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horge
07-17-2007, 00:20
I managed to squeeze in a visit to the recently concluded AFAD Gun Show,
on the very last day. There was nothing there that I hadn't seen before,
except mainly for the the program/booklet customarily handed out
to visitors:

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For a change, I had in my hands something that didn't feel like
so much junk mail. It had actual, valuable content too. It was the
sort of content that would swing an undecided, potential firearm owner
to come back and actually BUY a firearm.

It has a Gun Directory, something I hope most of you know
I care about: it listed not just firearm retailers, but
gun clubs and ranges. It was even a very handy size too!

I don't know what's in the cooler at AFAD, but whatever it is,
here's to hoping they keep on drinking it.

It wasn't just the program/booklet.
I observed the Gun Safety Seminars, how much better organized the
gathering of applicants and instruction thereof seemed. The physical
layout of exhibitor booths, and the encouraged flow of traffic...
even the salespeople at nearly all the booths seemed friendlier than
I remember from a couple of years ago. They weren't sales-pushy,
but were actually going the extra ten minutes to dig out the stock I
wanted to see, even when the price tag wasn't that juicy... when I'm
pretty sure they were tuckered out in the last few hours of the last
day of the Gun Show.

It's a pretty helpful bunch you've got, when the closest thing to
listless and uncaring were the hustling staff at the PBD booth!

Certainly, a lot of the credit properly goes to the professional
Show organizers and to the retailers themselves; and certainly the
current leadership at AFAD is building on what others before them
worked hard to secure... bottom line is, it's nice to go to a
Gun Show, and come away with both satisfying purchases AND solid plans
to buy new firearms.

It's been a very long time since I've had that buzz.
I had not intended to buy anything, but went home with an armful of
M1911 mags and ammo. If you think that's no big deal, then consider
that I went ahead and bought it... even though I had to take the
elevated train (MRT) home.

Try explaining live ammo at the train station security checkpoint!
Heh... I. did. not. mind. having. to. do. it. Not. one. bit.

If retailers make an effort to make my shopping experience rewarding,
I will make their selling experience rewarding too, even if I don't
really need most of the stuff I'll be buying.

:)
---horge


PS: I checked out the new Pinoy-made Firestorm 1911's.
Based on workmanship/fit/finish and manually cycling the action,
operating the controls... checking sear engagement as well as
eyeballing the barrel interior... if this thing shoots half as
nicely as it looks, then I'd say other 1911 makers are falling
behind the curve, and may have a LOT of catching up to do now.

deenoh
07-18-2007, 09:37
Horge,

It's good hearing about your positive experience during the show!

MDAP713
07-19-2007, 06:42
I like the MAC 2011, hope to see a .40SW next gunshow.