Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Trip To The Gun Show

Yesterday, the Complementary Spouse and I went to the Land of the Sky Gun and Knife Show held at the WNC Ag Center. This was her first gun show and my first one in a couple of years.

Things have changed since the last one I attended. I saw more guns, ammo, and knives and less military surplus and Nazi militaria than in the past. In fact, I don't think I saw any of the Nazi stuff. The gun show had moved to a new building and this attracted more vendors. This was a welcome change in my opinion. I also didn't notice that many people selling personal guns like in the past. So much for the myth of the gun show loophole.

I asked the Complementary Spouse for her impressions of the show. She said there were a lot of families and a lot of baby strollers cruising the aisles. Of course, one of those strollers had five Yorkshire Terriers in it! The other thing she noticed that there were a lot of people buying stuff as evidenced the number of shopping bags.

I had a couple of things I wanted to do at the show and I accomplished both. First, I wanted to meet Mark Meadows who is running as a Republican in the 11th District of NC. He has received four stars from GRNC as well as their recommendation. He was the leader in the first primary but just missed the 40% threshhold to avoid a run-off.

The second thing I wanted to do was find .380 ammo at a reasonable price. I ended up getting a box each of ammo from American Eagle, Tula, PMC, and Sellier and Bellot for an average of $15 per box. I want to try them out in my new-to-me Sig P238 which I bought used last week.

Of course, going to a gun show is like going to WalMart - you always leave with more than just what was on your list. I ended up getting large and small pistol primers, some cleaning equipment, and even a leather pocket holster for the P238.

The Complementary Spouse got in the act as well. She ended up with a selection of exotics meats jerky for her son-in-law Jeremy as well as paracord in a variety of cool colors to use in crafting.

We had a good time and I think we'll be going back the next time they are in town.


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    Pistol primers are indeed crucial aspects for consideration in case you have grabbed yourself a pistol. These particular primers are equally important like that of the rifle primers as well as magnum primers.

  2. John - every gun is different but I have found our P238 HD to do well with just about all ammo. I have had good results from Fiocchi APHP (Hollow Point) and FMJ. The S&B is a happy second, and AE falls somewhere about the same. Check out the APHP.

    We're at 1500+ rounds in that gun, and while it took me a little while to get accustomed to it and shoot well, my wife picked it up and started tagging tight groups at 10 and 15 yards, all in one session. It's her favorite, now. Everyone has "the gun" that just does it for them. For her, it's "the mini-1911 in .380".

    You'll like it. Don't over-lube it or you'll get all sort of fun lockback issues. If you don't have the newer flat spring for it, let Sig give you one. It helps.

  3. @Patrick: Thanks for the advice on the P238. The guy I got it from had just replaced the springs and included 2 sets of extras with the pistol.