November 20, 2017

Firearms Frenzy

It has been a while since I posted, things have been quite busy since the middle of December. Not only did we have the Christmas season and increase in sales due to presents, we had the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook that made things even worse.<p>

Who would have thought a couple months ago that 22LR ammo would be hard to find? I think most people imagined AR15’s and .223/5.56 ammo, but not 22LR. Even Glock’s were hard to find and selling for much more than normal. I am surprised at what people are willing to pay when they think they will never be able to find something again. The panic sets it and causes buyers to be irrational. I saw one auction on Gunbroker where 100 PMags sold for $7500. <p>

Although there were rumors about gun control the real cause of the problem was the consumer. There were two groups of people buying, those that intended to sell for a profit and those that were buying out of fear. Fear that they would never be able to buy an AR15, ammo, high capacity magazines and a host of other items. <p>

I think in a few months there will be some buyers remorse, but then again some people were willing to pay more just in case they would never be able to buy again. One thing we all should have learned from this was how important it is to make sure we elect the right people that will protect out rights. <p>

I have a couple of firearms in stock but I expect them to go quick so e-mail if you are interested. I have a NIB Glock 27, gen 4 and a NIB Kahr CW45. I also have a couple of used H&R 20 gauge single shot shotguns and an old H&R single/double action revolver with both 22LR and 22WMR cylinders. I still am unable to get AR’s, Glock’s, ammo, magazines and just about everything else that is hard to find now. Give it some time, it will all get back to normal.<p>

On another note, I still wonder why people place themselves in situations where there is a great potential to be harmed. I have never been a fan of Galveston, it is too run down and there are too many undesirables for my liking. I especially do not care to go there when there are large groups of people that are drinking. Hopefully I can attach a link to some video of what really goes on there that the media does not report. If you frequent events like this I would advise you to reconsider due to the numerous situations that could potentially happen – I will let the video speak for itself. Be careful, always look for threats and be aware of your surroundings. Your best defense is not placing yourself in places that are potentially dangerous.<p>

Galveston Mardi Gras

 

As We Near The Holiday Season

It is already the end of year, the Holidays are quickly approaching and we have another four years of our current presidential administration. Who knows what the next four years will yield for gun enthusiasts, but I can assure you that both firearms and ammo pricing will be going up. There has been a universal increase in sales across the industry. Many are worried that the administration will be banning, regulating or somehow removing our rights. This always drives up prices within the industry.

I am guessing that NFA weapons will be the next target. I would suggest that if you have a desire to own any now is the time to start the paperwork to get your tax stamp. I can see the tax stamp being raised from $200 to am amount that most people will not want to pay. Justification would be easy since the $200 tax stamp has never been increased since it was instituted in the 30’s. $200 was a lot of money then, how would a $2000 tax stamp affect NFA (National Firearms Act) sales?

I am not a class three (i.e. NFA) dealer so I cannot get these items for you, but there are several places in Houston that can. If you have been on the fence about getting a suppressor, short barreled rifle etc. now is the time to buy.
I still have a couple used shotguns for sale and I am willing to deal. You can either make me a cash offer or trade offer, I may just take it since I am ready to get these out of my safe. I have a Browning BPS Camo shotgun in 12 gauge, a Mossberg 500 home defense shotgun in 12 gauge (currently listed on Gunbroker with no reserve) and a Remington Wingmaster 12 gauge.

This week I just got in a great concealed carry handgun. It is the S&W M&P compact in .357 Sig. Apparently S&W will no longer be making the M&P in .357 Sig so I got a great deal on these. In order to mark these down they were listed as “used” at the distributor, although the distributor claims they are new and have full S&W warranty (they look brand new). The .357 is actually a great self defense caliber although it can be expensive to shoot. I have a solution for you though, a .40 S&W barrel will fit in place of the .357 and now you have a multi caliber handgun. The M&P compact will sell for $399 plus tax, the original S&W MSRP on this pistol was $727. For another $80 I will throw in a new .40 S&W barrel. I was only able to get a couple of these so if you are interested let me know asap and I can get you more info.

Please make sure you are watching your surroundings as we enter the holiday season. There are plenty of people looking for victims and a free ride and they will gladly alleviate you of your hard earned money. Be aware at all times, watch for the suspicious people and avoid them. Enjoy the season and thanks for reading.

