Friday, July 24, 2020
A fun hour at the gun shop
I'm preparing most of my shotguns for sale at present. Due to my disabling back injury in 2004, which left me with a fused spine and nerve damage, I haven't used them very much since then. As I get older and bits and pieces start to get stiffer and less mobile, adding to the injury complications, the heavy recoil of a shotgun has become just too much of a good thing . . . so it's time for them to go. (The fact that shotguns appear to be fetching good prices at present is an added incentive.)
As part of the cleanup process, I inventoried my shotgun ammunition. I was pleasantly surprised to find three cases of Sellier & Bellot 00 buckshot, 750 rounds in all.
I bought four cases of it several years ago as training ammo (one can go through 50 rounds of buckshot in a day or two while teaching someone to use a shotgun), but only used one case before I cut back on my training activities. I decided to keep one case, so I can give some to those who buy my shotguns, and sell or swap the rest.
My local dealer was very happy to hear about my find. Apparently buckshot is very hard to come by at present, so he was more than willing to offer a good deal in trade. I swapped my 500 rounds of buckshot for 500 rounds of Barnaul 7.62x39 HP ammo, plus 1,500 rounds of CCI AR Tactical .22LR. I'd call that a fair morning's trading for all concerned, at current market values.
I happened to enter the shop as the dealer was examining a Micro Roni Gen4X Stabilizer pistol conversion unit, shown below (clickit to biggit).
It's a plastic and metal shell designed to wrap around a Glock pistol, allowing it to be used as a miniature carbine or PDW with an electronic or optical sight mounted on the top rail, a light beneath the barrel, etc.
I've tested earlier models of the Roni, but this one is new to me. There appears to be something missing or broken. My dealer took it in on trade, but hasn't been able to get it to function properly. He's given it to me to take home and play with it, to see if I can figure out what's wrong. That should be an enjoyable side project over the next few days, in between trying to write my next book, clean all my shotguns, prepare for house guests over the weekend, and take care of other business.
So, I went out yesterday morning with 500 rounds of ammo, and returned with 2,000 rounds plus a borrowed toy to play with, all for no cash expenditure at all. I'd call that a good day!