Thursday, May 11, 2006
It's rare that you see evil black rifles on pawn shop shelves, even in gun friendly Louisiana. Thus, when I entered Dave's shop and spotted a AR-15 on the rifle rack, my attention was captured. I am hardly what one would call an AR connoisseur, although I have been open to purchasing one if it could be found at the right price. Dave showed me a rifle that had been out of pawn a scant 45 minutes. It was a DPMS flat top carbine with a carry handle attachment. It wasn't fancy, but it was solid and it came with six 30 round aluminum magazines. Dave was wanting $650 for the entire package. That seemed like a pretty fair deal to me, as I had seen prices on AR's at gunshows, and I knew they started around $800. Still, I could not buy without dickering a bit, so I asked Dave if he would take $600 out the door and give me his usual guarantee. Dave clicked his tongue, smacked his lips, and thought about it for about 30 seconds, then he did a bit of mental addition, and said OK. Suddenly, an AR was coming home to meet the AK.