October 10, 2008

Battleground State of Mind

I just dropped by my local pawn shop to get rid of some items around the house that were not longer needed, and found them to be extremely busy.

The high level of traffic in the shop wasn't all the surprising considering this economy Congressional Democrats engineered, but what was surprising is why people were there.

Other than myself, it doesn't appear anyone was there to pawn unwanted things.

Of the 12 people in the shop when I was there, the 11 others were all looking at firearms. A CZ-58 and an AK-47 variant were on the counter in front of one pair of customers. An off-duty sheriff and his friend were picking up what I think was a DPMS LR-308 complete with scope and bipod. Another guy was looking at a used Polytech M-14, and the remainder were looking at handguns... mostly Glocks and CZ-75s.

I overheard one of the guys behind the gun counter say that gun sales among the shops in the area were up about 35-percent. Later, when he wasn't as busy, I asked him why he thought that was. His answer was simple, and perhaps predictable.


Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 10, 2008 03:41 PM

Picking up gun this weekend too.

Posted by: CrystalD at October 10, 2008 04:27 PM

We bought ammo for 2 rifles for the first time in over 20 years. While I was at the gun store, for the first time in my life I considered purchasing a handgun. I was overwhelmed by the various choices, so if anyone has a suggestion for a good self-defense weapon without too much of a kick (I'm partially disabled) and not too heavy, I'm open to hearing it. Also, my funds are quite limited, so nothing too expensive.

Posted by: Sara at October 10, 2008 04:37 PM

Sara, the old Soviet surplus Makarov pistols are quite cheap, and very well made. They are 9mm so have very little kick. Think you can pick one up for under $200. Careful though, the ammo is not 9mm parabellum like the glock, though I don't think it's any more expensive.

Posted by: Terry Robbins at October 10, 2008 04:40 PM

Hey Toby- maybe it's people of all races and beliefs perhaps buying something that is supported by an amendment to the Constitution that we are afraid will be taken away from us unlawfully....

By the way- here in Nevada all of the gunshops are the same way, for good reason- just look at Barry's standing on gun owner's rights... I am a bitter man clinging to my once certain right to keep and bear arms....

Posted by: Scott at October 10, 2008 05:09 PM

Wow... and I thought we were being paranoid today with all the guys at work talking about what they're going to stock up on to survive an Obama administration.

With Barack seated in the White House, Soros will have no more obstacles to his world Open Society. I guess we'll have to order the Esperanto CDs and start learning as the American Way is on its way out.

Posted by: redherkey at October 10, 2008 05:22 PM

Sorry to delete Toby's racist assumption as it was a great example of what we expect from kneejerk reactionary liberals, but as he also seems to be one of these children that can't speak without uttering profanities, I deleted his comment.

His kneejerk liberal assumption?

That the pawnshop staff, owners, and patrons were white.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 10, 2008 05:40 PM

Funny, I was just talking with my wife about increasing our guns and ammo supplies. We don't have a stockade or anything, but's good to be able to protect one's self and family, especially if people start running out of money to buy things.

Posted by: Matthew O'Brian at October 10, 2008 06:06 PM

I've already loaded up on ammo for my .380, 20 guage, and 22 rifle. I never thought I'd have to worry about it but I am.

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at October 10, 2008 06:49 PM

Sara, you can get an Argentine-made Bersa .380 for two fifty. In essence it is a Walther clone. The caliber meets the threshold for a defensive weapon. It is not difficult to handle and is reliable. I have one as well as a S&W .38spl. I've thought about stocking up on ammo too.

Posted by: Zhombre at October 10, 2008 08:18 PM

I've owned guns most of my adult life and still fondly (not) remember the dark Clinton days. But even back then I didn't bother to do what I did last week. I finally applied for a concealed permit.

Posted by: Bill at October 10, 2008 08:25 PM

Also to Sara, if you don't have alot of experience with handguns a .38 revolver would do the trick. Its extremely simple to use, cheap and the ammo is also. Plenty of people will yap about ballistic's and stopping power but the most important thing is to hit your target, which you will be more likely to do with something simple to operate.

Posted by: Bill at October 10, 2008 08:30 PM

I finally got the hang of my .357 mag S&W. Heck, even if I miss the muzzle blast will shock the **** out of everyone in range. Does that to me, anyway....

But, all that said, even if Obambi were elected I don't expect the gun-grabbers to come around or riots to happen. Knowing your way around firearms and able to use one is just one of those life skills that will serve you when you least expect it.

Posted by: iconoclast at October 10, 2008 10:51 PM

Sorry Mr. Law Enforcement Gun Confiscator, all my firearms fell into Lake Ontario last year in a tragic duck hunting accident.

Posted by: Conservative CBU at October 10, 2008 11:56 PM

I don't get is. Why is Obambi making people buy guns?

Posted by: Dave at October 10, 2008 11:58 PM