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itgoesboom
February 14, 2004, 08:36 PM
Was with my wife today, purchasing some new boots, so we went to one of our local "outdoor superstore" chains.

Found a nice pair of Browning hunting boots that fit well, were on sale, so it was a good deal. But I also needed to purchase some ammo, so I went to the firearm department.

Now this store has a pretty good selection of hunting rifles, and a decent selection of ammo. So I am looking for some Winchester White box in 9mm, but it looks like they don't have any. Figure oh well, and I am about to leave.

But a clerk starts helping me, and I start asking prices of some of their hollowpoint ammo. So I get to the Golden Sabers, and another clerk walks up and says "these are the best for home defense, they SPIN when you shoot them" all the while making a twisting motion with his hand.

I guess I must be some sort of idiot. I never realized that you had to have special bullets for them to spin when they are shot. I guess the rifling in my barell has nothing to do with it.

Maybe I should have bought some of these wonder spinning bullets.

I.G.B.

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Ironbarr
February 14, 2004, 08:39 PM
Did he have his tongue in his cheek? :)

Standing Wolf
February 14, 2004, 08:43 PM
I'd have been inclined to ask the self-inflicted genius whether they spin clockwise or counter-clockwise. If I'd been in a really smart-@#$%^&! mood, I'd have asked him whether they spin north and south or east and west.

P95Carry
February 14, 2004, 08:43 PM
Did he have his tongue in his cheek? Bad for cust' relations Andy if he did. Seems maybe tho he had his (substitute head for tongue) ...... somewhere where the sun don't shine! :D

whm1974
February 14, 2004, 08:50 PM
That's why we shouldn't buy from chain stores or monster marts if we can help it.
Of course the salesperson maybe just trying to get you to buy expensive ammo.

Bill Meadows

itgoesboom
February 14, 2004, 08:50 PM
Ironbar,

No, no tongue in cheek. He actually spoke like these were the Holy Grail of self defense rounds. The confidence in which he spoke would make one think that one of these rounds would be effective against satan himself.

I had no response, except to roll my eyes, turn around and walk to the cashier to pay for my new boots.

My new, very comfortable boots.

I.G.B.

TimRB
February 14, 2004, 08:57 PM
"That's why we shouldn't buy from chain stores or monster marts if we can help it."

I bought a home defense shotgun at one of the chains--one of the evil-looking black ones with a short barrel. The clerk didn't know anything about firearms, which I thought was vaguely amusing, but it soon became clear that he actually feared them, and seemed even to fear me for wanting to buy one.

The whole thing was so weird I'll never go back. I went there to save money, and came away thinking that I'd gladly pay more at a gun shop just so I wouldn't be made to feel like a criminal.

Tim

Ironbarr
February 14, 2004, 08:58 PM
Roger that.

Sounds like they had JATO bottles attached and if going wild (no target) their parachute popped to slow them to sub-sonic speed. Real tech-ee.

YO HO HO (and a bottle of rum).

Hey, may that's it - he just came back from a 3 martini lunch.



;)

HunterGatherer
February 15, 2004, 02:14 AM
OK so they spin when you shoot 'em, but do they plump when you cook 'em?

winstonsmith
February 15, 2004, 02:39 AM
Wait, spinning? Next time you're going to tell me that the bullets aren't round balls of iron and muzzle loaded...

whm1974
February 15, 2004, 06:09 AM
I bought a home defense shotgun at one of the chains--one of the evil-looking black ones with a short barrel. The clerk didn't know anything about firearms, which I thought was vaguely amusing, but it soon became clear that he actually feared them, and seemed even to fear me for wanting to buy one.

I'm suprise that a monster mart would sell anything defenesive, after all they quite selling handguns long time ago.

I'll bet you that the clerk doesn't know anything about fishing or hunting either...

Bill Meadows

c_yeager
February 15, 2004, 07:22 AM
Sometimes you can get a nice suprise at those big chains. Of course it wouldnt be wise to hope for it. Your best bet is finding some kid that looks like he is in school. At least he MIGHT be an intelligent guy just making money to get by. The older guys making the same wage always did give me pause for though. Then again some of the kids are of the age that "knows everything" so there really isnt any safe bet.

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