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Today's trip to the gun store

#1 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:48 pm

So I decided to take a drive to one of the more distant LGS - about 18 miles away. It's a pretty cool place that is an old fashioned Sporting Goods store with heavy emphasis on fishing and hunting gear. Dave and his dad, Bill, own it. I like them both though I suspect our politics would collide. I think they feel likewise so we just chew the fat on other subjects.

The best thing is that they are official CZ dealers so they have CZ handguns, rifles and shotguns, and, new to me, Dan Wesson 1911s. So I fondled some of the latter including a "Bruin" with a six inch barrel. All were very impressive, much smoother and not perceptibly less tight than the Kimbers I also handled. However, another 1911 is not in the 2017 Personal Firearms Procurement Plan (PFPP), so I did not get stoopid and whip out the already-stressed Visa.

But! They had a decent selection of CZ rifles. I realized that, although I have six rimfire rifles - five 10/22s and a CZ 453 in .17 HMR, none have iron sights. I have been wanting to fill that vacuum for some time. They had about five CZ 455s, three heavy barrel varmints without sights, a trainer and, damnation, a Mannlicher with a beautiful Turkish walnut stock, adjustable sights, etc. $405 takes it.

I came home and talked to my wife in my usual "I don't think I can justify buying one" tone and she shot back with the "oh what the hell, you only live once" look on her face. I took this as tacit permission.

In contrast to my usual buying tactic, I decided to let the decision steep for a while. I really don't need the rifle but it sure is pretty and my CZ .17 is a damned laser and I have grandkids and daughters and sons in law and nothing to teach them with.

As long term readers know, I am certainly toast...a goner...in my dreams I already have it...is it time to shop for a sling?
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#2 Post by Marlene » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:57 pm

:roflmao: Congrats!

Yes. I suggest maybe the cotton webbing M14 sling as an alternative to leather? It's not quite as stable as the burly leather ones, but faster and easier to adjust to a particular grandchild and less abrasive on children's arms. Cheap enough to have both if you want a nice leather one for you.
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#3 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:02 pm

Okay, second question: should I buy the sling now or wait until I buy the rifle? Does buying the sling mandate me to buy the rifle in which case I should just buy the sling, right? Do I overthink these issues? Is my OCD showing?

I guess that's more than one question.
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#4 Post by shinzen » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:03 pm

Nice. You sir, are a sucker for CZ rifles- I thought I was bad, but I don't hold a candle to your addiction.
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#5 Post by Marlene » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:03 pm

You should go back to the LGS to see if they have a sling you like.
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#6 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:08 pm

Have I told you lately how much I love you guys? And, Shinz, you should see my 10/22s...
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#7 Post by Simmer down » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:20 pm

For the children...
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#8 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:32 pm

Simmer down wrote:For the children...
Pfffttt!
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#9 Post by whitey » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:18 pm

Bucolic wrote:Me? A resolution and three plans:

Stop buying guns. Or at least curb my impulse buying.

Re-side the chicken coop.

Re-build the dock in the pond.

Get my old beetle convertible on the road.

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#10 Post by CDFingers » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:23 pm

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#11 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:26 pm

Like I said, I love you guys.
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#12 Post by Bacchus » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:57 pm

What the-? Gah, how'd I miss this?? Tell me you got this already. I can't believe I missed the Enabler Express!

I've got the CZ 455 FS in .22lr! It is frikkin awesome. It is what I am using to learn how to shoot rifles. :) I am so feeling your pain: Over the break I had a moment of weakness and fell for a CZ 550 FS in 6.5 x 55 Swede. (But there's justification, see. I want to learn to reload, and I thought a rifle cartridge would be good to start on, so...)

Did you get the sling? Please tell, because mine needs a sling, too. It does.
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#13 Post by sikacz » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:29 pm

Cool! Pics please! :whistle:
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#14 Post by beaurrr » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:47 pm

Sweet. I'd sure like to see a picture of that baby.

