Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Like millions of gun owners have been doing in their own areas, we attended the local R. K. Gun Show at the Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee. Everyone was calling it the “Obama Clearance”, and the place was packed, but most of the buying seemed to be ammunition! There were some heavily laden shoppers seen leaving the Expo Center Saturday!There seemed to be a pervasive fear among most of the attendees that the President Elect, Barack Hussein Obama, would soon come looking for their guns! One vendor was even warning people to now buy all the ammo, clips, and weapons they wanted/needed and hide them! Is it really going to be that bad?

Gary did buy a clip for a .380, but only because his had broken. I bought a box of “bird shot”, to kill snakes in my fireplace (ha), but I did not decided to horde up a stockpile in my basement. Besides, I’ve already done that!

Anyway, these photos should give you some idea of how crowded the gun show was, and this was just the second of three days the show was in town.

I was personally disappointed, because there were no “new” gun vendors displaying there – just vintage guns at absorbent prices. Remember when M-1s went for about $100? Well, some were marked $1100!

I did not see one Ruger vendor either, other than the usual “cowboy” gun displays, and a few used guns. As a matter of fact, none of the local gun shops were represented at the show – just private collectors and ammo dealers.

I was in the market for the new Ruger LCP, a light weight carry that’s about the size of a .25 auto. I figure I’ll stick it in my other pocket, opposite my camera, and go armed more often. Something that light and with a respectable kick seems to make more sense these days than bulking up with a heavy carry plus a cumbersome holster! Sometimes gearing up with my holster under my ever shrinking shirts is just too much trouble. Can’t figure out why my shirts keep shrinking!

Corey was in the market too, and even had an “I don’t care” from Tia, however, us old silverbacks explained to him what that “really” meant! Anyway, he could not find the
Browning Silver he had his heart set on, but that might have been a blessing in disguise!

Later we watched the first quarter of the VOLS game at the
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Turkey Creek. They lost, as seems to have been their game plan all season, to Wyoming. What a homecoming game that was!

However, the pizza, “pale ale”, and sweet tea went down smoothly, making it easier to take! Anyone know any great coaches that needs a good paying job?

It was good to be out with a full contingent of Knights, plus our understudy Corey. Corey enjoys being our DD on such outings and everyone appreciates him.

Got to go hide my guns now…see ya next time!


EV said...

Happy Veteran's Day, Jerry. This was a fun post. It was like walking the show with you. I'll be interested in how you like LCP.

Sarge Charlie said...

Obama clearance sale, that is funny. Thanks for your service.

Mushy said...

If I do get the LCP "ev", I'll let you know.

Thanks Sarge, and back at ya!

Suldog said...

Happy Veterans Day, Mushy. To you, and all who helped to protect us and keep us free - God Bless You.

BRUNO said...

Yeah, I've got a problem with those "shrinking-shirts", as well. Must be somethin' in our water supply???

"---Opposite from the camera---", eh? Just be sure you don't pull the wrong one, at the wrong time!

Although, it WOULD be some good footage, i'll bet...!

Becky said...

I had no idea those shows were so crowded. That pizza sure looks good, though!

pat houseworth said...

God, Guns, and Good for me brother...keep the powder dry.

Your fellow VN Sky Cop

14th SPS Nha Trang AB 1960
377ht SPS Tan Son Nhut(Saigon) 1970

Scott from Oregon said...

If I were to carry for protection, it would be a small .22 revolver. The first two rounds would be micro birdshot, so if I accidentally discharged the gun into someone, they would just be real mad at me and not dead.

Face it, nobody gets into gun battles (or the odds are almost a billion to one). You want a gun to stop an angry pitbull or a snake or someone trying to hurt you who will run when confronted with a light spray of lead...

Big pistols are silly. They are heavy and noisy and end up shooting more family members than evil strangers...

PS- I love middle America. Y'all can sure go to extremes...

Mushy said...

We like it here, so you don't have to join us.

Some of us just like to shoot tin cans, not people. However, when we do, we like it to hurt a lot!

David Sullivan said...

Guns + Woods = OK

Guns + City = Chaos

Its pretty simple.

*Goddess* said...

I was going to make some sort of "for Pete's sake, how many guns can one man shoot at one time" comment, but now I'm too distracted by that damn pizza. GAWD, that looks good!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Same thing's goin' on here. I've had three friends come to me wanting me to help them pick a good AK. I'm thinkin' about gettin' one last one myself, only I won't get it from a dealer. Cash and go. And I'll probably order a thousand more rounds of 7.62x39 after I get paid. You can't have too many of those sealed tins layin' around.

The food looks great, but I always get nervous when they prop the pizza up on those damn stilts.

And I like the new header shot. You tryin' to get more women to email ya?

~Fathairybastard~ said...

And happy belated Vets Day to everyone too!

Maggie May said...

The pizzas looked good. Makes me feel hungry just looking at them.
Guns are a bit scary.

GUYK said...

For a cheap and reliable carry pice you might want to look at the Hi-Point 9mm NATO. I have put about 500 rounds through mine and it jammed the first magazine but has been fine since. And they sell new for about 150 bucks and have a life time warrenty..

Mushy said...

Guyk - I carry a .45 Companion now...I want something light in the pocket...I figure .380 HydroShocks should get me back to my truck!

I traded the Ruger 9 in for the Springfield some years ago. I've got a basement full of 9mm that I have no use.