Monday, March 26, 2012

Get 'em while you can

Have you noticed it too? During my recent visits to local shops it seemed like guns weren't staying in the display cases as long, and ammo on the shelves seemed a little thinner. Discussions with shop owners and sales people only confirmed what I was already thinking. They say business is booming.

The election is eight months away and there is not any real push for more gun control, but sales of guns and everything related are on the rise. As we get closer to November buying will only increase. Remember the panic that started with the 2008 election? There will be another, as bad or possibly worse. And it was bad. I remember some guns and ammunition selling for outrageous sums. For a while certain calibers, guns or parts weren't available at any price.

Is there some special firearm you're looking for? Or maybe a particular caliber you don't have enough of? Buy it now. Buy it now before prices go up. Buy it now while it's still relatively easy to get.

I certainly don't want to add to this but it is coming whether we talk about it or not. Ignoring it will not stop it from happening.

If there is something you want or need don't wait. At the very least you will assure you're getting it cheaper just by beating inflation. Buy now if you possibly can. It might make the difference between having what you want at a good price, or maybe having it at all.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Always remember - safety

Homeplace - Art's Stuff has a very graphic reminder why we should always place safety in the forefront of our minds, whenever we're around guns. You should go there right now and check it out.

Once you been around guns for a while it's very easy to become lax, to think that you've "been there, done that," that you're an "old hand," that accidents only happen to "newbies." But they can happen to anyone. It only takes a split second of carelessness for a negligent discharge. A split second that might change your life forever.

Remember ...

1 - All guns are always loaded.

2 - Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

3 - Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

4 - Identify your target, and what is beyond.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

People with guns collection # 46

"PHILADELPHIA, MAR. 20 - Ready for trouble - Carl Potnick stocks shelves in his father's Philadelphia food market with a .38 caliber revolver strapped cowboy fashion to the outside of his butcher's apron, Friday. Potnick started wearing pistol after neighboring women's and children's apparel shop operator was slain in a holdup Thursday." March -1971

Monday, March 12, 2012

Saving my pennies

I inherited some guns from my dad, in fact too many for my safe to hold. Despite that I still want two more. One is a 1911 match type pistol, most likely a Colt or Baer. The second gun is a Kel-Tec KSG. You can see a few for sale but they're at scalper's prices right now. All the ones I've seen on the gun auction sites are going for 1500+ dollars, nowhere near the suggested retail of 880. Hopefully when production goes up price will come down. Eventually they might start selling, dare I say it, lower than retail price. Around here most new guns typically sell about 20% under "suggested" retail although it might take the KSG a while to get there. But I'm saving and if they should ever come down to reasonable levels I will be ready.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Sorry to disappoint you

For the individual that found my blog using the search term "junkie heroin prostitute," I'm sorry you didn't find what you were looking for at wilsonblog. It might be presumptuous of me, but perhaps you're dwelling too much on the darker side of life. Might I suggest some happier, fluffier reading, just as a change of pace. Maybe you want to check out my post on the biggest hit single of the 1970s? Or how about a song about puppies? Who doesn't love puppies? I'll bet even junkie heroin prostitutes love puppies.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Picking a team

Been going through my gun collection again. I just inherited several from Dad and don't have room for them all, something has to go. I will always hold on to some of those antiques I love but there are others I can't justify keeping.

One change for certain will be with my self-defense handguns. I'm getting out of the traditional double action (DA/SA) pistol business altogether. Those are the hardest guns for me to shoot well (probably for most shooters) and I don't practice with them nearly enough for a weapon I might bet my life on. Although I carried them in the past over the last couple of years they have basically turned into range toys. I already have enough toys.

I will be keeping my HK USP .45. It's DA but can also be used "cocked & locked" and that's how I've been using mine for a while now. It's a great gun, I've carried it several times since I bought it. The pistol is actually lighter than a 1911 but it's just too big to use regularly. You need a good jacket or coat to conceal the HK. I have been using it mostly as my "house" gun and will continue to do so. The USP loaded with 13 rounds of hollowpoints and light attached makes an excellent home defense option.

For my carry needs I will be relying mainly on my 1911 pistols since that is what I have practiced (and feel most comfortable) with. I will also continue to use my double action revolvers for now since I also train with them quite a bit too. In the future though it's conceivable that I might go with the 1911 (and variants) entirely.

I've also decided to get back to my regular shooting sessions at least once a month, and practice with one of my self-defense guns every time I go. I'm also considering more formal training but I believe this first step, picking a main gun and practicing with it a lot more, is a good first step.

Friday, March 02, 2012