Anual Post-Thanksgiving Dallas Arms Collectors Show at Dallas Market Hall

I don’t know if it caught on but a few years back small businesses that found themselves ignored in the rush to the Black Friday Sales at the Big Box Stores tried to start the idea of Small Business Saturday.

Well the truth is small businesses can offer you a fair deal all year long but can’t sell below their costs just to get you to shop with them, preferably using a store charge card where the interest makes up for the loss.

We’ve brought stuff we’ve collected over the year along with our usual to this show folks.  Some is rare others would make good presents.

Show hours are:
Saturday     9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday        9:00am-4:00pm

Hope to see you there.

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Gun Control and Its Inevitable Unintended Consequences: Quote of the Day

From The Truth About Guns:

Nov 13, 2017

“A frenzy of attempts at preventive policy making follows each high-profile incident but actually creates the conditions for future failure . . .

“Gun prohibition produces the same problems as drug or alcohol prohibition; attempts to restrict harmless sale and possession in order to catch a minority of misusers yield all kinds of unintended consequences.

“Black markets make the purchase of prohibited items riskier and more expensive, and make the transactions untraceable.

“Bans are likely to be disproportionately enforced among black and Muslim gun owners, increasing racial disparities.

“Narrowly tailored restrictions will push product development teams at big firearms manufacturers and garage tinkerers alike to find workarounds that circumvent the letter of the law.

“And any mass confiscation of illegal weapons or accessories will lead to more violence, as die-hard gun rights believers inevitably fight back against law enforcement.” – Katherine Mangu-Ward in How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns [via]

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Ease of Legal Access to Firearms vs. Homicide Rates

From Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership:

October 31, 2017

Firearms are misused a minute fraction of the time; that is vastly exceeded by the good uses they overwhelmingly have, at times uniquely life-saving.

Most studies never adequately consider the contribution of increased legal gun access to preventing criminal violence (which is far the greatest cause of shootings). When there is enough ambiguity to claim an anti-gun conclusion, there is also enough evidence to discount it.

A recent paper published by the American Journal of Public Health on October 19 has received a lot of press attention.

“Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States” claims that “Shall-issue laws are associated with significantly higher rates of total [6.5%], firearm-related [8.6%], and handgun-related [10.6%] homicide.” And, according to their methods, this seems meaningful. The findings appear to make the case for may-issue over shall-issue state permitting.

Of course, the paper lies behind a pay wall, so who can tell? DRGO can, with our own academic resources and expertise.

The authors include some anti-gun academics who we’ve taken to task before: Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH, MSc, Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, and Kristin A. Goss, PhD, MPP. Bindu Kalesan, for example, serially vilified gun owners, and DRGO in particular, in a serious of vicious Facebook posts. But by contrast, lead author Michael Siegel, MD, MPH has been open to corresponding with us and seemed to appreciate our feedback. We hope the rest of the Boston and Durham crews will likewise value informed criticism.

First, let’s summarize some of the more obvious issues in this study:

  • They do not discriminate between murder and justified homicides. (This is a general problem in research, because homicide statistics are based on reports of initial charges, not final dispositions, which may shift toward self-defense and dismissal.)
  • They do not consider legal vs. illegal gun possession patterns in the states they analyze.
  • Their “excluded 13.4% of firearm homicide cases in estimating handgun homicide rates” and “approximately 10% of all homicides” due to unavailability data. (More on such exclusions below.)
  • They ignore numbers of firearms per capita, a remarkable oversight considering the topic.
  • There are real differences in the application of permitting laws that confound a simple may-issue vs. shall-issue dichotomy. (For example, in may-issue New York, you’ll never get a permit in NYC but beyond the metro area it is virtually Compare this to Hawaii, which denies essentially 100% of may-issue requests.)
  • No attention is paid to the long-term trends of increasing firearm ownership and shall-issue and permitless carry vs. decreasing violent crime and murder rates.
  • And as always, no account is taken of likely higher rates of successful self-defense with firearms.

With so many states converting to may-issue (or even permitless) carry, there are commonalities, differences and changes in gun culture within each that make them poor controls for each other. But this is the way the study is structured. The better comparison is over the several years before and after changes in permitting laws, so that each state is its own control. This doesn’t eliminate every possible confounding variable, but minimizes them. And other research indicates that increasing numbers of firearms in America (which facilitated by less restrictive laws on legal gun possession) do not increase rates of homicide and violence, and may even reduce them.