More of “Caliber Choice for Self Defense”

There seems to be a lot of talk lately about shootings and what to do if we are caught in the middle of one. I am of the mindset that every person who carries a firearm for self defense needs to know before hand what they will do. I realize that you cannot possibly think through every scenario, but you can “rehearse” what your plan is when faced with the most common situations. I have advocated before that you should use the scenarios you read about in the news to decide what you would have done. When you are faced with a real life situation that requires an instantaneous decision, that is not the time to figure out what is and is not legal.

I tell customers that are looking for a local CHL instructor to go to Charles Cotton, a local CHL instructor who happens to be an attorney, on the NRA board and has extensive background with the legal aspect of self defense shootings. Why go to an instructor that has only completed the Texas DPS Instructor Course (and only knows as much about the law as he learned during his 5 days of training) when you can be taught by an attorney? My point of recommending Mr. Cotton is that the most important aspect of having a CHL is knowing what is and is not legal. You need to know that before you are ever going to carry a handgun.

Back to my original idea I am trying to convey. I have mentioned this before and have given proof of my statement, shot placement is the most important aspect of stopping the threat. People will argue for years about what caliber is best, yet whether you are shot by a 45 ACP or 380 ACP, if the projectile does not hit a vital area the threat will not be stopped. There have been advancements in ammunition over the last few years and we are now privy to great self defense ammo. Sure there is not the same “force” behind a 380 as compared to 45 ACP, but if I hit you in your heart with a 380, you are not going to care that it was not a 45 (and you will go down, I promise).

I ran across a video this week that demonstrates my point on caliber. It is not the best video, but it is a doctor giving a presentation on gunshot wounds. Not everything he states from a firearms perspective is true, but the info is interesting and backs up my statements on caliber choice and shot placement. By the way, I will warn you, if you are squeamish you will not want to see this video, there are some gruesome images in it.

Some points for you to be looking for, my claim about hitting a vital area is backed up at 11:37 in the video. At 13 minutes you can see exactly where you need to aim to hit a vital area. The myth about “knock down power” is addressed at 14 minutes. For those of you that think .40 S&W is the ideal round, check out the x-ray at 17 minutes. Not to leave out the .357 magnum fans, there is actual footage of a man shot by a .357 at 22:30.

Overall it was worthwhile watching the video to get the perspective of an ER doctor. One item worth noting, I have also stated before that when given a choice always use a rifle when trying to stop a threat. He gives some info in the video to back this idea up also. Take this info and put it into practice, it may save your life or someone else’s life some day. As a CHL holder I pray that I am never in a situation where I have to use a firearm against another human being. But, if that situation ever arises, I want to be able to stop the threat before it takes my life or another innocent person’s life. Be safe, be prepared and have a good week.

Concealed Carry Clothing

Purchasing everything required to properly carry concealed can be an expensive undertaking. By the time you purchase your firearm, which is an expensive undertaking in itself, you still need to purchase ammo, a holster, a gun belt and clothing. My guess is that the last item is the most forgotten, but the proper clothing is just as important as the other items. It all boils down to being comfortable while carrying. The more comfortable you are the more likely you will have your firearm with you when you need it.

Honestly when I first started carrying concealed it was not comfortable. I tried going the cheap route and it did not help matters. Even when you purchase the best, there may be times when you have to just suck it up and get used to how it feels.

Once you are past that point good clothing makes the difference. The main problem I have had with clothing is wearing holes through my shirt. Since I carry every day the butt of my pistol tends to rub holes in my shirts. I have several shirts this has happened to so far and I have been looking for a solution. In the next few weeks I will be trying out some shirts specifically designed for carrying concealed and I will let you know how they work.

I tend to wear a lot of cargo shorts, they usually work well in teh Texas climate and also provide plenty of storage. There are pants made for concealed carry but in my opinion they are too expensive for 99% of CHL holders to use. I found one brand that advertised they were 100% American made. The contact number was a Houston are prefix so I thought I would check them out and maybe support a local business by buying some. When I got to their website I was shocked at the price – around $150 a pair. They look nice but I do not think they are $150 a pair nice. I appreciate being American made, but if you cannot lower the price then I do not see how the majority of CHL holders will be able to use these. $150 a pair is a bit excessive in my opinion. Now, a high end holster may cost that much but it will more than likely last the life of your carry gun.

