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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by il.bill, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. il.bill

    il.bill Member

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    I have a one-person retail business in a small town in southern Illinois doing light automotive repair, propane sales, and firearm sales / transfers and ammunition sales. Ammunition is selling like hotcakes - easily the biggest ammo sales week in my modest history, with customers buying one to five boxes of ammo in calibers they are short on or out of. I average about 120 firearms sold per year and have seen a slight but definite increase in gun sales the past week. No panic buying whatsoever.

    I just wanted to share something that I found interesting and made me smile. My last five (5) firearm sales over the past couple of days have all been handguns chambered in .22LR : three Ruger Wranglers, one used High Standard Sentinel 9-shot DA/SA revolver, and one German Sport Guns GSG-1911 pistol - altogether they total just about $1,000 in gross sales with about $120 gross profit

    Don't know what the reason is for the recent local focus on .22 handguns. Maybe it has something to do with kids home from school and dad / grandpa off of work. Maybe it was the real good deals they got :) . Maybe they just wanted to show some support for a LGS trying to stay in business in Illinois. Whatever the reason, I had fun showing and selling a few of my favorites.
     
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    Now ... I just hope the Illinois State Police Firearm Services Bureau can get the Background Checks completed.
     
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    Do you mind posting your location.?
    I'm in SE Illinois.
     
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    I am located in St. Clair County, seven miles straight south of the Belleville Square in Smithton - thanks for asking! :)
     
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    A strong case can be made for; "All Of The Above" in reasoning.

    Todd.
     
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    Thanks for shedding light on how little profit gun sales really have. I always pay a little more at my LGS but they also give me more when it’s time to trade. My only complaint is they don’t sell reloading components so I have to go to a big box.
     
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    I brought a Wrangler last month. The LGS had it for a while and it is in Olive Dark Green which I didn’t like. I have been holding out for a consecutive serial number pair in Burnt Bronze. Anyway I suddenly got a itch for it. The ODG is growing on me.

    I have never had much interest in 22 Rimfire so I can’t explain the sudden urge. I also have the urge for a Taurus TX22 and was hoping to get one at a Gun Show. Well Gun Shows are dead as a Do-Do bird but I am hoping this panic doesn’t until November.

    I also got a itch for .233 ammunition and ordered a case just before the panic hit. I guess it was some ESP.
     
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    A factory ODG Wrangler?

    Pic?


    I'm very intrigued, oddly. I think I'm going to want that.
     
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    For at least a dozen years know if my local dealer used to add only 10% to his price of the gun. During the scare and shortage of the last administration when many were adding 100% or more he raised his margin to 15%. He has always been fair. Unfortunately he sold the store and retired to Florida. The new owner has run the business into the ground in only 2 years while everyone around him are doing very well. Oh well!
     
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    Ive really come full circle back to .22s, now investing in higher end stuff like a M41 and 1922. They are just plain fun.:D
     
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    Maybe he's thinking of the "bronze" one. I thought it was OD the first time I saw one. Very matte and seemed darker. Perhaps they even had one OD at the time. I know it caught my eye because I was thinking; "Hmm... a tactical plinker..."

    Todd.
     
