I had a bit of extra time, so I visited the semi-local Gander Mountain, which I consider a fourth-tier supplier of my needs. My expectations were vey low, just hoping for some MTM ammo boxes, and maybe some .22WMR ammo. NO expectation of any firearms worthy of even a first glance.
As with the 0bama regime, low expectations were too optimistic. No rimfire ammo, No centerfire rifle ammo except a few boxes in the classic-old -time hunting calibers of .270, 30-30, etc. No ammo for Modern Sporting Rifles. No centerfire handgun ammo except for everyday classics like .460S&W, .500S&W, etc. However, the shrunken gun department had tons of shotgun shells in every imaginable load (except assorted brands of buckshot).
I also noticed that they no longer have a section titled "Tactical Firearms", known here now as MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifles). Except for a CZ-xx and Mossberg high-power sporting rifles with price tags of $2600 and $7500 respectively. The Mossberg bolt action sporting rifle included a gigantic, and justifiably expensive, Leupold scope on it.
They were obviously having time selling those last two TFs. I was tempted to make them a cash offer, just so they don't have to carry the cost of non-selling inventory, but I don't think anybody in the store had the authority to refer me to someone further up the corporate chain, much less comprehend what I was offering.
Still, it wasn't a totally dud day. I stopped by at my usual spending grounds to try out the PMR-30 the first time. Since my total "stockpile" of .22WMR is about 200 rounds ("nobody needs that much, even with four handguns in that caliber"), I decided to load both 30-round magazines, one with pricey Winchester Defender, the other with ancient CCI .22WMR. The good news is that the weapon shoots like a dream, with almost no recoil (as opposed to a bit of muzzle rise in my S&W lightweight snubbie), and considering my handgun skills, phenomenally accurate from the first magazine.
As usual, the first time out, I spend all my effort trying to "read" what the weapon wants or needs for better performance. The muzzle blast from the Winchesters filled up my entire field of view, while the CCI had a bit heavier recoil (still almost negligible), and a fireball only about three feet across.
The not-so-great part is I had tons of FTFs with both magazines, and both ammo. This would be an easy issue to fix with extra-power magazine springs, except they don't exist. So I can also try different brands and weights of ammo, if I can ever find any. And more analysis and use of Nano-lube to reduce friction even more. I also expect the very consistent 3.5lb trigger pull to level out at about three pounds.
Maybe I need that PMR-30 threaded barrel (NOT intended for suppressors), just to put a high-performance flash hider so I don't blind myself at night. :)
Sorry, I forgot to add that I discovered that PMR-30s have been phenomenally rare ever since its introduction in 2011. My “grab it” reflex paid off again.
Like shopping in Russia ..... Wow ! Consider that stolen. We had same idea Tuesday morning ... The Gander outlet in amarillo is our only local Kimber dealer and my little Sister wanted to renew her CHL permit . This time she wanted to use a semi auto so I loaned her a standard piece of Glock 19 Combat Tupperware to run the course as in Texas if you shoot with a revolver, you can only carry a revolver. If ya use a semi-auto in the course you can carry either or .....
Anyway back to gander part of my story. Walked in to buy a Kimberly Solo to give little sister as a early Birthday gift. No Kimber solo’s in stock so as I was leaving I overheard the clerk telling another shopper that YES we do have ammo !
I froze and asked if they had Speer 357sig 125gr GDHP.......?
He said yes we have cases of it but limited purchases to 10 twenty round boxes per day.
So I paid cash and walked out with my find of the day. One happy camper per se !
As I left I noticed the clerk that had waited on me was leaving the store to his car for lunch or his shift was done etc / whatever. Seeing how I live 60 miles away I opted to try another purchase of 10 more boxes before I left Amarillo.
Put on a pair of glasses, a baseball hat after changing jackets and walked back in and a cute little gal up front sold me 10 more boxes ....:o)
That 357 Sig load and brand is my carry load in a Glock 31 or my KKM rebarreled Glock 35.
All that aside, reference your Gandering adventures.... You have a Kimber Solo ? Opinion ? Review ?
Want it for little sisters carry rig for home and office with 147gr Speer GDHP ammo. I’ve heard good thangs about it from others yet have not laid hand on one for personal evaluation and testing.
Ammo... “Like Shopping In Russia” !...... Funny, yet sad reality in Amerika !
Stay Safe Sir !!
I have not bought ammo in ages... though I need to find some more .22lr. I also need to check a bunch of my reloads. I had first time (for me) failure at the range last time. Blew the bottom of a .45 casing out. It cooked off the round below it, trashed the magazine and blew parts and ammo all over the floor at the range. :( Fortunately my Kimber Pro Carry was fine... though the mag release was dinged so I replaced it.
Taking a look at the other rounds in the box I saw that some of them had the round seated way too far down. I guess that could cause an overpressure like that.