Old Time Gun Store

Some of you know I travel quite a bit. And one of the perks of that is I am always looking for out of the way gun shops to visit. But it’s not the new, fancy shops with the latest SHOT Show products that attract me. It’s the small mom & pop shops that generally float my boat.

The exception to that would be a large retail establishment that maintains an active “used gun case”. Typically that is where I start. After which I thoroughly take my time and scan every rack, case, back corner and 5 gallon bucket. In this instance, that is how I found this: a UK Enfield in 410. It looks like had been refinished, but was a neat “shotgun” tucked way in the back.

As is typical with most finds like this, the owner was somewhat misinformed as to what he had. In his mind, he thought it was a very rare military “training” rifle. And perhaps it was? But it is my understanding that these are typically British “colonial police” weapons. The logic being if the natives decided to turn on the British forces, they wouldn’t have parity of firepower.

Think about that in terms of gun-control thinking of today. Freaked out yet? You should be. It’s what the New York Safe Act and California gun laws are predicated on. But I digress.

I texted Freeze and told him what I was looking at and, frankly, the dealer was too high on it. But I know where it’s  The the next time I swing through town, I will check to see if it’s still there. And perhaps tender a discounted cash offer.

If you are curious, it is located in the extended, greater DC area. Not specific enough?  HA! I love you guys, but I can’t give you everything! They are all over Gunbroker if you really want one.

 

 

 

On the walls were an interesting mix of single-shot shotguns, black powder rifles and an French MAS 36.

By the front door, the owner had a neat collection (not for sale) of old ammo and knives he has setback over the years. I probably spent 30 minutes looking at those boxes of shells. Some might recognize these old box designs for sale as t-shirts. 😉

 

And finally every shop has their gem. The Hook. Their Crown Jewell. In this case it was a very old Savage Navy 6 Shot Revolver. The blue was so newish on it, I suspect it’s refinished . But that’s not my lane. It was priced out of sight. $5000 asking.

Savage Navy 6 Shot

Savage Navy 6 Shot 36 Calber

 

So…help me out. What out of the way gun shop would you recommend if I am passing through the area. Post it below. That way I can find the list easily when I am on the road. Again…I prefer shops that have used or older items. Everyone needs a shop that carries Glock 43’s and SIG 320’s and HK’s. But those gun stores are like McDonald’s. One on every corner. I’m looking for uncommon inventory.

 

Sincerely,

Marky

www.tacticaltshirts.com

“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

 

 

 

  • Brennen Munro

    There were a whole bunch of “Indian Prison System” Enfields in .410 Shotgun that got dropped on the market a few years back. It should cost you less than a good condition .303 Rifle, but if this guy is convinced he has a real treasure on his hands, then you may just have to smile and let him keep it on the wall! I love finding these old mom & pop stores that have been carrying guns for many, many years. They always seem to have the coolest, oddest, and unique guns. Some of the old time Pawn shops fall into this category too.
    Munro

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      Hi Brennen. I agree. I love mom & pop stores for the same reason. As for the .410, I have read that many of these Enfields were converted to standard .410 as opposed to the unique .410 of the British Empire. I think they are neat. But since they are rifled, they even are specious as a squirrel gun. –Marky