  12. Gary W. Strange

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    I have been a hunter , shooter and a collector since I was a preteen. I am in my mid 50s now. I had back and neck surgery back in August. While I was recovering, I was told not to shoot any hard recoiling guns. So I dug out the rimfires. I began taking a Winchester model 63 with me, when I walked. I did my walking in the woods, on logging roads, and hunted squirrel. Exercising that way is much more enjoyable than just walking down the road. I have always had a soft spot for rimfire anything, be it rifle, pistol or revolver. Later we were in Houston and I found a very nice 1940, Smith and Wesson 22\32 Hand ejector, at collectors firearms, I have a C&R license, so I bought it. Being made this late, it is not considered a true Beakert model. Later I found a mint condition S&W model 18 no dash, with box, papers and the cleaning kit. I began to look at the number of rimfires I own and it was quite a lot. I am in the process now of getting a Winchester model 75. Haven't pulled the trigger on it yet but I will within the next few weeks. I use all of them from time to time and enjoy them more than any firearms I own. There is nothing like a good rimfire. They were the gun, in one form or another, we all started shooting. When I was 10, my Grandfather have me a Winchester model 61 pump .22. I still own it, will never part with it. I will someday pass it on to one of my Grandsons, the others will get rimfires, I have accumulated. The one firearm I regreated sell the most. I have sold a few over the years, because situations where money was needed, didn't like them as much as I thought I would, or to get something else, I thought I needed more at the time. But back in the mid 80s, I was just out of college, just starting out, married and had babies to feed. We were in a rough money situation and I sold a Colt Woodsman Sport, because it I knew it would sell quick and bring a good sum. I missed that little gun for many years. When I bought it, I remember looking it over, and marlving over how it was built, the way it was finished, the bluing was so well polished, very solid, felt great in the hand and was very accurate. I always missed it. A few years ago I began looking to replace it. I found a 1976 Woodsman sport, New in the box. I bought, I thought for a day or two, after I got it home, I wasn't going to shoot it, but I couldn't help myself. I was just the way I remember the one I had to sell. Just as nice and just as accurate. It was being reunited with an old friend. I don't shoot it much but I do from time to time. To me the Colt Woodsman in any of the generations was the pinnacle of the American made rimfire semi-auto pistols. They were just built very well. They were guns the people that made them, took pride in making and the people that owned them took great pride in owning. If you ever handle one and shoot it, you will see why. I really like the older guns, 70s to 80s back. Back then firearm manufacturers put as much effortin, if not more effort, in their rimfires as they did their center fires. Then Ruger came along with his auto 22 and everybody had to change the way they made firearms just to keep up. The Woodsman and many others went out of production because they could not be made and sold at a price point that would compete with the Ruger. The Ruger semi-auto is a good gun and will shoot but it is no Woodsman. Now days it's like it is a race to the bottom, with polymer, aluminum and pot metal. Firearm makers are trying to put out the cheapest firearm, that will shoot, they can build. A lot of them are just stamped and molded parts. No real workmanship or craftmanship. They work and do just what they are supposed to do. They are good firearms in that sense. I don't see them as ever having any collectors value. We have gained a lot but we have lost a lot too. I am not downing these firearms in anyway. The are good firearms and they work. Firearms from years past could not be made today and sell at a price point that would sell. There was too much hand fitting and machine work. If you ever get the opportunity, lay hands on and handle some of them and they will draw you in. Below are some of my favorites.

    Colt Trooper MKIII
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    High Standard SH Series Supermatic Citation
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    High Standard 104 Supermatic Citation
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    Colt 3 Series Woodsman Sport
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    Smith and Wesson Model 18 no dash
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    Smith and Wesson 22\32 Hand Ejector
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    Wow! Those are gorgeous!
     
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    Nice group of .22's, Gary!
     
  15. Riomouse911

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    I, too am coming full circle with rimfires. Like most of us, I cut my real-gun teeth on a rimfire beginning with a Colt Huntsman and a Marlin 39A with my Dad, and a Winchester 1890 and a Colt New Frontier with my Grandfather. The fondest memories I have are of a scrawny little tow-head boy tanning in the Texas sun, toting that 1890 in pursuit of fox squirrels living in the oak trees on the ranch. I’d give a kidney, several toes and maybe even an ear to magically roll back the calendar and relive those days with my own boy.

    Of the last dozen or so gun purchases I’ve made in the past two years (Shhh, don’t tell my wife!) at least 5 were rimfires.... three of those are revolvers.... two (a Ruger American bolt and a S&W Model 48) are .22 WMR. (I’ll post about my newest rimfire acquisition once it’s in my possession, I just won the auction on Tuesday;).)

    There is nothing better to teach, and to learn for yourself, solid shooting basics than a good .22 handgun. With the exception of serious caliber recoil management, I think every fundamental of good shooting can be taught on, and honed with, a rimfire. :thumbup:

    And dammit, they’re cheap and easy to feed when you want to plink 500 rounds during an afternoon of gun games :).

    Stay safe.
     
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  16. TonyAngel

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    My dad and I just bought two Wranglers. When the Silver model comes back in stock, my son is getting that one. We'll have the whole set. Those little single actions are a hoot. I never enjoyed shooting my single six that much. I got to a point where I couldn't hit anything, then I realized that we had been shooting for four hours and I'd blown through almost a whole brick of ammo. My arms were tired.
     
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    You can sell guns? Who knew!
     
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    I have and shoot more .22 RF than anything.
     
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