I've commented in emails on how many people sneered at the original list price of the elite H&K 30-round 5.56mm mags, a good value at $40. Built like a Teutonic sh!thouse. They whined about the lack of $6 GI surplus M16 magazines, and declared that even $20 was too much to pay for Pmags.
Well, Friday a new shipment of the same H&K magazines came in, at the new price of $95. The "old" ones vanished instantly, the new ones will probably hang on the pegboard and "age" for a while. Meanwhile, I've been buying whatever "good stuff" I can use, at the same "good ol' days" prices. Mostly magazines, but a couple of handguns were bounced from the brush pile, too. Range report tomorrow.
A pattern is starting to appear for new firearms, which are trickling in from most of the major players, but just a few of each brand. Glock still ships about 30 assorted guns a week, all of which are sold in less than two days. AR15 clones from most appearing, including new models never mentioned before. They're all gone within a few days, even the ones lower on the food chain. Most prices are up $50-100 over the old days.
Companies are also doing all sorts of things to cut costs. Those custom brand-name plastic cases for the more leet handguns are now replaced with cardboard boxes, the reason being "you just throw the nice hard cases away, and this way we save $2". That seems reasonable, but I saw a new Colt "economy M-faux" with the cheapest chicom or Tapco furniture on it, with a model number nobody even knew was out there. It had a pencil-thin barrel (possibly Spanish) and no-name BUIS, but the lower receiver was still marked "COLT" (in a new logo layout), and they were selling it for around $1000. Except for the Colt name, I'd rate it the same as I would a $700 no-name clone from four months ago. Put some money and work into it, and it could be a fine weapon. But for $400 more, that fine weapon is already to take home with you.
One major score this week was the discovery, and delivery, of a case of 500 rounds of Remington "Disintegrator" ammo in .357 SiG !!! for the dealer wholesale price of $25 per box of 50. The most important part is not only is this cheap .357, but I expect to have a range report on it, soon. This particular model of Remington ammo isn't even documented on the Remington site, but it just jumped out at me. :)
My quandary right now is what to test next? New handguns in .40S&W, or older handguns with the new .357?
I’m a fan of the .357 Sig..... CHL rig is a Glock 31.
125gr Speer GDHP is the preferred fodder.
Have a Glock 35 in SHort & Wimpy and love it as well, also a Sig P239 with both 40 and 357 barrels. Problem with that is specific mags for each caliber is a must due single stack geometry issues. Yeah either or is fine for paper punching but a P239 in 357 sig will jam if the 40SW mag is used.
40/357 shared staggered HiCaps like the P229 work fine and are carry reliable. Same for staggered HiCap Glock mags in 357/40 swap barrel rigs.....
Was at local shop yesterday and picked up PMAG’s for 30$ each. Also snagged 4 of the Surefire Mag 60’s for a C note each. We have those at work and they are flawless thus far.
My SBR stamped and papered M4gery is now officially a briefcase gun. Fits in a Pelican 1495 briefcase with upper and lower separated . Aimpoint comp B and. PVS-14 behind the Aimpoint on GG&G lever mount with canted BUIS’s . Room for 4 PMAGs orrrrrr 2 of these new Surefire Mags maybe.
Reliability tests will tell.. Nice package for a under the back seat rifle..
Colt is JUST a name anymore..... Not a fan at all. Won’t buy their products at all. Have some older (real) Colts and will keep em .... Bought a US Firearms Company Bisley a few years back and own a original Colt Bisley as well. The USFA quality impressive. Understanding and considering the generations separating the two both are awesome. But if yer going cowboy USFA is the way to go !
Hope yer well !
Afternoon Win-Mag; nicely done on the HK mags; yep, plastic is all the rage but cardboard boxes - dang beancounters. Glocks old tupperware boxes were the easiest to store on shelves but the full size ones not so much, according to my LGS buddy.
Interesting to note in these ammo drought days that he always or usually always has a box or two of ammo to sell with one of his guns. Makes sense to me, most want to shoot it as soon as they get it, not do the wait for the Wal-Mart or Cabellas delvery truck. He even keeps a few P-mags and GI mags when he sells a PDR (personal defense rifle). Terminology good enough for the Federales, good enough for us.