Sunday, November 22, 2009

When National Ammo Day...

turns into Buy a Gun & Ammunition Day.

I went to my favorite crack store (Simmons Sporting Goods) to pick up some feed in support of the 19 November festivities. Somehow, by Friday afternoon, I had ended up trading my Browning (BAR Safari in .338 Winchester Magnum) and its ammunition for a Weatherby (Mark V Accumark in .300 Weatherby Magnum) and a Walther (PK 380 in .380 ACP) and rounds for each. It never fails, they always have something that has to come home with me.

The offerings (Part I). 160 rounds of various .338 Win Mag.

The offerings (Part II). Browning BAR Safari (.338 Win Mag).

The acquisitions (Part I). Weatherby Accumark (.300 Wby Mag), Walther PK 380 (.380 ACP), 20 rounds of 150 grain partition .300 Wby Mag and 120 rounds of 90 grain low recoil hydra-shok hollow point .380 ACP.

The acquisitions (Part II). 200 rounds of 95 grain full metal jacket .380 ACP from Lucky Gunner. More ammunition is still on the way for the Weatherby.

The Weatherby was a trade in; so, the Bushnell scope sitting on it was part of the deal. I think the sun shade can looks goofy, but it certainly helped when I pointed it toward the West yesterday. It cleaned up very easily and appears to not have been fired much at all. If it has, it really doesn't show it.

The Walther had a bunch of gunk on it (unsurprisingly as it was new), but it cleaned up pretty easily as well. The internal finish isn't the greatest, but what can one expect of a $320 pistol... it cycles properly and goes bang properly and that is pretty much all that is important on a firearm like this.

I don't much care for the need of a tool for disassembly and the recoil spring / rod assembly is a bit difficult to replace. Minor gripes at best. And, the real point of this purchase was to have a firearm based somewhere between .22 LR / WMR and 9mm Parabellum / .38 Special / .357 Magnum. This, because my Momma is considering taking up a bit of shooting. I wanted to have a robust range of arms for her to fool with. I am still considering a .25 or a .32 to stick into the arms list as well... probably not, but am still thinking on it.

I didn't really want to go to .380 ACP and get into the search for that ammunition as well, but priced right and the pistol certainly seems sturdy... after one cleaning and nine rounds. ;) Oh yeah, the slide pull is amazingly soft. I will take a few more pictures the next time I have it out and apart after the next range (backyard) trip and put it up as a separate post.

They have both been cleaned and test fired. If I ever get off of my duff and get back to the rifle range, I will print a couple targets from the Weatherby and put them up here as well.


  1. Dan, that was some darn good horse trading, but it sure must have been hard for you to part with the pretty BAR.

  2. Good to see you James. As for the trade, there was a cash component that I neglected to mention, but it still felt good on my end.

    I kind of miss the Browning but it was a safe queen and its days were numbered anyway. It was originally purchased with a moose/bear or elk hunt in mind. Never did do that hunt, so I was holding it in search of the "right" .300 Win Mag... ended up with a .300, it just said Weatherby on the side.