I have always had the attitude that if a gun is cheap enough, buy it. Even if you don’t need it or want it, buy it. Why? Because someday there will be a buddy who is desperate for a gun, or you’ll need something that you dont care about getting lost or stolen, or we may experience a firearmageddon where people will pay an insane amount for anything with a trigger. So, lotsa reasons.
And thats why I actually bought, off all things, a SW9VE today. You may recall it as the S&W “Sigma”*. This gun is widely believed to have been S&W’s worst attempt at making an autoloader since…well, actually up to that point all S&W autos kinda sucked. The Smeg..uh..Sigma…did nothing to change that record. In fact, S&W aped the Glock so hard that Glock smacked ‘em in court and won. Smith eventually redeemed themselves with the M&P series, and the Sigma, rebranded as the SW9VE, wound up being issued to various indigenous armed police and military units in Afghanistan, thereby further increasing the likelihood they’ll continue to hate us.
The gun is actually not that terrible. Grip is kinda comfy, and it seems to handle well. The trigger pull will break most trigger pull gauges…I’ve had stapleguns with better triggers. There’s a proprietary accessory rail that isn’t going to make any friends, and the sights are Glock-y plastic.
But…these things were cheap, cheap, cheap. Even brand new they were in the $300-400 range. Even cheaper than the Glock (although, really, Id much rather have the Glock.) But I’d been looking for a reasonably well-made 9mm to keep in the truck or under the counter at the shop…something I wouldnt care if it got dirty, rusty, stolen or confiscated…and for $225 this seemed like a good choice.
And then..just as my bank card was starting to cool down…in walks one of my customers who spends his winters in Arizona buying guns. He walks in and has a cloth sack full of Cool Stuff ™. First off, an absolutely mint Mauser .32 ACP. Mint. Mint, mint, mint. Not a scratch. Same for a Colt 1903 .380 that looked easily 99.9%..pretty good for a gun that dated to 1933. Then a pair of Ruger Vaquero .44′s…one 5″ one 7″. And then a tiny little Beretta Minx, ca. 1966, in the original box. Oy. I took the Rugers and the Beretta. I’ll unload the Minx on GunBroker to anyone who collects pre-68 pocket guns, and I’ll lose the 7″ Vaquero as well. Hopefully make enough to pay for the 5″ that I’ll keep.
I think today may have been a record for me in terms of gun purchases.
* = SIGMA: Smith Imitating Glock, Made in America