A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, January 12, 2006

De-lurking week

This may be the week you've been waiting for, and it's half way over! Or not! De-lurking week! If you lurk here, never commenting, this post is for you. All you have to do is click comments and say hi. No need to be profound, meaningful or even semi intelligent.

Hat tip to Nate at Wasted Electrons.


Blogger Nate said...

Hey, thanks for the link!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Great North La. perspective! The pawn shop runs remind of my single and childless days. Budget candle handle that kind of volume nowadays.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Good thing it does not have to be profound!

I stumbled across your site about 3 weeks ago from a carnival of cordite it has been required reading ever since.

Nice Job.


8:16 AM  
Blogger ceiliazul said...

I've left one comment before, so not technically a lurker. But the comment was anonymous, so could be debated. Lets compromise and say I left half a comment here. I read for the porn and the pawn shop runs.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Diamondback said...

Great site! I have been lurking here for around a year now. love the gun posts. I'm a pawn shop browser/buyer myself but unfortunately the P shops in my area are outrageous on their gun prices and usually have some poor looking specimens. Can usually find some great DVDs though!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous mgdavis said...

Hi Xavier. I've been reading this for a month or so now, and look forward to every new post.

11:18 AM  
Blogger redmemory1 said...

I love the whitney! And I am aways lurking.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous buzz_knox said...

Well, you asked for us to delurk.

Your blog has been helpful and harmful to my life. Helpful for the insights you've offered. Harmful because you've caused a renewal in the expensive hobby of acquiring Smith revolvers.

In hindsight, I suppose I should say the only thing being harmed is my bank account. Ah, well. I don't need to eat.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Paul Simer said...

I've uh...

I've always loved you.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Head said...

Lurkus Interruptus! WOOO! I'm freee!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

I've been reading here for about 2 months or so. I check in every day. Thanks for a great site.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Bag said...


First visit but thought I would drop you a line anyway. I'm from the UK and just trawling the gun blogs.

The pawn shop trawl sounds interesting. Having the time is a problem but the benefits can be surprising. Have not done anything like that for 10 years.

I'll call again.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Alex N said...


I've been reading your blog every day for longer than I can remember. Every day, I look forward to your well-written posts, great photography and great insights. I've already taught 3 new shooters how to shoot using your 4 rules as a cornerstone of their training. I may soon have a good excuse to put the revolver checkout procedure you mentioned to the test. All this talk of beautiful Smiths has certainly made owning one seem a necessity.

Please continue blogging for a long time.


3:16 PM  
Anonymous homebru said...

Howdy. You are on my daily read list. I just don't say a lot since anything I might add to one of your pieces would be like adding pickle relish to a charcoal-grilled ribeye steak.

Congratulations on the Whitney. It's a little beauty. Hey, next time you take it out, test that natural pointability. At ten or fifteen feet, try one magazine, instinct-aimed from the hip.

Oh, and thanks for letting me/us ride along on the pawn shop circuit.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been posting annoymously for a while now. Picked up your blog from one our your TFL posts.

For several weeks now, it's been the only blog I follow daily. Your writting, subject choices, and article length are just right. Unlike some other bloggers.


7:26 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...

I've just recently found your blog and have been inspired by yours and a few others to start my own. I'm the guy that busted you chops about the caebine... err carbine. Loved you piece on the wolverine. That is one sweet gun. I need to start scouring pawn shops. Keep up the good blogging.


7:58 PM  
Blogger curious said...

..err your chops. Must-remember- to-preview...DOH!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous RioShooter said...

I just started shooting after Katrina. I live on the gulf coast. I found a real nice S&W Chief's Special at a pawn shop for $200.

I plan to build a gun collection as finances allow.

I love shooting!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous John from SF said...

Hello Xavier. Yours is the only blog I read regularly; I've been lurking for a month or two. I found you from a google search; something like "favorite Smith Wesson revolver".

Why do I read? Your blog is an interesting window on a culture. Your due diligence of daily updates and pictures, even of guns you DON'T buy, means there is always something new to see. You blog about adventures you are living, not random opinions. For example, your list of favorite guns contains ones you own, not the next ten machine guns you would buy with an unlimited budget and repeal of GCA'34. Your home 'smithing details are for projects completed, not vacant rants about what you might maybe do if you had the time and took a woodworking class. And so on.

Finally, your adventures are limited by a reason. All of us limit gun acquisition (or condition), at some level, due to budget issues. It gets a little tiring to hear some $9/hr clown talk about how he is too good to settle for less than a $4k+ Wilson Combat. Personally, I collect (accumulate?) guns which are interesting to shoot. Old, poor finish, and obsolete are fine (or preferred), so long as it is interesting and different.

There is only one gun store in San Francisco proper. That's right; just one. Interesting toys, like older Smiths, don't even make it to the counter; the manager has a call tree of regulars. You simply can't "get lucky".

I have tried something similar to your pawn show runs, but it's a major pain. For various reasons, the San Francisco area is a poor hunting ground for older handguns. It's at least an hour drive before I enter a reasonable "handgun culture" capable of feeding used product into the stores. For example, Sacramento (state capitol but an old farming town) is 2 hours away; Fresno is 4 hours. With CA's 10 day waiting period, I need two drives per gun. Finally, CA's "approved roster" law limits handgun sales to current production or C&R (other than private party transfer). Thus, even if I *did* have an unlimited budget, I am legally prevented from gunsamerica.com'ing choice items.

You, of course, are under none of these constraints. This is why your pawn store adventures are so much fun.

2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i started reading your stories about Beula and maggie maybe three years ago and loved it.
btw wish you would put some new stuff there, maybe another project rover :)

Xavier thoughts is as good and i check in daily, very good reads.


5:39 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Carol Livingston said...

A definite insight into the pathological impulses of firearm fixation.

Good work!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Howdy - thanks for writing both interesting AND informative pieces - definitely one of the highlights of my daily reading

11:07 AM  

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