Better late than never, right?
Tam and I went to the Indy 1500 Friday and again with Shootin' Buddy on Saturday.
The first thing that really caught my eye was a big ol' British revolver, a bit worn, not a lot of finish left, tucked in the far corner of a display case. I knew what it was and pointed it out to Tam. No price tag on it.
About then, the guy running that table came over to us and I expressed admiration for his Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver. It turns out that simply recognizing the gun was enough to actually hold it; and that's no little reward, considering the asking price was $5500. I learned something that no amount of reading or even seeing video had made clear: the reciprocating portion has a very short stroke, not much more than 1/2". It had the nice, solid feel of most Webley revolvers. Far outside my budget but quite a thing to touch!
I found a couple of other Webleys, one a very nicely reblued .38 S&W; about all the history had been polished off but that just makes it shootier, right? Passed it up at $350, for reasons we'll get to. The other one was a .455 in decent shape, or rather, it had been a .455: the chamber face had been been machined to accommodate .45 ACP in moon clips. Way cool, since .45 is easier to come by, right? Yeah, except Tam pointed out .455 was loaded to much lower pressures, shoving a heavy slug along at a leisurely pace and nice hot .45s in an old .455 revolver is a recipe for an eventual bad day. That was about it for me and gun-shopping; saw a Savage pistol in .32 and a Star PD (.45) that tempted me, but I've already got one of each. Drooled on a few Hi-Powers, too: my ex had a nice one (a Capitan) and I still miss it.
What I did find was ammunition! The drought might not be over but I think it is ending. A few $50 boxes of .380 went without takers, the smaller reloaders having started to turn it out at half the price. More common calibers were in good supply and prices have, at least, stabilized. I bought a case (!) each of 9mm and .45 ACP, plus some cheap steel ammo boxes (Tam and Shootin' Buddy have converted me to the "big green range can" school of thought). That did it for my gun show budget, except for some grip screw bushings for my 1911. I still need proper slotted grip screws. (I think more shooting and less gun-accumulation is the way to go, though I'm still going to be looking at non-S&W revolvers every show we go to).
Crowds were heavy on Friday and more so by noon Saturday. It reaches a point where it stops being fun and unless you're doing very focused shopping, there's not much point hanging around. (Also, my bad knee was most unhappy).
There's a steak joint not too far from the Fairgrounds, which is where our Gun Show Weekend ended up. Ahhh!
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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