Today on my lunch break I decided to have a little fun, and went to two of my favorite pawn shops.
Shop #1 has a nice Ruger New Vaquero that I've been watching. It's a 511-series, in .45 Colt, with a 5.5 inch barrel. The 511-series was made from 2011 to 2013 and is very desirable for Cowboy Fast Draw. The pawn shop has it listed at $595.00, which is just a shade off street retail for a NIB gun.
I was in there a month ago, and they told me then that I could have it, out-the-door, for $450.00. I told them then that the price was too steep for a used gun, and I walked. Today when I walked in, it was still in the case. I bargained with the guy for a little bit and he told me that I could have it for $500.00. I very gently and discreetly told the guy that he was out of his mind, and that I really hoped that someone bought it, but that I'd be back in 30 days to see if they had come to their senses.
Pawn shop #2 didn't have anything in the counter, but the counter guy (I've been dealing there for over 15 years) told me that he had an interesting gun coming out just after Christmas. He brought it out so that I could see it. It's a Uberti Stallion, but an older model than the one listed in today's catalog. It's a very nice revolver, but interestingly, it has the 6.5" barrel.
The 6.5" barrel is an odd bird for my type of shooting. Too long for most of my holsters and too short for the Shootist category, which requires a 7.5" barrel. Still, if I can pick it up right, I might be able to have the barrel shortened to 4.75 inches and keep it in the spares bag as a loaner gun. I told the guy that I'd be back after Christmas and see if we couldn't strike a deal.
We'll see. I don't need any more guns, but it's always nice to see what is in the display case at the local pawn shops.