Gun frenzy


Harry Paget Flashman
July 1, 2005, 09:17 PM
The day started simply enough. Worked a half day and got a call that the Zastava M59 SKS I'd ordered had come in. Went to the gun store to pick it up and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and very surprised that it had a teakwood stock.

While there I spotted an Ithaca Model 37 12ga with both Deerslayer barrel and vented rib barrel on consignment for $400. I'd had one for 30 years but gave it to my son-in-law a few years ago. I missed it so last year bought a new Model 37, but with an English stock. I hated the look and feel of it from the moment I got it home. Well, I sold it to one of the countermen at the store for $200 cash and bought the consignment gun.

I called a good friend/co-worker to "share the moment" and he suggested we drive to Baker, FL to window shop at the best stocked gun store in our area.
I went because I recalled they had a used gen 2 Glock 21 for $430 that'd been there awhile. I was toying with the idea of buying it for my son-in-law as I already have one.

I picked my friend up at his house and before we left he asked if I was interested in selling him back an accurized Norinco 1911 I'd horsetraded him out of last year. I liked the Norc and knew what guns he owns and told him flippantly, "I'll trade the Norc and 2 magazines for your Ruger Model 77 .30-'06." He said, "Deal!" I was stunned...I didn't want to lose the Norc and never believed he'd take me up on it. My lucky day, the Ruger came with a Bushnell 3X-9X scope. He even threw in a box of Remington 220gr core-lokt's and about 30 re-loads.

We got there to Baker about 4:00 and I beat him into the store to get first crack at the Glock 21. The owner handed it to me and I noted outloud that it was a gen3. I handed it back to the owner and said, "I dunno...I may come back to that..." On that cue my buddy said, "I'll buy it." I should have never set the gun down...a gen 3!

I felt like I'd been aced out. So I consoled myself by buying a pre-owned SIG 226 two-tone in 9mm for $529. Came with 2 mags and bought 2 more. Also bought a SIG 226 Barrel in .40S&W for $199.

My buddy was caught up in the frenzy and I talked him into buying my blued Bersa Thunder .380 and Kel-Tec P3AT for $350 so that I could afford a new two-tone Bersa Thunder for $259. I like Bersa's and wanted an upgrade and feel I made a good deal as the P3AT was destined to become either a paperweight or aggregate in my next concrete pour. Getting rid of it was the Hi-Point (sic) of my day.

I feel giddy.

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July 1, 2005, 09:39 PM
Sounds like a good, if expensive day!

Why didn't you like the P3AT? I've been thinking about possibly trading in my .22 Beretta Mod 21 on one...

Harry Paget Flashman
July 1, 2005, 11:42 PM
Kamicosmos. First time at range with P3AT I used Wolf and S&B ammo. First 3 rounds of Wolf fired okay. After that FTE's came every one or two rounds. It was 95 degrees outside, I was sweating like a Democrat on election day and my glasses were fogged up. I had to pry the cases out with my Swiss Army knife. :cuss: I bought the gun for CCW and the first experience ruined it for me. With 3 .32's and 8 other .380's I figured I didn't ever need an encore.

The guy I sold it to is fairly mechanical and intends to tune it or do a fluff and buff. Probably nothing wrong with the gun that a little tweaking can't fix.
I sold it to him "as is" with about 30 rounds through it.

The whole appeal of the P3AT to me was it's small size. Next time I get the urge I'll buy trousers with deeper pockets and pack a J frame, SIG 232 or Bersa.

July 1, 2005, 11:46 PM
Your day sounds like paradise - I can afford one milsurp rifle every 6 months.

July 1, 2005, 11:55 PM
HPF - you'd better hope these days don't occur too often! I had one some ways back - never regretted the ''aquisitions'' but oh my - did the bank account receive a severe dent! :D

Hark - I hear bankruptsy calling LOL! :p

Heck - gotta ''splurge'' now and again if ya can. ;)

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