The 5 Worst Guns for Concealed Carry

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Premier Gun Show at Will Rogers Center in Fort Worth This weekend

We are back in Fort Worth This Weekend. It has been a while and hopefully the weekend will be a bit drier than it was today.

We have some new knives from Bestech, Medford and Heretic.

Admission is $10, Kids 11 and under are FREE, and the City of Fort Worth charges $10 for parking. Say “WEST” at the door to receive $1 off.

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

We hope to see you there.

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Goodbye to a Dear Friend

From A.G. Russell Knives:

A.G. Russell III

A.G. Russell, III passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, AR. Born in Eudora, AR on August 27, 1933 to Andrew G. Russell, Jr. and Odessie Marter Russell, he graduated high school in Long Beach, California, served in the U.S. Army, and worked in various sales ventures in California before moving his young family to Northwest Arkansas in 1964. He attended the University of Arkansas in the mid 1960s where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

A.G. made his first knife at the age of nine in the family’s blacksmith shop in Southeast Arkansas. A.G. Russell Knives, a presence in NW Arkansas since the mid-60s, began on the kitchen table of his farm near War Eagle Mill where he sold Arkansas sharpening stones through ads in gun magazines. Once pocketknives were added to his inventory, the names he collected from magazine sales enabled him to form the first mail-order knife company in the country.

A visionary, he traveled the U.S. from Florida to Alaska in the late 1960s where he met and befriended many knifemakers who became legends in handmade knives in America and around the world. At his encouragement, he along with twelve men met and conceived the Knifemakers Guild which came to be in the very early 1970s. A. G. was named Honorary President. This organization is still in existence today.

Promoting knifemakers and the knife industry was his passion for the rest of his life. The many, many industry achievements throughout his lifetime included being the first member of the Knife Digest Cutlery Hall of Fame. At that time the editor, William L. Cassidy, stated, “It’s time to favor you with a bit of history and a bit of public celebration. The history in question is the history of America’s ‘knife boom’ and the celebration is the grateful acknowledgement of the man who made it happen. People who know him will say that every month he freely spends his time, money, and energy promoting knives and knifemaking. Indeed, it is to Andy Russell that we owe the American Knifemakers Guild, the big annual knifemaking shows, the resurgence of knifemaking as a respected profession, and finally cutlery’s new boost in popularity. Rest assured of one fact my friends, the credit is Russell’s and his alone. A.G. Russell has done more for cutlery than any man living. Thanks, Andy.”

From his father, a survivor of the March Out of Bataan, A.G. gleaned a strong sense of patriotism and responsibility. He was an Army brat who was raised to be proud of who he was as an American and believed that he was special because of it. In 2004, he began a program to support the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Care packages, as a part of his “War on Troop Boredom”, included a pocket size copy of the U.S. Constitution, a knife, paperback books, magazines, field tweezers, CDs, DVDs, and bandages, among other things were sent to troops serving in those areas. Accepting donations from his customers and industry friends, this successful outreach program impacted thousands of our men and women serving in those areas. He was especially proud to hear from many soldiers who were thankful to be remembered while away from their families serving our country.

Often referred to as the grandfather and elder statesman of the knife industry, one of A. G.’s most favorite things to do was work with customers in the store, particularly young children. A natural salesman, he could be found, most days and almost every Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. behind the counter, educating customers, telling stories and showing off his newest designs. He was known to carry no less than six knives on his person at any given time.

He was a force in the lives he touched. There will never be another friend to the cutlery industry as passionate or honest as he was. As a friend once stated, ‘A.G. has forgotten more about knives than any other person will ever learn about them.’ He leaves a remarkable legacy. He will be missed.

A. G. was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Patricia Russell, who passed at five years of age, his mother Odessie Russell, his father A.G. Russell, Jr. and step-mother Kitty Russell, brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Parker and multiple uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife and business partner of 30 years, Goldie Russell, children A.G. Russell, IV (Ginger), Kay Russell, Susan Wharton (Wayne) all of Springdale, AR and son Thomas Russell of Durango, CO, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Odessa Parker and brother Willliam (Bill) Russell, both of Abilene, TX, several nieces and nephews, and scores of friends the world over.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westfield Chapel in Springdale, AR. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church, Cave Springs, AR. Interment will be at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens, Rogers, AR. Pallbearers will be members of the staff of A. G. Russell Knives. Members of his family will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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Decorated Vietnam Veteran, POW Sentenced To 7+ Years For ‘Mistake’ Made Decades Ago

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Vietnam War veteran (from Plano) sentenced to 7 years in prison for buying “rare” gun in the 1980s

From CBS News:

By Alex Sundby
CBS News
October 18, 2018

A 70-year-old Texas man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to buying an automatic rifle in the 1980s, CBS station KTVT reports. Alfred Pick of Plano purchased the M14 rifle at a gun show that was similar to the weapon he had as an Army lieutenant in the Vietnam War.

“This gun was very rare,” Pick attorney Ryne Sandel told KTVT. “You see, at that time it was rare to see one, so he instantly, you know, had a connection to it.”

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Pick’s house last year on a tip about the weapon, KTVT reports. Two weeks before the raid, his wife of 40 years had died of cancer, according to the station.

Pick and his wife had a gun collection of about 14 weapons, Sandel said. “Many of them were collector’s items,” he said.

Pick’s friend Mark Shackelford told the station that he had seen the M14. “It was probably, you know, the piece de la resistance of his collection,” Shackelford said. “He had shown it to me. I’d never seen him take it out of the case that it was in.”

Pick was awarded the Silver Star for his service in Vietnam and was briefly a prisoner of war, KTVT reports. Pick’s friends said he should have received a lighter sentence because of his service.

“I would think that when a man turns 70, an American hero, you don’t destroy the rest of his life over one mistake,” Shackelford told KTVT. Some other Vietnam veterans in Plano told the station that Pick should have known better because the rifle had a scratched-down serial number.

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Premier Gun Show at Big Town This Weekend

This coming weekend we are back at Big Town.  Our Favorite Show at our favorite venue put on by our favorite promoters.

It’s supposed to rain all weekend so maybe it is a better time to go to a gun show than the Fair.

I got a bunch more Bestech knives in after my initial test marketing.  I’m blown away by the quality including D2 steel at the price they are at.  I’ve seen knives at much higher prices that aren’t as well put together.

Admission is $9, Kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE! Say “BIG” at the door for $1 off!

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

We hope to see you there.

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BORKA Blades Overview

These are very high end knives and very expensive.

Don’t be fooled by counterfeits.

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