When we first got married, the Ruger Compact Magnum came out. I thought it was the perfect rifle- controlled feed, 20" barrel, iron sights, a perfectly balanced stock, and an ideal all around caliber (.308).
But I already had a good rifle, couldn't justify buying one, and they discontinued the 308 after 1 or 2 years of production. They dried up quickly and I figured I'd never see one. I played with one at Cabelas, but it was in their oddball RCM chambering.
Fast forward to last week when out of nowhere one appeared on Gunbroker in .308 at a reasonable price. I went back and forth on whether or not to buy it, but finally decided to go ahead. When I logged in to buy it, the rifle had been sold. I was bummed, moped around for a couple days, then forgot about it.
Then my wife asked me to go to the safe tonight to get her another book of checks. An sitting there, somehow, was the rifle. I'm still scraping my jaw up off the floor. She may be a keeper...