Saturday, December 29, 2012

So, we went to a gun show

In particular, we went to the C&E show at the Hickory, NC Metro Convention Center.  (Those of you who may know Hickory, try not to snicker at the "metro" thing, OK?)  This trip was meant to be a 3-way coordinated visit between myself and Daughter, Mountain Man and my young coworker.  Young coworker had to bow out due his failure to set an alarm clock.  Ah, youth.  :-)  As it was, we were able to connect with the Mountain Man both for the show and for lunch after, which is something of a minor victory for us, given our schedules.

Wow.  Having went to my fair share of shows after Teh Bringer of Gunz Control's first victory, I am willing to say that this one topped any of those in a number of ways.  Attendance was well up for a Hickory show.  This is one of my favorites, so I have a good feel for what it normally looks like, and this one was up, I'd guess by around 1/3.  At noon, the wait to get in was around 15 minutes.  During the wait, we observed one enterprising local restaurant how sent one of the staff with a huge stack of 10% off coupons.  Hooray for capitalists!

ARs and AKs were available, but at "You've got to be kidding!" pricing.  I am not going to cry about "price gouging"; I view it as the market signaling.  But $1400 for a Norinko AK?  You've got to be kidding me.

ARs were worse.  I saw quite a few at $2000 and up (well up), and almost none for less than $2000.  Many of these guns could be bought a month ago for well under $1000.  I didn't see may getting sold, although I did see an Armalite AR-10 go at $2600. 

I also noticed a lot of folks who had brought their various evil rifles, magazines and such like in an attempt to get some stupid high prices on them--trying to cash in, I suppose.  Those weren't selling, either.  This didn't seem to be panic buying.  It was more along the lines of very purposeful buying.

Ammo was available, although the quantities are not what I'm accustomed to seeing.  .223/5.56 and .308/7.62 were available, but the price was way up-- $1/round for .223 (PMC brass cased).  Again, the market is signaling and I'm fairly well stocked, so I passed.  I was able to get my preferred loadings of Federal Hydrashoks in .357, 9mm and .45 ACP at the same prices as before the current scare, so I decided to buy a few hundred.  I also bought 500 each of 9mm (Federal's American Eagle) and .45 ACP ball (RWS) at prices about 10% over my last purchase a few months ago.  I was still rebuilding on both and decided that $30-ish wasn't too much to pay.

The deal of the day was a new pistol for Daughter.  After a fair bit of looking,  holding and various sorts of manipulations, a Sig P290 with laser was her choice.  Very nice pistol; makes me consider a laser for my Springfield XD-S.  It took all of her Christmas money, but I think she got a heck of a deal, even though she had to pay the asking price.  (No one was dealing much on anything that might be banned.)

I took a hard look at a very nice Smith and Wesson Model 66, .357 Magnum with a 2" barrel.  But the price felt a bit on the high side, and coupled with some recent non-gun purchases, I decided to take a pass on it.

As always, the crowd was very polite.  I saw something that I had not seen before, a mother with young child and no significant other in sight, having purchased a pistol and on the prowl for ammo and accessories.  I believe this is called "winning".

On the way home, we took the scenic route to look at the last of the Christmas lights.  It was a nice way to end a good day.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I'm smiling

In one of my many recent forays into the comments section of a local new rag to engage people on the issue of gun control, a reply to my mention of armed teachers in Israeli schools brought forth a virtual waterfall of vitriol from one of the wannabe grabbers.  How dare I advocate armed teachers, you lying gun nazi!  (Yeah, I really did get called a gun nazi.  Lower case.  Go figure, I guess.)

Yep, I'm just a lying gun nazi, alright.  Bought and paid for by the NRA and all the evil gun manufacturers.

Still waiting on my first paycheck, but that story is a nice advance.

Worth your time

(Found of Facebook)

The issue isn't really guns. Guns are how we misspell evil. Guns are how we avoid talking about the ugly realities of human nature while building sandcastles on the shores of utopia.

I hope this piques your curiosity.

Utah teachers--better prepared than average

(Via Timebomb2000)

Today, common sense wins out in Utah, where 200 teachers are taking part in free concealed carry classes held by the Utah Shooting Sports Council.

Of course, the nannies school administrators are predictably predicting blood in the hallways.

Utah educators say they would ban guns if they could and have no way of knowing how many teachers are armed. Gun-rights advocates estimate that 1 percent of Utah teachers or 240 are licensed to carry concealed weapons. It's not known how many pack guns at school.

 "It's a terrible idea," said Carol Lear, a chief lawyer for the Utah Office of Education, who argues teachers could be overpowered for their guns or misfire or cause an accidental shooting. "It's a horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten idea."

Yeah, because there have been so many misfires, accidental shootings and mass murders inUtah schools since the law allowing teachers to concealed carry was passed in 19-effing-95.  Lawyers.

I guess it's a good thing that Utah law disallows school districts from over-ride the state law, because they'd be just as defenseless as teachers in Connecticut, now wouldn't they?

Diane Feinstein grandstands again

And wants to see if she can create millions more criminals to feed the beast.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Could it be this easy?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

I spent a good deal of last week and this week (up until Christmas day) in the comments sections of a string of articles on the Charlotte Pravda Observer that seemed tailor-made to give advocates for gun grabbing a forum to air their views and gather their feeble- like-minded fellow travelers so the lot of them could gin themselves up into a frenzy.  I dispensed facts and opinions that I could support by evidence, along with as much Alinski-esque ridicule as I could get away with and not make my posts appear mean-spirited.

This morning, my first top was that publication, prepared to take up the battle again.  But there was not battle to be joined, because there were no articles on guns.  WTF?

This guy thinks we may have already won.  I hope he's right.  But stay on guard, because even if we win the battle, the war for freedom is never over.  And I'm still unconvinced we've won the battle just yet.

Goodbye, guys

I'm not going to whine about it.  We all know that the men and women who made up the "Greatest Generation" are leaving us an an ever faster pace.  I'd just like to acknowledge a couple who left us on Christmas Eve.

Jack Klugman.  What can I say?  I was like every other kid and watched TV all the time.  "The Odd Couple", "Quincy"--it's had to think of the 70s without thinking of him at some point.

Charles Durning.  Sure, he starred in one of my all time favorite shows, "Evening Shade", but his true claim to fame was something he never talked about--his service in Europe in World War II.  The sole survivor of his unit on D-Day, he also survived the Malmedy Massacre.

Amazing men who led amazing lives, and we're better for having had them around.  God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, indeed.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas






From our home to yours, a very Merry Christmas.  Please remember those who are in need, those who are in pain, and those who are far from home.

Monday, December 24, 2012

*sigh*

Four volunteer firefighters responding to a pre-dawn house fire were shot Monday morning, two fatally, leading to a shootout in suburban Rochester, N.Y., police said.

This in one of the states with the strictest firearms laws in the United States.  How much proof will it take that gun control laws aren't what we need?