Sunday, March 09, 2008

Day at the Gun Show

One of the great things about living in North Texas is the number of high quality gun shows we have access to. It kind of spoils us. This weekends gun show in Fort Worth was put on by High Caliber Gun and Knife Show. It was a smaller show than the last Fort Worth show, but appeared to be well attended. I arrived fairly early on Saturday and there was no line to get in. After proving the Kimber empty at the door and getting it "tie wrapped", I was in .

A smaller crowd gave me the chance to spend a bit more time at the tables. One of the new firearms that I like is the Kimber SIS.

Kimber SIS Pro

I'm not sure what really draws me to this pistol. The stainless steel frame with checkered front strap feels good in my hands. Maybe it's the way the grips are done, or the matte grey finish. It certainly is not the SIS slide serrations, or the $1000+ price tag

My #1 Son in Law has a Springfield SAR-8. I keep trying to horse trade him out of it, so far with no luck. One of the smaller vendors at the show had one that he was very proud of. With a $1700+ price tag, I'm not sure if he was trying to sell it, or just showing it off as part of his collection.

I did walk out of the show with a couple of new items to tinker with. First is a new Harris Engineering Bipod. I picked up the Series S, Model LM bipod. I have it on my MixMaster Dissipator at the moment. It is a good fit.

I also picked up an Ontario Knife Company Rat-3.

Ontario Knife Co. Rat-3

A heavy duty little knife that should come in quite handy.

One thing that really bothered me about this particular show was the number of folks walking around with handguns for sale that kept their fingers in the trigger guard as they were carrying their firearms. Yes I know they were checked clear at the door and yes I know they were tie wrapped after being checked, but it shows an unacceptable lack of ingrained safe firearm handling skills. Folks, keep your fingers off the trigger until you are quite ready to shoot something. If you are not going to pull the trigger, keep you finger off the trigger.


Clay said...

A-friggin-men to that last part. I'm stunned at the amount of people who have poor trigger discipline.

the pistolero said...

I've heard good things about the Kimber SIS, most notably that it has the Series I safety which is less complicated than theSeries II in most of the Kimbers. I don't know if it'd justify that $1,000 price tag. If people can pay it, more power to them, of course -- but as for me, I think I'd just take another Springfield Loaded.