Special Edition Firearms

Special Edition Firearms

Sometimes the crafty marketing teams of various firearms manufacturers will put out a limited first edition or some sort of special edition of one of their firearms. The difference between the limited edition and regular production model can be something as small as stamping First Edition somewhere on the frame, or it could include any number of extras that would be hard to find or not available anywhere else.

Due to the limited nature of these firearms many people will choose to keep their weapon pristine; they will view it as an investment piece to be looked at and touched, but not fired. One such example could include the Winchester Model 94 Crazy Horse Commemorative .38-55 .


Some limited editions, like the Walther PPQ First Edition which features a threaded barrel and night sights, entice the owner to fire the weapon.

 How many people out there are interested in limited edition firearms? Are you interested in them from the collection perspective, or for the extra goodies?



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Obtaining Firearms

Obtaining Firearms

I just heard from a friend of mine that his elderly neighbor passed away recently and that his wife was selling off his gun collection, which is apparently sizable. This in turn led me to think about some of the different ways in which people acquire firearms in our country.

The first (and least likely at least for me) is through inheritance. A family member passes away, and unlike the pharos of Egypt, they leave behind their worldly possessions. If the firearms are left to someone who is interested in them, they will be treated as family heirlooms and passed down from one generation to the next. If they are left to someone who is not, they will be yet more junk to sell as quickly as possible.

The most mainstream method of obtaining a firearm is by going to one’s local gun store. Typically there is a decent selection of handguns and rifles as well as the accessories you might want to add to your purchase. There is usually at least one staff member who is knowledgeable and willing to assist you in finding something that meets your needs, and if not it allows for uninterrupted window shopping. The prices are typically fair, and great deals are less likely, but in addition to the firearm you’re paying for the ability to hold and inspect it before purchase.

A gun show is another popular method of purchasing a firearm, but is generally not for the novice purchaser. The conditions and prices vary from one seller to the next, but good deals can be found by those who are patient and knowledgeable about their intended purchases.

Online purchases tend to be more for those who have openly admitted to having a firearm purchasing problem; the problem being that they are running out of space to warehouse their ever growing collection. The primary benefit of the online purchase is typically a lower purchase price, but this can be deceptive as an FFL transfer fee might also be needed before you can collect your purchase. The downside of the online purchase is that you’re purchasing an item you haven’t personally inspected. Even new firearms can have flaws or issues, so it can end up being a hassle if you’re unlucky.

Estate sales and one to one sales are yet another set of viable options that tend to be more for people in the know concerning firearms. Usually it requires some upfront effort to either find the seller of a specific firearm or tracking down the time and location of the estate sale. Good deals are once again the upside, but be sure to use a healthy dose of common sense when making one on one purchases. Always meet in well lit public places and if something feels off, walk away.

I am personally a fan of going to a local store and purchasing from them. I like the ability to handle the firearm and inspect it myself before handing over the money. In addition to wanting to see and touch the firearm, I want to ask questions about it based on things I may have read in reviews or online forums. Even if the sales person can’t answer all of my questions it brings me peace of mind. Purchasing local also helps to ensure that I’ll have a place I can go to for window shopping and pre-purchase handling firearms in the future.

What are some of the ways you’ve come to obtain your firearms? Do you prefer one method over another, or is it all the same to you so long as there’s a good deal to be had?


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What Gun Brands are People Buying?

What are shooters buying?  The results may surprise you as they did me.   Southwick Associates, a market analysis and statistical monitoring company specializing in outdoor and shooting sports, compiled data from 2010 to see what shooters were buying.  I figured Remington would be on top for long guns, but I was surprised to see Ruger selling the most overall pistols.  Not that Ruger doesn’t deserve the sales, but I wouldn’t have figured them to be the #1 seller.  Well, it’s certainly not the first time I’ve been wrong.   For the full results check below, and a big hat tip to Guns, Holsters, and Gear for the post.

  • rifle – Remington (17.5%)
  • shotgun – Remington & Mossbery tie (21.5% each)
  • handgun – Ruger (16.7%)
  • scopes – Bushnell
  • rifle ammo – Remington (25.3%)
  • shotgun ammo – Winchester (31.9%)
  • handgun ammo – Winchester (22.0%)
  • reloading bullets – Hornady (31.7%)
  • reloading powder – Hodgdon (37.8%)
  • holster – Uncle Mike’s (19%)
  • knife – Gerber (15%)


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Remington .223 Recall

Another big ammo recall, this time coming from Remington for its Premier Match .223.  It seems that Remington may have improperly loaded four different lot numbers worth of its .223 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) centerfire rounds.  If you have any of this ammunition with the lot numbers listed below, it would be in your best interest to not use the ammunition and call Remington at  1-800-243-9700 Prompt #4 to get it replaced.  The affected lot numbers are:

  • H03RAI
  • H04RDI
  • H16NAI
  • H17NDI

You can read the full press release below:

Product Safety Recall Notice


Remington has determined that four (4) Lot Numbers of its .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition may have been improperly loaded. The four (4) Lot Numbers are identified above. Improper loading may cause a malfunction of the cartridge when the firearm is fired resulting in higher than normal pressures. This malfunction may result in damage to the firearm, serious personal injury or death.

Do Not Use

To identify if you have one of these Lots of ammunition:

* If you have a case of .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition the Lot Number is stenciled on the outside of the case; and,
* If you have a box of .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition the Lot Number is stamped on the inside flap of the box.

If you have any of this .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition, as identified above, immediately discontinue use of this ammunition and contact Remington at the below telephone number. Remington will arrange for the return shipment of your ammunition and upon receipt will send you replacement ammunition at no cost to you. If you are unsure whether or not you have one or more of these Lots of ammunition or if you have mixed boxes of ammunition; please immediately discontinue the use of the ammunition and contact Remington at the below telephone number – we will replace this ammunition for you.

For any consumer questions or instructions on how to return of your .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition with one of the following Lot Numbers H03RAI, H04RDI, H16NAI OR H17NDI, please contact the Remington Consumer Service Department at 1-800-243-9700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-243-9700      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Prompt #4.

The only Remington .223 Remington 62 Gr Hollow Point (Match) Ammunition affected by this recall has one of the following Lot Numbers H03RAI, H04RDI, H16NAI OR H17NDI . No other Lots or ammunition is affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Safety First
Always observe the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety and wear approved eye and ear protection anytime you are shooting.

March 14, 2011




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