Eager to cement my status as a non-bahstid, I trucked over to Marlboro last weekend to visit Doubletrouble and his booth at the Best Western Gun/Knife Show.
Holy cow, there were a lot of people there! Took me forever to find parking. Shockingly (snort) there were a gazillion pickup trucks, often festooned with bumper stickers such as “GUN CONTROL MEANS USING BOTH HANDS” and “BORDER CONTROL NOT GUN CONTROL.” I paid my nine dollars (yay coupon!) and examined the prominent signs by the front door. Nope, I didn’t have a gun to surrender . . . nope, no live ammo . . . awwwwww, no cameras?!? Dammit!!
I wasn’t terribly surprised that the demographics skewed HEAVILY in favor of the Y chromosome. I’m talking at least 90%. I did see the occasional female or young child, but I’m not sure I met another woman wandering around by herself.
(Ladies, did you know that if you go to a gun show by yourself you get hit on a LOT? Of course, you get hit on in a VERY respectful and chivalrous manner. After all, a woman at the gun show is probably not there to look at the plastic WWII figurines.)
Every gun was “secured”, i.e. it had a plastic doohickey locked through the chamber or trigger guard. Pistols were also either under netting or glass, or secured to the table with elastic-thingies.
Ammo shortage? What ammo shortage? 9 mm ammo went for $14.75 for a box of 50; hollowpoints went for $30. They also had Federal law enforcement ammo available, which is apparently a “bounded bullet” that will stay intact. The gentleman explaining that to me chatted me up for a little while; apparently his mother a) is 72, b) is my height, c) can put 15 shots into the center of a target in three seconds, and d) is meaner than a three-eyed rattlesnake. I think that’s a lady I’d like to meet!
On to the guns! In no particular order, I saw:
– a new Smith & Wesson M&P in 9 mm for $585, in .40 for $540, and used 9 mm for $410
– SigSauer 239 in .40 for $675, standard night sights (that thing must kick like a mule)
– SigSauer Mosquito .22 for $369
– SigSauer 229 in .357 for $785 (They wouldn’t let me hold this one without a permit. Seriously. The best she could do was hold it up at eye level for me.)
– a Glock 19 9 mm for $599; since it was available in MA, that means used and pre-ban**
– a massive gun safe for $950 picked up, $1150 ground delivered; a smaller one went for $799. Wonder if it’d do double-duty as a fireproof box for important documents? (I broached that idea to Mike, who pointed out that if the ammo DID go off the documents would be super-ultra-mega destroyed. Hmmm.)
– FINALLY! a Sig 239 in 9 mm for $709 (and also a 226 in 9 mm for $639)
As a souvenir of the show, I’d bought a $10 SigSauer holster from Doubletrouble. I pulled it out and thought it fit the 239, but it didn’t quite; the latch on the side wasn’t clicking. Doubletrouble very kindly dug through his box of holsters and picked me out a Blackhawk holster to try. I scurried back to the Sig 239 table and — yup! It’s a match :) Sweet! (I think I’m the only person I know who bought the holster before the gun. Like, weeks before.)
Yeah, I thought about buying a T shirt instead of a holster, but what fun would that be? Although I was amused by the shirts; they included such slogans as “This State Allows Concealed Carry; Think Before You Act” and “Smith & Wesson: ‘The Ultimate in Feminine Protection’ “. (That latter one was on a baby-pink shirt with the writing in sparkly silver. Naturally.)
I was way happy to run into Borepatch and #2 son. Like me, Borepatch wasn’t shopping for guns, but he’d grabbed some targets and a set of ear protection. This made me laugh like a loon, because I’d talked to Mike earlier — who had his own gun show in North Carolina — and guess what Mike bought? Targets and a set of ear protection.
To sum up — a lot of nice people and a lot of nice guns. Thanks for inviting me, Doubletrouble!
**That’s gotta be one of the stupider regulations, when you think about it. So the gun is legal, but a gun EXACTLY LIKE IT manufactured six months later is illegal. Oy!