Discriminating between handgun and long-gun homicide was limited because the source for this information, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Supplemental Homicide reports lacks data about the firearm used in over 13% of its cases.  The study is also missing about 10% of all homicides. The authors attempt to compensate for these two separate data deficits by weight adjustments of the known data, which introduces more uncertainty. “Noise” is a good description of the fuzziness each inaccuracy introduces.

Additionally: “Only 4 states had permitless-carry laws in place during the study period” which they “were unable to analyze . . . because of the small number of observations” therein. These would be Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona and Alaska, for which one might think a “small number of observations” (of homicides?) might be reckoned as positive. And another 5 states instituted permitless carry during the study period. Examining these most permissive states should have made even clearer whether fewer restrictions on gun ownership lead to any significant change in firearm homicide rates.

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Premier Show at Big Town This Weekend

Get an early start on the Christmas Shopping Season, beat the Black Friday Insanity.

Come to the Premier Gun Show at Big Town in Mesquite this weekend.

We have some very collectable knives and some sweet deals

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Over 750 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and gear, we have everything you need for hunting season under one roof! The hours are Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4, Admission is $8, kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE.

Say “THANKFUL” at the door for a dollar off admission!

We’ll see you there!

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National Fraud Week: Fight Fake Knives

From Blade Magazine:


Fake knives—better known as counterfeit knives—are a worldwide problem that needs everyone concerned to pay attention, and National Fraud Awareness Week Nov. 12-18 is a good time to sit up and take notice.

Factory knife companies are especially prone to having their knives counterfeited by nefarious operations, the latter usually based overseas. The American Knife & Tool Institute has a dedicated program tailored to fight the plague of fake knives, and other cutlery companies such as BrowningCRKT, Cold Steel, Chris Reeve Knives, Knifeart and others have websites that address the scourge.

What can you do? Visit the above sites and others and familiarize yourself with the situation concerning counterfeits of those companies’ knives. While some custom knives are victims of counterfeits as well, it’s largely the factory guys that are targeted simply because their knives are recognized by many and sold on a much larger scale than custom knives, and can earn the counterfeiters much more illicit money as a result.

One thing to keep in mind is exactly what is meant here by counterfeit knife. We are not talking about design features, designs, etc., that are “knocked off” without the original maker/designer’s OK or approval. That is another matter entirely. There are some instances of where knockoffs are done and the parties involved eventually wind up in court to settle the issue. If the matter cannot be resolved otherwise, the original designer ultimately may have to prove that the design feature, design, etc., is his or hers exclusively, it has not appeared on another knife before, etc. As you can imagine, since knives have been around since the dawn of humanity, such a thing many times can be very difficult to prove. However, again, knockoffs are not the issue here.

The issue here is a counterfeit knife in which the counterfeiter has copied everything in question about the knife, from the knife’s exact features, blade stamp and even the product box in which the knife is packaged. The product box even will illegally sport the knife and company’s name, the company’s address, etc. Then, when the unsuspecting buyer purchases the fake knives and sends them to the company about a warranty issue, the company in question has the unsavory duty of telling the buyer that he or she has been duped by counterfeits, and the company cannot honor the warranty. The buyer is then stuck with worthless fake knives.

Some of the counterfeits are easy to identify because they are shoddily done. Others, however, are not as easy to spot. It’s a growing problem, one that knife companies and knife enthusiasts everywhere—including you—must continue to deal with and be vigilant about. For more information look for Daniel Jackson’s story on counterfeit knives in the January 2018 BLADE®, on newsstands Dec. 26.

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Three Year In-Depth Review: The Kahr CW380

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Lone Star Gun Show at Will Rogers Center in Fort Worth This Weekend

This weekend we will be at the Lone Star Gun Show in Fort Worth.

For those taking the Montgomery Street Exit from the I30 make a right at the first light past the frontage Road.  We have been assured there will be signs pointing out how to get to the parking lot.

Our knives keep getting more and more unique.

Why go all the way to Oklahoma when you have a show right in our backyard?

We are in our usual spot over near the door on the west end of the show..

Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

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