Although I specifically asked for people not to comment on the land / house choices in this post, some people still did; but then again, these are my beloved Readers [sigh] who take orders from no man, and color over the lines whenever it suits.
Anyway: the choice of land. I wouldn’t want to live in the total boonies (I’d have picked Alaska, then), hence my choice of location. The thought of being trapped in the house because of some sudden and massive snowstorm when I need to get my prescription filled at the drugstore does not not appeal to me. So I’d prefer to live close-ish to a decent-sized town with at least some pretensions of sophistication because my idea of fine dining is not Applebee, and I’d like the local food stores to carry more than canned food and Kraft cheese. It’s been a while since I was in Missoula and despite the presence of Lefties, hippies and suchlike filth, I enjoyed my time there. (There’s no Dunkin, but that’s why online purchasing was invented and anyway, every time I go into a DD, I walk out with a dozen donuts and my doctor doesn’t support that action.)
160 acres, while sniffed at by some, would suit me because it can accommodate a 100-yard range without terrifying the neighbors. Also, it’s a manageable size because I could put up signs on every other tree on the property line saying things like, “If you hunt past this point, you will become the prey. Ask owner for details.”
I chose a log cabin because New Wife has always wanted to live in one. I know about the upkeep issues, but I’d pay someone to take care of it. As for the floor plan: I’d use the walk-out basement for manly pursuits like cleaning guns and playing snooker. The size works for the two of us, and it’s easier to heat or cool a smaller space. My days of living in a 4,000-sq.ft. house are over.
I didn’t even mention my choice of truck because that would have given rise to a tributary of endless argument; but here we are, so here we go:
Yes, Missoula has both a Mercedes and Toyota dealership for servicing and repairs, if needed. I’d want a serious 4×4 in case of inclement driving conditions, and nobody has ever said the G550 doesn’t have the necessary oomph. And the Toyota Tacoma/Hi-Lux is the pickup choice of revolutionaries all over the world, so ’nuff said.
At least nobody sniffed at my choice of guns (see below for the reminder).
Rifle #1: Taurus Mod 62M (.22 Mag)
Rifle #2: Browning Buck Mark (.22 LR)
…because the next choice is:
Handgun #1: Browning Buck Mark (.22 LR)
Handgun #2: Ruger Single-Six (.22 LR/Mag)
Handgun #3: Ruger Super Blackhawk (.44 Mag) — for those close encounters of the dangerous kind
Handgun #4: 1911 (.45 ACP) — for those occasional shopping trips to town
Handgun #5: Uberti 1875 Outlaw (.45 Colt) — because cowboy
Handgun #6: S&W Mod 65 (.357 Mag) — bedside gun
Rifle #3: Mauser Mod 12 (6.5x55mm) — hunting in open country
Rifle #4: Marlin 1895 (.45-70 Govt) — because bears
Rifle #5: Winchester 94 (.30-30) — hunting in the deep woods
Rifle #6: AK-47 (7.62x39mm) — because every home should have one, even in the boonies
Rifle #7: CZ 550 Lux (.300 Win Mag) — to reach out and touch someone/thing
Rifle #8: M1 Carbine — because you need to have some fun, too
Rifle #9: Cooper Mod 21 (.223 Rem) — for varminting past 75 yards
Rifle #10: Taurus/Winchester Mod 63 (.22 LR) — because I’m sentimental
The last two long guns in the safe are shotguns:
#11: Mossberg 500 (12ga) — for more close encounters of the dangerous kind (and I wouldn’t keep it in the safe, either)
#12: CZ Bobwhite (20ga)