I have to add that I 'm not sure it's possible to improve on Ye Olde GI sling.
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#15 Post by Bucolic » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:16 pm

No pix yet. Have not bought it. Long story. Am thinking that my wife is gonna buy me a Henry in 357 for my 65th birthday in june. I need to pace myself...
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#16 Post by lurker » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:25 pm

Bucolic wrote:No pix yet. Have not bought it. Long story. Am thinking that my wife is gonna buy me a Henry in 357 for my 65th birthday in june. I need to pace myself...
so, get it and don't tell anyone. surely you have a trustworthy friend who can hide it till your birthday?
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#17 Post by Bacchus » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:36 pm

lurker wrote:
Bucolic wrote:No pix yet. Have not bought it. Long story. Am thinking that my wife is gonna buy me a Henry in 357 for my 65th birthday in june. I need to pace myself...
so, get it and don't tell anyone. surely you have a trustworthy friend who can hide it till your birthday?
This. June is sooooo far away! ;)

In any case, a Henry in .357 would be one heck of a nice birthday present. :)
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#18 Post by atadconservative » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:12 am

Lol awesome!!! Love .22's


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#19 Post by Bucolic » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:23 am

Ah, I knew you all could help. Enabling 'R Us.

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#20 Post by sikacz » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:19 am

There is never enough CZ:s in house. My long range plan includes a CZ 455 Trainer and perhaps a CZ 455 FS in .22LR. Besides CZ:s are not as expensive as some other rifles. Buy and regret later. Besides in six months your wife will have forgiven you and still buy you the Henry. :whistle:
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#21 Post by Buck13 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:31 pm

whitey wrote:
Bucolic wrote:Me? A resolution and three plans:

Stop buying guns. Or at least curb my impulse buying.

Re-side the chicken coop.

Re-build the dock in the pond.

Get my old beetle convertible on the road.

:roflmao:
Cruel, but fair. ;)
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#22 Post by nmTom » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:41 pm

The thing about my CZs is they shoot almost every kind of ammo well - with a particular affinity for CCI SV, Aguilla Rifle Match, RWS Target Rifle (most expensive ammo I shoot regularly - Gander Mt runs sales on the internet) and even CCI Mini Mag. The Ultra Lux version shoots so straight over iron sights it should be forbidden. With a good scope on them they group in ragged holes and I am not that good a shot. (I am talking the 22 LRs only.) Of course their Varmint barrels are just the straightest shooting things I own. On a good day with a pretty ordinary scope I can shoot ragged holes at 100M with the .17 HMR (Hornady 17g.)

I would not call an affinity for CZs an addiction. I would call it wise value based buying. :D And BTW - sometimes Gander Mountain of all places had the best price on them. Also, BTW, Mm friend at the BATF says their 9mm are without peer.

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#23 Post by Bucolic » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:44 pm

Buck13 wrote:
whitey wrote:
Bucolic wrote:Me? A resolution and three plans:

Stop buying guns. Or at least curb my impulse buying.

Re-side the chicken coop.

Re-build the dock in the pond.

Get my old beetle convertible on the road.

:roflmao:
Cruel, but fair. ;)
Well, the Beetle is running. Engine had great compression so I had the fuel injection taken off and a progressive two barrel carb installed. All fuel lines replaced. Brake lines and wheel cylinders too. New clutch, trans oil changed, bearings repacked. Waiting to see about some body work.

No new guns...yet...
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#24 Post by Bucolic » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:46 pm

nmTom wrote:The thing about my CZs is they shoot almost every kind of ammo well - with a particular affinity for CCI SV, Aguilla Rifle Match, RWS Target Rifle (most expensive ammo I shoot regularly - Gander Mt runs sales on the internet) and even CCI Mini Mag. The Ultra Lux version shoots so straight over iron sights it should be forbidden. With a good scope on them they group in ragged holes and I am not that good a shot. (I am talking the 22 LRs only.) Of course their Varmint barrels are just the straightest shooting things I own. On a good day with a pretty ordinary scope I can shoot ragged holes at 100M with the .17 HMR (Hornady 17g.)

I would not call an affinity for CZs an addiction. I would call it wise value based buying. :D And BTW - sometimes Gander Mountain of all places had the best price on them. Also, BTW, Mm friend at the BATF says their 9mm are without peer.
My CZ 453 .17 HMR is an extraordinary shooter. I agree on the value and the quality of their 9 mms.
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#25 Post by Bacchus » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:58 pm

How'd you get all that done to the Vdub so fast? :confused: My garage hit a high of 39.1 F the other day... still a bit too cold for me to be on the ground. Anyhow, great job getting that baby up and running. :)

Do you have a favorite place for parts? I used to use Wolfsburg West, but that was years ago now.

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