Oh, it's "Black Friday".
So, who gets rich on Black Friday?
Hint: It ain't you, bro.
Seriously, somehow we're supposed to beleive that budgets don't count today, that the merchants are sacrificing their profit motive to get us in the door, and that all our problems are over, just because it's Black Friday.
I know guns and gun prices, so let look at all the bargains that aren't out there today. A prominent sporting good house has the "Carbon 15", an AR with a plastic receiver, for $800. Not a bargain. YOU can get a plastic AR receiver for $50 anytime, and the parts to assmble the rest of the gun will run $250 or so. How about a Remington 700 Varminter for $400? Not a bargain, but cheap enough, but WAIT! That's the price after two rebates. You have to fork over $200 more to have the store's gun guy carry it out to your car (ooops, I may have just given up the identity of the merchant!). Not a bargain.
Oh, well, that store DID have an ammo doorbuster: BOGO on ammo: buy one, get one free.That brought the cost of most hunting ammo in .30 down to $15/box or so. You could get 6 boxes on BOGO until the shelves ran out (Probably @ 0502). Lessee here: stay up all night, stand in line for 3 hours in a 30-degree wind chill, to save maybe $40? No, I didn't.
One local store is selling a Ruger 10-22 for $169, and that's very good. Don't need one at the moment.
Also saw an H&R Pardner pump 20-ga for $149. Okay, if you want a tosser shotty, I guess. I have a 40-year old Springfield Model 30 one-bar pump, and it's as close to a tosser as I ever went with, or wanted to go.I used to have a cheapie old single 20 my dad carried as a trunk-gun, but it defends a daughter's place now.
Nope, Black Friday didn't excite at MY house.
How about YOU, Dear Readers?