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Firearms remain big sellers, increasing into the holidays
tampabay.com ^ | 12/3/2009 | Staff

Posted on 12/03/2009 1:24:12 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

On Kevin Wence's 10th Christmas, he opened a gift from his father and discovered what would become A Christmas Story legend: a Red Ryder BB air rifle. His first gun.

On Monday, Wence bought his 15th, a stainless-steel Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver. Unlike the air rifle, this gun won't sit under the Christmas tree, he said. But it would be a family gift that he, his wife and his 24-year-old son, all trained in shooting, could use to protect their St. Petersburg home.

"In responsible hands, they're safe. They're fun. It's a hobby," Wence said as he signed a form authorizing a background check at the Pinellas Park Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure. "Once you fire a bullet, you can't take it back. But you can still have fun with them."

The desire for fun, the hunt or self defense has drawn shoppers looking for the perfect Christmas gift to gun stores across Tampa Bay, dealers said. At most stores, the shopping is a family affair — a father and daughter firing at the range, husbands semiauto shopping with their wives, parents price-checking hunting bows for their young son.

"It's a feeling of confidence, like having a shield," said Tony Orifici, a salesman at Dunedin's Florida Survivalist gun shop. "Grandpa wants a shotgun. Mom wants a revolver. … We had a family come in and buy an AR-15, a shotgun and two handguns, one for each of them."

But the season's real present may go to gun dealers, many of them counting the post-election profits of an "Obama rush" that saw shoppers stockpiling in case a new administration banned firearms. As other businesses hope for the year's low sales to turn around with the holidays, firearms dealers say they're simply waiting for their revenue to shoot even higher.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; bhobanglist; fourth100days
Got my Christmas present early a few days back.....and Fausti O/U shotgun!
1 posted on 12/03/2009 1:24:14 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

I recently bought a smith and wesson model 642 airweight centennial. It’s so handy its crayzeeeeee


2 posted on 12/03/2009 1:27:53 PM PST by Armedanddangerous (I think youre so full of inconsolable rage you don't care who you hurt)
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To: Red in Blue PA
My Christmas present to myself....
3 posted on 12/03/2009 1:36:24 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Mine:

4 posted on 12/03/2009 1:38:27 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; wku man; SLB; ..
Could be the makings of a great thread...

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

5 posted on 12/03/2009 1:42:10 PM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I did too!

A Taurus Judge in caliber .410 / LC .45

Kicks like a mule with 3 inch magnum 000, but the 15 foot pattern is the size of a big man's torso.

Awesome home defense weapon. 000 and slug alternated in chambers. Slow 'em down with buck, coup de grace with slug.

And is good for snakes with 6-8 shot.

6 posted on 12/03/2009 1:42:17 PM PST by woofer
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To: Red in Blue PA

Getting an early Christmas present tomorrow a Glock 20 10-mm Auto.


7 posted on 12/03/2009 1:49:33 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: DarthVader

Good choice.


8 posted on 12/03/2009 1:51:25 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Fido969

Thanks and it has lots of firepower in terms of both volume and stopping power.


9 posted on 12/03/2009 1:57:46 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Model 94? 30-30? Looks a lot like what my dad has had for years, but it’s been a long time since I last looked at it.


10 posted on 12/03/2009 2:10:37 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
But the season's real present may go to gun dealers, many of them counting the post-election profits of an "Obama rush" that saw shoppers stockpiling in case a new administration banned firearms.

They still don't get it. Arms and ammo are flying out the doors because we expect that we're going to have to use them.

11 posted on 12/03/2009 2:32:17 PM PST by Noumenon (Work that AQT - turn ammunition into skill. No tyrant can maintain a 300 yard perimeter forever.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Damn straight - I put a concealed carry piece on my list (the Sigma .40 cal’s just wearin’ a hole in my backpack and it prints too easily in a holster).

Colonel, USAFR


12 posted on 12/03/2009 2:33:56 PM PST by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: Fido969

Kel-Tec P3AT for the pocket. SigP220 for the house.


13 posted on 12/03/2009 2:35:46 PM PST by ebshumidors (vet, rifleman, 'nuff said.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sorry about being boring, but No new guns, just some a shovel, plastic pipe and fittings to make it ‘watertight’.


14 posted on 12/03/2009 2:36:13 PM PST by Sarisky (Surely you can't be serious......yes I am...... and don't call me Shirley)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Saw my little brother, his wife and sons over the Thanksgiving weekend for the first time in about a year and half.

Both he and his wife have CCL and the oldest boy is learning to shoot.

I would of never thought.


15 posted on 12/03/2009 2:39:32 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Red in Blue PA

That’s a beauty! I haven’t had the opportunity to handle a Fausti yet.

November was a good month though, found a bargain priced Beretta 409 (1959 SXS in 16 gauge) and a LNIB Ruger Blackhawk in .44 Special.


16 posted on 12/03/2009 2:44:02 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wife’as company getting *employee* pricing at Cabelas this weekend.

We’ll see what transpires.


17 posted on 12/03/2009 2:44:43 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

My present to myself was a S&W Model 66 snubbie, made in 1974 and NIB. Cost an arm and a leg, but it’s the only pinned and recessed 66 that I’ve seen with a target hammer and target trigger.


18 posted on 12/03/2009 3:36:32 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I love leverguns. What’s it chambered for?


19 posted on 12/03/2009 4:46:30 PM PST by VR-21
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Many thanks! I shot some porting clays this past week and someone commented on the gun before I even took the first shot. Never thought I would love a shotgun so much!


20 posted on 12/03/2009 5:56:10 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Man that nice.


21 posted on 12/03/2009 8:43:30 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian ( What happened to my tag line?)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I'm giving one away this Christmas too.

Brother and nice get to have this ...

a 100 shot .22 .... what little girl hunter wouldn't love to have this to plink with?

22 posted on 12/03/2009 8:45:53 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Only payoff for being a Democrat? They get the illusion that they are intellectually superior to you)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Many thanks.....it is a stunner! As nice as pictured.


23 posted on 12/04/2009 6:41:10 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: woofer
A Taurus Judge in caliber .410 / LC .45

I was shooting my dad's Judge over Thanksgiving. Nice piece.

24 posted on 12/04/2009 7:55:42 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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