...got to his place at 8:40 (had wanted to be there at 8:30) and the three of us piled into the Ogmobile (AKA "The Exploder") and headed to the funshow.
Well: we got there as the place was opening, and there was a line; we waited in the 'Sploder for a little while and then had a gander, and decided we'd make the circuit of gun shops before hitting the show. No problem.
At the second gunshop--Blythe's--I bought a used Ruger Mk II. $269 plus tax, which is a damn sight cheaper than the brand-new Mk III I almost bought at Indianapolis for $400. It only comes with one magazine (should be two) and Og tried to get them to throw one in, but the only spare mag they had didn't fit it. Oh well. It is also missing its manual, but it does have the case. (Hell, I can find the manual on-line.)
Og chided me a bit afterwards, telling me he could probably have gotten some of the price knocked off. *sigh* Well, I am happy with a price of $269, considering that it's the cheapest Mk II I've seen anywhere and Og says it looks like it's hardly been used. Hell, the shop nearest the bunker has a Mk I on consignment for five hundred and it looks kind of worn.
Chalk it up to being overly enthusiastic; but it's not like I got screwed or anything.
So: in five days, I can pick up my new gun. Then I can head over to the gun range and try it out. Whee!
After Blythe's, we hit Cabela's. Damn, is that place huge; and they have an incredible selection of guns there. There's a room they call the "gun library" which has all sorts of higher-end guns in glass cases. The long guns you can take down and examine; but the handguns are locked up, for obvious reasons.
There was a nifty carbine there--can't remember the model, but it was Yugoslavian make--which incorporated a fold-out bayonet. The price wasn't too bad, but my carbine purchase will have to wait until I've got a job. I have enough left in the gun fund to buy a couple magazines for the Ruger, and that's about it.
After that it was lunchtime; we picked up Parner's girlfriend and the four of us had lunch. After that, we decided not to bother with the Crown Point show, since it's going to be a couple of weeks and then the Vaparaiso show will be on.
Anyway, Dad's piggy bank of change went for buying a nice gun--and some magazines--and I think he'd approve of that.
I'm going to need to buy more .22LR ammunition, though.