Good day at the gunshop!


May 28, 2004, 10:41 PM
So, I leave work early today, mainly because I have all of next week off and want to get a jump-start on doing nothing, and on the ride home decide to stop at my local gunshop. This is usually a bad thing, inasmuch as it's usually a $400.00 visit, mainly due to poor impulse control on my part, but I went for it anyway. After all, today WAS payday...

I'm glad I did. This place has been great to me, and I've gotten some really incredible deals out of it, like my P22 for $220.00 NIB; my SIG P228 (used) for $495 with SIGLite night sites and reg-caps; a 2nd Gen Glock 17 with probably less than 50 rounds through it for $350.00; and an S&W 6906 used, but unfired with 4 regular capacity mags for $410.00.

I saunter in and say to the manager: "Gotten anything new in lately?" He says nothing, walks to the wall, and pulls an H&K USP 9mm Fullsize Variant 1 off the hook. I'm wondering why he's doing this, because we've discussed that I want one of these, but I can't justify the price. I feel that $750.00 or thereabouts is far too much for any polymer pistol. You might feel differently, but that's my opinion. He tells me that it's used, and he originally sold the pistol about 3-4 years ago. The KK code confirms the age.

So I start to look at it. Then I look again. Then I start breaking it down. Zach (the manager) is just staring at me with a slight grin on his face. I look up and he just nods: this thing has never been fired! The barrel hood's paint is untouched, there's barely any "half-moon" on the barrel, and the inside of the frame is spotless. The mag followers aren't even dirty. Who would own a pistol for 4 years and never shoot it?

I look at him for the price, and as soon as he said "$450.00, including the 2 mags, plastic box, and manual" I knew I was a lost man.

Now, I REALLY wanted a Compact 9mm Variant 1 with stainless slide, but for this price, I'm not going to argue. I'm glad I have the next 9 days off, because I plan on spending some significant time at the range breaking this and 3 other new pistols in. Like I said: I'm glad today's payday. Ammo is going to get expensive this coming week.


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May 29, 2004, 01:04 AM
Nice work, great deal!

May 29, 2004, 08:20 AM
congratulations, nothing like getting a new toy and having plenty of free time to get to know and enjoy it. Great price by the way.

Black Majik
May 29, 2004, 08:58 AM
Wow... nice deal.

A deal like that in California will probably.... never happen. :(

May 29, 2004, 03:58 PM
See? I keep telling people guns are evil and send subliminal messages. How come i never get so lucky?

joe sixpack
May 30, 2004, 05:27 AM
Um, where'd you say that gunshop was?

cheers, ab

May 30, 2004, 08:38 AM
Big Tom's Gun and Pawn in Savannah, GA. The only problem is that the owners don't really promote the gun side of the business, so there's never a great selection when you go in, and compounding that is the fact that most of the imbeciles here in Savannah are happy with HiPoints, Jennings, et al, so they have a ton of those.

The manager only gets to order a few decent things each month, mainly because his retail numbers are always high, and he can justify it that way.

If I ever had the money, I'd open a massive gun store down here.


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