As for my special this week, I have a NIB Sig P290 with holster and laser. This would make a great carry gun and it will sell for $550 plus tax. That is $50 less than you can find it at the online shops, I got a good deal on this one so I am passing it on to one of my customers. Be safe, have a great week and remember to always have your firearm with you (it does no good for it to be at home when you are at your local store being robbed).

Cyber Monday Deals

Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I’ve been getting numerous e-mails since last week about all the sales. Well, not to leave my customers feeling left out, I thought I would offer up some cyber Monday deals for a couple of guns I have in stock and ready to sell.

My first deal is for a NIB Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle in 380 ACP.
Micro Desert Eagle
As you can see, this is the all nickel version and it comes with one six round magazine. I have this gun in stock and ready to sell, but I will only offer one gun at this price. I will let it go for my dealer cost – $415 out the door for local buyers. You cannot beat that price even if you buy online and avoid sales tax. This price is good until 12/02/2011.

Next up I have a like new in box Ruger LCP. This was my personal backup gun that I am putting up for sale. It comes with two magazines and all the original accessories. I have also highlighted the front sight with white paint to make lining up the sights a bit easier. I will also throw in two magazines of Hornady Critical Defense so once you pick this up you will be ready to carry. I have already fired both jacketed and self defense ammo through this to ensure it functions properly and it looks new. I will sell the entire package for $300 out the door for local buyers.

Once again, thanks for your business and be careful now that we are in the holiday shopping season. There are plenty of thugs out there ready to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers who are not aware of their surroundings. Check back in with us, we will continue to run sales through Christmas. If you have firearms on your Christmas shopping list we will be glad to try and help you locate them. Have a good ans safe week.

What caliber do you carry?

Being a firearms dealer I always run across things that surprise me. This past week I was reading an internet forum where firearms dealers were telling what handgun they chose to carry for personal protection. As you would expect, there were some nice choices – STI, Kimber etc. But, one really surprised me. Now, I’m sure somebody out there that will read this may be offended, but hopefully it may make you reconsider. One firearms dealer carried a North American Arms mini in twenty-two magnum. I would have never guessed anyone that sold firearms would choose that as a daily carry. <p>

If you have followed my blog, you will have read my post on various calibers and shot placement. Twenty-two magnum is nowhere on the list. In some extreme case I can see carrying that gun as a back-up, but not as primary carry. Some may argue that five shots of twenty-two magnum could stop someone, but I would argue that a brick could do the same thing and be much cheaper than the NAA. <p>

Why would someone choose such a small caliber in a handgun that is not the easiest to shoot and aim? It is better than nothing, but just barely. Now, if he would have chosen the Kel-Tec PMR 30 (which holds 30 plus one of twenty-two magnum) I could understand. But, five rounds out of a minute revolver? <p>

There are too many choices even for someone on a very limited budget. For example, I had a single mother on a very limited and fixed income that needed something to protect her and her teenage daughter. I fixed her up with a six shot .357 magnum revolver for right at $300. It gave her a gun that would fire with every pull of the trigger, had minimal mechanics to learn (like tap, rack and slide drills or multiple safeties to disengage) and would also fire a variety of ammo. She could use lower recoil .38’s, .38 plus P or full power .357 magnum rounds. <p>

So, this week I want to encourage you to really consider what your primary carry weapon is. After the tragedy this week in the Carson City IHOP you should place yourself in that situation. You are sitting down eating breakfast and a crazy man intent on murder walks in with an AK47 and a handgun. And, all you have to defend yourself is a five shot twenty-two magnum mini revolver. <p>

Ruger LCP

Therefore, let’s consider some better carry options. How about the Ruger LCP in .380 ACP? How about 2% over my cost, $297 out the door for local buyers – I’ll even offer the Ruger NRA edition of the LCP, $343 out the door. How about an LCP with a laser? $426 out the door for an LCP with the Crimson trace laser. <p>

Maybe you want something a bit more substantial -an SR9C for$415 out the door. All of these I am offering for only 2% over my cost through 9/16 or until the distributors run out of stock (whichever comes first). <p>

One last special in remembrance of the 911 tragedy ten years ago. I will offer the Taurus PT1911 in 9mm for 1% over cost, $493 out the door . This offer will be good through 9/16 or when supplies are exhausted, whichever is first. The distributor only has 12 of these in stock, no back orders, when those 12 are gone the deal is over. All five of these handguns come with Davidson’s lifetime warranty. <p>

LCP NRA

LCP NRA

Have a great week and thanks for your business. As always, I reserve the right to rescind these offers as I deem necessary.

