Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tilting at windmills...

Flintlocks and Flop-tops
And Number Three Russians
Black-powder Mausers
From jackbooted Prussians,
Shiny Smith PC's from limited runs
These are a few of my favorite guns.

Socketed bay'nets
On Zulu War rifles,
Engraved, iv'ried Lugers
That make quite an eyefull
Mosin tomato stakes sold by the ton
These are a few of my favorite guns.

Rusty top-breaks!
Smallbore Schuetzens!
And all of Browning's spawn
I just keep on browsing my favorite guns
Until all my money's gone.
I have this grim premonition that today's Fun Show is going to be like the Ante-Inferno of Dante's Canto III: a giant empty exhibit hall with a horde of innumerable tortured souls chasing fruitlessly after one guy holding a brick of .22LR ammo, pursued by a swarm of people shouting "Hey! Whatchu got there? How much you want fer that?"

Nevertheless, I saddle up Rocinante as I always do. Wish me well, my friends! There are rusty old Smiths still roaming free that need lassoing!

28 comments:

Fred said...

I miss gun shows... have fun!

Robert Fowler said...

I heard that at our fun show last nigh, a guy was selling bricks of 22 for 100 bucks.

I started with 2500 rds of 9mm ans sold it all in the first 2 hours. My table is looking a little bare.

Frank W. James said...

You're going early, I'll be there late today due to a committment to the local FFA chapter this morning.

Like Shootin' Buddy said to me this week, "We have t go just to see what's there..."

So True...

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Anonymous said...

Try and stay in the non-shooting section.

Gerry

Critter said...

If you see a nice Police Positive, let me know, m'kay?

Scott J said...

I'm going to brave one for the first time since the SCOAMF was re-elected.

Don't really want to but I really need a couple of small parts to finish my m4gery project.

Plus I'm hoping I can score some HP-38 and Accurate No. 5 powder. Perhaps some primers too.

A friend is working a table there. I sent 4 boxes of .30-06 with him I'll never use. Hope it's sold by the time I get there so I'll have more money to buy components.

NAVIGATOR said...

SHE S BACK !!!!! THE JULIE ANDREWS OF ORDNANCE TAMARA CAN YOU CUT A RECORD ??? SIGN ME UP FOR A DOZEN !!!

jed said...

We have the Tanner show this weekend in Denver. As always, I feel the pull. But trying to deal with the crowd at those things puts me off.

Ed Skinner said...

Great lyrics! Is your first post of this http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html ?

rickn8or said...

"Rocinante"

Izzat the name you came up with for Teh Subie??

roland said...

Dona Quixote or mama tomato...
Best of luck at the fun show.

Old NFO said...

Hopefully the news is GOOD instead of bad...

Kristophr said...

There is a new sport.

Streaking gunshows while holding a brick of .22 overhead, with a sign saying make me an offer.

Would anyone even notice that he or she was undressed?

Laughingdog said...

I went to the last gun show here to try to sell off some stuff, and for 1/2 to 2/3 what the vendors there were asking. Idiots were oblivious to the sign I had, and were paying the inflated prices at the tables.

global village idiot said...

The question is:

Do you turn into Sancho Panza when Roberta drags you to a hamfest?

gvi

Hunter said...

Rocinante... the very name the writer Colin Fletcher gave his proto-Subie in "The Winds Of Mara".

Brigid said...

Thanks for the invite to go with. I did arrive at travel destination, and all is well.

Have fun. If they have any cheap Minnie Pearl Mausers with the little tags hanging off, pick up one for me.

Tam said...

Ed Skinner,

I believe I wrote it for this post. :)

Phssthpok said...

"...a horde of innumerable tortured souls chasing fruitlessly after one guy holding a brick of .22LR ammo, pursued by a swarm of people shouting "Hey! Whatchu got there? How much you want fer that?"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4BNbHBcnDI&feature=player_detailpage#t=29s

roland said...

Also the name Steinbeck chose for his mount in "Travels with Charlie".

kmitch200 said...

OT - sorry.

All The Best,
Frank W. James


Frank, could you adjust your blog settings to allow a post that doesn't kick back, "your ID couldn't be verified"?
Another blogger with the same type of format said "its deep in the settings".

CAR said...

Our local gunshop is calling people shambling about in search of the ever elusive 9mm, .45 ACP, 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO "Ammo Zombies".

Anonymous said...

Its weird, You can find all the Cor-Bon,Buffalo Bore and PDX Hypermagnum ammo you want at 30$+ for 20,but you cannot find a singe box of .45 LC cowboy ammo, anywhere at any price.

Anonymous said...

Here in the totalitarian State of NY ammo is delivered every Wednesday to the local Gander where a line of folks wait for their ration...gone in a few hours from what I'm told. Still have 12 gauge target loads and I figure good enough for clay good enough for whatever...

Ed Skinner said...

Cross-posted, with credit. Love it!

Jennifer said...

One of these days, I'm going to sing this and post it to YouTube just for you.

Tam said...

Jennifer,

We should totally get some little kids as extras and film you singing it while skipping through a gun show à la Julie Andrews. It would be the awesomest bestest YouTube ever! :D

JimB said...

Went to the Oaks and Split Rock shows in PA the past two week ends. All the AR's you'd ever want long as you wanted to pay $1700 and up. Couldn't find a thing I wanted except for some mags for my M9