Yesterday was cold. The Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show was in town, and our out-of-town friends, The Data Viking and Shootin' Buddy, headed to Indianapolis to go there with us. Tamara and I, that is.
Cold day, snow on the ground: I wore my big, black Milwaukee motorcycle boots, with nice thick lugged soles. They're not light.
We departed around 9:30 and stopped for breakfast at Good Morning Mama's, enjoying corned beef hash, breakfast burritos and various omelettes. And then off to the show!
The State Fairgrounds were crowded. There was a big "Garage Sale And Marketplace" event as well as the Midwest Reptile Show (I hope they were bundled up!). We parked on the far side and walked a little over a quarter-mile, then walked the gun show with the slow and slightly sideways shuffle common to gun shows, farmer's markets, crowded flea markets and similar gatherings. About three-quarters of the way through, I realized my knee wasn't happy and my boots seemed to be getting heavier; I hurried through and found a chair where I could sit and wait for the rest of the party.
Seen but not purchased: a number of Webley revolvers in both .455 and British ".38," also known as .38/200 or 380/200, which is really .38 S&W in UK military uniform. Alas, Webleys are usually priced out of my reach and these were no exception. At least one of them -- a civilian-model .38 in lovely shape -- was entirely worth the asking price. Also saw a Savage automatic in .380 ACP, which is the less-common chambering. In decent shape aside form some filing on the backstrap (!), a replacement bottom on the magazine (I've had the magazine bottom slide clean off a Savage auto while shooting; it's a weak point) and good-quality replacement grips. That one was priced to move -- had I the price, which I didn't.
It was a long, cold walk back to the car. We all went to the new Books & Brews in Broad Ripple for a late lunch. I had tasty chicken fingers; Tam and Shootin' Buddy opted for differing charcuterie plates and The Data Viking contented himself with a nice cider.
By the time we got back home, I was exhausted. Laid down for a bit and fell fast asleep while Tam and The Data Viking chatted. Woke sufficiently to make civilized goodbyes and went back to bed shortly after. And that was my Sunday.
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