Here's mine. A 186 Series Mini 14 GB\20 SS That just slipped past the Clinton AWB in 1994. Here in NY, that ban is still in full effect, so it would have sold at a shop as a pre-ban. ( And yes, I checked with Ruger to confirm that it is legal here in NY, the fine folks there sent me a letter to comfirm it.) I bought it from a friend that had fallen on some tough times. His wife had died 6 months earlier, he lost his job 3 months later, an social services refused to help him. He needed the money for rent, food for him and his 3 kids, and needed gas for a job interview the next week. Yes, he did get the job, he now works for the NYS DOT. I told him then, that if he ever wants it back, I will sell it back for what I paid him, any extras I would just give him. All he asked for is the occaisional visitation at the range.
It's old, a little beat up, and it works flawlessly. Since buying it, I have only added 2 10 round, and 1 5 round magazine, a sight tool, and a repack kit with stripper clips. I have continued the tradition he started of using it as a truck gun. It is my favorite plinker and coyote buster. It's nowhere near as pretty as most of the ones in the gallery, but every scratch and ding tell a story.
If I have to explain why I ride, you wouldn't understand. Explaining sex to an alien would be easier than explaining the feeling, one that boils all that is going on in your life down to what really matters each time you are in The Wind. All I can say is, Life is not Life without it.