Monday, November 05, 2007

Gun Show Acquisitions

I visited a local gun show recently to pick up some things on my needs list. Of course I don't need another gun, but I've developed an interest in the little Colt 1903 Hammerless. Two examples were all I found and they were very overpriced. I guess the sellers think we're too stupid to know the price range for something like that. They were priced significantly higher than what they've been sold for recently on auction sites.

My to buy list consisted of a speed loader for my Smith & Wesson Model 19, stripper clips for my '03 Springfield, a magazine pouch for the Carbine, and more ammo.

The speed loader was easy to find. $10. I didn't see anything for any other price.

I saw the same old display of like new Garands, '17s, '03s, and carbines from previous gun shows. No one was buying. They did have parts however and I asked about stripper clips. The girl behind the table said they had two types, surplus brass for $4 or new stainless for $1. So of course being cheap, I bought the new stainless. After I got home I tried them out. I couldn't get the round to load no matter what I did. I downloaded stripper clip loading instructions from the internet and still couldn't get the rounds on the clip. Perhaps the clips, which are about an inch longer than the brass ones, aren't thirty aught stripper clips after all. The person behind the tables wasn't the owner, just a helper. Maybe one of the more experienced gunnies who visit here can tell me if they're for something else. The clip is marked DWM. No other markings.

Shooting the carbine was fun, and I thought it would be more fun to shoot outdoors if I had a magazine pouch to hold extras. I found one that would hold four fifteen round magazines for $6. Korean vintage surplus. Oh, excuse me, Korean Army surplus. I noticed that afterwards when it didn't look like the pouch would attach to a USGI web belt! Dope! Shoulda been paying attention. Well, the pouch may attach over any belt, so no loss really and they're a darn sight cheaper than USGI pouches.

I had an interesting conversation with an ammo dealer. Turns out they are high volume manufacturers who sell their own and also wholesale and package for other dealers. She says she'll sometimes lose sales because their ammo packaging doesn't look like "factory" ammo, but then the people who passed on her ammo buy from other dealers that she sold her stuff too. Her take is that the range restrictions against "remanufactured" ammo has made people fearful of buying anything that doesn't have a well known name on the box, even though she's the one who made the ammo for the "name" companies. Interesting. I bought four boxes of carbine ammo from her in Remington packaging for $11/50. The cheapest around Parts Unknown is $17/50. Even with parking and entry fees, it's cheaper than local shops and chains. I also bought two more boxes of Mak.

That was basically it. The usual Nazi regalia, beef jerky, and bric a brac were in evidence as well. Not interested in any of it. Saw some Paulbots but they weren't what I expected. I expected college age kids, but these were older adults. I guess he attracts across a spectrum after all. Walked out with what I wanted, so a good day after all.