 

 

Taurus PT-1911

Taurus PT-1911

LCP Crimson Trace   

LCP Crimson Trace

 

Ruger SR9C

Ruger SR9C

Sig Sauer P250SC

I have recently purchased what looks like will be a decent small concealed carry gun. I have used several different smaller guns, Ruger LCP, Ruger LC9, Kahr Mk40, Kahr CW9 etc., when I need something small to carry. I normally carry 5” 1911, but depending upon what I am wearing it can be difficult to conceal. There are times when smaller is better.

As I was looking for my next “small” gun I decided that I wanted to have a minimum caliber of 9mm. I have used .380 ACP in the past but I want a bit more power with the option of using +P ammo. I recently read an article where a concealed carry individual shot a criminal four times in the chest with .380 self defense ammo and the criminal lived. As I stated in an earlier blog, you need to hit a vital area to stop someone – the larger the caliber the greater the chance of hitting a vital area.

I was going to try another Kahr, the PM9 to be exact, but I keep seeing the Sig P250SC and I wanted to give it a try to see how it would work. There are a couple of things I like about the P250SC, the price and getting three magazines with it. Not every 250SC comes with three magazines, I have purchased from one dealer who is throwing in the extra magazine. Since these magazines for the 250SC tend to run from $35 to $45 this was a real bargain. This particular gun will retail for $415, that is the out the door price which includes tax and shipping. The Ruger out the door retail would be $370, but it only comes with one magazine.

The P250 is a bit larger than the Ruger and Kahr. Like the Kahr, the double action trigger on the P250 is nice. I have heard complaints about the double action trigger on the P250’s, but it is better than the Ruger and not quite as good as on Kahr’s. It takes some getting used to, but I do not care for external safeties on a carry gun so it suits me fine. After running a few magazines through it and it shoots well, definitely more than adequate accuracy.

If you are interested in trying one of these send me an e-mail. The offer of three magazines is only through the end of August while supplies last. If you are interested in me shipping it to your FFL, contact me for pricing. Thanks for checking out the blog and be safe.

The Perfect Concealed Carry Gun

The perfect concealed carry gun – ask ten gun owners and you will probably get ten different answers. We have all heard the saying; the perfect gun is the one you are carrying. Having any gun is better than having no gun. I have been asked before why I carry concealed. As surprising as that question is to me, most of the time it is by non gun owners. What surprises me more is when gun owners ask why I carry multiple magazines. I carry concealed with 1 or more magazines to be prepared for what I hope never happen – the day when I have to use my gun in self defense.


So what is the perfect carry gun? I would say the one that you have spent time getting proficient using. The one you have spent hours at the range learning the ins and outs. The one you have fired hundreds of rounds through. The one you have test fired your carry ammo through. The perfect carry gun is the one you have practiced drawing concealed from. I won’t even get into calibers or size, but the perfect carry gun is the one you have learned to use proficiently. Do not wait until it’s time to use your carry gun to become familiar with it. Spend time dry firing, spend time holstering and drawing and spend time firing so you can become familiar with your carry gun. This week is the perfect time, pick up some ammo and head to the range with your carry gun. Practice drawing while concealed, moving while firing and re-holstering. When you get home spend some time dry firing. Maybe when you are done you will realize the gun you are carrying isn’t really the ideal concealed carry gun. You can learn a lot about your handgun in a couple of hours at the range. But, most of all make sure you have a carry gun with you at all times the law allows.


Our special this week will be the Ruger LC9. I have one in stock but I can get more as needed. For those of you that have the LCP, the LC9 is pretty similar but a bit larger. It also comes with real sights and a safety. These are selling online for $390 (plus you would have to add the FFL transfer fee which would push these over $400) but this week I am selling them for $360 out the door. This offer is only good until my distributor sells out of them.