Five guns to the range, no shots fired, seven guns home..

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  1. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    Loaded up my bag with five handguns, including one a friend inherited and asked me to check out and fire, and headed off to the range the other day. This range is part of a local gun shop I prefer to call more of a "showroom" due to its size and environment (the one made noteworthy last year by questioning the intentions of the Pulse Nightclub shooter.) Before heading to the range side of the establishment, I stopped in the sales side. It wasn't long before I noticed a secondhand Winchester 94 in the used rifle rack. I had a thread here a few months back about wanting a lever .30-30 gun, and how I had tried to buy a Marlin at WM, but could never get anyone to show it to me. I ended up with a Chinese SKS instead for the "truck gun" purpose I had in mind.

    The Winchester reminded me I still didn't have a lever .30-30, and it was marked $350. Maybe a little high for its probably 75-80% percent condition, but it otherwise looked good. I wandered away from it to the used handgun case and another guy was checking out a Star Super B pistol marked $250. He was more looking for a shooter in .22LR, though. The Star was very clean, with virtually all of its bluing intact and a gleaming bore. It was made in 1972. I have a thing for all-steel pistols, especially mil-surps, and this one just felt natural in the hand, even though I'm new to the 1911-type, and anything resembling it.

    I knew I needed to leave with either the 94 or the Star. I knew the Star would be more likely to get shot sooner, as I have few opportunities to shoot rifles (I dislike shooting centerfire rifles in a 25-yard indoor pistol range, so I never do.)

    But, there's the whole thing about having a lever .30-30, and it being a Winchester to boot (even if it's a '68 and not a pre-64.)

    The time it was taking me to make up my mind was cutting into what little I had for the range. I figured I might as well use more waiting for the NICS check. We came to $500 for both guns.

    I still need to shoot my friend's gun and let him know how it is...
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    Sounds like you had a very successful gun buying trip; doing some shooting on the range, not so much so. Congrats on the latest acquisitions!
  3. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Congrats on the finds. From your thread title, I thought maybe you'd done some spur-of-the-moment trading ...
  4. ontarget

    ontarget Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Michigan (Gods country)
    My kind of range trip. LOL
  5. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Nashville, Tn.
    Sounds like a well used range trip to me! still have an an unused shooting trip that is still "out there" !

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  6. il.bill

    il.bill Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    FOID Land (Illinois)
    $500 for BOTH firearms sounds like a VERY successful visit to the range.
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