After hunting we went to the gun show.
It was a VERY busy weekend.
Oh MY. It was almost too much. My brain vapor locked a bit, as it is wont to do in gun stores.
In anticipation of this, I brought a hand written list so I could stay focused. Just looking at every table took 3 hours.
Here is a picture of my swag:
I got a bore light so I don't have to peek down the barrel to see if the gun is unloaded. An inexpensive LED flashlight, too. There is a fine tipped set of tweezers, for, um... tweezing stuff. There are two 10 round magazines for the .22 bolt action rifle, and a mag for the 1903 Pocket Hammerless. Also a pocket holster for the pocket hammerless. There is ten clips for the Garand. And, in celebration of Buy Ammo Day, today, I bought 140 rounds of .308. And it's from South Africa, to further honor Mr. du Toit.
Not bad, considering the temptations. I have an actual nibble on more contract money, but haven't landed that fish.
What else tempted me? Well I was saved from big impulse buying on 2 occasions by the convenient fact that many dealers don't take credit cards. I expected that ahead of time, as this show is similar to antique shows and old tools shows, of which I am more familiar. I almost bought a bunch of magazines for a gun I don't have (M1A) and I almost bought Winchester Model 88, which is a .308 caliber lever action with a 5 round box magazine, there is a scope mount on most I've seen, and back-up iron sights. There is even a carbine version. A really good hunting rifle that fits my criteria. That rifle kept calling to me, and I was ready to get it when they told me no credit cards. Phew. Saved me $800. The experience DID put that rifle at the top of the contention for a lefty hunting rifle.
I also considered getting .45 ACP ammo. I don't own a gun that shoots .45 ACP.
I noticed VERY few bolt action rifles that were for lefties. No love.
The next show is in February. And by then I will be expecting a tax refund check, hopefully a month or 2 into a higher paying job, and I will have the walking around money ON me. Uh oh.
What else was fun there? Well I got to fondle a LOT of .45 ACP. The prices there were comparable to what I'd get from my favorite local store, so that made me feel good. It will be a pleasure buying with confidence from my guy when the time comes next Spring. I'm going to be kinda particular on the features, too.
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