DOWNRANGE

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Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

You know that high school girl­friend you think about ev­ery now and then? The one who keeps pop­ping up un­bid­den, de­spite the fact you love your wife and kids and wouldn’t ever dream of do­ing any­thing to jeop­ar­dize the good thing you’ve got go­ing? Yet there it is, that mem­ory that won’t go away.

Like most day­dreams, the re­al­ity isn’t any­where near as good as the fan­tasy — a sit­u­a­tion that goes dou­ble for guns. De­spite the pit­falls it might en­tail, we de­cided to go back to the fu­ture. Rather than just pick 10 years be­gin­ning with a zero and end­ing with a nine, we chose a chunk of time which spanned the end of the Cold War and the as-yetun­seen ori­gins of the GWOT — think “Clash of Civ­i­liza­tions” meets Lethal Weapon. Our staff then chose their fa­vorite guns from the pe­riod and were given the re­mit of drag­ging them kick­ing and scream­ing into the 21st cen­tury, with­out any ed­i­to­rial over­sight or di­rec­tion. As a re­sult, some of us chose sim­i­lar so­lu­tions to the prob­lem, some picked stuff on the outer fringes of the op­tions cur­rently avail­able, and all of us had fun in­dulging the ex-girl­friend fan­tasy.

Af­ter many thou­sands of dol­lars of mod­i­fi­ca­tions, we came away with the same con­clu­sion. While it was a fun ex­er­cise and pro­duced some fine firearms that would just about hang with any­thing we could buy to­day, there are plenty of good op­tions cur­rently avail­able for about a third of the price. As gun con­sumers, we’re truly liv­ing in the best of times, so de­spite that nag­ging thought that keeps pop­ping up ev­ery now and then, en­joy what you have and don’t live in the past. There’s a rea­son wind­shields are big­ger than rearview mir­rors.

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