Surly Curmudgeon

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-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Saturday, November 8, 2008


    Gun Show today

    The place was a madhouse. Shoulder-to-shoulder every step of the way, couldn't even breathe without bumping into someone. If I hadn't been on a mission to find some very specific deals, I probably would have walked out and not looked back within the first 15 minutes. It's a huge show, yes, and there's more to see than at any other show I've attended. The problem is that once you've seen half of it, it all seems to run together. You can only walk by 30 or so tables filled with the same assortment of rifles you're not interested in before your patience and interest starts to wane and your vision begins to blur.

    I wound up finding a decent but not spectacular deal on a decent but not spectacular rifle. I also picked up a stripped lower receiver so I can build an AR15 from the ground up for Mrs. Curmudgeon. The company that makes this particular receiver, Rock River Arms, apparently has a good reputation and specializes in build-it-yourself kits.

    I topped off the purchases with a few extra magazines and a new range bag (Mrs. Curmudgeon has been appalled by the old plastic toolbox I've been using in this capacity). I probably won't get around to taking the new rifle to the range this weekend, because I now have a list of honey-do's to perform in return for being given the latitude to take off on this "boys' night/day out" trip. But in the end I'm sure it'll all be worth it.

    The oddest thing happened as I was on the way out the door with my new rifle... some guy got my attention and asked if it was for sale. I said "no, but there's a whole table full of them right over there", pointing as I did so. But as soon as the guy heard "no", he looked apprehensive and tried to disappear into the crowd. In retrospect, the only two things I can figure are: 1) he was a prohibited person who couldn't get one from a dealer, or 2) he was a law enforcement agent provocateur, attempting to snare me into a "straw purchase" sting. Either way, I'm glad I didn't have any intention of trying to sell the thing, even if I might have gotten more than I paid and gone back for another one. It was just too shady for comfort even if I had been looking to turn a fast buck.


    Posted by Tom, 11/8/2008 5:51:38 PM (Permalink). 3 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Too bad you didn't care for the Dardick pistol

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardick_tround

    Not quite as cool as a Gyrojet but it rates high on the same scale.

    All the Lahti and Solothurns seem to have been replaced by more modern McMillans and Barretts

    -- thomassmith5cox.net

    It might have been neat had we seen it toward the beginning of the show. My tolerance of the crowd was 90% exhausted by the time we ran across it, so I didn't really care. There's a reason you live in town and I live in "the boonies", and it ain't because I enjoy the commute. Large groups of people make me jittery.

    -- Tom

    Lucky Mrs. you've got there.
    Hope to see step by step photos in your blog when you start your build.
    Sounds like you had a decent but not spectacular time. :p

    -- xyzabc