t identify yourself as a family member when you’re banging around in the kitchen at night, you’re not very bright. My family knows what to do when they hear the question “Whose there?” Sing out! It might save your life.