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FROM THE EDITOR: I was a gun show virgin

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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:47 pm | Updated: 9:40 am, Wed Sep 19, 2012.

My first recollection involving a real gun was when I was about 8 years old and Dad took us boys out to a pasture in Minnesota with a 12-gauge.

One of the brothers was smart. He brought along two washcloths and packed them under his shirt to absorb the kick. He didn’t share, so the rest of us nearly had our arms ripped off when we pulled the trigger. I declined Dad’s offer for another go at it, and it was a while before I shot another gun.

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2 comments:

  • Anonymous User posted at 5:29 am on Thu, Sep 20, 2012.

    Anonymous User Posts: 1172

    Actually, most of us have read through the Tenth Amendment and wonder what the heck happened to it.

     
  • Mumbly Peg posted at 4:33 am on Thu, Sep 20, 2012.

    Mumbly Peg Posts: 1

    The root folks who participate in this field are outstanding and rather intelligent people with few exceptions. A great many of them are the old timers and wildcat club leftovers from the glory days... when men spent their time trying to perfect their shot rather than see how fast they could burn out a barrel.
    At these shows you find typical dealers... most are only in it for the money and they tend to be jerks. The others are mostly the old-timers who are full of knowledge and always willing to help. You could learn a thing or two from them instead of spending your time talking to the guy selling ammo he horded from Wal-Mart and marked up 50%.
    Then, you have the clients... the customers. Those idiots you see walking around saying stupid stuff and buying those moronic items such as 3ft long scopes, 500 round drum magazines and tripods for their new found AR-15's? Those are mainly the uneducated city folks who play counter strike or battlefield on their computers all week... people like you, Dan.
    We hate them as much as the next guy... they drive up ammo prices and give stupid reporters a baseline to which they can joyfully apply to everyone in a manner that they normally chastise others for.
    You see, gun shows are good for 2 kinds of customer: A: The lost folks who really think they can go there and get a deal and then there are the rest of us who would only go there to find an obscure gun part we've been trying to find for the last 20 years. Dealers are dealers, and most of us won't pay 10 bucks entry fee just for the privilege of gazing over the endless field of tables lined with overpriced firearms, just waiting for people like Dan to snatch them up.