Gun Show AAR

Went to the Valley Forge Gun Show again tonight. Once again, I had a great time.

The show was a lot smaller this time; it was down on the lower level of the convention center, which is smaller than the main concourse. So there were fewer retailers this time. Took 40 minutes to go through all the tables instead of the hour and a half plus to took back in April.

Didn’t handle as many firearms this time, either. No handguns at all. Long guns; a whole mess of AR-15s including a pre-ban Colt SP1, some AR-10s, a few AKs, some Mossberg 500/590 shotguns, a Remington ACR, an FN FS2000, and an FAL of some kind.

I actually ran into a few friends from school, which surprised me because I thought they weren’t coming. It was great to catch up with them, especially since we haven’t seen each other since I graduated in May. My one friend is doomed, though; he brought his girlfriend to the show, and while she’s kinda into guns, she got pretty bored after a while, and he was having her hold rifle after rifle to find one that would be a good fit for her. So, anyway, the point of that story is that when they were leaving, one of the other guys in our group said as a joke that he should take his girlfriend to DSW and buy her some shoes. Girlfriend perked up and said “I love DSW!” Last I saw of them, the rest of the guys were helping her make a list of all the shoes she wanted/needed.

Yeah, like I said, he’s doomed.

Anyway, I actually bought something at the show this year! No, I didn’t get a gun (Mama Raptor told me straight up, “If you buy a gun, don’t come home. We will throw you out of the house.) but I did get a pocket knife. Specifically, a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian, Model 556 (modified drop-point, satin stainless blade, black handles). It’s a sweet little knife, I really like it. And I got a great deal on it too; MSRP is $95, but the seller had them marked at $62 and change. Came to about $68 after taxes. Of course, he was selling the real cheapo knives for $25+, so he could afford to sell the expensive knives at a loss.

Joined the NRA while I was there too. Got myself a one-year membership. I know some people dont’ think too highly of the NRA, but when it comes down to it, they are the 800 pound gorilla in the pro-gun rights lobby, so I figure it was worth it. Got myself a nice had and a subscription to American Rifleman out of it too.

Anyway, thoughts:

  • The FS2000 and ACR are surprisingly solid-feeling guns.
  • The PS-90 would probably be the ideal anti-zombie rifle if the ammo was more common.
  • If I ever custom-build myself an AR-15, I’m going to put the old A1 style stock and triangular handguards on it. I love the look and feel of them, and that Colt AR-15 SP1 I handled was really light, handy, and maneuverable.
  • On the same topic, I want an AR-15 with at least mid-length handguards. And polymer ones, too: the railed guards are really heavy!
  • Seattle-manufactured Detonics Combat Masters = Sexiest looking handgun ever. And I will own one someday!

I was kind of sad when I left the show, as this will be the last Valley Forge Gun Show ever. The show itself isn’t going away, but the venue is: the Valley Forge Convention Center is closing down, and a casino is being constructed in its place. The show itself is relocating to Lancaster County, which means my chances of going decrease tremendously. Not that Lancaster County is very far away from me, but I live literally ten minutes from the soon-to-be-a-casino Convention Center, so it was incredibly convenient for me. Alas, no more.

Anyway, that’s all for tonight. I’ll see about getting a review of my Benchmade up in a few days. Oh, and I’ll do one of my NOOK too. Got one of thoss on Wednesday as a much-belated graduation gift.


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