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another (short) gun store story,,,

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 280PLUS, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    went in to one of the more local gun stores today and when i stepped up to the counter i noticed there was a shotgun laying on its side on the counter and it was pointing right at me!

    me and the owner conducted business over it

    i assume it was unloaded and i didnt say anything but i thought that if i was the more jumpy type i might have come up with some lively remark to express my ummm, dismay with the situation

    as it was i just got what i was there for and left

  2. blue86buick

    blue86buick Well-Known Member

    I went to my first gun show almost 2 months ago, and noticed that almost ALL the long arms there are pointing either in at the vendor, or out at the customers. I was thinking the whole time "i know they're unloaded...they know they're unloaded..but it still ain't right."
  3. No4Mk1

    No4Mk1 Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean, blue86buick. I prefer when they are pointing at the vendor, but even then it bothers me sincie eventually I'll be walking past the other side of the table.

    That said, gun shows aren't exactly the place to hang out if you are obsessive about muzzle discipline....:uhoh: And people wonder why gun-show operators require tie-wrapping....:scrutiny:
  4. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    What exactly are the vendors at the gunshow supposed to do? The guns are placed on a table, there are people walking in a complete circle around the tables. There is no one direction that the gun can be placed safely (other than straight up, may work with long guns on racks, but what about pistols?) If the gun is sitting on the counter, it isn't going to discharge by itself.

    Now when people start handling them, then you have a problem. :)
  5. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Assumptions around firearms can be fatal. I've met a few old-timers in gun shops—I'm one myself, truth to tell—who've been around firearms so long they seem to forget the fundamentals and/or take guns for granted.

    The old-timers who introduced me to shooting were growly bears about safety, and I find myself becoming one myself these days.
  6. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    i agree 100% standing wolf

    i should have picked it up and cleared it, now that ive thought about it more

    it wouldve been a somewhat subtle way of making my point,

    or maybe just pushed the muzzle away and off of me.

    i knew that by assuming, i was making a safety error

    and i WAS thinking, "that aint right" at the same time

    and life goes on, in this case anyways...

  7. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member

    The other day I was in the gun shop and all their rifles and shotguns were pointing up. What if I was driving off and one shot into the air and the bullet struck me in the head on it's way down?!

    brad cook
  8. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    i'd say,,,

    it would go down as not one of your luckier days,,,


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