Can You Buy A Bad Gun?

bad-gunOn the Gun Show podcast this week, there was an interesting statement made about today’s guns to the effect that you can’t go into a gun store these days and buy a bad gun.

This got me thinking, can you?

I’m not talking about Lorcins or Jennings or HiPoints, I’m talking about Taurus, Glock, Kimbers or even Para-Ordance.

The fact is, as I’ve said before, we are in a golden age of handguns. The days when you bought a gun and then immediately sent it to a gunsmith to make it reliable are gone, even for the low-end brands.

Why gun store websites stink.

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The reasons why I go to the neighborhood gun shop and not the big-box “outdoors” stores are twofold: I like and trust the people behind the counter at the neighborhood shop, and the prices at the small shops are competitive with the big guys. Therefore, for me, there’s no reason to wait in line to have someone who was working in fly rods last week try to sell me a gun.

Unfortunately, that charm and counter-side manner is pretty much AWOL on most local gun shop websites. 

Most (if not all) small gun stores either build a poorly-designed site filled with animated gifs of eagles wearing tricorner hats clutching the Constitution (or something equally hokey and amateurish) or they go with a templated site like Gallery of Guns, Outdoor Business Network or National Firearms Dealer Network and lose their charm altogether. 

One way, the gun shop looks like they’re clueless newbies and/or clueless hicks. The other way, they look like every single other gun store out there and have no way to show people why they’re different. 

No matter which direction a shop chooses, all that time and effort into building up a good reputation for in-person customer service and product knowledge goes right out the window when people look up their stores online. There is simply no reason to buy online from most gun shop stores because their sites are either all “personality” with no professionalism or a slick professional template with all the warmth and charm of a proctologist’s examination table. 

Part of the problem is because owning a gun store is kinda like owning a shoe store, but with a LOT more paperwork. If you lose track of a pair of shoes, you lose some profits. If you lose track of a gun, you’re probably out of business. 

So what would a good gun store website look like? 

We’ll talk about that tomorrow. 

Off-Topic Post

I’m trying to avoid talking politics here because a) there are plenty of other gunblogs out there that integrate politics into what they say and b) I have plenty of other places to vent my spleen

One of those places, however, is the website for KFYI radio, the leading news/talk station here in Phoenix, and I have a post up over that I’m rather proud of. 

Go check it out.

Book Bombs Away!

AirboyI’ve been a fan of Chuck Dixon’s work since he wrote Airboy for Eclipse Comics, and now he’s got a new book out that sounds very interesting.

Four men. Four Days. For the fight of their lives. It was just a walk in the desert to a place 100, 000 years in the past. They thought they knew what to expect but they were wrong. Now a team of scientists is trapped in a world they were not prepared for and can never return from. Their only hope lies in quartet of former US Army Rangers willing to travel to prehistoric Nevada and face unknown horrors and impossible odds bring them home from Bad Times.

Larry Coreia set up this book bomb, and he’s got some cool stuff too. Why not get his book as well when you pick up Chuck’s new book?

Today is President’s Day

This is one of the things that makes America so cool: A holiday dedicated to the fact that, despite the antics of its current occupant, there have been some amazing people to live in the White House and run this country. 

“A free people ought to be armed.”
- George Washington

 ”The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.”
- James Madison

“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”
- Abraham Lincoln

”The first step in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come is to teach men to shoot!”
- Theodore Roosevelt

”By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
~John F. Kennedy

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time… It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers.”
- Ronald Reagan

Why not call it Tauptical and leave it at that?

I agree, calling it Flat Dark Earth is pretty silly, so here’s some other suggestions:

Berserker Buff
Iraqi Desert Sand
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Never Neutral
C-Ration Biscuit
Range Tan
Condition Yellow (Because it’s off-White. Get it?)
Coffee With Milk (Because café au lait is French)
Magic Mushroom* 

And what’s wrong with calling it plain ol’ khaki? That was the colour of the uniforms of some darn tough soldiers long before it was appropriated to describe the business casual wear of semi-effete Gen-Xer’s. 

*Only available in Colorado or where permitted by law