Gun day

Here’s a picture of a fella purchasing an AR-15 for silver. The fella owning the hands on the left is counting out ounces of silver to trade to the hands on the right, who is calculating the value of the various weights.

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This fella bought this silver over the years when it was cheaper than it was now. He’s getting $31.70 per ounce towards his new AR-15. Since he almost certainly paid less for that silver than $31.70 a couple years ago, he’s actually paying less for the gun than if he pulled out greenbacks today. Don’t let anyone tell you that stockpiling gold or silver is a dumb idea.

Speaking of acquisitions, this wound up in my hands:

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You can never have too many paperless Glocks with spare mags. Especially for the price I paid for it. Unfortunately, this particular G is of the 23 flavor, and while the G23 is a fine pistol I am a 9mm kinda guy and just dont have room in the safe for a .40 caliber. So….this being a sellers market, I shopped it around and sold it a few hours later. The guy I sold it to got a good deal since I like him and want to see him have the tools he needs for facing the challenge of the current slide into dystopia. If this thing was 9mm, though…It’d be in the safe with the others. Ah well.

Spoke with a buddy of mine in the NYPD this evening who tells me that at roll call some folks actually announced that the cops needed to bring in their mags to be traded in for 7-shot mags. NY, as you know, passed a law that limits guns to magazines that hold no more than seven rounds. Trouble was, they forgot to add in the usual exemption for The Only Ones. Embarassing, that.

15 thoughts on “Gun day

  1. Hello, I don’t know if you’ve discussed this or not, but what made you choose the 9mm over the .40? Not looking to start a pissing contest, just curious about the thought process involved. Years ago when I started this never ending process, I chose the .40 because all the law enforcement and I mean all of them in my area carry a .40. I grew up with most of these guys and know them well. My thinking was I would always be able to get ammo and parts in this area. If they would have all carried 9mm, or.45, or even 10mm, I might be using one of those. What lead you to your choice?

    • The 9mm is a bit more ubiquitous on a global level than .40….I can find 9mm anywhere on the planet. Since the military uses it there (used to be) surplus 9mm all over the place. Additionally, I like the GLock platform and the 9mm version was the most heavily tested of the series. Additionally, I figured at some point I’d have an Uzi, HK or AR carbine in 9mm as well so the ammo commonality was important. Plus, I like the higher capacity. Against humans, I don’t feel undergunned.

    • I wouldn’t feel under-gunned with a 9mm either. I did get a Ruger Police Carbine in .40. I wish it took Glock mags. I wish I would have just got a lever gun in .357 mag. I have a few old Ruger Service Sixes in .357 locked in the vehicles and a 94 trapper would have made a good friend for them. Thanks for the reply, I like knowing the reasons behind peoples choices as it helps me analyze my own choices.

      • I would love to have one of the Ruger PC’s in 9mm. If you want a carbine that takes Glock mags, in addition to the KelTec there is a AR from Olympic that’ll take them. I have a .357 Marlin and it’s a handy gun but it’s getting almost too valuable to bang around in the woods with. I do like the older Ruger Speed-, Service-, Security-Six series of guns…theyre usually pretty affordable and quite durable.

  2. Last year I traded a ruger gp100 and a glock 22 and 4 1 oz silver eagles,for a nerw bushie. As I acquired the the two handguns at bottom prices , as well as the eagles I paid out of pocket 700. for that carbine.I recently (pre panic) acquired another glock 22 law enforcement trade in (3 hicap night sights) for 350.As my handgun calibres for carry are 9, and 45 it was basically a investment.Dont expect it to devalue.

  3. Why should there be an exemption for law enforcement from the magazine capacity limit? If 7 rounds is insufficient for protection of LEO’s from criminals, surely it is at least as insufficient for civilian self protection.

    The “good for thee, but not for me” mentality of government is really galling.

      • Don’t get me wrong: I’m not in favor of under-equiping police, I just dislike the double standard. The police seem to acknowledge that the criminals won’t follow this law, so why even have the law if it only the law-abiding are punished by it?

        And why on earth would the LEO exemption apply to retired police? Aren’t they citizens again at that point?

  4. I got a great deal on a G23 as well, I had previously only owned and reloaded 45 and 9. After much research and reading and talking to fellow USPSA shooters, I just broke down and spend the $99 for a lone wolf conversion barrel and a few 9mm mags. This was a few months ago and you could get all the mags you wanted for $22 each, which included shipping and tax from botach tactical. Now I have a 9, but it can also morph into a 40, whcih is not a bad thing since there is so much 40 out there for the LE market. By using it as a 9, I also get the benefit of using lead if i want, since it is a aftermarket barrel, and also I avoid the whole “kaboom/bulged case” crap that is such a popular point of discussion with people concerning glocks. The conversion barrels work so well, I know one guy who shoots USPSA with one.

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