No Mannlicher-Schoenauers at the gun show this weekend. In fact, there was darn little in the way of old milsurps at all. It was the sorriest Holloway show I've yet seen, with only twenty cars in the parking lot when I showed up at 1:45 Sunday afternoon, and (according to sources) only 160 tables. Rumor has it that his break-even number of tables is nearly twice that number.
That said, I had fun walking around and talking to old friends and acquaintances. Bob the Gunsmith came with me (he'd never actually been to a show here in K-town,) and seemed to enjoy himself. I was glad he was along for the ride, because he was able to give a quick professional look-over of my Buy A Gun Day purchase:
It's a Smith & Wesson .32 Double Action 3rd Model, circa 1883, which makes my newest Smith also my oldest Smith. The picture doesn't do it justice, as it still has a fair amount of original nickel on it. Lockup is good, and timing is only very slightly lazy. I'm tickled pink. It's just the cutest, tiniest little gun (that's a 3.5" barrel.)
Also, I scored a 1918-production Oberndorf-made bayonet for my Gew.98, so I'm all-in-all pretty happy with the way BAG Day '06 turned out for me. :)