The Pawn Shop Circuit: Troopers and Competition
I commented on the extreme fairness of Neil's price, but handed the Trooper back stating that with the Python in the safe, I just could not justify it. Another customer overheard me, and asked if that was the Python he had seen at Dave's shop a couple of weeks ago. I said yes, and introduced myself. The young man, Jared, was obviously a serious competitor. He stated he just was not "into" Colt wheelguns, but he had an addiction to the S&W flavor. Uhoh. We exchanged pleasantries and agreed to get together to shoot at some time.
I drove over to Dave's place contemplating how many other competitors might be out there. This morning, Dave had a Rossi 971 .357magnum revolver priced at $219. Wow, I thought........for $20 more and a trip to Neil's place, the buyer of this gun could pack a Colt. Dave asked how the S&W 67-1 I bought last week shot, and I told him it had cleaned up really nice, I had bobbed the hammer, trimmed the trigger guard, and installed magna grips on it. It was a shooter, and the idea behind it was a good beat around K frame for defensive duty. Dave had sold the King Cobra from last week.
I crossed the river to see what Amber had. Amber still had the little Taurus .22, but had sold the Hopkins & Allen. She had sold a Glock I think, it's hard to tell, they all look alike to me. She did have a Springfield XD40 under the glass for $449. I started to ask if that included six free tanks of gasoline, but I refrained.
I am starting to see handguns stay on shelves again, and some shotguns are reappearing. A few weeks ago, with the Katrina evacuees in town, finding a handgun or a shotgun was impossible. Now, with many folks returning to New Orleans, these guns are reappearing. I wonder how many guns are making their way to the Big Easy now, in the possession of brand new gun owners. I suppose there is no way to know for sure.
There are several other pawn shops in town, and when I have a dry run like this, it's hard to resist the temptation. Over time though, I have found that the other shops price their guns above what I percieve to be their value. Sometimes, it's best just to wait.
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