I hope this is a satisfactory place to post this report. 45Nut can move it if not, I s'pose.
Friday herself and I went to Reno to meet with Bill and spend the day touring the Big Gun Show at the Hilton. Bill is almost the perfect guy to go through a good sized gun show with; he is willing to accomodate my rather leisurely pace at such events and is an interesting and interested companion. I will say, though that he has no interest in restraining anothers (me) excesses in a place of such treasures. Also, Bill seems to be able to start conversations with the table holders very easily and naturally, which is sometimes hard for me because of a naturally surly disposition. After the show, we got to meet his wife, Fran, and she treated us to coffee and desert, and showed us around their lovely little bit of Nevada. Nice place, they have chosen well. They chose well in each other, too.
Right off the bat, Bill took me to the cast supplies guy in the second big room. I wound up with two new old molds, a 358156 and a 280473, both two cavity, and a bunch of old boxes of gas checks at low prices. One box of .25 caliber checks is marked "From R. W. Kampen", Rockford Illinois. If anyone knows anything about this person and his gas checks, please post what information you have. There's so much in the boolit casters past not widely known. I think this gentleman's table will be my first stop every time we are able to go to this particular show.
We saw many fine, OK, and opposite of fine guns, rifles, shotguns, little guns, and they ranged from under $100 to one shotgun for over $25,000. More in the higher and middle price ranges than low I think. Lots of fine Mausers and Mannlicher Schoennauers. I never can spell that last one right, thinking about looking it up and writing on the monitor base with majic marker. The Mannlichers are my current passion, very pleasing to see so many at the show. Lots of BRNOs too, especially the Fox .22 Hornet. LINDA got pretty jazzed about a couple of Colt Lightnings in .22, but settled for a NIB 1991 Commander, old roll mark, .45 ACP. Gotta love that woman.
I had wanted to look at the display of JDS Quick Measure, a fascinating design that is really fast in use. We found their booth at the end of the day, only a few feet from friends Marty and Darlene Shaw's table. Marty and Darlene are Elko's gun shop owners emeritus, having recently sold the shop and semi retired. Marty and meself went to high school together and his invitation to work for him in the gun shop brought me to Elko 23 years ago, so I owe him a big thank you. I'll bring the measure to NCBS '05 so everyone can see how it works. For those misfortunates who can not make it, I believe www.quick-measure.com will give you a good picture of it.
Bill wore his USS Turkey cap, which got him in lots of interesting conversations, hadn't realized so many gun show vendors were navy types. I had better let Bill tell that story, though. I mentioned wanting to find a cast boolit vendor because I might not have time to cast enough .45's for the shoot, and Bill sent me home with a box of nicely cast H&G semi wadcutters, over 800 of them! Let me tell ya, everyone I have met in this cast boolit world have been great people, and Bill stands out as one of the best. He picked up some goodies there, but again, that is his part of the story. We went for a late lunch, and found all the casino's restaurants closed until suppertime, except for Chevy's Fresh Mex, so we ate there. Never had Chevy's before, and can now recommend it to all. Great food.
OK, guess I've used enough band width, so time to shut up now.