I've wanted a rifle for a while now, purely for defensive purposes. I got into shooting last year, when I bought my first handgun, a Beretta 92FS. I really enjoyed both the gun and shooting, so I began to add handguns, and ended up getting my CCW. with the new Middle East Crisis, I was reminded that things can go south quickly, just about anytime. I do have a shotgun in addition to my 5 handguns, along with a reasonable supply of ammo (could use more 45, since I've started carrying my XD). But, I still didn't have a rifle to round things out. Today was a light day at work, with only 1 appointment, at around 11. Around noon, my boos came into my office, and suggested that I just take the afternoon off, and that they would call me if they needed me. Finding out that I would still be paid for the day, it was a no brainer. The only problem was that I didn't want to go home, as I live on the other side of the Vegas valley. After stopping by a local casino, eating, and playing a little video poker, I decided that it would be a good day just to visit some gun shops.
After stopping by one shop, which was pretty junky and had a poor selection, I went by the shop where I usually buy my guns. I found that the .223 and .308 military style ammo was flying off the shelf. In fact, flown was more like it, with only high end ammo left. After taking a look at a few guns, I figured "what the hell"-next month is my birthday, and my wife would love to just contribute to a high end item that I want, rather than buy something that I might just stuff in a drawer. While I liked the idea of a 308, the guns were more expensive, and heavy. While I eventually want a 308, I decided that a 223 would be better for me at this time. So, I took home a Bushmaster carbine, with the removable carry handle. At $925, it was lower than other Bushmasters that I had seen. So, it ended up following me home. The system had been down for a while to run background checks, but with the CCW, things went very smoothly, and I could take the gun home, and save the $25. Now, I just have to start learning it's care and feeding.