(Above store name stolen from Sixbears.)
Obviously, I was in ChinaMart today. My first stop was in the sporting goods section. Of eight .22 rifles, four were bolt action and four were semi-automatic. Of 20 shotguns, every last one was a pump. Of 11 high-powered rifles, one was lever action, one was semi-automatic and nine were bolt actions. When asked, the lady who was at the counter said there would be single-shot shotguns and rifles coming in before hunting season. I didn’t ask about auto shotguns. I have to wonder if those guns are what didn’t sell last year, or if they just stocked them for the summer expecting that they would sell better. Maybe I should have asked her that, too.
I prefer double-barreled shotguns; but who can afford such luxury these days? After that, I prefer single-shot shotguns, though the Remington 1148 that I had many years ago was a good enough gun. I like semi-auto .22’s, specifically Ruger 10/22’s. I’ve got one with a 3x9 scope, a Mannlicher stock and custom trigger that I’d sure hate to part with. After it, I like shotgun-style single-shot .22’s. What can I say; I love light weight and simplicity!
Also, in that section, I was looking at the caps. (Some folks who don’t know any better call them “hats.”) They ran anywhere from $5 to $15 and EACH ONE had a company logo on it. I’m showing my age to say that I remember when companies GAVE AWAY such caps for the advertising value. A certain very warm place will freeze over before I pay $15 for a cap with somebody else’s name on it. Heck, I wouldn’t pay that for one with MY name on it. Most people are such lemmings, though, and want something that makes them part of the “cool” crowd. (I have no idea what the current term is that means “cool.”)
Over in the tool section, I found a nice little Chinese tape measure for a buck and a very accurate Chinese plastic torpedo level for $1.75. No wonder your average weekend warrior buys such things instead of the high-priced “American” brands that are probably made in the same factory anyway. A set of Stanley bolt-cutters were only about $19, but they were Chinese also. I would NEVER buy any Chinese tool where the steel needed to be of any quality. I remember seeing truckloads of Chinese steel scrapped at the Ames factory where I used to work because it was completely unusable. I DID find an American made poll hatchet by Vaughn for $20 that seemed to be of excellent quality. If I didn’t already have a collection of quality, usable antique hatchets, I’d probably buy one.